A teaser for "Round 1", the forthcoming album from reunited Australian rockers THE POOR, can be viewed below. The CD is scheduled for release on October 19 via Riot! Entertainment.
THE POOR (originally THE POOR BOYS) started out playing the pub circuit in Darwin nearly two decades ago. The plan was simple: hard rockin', hard drinkin' and world domination. In 1992 the band cut their debut release, the EP "Rude, Crude & Tattooed", produced by Rick Brewster and Bob Spencer from THE ANGELS. In mid-1993, the band recorded their debut album, "Who Cares", at Festival Studios in Sydney and Montreal, Canada with English producer Paul Northfield. THE POOR BOYS also became THE POOR, and on March 21, 1994 Epic Records released the single, "More Wine Waiter Please". It instantly became the No. 1 most added track on U.S. rock radio and attracted unprecedented acclaim from the U.S. rock press. Australia soon followed suit with the release of "Who Cares" on June 13 that year.
There was no stopping them now and with a mega-hit single and album, the whole world wanted a piece of THE POOR. They toured relentlessly, drank hard and rocked harder. Over the next two years, THE POOR toured the States (twice), Europe, Japan and all over Australia. During their turbulent roller coaster ride they scored support slots for THE ANGELS, AC/DC, KISS, SCORPIONS, ALICE IN CHAINS and VAN HALEN, just to name a few.
After relentlessly touring to support "Who Cares" and playing over 20 brand new songs to rock fans worldwide, they came to the realization that they had already toured the world with the second album without actually releasing it! Was this a case of too much too soon or the simple fact that they toured their asses off on the road for so long?
1998 saw the release of the single "Simple Livin'", and with the birth of a new decade, THE POOR went into hibernation.
It wasn't until 2008 that THE POOR returned to the stage for the first time in over 10 years when they were invited to join U.S. metal icons W.A.S.P. on a national tour around of Australia as special guests. Within minutes of being back on stage on the first night of the tour, it seemed that those 10 years had passed in the blink on an eye. THE POOR partied with many old-time fans while gaining many new fans who were witnessing their super-charged live performance for the very first time.