Sven Gali

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Sven Gali
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock, Glam metal, Heavy metal
Years active 1987–1996, 2007, 2009
Labels BMG Canada
Associated acts Helix, Kelly Gray
Past members Dave Wanless
Dee Cernile
Andy Frank
Shawn Maher
Steve Macgregor
Rob MacEachern
Gregg Gerson
Mike Ferguson

Sven Gali was a hard rock/glam metal band which originally started as a cover band in 1987 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[1] Their original lineup consisted of Dave Wanless (vocals), Dee Cernile (guitar), Andy Frank (guitar), Shawn Maher (bass), and Steve Macgregor (drums).


Early days and Sven Gali: 1987-1993[edit]

Sven Gali played covers locally for several years. In 1989, drummer Steve Macgregor was replaced by Rob MacEachern. Shortly after changing their setlist to 20% covers and 80% originals, Sven Gali earned a reputation for their live shows. On the strength of their original songs and live shows, they were signed to BMG Canada, after playing some key gigs in New York. They were signed to a seven-album contract, with international release through BMG subsidiary Ariola. As they began recording an album, the band collectively decided to fire MacEachern and hire on former Billy Idol drummer Gregg Gerson. Gerson, their third drummer, had previously played with Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger, and Mick Jones.[2] With this new lineup intact, they released their debut album in 1992.[3]

Sven Gali was produced by BMG Canada's David Bendeth. The album included the singles "Under The Influence", "Tie Dyed Skies", "In My Garden", and the ballad, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore". It included a cover of the Teenage Head song "Disgusteen" featuring guest vocals by Frankie Venom.[4] The band made four music videos, all of which were on regular rotation on Much Music. Sven Gali eventually went gold in Canada.[5]

Inwire and breakup: 1993-1996[edit]

The 1993 Juno Awards recognized Sven Gali and they were nominated for two awards, “Most Promising Group”, and “Hard Rock Album Of The Year”.[6] Shortly after this, the band began to work on the second album. They recorded in Seattle with production duties handled by future Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray. Prior to this, Gerson left the band and was replaced by their fourth drummer, Mike Ferguson. Ferguson and Gray had previous played together in a Seattle band called Dog Daze. The album, called Inwire (1995), featured guest musicians Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon, and Candlebox's Kevin Martin and Scott Mercado.[5] This second album had a distinctly different sound, which the band called an experiment, and which was influenced by Gray. Old Sven Gali fans did not respond well to their change of sound, and the band were heavily criticized for what was perceived as jumping on the grunge rock bandwagon.[7] The band toured behind Inwire until 1996, when the group disbanded.

Reunion: 2007-present[edit]

On August 11, 2007, Sven Gali reunited and played live for the first time in over 11 years at The Moose N Goose in Thorold, Ontario. Rob MacEachern returned on drums as a member. The concert was recorded and is planned to be released on DVD in the future.[8]

Guitarist Dee Cernile was diagnosed with cancer, and two benefit concerts were held for him on August 1 and August 7, 2009. Originally it was not known if Cernile would be able to play, so his brother Walter was tapped to fill in if need be.[9] Cernile did play guitar on both nights, and according to former Slash Puppet vocalist Mif, "if I didn't know any better I wouldn't know that there was anything wrong with the [...] guy. He was shredding all [...] night."[10]

Dee Cernile died of lung cancer on February 25, 2012, aged 46.[11][12]


  • Sven Gali (1992) BMG Canada
  • Inwire (1995) BMG Canada


  • Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1993) [#8 CAN]


  • Dave Wanless - lead vocals (1987-1996, 2007, 2009)
  • Dee Cernile - guitar (1987-1996, 2007, 2009; died 2012)
  • Andy Frank - guitar (1987-1996, 2007, 2009)
  • Shawn Maher - bass (1987-1996, 2007, 2009)
  • Steve Macgregor - drums (1987-1989)
  • Rob MacEachern - drums (1989-1991, 2007, 2009)
  • Gregg Gerson - drums (1991-1992)
  • Mike Ferguson - drums (1993-1996)
  • Craig weldrick - drums (unknown)

Member activity[edit]

Most of the members of Sven Gali are active elsewhere.

  • Dave Wanless has, as of 2005, also fronted The Betty Ford Band in the Niagara region.
  • Andy Frank has also been working in China as of 2005.
  • Shawn Maher has been working with George H. Ross the VP to the Trump Organization NYC to raise funds for the Billie & George Ross foundation and is the founder of GS Maher Property Holdings Ltd an Investment real-estate company with ties to NYC and playing with Forgotten Rebels since 2005.
  • Rob MacEachern joined Helix in February 2009 and stayed until October of that year. He has performed on three Helix albums.[13]
  • As of 2005, Gregg Gerson has been an educator as well as composer of music for TV advertisement and film.[14]
  • Dee Cernile had been living in Los Angeles since 2005, but he died of cancer in 2012.[15]


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