Former SLIK TOXIK Guitarist KEVIN GALE Offering Lessons In Person And Via Skype

October 29, 2016, a year ago

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Former SLIK TOXIK Guitarist KEVIN GALE Offering Lessons In Person And Via Skype

Kevin Gale, former guitarist for Slik Toxik and currently with Punishment, is now offering guitar lessons. Following is the add that appears on Kijiji.ca:

"Wanting to take your playing to the next level? First time in the studio? Having trouble coming up with a part in the song you are writing? Kevin Gale, the guitarist from the '90s band Slik Toxik and now of Punishment is here to help. I am taking students of all levels to help improve their playing, from beginner to intermediate players and songwriters, feel free to contact me. Not in the Ontario area? No problem! Will do Skype lessons as well..."

Contact Gale at this location.

Slik Toxik formed in October of 1988 by singer/songwriter Nick Walsh, lyricist Dave Mercel and guitarists Rob Bruce and Kevin Gale. They had all played together previously in various combinations but it was at this time Nick brought them all together as a unit. As a songwriting team they showed immediate promise, but it was with the subsequent addition of bassist Pat Howarth and drummer Neal Busby that the band coalesced into a potent creative force.

Perris Records has released what they've dubbed the 20 Something Anniversary re-issue of Slik Toxik's Irrelevant album.

Irrelevant is the third release and second full length album by Canadian hard rock band Slik Toxik. The album was originally released in 1994 during a turbulent time for hard rock. This was a time when the airwaves and magazines were being bombarded with the advent of alternative, grunge and pop groups.

After the release of their debut CD Doin’ the Nasty selling well over 50,000 units in Canada (Gold status) and receiving the Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Hard Rock Album Of The Year, the climate in the music industry started to change.

"It was a crazy time for us, as we like so many other rockers were in a state flux," recalls Walsh. "We were in a darker place."

Met with critical acclaim, this eclectic collection of songs has been touted by some critics as being ahead of its time with hard hitting de-tuned riffs, snarly vocals and bombastic drumming. The band went on to only having a Canadian release with this recording and touring across Canada multiple times before calling it quits and going their separate ways in 1995.

"Dive" and "Twenty Something" were released as singles and video. The album was recorded in Toronto at Phase One Studios again with producer Paul Gross at the helm.

The Irrelevant re-issue tracklisting is below.

"Twenty Something"
"Kill The Pain"
"Voodoo"
"Drained"
"I Wanna Gun"
"Liquid Calm"
"Fashioned After None"
"Dive"
"Blue Monday"
"Mother Machine"
"Just Fade Away"
"White Lies/Black Truth" ('89 demo)

Slik Toxik's cover of the Sex Pistols classic "EMI" which appeared on the original version of Irrelevant does not appear on the re-issue.

Check out "Twenty Something" below:

Photo by John Gelder

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