For Mahoning Valley hard rock / hair metal fans in the '80s, a familiar Noise will be coming from Shotz Bar and Grill in Austintown Saturday.
A reunited White Noise - Paul Skowron, lead vocals; Jimi Gumina, guitar; Carlo Infante, bass; and Allen Sillaman, drums - will perform in advance of a new album featuring many of the songs the band played live but never ended up recording 25 years ago.
Skowron said the reunion was prompted by the band's fans.
"A lot of people on the Internet were kind of clamoring for it," he said. "That's what got us together again."
Sillaman recorded his parts more than a year ago at Youngstown's Ampreon Recorder, Skowron said, and guitars and vocals were recorded in New York with producer Paul Logus, who worked with them back with Noisy Mama.
Noisy Mama, which evolved out of White Noise, was signed out of the Valley to Atco Records and released its debut, "Everybody Has One" in 1991. The band recorded a video for "Heart of Stone" that was played on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, and it toured with Peter Frampton, Enuff Z'nuff and others, but the album was released just as the music business was shifting from party-time hard rock to the alternative sound of Nirvana.
WHO: White Noise, Leddfoot and Blue Through Branches
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Shotz Bar and Grill, 3713 Oakwood Ave., Austintown
"We were just getting ready to get on a tour," Skowron said. "That's when everything went down with Nirvana and everything got canceled."
The new record, and Saturday's concert, will feature plenty of old favorites, including "Party in the Rust" - "That's kind of our song about Youngstown," Skowron said - "Rescue Me" and the power ballad "Don't Throw Me Away."
"A lot of people got married to and had kids to that one," he said.
What happens after Saturday with White Noise still is up in the air. Sillaman is the only one who still lives in the area. Skowron is in North Carolina, Infante is in Florida and Gumina is in New York. A band meeting is planned this weekend to see how much time everyone is willing to devote to the group and how to proceed.
One of the details still to be determined is when the White Noise album will be released. Skowron said the band is hoping to get it distributed through a label rather than doing it themselves, but nothing has been signed yet.
For now the emphasis is on having a good time Saturday. Skowron said Blue Through Branches will start the evening, White Noise will play in the middle and Leddfoot will close.
"It's gonna be like the old days, only without the pyro."