Sven Gali Interview with Dave Wanless

They were signed to BMG Music Canada in 1991 and produced the self-titled debut, released in 1992 that went Gold selling over 50,000 units. The album included singles and videos for “Under The Influence”, “Tie Dyed Skies”, “In My Garden”, and the ballad, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (#6 CanCon song of 1993). It included a cover of Teenage Head’s “Disgusteen” featuring guest vocals by Frankie Venom. The video for “Under the Influence” won the MuchMusic Best Metal Video award in 1993. The band was also nominated for Hard Rock Album of the Year and Most Promising Band at the 1993 Juno Awards. They also toured extensively throughout Canada and the USA, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and the UK, headlining and on the bill with acts including April Wine, Foreigner, Candlebox, Pearl Jam and Def Leppard.

The band have a new self-released single entitled “Killed The Lies”released in June and produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Bring Me The Horizon).  A part of the proceeds from the sale of the single will go to support cancer research in the name of founding guitar player Dee Cernile. Dee passed away from cancer in 2012.

Plus the band will commemorate the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut and new single “Kill The Lies”, with select Ontario tour dates in July and August 2018, and then head to the UK to headline the Hull Metal Festival in September alongside LA Guns and more.

Sven Gali Biography

Sven Gali are a hard rock/heavy metal metal band which originally started as a cover band in 1987 in Hamilton, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The 2018 lineup includes all three remaining original members: Dave Wanless (vocals), Andy Frank (guitar), Shawn Minden (bass) as well as new member Dan Fila (drums). Sven Gali played covers locally for several years. In 1989, Shortly after changing their setlist to 20% covers and 80% originals, drummer Steve Macgregor left the band he named and formed and was replaced Rob MacEachern. Sven Gali earned a reputation for their live shows. On the strength of their original songs and live shows, they were signed to BMG Canada, after playing some key gigs in New York and Los Angeles. They were signed to a seven-album contract, with international release through BMG subsidiary Ariola. As they began recording an album, the band collectively decided to fire MacEachern and hire on former Billy Idol drummer Gregg Gerson. Gerson, their third drummer, had previously played with Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger, and Mick Jones. With this new lineup intact, they released their debut album in 1992. Sven Gali was produced by BMG Canada’s David Bendeth. The album included the singles and videos for “Under The Influence”, “Tie Dyed Skies”, “In My Garden”, and the ballad, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”. It included a cover of the Teenage Head song “Disgusteen” featuring guest vocals by Frankie Venom. The band made four music videos, all of which were on regular rotation on Much Music. The video for “Under the Influence” won the MuchMusic Best Metal Video award in 1993. Sven Gali eventually went gold in Canada. In 1992 through 1994 the band toured Canada and the USA, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and the UK, headlining and supporting acts including Wolfsbane, Foreigner, Meatloaf, April Wine and Def Leppard.

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