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Remy Zero, L-R: Jeffrey Cain, Shelby Tate, Gregory Slay, Cinjun Tate, Cedric LeMoyne
|Origin||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, rock, hard rock, grunge, noise rock, experimental rock|
|Years active||1989–2003, 2010|
|Labels||Capitol, DGC, Warner/Elektra|
|Associated acts||Spartan Fidelity|
Gregory Slay (deceased)|
Remy Zero was a Birmingham, Alabama-based alternative rock band made up of Cinjun Tate (vocals, guitar), Shelby Tate (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Cedric LeMoyne (bass), Jeffrey Cain (guitar, vocals), and Gregory Slay (drums, percussion).
Before Remy Zero had released any full-length albums, Radiohead found their demo tape and invited them to be part of the US tour for The Bends. After that, the band moved from Alabama to Los Angeles to record their first album.
Remy Zero's first album, self-titled, drew from these experiences and received little recognition or sales. The subsequent album Villa Elaine caused them to be praised as "the next big thing"[by whom?]. Villa Elaine was recorded when the band was living in an apartment of the same name in Hollywood. Remy Zero's third album The Golden Hum was also received well. A 50-second version of the song "Save Me" from The Golden Hum was used as the theme song for WB/CW's Smallville during its ten-season run. Remy Zero's music has also been on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show. Remy Zero's song "Shattered" was used in the films Crazy/Beautiful and Suicide Kings. "Fair" from Villa Elaine was used in the films Garden State and Fanboys, "Prophecy" was used in She's All That, The Last Kiss, "Gramarye" was used in the film Stigmata, and "Temenos (Here Come The Shakes)" was used in the film The Chamber. Also, "Perfect Memory" was used in the film The Invisible and the last episode of Smallville's first season. Director Bill Draheim documented the making of "Save Me". Save Me from my Half-Life Drive is the result of that edited EPK footage. Remy Zero recorded a version of Art Garfunkel's song "Bright Eyes" for the 2002 album For the Kids.
Remy Zero broke up after making The Golden Hum and many of its members went on to join new bands. Shelby and Cinjun Tate created Spartan Fidelity, Jeffrey Cain joined Isidore and later created Dead Snares; Cedric LeMoyne toured with Alanis Morissette's band before joining O+S. Gregory Slay created Sleepwell.
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. The band then planned for more shows that would be played in October.
The band also released a new single called "'Til The End" on the label popantipop, which was released on iTunes on September 7, 2010. The single was released to modern rock radio between the days of September 13 to 19, according to FMQB.com.
From October 7 to 12, 2010, Remy Zero performed in memory of their drummer. The venues were at Dante's in Portland, Oregon, The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, Washington, Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, and in Spaceland in Los Angeles, California. The band's Twitter account confirmed that these shows would be the final word from the band.
- Cinjun Tate – vocals, guitar (1989–2003, 22 May 2010)
- Shelby Tate – vocals, guitar, keyboards (1989–2003, 2010)
- Jeffrey Cain – guitar (1989–2003, 2010)
- Cedric LeMoyne – bass (1989–2003, 2010)
- Leslie Van Trease – guitar, keyboards
- Chip Kilpatrick – drums (2010)
- Studio albums
- Remy Zero EP (2010)