Randy Murray and Ross Cambrin were introduced by mutual friends when they were 16 years old. Both boys were huge Frank Zappa fans, both had quite a bit of legitimate music training and education (piano lessons, theory, band, choir, orchestral playing) but what they shared was a love of guitar playing, particularly the guitar playing emerging in the early 1970’s: Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Robert Fripp, Todd Rundgren, Rick Derringer, Dickie Betts sort of the second generation of rock n’ roll guitarists.
Ross and Randy spent some time in high school garage bands together but didn’t really connect until 1983 when they formed the Vancouver Power Pop band, Sensible Shoes. This band focused on covering garage band classics and obscure 80’s Power Pop as well as being a vehicle for Ross’ evolving songwriting skills.
In 1984 Ross left the group and they did not connect again for 25 years.
In October 2009 Ross called Randy to ask if he would like to work with him again and pick-up where they had left off a quarter of century earlier. Randy said “sure.” The original Sensible Shoes Rhythm Section were contacted, both former members were intrigued but not interested so the next task was finding a bassist and a drummer.
That need was filled by Ross’ former SkaBoom band-mates, brothers Chris and Leigh Grant.
For several months the band rehearsed, focusing on complete songs that Ross and Randy had written separately, re-arranging them and creating a “band sound.”
When a dozen tunes were completed it was time to move to the next steps and producer and session musician Tony Marriott was approached to share his considerable skills to get the music recorded.
The songs linked to this website are the first to be completed and we hope you enjoy them.