The Zombies

The Rialto Theatre Presents

The Zombies

BRIAN LOPEZ

Sep 10 Sat

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$30.00 - $51.00

This event is all ages

Reserve Seated: Specific assigned seats for each ticket sold.

The Zombies
The Zombies
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve

Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey.

The band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”,

take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits...their 1968 masterpiece

Odessey & Oracle...post-Zombies solo favorites...right to today with Still Got That

Hunger.

The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The

Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral

back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not

There” and “Tell Her No.” Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their

greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single “Time of the Season,” from their

swan-song album Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest

Albums of All Time.’ To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’

work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations

of fans.

Following the break-up of the original band, lead vocalist Colin Blunstone went on to

develop an acclaimed solo career (with hits including "Say You Don't Mind," "What

Becomes of the Brokenhearted", and “Old & Wise” with Alan Parsons Project) and

keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous

band ARGENT (“Hold Your Head Up,” “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You”), but the legend

of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own. By the start of the new

Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies.

The explosive release of Still Got That Hunger proved that Zombies fever is stronger

than ever, with premieres at Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Wall Street Journal, The

Guardian Speakeasy, and Spin, alongside special broadcast performances,

including Later...With Jools Holland, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and AOL

Sessions. Moreover, it marked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as The

Zombies’ critically acclaimed album Odessey And Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100

forty-eight years later at the same time as Still Got That Hunger!
BRIAN LOPEZ
BRIAN LOPEZ
Brian Lopez returns from his eclectic debut record Ultra with a more focused sense of songwriting and a direct, potent rock 'n' roll sound.
Lopez wrote Static Noise over more than two years, producing dozens of songs before choosing the best compositions, narrowing the album's focus and capitalizing on his guitar and vocal talents.
"Listening to the last record and seeing how eclectic it was, I was trying to hone in on tighter arrangements and tighter songwriting and taking my time to make sure each song was like a fine cut gem. I feel like they're potent," Lopez says. "I knew it was going to be heavier, more electric guitars and louder drums. I wanted it to go in more of a rock 'n' roll direction, to walk that line a bit more."
Lopez, whose voice recalls the atmospheric heights of Jeff Buckley and Radiohead's Thom Yorke, brings his entire past to bear on Static Noise. The classical guitar training, the psychedelic indie rock, the mambo and cumbia, they all come together in a uniquely compelling mix. Since Ultra, Lopez has added even more depth to his playing, collaborating with both Howe Gelb in Giant Giant Sand and KT Tunstall, skillfully navigating the disparate styles.
"It's been a pretty crazy couple of years as far as being out on the road and collaborating with a lot of artists and kind of living in different worlds as far as the Howe Gelb circus versus the KT Tunstall pop world. They're completely different and I think it's telling how I can somehow disguise myself into each world and be accepted," he says.
All those tours – the performances, the long hours traveling, the series of hotels and foreign lands – helped to shape the songs on Static Noise.
"Over the past couple years my life has been so much in the air, with traveling and different projects and just getting thrown back and forth and relationships can be in and out," Lopez says. "It gets to be a lonely world in a sense. It's very exciting, but also overwhelmingly lonely at times. Lyrically, it's painfully obvious that I was maybe struggling more than I let on. The songs are my form of therapy in a way."
The songs share a quality of solitude, of focusing inward even as the hectic world spins around you.
"That's why I called it Static Noise, it's like being in a room alone, but you're not quite alone because that broken television is in there making that noise and keeping the room occupied with you. But at the same time there's no depth to that," Lopez says.
Lopez took his time on songwriting and arrangements, working on songs in small batches and only hitting the studio once everything was in place.
"I went into the studio cutting just three songs at a time and worked a lot in pre-production, making sure I got the arrangements just right, making sure I had the band I wanted together for each song. I looked at everything through a microscope this time around. I really focused on each song, making sure they were as tight or as loose as I wanted them to be," he says.
Lopez and his hand-picked musicians recorded live to tape, eschewing technology wherever possible in favor of the sort of honest, organic sound that best showcases his songs.
Lopez recorded Static Noise at Waterworks Recording Studio in Tucson, co-producing with Jim Waters (Sonic Youth, The John Spencer Blues Explosion). Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse, Loretta Lynn, The Walkmen, Phosphorescent) mixed the record. Sean Slade (Radiohead, Pixies, Hole, Ben Folds, Morphine) provided arrangements throughout the album.
Static Noise will be available in September on Funzalo Records. First single "Persephone" is available for download everywhere.
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