Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Night Zoo vs. The Cast Iron Mummy


     There are several things going on here, with jazzy drumming, punk-styled growling bass and guitar-playing that's kinda horror surf, kinda post-punk. I definitely connect with it on a surf level, but it's constantly wandering off the beaten path and into the unknown. And I like it!”


-Hunter King, Storm Surge Of Reverb


"In perhaps-best-song-title-ever news, we’ve got 'Autopsy Turvy'—one of six tracks on Night Zoo's new power punch of an EP, 'Night Zoo vs. The Cast Iron Mummy,' which the band described to us via email as an “instrumental bulldozer of surf, punk, samba and metal influences that faithfully present what we deliver to live audiences, augmented with tasteful studio indulgences' that 'will cater to guitar nerds with its wide range of layered Strat tones.'
From 'Creature from the Gowanus Canal to 'Lunar Graveyard' —plus the four tight tracks in between—the EP is a 16-minute sonic journey we highly recommend your ears, mind and body embark on ASAP."


     It's been over a year since Night Zoo put our Sports Injuries Of The Space Age EP into the world, and it's time to unveil some more music.  Whereas "Sports Injuries..." was raw and thrown together essentially for the purpose of punching our way into the public consciousness, our newest offering, Night Zoo vs. The Cast Iron Mummy displays a deeper spectrum of nuance and intent.  Many of these songs have been played live for as long as we've been haunting stages, and it's no accident that we've been waiting for the right moment to commit them to recording.  The perfect storm had to brew for us to capture them properly.  We've rehearsed them considerably and aired them out in our live sets, but to go through the motions of recording for the sake of a timely product would have been a vulgar disservice to the material presented here.  We feel strongly that this music has reached its final form, and that even though it was recorded 100% DIY on a zero dollar budget, it could not have been done better (by us, at least).

     Since our last EP, we've acquired a new victim to play bass - Charles Aceto.  He's a seasoned vet at playing and accompanying surf, metal, rockabilly etc.  Basically, a perfect fit for us.  We played two shows with him at the beginning of the year, before shit hit the fan on a global scale.  But - those shows felt phenomenal, and we look forward to what comes next.  We hope to see you again soon!