Track Of The Day – Emperor Zero – ‘Mental Health Café’


Today’s Track of the Day arrives in the rather sinister sounding form of Emperor Zero. They emerge, as black snow falls, from their underground bunker deep in the dark heart of Manchester to unleash the unsettling but sonically brilliant ‘Mental Health Café’.  The song is dedicated to Sarah Kane whose play ‘4.48 Psychosis, once described as ’75-minute suicide note,’ inspired the songs lyrical content.  The experience feels like you’ve grabbed the end of a severed electrical power cable to be  jarred out of inertia as Emperor Zero create a brooding miasma of dark paranoid menace. It comes replete with the sort of vocal that invokes visions of Lux Interior, Howard Devoto, Pete Murphy and Mark E .Smith having simultaneous nervous break downs. In short it’s fucking marvellous.

 ‘Mental Health Care’ is out now on SWAYS Records.


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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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