Police guitarist Andy Summers' new group, Circa Zero, finally has revealed official release details about its debut album. Circus Hero will hit stores on March 25 as part of a worldwide deal with 429 Records.
Circa Zero is a collaboration between Summers and singer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles of the Los Angeles-based band The Rescues. The 13-track collection was recorded at Andy's Bowl of Cherries studio in Venice, California, and was co-produced by him and Giles.
Summers says he was inspired to do a new rock project following The Police's farewell tour of 2007-2008 and he decided to team up with Giles after seeing The Rescues perform at the famed L.A. venue The Troubadour.
In a new interview with Billboard, Summers says he thinks the material on Circus Hero is "heavier and edgier than most of the Police stuff -- it's more aggressive, generally."
He adds, "The basic goal was 'Let's make a rock record,' as simple as that, and when we say 'rock' we mean rock…I'm not trying to play jazz or anything else on this record. It's rock."
You can check out the album's lead track, "Levitation," now at Billboard.com, which is offering an exclusive stream of the song.
Circa Zero currently has one confirmed concert, a March 11 showcase at the 512 Rooftop during the 2014 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, Summers tells Billboard that he and Giles already are working on songs for a follow-up album by the band.
"I think we would add some more spice the second time around," he notes. "I think we'll give ourselves permission to do that, stretch a bit as it were."
In other news, Summers' documentary Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which premiered at the DOC NYC Festival back in November 2012, is scheduled to get its debut theatrical run in late July.
Here is the Circus Hero track list:
"The Story Ends Here"
"Night Time Travelers"
"Shoot Out the Stars"
"Light the Fuse & Run"
"Whenever You Hear the Rain"
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