Before forming Shack, brothers Mick and John Head had released two albums, ‘Pacific Street’ (March 1984) and ‘From Across the Kitchen Table’ (March 1985) under the band name of ‘The Pale Fountains’.
Although short lived, the band became something of a cult during the eighties and are still critically acclaimed today by many in the music press.
The Band Formed
Shack were formed in 1987 and their first album ‘Zilch’ was released in 1988.
Their next album ‘Waterpistol’, recorded in 1991 at Star Street Studios, was lost when the studio was burnt down but producer Chris Allison had retained a DAT master copy.
However, due to the demise of the record company, Ghetto, the recording was not released at this time.
John and Mick Head did a few gigs with ‘Love’ and then formed ‘The Strands’ in 1992.
‘Waterpistol’ was released in 1995 on the Marina record label, a small German independent company.
The Magical World of The Strands
In 1996 ‘The Magical World of The Strands’ was released as ‘The Strands’. Mick and John’s reputation was slowly growing and the band were reformed in 1998 with Iain Templeton on drums and Ren Parry on bass.
The following year saw the release of the fantastic album ‘HMS Fable’.
In 1999-2000 the band rehearsed and recorded demos for their next project at Hype studios in Liverpool with Andy Wilson co-producing and engineering the sessions.
‘Here’s Tom with the Weather’ was recorded in 2003 with Guy Rigby on bass who was replaced in 2005 by ex member Peter Wilkinson.
‘The Corner of Miles & Gil’ album was released in May 2006 on ‘Sourmash’ record label. Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame owned the company and had become friends with Mick and John over the previous year’s recognizing their obvious musical talent.
‘Time Machine’ the album was released in 2007 followed by a tour with one of the final performances recorded and filmed at The Liverpool Academy on 26 October 2007.
In 2008 ‘The Pale Fountains’ reformed and did two live shows. Although ‘Shack’ has never disbanded Mick and John Head have pursued solo careers with their own bands.
John Head between 2009 and December 2010 worked with Dave Jackson from ‘The Room’ on the album ‘Cathedral Mountain’ co-writing, co-producing and playing.
The first live performance was at The Zanzibar club in Liverpool in December 2010. John is also concentrating on his solo performance.
Mick Head is still working with his manager Mark Cowley.
Current band members of Shack –
Mick Head – vocals, guitar (1987-1992, 1998-present)
John Head – guitar (1987-1992, 1998-present)
Iain Templeton – drums (1998-present)
Martyn Campbell – bass (2007-present)