Witchfynde were formed in Derbyshire, England in 1974, by bass guitarist and vocalist Neil Harvey. They discovered “Montalo” (real name Trevor Taylor) in a band called Atiofel.
The band released their first single, Give ‘Em Hell in 1979 and their debut album – also entitled Give ‘Em Hell – in 1980 and gained exposure by touring the UK with Def Leppard in the summer of 1980.
The second Witchfynde album, Stagefright, was released in 1980. A number of lineup changes took place before the third album Cloak and Dagger.
Their fourth album Lords of Sin received very bad reviews, which – coupled with more lineup changes and their independent label going bankrupt – brought disillusionment and resulted in the band splitting up.
Luther Beltz, Montalo, Pete Surgery and Gra Scoresby resurrected the band in October 1999, although Beltz was quickly replaced by Harry Harrison, a longtime fan of the band.
An album – The Witching Hour – was released in 2001 as the group’s first three albums were re-released on Cherry Red Records. Play It to Death was released in July 2008. The band continue to tour and record sporadically.
Trevor “Montalo” Taylor