Early Galway bands featuring drummer Mike Arrigan, later of The Fuze. Both bands centered around songwriters Rob Coen and Brian Doody. Arrigan only began to write after co-founding The Fuze in 1980.
The MS Band formed in 1977 and played support slots mainly in Seapoint and Leisureland (the latter supporting Rob Strong) and around the UCG campus. Their set included both covers and Coen & Doody originals. The initials in MS Band stood for "mucho shit". They were also known as the "Ag Vibes Band" on occasion.
In 1978 Arrigan, Coen & Doody formed Open Asylum with new bassist Pat Lanham. Open Asylum again mainly played support slots around the Galway area but also did occasional gigs further afield. One such gig was in Portlaoise in the Spring of 1978 (or possibly '79) when they were joined by temporary front man Paul Keogh AKA Scamaill of the Arthur Phybes Band.
Open Asylum recorded some demos recordings on a stereo in Tonwee House in Oughterard over the course of a weekend in 1978. Seven bands originals were recorded. These feature stand-in drummer Dom Finkeldei, as Mike Arrigan could not make it. These demos were never released
The band split sometime in 1979. Mike Arrigan went on to The Fuze, Rob Coen to Scum Of The Earth.
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