Backsliders formed in 1983 in Finland, coming together through a shared love of Rock Music and Motorcycles (the members rode Harley Davidson’s and were part of the outlaw club “Overkill MC” – certainly not the sort of band you’d want to mess with. The band in its original guise consisted of Marko on Vocals and Bass, Danny on Guitar and Ana on Drums. The band’s first album was a domestic release, “F.T.W. Blues,” and while it managed to gather some attention in their home country, they were on the lookout for something bigger.
Before they could get their second album released, however, Backsliders had to overcome the ultimate adversity: Marko was involved in a road accident, leaving him with a broken arm that left him unable to handle the Bass Guitar. Luckily, he found that the standard electric guitar, with its smaller frets and overall scale, was within his capabilities, and so he switched to playing rhythm guitar, filling out the space left when Danny took lead breaks and making the band’s sound that little bit bigger. New recruit Olli came in to fill the absence in the lower frequencies left by Marko, and once again the band was complete.
The Backsliders finally got round to recording their second album, “National Nightmare,” for a release in January 1988 through Heavy Metal Worldwide. Described as “real biker rock,” and “all round a great effort,” this was the high point for Backsliders. They continued recording and releasing material until 1994, though the chances of a reunion now are unfortunately nil, as Ana has passed away and Marko was tragically shot dead in a car park in 2001. A somewhat sombre end to quite a colourful tale, but then Backsliders were never going to fade into oblivion, they were always going to ride there at 100mph.