Zip down, willy oot. Dunno if it's gonna be a guy or a lassy, but one thing's for sure: Zodiac N Black are making fucking shagging music, an am gonna be shagging something to it. That alone is worth 1 point on the review scale there. Another is for the fact it's actually really tight and solid, if yer partial to a bit of silly rock music designed to pack aircraft hangars. There used to be a great radio station in Glasgow called “Rock Radio”, fucking legendary station that got binned like all the good things that get binned: Firefly, Benzo Fury and Gary Glitter being a few I can think of on the spot. So, aye, this band would fit perfect on that station.
So what’s that, 2 points? I Suppose I'll give them half a point for decent production by Alex Newport. The hairs on your baws aren't going to disintegrate here when listening to the band, but it's probably no worse than what you will hear on the alternative rock channels on satellite and cable. Highlights for me would be the excellent opener 'Bastinado' which is like a lab-produced GM hybrid of all the popular alternative rock of the last 15 years, and the charging 'Seems Like Better Times', which has some cool duelling riffs in the middle section that border on jazz fluidity. Final track 'Lights on Blues' is my real fave for obvious reasons; it's the last track, forming a decent sunset into which the band can walk, holding Chris Cornell's hand.
As a name, Zodiac N Black puzzles me; is it a shite name or not? Without doubt, Aftermyth's a pure ridiculous name for an album but fuck it. Zodiac N Black won't care what I say, as by the time this review gets published they will be signed up to Warner Bros and in the process of being flown oot to LA to take part in a Max Hardcore party.
Posted: Tue 24 July 2012