MURDER BAY was one of the top unsigned rock bands of the late 80's and early 90's, packing clubs all the way from their hometown in the East Bay (San Francisco) to Los Angeles. With heavy grooves, killer hooks, ass-kicking vocals and screaming guitar work culminating into a high-energy live show, the band wasted no time in developing a large fan base.
In 1990, MURDER BAY took that live energy into the studio with a young Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind, All-American Rejects, Slash, and more) to lay down six tracks. The results came in as expected; big songs and a big sound. The press took notice. Along with, a now rabid fan base, MURDER BAY received numerous accolades such as BAM magazine's #1 Rock Band of 1990, Metal Edge's "Band on the Rise", and Music Connection's "Top 100 Unsigned Acts." Add in a few radio interviews, and MURDER BAY was a force to be reckoned with.
Within’ a few short months, word had spread nationwide and soon MURDER BAY would be showcasing for one of the major labels flown in from New York. Unfortunately, the changes the label demanded of the band during negotiations didn’t sit well, and the boys found themselves graciously turning down their first major label offer. Believing a change of scenery was exactly the challenge this young band needed, MURDER BAY headed south to Los Angeles. The record labels headed north to Seattle.
Long story short, grunge was in, everything else was out, including MURDER BAY. So, like many of the great unsigned bands of that time, MURDER BAY was not able to be enjoyed by the masses. That is, until now!
“Never Was An Angel” features the Eric Valentine sessions (Queens of the Stone Age, Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind, All-American Rejects, Slash and more), as well as the never released Rob Beaton sessions (Guns n' Roses, The Sea Hags, Sammy Hagar, Santana and more) and serves as a tribute to MURDER BAY's loyal fans of twenty-plus years, and as a reintroduction to the new wave of 80's hard rock fanatics.