Iconic Police guitarist Andy Summers has formed a new group, Circa Zero, with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles of the Rescues.
Taking full advantage of an immediate musical chemistry between Summers and Giles, Circa Zero recorded their debut album, Circus Hero, at Summers' studio Bowl of Cherries in Venice, CA and signed a worldwide deal with 429 Records. Produced by Summers and Giles, Circus Hero was created by musicians dead set on launching a long term vibrant endeavor. 429 Records will release Circus Hero worldwide on March 25 while the band will perform at South by Southwest music festival (Universal Music showcase and others TBA).
Fresh off of The Police reunion tour, Summers was intent on remaining in the rock world after years of pushing the boundaries with his solo projects. The two-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was energized to record again and his search for a musical cohort ended when he discovered Rob Giles performing with his band The Rescues at the Troubadour. Circa Zero is an exciting new chapter for both of them—the name referring to starting with a blank musical slate to create a wholly unique sound, a sound with few if any ties to the past.
Says Summers: "From the start, we were on the same team going all the same places together. That kind of feeling is very rare. I had it with Sting but there's been no one else since then, so it's very magical when it happens. This is that thing."
Says Giles: "It's an uncatagorizable rock record built around great songs that we are both extremely proud of."
The track list for Circus Hero:
•The Story Ends Here
•Night Time Travelers
•Shoot Out The Stars
•Light The Fuse & Run
•Whenever You Hear The Rain
In addition, Andy Summers' new documentary, Can't Stand Losing You: Life After The Police, will be released in theaters this summer.
The film is based on Andy Summer's acclaimed memoir, One Train Later, and will be released in late July. Directed by Andy Grieve, who recently edited The Armstrong Lie and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, follows Summers' musical journey from his early days in the London music scene to his chance encounter with drummer Stewart Copeland and bassist Sting. Utilizing rare archival footage and photographs shot by Summers, the filmmakers catch up with the band members thirty years after the group broke up as they reunite for the highly anticipated reunion tour, weaving together the past and present to explore a life devoted to music. The film will be distributed in North America by Cinema Libre Studio.
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