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Volume 91, Issue 35

Friday, October 31, 1997

flesh and bones


Zuul's just gotta have that funky feeling

YOU SHOULD SEE THEM WHEN THEY DRESS UP! Zuul's Evil Disco bring their special brand of judo-funk to The Embassy for a CD release party tonight. Bomb 32 and Gellyfish share the bill.

By Jamie Lynn
Gazette Staff

A lot of the time, especially within the always evolving independent music scene, bands can get a little too caught up in an aura of melancholy and serious songwriting. Yet, after just one listen to the whacked-out, funk, disco, metal, rappin' pop sounds of London's Zuul's Evil Disco, you'll be quite aware that this band refuses to be a part of that sort of "indie philosophy." Zuul's Evil Disco just want everyone to listen up, relax and feel their groove.

"When we started out, we thought we were just musicians," explains lead singer and drummer Dre Noronha. "But there are so many great musicians around here, so we just wanted to be entertainers. If you're gonna come to one of our shows and pay your five bucks, then you will see a serious show, but we wanna make you laugh. We love when the crowd laughs at us."

This is inevitable though, when one considers the elaborate stage performance this very flashy band provides for their patrons. At the show, one can expect everything from coordinated judo moves, to break dancing, to an extensive puppet show within the confines of a smoky music club. All this, plus a bizarre assortment of costumes the eight-man band dons for fans every night, is sure to dazzle even the most skeptical audience.

So when the band went forth in recording the first full length studio album, appropriately named Funkalupatropolis, they decided not to abandon the musical philosophy they embraced on the concert stage. "We wanted to accomplish the fun we have on stage in the studio and capture that same feeling," claimed lead guitarist and break dancer extraordinaire, Ajay Massey. "It's not that easy without visuals, but we did our best to take the music to a level where we can have fun with it. Hopefully everyone else will have fun with it as well."

The album was recorded in Toronto and was engineered by Kevin Kelly, with assistance from some of the band members. Noronha insists the album has something for everybody and the uses for the music are multidimensional.

"We tried to make a fun sounding album. So we're hoping when people listen to it they'll groove with it, wash the dishes to it, have sex to it – but mostly drive to it. It's really a driving record."

One thing that becomes immediately apparent is the excessive use of the word "groove," which is thrown around when the band members discuss their music. Bass player, James Leacock, explains why this is so.

"Our music is not contrived at all. We always just focus on the groove, which is in all types of music. You hear good grooves in country or reggae or metal. So we just pull this groove from all our influences and I think in the process we just accidentally found a sound. We sort of take from everybody. Everything's just been recycled from the past 20 years anyway, so we just crunch it all together. I think that's why we get such a wide variety of crowd coming to see us."

The band plays tonight at The Embassy for their first local show since last April and although they claim every show is more extravagant and outrageous than the one before it, a Halloween show must certainly be a crazy one for a band like Zuul's.

"I think if you've seen past shows, then you really haven't seen this show," warns Leacock. Look out London, this band might just "turn this mother out!"

To Contact The Entertainment Department: gazent@julian.uwo.ca

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