JANUARY 31 – SCAVENGER (Belgium) – A Talk With LUKE EBINGER (ex-Drums) / TIM NAESSENS (Bass) / TINE CALLEBAUT (Vocals) / GABRIEL DS (Drums) / KEVIN DEMESMAEKER (Guitar)

Stefan: Back to the beginning of the 80’s and the founding of Deep Throat, I would like to have a word about the group occupancy at that time and with which ambitions this adventure was started.

Luke: In the beginning of the 80’s, Deep throat was just a local rock band in Antwerp (Belgium). We mainly played rock covers (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Saxon, Grand Funk railroad …). We wrote a few blues and rock songs ourselves but they weren’t very original . We were still trying to find our way in the music scene which was exploding with the NWOBHM. We had different line-ups , but never got the ‘right stuff’. The nucleus of the band at that time was : Roger Roscam (bass), Jan Boeken (vocals), Peter Pront (guitar) and Luke Ebinger (drums).

We were desperately looking for a second guitar player who could also write songs. Many auditioned , a few stayed for a couple of months , but we just didn’t find the right one. Marc Herremans ( the one who later joined Scavenger) auditioned too in ’82 but was found to be too young . He tried again 2 years later and it immediately clicked. He was very talented , he had a vision, he could write songs and his style was compared with Jake E. Lee (from Ozzy). This meant that the level of musicianship was raised a lot.

We played a number of festivals in Belgium , but Peter called it a day and decided to leave the band if we found a replacement. During one of those festivals we met a very good guitar player from another band backstage and we asked him to join Deep Throat. Patrick Vanschooren was his name and this meant that we now had the line-up we were looking for. After a couple of months we recorded a demo with 3 new songs and we send it to the Mausoleum record label. After a few weeks we were invited for a meeting where we were offered a record deal for 3 albums which would be released worldwide. We spend about 3 months recording in a very good recording studio and mixed it in Shiva’s (Brussels). So Scavenger was born. In ’85 the album ‘Battlefields’ was released world wide.

Stefan: Back then, the Heavy Metal landscape looked completely different compared to the nowadays scene. I may have experienced the old school Metal movement myself from the front row and as far as I’m concerned these were times I’ll never forget in my life. With all due respect to the contemporary Metal scene, I still prefer what it used to be like in the late 70’s and 80’s. Do you share the same view?

Luke: Yes, all heartedly. Roger, Jan and I grew up with the holy trinity Deep Purple/Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin and with a whole lot of other bands that defined the music scene at that time. Rock/ProgRock/Hard Rock and Metal bands like The Who, Van Halen, AC/DC, Mötorhead, Scorpions, Uriah Heep, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy etc. were a big influence. Marc and Patrick were a bit younger and they brought in their ideas and influences of Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept, Ozzy Osbourne etc. That blend of old and new music styles proved to be the groundwork for the songs on the Battlefields album. READ MORE…