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Originally formed by Brian MacLeod and Ab Bryant as a sort of 'side project' from

Chilliwack, the group was rounded out by drummer Bernie Aubin and Darby Mills, one of the

west coast's hottest new singers. Their impact was immediate even before they'd landed a

record deal - the band's live magnetism was rivalled by few and they soon became one of the

hottest commodities in Canadian rock, beginning with their first show in hometown Vancouver

backing up Blackmore's Rainbow. After winning a local radio contest, the group released TURN

IT LOUD on the independent Solid Gold Records in 1982. Co-produced by Bill Henderson, who

Bryant and MacLeod played with in Chilliwack, the record allowed the Headpins to hit the

scene with an experienced master behind the controls. Charged with emotions, MacLeod's

guitars rang predominant, almost a friendly battle with Mills' immediately signature voice.

With Bryant and Aubin serving a tight powerful backbeat, the lead-off title-track grabbed

you by the balls and refused to let go, and would soon find its place in rock history as one

of rock's greatest anthems of all time.


Mills' style became known as the growl and would go on to lead the charge in their energized

live show, compared more to Robert Plant or David Coverdale than, say Ann Wilson or Janis

Joplin. "Don't It Make Ya Feel" turned the FM stations upside down, as did the title track,

backed by the killer "Breakin' Down", about one person's handling personal problems via

suicide, "People" and the almost ballad "Winnin'". The Headpins were here and were soon

rewarded with a gold record. Word of the band's raucous, charged show spread and by the time

TURN IT LOUD turned platinum just a few short months later, the band had already toured most

of the continent. The debut would go on to sell over a quarter-million copies in Canada

alone and be certified double platinum, making it one of the most successful debut albums by

a Canadian group ever.

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