Neil auditioned with Bingley band Coda in 1988 and after being accepted as their new front man, began rehearsing with Dave, Rick and Leigh. The songs at this time were a mixture of classic 'old school' rock with several original numbers - mainly penned by guitarist, Dave Turner.
A slight change in direction came when Rick left the band and Paul Hudspith took over bass duties. The focus shifted slightly to concentrate more on popular covers - with more than a nod towards the sixties and seventies. This decision was made in the interests of playing more local shows and hopefully building on the bands reputation. In 1989, Leigh left the band and was replaced by Jim Cartwright. At this point Neil began songwriting with Dave, and these songs became the fore-runner to their next band, The Inquisition.