With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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Podcast Mayhem! April 9, 2021


In case you missed them click here for my most recent interview podcasts, hosted on BuzzSprout!

This series features some very strong and incredibly talented female artists; Lauren Tate (a.k.a. Delilah Bon), Millie Manders (of Millie Manders & the Shutup) and Kaoro Sato (of the Dead Zoo). Keep a good eye and ear on all of them. Delilah Bon releases her first album in May, Millie Manders & the Shutup have just released a new single and the next Dead Zoo single will be out soon! All of these will be reviewed on these very pages. So to whet your appetite please give the interview podcasts a spin! New interviews will be on here soon, watch this space!

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The WJAHOM Interview Podcast – Kaoru Sato of the Dead Zoo March 7, 2021

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Last week I had the honour and pleasure of interviewing Kaoru Sato the talented frontwoman of the Dead Zoo, a band who are destined for great things! Kaoru talks about her musical influences, her previous bands, these strange days and the Dead Zoo among many other things. Click here to take a listen and let us know what you think. While your listening check out the Dead Zoo on BandCamp and maybe buy yourself some fine music! When you have listened to the podcast and bought some great stuff from BandCamp I have included a few of my favourite Dead Zoo tracks from YouTube below!

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“Everyone Says Hi” – The Dead Zoo January 27, 2021

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Many of you regular readers know that I am a big fan of the Dead Zoo, they are a band with a very bright future. They have a new single “In The End” lined up for release on 26th March, I reckon it will be their best yet from what the band have told me. But in the meantime they took the rather strange, but rather wonderful decision to release the B-Side early. It was released on January 10th, the fifth anniversary of the passing of David Bowie. It is a cover of one of my favourite later period Bowie songs, “Everyone Says Hi” from 2002’s ‘Heathen’. It is a faithful take on the tune but singer Kaoru adds a hauntingly beautiful and respectful vocal to it. Their is an undercurrent of emotion in her voice, maybe she is channelling her inner Bowie, I know she is a huge fan of the Dame. I also love the sublime vamping backing vocals too. It was a brave cover to attempt, but the Dead Zoo nailed it! I am looking forward even more to the A side now 🙂 keep your ears peeled for it good people! If you love this track like I do, I also urge you to check out Kaoru’s fabulous covers album released last year on BandCamp, click here to find it.

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A Christmas Message From The Dead Zoo December 19, 2020

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Only six more sleeps until the bearded weirdo drops down your chimney, are you excited? I think I am. So excited in fact that I am sending you another great Christmas message from another fabulous band that we love here at With Just A Hint Of Mayhem; The Dead Zoo. We have featured them before, click here to read our review of their rather splendiferous single “Mother”. I have had a sneak preview of a couple of tracks the band plan to release in 2021 and they are both incredible, so incredible that they will put a a very special shine on the new year, especially after the shitstorm that 2020 has been. The Dead Zoo Christmas message is below.

Here is what the band have to say to you 🙂 “We had a really promising start with four great live shows in winter 2019 and 2020 before Covid and we’re looking forward to building momentum again in 2021 with the release of our next single in the spring. Our debut “Mother”, released in the summer, did really well and we raised a lot of funds for #saveourvenues 

We’re really grateful for the grass roots blogs and music fans who supported us in the early days and we hope we can all go forward together, no matter what.”

Somrata, Kaoru, Gabby & Jon (collectively known as the Dead Zoo) xx

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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 13 September 27, 2020


Here we are with our thirteenth singles round-up of 2020. This one features five great tunes, which crept out into this currently horrible world over the past few weeks with a mission to make it better. These five songs include more great bands and singers from London, Bangor, Rugby (via West Lothian), Raleigh (North Carolina) and Canada . Two of these acts have appeared on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem before; Dying Habit and Eyeball and I am confident that everyone of this lot will appear again sometime in the future. Get into these great tunes right now!

“Mother” – The Dead Zoo

Jon, Gabby, Kaoru and Somrata are the Dead Zoo and this is their first single. It is a cover of a song originally by Puffy (aka Puffy AmiYumi a Japanese pop rock duo), an act completely new to me, as are the Dead Zoo. The tune has a real laid back 60s west coast feel with overlays of jangly indie guitar and an undercurrent of UK post punk. Kaoru’s hauntingly beautiful vocals wash over you and hypnotise you into a relaxed dreamlike state. She has incredible clarity in her vocal delivery. I assume the lyrics are Japanese, and I do not understand any of them, but it is such a classy track who cares! The video is nicely done using Zoom or something similar, as a bonus you also get to see Jon the drummer in a onesie! Regular readers know that my name is Bill, but the Dead Zoo are the only group of people in the world allowed to call me Helen! If I told you why I would have to kill you 😉

“Honestly” – Dying Habit

This is the third appearance at Mayhem Towers for Bangor’s finest rock band Dying Habit, to be fair they are also one of the UK’s best bands. This track came out a few weeks ago. “Honestly” is a hard rocking tune with a nod to pop sensibility. It showcases a band that really know their stuff and seem to work together effortlessly. I want to see them live even more now! The video gives the songs undercurrent of darkness a lighter touch with the two protagonists having some rather spiffing paint fun!

“I Love You, You’re The Worst” – Emily Burns

Now this is a stunningly well produced dark pop tune reminiscent of Lily Allen and Kate Nash lyrically. It is underpinned with a real classy modern R & B feel. It crept into my head and took up residence on the first listen. The video, with Emily playing a multitude of characters is rather splendid too!

“Paralyze (Theme for a Recurring Film)” – Eyeball

A marvellous instrumental piece of trippy, proggy synth which would fit perfectly on the soundtrack of the darkest David Lynch film. The sound is like an orchestral Giorgio Moroder inspired piece. Eyeball’s bio claims they are from North Carolina, I think that is fake news, I believe they have emanated from a bizarre parallel universe. A universe where proggy, synth rock is king and Eyeball are it’s royal family!

“The Social” – DJ Shub (feat. Phoenix)

This is an inspiring example of how to use your voice for good. It has some first class and very phat beats and a wonderful use of Native American chants. Vocally I was reminded of Lauryn Hill at her Fugees peak. Not only is this a great tune it supports Black Lives Matter and points out that Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Matter. All proceeds from this song will go to organizations benefiting these initiatives that are very dear to DJ Shub and Phoenix’s hearts. America needs this right now, hell the world needs this passion for life right now given the extreme racist regimes that exist on the planet today!

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