Members: Stuart Nicol, David Nicol
Rock Action released The Zephyrs “Stargazer” EP in 2001.
From out of the half light (and Edinburgh) come the Zephyrs, a band set to redefine one’s idea of truthfully great music. This is the sound of six malcontents crafting songs of such beauty it brings a tear to the eye; sweet country music ingrained with a desolate Scottish spirit.
Some history Like. Brothers Stuart and David Nicol are the founding fathers. They drew inspiration from their dad hammering out country LPs on the stereo throughout their childhood. They would fight to get hold of his acoustic guitar and along the way they learned to play, marrying the sounds of the West with the more contemplative sounds of Felt, Galaxie 500 and Low. They forged a unique sound.
Stuart and David amassed a collection of songs, well enough to warrant recording an LP. They recruited a drummer Gordon Kilgour and set about recording and financing their debut LP “It’s OK Not To Say Anything”. Gordon brought his brother Jonathan in to the fold. He played a number of instruments but mainly guitar. “It’s OK Not To Say Anything” was admittedly raw, but it was certainly beguiling. Released on Edinburgh indie EVOL in March 2000, the album was criminally ignored although all was not lost. At a party the band threw, Stuart Nicol met another Stuart, namely Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai. Braithwaite was handed a demo of a song called “Stargazer”. He was left gobsmacked and vowed he would help.
What was a drunken promise turned into (rock) action. Mogwai, collectively, decided to reactivate their Rock Action imprint, helped in part by their new deal with Southpaw. The first release on the rejuvenated label was to be the Zephyrs. A re-recorded version of “Stargazer”, recorded by the newly expanded line-up of six – now including Stewart Campbell (freelance chemist, harmonica, melodica and keyboard samples) and Caroline Barber (strings and things and sometime Mogwai member) – surfaced late last year. It was a beautiful somnambulant record that burns for five and a half minutes in slo-mo perfection.
“A quietly magical EP that transplants cello, brass and drum loops to thar wide-open spaces”
“ragged, shimmering psychedelia working in perfect harmony” NME
Rock Action Discography
rockact6/cd6 – stargazer ep