Rob Jones

The 2004 album ‘Who Killed the Zutons’ put another Merseyside band on the map. From that point The Zutons gained commercial and critical kudos via a rafter of rhythms that put them on top of the tune tree. Songs such as ‘Zuton Fever’, ‘Pressure Point’ and ‘Havana Gang Brawl’ are but just a trio of numbers that possess energy, enthusiasm and excellence and live audiences lap up this lustre. To add to which The Zutons are the perfect outdoor summer experience with the likes of ‘Confusion’ and ‘Remember Me’ being coated with those essential sing along festival qualities. There are also chart champions in the form of ‘Why won’t you give me your Love’, ‘Pressure Point’ and ‘Don’t ever think (too Much)’ among other gems.

Then there is the anthemic ‘Valerie’, which sent the band into orbit when given a unique treatment by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson. However, the original version is just a stellar and often acts as a scintillating set closer. So as a live entity The Zutons have plenty of aural ammunition.

Meanwhile, The Subways were a busy as could possibly be in their bascent years before theat lucky break cam e in the form of winning a competition for unsigned bands to play at Glastonbury. Other prestigious arena slots followed and in the mid 90’s the single ‘1am’ and debut album, ‘Young for Eternity’, propelled the act into the mainstream and a record deal with Warner Bros. The follow up long player ‘All or Nothing’ was made with Nirvana producer Butch Vig in Los Angeles and next offering ‘Money and Celebrity’ placed The Subways as one of the UK’s best-loved young rock bands – and their momentum while playing to their devotees is a truly tempo led encounter.
Therefore, The Zutons and The Subways at Caerphilly Castle on Friday, July 12 is a concert not to miss. For ticket details go to: