Life On The Road Influences New Zutons CD
Liverpool's quirky, saxophone-toting rock quintet the Zutons will release their second album, "Tired of Hanging Around," Aug. 22 in North America via Red/Columbia.Liverpool's quirky, saxophone-toting rock quintet the Zutons will release their second album, "Tired of Hanging Around," Aug. 22 in North America via Red/Columbia. The set arrived last month in the band's native England.
A number of the album's 11 soulful pop cuts found shape while the band was on the road in support of its 2004 debut, "Who Killed ... The Zutons," which sold in excess of 600,000 copies in the U.K. According to frontman/songwriter Dave McCabe, though the group was enjoying touring, it was time off stage that led to much of the new album's lyrical fodder.
"The [title track], I actually wrote that on a plane in America. It's about transport -- waiting for someone to pick you up and they don't turn up on time," he tells Billboard.com. "[It's also about] people being ignorant when they do turn up, [coming] with attitudes and bringing it with them."
Other songs, including the upcoming U.K. single "Valerie" and "Oh Stacey," came out of meeting people at U.S. shows supporting Keane and Muse. But McCabe is quick though to dismiss notions that the album is the Zutons' homage to the U.S.A.
"America's always had an influence on our music and I like American music. It's not like I love America," he explains. "When you spend so much time touring there it's bound to leak into some of your songs just because that's what you do in your life -- you go out and you meet people, you write songs about it and you come back."
Following the writing spell, the band journeyed to London in the fall to record the effort with veteran producer Stephen Street. Known for his work with Blur, Street managed to steer the eclectic ensemble from falling into Britpop territory.
"I think it was good for him [to work with us] cause he must be sick of the pork pie hats and all that," McCabe says. "It's f*cking doing my head in. I don't not like British music, but I'm not into that whole London thing. They all walk around being ironic and that. [Considering] a few of the bands that he's produced, it's probably good for him to do a band like the Zutons cause we're not really like anything else in Britain."
Currently, the Zutons are in the middle of a sold-out U.K. tour and are eyeing a visit to North America in the fall.