Guns n’ Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nine Inch Nails
The White Stripes
In any order over my formative years as a music enthusiast, I’ve listened to/been shaped by these bands. To a lesser degree you can still throw in – Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, Led Zepplin, The Doors, Tom Waits, R.E.M., Van Halen. (Some I’m not as proud of now as I was back then, but that’s how it goes with all of us.) The list could go on, but it won’t.
When pressed to address my musical lineage, these are bands/artists that come to mind. It started when all you could do was buy cassette tapes in a shopping mall with your left over lunch money or allowance. Buying something, then getting it home and listening to it from beginning to end with the lyrics resting in your hands to read along. Of course this all evolved to Cd’s & Mp3’s as time went on, but those experiences sitting in front of the stereo w/ some liner notes never left me.
It was those moments that allowed me, and so many others like me the moment to be locked in all across the world as music fans. One moment in time where we all could just sit and listen and drown out everything else in the world. All there was was music.
So maybe I’ve gotten old. Or at least older. On any different day I can define it as either or both. (Age is something I’ve never had control over. I do however, control what I do with it.) I can remember where listening to music was a privilege. It was earned. You had to find it. You had to buy it with cash. Your cash. You had to take it home. You had to save up the scratch to get out to the concerts and beg for the car or a ride to get there the one time they came to town.
Now music is everywhere. Some of it is good, some of it is amazing. How do you split up your time? Music being so portable now, you almost don’t have to. Except when it comes down to seeing live shows.
In the plethora of music venues and never-ending weeks of performance nights, there must be thousands of bands of all sorts of genres here in New Orleans. If you stretch your legs outside of Uptown & the Bywater, the number of rock bands alone can number several hundred. Growing up as I did, this seems like a huge and impressive number. Every day as I read through barryfest, myspiltmilk, noladefender, etc, etc, etc (what seems like a number of blogs equalling the number of bands). I see new bands, hear better demos, see more awesome. Makes me feel great that in an age of distancing yourself through a screen of some sort, that there are musicians and fans out there aching to get that tactile human connection through the good ol’ fashioned live show.
I’m part of one of those aforementioned rock entities vying for your rock n’ roll buck. Trying to make that connection. Trying to reach out. Hi there. I’m in City Zoo.
After a little shuffling of our line-up in 2012, we’ve been working on songs that connect more and have a more visceral impact on our (or what we hope to be) our audience. YOU.
We’ve begun this new journey with the release of our demo: Pieces.
You can buy it. You can come to the show and get it, too. We had a ton of fun making this and we hope you have just as much listening to it. I bet it’ll even be more fun if you come down to a show and hear it live!
The songs? Mr. Ed’son, Stuck, Fill My Car, & Liberty. Each song a new piece in a puzzle of how situations can paralyze: Being in awe of your awesomeness, Lost in brutal relationships, road rage, and not knowing what to do with a stretch of new freedom. There’s more ideas at play here in these songs, but those are at the core. They’re all a blast to play and a joy to perform in front of you guys.
We’ve decided to release some small picture/montage – type videos for everyone to check out. Here’s the first two:
This one’s an homage to the HULK! – Mr. Ed’son
But that’s not all.
We’ve developed several originals over the past year:
Never Feels the Same
No One Gets a Break
We still play some tunes from our earlier moments too:
Most of the Time
In recent weeks, we’ve been putting together new originals as well as a cover or two that you definitely haven’t heard. You should come to some shows, have some beers & check them out.
Where might you ask?
You can click on it for more details if you like, or you can just put that address into your gps & let the lady voice do all the work. Come say hi, come have a beer, come shoot some pool. It’s going to be memorable.
As of right now, we have two shows lined up in March.
March 16th at Banks St. Bar w/ Harvey Castle & Idlewild String Confederation
March 24th at The Cypress in Metairie. It’s a Battle of the Bands. If you’ve never been to one of these, I highly recommend, especially since we want you to yell for us!
We’ll be getting more details out on these shows once we’ve made your ears & heart swell at The Dive Bar!
So what have we learned?
1. Scott’s been listening to music for a long time.
2. You may or may not like some of it.
3. You’ll definitely love City Zoo.
4. They have music available to you!
5. City Zoo plays live music shows!
6. You should come to all of them!
Thanks for the read, thanks for all the support over the past few years. Hope to see each and every one of you at our shows.
Love you animals,
ST from CZ
PS. Come talk to us! We like talking to people who love music! Hang out, watch the other bands w/ us! See you soon, animals!