William “Bill” Mead is quite a clever chap. He has actually discovered how to bottle lightning!
Ask anyone who has seen and heard Bill’s high energy rock and blues band The Sharpeez –
on a stage in a club or festival across Europe and the UK during the band’s lengthy musical
career, and they will confirm this feat. Incendiary performances and the ability to connect with
an audience of any size and age, to create a guaranteed electric atmosphere and lasting
memories, sets this outfit apart from their peers on the blues and rock circuit. The individual
musicians in the line-up have fabulous playing pedigrees, but as a unit, they have chemistry
you could cut with a blunt knife!
Bill and the chaps can pen a decent song too, and transfer that on-stage power and energy to
record, as evidenced on their cracking album, “Wild One”, released in Spring 2018. Their fifth
album named after the classic Marlon Brando movie. Recorded in France, where they teamed
up with acclaimed recording engineer Paul Madden, who has worked with a myriad of stars
including The White Stripes, Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, The Stranglers and many others. The
album was mixed and mastered by Loz Netto at his private studio. The material, the
performances and the production all have equal importance across the new record, and Bill’s
innate storytelling skills on the songwriting side of things, are most definitely to the fore.
There’s groove galore, there is ample feel, they get down and dirty with some sizzling slide
guitar licks and they rock out when required. There really is “something for everyone” on the
latest release, and the same can be said when you catch these cool cats live. A smile on the
faces of the guys and gals who walk away from a Sharpeez gig at the end of the night
whether that is in Europe, the UK or further afield – is regular currency and reward.
The Sharpeez, formed from the ashes of popular 1970s London and Kent band Rebel,
became hot favourites alongside Dr Feelgood and The Stranglers in all the major London pub
rock venues of the time., such as The Hope and Anchor and The Marquee. In 1984, they
decided to take a hiatus, which became almost a 20-year period. The band returned in 2003,
with Baz Payne on bass, Spencer Blackledge on drums and Bill Mead playing the guitar and
Today’s core line-up is Bill Mead on lead guitar and lead vocals,
Lead Guitar/Slide and vocals: Loz Netto (Moon, Sniff ‘n’ the Tears, ex Polygram and Atlantic
records solo artist)
Drums: Brendan O’Neill, (Rory Gallagher,Nine Below Zero.)
Clive Edwards: (Pat Travers, John Cale, UFO, Lionheart.)
Bass: Fergie Fulton, (Hokie Joint)
Derek White: (Storm Warning, Larry Miller Band.)
Stevie Browning: (The Pretty Things.)
The Sharpeez have won widespread critical acclaim with their albums, especially
2011’s “Open For Surgery” and their studio release, “Mississippi Thrill”.
Bill Mead has a long history of writing and recording music. He released his first
single “Rocka Shocka” with Rebel in the 1970s. He was signed by Fischer Z
Management, and he wrote and recorded the album, “Strangers in New York” for
Red Admiral Records.“Mississippi Thrill” arrived in 2014. Tracks from this
acclaimed album made the Top 10 of the prestigious IBBA chart (Independent
Blues Broadcasters Association) “most played” chart.
Loz Netto is an internationally respected musician, composer, songwriter, vocalist,
guitarist, producer and recording engineer. A former member of the hit band
Sniff ‘n’ The Tears. He began his professional career in the 1970’s and at 17,
was hired to play the guitar on tour for Drifters legend, Ben ‘E’ King. He then
joined the cult soul/funk band Moon as guitarist and songwriter, and in 1976
signed to CBS records, recording two albums with the band, while touring the
U.K and Europe.
Loz became a founder member of Sniff ‘n’ The Tears and by 1978 the band had
a worldwide award-winning hit record with “Drivers Seat”, from their acclaimed
album “Fickle Heart”.Loz recorded two albums with the band and toured the
world, including a three-month tour of the USA, playing huge football stadiums.
He appeared on Top of The Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test and other major TV
shows in Europe and the US.
In 1982, Loz launched a solo career signing to Polygram Records and recorded
his debut solo album at George Martin’s Air Studios. His first single “Fade Away”,
appeared in the U.S top 40 for six weeks. The single went Top Ten in Holland and
charted in most European countries. He recorded two albums for Polygram.
He was then signed to Atlantic Records by label founder Ahmet Ertegun, and his
album for the label received critical acclaim, and various songs were used in U.S
films and T.V shows. He has toured with Tasmin Archer and Paul Young among
many others. His songs have been covered by Chaka Khan, Joe Walsh,
Rick James, Kenny Loggins and others and been used on many TV and movie
There is palpable chemistry with these remarkably versatile and vastly
experienced individual musicians – but as a unit under The Sharpeez banner,
they are a formidable force. The band’s sound unashamedly nods towards their
main influences such as Rory Gallagher, Dr Feelgood, Tom Petty, The Rolling
Stones, George Thorogood, Paul Kossoff, Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser.
But they most certainly tread their own path musically, and regularly achieve
extensive radio airplay worldwide. Good time British R & B never sounded in
such good health…