All Beta Band releases will be placed upon pedestals at Drift HQ and this one is no exception.
Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996 and their rise was a slow one, but was ultimately stratospheric.
Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.
“Heroes to Zeros” is the third and final studio album by The Beta Band released in 2004. It was mixed by famed producer Nigel Godrich and rose to number 18 in the UK charts.
Their sound veering from post-grunge balladry to funk and ambient breakbeat to Madchester acid house, they started of as a sort of pop group with few similarities to any other act going. Formed around three friends -- vocalist Steve Mason, drummer Robin Jones, and DJ/sampler John Maclean -- the group later drafted bassist Richard Greentree. Scant months after forming, the Beta Band added a formidable ally in gaining exposure: manager Brian Cannon, the designer responsible for virtually every Oasis sleeve released to that point.
The group's first EP, 1997's 'Champion Versions', featured mixing by the Verve's Nick McCabe. Two additional EPs followed in early 1998, 'The Patty Patty Sound' and 'Los Amigos del Beta Bandidos'. After collecting all three EPs on an album, the Beta Band began recording for their proper debut, a self-titled effort released in 1999.
'Hot Shots II', came in 2001, ground work for their next LP began around the same time; after self-producing the record and subsequently passing it over to Nigel Godrich for a final mix, the group released 'Heroes to Zeros' in spring 2004.
Just a few months later, the Beta Band announced they would disband at the end of 2004, citing the frustration of much critical praise but no commercial impact. Mason went on to release material as King Biscuit Time (which had actually debuted in 1998), Black Affair, and other albums under his own name.
Both LP formats include a CD
Limited edition pressed on Purple vinyl
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