Lee Rogers released his debut album, ‘Drawing Clocks’, on Zenith Café fifteen long years ago. The record was well-received and Rogers’ songs were played on Radio 2 and appeared on television. They were even used in Hollywood films, including ‘The River King’. It was the beginning of a successful career in music before it all came to a shuddering halt when the record label was caught up in the HBOS banking crisis. Rogers turned away from music and channelled his creativity into his passion for tattooing, opening up his own studio in Northern Ireland.
But the story wasn’t over. Zenith Café has finally managed to fight back against the injustices that brought the label down. It’s fitting that the first project since the label’s re-birth involves Rogers and, together, they are carrying on from where they left off so many years ago. It’s such a triumphant story that Sony has actually bought the rights and are planning to create a movie based on it.
We are pleased to premiere the second single from Rogers’ upcoming album, ‘Gameblood’. ‘Haunted’ tells the familiar story of Cathy and Heathcliff but with a twist. Rogers explains: “The idea of telling the other side of Kate Bush’s beautiful take on Cathy’s story was something I’d never heard before. My wife Nikita educated me on the book and together we wrote ‘Haunted’. I wanted the music, production and lyrics in this song to echo the darker, twisted love from Heathcliff’s point of view.”
With a gritty melodic vocal and a driving, moody rhythm, ‘Haunted’ is an engaging, catchy anthem from the Belfast singer-songwriter, who has been away too long. Enjoy.