Return Of Zeb
, 61 Jordan St
Friday 16th July 2010
Photo by Angie Woolfall
Last Friday (16 July) was the night that THE ZEB reformed - to offer
up a healthy dose of the deep rootsy dub and psychedelic trip-hop magic
that inspired a generation of Scousers. The Picket was packed out with
familiar, local faces.
There was a mad buzz in the air, everyone clearly anticipating the return
of the MIGHTY ZEB and their funky music mash up. Before the band began,
a guy (Tommy Colderbank?) ran on stage with a large plastic binbag and
began swishing it around his head. He shouted out to the curious crowd:
'BLOW! Blow with all your might! Blow all your bad and angry energies
deep into the bag!' He swished it around some more, then let out a big
gust of air as he 'Pushed all the badness back out into the ether!'
At that point the music flared up and the big beats swept in: fanfare,
drums, guitars and synths. A guy ran on stage with a huge red lamp shade
balancing precariously on his head. Beneath the rim of the tasseled shade
you could see him grinning from ear to ear like a big old Cheshire cat.
The music kicked in and the crowd went from mad to berserk. This was
heady, magic, ethereal stuff; the stuff of dreams. You couldn't help but
get carried along with the groovy bass lines and bursting trumpet n' sax
that was reminiscent of a thousand flowers in bloom.
Everyone stomped and sang along like a gorgeous and well-tuned Scouse
All in all, the RETURN OF THE ZEB proved to be a most beautiful and
raucous affair. Bet you're gutted that you missed it.