The Making of...Ed Zealous
If you've listened to Across the Line at all in the last few years, there's a fair chance you've heard a track by Belfast's Ed Zealous. Well, their time has finally arrived with the eventual release of a debut album later this year. First taster 'Diamonds for Eyes' (check it out via their bandcamp) is a belter - it bodes well! Here's Pete from the band to talk us through the making of....Ed Zealous!
The first record I bought was ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’ by.... MC Hammer. But the last record I bought was the ‘Drive’ Soundtrack - great movie, & one of the best soundtracks of recent times in my opinion!
The one gig that made me want to be in a band was The Roots at Glastonbury - they opened their set with a drum solo by ?uestlove! The whole group were outstanding live performers & I think I was lucky to catch them at their pinnacle when Leonard "Hub" Hubbard played bass & Rahzel was still beatboxing for them.
However, the one musician that inspired me to start performing would be Rancid’s Matt Freeman - simply a virtuosic bass player. I must have spent at least a year trying to learn his solo in 'Maxwell's Murder'!
The last gig Ed Zealous watched together was M83, definitely gig of the year so far!
If we were to pick a Northern Irish band to share a stage with every night, it'd be ASIWYFA, that'd be a blast. Their passion and live show are mind blowing!
If we could have anyone in the world in our band - well, Paul once had a dream that Jay Z stepped up and MC'd over an EZ tune and apparently He killed it! So we'd let him in the band... maybe...!
The first cover Ed Zealous ever performed was '2000 Light Years Away' by Green Day. Steve sang into one of those old microphones used for airport announcements we had stood on my bass amp. We weren't blessed with the greatest equipment when we started out!
The last cover we did was ‘I Want to Break Free’ by Queen. We play it at the start of every EZ rehearsal and punch the air hard.
I'll end by admitting to a big guilty pleasure of mine.... Shakin' Stevens!
Well, we dont quite know what to make of Shakin' Stevens but certainly, Ed Zealous, we look forward to hearing more new material presently. Don't be a stranger.