Zero - Villa Elaine
Zero not Zeroes
Radiohead, Michael Stipe and Courtney Love amongst their fans,
Remy Zero unveil their debut album Villa Elaine after
already becoming a big hit on the touring circuit. And when
NME compare them to the likes of REM, The Smiths and Manic
Street Preachers, you know that the Alabama fivesome are going
to be well worth a listen.
after a New York apartment block that at one time or another
housed the likes of Munroe, Sinatra, Welles and Ray, Villa
Elaine gets of to a pretty slow and uninspiring start, as
you would expect when considering the above alter-egos. "Hermes
Bird" allows us a sneak preview of Cinjun Tate's whirringly
delightful vocals and lyrics, and "Life In Rain"
shows us the obvious depth that this band can achieve.
have to wait until "Hollow" before the real quality
stuff kicks in, and then glide on a crest of cool guitars
and until the peak is reached with the gentile "Fair."
seconds of sheer comedy, try "Goodbye Little World",
which has an intro sounding more like John Shuttleworth than
Pigeons In Flight.
neat little album, and you'd be well advised to try it out
one day soon. The band played a one-off gig in London last
May, but will soon return to dazzle summer festivals and star
at headline dates throughout the year.