Zero 7 tonight featuring the sultry and hypnotic voice of Sia Furler, during her all-too brief stay with the band.
Zero 7 are an English musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. They began as studio engineers and in 1997 formed the group Zero 7. Their debut album, Simple Things, was released in 2001. Subsequent albums include When It Falls, The Garden, and Yeah Ghost.
After studying sound engineering, Binns and Hardaker began their careers in the music industry in the 1990s at Mickie Most’s RAK recording studio in London, engineering music for British groups like the Pet Shop Boys, Young Disciples, and Robert Plant. In 1997 they created a remix of the song “Climbing Up the Walls” by Radiohead (which was also the first time the name ‘Zero 7’ was used) and Binns received a credit for additional sampling on Kid A.The pair also remixed Terry Callier’s “Love Theme From Spartacus” and songs by Lenny Kravitz, Sneaker Pimps and Lambchop.
The name Zero 7 was chosen after Binns and Hardaker travelled through Mexico and ended up in Honduras, where they spent time on an island called Utila on which there was a bar called Cero Siete. When back in the UK they were asked by Radiohead to remix “Climbing Up the Walls” and they called the mix “the Zero 7 Mix” which stuck.
This session comes during the time of the release of their third album, The Garden, in May 2006. The two vocalists featured on the album were Sia Furler and José González. Henry Binns also sang on the album. The name of the album is derived from the cover art, which is a collection of collages created by an artist friend.
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler was born on 18 December 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia. Her father, Phil Colson, is a musician, and her mother, Loene Furler, is an art lecturer. Sia is the niece of actor-singer Kevin Colson. In 1997, Sia moved to London, where she performed as a background vocalist for British band Jamiroquai. She also provided lead vocals for English downtempo group Zero 7 on their first three studio albums and toured with the group. On Zero 7’s 2001 album Simple Things, Sia contributed vocals to two tracks: “Destiny” and “Distractions.” The single “Destiny” peaked at No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2004, she provided vocals for Zero 7 on “Somersault” and “Speed Dial No. 2” (from the album When It Falls). In 2006, Sia again collaborated with Zero 7 for the group’s third album, The Garden and hence she is regarded as the “unofficial” lead singer of Zero 7.
In case you missed it the first time, here is that session, done for BBC 6 Music on May 23, 2006.