|Jay Wilfong – Guitar, Vocals; Mark Sipe – Bass; Larry Lucas – Guitar, Vocals; Dave Campton – Lead Vocals, Harp, Percussion; Mel Cupp – Drums|
Primevil released one LP in 1974, Smokin’ Bats at Campton’s on the vaunted 700 West label. The album was recorded there and engineered by owner Mo Whittemore, who added synthesizer to the album. This album has become one of Indiana most sought after rock records, and is quite scarce today. Primevil’s sound is heavy rock with early metal tendencies, comparable in some ways to Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.
The LP was pirated on CD by UK label Radioactive Records, and also officially reissued via CD-R by the band. Greek label Anazitisi issued a limited edition vinyl reissue authorized by Primevil in 2013. Primevil played live frequently in the Central Indiana area in the 1970’s. In 1972, they self-released a single, “Fantasies/Too Dead To Live”; it is rumored that the band destroyed most copies due to dissatisfaction with its sound.
Prior to Primevil, Wilfong played in The Poverty Programme, along with Dave Scott and Dan Modlin. Modlin and Scott also have a well regarded LP release on 700 West. Following the breakup of Primevil, Wilfong formed Buccaneer, which released an LP with two singles included, in 1980.
Wilfong and Dave Scott owned and operated Programme Audio, a label which released several country/bluegrass records in the late 1970s to early 1980’s. Wilfong relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and has continued to record and perform as “Dr. Fong”. Wilfong was in the news in 2019 when he purchased Reba McIntire’s 46 acre farm near Nashville, announcing plans to add a live music venue and winery to the property.
|Related Artists: Buccaneer, Poverty Programme, Nightowl Band|
|Years Active: 1970’s|