The Majestic Ventura Theater and Live Nation Present
An evening with Zoe
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Mexico in 1994, just as one of the decade's most important music styles was appearing in the United Kingdom: Britpop. Mainly inspired by this movement, with slight influences from Seattle's grunge, Zoé would go through a period of changing line-ups and varying styles before stabilizing in 1997, with León Larregui (guitars and voice), Sergio Acosta (guitars), Beto Cabrera (drums), Ángel Mosqueda (bass), and Chucho Báez (keyboards). By this time, a clear influence from The Beatles can be perceived, alongside the mentioned brtipop and grunge stylings, and certain reminiscences to The Stone Roses and The Charlatans.
1998 - 2004
Facing a lack of spaces to showcase their music, Zoé relied upon self-organized concerts, the Internet, and a self-published demo. All of these efforts, plus a good deal of positive word of mouth helped them gain popularity in Spanish language radio stations in the USA. They signed their first recording contract in 1998, but nothing came of it, and once again they decided to rely on themselves. They released independently a "debut" album in 2000, which attracted the attention of Sony Music, who in turn took over distribution of the album. Some of the most popular songs from this recording were Asteroide and Miel. Following the success of this album, some of their songs were included in the soundtracks of movies like Amar Te Duele, Ladies Night, and The Dreamer.
In November 2003, Zoé launched their second album, produced by Phil Vinall, who had previously worked with the likes of Placebo, Elastica, and Pulp. This new album was titled Rocanlover, and the main singles were Peace & Love, Love, and Veneno. By this point, their musical style was clearly defined and easily recognizable, as was their style of mixing Spanish and English in their lyrics.
2004 - Present
Zoé went into a short hiatus during 2004, but returned to the music scene by mid-2005, when independent label Noiselab signed a recording contract with the band. New songs and a new EP (named The Room) have been produced. They have recorded some new songs fully in English, and some producers like Alan McGee have expressed interest in taking them to the UK and Europe.
Their popularity has been growing, and they're becoming more and more popular in their home country, as well as outside the alternative circles. Some of their songs have been playing in pop and alternative music stations in Mexico and the southwestern United States, and their new album, "Memo Rex Commander Y El Corazón Atómico De La Vía Láctea" is to come out July 12, 2006.