Briar came together in 1979, made up of Kevin Griffiths (Vocals, Guitar); Dean Cook (Drums); Dean Rogers (Guitar) and David Tattum (Bass). They played their first gig under the name in 1980, a name they settled on after having “got pissed off changing names all the time,” according to their official website. Line up changes ensued, with the band eventually settling on Kevin Griffiths on bass and Darren Underwood and Dave Fletcher taking over the guitar duties after Dean Rogers’ departure.
Briar put out their first 7 inch single through Happy Face Records, which brought them the attention of such major publications as Kerrang magazine. They also drew the attention of FM-Revolver/ Heavy Metal Records, and so in 1985 they put out the single “One More Chance” through FM-Revolver, before going on to release the album “Too Young” soon afterwards through Heavy Metal Records.
This brought the band the attention they needed to get bigger gigs, getting support slots for such bands as Tygers of Pan Tang and Eddie & The Hot Rods. Unfortunately, this was the end of this label’s relationship with Briar: they would go on to release more music through other labels, and eventually dissolved in 1993.