Matteo Sedazzari

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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As I step off the train in a semi-rural picturesque northern town on the outskirts of Manchester, my mood is heightened as the sound of Motown, (a frequent fixture on my MP3 Player), is making me feel vibrant and inspired. I love the honesty, the soul and well crafted songs of this iconic label, and since my discovery of the sound of young America as a teenager, it is a label
Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:35

Clem Burke of Blondie talks to ZANI

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It is late January 1964 and the kids from Bayonne, New Jersey are excited as they travel to Central Park Zoo in New York City on the yellow school bus. The vehicle is filled with the laughter of children, as they swap baseball cards, display the contents of their Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bugs Bunny lunch boxes. A few of the kids start to sing the theme tune to Rawhide. A dark haired kid occasionally joins in with a smile, as he picks up his comic book and he wishes he could be bitten by a radioactive spider, or get caught in a nuclear explosion and become a superhero.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:26

ZANI chats To Plastic Youth

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As I wander through the back streets of Waterloo SE1 on my way to interview Essex based band, Plastic Youth with their manager Bob Morris, my mood starts to brighten. Not that I was in a particularly bad mood, I just wasn't that focused, due to the usual hustle and bustle of Waterloo Station. However the mayhem and madness experienced around a busy train station, can have quite magical moments while you 'people-watch' under the neon lights. But once I escaped the clutches of commuter hell I began to think about the task ahead.
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:27

Ian Astbury - ZANI- Speak To The Man

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“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, and religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”.  

James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:46

Top Five Bass Players

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The bass is the beat, the groove and a musical line that transfixes the listener. The bass gives the song power and attitude. The bass player has to be able to listen to a guitarist strum a few bare chords, go away and add a strong substance to half-baked song.
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:32

Top Five Guitar Stances

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That pent-up anger released in a majestic and magnificent manner via the six string. The guitarist has to be one of the most exciting and visual aspects of any band. Pulsating with passion, fuelled with anger and playing with pride. That is a definite criteria for Zanis. The guitar hero is the archetypal angry young man (or woman.); we love them and they fill our hearts with fire.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:09

Flowered Up Memories of Liam.

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ZANI were sad and shocked to hear about the untimely death of Flowered Up’s lead singer Liam Maher. ‘Flowered Up’ were a gang of lads from Camden, and contemporary rivals to Madchester’s acts ‘The Stone Roses’ and ‘The Happy Mondays’. The ‘faces’ of the London club  scene in their day they took their street style and attitude to the stage, and became a musical force to be reckoned with. Yet despite their popularity they never really hit the big time, although they provided some great songs that captured England’s Sub culture.

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