San Francisco based outfit fronted by ex- Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady. Casady brought with him Nick Buck from Hot Tuna and added Brian Marnell and Bill Gibson from Airplay (ex Sound Hole) . The band was formed early in 1978 as Jack Casady Band but evolved rapidly into SVT.

While the band became live favourites in the Bay Area they never managed to crack into the big money markets. Apart from their EP & LP, SVT had two 45s on 415 Records and a cut on the Ambition Records compilation "Declaration of Independence" (AMB 1) in 1980. Their debut single "Heart of Stone", became a hit on local FM station KSAN.

Bill Gibson, who had been a founding member of SVT, did not play on any of SVT's albums - only on the singles. Although, he is playing drums and singing backing vocals on two tracks that were added to the re-released and extended "No Regrets" album (see discography). Bill left SVT in 1979 to form what was to become Huey Lewis and the News . He was replaced by local drummer Paul Zahl.

With Zahl on drums, SVT recorded "Extended Play" in 1979 and after Nick Buck left SVT early in 1981, the remaining trio recorded "No Regrets". The later album dissappeard very soon after its release because the band had difficulties to find a bigger audience - mostly due to the fact that the SF audience had problems with SVT's 'punk/new wave style'. They expected different things from Casady. Eventually the lack of success and changing lifestyles led to SVT's end in 1982. Marnell's death on August 19, 1983 would also end any reunion ideas - if they ever existed.

In 2005 SVT's music became available on CD for the first time ever. Rykodisc released SVT's second album "No Regrets" with four bonus tracks. The re-release was produced by Johnny Colla and Brian Marnell's brother Randy Marnell. The CD includes liner notes by Johnny Colla who had been a good friend of Brian Marnell since 1973 and played with Brian in Sound Hole/Airplay before he joined Huey Lewis and the News and Brian would join SVT.

 

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