Zeptepi - Winter in the Blood

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Melbourne folk-rockers Zeptepi released their fourth album, "Winter In The Blood", on 21st March 2012. Recorded and mixed between July and December 2011 - and originally planned as an EP - this album shows another side to the band. Much more of a folk record, it is based around the vocals and guitar of Phil Dean, CC Thornley's banjo and Hayley Anderson's violin (although long time members Bernie Dodd and Frank Packer do appear sporadically on percussion and bass respectively). It features 6 brand new originals, 2 covers and 4 traditional tunes.

King of the Balladeers opens the album in fine style. Written as a tribute to folk legend Luke Kelly, this long-time live favourite loses none of its energy in its new stripped back guise.

Set in 17th Century England, Winter in my Blood is a tale of men loyal to the King who are forced to flee and live a life of paranoia, on the run from their erstwhile subjects until they are hunted down. This is the full version of the track that was released as a free download single in January.

Girls of Old Maui is Phil's re-writing of Rolling Down to Old Maui, a traditional sailor's song dating back to the middle of the 19th century. This version retains the original melody, but has a lot of new lyrics - changing the story of the song to reflect that of a man sick of being at sea who returns to home only to find himself in trouble and having to escape... by going to sea.

The full band have been performing a version of the Motorhead classic Ace of Spades live over the last couple of years. A great song that really lends itself to the folk music treatment, CC's inspired banjo solo is one of the album's highlights. It also features the fiddle playing of Peter O'Shea alongside Hayley.

The Last Voyage is a song very much in the folk tradition of songs of the sea, a mournful tale of an old sailor who longs to return to his homeland. After a long journey, his ship is wrecked with home in sight. Long-time associate Mark Lanigan makes a guest appearance, playing the main guitar part.
Originally written in 2004 and previously demo'd in 2007, Arrows finally makes an appearance on a Zeptepi album. A more philosophical number, this track is another with a great banjo solo.

Fairmoye Lassies & Sporting Paddy is a barnstorming instrumental tune, an adrenalin rush of intertwined fiddle and banjo. The best known version of this traditional Irish tune was recorded in the late 1960s by The Dubliners. Driven along by the banjo, No Respect is arguably the jewel in the crown of the album. With Phil's finest vocal to date and some fantastic percussion from Bernie on the djembe, No Respect is also the only track on this album to feature electric guitar.

A traditional song dating from the 1930s, Peat Bog Soldiers is one of Europe's best known protest songs. Written by prisoners in Nazi labour camps, the song has a simple slow melody, deliberately repetitive to reflect a soldier's march. Prisoners were banned from singing existing political songs, so they wrote their own.

I Stand Enthralled brings back echoes of early Zeptepi, lyrically and musically, and Hayley's violin builds and builds throughout to a glorious climax.

Ewan MacColl's classic School Day's Over has been a staple of the acoustic live shows for years now. Written in the late 1950s, the song tells of the mining communities in the UK, each verse focussing on a different story - Geordies, Scots and Welsh.

Fittingly, a brief yet soulful rendition of the Australian traditional tune Wallaby Stew from CC Thornley ends the album.
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< br/ > CD review by Ian Dearden I was completely unfamiliar with Victoria’s Zeptepi prior to receiving their album “Winter in the Blood” for review. Some quick research (thank you Google) quickly reveals that the band started as a vehicle for original songwriting by singer and multiinstrumentalist Phil Dean, a 21st century English emigrant to the land of Oz. Since then, through various line up changes, and with a bit of shapeshifting to fi t venues and availability, the band varies between an acoustic duo or trio through to a fullthroated electric folk rock band a la The Pogues. Their website proudly displays video footage of the trio line-up playing at Lyonville’s Radio Springs Hotel, a venue considered by affi cionados to be the centre of the known (musical) world! “Winter In The Blood”, their fourth album in the past ten years, highlights the band’s acoustic roots and celtic leanings, with a mix of traditional, neotraditional (Ewan MacColl) as well as original material which all remains wellgrounded in the folk/celtic tradition. The album features Phil Dean’s lead vocals, guitar and mandolin playing, with tasty contributions from CC Thorley on banjo and Hayley Anderson on fi ddle, percussion from Bernie Dodd and bass (on one track only) from the full band’s long time bass player Frank Packer. Sadly both Hayley Anderson and Frank Packer have moved on after long and substantial contributions over many years and many shows. Highlights of the album include Phil Dean’s singlehanded (multitracked) version of the traditional Peat Bog Soldiers, full of passion, and the full band reading of the traditional (but fiddled with) Girls of Old Maui. No Respect is a full-on social comment original from the pen of Phil Dean, which pulls no punches. The band are no slouches at tune playing either – Fairmoye Lassies and Sporting Paddy showcases delightful interplay between Hayley Anderson’s exquisite fiddling and CC Thorley’s rock steady banjo picking. Looking at their website, Zeptepi must be one of the hardest working live bands in Victoria, so check out when they’re next in your neck of the woods (www. zeptepi.info), you won’t be disappointed. Oh, and don’t forget to buy this album, and some of the back catalogue as well!!

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 20 May, 2012.


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