Union Entertainment GroupPolice guitarist Andy Summers has launched a new musical project called Circa Zero with singer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles of the Los Angeles based rock band The Rescues. The group, which also features drummer Emmanuelle Caplette, has scheduled its first-ever concert -- a July 25 performance at the El Rey Theatre in L.A. Circa Zero also is preparing to release its debut album, Circus Hero.
In a lengthy post on his official website, Summers discusses the formation of the band, explaining that he was introduced to Giles after his friend Peter Leak invited him to see a show by The Rescues, whom Leak managed. Andy says he was immediately impressed by Giles, who, he quipped, "obviously having been brought up by a magician appeared able to play four instruments at once while singing."
About a year later, Summers again went to see The Rescues perform, and had an offbeat chat with Giles after the gig. That night Andy realized he wanted to collaborate with Giles and contacted Leak to set up a rehearsal at his studio.
Summers recalls that when they began to jam, "Something mystical was happening. The hand of destiny, though invisible, was in the room." By the end of the day, Andy says he and Giles had decided to record an album together.
Speaking with ABC News recently, Summers says of the collaboration, "I think the main objective was to get together an album that we both felt was very strong, and it is. It's [a] very strong rock/pop album."
Andy describes Circa Zero's sound as "contemporary rock but it's not heavy metal and it's not soft-rock." He adds, "I'm a guitar player, so it's kind of guitar-driven rock. The things that make it signature are Rob's voice, my guitar [and] the type of songs we've written."
Circa Zero is expected to announce release details about the album soon. Meanwhile, fans can get a taste of what the group sounds like by checking out a behind-the-scenes video that can be viewed at the band's official YouTube channel.
ABC News Radio also asked Summers what he felt the chances were that The Police might mount another reunion tour some day. He said that while he wouldn't completely discount the possibility, he thinks it's very unlikely.
"The reunion tour in '07, '08 was a phenomenal success. One of the biggest tours of all time," he notes. "We did it at kind of a golden moment…two years before the recession hit…and I think to try to repeat anything like that now would be folly."
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