Circa Zero: Featuring Andy Summers and Rob Giles

by sockii

In 2014, Circa Zero released their first album, "Circus Hero". But will it be their only release? What has happened to this promising rock duo?

Fans of classic and modern rock had a lot to look forward to, when in 2013 legendary guitarist Andy Summers and multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles announced they had formed a new band: Circa Zero. Circa Zero would be Andy's first rock band since The Police and fans couldn't wait to hear what he'd come up with, paired with a talented singer and song-writer like Giles.

Their debut album, "Circus Hero", was finally released in 2014 to generally positive reviews. But after a few live and tv appearances, news about the band seemed to dry up and the future of the duo became highly debatable.

Released in March 2014, Circa Zero's debut album Circus Hero was certainly one of my most anticipated albums of the year. As a lifelong fan of Andy Summers and The Police, I couldn't wait to hear what this new duo of musicians would produce.

What did I think of the album? You can read my full review at Spacial Anomaly:

Circa Zero's Circus Hero: Is this what new classic rock sounds like?

Circus Hero: Get the album

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"Levitation"

The first single from Circa Zero

About Circa Zero

Introducing the band

Circa Zero came together as Andy Summers was looking for new projects and collaborators to work with after the conclusion of The Police's 2007-2008 Reunion Tour. A mutual friend invited Summers to see a performance by Rob Giles' band The Rescues, and he was immediately impressed by what he saw, particularly Giles' vocals and instrumental skills.

The two began jamming together and realized they might be on to something good. As the Rescues were on the verge of separating, Summers invited Giles to form a new band together, and after working with several other drummers ended up deciding on Montreal-based drummer Emmanuelle Caplette. (Emamanuelle would, however, eventually leave the band to return to Canada, not wanting to relocate or spend so much time in California.)

Their first public concert took place on July 25, 2013 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. It was well received and got many excited to hear more, as they got back to the studio to finish working on their debut album which was released in March of the following year.

You can read more about the band and how they came together in a 2013 Guitar World interview with Andy.

Why "Circa Zero"?

How their name came about

According to an article on the AntiMusic website, the name reflects "a new beginning or fresh start" ...the band had no "definitive musical agenda in mind but instead, following their muse".

So, what happened?

Is Circa Zero alive or dead?

That's the questions many have been asking, as after the spring of 2014 news of the band and any performance announcements dried up completely. In a discussion thread at Stewart Copeland's website (where many Andy fans also communicate), it seemed that problems within the band and management may have put the project on the backburner, if not completely killed it. ("Is Circa Zero dead?")

Personally I definitely think the lack of a drummer that really fit the band was a problem. When Emmanuel left, her replacement just had too heavy and clunky a sound, in my opinion, and there simply can't be a weak link in a rock trio if it's going to succeed.

Andy now seems much more busy, in early 2015, promoting the wide release of his 2012 film "Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police". Rob Giles released a solo EP and has performed again with The Rescues, according to his Facebook page. So perhaps Circa Zero was simply not meant to last past one album? A shame, because although I did not think their first album was perfect it definitely showed a lot of promise and I'd hoped to see how the project could evolve with time.

Circa Zero: Links and Resources

For more information on the band...

Circa Zero News, Interviews and Reviews

Links from around the web
Updated: 03/09/2015, sockii
 
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