Hailing from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Vigilants were a four piece made up of Dave Yate (Bass Guitar); Mark Martorano (Guitar, Backing Vocals); Mike Defelice (Vocals, Guitar) and Pete Wright (Drums, Backing Vocals). The band were formed at a tender age - they had, in fact, played their grade 8 graduation with the same lineup that they would always have. They managed to record their debut EP partially from 50 hours of free recording time that they won when they came third in a local "Homegrown" contest. Not overly interested in a major label deal, feeling that this would inhibit their creativity, they managed to secure distribution of their EP through Heavy Metal America.
They released just one EP, 1985's "Run For Cover," through Heavy Metal America. Six tracks long, and with a running time just over 20 minutes, this should have been a solid introduction to a band that would release many more albums: taking a listen to this EP can instantly prove their songwriting and performance ability to any listener. However, it was unfortunately not to be, and for reasons that aren't entirely clear, the band never released any more music. The only evidence of any of the members having played any other music is an appearance by a Pete Wright on the 1983 Robin George album "History," where said Pete Wright is credited with playing bass: Phil Lynott also guest stars on this album.