Listen. Then hear it live!
So yeah, we’ve been sporadic with the whole ‘gettin’ on the internet’ thing to inform you about what’s going on. But we felt that since it was Mother’s Day, it would be nice to send out a special hi to our moms and all mom’s out there. Without you ladies, the world wouldn’t be possible. Thank you!
In CZ related news, we have a few things:
1. May 14th, Banks St. Bar will be ablaze with the glorious melodies of Vox & the Hound, Big, Fat, & Delicious, and all of us here @ City Zoo.
2. We put up another page on Facebook. We used to have a fan page and closed it. So now there’s a new one if you want in (& you know you do!) for all the latest (and slightly delayed) on all that is City Zoo! We’ve also surfaced other places on the internet if you’re curious or your mouse finger wants a workout. ReverbNation, TheSixtyOne, & Scrub Radio. Click, comment, click some more…help us get the music out!!! Speaking of getting the music out: you can always click over to the EAR CANDY page here and spread all that lovely music where you see fit! We’ll heart you deep like ocean!
3. (Has been edited for the time being – Reserved for future show announcements! Sorry for being lazy/uninformed, my bad, etc, etc, etc.)
4. There’s murmurs right now that we’re interested in making an album soon. Not exactly sure how soon. Honestly, it really all depends on you – the awesome legion of City Zoo fans that have been steadily growing since our inception nearly a year ago. Albums cost $$$. Therefore, the more of you we see at shows, the closer we get to laying down an album for your very special ears!!!
Until next time, Happy Mother’s Day – Be good to your Moms
ST from CZ
The wait is over. We have a brand spankin’ new drummer! We’d like you guys to meet the one, the only, Jeff Pennison.
Not only are we going to show him off on the site, but we’ve cooked up a show for you guys so you all get to meet him in person!
Saturday, April 3rd, we’ll be playing our usual haunting grounds – Whiskey Dix on the Avenue with Lay Like Dogs. The show is FREE and it starts at 10pm! Get your asses down there! We may even resurrect an old one!
Also – another free tidbit from the last live show:
Here is the description from our SONG CHRONOLOGY page:
MOST OF THE TIME – Nick & Pete switch things up by passing each other their instruments on this one. After we played through it a few times I thought, “When did we get funky?” It’s about being able to fall in love with someone despite personal hang-ups & issues. I foresee babies being made to this one in the future. Like I said…WAY funky.
Hope you guys dig this one. Anyways, we’ll see you guys on the 3rd!
ST from CZ
SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO HATE – Rory brought in this awesomely methodical riff. The name of the song just kept popping into my head while we were working out the kinks. If you’ve ever beaten yourself up over useless crap till it changed you, then you’ll get it. The chorus of the song has a set of balls the size of honeydew melons. (You can see this description on our SONG CHRONOLOGY page.)
We’ve been digging on this song for a little while. In the last post, we thought you’d like to see a video of it. Now we want to give you guys a chance to have it in your ears. So we’re putting out a small EP of some live, unreleased material from our show on 2/27 for Rory’s birthday!
Play it, download it, and pass it on!
Rory says, “It’s the perfect marriage of a seven year old riff with seven minute old lyrics!” & when asked why they wrote the song, he replied, “Because the 90′s were awesome, that’s why.”
Nick concurs by stating, “It’s the song that says ‘bad motherfucker’ on it.”
You be the judge. Enjoy.
So there’s probably been a lot of you who’ve come on this site & been like, “WTF???” What happened to the posts?
We’ve all been doing some other things – Here’s how we’ve rolled:
Rory has been writing with The Green Genes, playing with Vox and the Hound, started his own underground fight club with his friend, Tyler, developed a cure for cancer but had to scrap it because the man wanted to charge for it, fighting terrorism (no, not with the Army. On his own, and with his bare hands. Why? Because he eats terrorism for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that’s freaking why), punching pedals, and convincing Christopher Nolan to do a third “Batman” film.
With his leisure time Rory enjoys talking smack on Avatar (seriously, f**k James Cameron), writing a movie, preparing for grad school, breaking fingers (mostly his own), hunting wild elk in the smokey mountains, discerning the meaning of life from watching The Empire Strikes Back repeatedly, both schooling and punking bitches of all stripes, and spending time with his godchild, because everyone has a soft side.
While finally pursuing his life-long dream of opening a school for kids “Who do calculus but can’t add good,” Nick’s world came to a screeching halt. While in the middle of inventing, “the perfect riff” – Nick’s beloved Ibanez (aka, Big Blue) gasped her last breath. Crushed, (both for the loss of the riff and the guitar) Nick organized and led an old fashioned jazz funeral through the streets of Old Gretna. Among the attendees were local prominent beer vendors & a few cats. A writer for a “certain” publication referred to the ceremony as “The most touching thing since the last time I was detained by airport security.”
Generally pissed off as a result, Nick decided to seriously abuse every guitar that comes into his possession by beating the living shit out of it. Giving them the ol’ Pete Townsend, if you will. For questions – Google: “Death and Destruction”, or “Blowing Shit Up.”
Scott Theriot (yeah, me.)
After burning my tongue severely on a piece of French Quarter Pizza, I basically took a vow of silence. Thrusting my eyeballs into the likes of Tolstoy, Ibsen, Dickens, and Bill Simmons, this not only slightly improved my vocabulary, it flat out pissed me off!
Adopting the long forgotten monicker of “Mush Mouth,” I proceeded to train as an MC and bodyguard. That way I can pay myself to take out the fools that step in my grill (e? no e? Hmm. Decisions.). These days were simply grueling as I began a lengthy study under Diddy/Daddy/Puffy/Pdiddy Combs and Shug (Only an “s” away from a hug!) Knight.
To while away the hours between tongue healing and badass gangsta training, I managed to make attempts to rival Nick in terms of guitar destroying, but only came up with a new way to scream words clearly with a bandaged tongue. I am now currently writing this from rehab as I’m getting over my love of gauze. I am still silent. I am still in quiet, badass gangsta mode.
All together, the three of us are petitioning the New Orleans Hornets to sign us each to a 10 day contract right around the time we play the Lakers. One of our feet – kobe’s knee. You get the picture.
So I guess you’re all thinking the same thing by now: Where the hell is my Pete Cassagne fix? Don’t worry ladies, we saved this one for you:
While on break in Barbados, Dr. Grooveslayer had an epiphany. What was this epiphany? This epiphany was simply a mission. The mission? To make a better, stronger groove-laying machine that will not only lay any groove imaginable, but the sheer touching of a single string on it’s neck will cause clothing to instantly be removed. Cutting his stay at Larry Flint’s summer home short, he returned to his laboratory to create the ultimate beast. Using spare parts from speakers, weapons of mass destruction, and a spare toaster oven, Pete poured the last month into creating not only the baddest ass bass ever played upon, but he also somehow invented a machine that not only instantly cured world hunger but solved the budget crisis as a happy residual effect.
Satisfied with his new creation, Dr. Grooveslayer returned to Larry Flynt’s summer home just in time to celebrate his monthly magazine launch.
So there’s just a smattering of the activities that all of us at City Zoo have been involved in. Yes, we are writing new stuff. Yes, we are trying to find a drummer. Whenever we have more info to give, we’ll attempt to pass it on to you. Or if we just feel the need to give away more stuff. Until then, here’s a vid we shot at our last show with The Green Genes at Whiskey Dix. We stole their drummer, Chad Clements for the night. (Again, thanks Chad!) It’s our newest song so far called Something You Love to Hate.
If you’re diggin’ on this stuff and want more, look over to the right side of this page and scroll back up for links to Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, FREE MUSIC, etc, etc, etc. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>/\/\/\/\/\/\
(P.S. if you take all this stuff seriously, then I have some property in Florida you might want to look at.)
(P.P.S. Except Rory. It’s all true. That’s how he rolls.)
‘Till whenever we damn well please -
ST, NH, RC, & PC from CZ
That’s right boys & girls, about 6 months ago, City Zoo officially became a band. With it being the end of the year, most of us look for resolutions to make or look back on the year that was. As far as City Zoo goes – here was ours:
STATS & INFO:
Shows played = 10
Originals Finished = 15
Originals Currently playing = 10
Covers Played = 22
Songs Recorded = 3 & 1/2 (I swear we have part of Hot Pursuit done!)
Total Watches = 733 (About 73 views per – Who thinks we can get some more?)
Facebook Group Members = 177 (Can we get to 200? Maybe more? Doesn’t 200 look like ZOO?)
Website Info: Started In July ’09.
Hits = 1,384
Busiest Day = 88 December 5th, 2009
MUSIC THAT WON’T LEAVE MY HEAD:
There’s also been a few songs that have been bouncing through my head as this year has gone on. Keep in mind, I’m not putting an emphasis on songs from this year. They’re from all over the place:
The National Anthem/Radiohead
Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground/The White Stripes
Joker & the Thief/Wolfmother
I haven’t been able to get enough of these songs over the past several months. If you’ve probably heard some of these, you’ve probably figured out where at least I’m drawing some inspiration from. I’m sure you guys have a lot of other songs that have been bouncing around in your heads as well. Maybe we’ll get to hear some from them??? Who knows?
THE BANDS I WATCH:
Sticking to the subject of music. Here’s a list of bands I’ve seen this year. WIth the exception of Soul Asylum & Clarence Carter, everyone on this list is local accompanied by the amount of times I’ve seen them in 2009:
MyNameIsJohnMichael (3), Silent Cinema (3), Happy Talk Band (2), The Public (4), Felix (3), Caddywhompus (2), Lovehog (At least 4), Arbor Vitae, The Green Genes (5), Kermit Ruffins, White Bitch, The Tomatoes, Big Rock Candy Mountain (2), Blackbelt Band (3), Antenna Inn (2), Glasgow, The City Life, A Living Soundtrack, The Burning Castles, Smiley with a Knife, The Peekers, The Medics, Cowboy Mouth, Allen Toussaint, Dash Rip Rock, We Landed on the Moon, The Bingo Show (There’s a ton of bands here, so I’ll just say CLICK HERE. You can find most of them here. BTW we hope you’ll find us all over that site one day too!)
Within this I might add that positively the two shows of the year were hands down the final shows of The City Life & Antenna Inn.
I think that’s all of them. If I forgot any, let me know. There was this awesome Rockabilly/Punk band from Mississippi, but I can’t remember their name.
I guess I just wanted to share with all of you how we’ve been doing and what music has looked like to me over the past year. However, once that big ball drops in less than 24 hours, this will all be the past. 2010 is ahead of us waiting for us to do all sorts of odd Rock n’ Roll things to it.
Kind of a cross between resolutions and a wish list.
For City Zoo:
1.) To play with a large amount of the bands mentioned above.
2.) To get more of you guys and gals out there involved in what we’re doing.
3.) To record at least 1 more Ep…Maybe 2
4.) Write at least as many new songs as we did this year.
For Me, ST (Same thing applies. Sort of half resolution, half wish list)
1.) To get better. (As a singer, songwriter, & musician)
2.) Record more demos (Of the Garage Band variety. Who wants some?)
3.) Get off the XBox long enough to make the previous two happen.
4.) To lay off the beer. 12 beers in a night = well over 1,000 empty calories = Bad.
We’ll see if both myself and City Zoo can stick to these resolution/wishes (if the other bands want to make that happen, we’re only an email away – insert moment of shameless promotion.) If you’ve gotten through all this, you should pass it on to others, you know, spread the Rock n’ Roll goodness. Why? We’ve got 3 shows for you to help ring in the New Year!
January 8th – Dockside’s Lounge w/ The War Office
January 14th – Circle Bar w/ Easy Company
Hope to see you at all 3!!!
See you next year!
I know we haven’t been posting too much with it being the holidays and all. With that in mind, all of us at City Zoo would like to say we hope you had an amazing Christmas & we hope you have an even better New Year.
In the spirit of new, don’t forget – Our Ep – Some Days I’m Evolving is FREE for everyone on MySpace & our Bandcamp page. For those of you that don’t have it yet, here you go!!!
Not only that, but we have not one, not two, but three chances for all of you out there to come out & hear us live!!!
The 2nd is January 8th on the Westbank @ Dockside’s Lounge.
Both of these shows are with our pals, The War Office.
The 3rd show of January is going to be the 14th @ THE CIRCLE BAR with our friends, Easy Company!
Things are looking good for the moment, so we hope you guys take some time out of your lives to come share all the Rock N’ Roll Goodness with us! See you at the show!
ST from CZ
As we all know, we’re nearing that wonderful time where a fat man in a red jumpsuit breaks into our homes and leaves us stuff! Sometimes he even eats our cookies…
But that really isn’t the reason we’re posting. Since we’ve been in the giving sprit – with sending out SOME DAYS I’M EVOLVING to you guys for free. We’re going to do one better. Yup, you guessed it. A FREE LIVE SHOW! On December 18th @ 9pm, we’re descending on Whiskey Dix once again to spread a little Christmas magic! We’re playing with another great local band – Rik Slave & the Phantoms!
For all we know at the moment, this is our last show of 2009! Therefore we plan on coming armed with a video camera to capture some of the insanity. We’ve got a set chock full of both covers and originals to rock your ass into the AM. So we hope all of you out there that reads this will come check it out, have some eggnog, makeout under mistletoe, and all the other things people do during Christmas time at a damn fine rock show! See you there!
ST from CZ
Merry Christmas everyone from all of us @ City Zoo! In keeping with the holiday tradition of giving, we’re giving you more Free Music!!!
Ho! Ho! Ho! & all the usual holiday shenanigans!
By the way, we have a show @ WHISKEY DIX on DECEMBER 18TH. It may be with Felix. We’ll let you know 100% once the ads are done! Come on down & have a holiday drink with us! FB invites coming soon! ‘Til next time…
ST from CZ
So we’re pretty much finished with recording W. I thought I’d take a couple (a relative term) lines to explain where this song came from.
When all five of us got in the room for the first time back in June, we did three things:
1.) Spontaneously broke into “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis
2.) Caused permanent hearing damage to all of us.
3.) Nick laid out the initial riff for W.
The guys jammed on it for a while, then we moved on. One night shortly there after at Pete’s while the guys were working on it some more, the lyrics hit:
“Too many times have I tried to get your attention/You just stand there aloof, holding off all my advances” – I think it may have been the same night I claimed myself as the “rock n’ roll Jay-Z.” Let’s just say beer was involved (not Ciroc Vodka).
Things began simple enough, being about trying to get someone to notice…But since it was summer vacation for me, and I had been spending a lot of time in bars – the form of the song as a whole began to take shape.
It’s a drunken rant of some guy who wants to know why this bartender won’t give him the time of day when he wants, instead of just when she has an issue. They guy in the song is even screaming out by the time we get to the chorus, “Hold me down & twist my arm/Push my face down on the floor.” In other words, “I’ll do anything, just notice me for more than as a place to vent problems and shove drinks at.”
The “W” in W stands for the word Whore. They guy in the song is referring to himself as one. Because he knows he is one. He’s in the bar night after night, continuously coming back for what empty fulfillment he can get in hopes of something more.
In it’s original form, all we had was verse/chorus repeat repeat. However, this felt a bit stale in performance. “I felt it was a bit too vanilla,” Rory said of the original version, “and I didn’t want to just stick a bridge after one of the choruses because we do that in other songs and plus it would have made the song too long.” So, Rory came up with a bridge that leads into a sick sounding break into a solo (while the rest of the band plays a variation on the main riff) which then offers a dramatic ascending two-chord progression back to the home chord (A major, for the curious). The band then briefly cuts out at a fairly major line in the song: “You think by now I would have learned my lesson.” It’s pretty damn cool when everything kicks back in near the end of that line. But anyway, the guy doesn’t – he claims he’s going to leave, but like a true alcoholic, the final chorus ultimately seals his fate. He’ll “put back another shot.”
Soon, you guys will get to hear W in it’s newly reworked glory. Until then, take a listen to the original live version from Infants.
And don’t forget…you’ll get to see all our songs in their wondrous glory on Oct. 18th!
One more thing. We’ve come up with an name for the EP/whatever it is we’re recording: Some Days I’m Evolving. Soon, people…soon.
ST & RC from CZ