Starting out as 'The Revival' the band was formed in 1989. The line-up consisted of David A. Laing on guitar, Ian Lindsay on bass. Mal James joined the band on drums later. The Band played mostly 50's and 60's covers.
The arrival of Barry Lloyd heralded a new chapter. A terrific guitarist, Barry slotted in easily and was exactly what the band was looking for. Barry was also an accomplished song writer. Dave and Ian had begun writing songs both independently and together and had a strong desire to record their own material. They renamed the band 'The Herbs' and set about performing their own songs in preparation for the recording of their first album, 'These Are The Days My Friend.
A collection of catchy, tuneful pop songs with a hint of the psychedelic, it contained some of the strongest four part harmonies in use on the Liverpool music scene – something for which The Herbs were becoming very well known.
Despite support from press and local radio the band could not secure a recording contract. The album did, however, catch the ears of some influential people which allowed The Herbs to play higher profile venues with numerous appearances at the famous 'Cavern' club in Liverpool's Mathew Street. The Herbs were also winners of a 'Battle of the Bands' competition organised by The Liverpool School Of Performing Arts (LIPA). The band were also asked to play at 'The John Lennon Tribute Concert' at The Cavern marking the 10th anniversary of the Beatle's death. The Herbs also recorded a second album in 1992, 'Watching The World'.
In 2011 David A Laing decided to fulfil an ambition. He had never been happy with the original production on the album which was made with very little money. He decided to convert the old analogue studio tapes to digital so he could produce and remaster both 'These Are The Days My Friend' and 'Watching The World' himself.
Dave enlisted the help of record producer Russell Cottier, who arranged and supervised the digital conversion process. The old master tapes had to be specially baked to preserve them as they were beginning to degrade.
Working closely with Ian M Lindsay, Dave, over the next 12 months restored or replaced damaged parts and produced and remastered the huge collection of songs. The first batch of results are now available to hear - as they should have been - bright, punchy and wonderful! 'Watching The World' will be released in the very near future with some other previously unheard material later in the year.