Sawyer were started in 1990 by Andrew Hunter and John Mackie who then asked Iain Hinchliffe, of Fife band The Schoolhouse, and Alan Findlay, from Silent Falls and Supernova, to get together.
The line-up was John (vocals), Andrew (bass), Alan (drums) and Iain (guitar).
They recorded a double 7” single ‘Ghetty Chasun’ for Human Condition Records of Edinburgh, operated by Jamie Watson of Chamber Studios.
After the single there was a line-up change, replacing Andrew Hunter with Alan Wilson on bass and adding Derek Anderson on guitar.
The band’s debut album titled ‘On The Seven’ was also released on Human Condition.
Sawyer went on long-term hiatus in 2000 following guitarist Iain’s move to London for work, but briefly reformed last year for a one-off gig at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus as part of a tribute night to the former Edinburgh Venue Cas Rock.
Iain now plays in Part Chimp, Alan Findlay played drums in Mute records artists Foil, Derek Anderson plays in Scotland’s premier Police tribute ‘The Polis’ as well as ‘Harlot’, whilst Alan Wilson plays guitar in 13 Tombs.
Two compilation CDs of the bands work are available; ‘Air Freshener’ and ‘Handbags At Dawn’.