Remy Zero announced plans to reunite for four select dates in October to honor the memory of the band’s drummer Gregory Slay, who passed away on New Year’s Day of complications from Cystic Fibrosis. On May 22, 2010 Remy Zero played their first show together in eight years as a tribute to Gregory in New Orleans, the town where he was born. After a moving and cathartic experience and an outpouring from fans, the band decided to reunite for several more one-off shows to further share the spirit of Gregory Slay and his love of performing. To coincide with the upcoming dates, the band has also disclosed that they will be offering at least one new or unreleased song with further details to be announced. Proceeds from the shows and recordings will go to benefit the Honeymoon Trust set up for Gregory’s wife, Tiana Krahn-Slay and their daughter, Honeymoon Slay.
The four West Coast shows will mirror the spirit of the New Orleans memorial bringing together fellow musicians and friends to play alongside Remy Zero in each city. Jeffrey Cain notes, “The act of performing was very important to Gregory. It is the way we will always communicate with each other. Anytime we play those songs, he’s in the room.” In order to recapture the feeling of joy and healing that came out of the first memorial and celebrate the life and music of Gregory Slay, the band chose Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles for the expanded memorial dates because of the family, friends and fans Gregory had in those cities. These were also the last cities that Gregory toured when he played drums with O+S in 2009. In addition to the music, the upcoming dates will also feature an edited version of a film by Nina Parikh, shown at the original memorial. Nina, a lifelong friend of Remy Zero, had been documenting the band on film throughout their career.
Remy Zero formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1989 with members Cinjun Tate (vocals/guitar), Shelby Tate (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Cedric LeMoyne (bass guitar), Jeffrey Cain (lead guitar) and Gregory Slay (drums, percussion). Remy Zero was catapulted into the spotlight when Radiohead, so impressed with an early Remy Zero demo they heard, invited the band to open their stateside tour for The Bends.
After finishing their dates with Radiohead, the band moved to Los Angeles to record their first full album, the self-titled Remy Zero. They followed with two critically acclaimed releases, Villa Elaine and The Golden Hum. When their song “Save Me” was chosen as the theme song for the long running WB TV show Smallville, the band would become a household name. A slew of Remy Zero songs came to be featured in TV and film, including such taste-making standouts as the Garden State soundtrack. After a decade long success as a band, the members made a mutual decision to part ways so that they could move on in their own personal musical directions.
Since that time they have all continued to create music in various incarnations. Cinjun Tate and Shelby Tate joined together to release an album as the band Spartan Fidelity. Shelby Tate is currently living in Cambodia where he is in the midst of building the music studio Onsa. Cinjun is currently in the band A.C.T. and working on a new project called the New York Cosmos. He is also in the midst of recording a solo album, with a release date to be announced. Cedric LeMoyne created O+S with Orenda Fink from Azure Ray, records and tours with Alanis Morissette and Gnarls Barkley, and is currently working on an album with Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees. Jeffrey Cain has been busy recording with artists such as Tricky, Afrobots, O+S, and Isidore (a band he formed with Steve Kilbey of The Church). Jeffrey also has a new Dead Snares full-length CD coming out this fall on popantipop that features both Gregory and Cedric playing on the album. In addition, Jeffrey, Gregory and Cedric received an Emmy nomination for the FX TV series “Nip/Tuck” theme song, which they composed under the name The Engine Room.