Zones are a pretty enigmatic bunch. Apart from their Soundcloud page, a Google search for their name and new single returns sites for ‘Tea Zone – Aberdeen’s Dawn Till Dusk Tea House’ and Quentin Tarantino’s infamous zombie film of the same name. So aside from the sweet post-grunge that they make, the listener knows little about what is the brainchild of Alfie Begley.
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Categorised quite simply as ‘#heavy’, Zones’ latest track ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ (which dropped on 15th July) grinds to life with a thudding groovy riff, demonstrating a metal edge without lacking in melody. With a sound reminiscent of Songs for the Deaf-era Queens of the Stone Age or even the massive chorus of Stereophonics’ ‘Dakota’, ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ is destined for anthemic radio rock playlists yet almost paradoxically stirs up all the sweaty passion of the most packed venues. Throbbing bass and crashing drums – courtesy of Jack Ames, Cris Ramos, The Incredible Hult, James Burrage and Tom Donovan on production – build up to the track’s climactic guitar breakdown, alt-rock with an almost polite English undertone.
In a thrilling five minutes and one second, ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ is proof of the explosion of talent from the British rock scene, for which the way can only be up. Exciting stuff.
Words by Kristen Sinclair