BRAND NEW ZEROS are back with the electrifying new single: ‘This Love’.
Recalling the amped-up highs of 70s-era The Who at their most rollicking, to the grunge-flecked grittiness of Pearl Jam in their prime; the London band return with a storming new track that also heralds the release of a new album: ‘Back To Zero’ (out 9th July, via Fretsore Records).
From its swampy beginnings to its loping arrangements and skyscraping chorus, frontman Ronan MacManus summons primal vocals to command a torrent vintage rock’n’roll sounds let-loose by the Zeros’ incendiary guitarist Luke Dolan.
Notable for the fine sticks-work to be heard courtesy of Carlton Hunt, ‘This Love’ was born out of a unforgettable studio jam with the late drummer; a session that would also turn out to be one of his last. With this recording and indeed the entirety of their upcoming album standing as a remarkable tribute to his memory, Ronan MacManus reminiscences:
“The version you hear is exactly how the song happened live, it came out in one go, fully formed and we built the rest of the track around that original recording. It is a track very close to our hearts due to Carlton’s passing and is a teaser of what might have been in the next phase of the band we were just beginning that was so tragically stopped in its tracks.”
Recently heard on the Jake Paul boxing event on Triller and Switchbox TV, ‘This Love’ is the latest in a string of rapturously received single releases extracted from ‘Back To Zero’. Featured by Americana UK, Soho Radio, Meridian FM, Switchbox TV and Dublin City FM; essential single ‘Love You If You Let Me’ also featured on TIDAL’s Grown Rock editorial playlist. Fans may also recognise ‘Money Goes To Money’ from a recent barber advert on YouTube too.
Brand New Zeros is singer-songwriter Ronan MacManus and lead guitarist Luke Dolan. Cutting their teeth (and hair) at rehearsals in Dolan’s barbershop in Watford, the pairing quickly struck-up a potent creative relationship and began writing music together. Realising their potential, events escalated rapidly from there and before too long Brand New Zero’s had grown into a fully fledged band project with label signings and tour opportunities soon landing at their feet. Releasing their s/t debut album in 2015, the Zeros also landed a breakthrough tour with Ronan’s big brother Declan MacManus, perhaps better known as Elvis Costello.
Signing to Fretsore Records in 2019, after a succession of warmly received singles, the band are finally ready to release their long-awaited follow-up album: ‘Back To Zero’ this Summer.
Laying out a smorgasbord of influences in songs that take-in the sounds of classic rock, grunge, folk, new-wave, Americana and much more; listeners of ‘Back To Zero’ will be disarmed by heart-on-sleeve tenderness akin to Paul Weller one moment, charmed by Squeeze-style curiosities the next, and exhilarated by Who-esque rock rampages, all in one session.
Led by MacManus’ impressively versatile vocal, ‘Back To Zero’ finds a band unafraid to speak their mind and speak it loud. Hard-hitting songs about the staggering wealth divide (‘Money Goes To Money’) and commentaries on the alarming escalation in mass-shootings in schools (‘Angels With Guns’), sit alongside more introspective songs about facing your demons in the face of temptation (‘Cigarette’) and the substance of ‘Human Kindness’; the latter being a topic we have perhaps all dwelled on over the past year. As MacManus says of the song:
“I wrote ‘Human Kindness’ some time ago from personal experiences, but the current global situation has elevated how the song resonates with me, adding a new dimension of relevance. We had recorded this with the full band for our upcoming album and thought now would be the right time to send it out into the world. As my wife is a nurse, I think we have all seen how the human experience is at its best when we work together, thus inspiring the message of the song.”
An emotive piano-ballad and a centre-piece of the new album, ‘Human Kindness’ found a whole new audience during the pandemic when it was featured on Artists4NHS. A fundraising initiative founded by MacManus, Artists4NHS was launched with the assistance of Elvis Costello, who performed at an organised live-stream performance in its honour, alongside global stars such as Joss Stone and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers.
A sophomore effort that is so much more than a back-to-basics; taking their cues from the classic to forge something fresh, Brand New Zeros deliver an album of extraordinary range, accomplished performance and emotional heart for the ages.
‘Back To Zero’ will be released on 9th July 2021, via Fretsore Records.
Available digitally and on limited edition vinyl.
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‘BACK TO ZERO’ – ALBUM TRACK LISTING
1 Love You If You Let Me
2 Money Goes To Money
3 Can’t Do It
4 Free As A Bird
5 Angels With Guns
6 Song for Richenda
7 This Love
8 Human Kindness
10 The Right Ones
11 I Carry Your Heart In Mine
BRAND NEW ZEROS – NEW SINGLE: ‘THIS LOVE’, OUT 11TH JUNE 2021,
NEW ALBUM: ‘BACK TO ZERO’ – OUT 9Th JULY, VIA FRETSORE RECORDS