Zutons have just released their first album and it comes bearing
the intriguing title of Who Killed the Zutons? While
this question is doubtless of great concern to friends and family
of the band and perhaps even the local constabulary, it isnt
really top of my priorities.
Ive been waiting in a ghost town of a café for half
an hour or so for an interview that has already been rescheduled
once today. Where the hell are The Zutons?, Why
arent The Zutons sitting talking to me Do The
Zutons really exist? These are the questions that concern
me the most.
answer to the latter is, thankfully, yes. The Zutons do exist
and they are they latest hot young group to emerge from the culture
ridden streets of Liverpool. Lead singer Dave Mcabe has just arrived
at my table fresh (or rather not so fresh) from a game of football
with the band.
Abi Harding, Saxophone 20
David McCabe, Lead Vocalist 22
Boyan Chowdhury, Lead Guitar 23
Sean Payne, Drums 23
Russell Pritchard, Bass 23
Who Killed The Zutons
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are not alone though, with The Stands, The Coral and The Bandits
all recently thrust into the public eye, there appears to be something
of a scouser-scene developing I definitely feel like
were part of something, says Mcabe but my only
problem with it is a lot is made out of it because its easy
to do. It only becomes a scene when people say it is.
What though of the legendary musical history of the city? (apparently
four young whipper-snappers called The Beatles turned a couple of
heads in the 60s). Really I dont feel it. You
can be from anywhere
you either write good songs or you dont,
youve either got a good band or you havent. Anybody
who has heard recent singles like Pressure Point or
You Will, You Wont will probably agree that Mcabe
and co. fall safely on the right side of this line.
If you dont know the band then be ready for an aural assault
of pop, skiffle, ska, funk and
wait for it
Two important questions need to be asked here, firstly how do they
feel about being so diversely labelled? and secondly, what on earth
is voodoo rock?
I think its great, it means people cant pigeon-hole
us. When you buy the album you dont hear 12 songs that sound
I like Talking Heads, Sly and the Family Stone, we
all like James Brown and some of the band are into Devo but whatever
it is you The Zutons are playing it.
And as for voodoo rock? thats like early Dr.John stuff
really swampy sound with loads of tambourines. Tambourines?
My hopes of a rant about black magic and dolls with pins in their
eyes are crushed in a trice. Sorry man, Im not very
quotey today, Dave confesses. He neednt worry though
as I have another question up my sleeve. Who are youre
favourite other artists who begin with Z? I ask.
I definitely feel part of a brotherhood of Z
lets say Frank Zappa, is it a good feeling to be part
of this scared brotherhood? its the best
was a Z Tour it would be Frank Zappa headlining, ZZ Top and us,
Not very quotey? I beg to differ.
And thus it ends, Dave the Zuton has been fun, chatty and he even
drew me a lovely picture for my efforts. Couple this with the powerful
live show delivered later at the Brickyard and their impressive
new album and the question should really be not about who killed
The Zutons but who is going to stop them?
Rory's review of The Zutons @ The Brickhouse »