Shortly after the 2nd departure of Noiz’s lead singer, Pete Russello, which caused the band to go inactive in 1986, Noiz’s original drummer, Mike Shaner, and original vocalist approached Brad and asked him to play bass with them. At the time the two musicians were playing with Whitney “Udo” Baker and Tim Rymer. Brad agreed to play with them, took the “Noiz” moniker with him, and formed yet another new incarnation of Noiz.
Around this same time that Brad resurrected Noiz, former Noiz members Eric & Lee Gibson, Jerry Outlaw, and Gary Muchmore reunited and hired a bassist by the name of Brian. The five of them also resurrected the moniker and started calling themselves Noiz, in order to honor a contract that Chuck Thompson and Brad Davis had negotiated some time before with Steve Deleportas from Royal Records in Cherry Hill New Jersey and Nick Dadea, engineer at the Warehouse in Philedelphia. This other version of Noiz entered the studio in 1987 and recorded three songs , "You're on My Mind", "Kings and Queens", and "Reign of Steel".
The two separate versions of Noiz started disputing over who owned the rights to the band name. Gary Muchmore believed he did, however Brad Davis contested that since he was the original, founding member of Noiz, the only ever bass player for Noiz, and his band consisted of two other original members of Noiz, that he had the right to use the Noiz moniker. In the end, Gary’s version of Noiz ended up changing their name to Messiaxx, with Brad’s version keeping the name Noiz. Messiaxx went on to open for Savatage at a show at the Crossover in Tampa. This would end up being the only show Messiaxx did with their bassist Brian, with Brian leaving the band shortly after. Around the same time, Noiz disbanded and Brad was approached by Messiaxx to replace Brian on bass.
Following Brad joining the band, Messiaxx talked with Jon Oliva of Savatage, who agreed to shop a record deal for Messiaxx. Before too long, Messiaxx started receiving several offers from record companies, with the best offer coming from US Metal out of West Germany in 1987. US Metal offered Messiaxx a 1-album deal that included a $185,000.00 advance, with no payback of the advance required. The offer also included American and European distribution deals as well. In addition, US Metal offered to fly Messiaxx over to Europe to record their debut album, and cover all costs associated with studio time and accommodations.
While the band was working out the details of the record deal with US Metal, Messiaxx performed with Alias and two other bands at a concert for WTMV Channel 32 (V-32) at the Tampa Fairgrounds. Messiaxx had a great reception at the concert, performing in front of a crowd of about 3,000 concert goers.
A few weeks after the V-32 show, Eric Gibson & Jerry Outlaw quit the band and relocated to Tennessee once again. With Eric & Jerry leaving the band, US Metal withdrew their offer, killing the bands record deal. Soon after, the band started auditioning guitarist to replace Eric & Jerry, and once again brought back Pete Russello on guitar.
In 1988, a compilation album called “Tampa Bay Metal Mercenaries I - The Invasion”, was released on C-ME Records. The album featured several Tampa Bay metal bands including Blackkout, Keith Kollins’ Krunch, Camelot, Iced Earth, Fester, Oblivion, Halifax, Thunder, SDT, Osiris, Siren, Dirty Virgin, and Arsenal. The album also featured the song “Island Inchantress” by Messiaxx. Though the song was originally written and recorded in 1984 at Skybound Recording Studios in New Port Richey when the band was called Noiz, the band was credited as Messiaxx since the album was released after the original Noiz disbanded and the members formed Messiaxx. The Noiz/Messiaxx band name wasn't the only controversy and/or confusion regarding the song “Island Inchantress”. The credits printed on the album for the song has been debated as well. The song credits that are printed on the album state that Jerry Outlaw is the one who played guitar (on the intro) and bass. However, Brad Davis has been on record stating that Jerry Outlaw didn’t take part in the 1984 recording sessions of the song, and it was in fact Brad himself who recorded the guitar intro and bass parts on the final recording of the song.
“At that time, Gary [Muchmore] and I were going through a difficult time after my departure, and Eric and Jerry's return from Tennessee, so Gary credited the intro guitar and bass to Jerry [Outlaw], but it was me.” - Brad Davis
In the meantime, Brad & Chuck stayed busy with their production company, Noiz Productions. Noiz Productions promoted the 1989 Savatage show that was in support for their Gutter Ballet album.
Unfortunately more line-up changes would soon fall upon Messiaxx as Lee Gibson left to join another successful area band, Blackkout. After Lee’s departure, Johnny Osborn joined Messiaxx as their new drummer, along with John Seymore as their new guitarist. Unfortunately Osborn only lasted a short time in the band as he soon left to join the newly forming Doctor Butcher with Jon Oliva. Finally, Messiaxx brought in Nate Keefer to replace Osborn on the drums.
Between 1989 & 1991, Brad started playing in another original band called Templar. Templar included Wade Black on vocals, Whitney “Udo” Baker on guitar, Original Noiz drummer Jeffry Claus on drums, and of course Brad on bass.
In 1992, Messiaxx performed at the now legendary Rock-It club in Tampa, opening for Savatage at Jon Oliva's farewell performance. Later that same year, Messiaxx returned to the Rock-It club to perform with Doctor Butcher.
Shortly after Messiaxx’s show with Doctor Butcher at the Rock-It Club, Gary Muchmore announced that he would be retiring from music, and that he would be taking the name “Messiaxx” with him. Due to this, the band reverted back to the name Noiz. Shortly after the name change, Pete Russello departed once again. John Seymore was brought in to replace Pete Russello on guitar, and George Clarkson joined the band to replace Gary Muchmore on lead vocals.
In 1993, Noiz opened for Savatage at a show at ML Chasers, just two weeks prior to Chris Oliva’s death. Then in September of 1994, Noiz performed live at the 5th Annual Tampa Bay Metal Awards, held at the Ritz Theatre in Ybor City. Shortly thereafter, Noiz disbanded for the very last time.
In 1995, Brad started playing in a local cover band called Ritual. Ritual consisted of original Noiz lead singer Tom Boucher along with Rob McLaughlin on guitar, Frankie Mob Sr. on guitar and vocals, Brad on bass & vocals, and Johnnie Osborn on drums. Eventually Tom Boucher would be replaced on lead vocals by Troy Daniels, and Johnnie Osborn would be replaced on the drums by TJ Williams. later Brad himself would be replaced on bass with Darrin McFarland.
Following his departure from Ritual, Brad joined another cover band called The Unknown. The Unknown also consisted of Bruce Miller on lead vocals, Marty Lindman on drums and vocals, and a guitarist named Joe.
“...His last name escapes me... I’ve played in sooo many bands that the time-lines get confusing to me.” - Brad Davis
Eventually Brad would leave The Unknown and join another original band...
“After I left that band [The Unknown], I wound up in ,what I consider to be one of the best bands I played in called Taken By Force.” - Brad Davis
Aside from Brad, Taken By Force consisted of Troy Daniels on lead vocals, Mike Carpenter on lead guitar, Lee Pons on keys & vocals, and Noiz / Messiaxx drummer Nate Keefer. Eventually Chad Gould would replace Lee Pons on the keys.
Taken by Force would eventually catch the interest of an investor who was ready to give the band a $50,000.00 advance to record, package, distribute and promote Taken By Force’s debut album. The band also caught the interest of Wind-Up Records, the same label that signed Tallahassee born rock band Creed. Unfortunatly both deals fizzled out due to internal conflicts within the band.
“[This was] one of the major disappointments in my career.” - Brad Davis
Following his disappointment with Taken By Force’s failed deals and internal conflicts, Brad left the band and joined Trilogy. At the time, Trilogy consisted of former Ritual member Frankie Mob Sr. on lead vocals & guitar, Jeffrey Clause on rhythm guitar, keys & vocals, and Pete “Foots” Grata on drums & vocals. Eventually Jeffrey Clause would retire, being replaced by Monte Valdez on keys. Trilogy disbanded shortly thereafter following Frankie Mob Sr. leaving the band to join Six Gun Saloon with his son Frankie Mob Jr.
Following the disbanding of Trilogy, Brad then joined the original band 1404, based out of Clearwater. 1404 also consisted of April Wharton on lead vocals, Mike McCann on lead guitar, Scott Lewis Chase on rhythm guitar & vocals, and Rich Lesniak on drums. 1404 recorded and released their self titled debut album in 2001, which was recorded at ESP Studios, and engineered by Glenn Laubaugh.
“I felt that that band would go far so I invested $3,800.00 in merchandise, including recording and pressing the CD.” - Brad Davis
Following the release of their debut album, several line-up changes took place in in the band including Ricky "Zoom Zoom" Teague replacing Rich Lesniak on drums, and Chuck Lang replacing April Wharton on lead vocals.
“Rich departed to concentrate on his job as manager of the downtown air park in St.Petersburg... Later April left the band to concentrate on raising her daughters.” - Brad Davis
1404 continued to play all over the Tampa Bay area and beyond, even performing at the New Smyrna Beach Raceway for their annual Bike Week festivities in 2002 and 2003. Unfortunately though, internal conflicts would eventually consume the band, and 1404 disbanded shortly thereafter in 2003.
Not being one to lay low for too long, Brad resurfaced in 2004 when he joined the line up in Bad Neighbors, replacing Steve Hochberg on bass. At that point, Bad Neighbors had been around for four years already, and had built up a very respectable fan base. When Brad joined Bad Neighbors, the band already consisted of Brad’s former Messiaxx band mates, Lee & Eric Gibson.
“Mike Dillon decided he wanted to retire from Bad Neighbors, his replacement was Lee Gibson from Messiaxx. Lee Fenical was forced to retire at that time due to some physical problems, Lee Gibson suggested Eric, his brother, and he became the second guitarist along with Mike May. Both [Gibson Brothers] sang vocals, Dennis Daley was on lead vocals. For whatever reason, they wanted to replace Steve Hochberg on bass so I was approached to fill that slot. Later I suggested we add keys and we added Glen Laubaugh on keys and vocals, thus becoming the only version of Bad Neighbors with keys, which really expanded the music we could approach.” - Brad Davis
Later on in 2004, Lee & Eric Gibson’s father passed away. After the two brothers traveled up to Tennessee to attend their fathers’ funeral, Lee made the decision to stay in Tennesse to oversee his dads’ estate.
With Lee Gibson leaving the band, Bad Neighbors decided to disband rather than hold auditions for a new drummer.
“He's [Lee Gibson] one of the best drummers to play in Tampa Bay and it would have been a tall order to fill his shoes” - Brad Davis
Following the unexpected breakup of Bad Neighbors in 2004, Brad was asked to audition for Retrovein. Brad auditioned and got the spot in the band. Brad would continue to play bass in Retrovein for over a year, until his departure in 2005.
Following his departure from Retrovein, Brad would later form a short lived band called Strange Angels along with Jeff “Drum” Hammer and former Retrovein bandmate Tim Knisely.
“That band only lasted two gigs. Tim and I were both disenchanted and laid off for a bit. Later we both got the itch...” - Brad Davis
In the spring of 2010, Brad and Tim formed the cover/original band, Wikkid. Wikkid’s original lineup consisted of Tim Knisely on lead vocals & guitar, Dave Seifert on lead guitar, Brad on bass, and Tim Cook on drums... though the band would eventually replace Tim Cook with Jay Diesel. Worried about over-saturating themselves in the area like so many other bands in the scene, Wikkid limited themselves to only playing 1 or 2 shows a month. It didn’t take long before Wikkid started drawing large crowds, and building a respectable fan base. Unfortunatly though, Brad parted ways with Wikked one year later in 2011, eventually being replaced with bassist Owen Law.
Following his departure from Wikkid, Jeffry Claus asked Brad to join his band, Blackstone. Brad would go on to play in Blackstone for over a year, until his departure in 2012.
“I got disgruntled with the fact that much of the material was the same that we played in Trilogy, and decided to part ways with them.” - Brad Davis
Around the same time (2011-2012) Brad was playing with Blackstone, he was also playing in several other bands, two of which included Restless Soul, and a Black Sabbath tribute band called Figure in Black which included Joe Diez and Ozzy Ozgood. Brad had short stints in both bands, being a member for about a year in each one.
“[I] played in Restless Soul for a year but that band mainly played out once a month which wasn't enough for me. Later I wound up in a band I don't even want to do the justice of naming.” -Brad Davis
Brad's current band, Axis, formed in 2013 and includes former Twisted Logic lead singer Tricia Gallagher, Ariel Galang on guitar & vocals, and James "Bama" Baker on drums & vocals.
“AXIS... It is a cover band but we are discussing also adding originals into the mix....Rehearsals are going well” - Brad Davis
To say that Brad is a longtime, devoted lover of music, both as a performer or as a fan, would be an understatement. Along the way, Brad had collected memorabilia from not only his bands, but from many other bands from the Tampa Bay area. In 2012, Brad generously donated thousands of old photos and hundreds of old music magazines to the Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society, much of which dated as far back as the 1980's.
What is in the future for Brad Davis? If his past is any indication, the safe answer would be that anything is possible!
*For more information on the history of the Tampa Bay music scene, including photos and videos, visit the Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society online museum.
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