Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Record label: Metropolis
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Punk Revival
The Rezillos are back with their first full-length studio album in over three decades. To no one’s surprise, it was worth the wait. It seems remarkable that a band which has been around in various forms since 1976 has only recorded two studio albums in that time (they have released a number of singles during the intervening period, and a full-length live album).
One of the great virtues of Scottish pop-punk geniuses the Rezillos was they broke up before they could do anything wrong. They formed in 1976, made a splash in 1977, released their superb album Can't Stand the Rezillos in 1978, and said farewell with a live album in 1979, fading into the sunset before they could tarnish their reputation. However, a new version of the Rezillos has been playing live shows since 2001, and in 2015 the group decided to tempt fate by cutting a new studio album, and Zero is the first time this band has honestly let us down on plastic.
Describing themselves as a “new wave beat group”, Edinburgh quintet The Rezillos formed during 1976, yet they eschewed the nihilism and social commentary spouted by most of their first-wave punk contemporaries. Having little truck with Situationist slogans or sten guns in Knightsbridge, their lone 1978 LP, Can’t Stand The Rezillos, instead featured DayGlo anthems about flying saucers and sexy sculptresses, and even spawned evergreen hit Top Of The Pops. Feisty and irreverent, the record paraded a host of killer hooks and still hasn’t aged a day.