Destination Brighton. The Rezillos play at Concorde 2 on 21 November.
What do you mean you don’t know The Rezillos? Top of The Pops!
Fay Fife on vocals and Theremin*
Eugene Reynolds on vocals and guitar
Angel Paterson on drums
Chris Agnew on Bass
and Jim Brady on guitars and vocals
The Rezillos ripped into the rock scene through a shared love of Sixties Garage Rock, the Spectoresque Girl Group voice of The Shangri Las injected with their inimitable molten attitude and created their unique left-field brand of punk rock and roll. In March 2015 The Rezillos released their long awaited second album ‘Zero’. The album was developed and recorded over an 18 month period. In slight contrast to their first album “Cant Stand The Rezillos” all songs on the album are self penned originals. The album continues the band’s tradition and draws from the unholy howl of rock and roll laced with searing vocal.
I was lucky to see The Rezillos three times whilst touring as special guests of The Stranglers – Brighton, Portsmouth and Oxford. And yes you guessed it right, I am a huge fan, always have been since I road crewed for The Ramones for part of the Rocket To Russia tour, The Rezillos were support.
Brighton was the first stop on their tour with The Stranglers, at The Brighton Dome. This was the first time I had seen the band perform in many years. Two new members, for me anyway, Jim Brady – guitars and Chris Agnew – bass, were in the line up. The Rezillos had a short set and hit us between the eyes for 30 minutes. It was a hell of a thirty minutes. They actually got an encore call in Portsmouth but not enough time due to the constraints of the schedule and venue.
Fay and Eugene sounding and looking as vibrant as ever and ooze energy and generate excitement. Jim Brady – a powerhouse on guitar with his goggles, blue cycle/space helmet and later sunglasses. I had a heck of a job getting photos of Jim as he is so fast on the guitar and always on the move. Absolutely stunning to watch him play and literally bounce across the stage. Chris on bass put down some superb bass – and it was loud, it needed to be as many Rezillos tracks, for example Good Sculptures, feature well known and loved bass riffs.
New songs and old songs played at an incredible pace. Rocky Rhythm (The Revillos drummer) filled in for Angel for the first few dates. He told me he had not had much time to practice the newer material – you would never have known. He melted that drum kit. I was lucky to see Angel playing at his usual full tilt knock out self in Oxford.
Watch: Somebodies gonna get their head kicked in tonight recorded at Brighton.
After each show the band were available for signing merch items. They had a great selection of T’s, sweats, badges and hats etc. At Brighton we were able to purchase “Zero” on CD or vinyl a few days before the official release date. A fabulous colour booklet was also available. All the prices were very reasonable. T Shirts £10 and Zero on CD for £10. Great value and of good quality.
Its been a busy year for The Rezillos – Two UK tours and two USA/Canada tours and a new album “Zero”. So Brighton, prepare to experience The Rezillos on 21 November. Go grab a ticket as they are selling fast. Some of the early dates of the tour have already sold out, so don’t miss out!
Be sure to come back after the 21 November and catch a review and hopefully some pictures from the Brighton show. I hope to be able to do the same for their Edinburgh show. You can view a full list of dates and links for tickets here – scroll down the list for the full itinerary.
All words, images and filmed video – copyright Ian Bourn/Mediaworks/The Rezillos
Oh yes, nearly forgot the * above – theremin: its an electronic musical instrument in which the tone is generated by two high-frequency oscillators and the pitch controlled by the movement of the performer’s hand towards and away from the circuit.