Zs – Buck
Label: Gilgongo Records
Release Date: March 2007
Zs is a Brooklyn rock orchestra playing monster mashes of prog, jazz and avant-garde. Minimalist inclinations keep things eerie and, well, weird.
How Is It?
Buck is actually a collection of live songs recorded from as far back as 2000. The record’s production values are top-notch and audience noises rarely detract from the listening experience. When a dude yells, 'Sheet music rules!' on much too long “Bump”, he unintentionally sums things up quite nicely. I’m going to take his comment as sarcasm and say that tracks with any sort of guitar and drums (“Nobody Wants To Be Had” and “Mimesis”) greatly outshine those without (“Arms”). And after 50+ minutes of strange saxophone grooves and eccentric drum banging, the only-vocals track, “Zs”, is melodically pleasing and simple. Not only can they create complex, ethereal arrangements, but Zs can also channel my grandfather’s barbershop quartet. Leave it to the pop-punk kid to love the only song that keeps a tune. I'm definitely not the demographic Buck intends to please.
Recommended If You Like: Unknown Instructors, Aa, people that yell 'Slayer!' at shows, chamber rock