ZIRCON GOV. PAWN STARZ
X' Ho (singer/lyricist)
Sue-Sue Law (singer, sex-bomb)
Zircon Gov. Pawn Starz is the first nu-electro group from the tiny isle of the Singapore Republic.
In late 2002, guitarist Yeow and singer X'Ho decided to come together to make music?c again. They had once fronted, in the 80s, Zircon Lounge - Singapore's first-ever New Wave/art-punk band. Before long, the pair recruited Sue-Sue Law (real identity - Suzanne Walker, a well-known radio deejay turned singer) as the group's sexy vocalist.
Zircon Gov. Pawn Starz is special because in Singa-pop's great divide of the squeaky-clean mainstream and a guitar-driven alternative, the trio pursues its own unique path. Celebrating the joy and sleaze of funky robo-punk, its music also swims against the current wave of accepted electronica/house in popular dance music.
The recently released (15 April 2004) debut album Follywood is a fun statement on the no-fun emotional fascism of a system that manufactures ?efake?f pop stars. Caustic and witty, the album contains a hand full of originals with intriguing titles and special guests. Media Whore, Mouthless Fish, Nag Nag Nag (not the Cabaret Voltaire classic) which features Peter Christopherson (ex-Throbbing Gristle) of Coil, Digit Nation featuring German sensation Mia, and the band?fs signature theme-song Zircon Gov. Pawn Starz featuring, Chicks On Speed.
Follywood also includes a couple of re-worked covers, The Queers?f Drop The Attitude, F***er and Motorhead?fs Nightmare (Dreamtime) (both re-interpreted with additional lyrics).
The album also showcases the remix talents of Singapore?fs own Ashidiq & Kiat, Case, Eastward Collective and Thailand?fs Futon.
One critic described Zircon Gov. Pawn Starz' music as "frighteningly good". The description confirms the group's exciting status as a bold and wildly leftist entity in an anesthetized world. Zircon Gov. Pawn Starz is naughty and wicked electro with a clash and bang !
Follywood is available at all good record stores now.