Liverpool, England's the Zutons arrive on these shores with a healthy buzz. "Who Killed . . .
Liverpool, England's the Zutons arrive on these shores with a healthy buzz. "Who Killed . . . the Zutons," the quintet's debut, was released earlier this year overseas and nominated for Britain's Mercury Music Prize. Perhaps more important, the band wowed quite a few folks in the United States when it opened for the Thrills —who hail from Dublin—on a recent stateside trek. Produced by Ian Broudie (the Fall, Echo & the Bunnymen), the album is a mish-mash of sounds; its kicky musical landscape ranges from funk, jazz and blues to ska, rock and soul. Singer Dave McCabe knows how to tell a tale, and his bandmates—guitarist Boyan Chowdhury, bassist Russell Pritchard, drummer Sean Payne and saxophonist Abi Harding—deftly back him up. Key tracks include "Long Time Coming" and "Pressure Point."—MP