This page shows a small selection of the press the Zeff Music releases have gained.

Lilygun - Scum 
Reviewed by Michael Heming

London rockers Lilygun are releasing their brand new single “Scum” later this month. But before they unleash it into the big wide world, Rock Reviews 24/7 has had a listen and can confirm: it’s great!

Yep, Scum is a fine piece of music indeed. A stand out lyric is Don’t let the scum kill you, don’t let ‘em get you down. Why? Well, for those who live in London where Lilygun hail from, you’ll realise it’s full of scum. Probably not what songwriter Anna-Christina meant, but it still works nonetheless. But on a much more global scale as well as a local one!

So if you want your rock music with sincerity and passion, then look no further than Scum. Taking inspiration from grunge bands but with a whole new twist, Lilygun are doing things their way and the scum aren’t getting them down!

Boy Of The Afterthought - Lupa 
Reviewed by Meghan Player

Every so often, a debut album comes along from an 'unheardof' band that completely blows you away with promise and prescence. London based band, Boy Of The Afterthought and their debut, 'Lupa' is one such example.

The opening, and title track automatically grabs your attention, purely for the resembleance to arguably, one of America's finest, Ted Nugent. The ensuing melody is extremely dreamlike, leaving you in a state of trance - the sounds whirring you away in the ultimate form of escapism. This style of 'rock' wouldn't have looked out of place during the early 90s rock/grunge scene, with bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana, dominating that particular field.

Second track, 'Only Living Witness' follows suit with the 90s feel, revelling in a sound and style that takes the listener back to a time when music was everything, and image meant nothing. The simplicity of the vocals and melody - as well as the tempo and delivery of the sound - are perfectly executed, and show just how much promise this young band has.

'See Evil' and 'Dead Cold Quiet' deliver a blend of gorgeous soundscapes - slow and mellow, to garage and raw. Once again, bands such as Silverchair and/or Spiderbait in their early days, spring to mind - and personally, this is a magnificent direction for a band to head, and so early on in their career.

In summary, this is a delightful debut EP from Boy Of The Afterthought. The reconnection with the garage rock roots of the 90s is a style that will set them apart from the pompous rock bands of today, and their brand of manufactured rock music. The EP relies on the simple formula of solid, well-rounded songwriting - and beautifully lets the music sell the band, not the image.

Make sure you keep an eye out for these guys - they have a very promising future.

Boy Of The Afterthought - Lupa 
Reviewed by Judith Fisher

Every now and then, a really fine and relatively unknown album will land on my lap and this debut mini album and single from Boy Of The Afterthought just happens to be one of these.

Describing themselves as 'alternative grunge' doesn't really do their music justice. Debut album 'Lupa' is an amalgamation of seven stunningly good tracks from this London three piece with a maturity that easily belies their experience.

With, and proud of, their influences coming from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Black Sabbath, Placebo and T Rex, they have produced songs that dip equally into Metal, indie and alternative and the result is a wonderful melting pot of all of these.

Title track 'Lupa' rolls in on some Sabbath-esque guitars but the second vocalist/guitarist starts up and all thoughts of that band are banished. Aaron John's almost incongruous, softly sung cajoling vocals slide smoothly over darker underlying guitars and beats. 'Only Living Witness' picks up the tempo with clear, sharp indie melodies whilst 'See Evil' drifts their sound into more QOTSA territory.

Debut single 'Dead Cold Quiet' is quite simply a revelation, soothing and subtle with a quiet hint of menace, this wonderfully soulful, melancholy song starts to seep into your whole being and you suddenly start to realise just how good this band really are. For a first single, this is pretty mind blowing!

'Stories' switches things up a notch with a nice groove, 'Hollow' swings us back into a harsher, more Sonic Youth feel and finally, 'Satellites' completes this fabulous mini album, gorgeously emotive guitars bringing a touch of mellow sadness to this soul wrenching track with John's vocals gently easing through, penetrating every inch of the sound.

Mournful, melodic and mesmerising in equal quantities, I could easily run out of adjectives for this hugely talented and utterly brilliant band and Lupa will definitely be amongst the front runners for one of my albums of the year.


By Judith Fisher