-- Police guitarist Andy Summers is back with a new band called Circa Zero, a collaboration with Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles, who previously played in the group The Rescues. Some critics have drawn comparisons between Circa Zero and Summers' old band, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that he thinks the groups' sounds aren't that similar.
"There are faint echoes of maybe some of the guitar, because that's the way I play," he maintains. "I wasn't about to completely change. I'm gonna play what I feel and what I feel is right and what is to my taste and sensibility…Generally, I'd say it's heavier, more rock than The Police. It's more aggressive, which I like."
Circa Zero released its debut album, Circus Hero, last month, and the record is filled with melodic, accessible and, yes, rocking tunes that strike a balance between '80s rock and more contemporary sounds.
Summers tells ABC News Radio that in coming up with the music for Circa Zero's debut he "felt no need to try and recreate the past, like, 'Oh my God, I better play it like The Police.'" Instead, he says he and Giles were intent on finding "the new voice that comes out of the two of us collaborating together."
Meanwhile, Andy points out that prior to meeting Giles, he was searching for a singer who could really do justice to the material he had been writing, and Rob turned out to be the perfect man for the job.
Summers notes that besides the fact that Giles had long been an established songwriter in his own right, he has "a great singing voice [and] could play drums [and] very nice rock bass…So, you know, I felt…the guy's got the whole package."
In fact, Andy tells ABC News Radio that he thinks Giles is "one of the best singers in the country. No question." Pretty high praise from a guy who played in a band with Sting.
Music fans will be able to check out Circa Zero on Tuesday night, when the band will be the musical guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT. The group will be playing the lead single from Circus Hero, "Levitation."
Circa Zero currently has just one concert on its schedule, a May 14 show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour club. Summers says he'd like to mount a full tour at some point, but he wants more fans to discover the band's music first.
"I think it could take six months," Andy says with regard to when the right time might be for Circa Zero to hit the road. "If I'm realistic, I think when really we could get going is gonna be probably after the summer…We're trying to really establish the band and let people find out what a…great record this is."
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