It’s been 15 years since the release of their debut album ‘Who Killed… The Zutons?’ and now the Scouse band are coming to Leeds to play it in full this April.
The Zutons are back together for their first UK tour after a 10-year break and you can see them take over O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday 4th April 2019. The Liverpool band were one of the most popular groups of the British indie revival of the 2000s, but bar a one-off memorial show to honour their late friend Kristian Ealey in 2016, this is the first chance you’ve had to see them play live since their last gig at Bingley Music Live in 2009.
They’ve reformed to mark the 15th anniversary of their incredible debut album ‘Who Killed… The Zutons?’ The album spent 36 weeks on the UK Album Chart, sold over 500,000 copies and was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize, an remarkable feat for a band who were just at the start of the careers.
Their debut album is a feast of psychedelic indie blues rock that brings together the weird and the wonderful. The pincer-like opening bars of opening track ‘Zuton Fever’ grab you from the start, before you fall deep into the manic crescendo of ‘Pressure Point’, the urging refrain of ‘You Will You Won’t’ and the heartfelt ode of ‘Confusion’. It’s a raw piece of work that highlighted on record everything that made The Zutons one of the best live bands in the country.
They followed that up with their second album, ‘Tired of Hanging Around’, which saw the release of popular singles like ‘Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?’, ‘Oh Stacey’ and ‘It’s the Little Things We Do’. But they were sent into the stratosphere thanks to the roaring success of the now-iconic song ‘Valerie’ – their original version reached number 9 in the charts in 2006, before Amy Winehouse’s hugely popular gave it another lease of life the following year.
‘You Can Do Anything’, their final album to date, was released in 2008, another tome of psychedelic rock and roll that was criminally underrated then and now. A decade on, The Zutons are back, seemingly for good with new songs already in the works. For now, you can just bask in the presence of one of the great debut rock albums of the 21st century as they blast through it from start to finish.
The Zutons play O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday 4th April 2019. Tickets are available now.