Remy Zero
Remy Zero, L-R: Jeffrey Cain, Shelby Tate, Gregory Slay, Cinjun Tate, Cedric LeMoyne
Background information
OriginBirmingham, Alabama, United States
GenresAlternative rock, rock, hard rock, grunge, noise rock, experimental rock
Years active1989–2003, 2010
LabelsCapitol, DGC, Warner/Elektra
Associated actsIsidore, Rose of the West, Spartan Fidelity, Dead Snares, O+S, Alanis Morissette
Websiteremyzero.com
Past membersGregory Slay (deceased)
August Cinjun Tate
Shelby Tate
Jeffrey Cain
Cedric LeMoyne
Louis Schefano[1]

Remy Zero was an American alternative rock band from Birmingham, Alabama, formed in 1989. It was composed of August Cinjun Tate (vocals, guitar), Shelby Tate (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Cedric LeMoyne (bass), Jeffrey Cain (guitar, vocals), and Louis Schefano (drums), who was later replaced by Gregory Slay (drums, percussion).[2]

History

Before Remy Zero had released any full-length albums, Radiohead found their demo tape and invited them to be part of the US tour for The Bends. After that, Remy Zero moved from Alabama to Los Angeles to record their first album.

The self-titled record received little recognition or sales. The subsequent album, Villa Elaine, generated some acclaim. Villa Elaine was recorded when the band was living in an apartment of the same name in Hollywood. Remy Zero's third album, The Golden Hum, was also received well.[3] A 50-second version of the song "Save Me" from The Golden Hum was used as the theme song for WB/CW's Smallville during its ten-season run. The band's music was also featured on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show. The song "Shattered" was used in the films Crazy/Beautiful and Suicide Kings. "Fair", from Villa Elaine, was used in the films Garden State and Fanboys, "Prophecy" in She's All That and The Last Kiss, "Gramarye" appeared in Stigmata, and "Temenos (Here Come the Shakes)" played in the film The Chamber. Additionally, "Perfect Memory" played during the film The Invisible and the last episode of Smallville's first season. Remy Zero recorded a version of Art Garfunkel's song "Bright Eyes" for the 2002 charity album For the Kids.

The band broke up after making The Golden Hum and many of its members went on to join new bands. Shelby and Cinjun created Spartan Fidelity, Cain joined Isidore and later created Dead Snares; LeMoyne toured with Alanis Morissette's band before joining O+S and later Rose of the West. Gregory Slay created Sleepwell.

Drummer Gregory Slay died on 1 January 2010, aged 40, of complications from cystic fibrosis.[4][5]

On 22 May 2010, Remy Zero played their first show together in eight years as a tribute to Gregory in New Orleans, the town where he was born. This was followed by the release of the new single "'Til the End" on the label Popantipop, on 7 September 2010. From October 7 to 12, 2010, Remy Zero performed in memory of their drummer at venues including Dante's in Portland, Oregon, The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, and in Spaceland in Los Angeles. The band's Twitter account confirmed that these shows would be the final word from the band.

On 18 October 2011, Gregory Slay's final solo album, released under the moniker Horsethief Beats, titled The Sound Will Find You, featured Remy Zero bandmates Jeffrey Cain and Cedric Lemoyne and was published on the Communicating Vessels label.[6] Jeffrey Cain is now a member of the Australian band The Church, best known for their 1988 hit song "Under the Milky Way".[7]

Cinjun Tate composed the music for Amy Jo Johnson's 2017 movie The Space Between.[8]

In 2020, a mostly new studio recording featuring Shelby Tate and Cinjun Tate was released digitally under the name Zero Brothers.[9]

Former members

Touring

Timeline

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Chart positions
US
Heat.

[11]
NZ
[12]
1996 Remy Zero
1998 Villa Elaine 37
2001 The Golden Hum 20 39

Extended plays

Title Details
Live on Morning Becomes Eclectic
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Geffen
  • Formats: Promo CD
A Searchers EP
  • Released: November 2001
  • Label: Elektra
  • Formats: Promo CD
Remy Zero EP
  • Released: October 2010
  • Label: Communicating Vessels
  • Formats: CD

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Mod.
[13]
US Main.
[14]
US Adult.
[15]
FRA
[16]
NZ
[12]
UK
[17]
1996 "Temenos (Here Come the Shakes)" Remy Zero
1998 "Prophecy" 27 25 Villa Elaine
"Problem"
1999 "Gramarye"
2001 "Save Me" 27 33 16 46 55 The Golden Hum
"Perfect Memory (I'll Remember You)"
2010 "'Til the End" Remy Zero EP

Music videos

Year Title Director
1998 "Prophecy" Sophie Muller
1999 "Gramarye"
2001 "Save Me" Phil Harder

References

  1. ^ "Video premiere: Cheshires (ex-Remy Zero), 'Love This Feelin". buzzbands.la. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Music Heals: Remy Zero's Cinjun Tate on Cancer, Recovery, and Never Being The Same Again". kexp.org. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ "CD REVIEWS: Tori Amos, Live, Macy Gray and many more". Chart Attack, September 18, 2001 By: Debbie Bento and Jenny Yuen
  4. ^ "Remy Zero Announces a New Single "Til The End"". castleqwayr.wordpress.com. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Gregory Slay made impression on friends, bandmates". al.com. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Gregory Scott Slay - Horsethief Beats (Communicating Vessels)". bigtakeover.com. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  7. ^ Shepard, Karen; ContributorWriter (2012-02-20). "Isidore Part 2: Jeffrey Cain's Journey From Church Fan to Kilbey Collaborator". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  8. ^ "The Space Between". indiegogo.com. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Zero Brothers Album Page". All Music Guide.
  10. ^ "TVD Premiere: Cheshires, "Wish Something Would Happen"". thevinyldistrict.com. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Remy Zero Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Discography Remy Zero". charts.nz. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "Remy Zero Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  14. ^ "Remy Zero Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  15. ^ "Remy Zero Chart History: Adult Top 40". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  16. ^ "Discographie Remy Zero". lescharts.com. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  17. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 458. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.