Volume 92, Issue 18
Friday, October 2, 1998
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Move over Travolta, Zuul's movin' in
Gazette file photo
By Aaron Wherry
A little over a year and a half ago, London's Zuul's Evil Disco burst on the local independent music scene with their unique dance, hip-hop, funk rock style, highlighted by fun, free-for-all concerts which included everything from breakdancing to puppet shows.
These creative, original performances may have allowed this ten-person act to get their foot in the door, but their music has kept them in the spotlight.
"The quality of the music has overridden the stage show," says drummer-vocalist Dre Noronha. "This stage show is a good time but I mean, how many times can you look at Ajay [Massey] dancing around in an afro wig shaking his butt? He can only shake his butt so many ways before it gets monotonous. But he can play many mean guitar riffs and work that guitar in many different ways that keeps people interested."
Simply stated this is the essence of the band a lot of style, but a lot more substance.
"I would like to think the stage show is a product of the music," explains Massey, guitarist and break dancer. "Whatever you see on stage is a by-product of what the music does. What it makes us do."
This feel-good image isn't just an act. What you see on stage and what you hear on disc is what you get with Zuul's. Although somewhat toned down in person, they are as cohesive and happy together as they are on stage.
"[Being in a band] is like a marriage," Massey says. "It's good and it's great, but there's also the bad times. You have to, in any situation, take the good with the bad. When the good's there it's great and when the bad's there it's bad, but you have to make it great it somehow."
With an increasingly hectic schedule, patience has become more and more important. The band has been involved with music showcases, such as Canadian Organization of Campus Activities and North By North East and their travel schedule has expanded from local bars to Northern Ontario and all points in-between. Their busy schedules are only compounded by the fact the group is composed entirely of Western students. Massey explains how the group's dynamic helps their attitude.
"In our band, if one person's down they have another nine people as a support system," Noronha explains. "So there's never any bad blood for more than a couple of minutes between anybody. It's all about the love."
With the one year anniversary of their debut album Funkalupatropolis, only a month away, Zuul's hasn't lost that lovin' feeling. Instead they've matured with experience, growing closer together and as they come to Call the Office this Saturday, they are in preparations for work on their second album. Tentatively planned for release in February or March of next year, they promise a sound with more depth and intricate arrangements.
"It's still got the same vibe. It still sounds like us, it's just fatter," Dre Noronha exclaims. "The attitude going into the studio this time is much less fear, a lot more positive energy. We're really excited."
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