Check out the new video “House” from Aussie rockers, The Poor.
Their legacy was made famous with four rockin’ words, More Wine Waiter Please and now The Poor are baaack! So fill your glass and come along for the ride!
The Poor started out playing the pub circuit in Darwin nearly 2 decades ago. The plan was simple, hard rockin’ hard drinkin’ and world domination. In 1992 the band cut their debut release, the EP; Rude, Crude & Tattooed, produced by Rick Brewster & Bob Spencer from The Angels and from the opening line you knew it was going to be something great; Aussie pub rock, in your face, no bullshit, straight to the point, rock’n’fuck’n’roll!
In mid 1993, the band recorded their debut album, Who Cares, at Festival Studios in Sydney and Montreal, Canada with English Producer Paul Northfield. The Poor Boys also became The Poor, the name change was straight to the point just like the band and on March 21st 1994, Epic Records USA released the single, “More Wine Waiter Please”. It instantly became the number 1 most added track on US Rock Radio and attracted unprecedented acclaim from the U.S. rock press. Australia soon followed suit with the release of Who Cares on June 13 that year.
There was no stopping them now and with a mega hit single and album, the whole world wanted a piece of The Poor. They toured relentlessly, drank hard and rocked harder. Over the next 2 years The Poor toured the States (twice), Europe, Japan and all over Australia. During their turbulent roller coaster ride they scored support slots for The Angels, AC/DC, KISS, The Scorpions, Alice In Chains & Van Halen just to name a few.
After relentlessly touring to support Who Cares and playing over 20 brand new songs to rock fans worldwide they came to the realisation that they had already toured the world with the second album without actually releasing it! Was this a case of too much too soon or the simple fact that they toured their asses off on the road for so long? 1998 saw the release of the single ‘Simple Livin’ and with the birth of a new decade, The Poor went into hibernation.
It wasn’t until 2008 that The Poor returned to the stage for the first time in over 10 years when they were invited to join US metal icons WASP on a national tour around of Australia as special guests.
Within minutes of being back on stage on the first night of the tour it seemed that those 10 years had passed in the blink on an eye. The Poor partied with many old time fans while gaining many new fans who were witnessing their super charged live performance for the very first time.
With a taste of how it used to be and their hunger well and truly back, The Poor have teamed up with Riot Entertainment to unleash a new barrage of material to get the feet stomping and the fists pumping.
Stay tuned as The Poor get ready for Round 1 this October……
I must admit that I only discovered The Poor recently, when I found out that they opened up for AC/DC on their Ballbreaker tour. I didn’t wee AC/DC on that tour, but I found I strange that I didn’t know about a band, that opened up for them. On the strength of their tune “More Wine Waiter Please”, The Poor also opened up for KISS, Van Halen, The Scorpions and more.
The Poor’s sound is definitely AC/DC inspired. I don’t know if I would call them an AC/DC clone, but I hear instances where they sound like Airbourne (or is it Airbourne that sounds like them) and Rhino Bucket, with a little bit of 80’s hair metal guitar for good measure. Interestingly enough, The Poor’s drummer, James Young is the nephew of Malcolm & Angus Young.
While the music on this disc is not very original, it is pretty good. This is one of those CD’s where I like every song. Some of my favorite cuts are “Dirty Money”, “Tell Someone Who Cares”, “More Wine Waiter Please”, and “Liar”.
For more information on The Poor, check out their myspace page, and tell someone who cares! You can find copies of this disc, at Amazon.com and on EBay. The band reunited for an opening slot with W.A.S.P. in 2008, so we have not seen the end of The Poor. Check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Dirty Money
3. Man of War
4. Tell Someone Who Cares
5. More Wine Waiter Please
6. Ain’t on the Chain
8. Hair of the Dog
11. Only the Night
The Poor is:
Skenie – Vocals
Julian Rv Grynglas – Guitars
Matt Whitby – Bass
James Young – Drums