19 Mar 2014
GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Circa Zero
CIRCA ZERO DEBUT “WHENEVER YOU HEAR THE RAIN” FROM FORTHCOMING DEBUT ALBUM, PLUS AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDY SUMMERS ON THE PROJECT’S GENESIS AND PAST GLORY WITH THE POLICE
By Alan di Perna / GRAMMY.com
(Circa Zero will be featured in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum’s The Drop series on March 26. For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org.)
Circa Zero — a new project comprising former Police guitarist Andy Summers and vocalist Rob Giles of the Rescues — are set to release their debut studio album, Circus Hero, on March 25. Ahead of the album’s release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the melodic mid-tempo track “Whenever You Hear The Rain”
Featuring 13 tracks, including the debut single “Levitation,” Circus Hero strikes an agreeable balance between pop accessibility and musically ambitious arrangements that afford ample room for Summers’ palette of six-string textures, while also showcasing Giles’ clear, versatile voice. The group will follow the album’s release with tour dates throughout 2014.
Summers is best known for his tenure with GRAMMY-winning trio the Police, who scored Top 10 albums such as Zenyatta Mondatta (1980, No. 5), Ghost In The Machine (1981, No. 2) and Synchronicity(1983, No. 1), the latter of which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2009. Multi-instrumentalist Giles is the co-founder of L.A.-based quartet the Rescues, whose albums include 2013’sBlah Blah Love And War.
In addition to the First Listen, GRAMMY.com conducted an exclusive interview with Summers regarding Circa Zero’s origins, the creative process for Circus Hero and the enduring legacy of the Police, among other topics.