It’s only about a year ago that Mik Davis and Steve Maloney came together in Bradford, UK to form the creatively titled new wave outfit They Called Him Zone. The pair had a common love for that keyboard driven post-punk pop that was popularized in the 80s by bands like The Human League. But their sound had a more brooding, haunting quality about it. They presented their sonic firstborn in the form of a three-song EP titled ‘Miami‘ released in September 2016. Marked by Mik’s listless, chill-inducing purring, chords from a vintage Casio keyboard and severely distorted guitar riffs, the project was well-received by radio, underground fanzines and critics.
TCHZ are keeping the flame burning with a two-song single that will herald a mini-album titled ‘Crow Swan Wolf‘, scheduled for official release on February 20. If ‘Devil Dying’ and ‘Just Fall’ are anything to go by, They Called Him Zone’s upcoming release will be even darker than Miami. Which is not to say it won’t be enjoyable; Devil Dying bears a distant resemblance to Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit ‘Beat It’. It will be right at home in the speakers at clubs and discos. Just Fall is an altogether moodier affair with a hint of death apparent in the lyrics:
“Driving on a road/ Nowhere to be found/ Watch the lines fade away/ Open up to hounds/ Void between our souls/ Angel in the night/ Falling on a road/ Fall away to sky…”
Is my interpretation awry, or is the singer talking about a fatal road accident? He could have been talking about a fun day at the park, but his tone would still put your hair on end.
It’s been a promising start to the year by They Called Him Zone. Besides the release of their new project, the duo is looking forward to a busy tour schedule that will take them across the UK and Europe. They will also be writing new material in between times. Keep tabs on TCHZ via their Facebook page.
Miami Based, Internationally Known