In the early 2000’s, Melbourne’s RED CIRCLE seemed poised to bring anthemic and epic rock back from the shadows in which it had been lurking. Riding the wave out of Nu-Metal, in an era when discovering new music via Myspace was becoming a thing and bands such as Marvelous3, SR-71 and American Hi-Fi were bringing back the guitar solo, anthemic choruses and a touch of that 80’s hard rock attitude. Locally, Motor Ace were delivering monster riffs, Jet were on the runaway about to take off and Electric Mary were just kicking into gear. In the midst of this was RED CIRCLE.
Says Zakk Zedras, front-man and guitarist:
“It was a strange time. I guess that era of “hair metal” was dead and really un-cool. So a lot of musicians were re-inventing themselves in this style of melodic / power-pop / rock”.
If you were lucky enough to see RED CIRCLE in those early 2000’s, then there’s no doubt even here today there’s many still remembering the electric energy, the stage presence and an arsenal of monster anthems.
“We were getting great crowds at cool venues like The Duke, The Espy, Evelyn, Revolver, we played Mercury Lounge and the Corner Hotel. We did really well and had great crowds. It was such a good scene and really great vibe, so many people would come out and see live bands back in those days”
But the thing that was missing from that picture, was an album release. One of those rock ‘n’ roll hard luck stories, All We Are now gets it’s long awaited release, soon to be available on all digital platforms.
As someone who received a promo copy of All We Are back in the day, it’s been an album that has always been on regular rotation over the years. Rest assured, this album absolutely has it’s place in the rock world of the 2020’s and essentially, is a must listen for anyone who loves anthemic rock with an electric edge. Just as it was poised to buck the local trends in 2003, even here in 2020 there’s just an indescribable presence, an aura if you will, that elevates these songs into a place of their own.
No better example than ‘The World That I See’ . Despite being written 20 years ago, lyrically it’s as though it was a premonition of what we are dealing with in 2020. For Zakk reflecting back on these songs, many have taken on additional meaning and significance.
“Listening back to the album all these years later the lyrics are obviously very autobiographical. They go from being totally broken down, to rebirth. Coincidentally and sadly, there’s two songs about friends I was very close to at the time, who have both passed away.”
Whilst RED CIRCLE disappeared off the scene, Zakk himself has been no stranger to stages around Australia, currently as guitarist in Chocolate Starfish. When asked of the prospect of getting together with RED CIRCLE song-writing partner in crime Clint Quan, to write new RED CIRCLE music, Zakk had this to say…
“I’d love to write with Clint again, but we both live on the other side of town and have kids, so time is an issue right now. But who knows what might happen next year and even if we did one gig next year, it would be really cool. The idea is certainly very romantic”.
Never say never, I will say, but for now, be sure to check out All We Are and revel in what might just be one of the best local rock albums your ears have never heard.
Check out my full 30 minute chat with Zakk below, including a preview of one of the album tracks The World That I See.
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RED CIRCLE – ALL WE ARE
Zakk Zedras: Vocals & Guitars
Clint Quan: Bass
James Bunney: Drums
Produced by: RED CIRCLE
Recorded at: Indent and Primal Studios 2002
Available on all Digital Platforms: Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora, YouTube etc.
Glenn Hughes & Doug Aldrich discuss The Dead Daisies New Album ‘Holy Ground’, Out Now!
There’s no better way to start off a new year than with a massive ROCK album and here in 2021, The Dead Daisies have delivered what will undoubtedly be one of my albums of the year.
The bands 5th album, Holy Ground is the first with the Voice Of Rock and bassist Glenn Hughes and is OUT NOW!.
Lead singles such as Bustle & Flow, Holy Ground and Unspoken released throughout 2020 created high anticipation and the rest of the album delivers some of the bands heaviest and most epic songs to date, but with the space that is synonymous with Glenn Hughes.
It was a true pleasure to chat yesterday with Glenn and guitarist Doug Aldrich. Two musicians I’ve personally been following for over 30 years and needless to say I’m loving seeing them now together in The Dead Daisies.
Our chat dives deep into the new album Holy Ground so settle in and hear for yourself how the album all came together, the interview features a bunch of tracks from the album and we end our chat discussing some of their favourite Aussie music artists, with the #1 choice possibly being a surprise to many!
You can order a copy of Holy Ground on Vinyl or CD from the Rock Lives Here Store
Or for more on The Dead Daisies right here: https://thedeaddaisies.com/holyground/
HOLY GROUND is eleven tracks of pure unadulterated rock and is already receiving rave reviews. The Rockpit was the first to release this with a brilliant 9/10: “An even more muscular and heavy beast and some of the riffs etched in these grooves are crushing. It’s a crunching introduction and huge sounding opener beautifully balanced with the heaviness tempered by a little funk and soul that ominously suggest that this might be one of the best yet!”
Glenn has this to say: “From the opening track HOLY GROUND, we were building a strong foundation. Each song has its own theme, full of drama, emotion and groove, all the way through to ‘Far Away’ the autobiographical last song. We gave it our all, focused and passionate. Take this ride with us, maybe you’ll find yourself in the lyrics.”
The band can’t wait to play these songs live! When they do hit the road, returning to the Daisies amazing line-up is the monstrous, hard-hitting, powerhouse drummer, Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne).
So strap in, this is going to be one hell of a ride!
“HOLY GROUND makes me happy when listening to it now that it’s done and we’ve had time away. It’s heavy, groovy and is a fresh start for the band. It has the guitars that you expect, but a new direction lyrically from Glenn. His lyrics are deep and leave room for imagination.” – Doug Aldrich
With Holy Ground, The Dead Daisies have ensured that they will no longer follow anyone. They are leaders. And they stand, proudly, on HOLY GROUND.
‘Holy Ground’ Track Listing
Holy Ground (Shake The Memory)
Like No Other (Bassline)
Bustle And Flow
Chosen And Justified
30 Days In The Hole
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Setting a challenge earlier this year, Dean set out to release 1 song per week….and this stiring album is the result.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Dean, a raw and candid chat about the impact that 2020 has had on him personally and also his plans musically this year.
Impacts in a way, which are captured musically in the first single from the album, Survive, which you’ll hear during this chat.
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