Giz mo’ drums!
Stewart Copeland launches new band
■ Stewart Copeland is back behind the kit with a new project and album.The Police drum icon has formed prog supergroup Gizmodrome along side Adrian Belew on guitar, Mark King on bass and Vittorio Cosma on keys.
“I had no plan at all, I am Mr Serious Classical Composer Dude writing concerti for the big orchestra and it was going smashingly,” the drummer says, discussing the band’s roots. “Then I got a call from Italy...”
Copeland reveals that he had travelled to Italy each summer for the last decade to enjoy the surroundings, fine food and a little music, just for the fun of it. “I’ve been paid for rock ‘n’ roll and this was just for kicks. Then a call came in saying a record company wanted to record these songs. It was Vittorio Cosma, my Italian buddy, and he said he thought he could get Adrian Belew. Well dang, that raised the stakes! I contacted Mark[ King] and he was in. Within 20 minutes the four of us were on our way to Milan.”
After ten days in the studio the foursome had created an entire album, which is due for release in September. Copeland tells us that live shows will likely follow next year.
The record sees the drummer tackling vocal duties; but don’t worry, you’ll still see him behind the kit on tour, at least for some of the set: “The cool thing is that I get to stand at the front of the stage and play guitar and sing. I’ll play drums too, because I like it – drums are fun. But people have been asking if I am going to do a Don Henley and sing while playing drums. No, no, no, I’m going to do a Dave Grohl. I’ll have a huge amp and I’ll be playing big power chords and doing all of the guitar faces while Adrian Belew actually plays the guitar.”
Stewart Copeland’s new band also features Level 42 legend Mark King on bass