Higher - Their Third Album
It is not very often that bands have their own logotype. It is even less
common that any such a logotype reflects the musical style as perfect as the
two stylized guitar shapes.
The rhythm guitar part belongs to Ezio Lunedei. He is a
"midthirtysomething", about "fivefootplussome" and looks "abitAndyGarcia".
But that’s not important. What counts is his incredible talent as
composer, writer and singer. This talent, together with his charismatic
appearance on stage make him, the voice of the band, one of the most
expressive artists of our time.
The acoustic guitar is Mark "Booga" Fowell. He is "midtwentysomething",
about "sixfootandmore" and resembles his friend Ezio "slightlymorethanzero".
This is important. Completely different from the outside, the musical side
has more something of brothers of sound. It is only to boogas chords that
Ezio can tell his ex to “go”. It is only Booga's solo parts
that render Ezio's stories about burning desires credible. And when this very
Ezio is about to let his charme play on some female audience, then Booga just
shakes his head, pulls the strings and turns his friend’s feelings
Two great albums have already come out: The power of "Black Boots On Latin
Feet" (1995) and "Diesel Vanilla" (1997) has brought people on many
continents together in smiles, tears, dance, dreams and love. Their latest
album, the third one, should justify for a monument in their home town,
Because these two manage that on each and every one of their concerts
almost each and every crowd member can sing the lyrics to each and every song
- mostly even the ones that have not yet been published...
Because they prove to the rest of the world that intelligent rock and pop
musicians from the UK are not automatically introverted buttheads.
Because their music (studio and live) can do withouts samples, overdubs,
loops or other unnecessary crap.
Because Ezio only need two guitars, a voice, a bass and a drumset to make
all the short-living money-focused so-called “musicians” look
Because a gig is not finished until Ezio’s and Booga’s
fingers start bleeding.
And because PM Tony Blair has chosen two of their songs (“Cancel
Today” and “30 And Confused” of the "Black Boots On
Latin Feet" album) for his “desert island” disc selection.
The songs on "Higher" are moving and the lyrics are on a high level. It
does not happen too often that anger, joy, sadness and dance are brought
across as intense as Ezio do with their music. Could be that artists with
bigger names would give anything for only a glimpse of Ezio’s
Let’s hope that Ezio have put a copyright on their logotype because
it won’t be long until the world can no longer do without the
memorable stories and the magical music of EZIO.
Munich, January 2000