By Zico Chain
Since the glory days of British hard rock in the 60s and 70s, bands in this country have been playing catch-up to their American counterparts.
In the 80s Guns N Roses shaped the new sound and English bands Def Leppard and Whitesnake jumped on the sleaze rock bandwagon. Then Nirvana came along and countless tedious grunge clones failed to make the grade. For the last decade or so Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age have dominated all things hard rock and no British band has really had a look in.
Could this all be about to change? East London power trio Zico Chain are certainly staking a claim.
With their 2007 debut album 'Food,' the band displayed an array of meaty riffs and unforgettable choruses, making up a versatile but ultimately distinguishable sound that saw them snapped up as support to acts as diverse as Deftones, Alkaline Trio and Velvet Revolver.
New single 'These Birds Will Kill Us All' only adds to the arsenal of anthems this band have in their locker. Whetting the appetite for their upcoming as-yet-untitled second album, this Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) produced hit has all the Zico Chain elements - choppy riffs, frenetic pace and catchy lyrics making them one to keep an eye out for in the near future.
B-sides 'Bile N Blood' and 'Daycase' point towards their punk roots, indicating another string to this band's bow that wasn't so prevalent on their debut.
This is a mouth-watering taste of what is to come from one of the most exciting rock acts this country has thrown up in a long time.