“OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Crowds swelled on Ocean Springs Front Beach and at Ft. Maruepas Park and an armada of boats gathered on Biloxi Bay as the evening went along in anticipation of the city's fireworks show. Coupled with the Biloxi fireworks going on at almost the same time, it made for quite a sight. WORX from Mobile entertained those gathered in and near Ft. Maruepas Park with classic rock hits from the 70's and 80's. Many began firing their own fireworks from the beach well before dark. All in all, it was a successful celebration of the nation's birthday. "This was just great," said Scott Fleming of Latimer. "We brought the kids down early to let them play on the beach. The weather was perfect. It got cool as the sun went down. The band was really good and the fireworks were great." Rex Distributing sponsored the WORX performance. Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center also helped sponsor the celebration.”
“With grinding guitars, very Steve Perry-sounding vocals, and some psychedelic interludes, Worx made the nostalgia seem real. At times, it seemed like BayFest had really beamed itself back to the high point of hair bands and hard rock.”
“And what about Worx at 6:15 on the Coca-Cola Stage? This locally based group has such a knack for capturing the sweeping, upbeat vibe of big ‘80s rock that I have to get at least a little taste.”
“Dittman had put Worx on the radar and the band began enjoying the "fruits" of success. Worx has relocated to Mobile, AL and has had local radio play with their debut album One. Their most recent project Retrosonic has been a huge hit with their fans! -”
“And no wonder. Its sunny, upbeat, innocent qualities were sorely missing from mainstream rock and pop. Particularly around Carnival time, crowds always seemed to turn out for groups such as the Velcro Pygmies and the Molly Ringwalds. Nothing against such groups, but Worx has a much narrower focus. It doesn’t aim for the broad spectrum of ’80s pop. “We’re really not that. We’re more identifiable. When people come out to see a Worx show, you know what you’re going to be getting,” said Leys. “It basically homes in on the supergroups. Your Journeys, your Foreigners, your Survivors, Kansas, that type of thing.” Now, I’m perfectly aware these groups aren’t everyone’s cup of tea; they weren’t even my personal favorites back in their heyday. But Worx has this genius for capturing their vibe, their exuberance, their operatic excess. Worx doesn’t sound like a Journey copycat; it sounds like a group that could have been going head-to-head with Journey in the Top 40 ba”
"We didn't want to over-produce the cd," he said. "We didn't want to do the "cookie-cutter" sound of some of today's current rock bands. And everything about the cutting of the project was done on the local level. We think "Retrosonic" will have real substance to it." It's one thing to cover songs and emulate music from the high-hair, tight pants rock and roll glitz and glam era, but it's entirely another thing if you were there as a musician. Worx was right smack dab in the middle of that wonderful time of corporate rock and roll. "We have not changed our stripes since the beginning," Leys said. "We've stuck to our guns and I feel like it's all paying off. It was all about taking the long road and being an honest band performing honest music."
“B-ham band hits the DIP Band: Worx (American Cancer Benefit) Date: Sunday, April 19 at 12 p.m. Venue: The Zebra Lounge, 2343 Dauphin Island Pkwy., 473-2997 Tickets: TBA Worx originally formed in Birmingham in the early ’80s and created talk in the local music scene with their classic rock sound - a sound that caught the ear of the late Bernard Dittman (owner of WAPI in Birmingham as well as WABB in Mobile). Dittman was so impressed he recruited them to play WAPI’s third anniversary at Blue Water Park in Pelham. After this performance, Worx had earned the street credibility needed to make them a smash hit in the region. Years and members have come and gone, and Worx has relocated to the Port City. However, they still maintain quite a bit of original material and covers from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. They have also maintained their classic rock sound with distorted riffs complimented by Billy Leys’ unwavering voice.”