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Zero Zero - 2014 Heroes Live Forever (UK Lost Jewels Vol 7)

ARTIST: Zero Zero
ALBUM: Heroes Live Forever (UK Lost Jewels Vol 7)
LABEL: Steelheart Memories
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Steve Doherty - lead vocals, guitars * John MacMillan - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals * Andy McCafferty - bass, backing vocals * Joe James (tracks 1-4), Paul McManus - drums (tracks 5-11)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heroes Live Forever * 02 Forget About Love * 03 Heart And Soul * 04 Love And Run * 05 Rock Me (Rock All Night) * 06 Warning Lght * 07 Lovers And Losers * 08 Nothin' Left To Lose * 09 Take The Hurt * 10 Second Chance * 11 Runaway



We tend to think of Scottish melodic rock and AOR in a handful of terms. Usually Nazareth, Strangeways and Heavy Pettin' are the first bands we think of when it comes to the bonnie rock of the north. And now thanks to Rob Evans from AOR Underground and the reissue label Steelheart Memories, we're up to Vol 7 of the Lost UK Jewels series, featuring unsigned Scottish band Zero Zero. The previous 6 volumes includes bands like Strutz, Peroux, Geneva, Graffiti, United Nations and Voyager UK; so it 's a good snapshot of previously unsigned British bands. Zero Zero's tale is one of absolute woe, and if you read their story, it's no wonder artist management companies are held in the same disdain as used car salesmen, politicians, lawyers and call centre staff trying to sell inane insurance policies. I won't repeat Zero Zero's story here; you can read it in the liner notes of their 500 only release CD of 'Heroes Live Forever', an eleven track feast which arrived on my doorstep days before Christmas.. very nice.

The Songs
Steve Doherty as some of you will remember, was in the very early version of Strangeways, when they were named China White. In fact, Zero Zero was the name of one of those early China White songs. After leaving China White/Strangeways, Doherty returned to Glasgow and answered an ad to join a band featuring members that would eventually become Zero Zero. A batch of demo's were recorded over the years, even during the time they were courted by record labels such as Carrere and Atlantic. Sadly nothing was to come of those efforts, though thankfully the demo's and master tapes were not lost to the ravages of time, rust and mould, as evidenced by the material onboard 'Heroes Live Forever'. With a sound that incorporates bands like Export, Heartland and Virginia Wolf, it's high-end stuff and it's easy to see why they were held in high regard, even if the songs are now nearly 25-30 years old.

The first four songs were recorded in 1986. The title track 'Heroes Live Forever' is distinctively British (or should that be Scottish?), but the apple of the eye is undoubtedly 'Heart And Soul' which just screams professional AOR of the highest order. Tracks 5 to 9 were recorded during 1993, are a set of tougher songs, no surprise considering the era they were operating in. Songs like 'Nothin' Left To Lose' and 'Warning Light' have similarities to 90's era band such as No Sweat and Little Angels. The last two tracks 'Second Chance' and 'Runaway' are the exception to the rest of the material here. They were recorded in 2014, and displays Zero Zero's updated sound. Both have attributes similar to The Outfield, with lots of guitar melodies and a commercial feel.

In Summary
With the 2014 British AOR scene in resurgence, there is every hope that Zero Zero could be persuaded to return to action, with much more favourable circumstances, and less interference from arist management companies. Doherty did mention that Facebook was one of the main instigators for getting the band back together, and with the band recording 'Runaway' earlier this year, then there is every chance for a proper Zero Zero reformation. Bring it!

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#1 | swazi on January 11 2015 22:09:18
Really very good album! This label is doing a great job bringing this lost music onto CD. Kudos!
#2 | MellowDick on January 08 2016 01:03:11
Great to own these songs in an official proper format..Steve Doherty is one of the most under appreciated singers ever! Awesome!
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