The Zutons original lineup consisted of Dave McCabe (who had previously worked with a few Liverpool bands including Tramp Attack), Russell Pritchard, Sean Payne and Boyan Chowdhury.
They were later often joined on stage by Seans girlfriend Abi Harding playing a little saxophone and also contributing to vocals.
The band liked the way the saxophone enhanced their music and Abi eventually became a permanent member of the band who was popular with the crowd.
The head of Deltasonic, Alan Wills, was persuaded of the bands potential by James Skelly of ‘The Coral’ who was friends with Dave McCabe at the time.
Initially Wills was not interested but later after hearing their bedroom demos was convinced by Skelly to work with them.
McCabe and Skelly had previously written songs together so there were initial comparisons made between The Zutons and The Coral at the time.
This was fuelled by the fact that both were managed by Deltasonic and also used the same producer, Ian Broudie of ‘The Lightning Seeds’.
The babds music could be described as indie rock however other categories have included “psychedelic cartoon punk”.
McCabe has named his musical influences as Talking heads, Sly & the Family Stone, Madness and Dexys Midnight Runners to name a few.
Who killed…The Zutons
In April 2004 the bands debut album, ‘Who killed……The Zutons’ was released.
This reached No 13 in the UK album chart and a year later got to No 9 in 2005.
The album was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and the band was also nominated for the British Breakthrough Act award at the 2005 BRIT Awards.
Two tracks from this album both made it into the world of advertising.
The song ‘Confusion’ being used for a Peugeot 307 car advert in the UK during 2004-2005 and in the USA ‘Pressure point’ was featured in a Levi’s commercial and also a video game.
Tired of Hanging Around
The bands second album, ‘Tired of Hanging Around’ reached No 2 in the UK album charts in April 2006.
Two singles from this album ‘Why Wont You Give Me Your Love’ and ‘Valerie’ both got to No 9 in the UK singles charts.
The single ‘Valerie’ was later covered by musician Mark Ronson with vocals by Amy Winehouse. This version proved very popular and reached No 2 in 2007.
Following the release of the second album the band toured in the UK in 2006 and after playing The Jersey Live Festival on 2 September 2006 they began their second UK tour in November of that year.
There followed a performance at ’The Secret Policemans Ball’ and an appearance on ‘The Jools Holland’s Hootenanny show’ on BBC TV on New Year’s Eve 2006.
In August of that year they had also completed a live session for ‘Live At Abbey Road’. This performance was shown both in the UK on channel 4 and the Sundance channel in the USA.
From November 2006 the band were also providing interviews and discussing their up and coming gigs, including dates with ‘The Killers’ and making videos.
You Can Do Anything
In July 2007 band guitarist Boyan Choudhury left and later in the year Paul Molloy was asked to join.
The third studio album recorded in Los Angeles ‘You Can Do Anything’ was released in June 2008 and features Molloy on lead guitar.
However, bad news at Christmas meant the band was dropped by Sony/BMG.
A third UK tour in 2008 saw the band playing several outdoor gigs for The Forestry commission followed by a visit to Japan to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival.
In 2009 at “The Wickerman Festival” the band performed at midnight to large crowds and they also headlined the 2009 Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester.
Dave McCabe is currently working on new material.