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SUBWAY TO SALLY

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A Potsdam, Berlin, based Folk Metal band taking many influences from the pioneering SKYCLAD. The band's distinctive of German language medieval Rock is imbued with bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, lute, mandolin, shawm, violin and flute. SUBWAY TO SALLY appeared in 1990, giving their first concert that September at the Lindenpark, and quickly established themselves as a prolific live act (including a festival appearance with FISCHER Z) until they were able to record a four track demo in March 1991. The band then recorded a debut album at the close of 1993 for the Dutch owned Costbar label. The band at this juncture comprised Erik "Eric Fish" Hecht on lead vocals, dudelsack, schalmei, flute and oboe, Silke "Frau Schmitt" Volland on violin and viola, Ingo Hampf on guitar and mandolin, Michael "Bodenski" Boden on guitar, Michael Simon on guitar, Silvio "Sugar Ray" Runge on bass and drummer T.W, the latter having replaced earlier member Jörg B. Simon and Bodenski had been in musical alliance since their schooldays and previously had operated the band ZWEIECK whilst Sugar Ray and Hampf had been active with KATZENGOLD.

During 1994 SUBWAY TO SALLY made a distinct impression with a set at the annual Popkomm music industry gathering in Cologne and quickly scored slots on several compilation albums prior to recording the second album, 1995's 'MCMXCV', with producer Sven Regner. In 1996 the group incorporated new drummer David Pätsch.

The group would be subsequently be as busy in the studio as on the live circuit as new albums appeared in both 1996, 'Foppt den Dämon' first for new label BMG and the band's inauguration into the German charts at no. 74, and 1997, 'Bannkries' ("Spell"). The 'Hochzeit' ("Marriage") record, fittingly the group's set at the 1999 annual 'Wacken Open Air' festival featured a genuine wedding as the band played along to two of their fans marriage live onstage, was followed by live album 'Schrei' ("Scream") in 2000. SUBWAY TO SALLY members also guested on SKYCLAD's 'The Answer Machine' album.

The band signed to the major Universal label in 2000 for the 'Herzblu' album, charting at no. 15 in Germany. Live work would include a notable tour of Mexico. Supported by THE BLOODFLOWERZ the group headlined a sell out German run of dates in March of 2002. The band, having wrapped up recording for a new Ralf Quick produced studio album entitled 'Engelskrieger' ('Angel Warriors') for release in early 2003, put in Christmas dates in Germany to close 2002. 'Engelskrieger' duly gave the band a top five album in Germany. SUBWAY TO SALLY's 'Falscher Heiland' single featured remixes courtesy of Erik Ljunggren of ZEROMANCER, Telekommander and Toshi. By the close of the year it was revealed SUBWAY TO SALLY had sold close to quarter of a million albums throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

SUBWAY TO SALLY toured Germany in April of 2004 partnered with Finnish band WALTARI, announcing their signature to Nuclear Blast Records the same month. A new album, 'Nord Nord Ost' set for August 2005 release, would be preceded by the single 'Eisblumen'. A line-up change saw drummer David Pätsch deciding to leave the band, being apparently replaced by former KNORKATOR drummer Christian "Chrishchrash" Gerlach. However, it would in fact by Simon Michael, of ANGEL DUST and THE RISING FORCE repute, that took the post. European touring saw the band putting in no less than 18 festival appearances then German dates throughout December saw support from LEAVES' EYES.

SUBWAY TO SALLY returned in November 2006 touting the 'Nackt' album and DVD package. Nuclear Blast issued a limited edition wooden box version, which included a tour diary written by singer Eric Fish and a certificate of authenticity. Only 1000 were manufactured and were made available only through the label's mail order department.

March 2009's 'Kreuzfeuer' album, promoted by a video for the track 'Besser, Du Rennst', hit no. 5 in Germany. 33 in Austria and 90 in Switzerland.

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