In the middle of the 60s the British invasion reached sleepy old
Switzerland and took hold of the music scene there. Many bands were
formed at schools and youth clubs that wanted to imitate their
heroes. Without any Rhythm and Blues or Rock 'n’ Roll roots of
their own it was difficult for young musicians to develop
originality. Most of the bands were playing cover versions of their
idol’s international hits providing them not only with acclaim but
also lots of gigs at local dances...
This was the also the case in Val-De-Travers in the French speaking
Swiss Canton of Neuchatel. Thus began the story of PACIFIC SOUND.
Four friends, Chris Meyer (vocals), Mark Treuthardt (guitar, bass),
Diego Lecci (drums) and Roger Page (keyboards) were practising there
for their next gig at the Ballroom in their birthplace of Motiers.
Yves Dubois, a friend and fan of the band, was urging the band to:
“Stop playing in ballrooms….Start writing your own songs….Form
a pop band!!!“ The band decided he was right as they were fed up
with playing international hits and began to work on their own ideas.
Yves started to look after the band’s organisational matters and
became a sort of manager. On Roger’s suggestion the band called
themselves PACIFIC SOUND and within a few months began to
take shape with a set of almost all their own compositions.
After playing gigs in their own region the band gained
confidence and played in nearby France. The next step on the ladder
of success was to release a record. Yves invited Rare Records (from
La-Chaux-De-Fonds) producer J. P. Louvin to a gig. He was impressed
and offered to record a single with the band. At the end of 1970 the
band recorded “The Drug Just Told Me“ and “The Green Eyed
Girl“ at the Stephan Sulke Studio in Biel. The single was a
success. PACIFIC SOUND were on a roll and a couple of weeks
later they went back to the same studio and producer to record
“Ballad To Jimi“ and “Thick Fog“ for release the next year
on Splendid Records. Fans and critics applauded the single, the
band’s originality and creativity was praised. The single won the
first prize at the 1971 European Pop Jury in Cannes and was PACIFIC
SOUND’s breakthrough. The single was released in 18 countries
on 8 different labels including Decca, Phillips, CBS and RCA.
Following the release of the prize-winning single “Ballad To
Jimi“ the popularity of the band increased dramatically and they
were showered with gig offers. The band toured successfully
throughout Switzerland. Producer J. P. Louvin suggested that the
band record an LP. Early 1972 the band went back to the Sulke Studio
and recorded 7 new songs which, in addition to “Thick Fog“, made
up the LP “Forget Your Dream!“ which was released in 1972
on Splendid Records. The LP was well received and a European tour
was arranged with gigs in Belgium, England, Holland, Germany and
France. The band needed to upgrade their equipment for larger gigs
so Roger took out a bank loan but just as the tour was about to
start the rest of the band, including manager Yves, panicked and
left Roger in the lurch. J. P. Louvin suggested that Roger look for
replacement musicians and a new line-up was created but never
recaptured the old PACIFIC SOUND spirit. The new line-up
didn’t gel musically and Roger was left with his debts that were
to be quashed with the income from the tour. And that is the end of
a wonderful story!
Nowadays Roger lives in a small village near Neuchâtel and is a
Manfred Steinheuer, September 2001
"Forget Your Dream!"
FORGET YOUR DREAM
DRIVE MY CAR
GYLI GYLI 02:26
CEREMONY FOR DEAD
IF YOUR SOUL IS UN CLUTIVATED
GATES OF HELL
BONUSTRACK: THE DRUG JUST TOLD ME
BONUSTRACK: THE GREEN EYED GIRL
BALLAD TO JIMI