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Encyclopedia > Ironheart (Australian rock band)

Ironheart formed in Sydney Australia in 1983. Originating from a band called Rock 7 which was formed by guitarist John Botica and drummer Brendon Venner around 1978, this band had a small cult following and could easily boast of playing their special brand of unrefined chaos in some of the roughest and most deadly pubs to be found anywhere west of Parramatta! John Botica was born in Sydney Australia in April of 1961. ...

After having survived this period and several name changes and the loss of their long serving bass player Greg (buster) Crabb the band recruited Con Constantinou, a left handed bassist out of the southern city suburb of Mascot. At this point the band had unconsciously adopted a more straight up and down heavy rock style, realizing this they changed their name to Ironheart and soon found themselves playing in Heavy Metal venues all over the East coast of Australia.

Ironheart were among the most original of all the Australian heavy rock bands playing that scene at the time. While most of the other bands chose to display themselves in striped spandex, leotards and plastic chains and played the standard cover versions such as Deep Purple’s” Smoke on the water” or Led Zeppelins Rock'n'roll Ironheart belted out powerful well written original material and often performed their sets in what was undoubtedly by heavy rock standards of the time quite an unconventional manner which left the punters and often the other bands scratching their heads in confused astonishment! They had a mean dark image complete with candle lit stage and a leather clad singer John Vella, who had the look, athleticism, and a gigantic pair of lungs. This band was loud! In fact local legend has it, that one of the bands most dedicated punters who was known to be completely deaf would often “sign” that Ironheart was the only band he could feel!

The band recorded a 3 track EP that unfortunately never got released. Bass player Constantinou left the band in 1985 and was replaced by Botica's old mate from Bad News Mark O'Connor. This lineup continued on throughout 1986 but due to seemingly endless internal complications the band finally called it a day and saw Botica, Venner and O'Connor moving to the UK in 1987 to form the post punk power trio the Labrats.



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