zZz (from Amsterdam)
Chicano Batman, Cogito
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
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zZz (from Amsterdam)
It all started some years ago when they came into the possession of an old church organ. Armored with the organ and a simple drum kit and producing little more than some noise, after less than a week they already made their first appearance. Playing this party of a hometown infamous smuggler, the noise turned into music and the Sound Of zZz was born.
Their killer debut album (Sound of zZz - 2005), recorded for the biggest part on their boat-turned-music-factory, was the kick off for a two year tour around the globe. A few months in the USA, shows in Japan, Russia. All over Europe including festivals like Benicassim and Glastonbury: Name a roaring sea and zZz has sailed it. Mostly on their own but when loneliness hit, they always found good companionship (Fatboy Slim, the Gossip, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, the Ex…). During these two years, zZz became known for their brutal and intense live performances and their massive sound not seldom leading to outrageous sex riots.
Apart from the obvious sex, drugs and souvenirs, their music and videos brought zZz awards (Grip won the Music Video Of The Year-award), great reviews (including 4 stars in MOJO and 5 stars in Hustler Magazine, mind you) and numerous appearances in games (GTA), movies, series (CSI) as well as in edgy Italian and Japanese commercials (QP) and most recently a pan-European FIAT-campaign.
After their two year trip, zZz harboured in their hometown Amsterdam and submerged to work on their second album Running with the Beast: a catchy yet freaky, brutal yet sweet, dark yet danceable album which would be criminal to categorize in just one lousy genre. Like the mentioned in the ****review in Mojo. "..a whole lot of influences, yet somehow zZz have found a shade of black that's entirely theirs.".. see below..
After the release of Running with the Beast, zZz toured extensively throughout Europe and Russia among which such places as the Moulin Rouge in Paris, Sziget festival in Boedapest, all major clubs in Italy and supported Pavement.zZz made a new score for Frankenstein (1936), the classis horrormovie. They also created a score for a short movie 'de Boule de Boule' featuring Tygo Gernandt.Currently they are working on their new album and writing music for a theatre play which will feature Frits Lambrechts and Sylvia Kristel.
Running With The Beast is out now on ANTI- Records.
Chicano Batman is your sonic outlet from the monotonous back into the soul. Ethnomusicologists in their own right, they are students of rhythm, globe trotting on a quest to reclaim and represent the musical roots of their past generations. Drawing from a broad range of 60s and early 70s Brazilian bossa nova and samba, spacey psychedelia, slow-jam soul with a pinch of surf-rock cumbia, the quartet uniforms their act in retro ruffled-tuxedo shirts from a thrift store near you. Chicano Batman is more than a musical force but an adventurous and opinionated superhero who feeds off of community, afro-centricity and bolillos, on a mission to bring the overlooked to the forefront.