Announce New Album "Arms" out September 25th on Planaria * Fall East Coast Tour w/ The Locust!
“A mostly-instrumental very very very prog band not unlike a chamber-rock version of Orthrelm, with a lineup of two drummers, two guitarists, and two saxophone players! ...total herkyjerky, typewritery, stop-start stuff, with that 'cartoon mouse tiptoeing around' kinda feel to it. All the more impressive considering how together six musicians have to be to do this. Math for math's sake. Can't call it math-rock, even, 'cause there's not a lot of rockin' going on. Guaranteed to drive certain people insane, whilst simultaneously provoking twisted delight in others (you know who you are).” - Aquarius Records, San Francisco
"(One) of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York. The Zs' songs sputter forth in Morse code dots of percussion and saxophone..." - Ben Sisario, New York Times
"Risking hyperbole, this is a high quality document from one of the more interesting, stimulating and intelligent bands in action today. Highly recommended." - Dusted Magazine
"A seriously intoxicating and energizing composition." - FakeJazz.com
ZS is the New York band (formed in January 2002) working between the worlds of Avant Rock and New Music. Mostly instrumental, the music often explores the extremes of compositional complexity and virtuosity as well as extended repetition. The sound ranges from “brutal chamber music” to bombastic Prog Rock counterpoint to barely audible breathing sounds to mournful jazz drones. Math rock rhythms, insane time signatures, over the top melodies...it's all here.
Originally curated by Orthrelm's Mick Barr in the early turn of the millennium, ZS has gone on to release a number of stellar albums on the Planaria and Troubleman imprints, the most successful of which was 2005's stunning "Karate Bump" EP.
To date, many may have seen ZS perform w/ the likes of Battles, Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, El Guapo, Black Eyes, Q and not U, and others, and are set for a series of upcoming dates around the East Coast w/ Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, Dirty Projectors, Ecstatic Sunshine, Excepter, and The Locust!
Do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most genre-defying and experimental bands in the modern rock movement.
Tracklist for "Arms"
1) B Is For Burning
3) Nobody Wants To Be Had
5) I Can't Concentrate
6) Except When You Don't Because Sometimes You Won't
7) Z Is For Zone
Sep 23 2007 Fleischer Art Memorial Philadelphia, Pennsylvania w/ Christian Wolff
Sep 23 2007 Bowerbird Concert Series Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 29 2007 Silent Barn Brooklyn, New York w/ Ecstatic Sunshine
Oct 3 2007 Zebulon Brooklyn, New York w/Dirty Projectors and Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities
Nov 17 2007 Valentine’s Albany, New York w/ The Locust
Nov 18 2007 Living Room Providence, Rhode Island w/ The Locust
Nov 19 2007 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ w/ The Locust
Nov 20 2007 Knitting Factory New York, New York w/ The Locust
Nov 21 2007 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland w/ The Locust
Dec 7 2007 Issue Project Room Brooklyn, NY w/ Excepter
keep it real: Pre-order the vinyl version of "Arms" from Gilgongo!
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