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Hard rock with a touch of the Boston sound

What do you do if you're the anxious member of a successful rock band that rarely tours and records? That's the dilemma Brad Delp faced recently. As singer for the popular hard-rock band Boston, Delp has sung on such album-oriented radio favorites as More Than a Feeling and Don't Look Back.

Unfortunately for Delp, Boston songwriter and producer Tom Scholz writes and records at a snail's pace. Indeed, Boston has recorded only three albums since emerging in 1976. Delp, on the other hand, is a veteran of the Massachusetts club scene who loves to perform.

In moving toward his goal of getting back on the road and on the radio, Delp has gone back to square one _ or in his own words, Return to Zero. The singer has joined former Boston guitarist Barry Goodreau in the band RTZ.

RTZ's Giant Records debut album, Return to Zero, is slated to be released July 9. The first single from the album, Face the Music, is set for a June 25 release.

"It's straight-ahead hard rock," Goodreau said. "Some of the '60s influences show through. Brad is a huge Beatles fan, and I think that influence shows. I came up as a blues player, so that influence probably shines through."

Goodreau, who claimed he and Delp were involved but rarely credited in the composing of some Boston songs, admitted the album has a Boston influence.

"The sounds of the instruments and Brad's voice certainly give it a Boston touch," Goodreau said. "But despite that, I think we've got our own style going here."

The album, which reportedly features a harder sound than Boston's feathery rock offerings, includes the songs Livin' for the Rock, Until Your Love Comes Back Around and Devil to Pay.