Tangier consisting of guitarist Doug Gordon and singer Bill Mattson working on new material

Tangier consisting of guitarist Doug Gordon and singer Bill Mattson working on new material

Another band from the late ’80s / early ’90s era is making a comeback as two members of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA rockers Tangier consisting of guitarist Doug Gordon and lead vocalist Bill Mattson have resumed working 0n new material.

The following message was posted on Tangier‘s Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):

“Yes to all, we are still working. Had to take some time off because of life. Promise we’re getting back into the studio. Soon to finish off our songs. Meaning Bill and me.”

Back on January 14, 2019, the following succinct message was posted on Tangier‘s Facebook page: “Bill and Doug are recording!!”

Tangier‘s “Biography” on their Facebook page indicates (with slight edits):

Tangier is a rock band whose roots started in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area from about the mid-80’s to the early 90’s.

In 1985, they released a self-titled record that was recorded at the studio on top of the Galaxy in Somerdale, NJ. That version of Tangier was Doug Gordon, Bill Mattson, Rocco Mazzella, Mike Kost, and Mark Hopkins.

Some time later, Tangier reformed as a bluesy hard rock band, with Doug, Bill, Garry Nutt and Gari Saint (both from Chubby Checker‘s band), and Jimmy Drnec (Cinderella‘s former drummer). They were the first act signed by former Gentle Giant vocalist Derek Shulman to ATCO Records in 1988 after a string of showcases, and shortly afterward, Bobby Bender took Jimmy Drnec‘s place as drummer. The first major label release was entitled Four Winds, produced by Andy Johns and released in 1989. Tangier hit the road opening for Cinderella on the Long Cold Winter tour. After the tour, Bill Mattson and Gari Saint left Tangier, and Mike LeCompt (who did and still does front his own band, LeCompt, a Philadelphia institution) took on lead vocal duties. Stranded, the second album, was released in 1991 and was followed by a second tour. Shortly after the end of the second tour, Tangier took a hiatus.”

Tangier‘s “On The Line” video (from Four Winds album):

Tangier On The Line

Tangier is a popular Philadelphia-based American rock band active in the late 1980s and early 90s. The band released three albums with a few line-up changes having a sound somewhere in the middle of straight-up Hard rock to Blues and Southern rock, this all making them somewhat a mixture of Free meets Johnny Winter meets Whitesnake meets Lynyrd Skynyrd .