Giz mo’ drums!

Ste­wart Copeland launches new band

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■ 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

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