It all started on November 29, 2019, when Janne Stark was in Las Vegas with Neil Merryweather to finish the second “Merryweather Stark” album. During this time, they were invited to visit the Skeleton Key Recordings studio. There they met drummer John Wackerman. Neil, Janne and John hit it off musically right away and the ideas and inspirations were flowing. Within a few days, 10 outstanding hard rock songs were created. Musically, they leaned towards the 70s era, with inspirations from bands like Bad Company, Point Blank, ZZ Top and even a touch of King’s X in a few riffs.
On 28 March 2021, Neil passed away from a malignant brain tumour. This is where the story could have ended, but together with Neil’s partner Kathleen, it was decided that the album should be finished and released.
The title of the album, “Cosmic Affect”, was John’s idea, as there was surely something cosmic that made these three minds write a whole album of great songs in just two and a half days.
“Cosmic Affect” will be be release on November 11th, 2022, via Metalville Records.
2. Baby Put the Gun Down
3. Live Your Life
4. Gimme Good Lovin’
6. Rock ‘N Roll is My Drug
8. Judgement Day
10. End Times *
Neil Merryweather – Vocals/Bass
Janne Stark – Guitars/Bass
John Wackerman – Drums
Mike Varney – Lead guitar*