“You know what it’s like when you hear an unknown band for the first time, and they impress you? The first thought is, ‘Hang on, can they really be as good as I thought? Let’s play it again’. And the second time, the music still sounds strong. Well, meet Zodiac N Black, a young London band who’ve already displayed enough verve, vivacity and sheer musical depth to suggest they are in a with a real shout at making the right noises at the highest levels.
Listen to their three-track EP ‘ZNB’ and you’ll get the idea of where this foursome are coming from, They’ve got influences – Led Zeppelin, Queens Of The Stone Age , Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Free – but to these are added a grittier, more modern approach. One that does bring to mind the power, passion and predilection of a young Rage Against The Machine or Them Crooked Vultures.
So, who are this band? Well, the story starts in March 2008 when vocalist Jad and guitarist Jim got Zodiac N Black together, the idea being to have an outlet for their songs. It took the pair a while to find the right people to complete the line-up, but finally in February 2010, they got the rhythm section to complement their musicality, with the arrival of bassist Hank and drummer Luca.
Say the band about their approach:
“The song is the most important thing for us, and to be able to play the songs live to their full potential.”
BIO BY MALCOLM DOME, 2011.