Matteo Sedazzari

Sunday, 03 March 2013 17:57

Marcus Reeves Mistaken Identity



I knew Marcus Reeves was talented, and could pen a song. In addition I had the pleasure of meeting him last year, and what a sharp, intelligent, focused and witty man he is.   Furthermore, his understanding of music and songwriting was overwhelming, as we discussed these subjects at a bar in Denmark Street London WC1.  So, when I received his latest offering, I did not hesitate for a second before hitting the play button, and the track I heard increased my already high opinion of Marcus Reeves. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:56

Sixties Legend Billy J Kramer Talks to ZANI

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Do you want to know a secret? Billy J Kramer is back and very soon it will be common knowledge, as he has been busy recording a comeback album, which has spawned a single To Liverpool with Love.  A native of Merseyside and now happily residing in New York, yet it seems he has never forgotten his roots, and why should he as he was at the centre of the Merseybeat in the early sixties?  Young northern teenagers inspired by American rock ‘n’ roll artists like Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course Elvis,  making music.



A Light That Never Goes Out, is a recent biography of one of Manchester’s finest bands, The Smiths, formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1987.  Their first single, Hand in Glove, was released in May 1983 on Rough Trade.  With the jangling guitar intro of Johnny Marr coupled with Morrissey’s unique melancholia and melodic vocals,  backed by Mike Joyce’s 50’s rock ‘n’ roll meets 70’s funk drumming and the beating and pulsating bass lines of Andy Rourke,

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:30

Belief Is All - The Jam



These were the last words Paul Weller penned on The Jam's final album "Dig the New Breed", and I fondly recall where I read them for the first time. It was the 8th December 1982 (coincidentally the second anniversary of John Lennon's murder) late afternoon, and I was sitting in a Wimpy bar in the centre of Birmingham with my brother and his girlfriend, killing time whilst waiting for the doors to open to see The Jam at Bingley Hall.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 21:01

The Zolas Ancient Mars


The Zolas are a duo from Vancouver, Canada with Zachary Gray on vocals and guitar and Tom Dobrzanski on keyboards and piano, who use a variety of session musicians for live and recording work, which is a good thing as their songs, overall, are certainly epic affairs that are catchy and well thought out.
Monday, 26 November 2012 17:21

ABBA



ABBA first found success at the Eurovision Song Contest February 1974, with their pastiche to the British Glam Rock Sound, Waterloo. An anthemia and melodic pop song with catchy hook line chorus, a wall of sound production and powerful horn sections that penetrated the brain with the harmonious 'Waterloo'.


Getting it from the horse's mouth is definitely the best way to hear a story, and that certainly is the case with Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. A title that says what it does on the tin, as Hook shares the highs and lows of the short but successful career of Joy Division. A band that only spawned two albums, Unknown Pleasure and Closer, records that have stood the test of time and still cited by many as a major influence. The story of Joy Division is as tragic as it is inspiring,
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 17:45

Marcus Reeves Black Tears Reviewed



Marcus Reeves is a new singer/songwriter from Clapham, London, who is stylish, focused and talented. He is just about to release his debut album Quicksilver – The Masquerade, which has spawned his debut single Black Tears.
Monday, 20 August 2012 20:15

Ian Astbury of The Cult Returns to ZANI



The Cult's latest album, Choice of Weapon, has been a success, charting on both sides of the Atlantic. As reviewed previously in ZANI (Choice of Weapon Review), proving The Cult continue to evolve with their music.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 19:34

The Cult - Choice of Weapon



The Cult's  Choice of Weapon, their first album since 2007, is a tour de force, with opening cymbals on the first track Honey From A Knife, followed by the heavy dabbing guitar of maestro Billy Duffy. The setting is primed for an exploration in attitude, anger and belief. Coupled with baritone vocals of Ian Astbury, it's pure rock and roll, a musical pandemonium that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Similar to a heavyweight boxer fighting for a title, the album as a whole is merciless, skilful, strong and daring. Moreover like a boxing match, there is a break to catch your breath, then the harmonious mayhem begins, as each track takes us into the wonderful sound of The Cult.

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