Roy Andrews – Bass
After leaving school, I joined a few school mates playing electric guitar with Dave Hobson (Bass) Phil Taylor (Guitar) and formed a garage band and drafted in Brian Marshall (Drums) to learn a few rock numbers, mainly Status Quo, but Paranoid by Black Sabbath also featured and still does nearly 40 years on!
I met Martin at 18 and forged a life long friendship. Martin played piano and keyboards and we decided to get together to learn a few punk numbers and started to write a few of our own; ‘I’m Useless’, ‘Rufus Reggae’, ‘Plastic Bag’ and ‘Noisey Neighbours’ were some of the first. We always joked “this time next year we will be miwwionaires” long before Delboy and Rodney!
We decided to form a band at the end of the 70′s performing all of our own material in and around Southampton and became The Injectors with Ed Goodall (Guitar and vocals), Denis Jacobs (Lead Guitar), Pete Crook (Drums) and Viv Lobb (Sax). By now I had taken up the bass guitar.
The band split after a few years and I moved to Sussex with work and formed a new covers band which became TRAKs. Terry on rhythm guitar, Roy on bass, Andy on lead guitar and Keith on drums and vocals.
After moving back to Hampshire I joined Silver Machine, another band playing rock covers with Duncan Lefeuvre on lead guitar and vocals, Angus Ross on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Anthony Haikney on drums. The group stopped playing regularly due to ill health but Duncan bumped into a drummer (Mike) loading a new drum kit into his car at Fret Music in Shirley in 2004 and suggested Mike contact me as he wanted to form a new rock covers band.
That summer, Martin, Pete Crook and I went to the Isle of Wight Festival and saw The Stereophonics, The Who and David Bowie headlining. We were so inspired that Martin and I decided we should form a band with Martin on lead vocals, me on bass and Mike on drums. Black Dog were near to formation with Rod joining a few months later. The rest as they say, is history.
In 2016, Martin decided to hang up his microphone and we temporarily recruited Andy Osman until we found a permanent replacement in Martin Cornish.