Proceeds from this pre-order are part of our non-profit drive for Vermont's Public Libraries and their outreach programs...
Genre: Intellectually-driven Independent Music (Indie Nerd Rock)
About: The Lighter Side of Darkness (14 songs + 3 bonus tracks).
Main Cast: David Rosane, Jennifer Grossi & Don Sinclair.
From: Vermont and Paris, France
Dear people of Vermont and beyond,
BOOK of ZOO is our 3rd Studio Album
It will be released on June 30th 2018 & available both on CD & for digital download.
Most importantly for us it is the subject of a VERMONT LIBRARY BENEFIT TOUR. In July and August of 2018, we will be touring public libraries throughout the Green Mountain State, raising funds and advocating for Literacy, Community, Citizen Science and Freedom of Speech. All cash raised at the door of each show, and in pre-order album sales, will go to the partnering Libraries and their needs. This is a fully non-profit endeavor. More info here: bit.ly/2Kqc6xU
You can help by pre-ordering your hard copy @ bit.ly/2GKeGxj
, or by purchasing the digital version right here on Bandcamp. It has 3 bonus tracks that are not available on the real life CD.
We see the album as a facetiously irreverent playlist of eclectic songs, held together by a common thread of hyper-intellectualism & largely informed by what we read in literature and science, hence the album's title.
Warning: our lyrics tackle the following, brainy issues:
1) How exponential urbanization and development are making us a smarter, kinder species (a counter-intuitive idea, but the data is in)…
2) How said moral progress is in fact subsidized by appropriation of Earth's primary productivity: fast-growing megalopolises, and the transformative technologies that drive their innards, have voracious ecological footprints…
3) Due to something called genetic lag, human behavior is (still) stooped in Tribalism, "us vs them" psychology, and the knee-jerk workaday tendency to pass judgment on others - foe and friend alike…We see it in the everyday polarization of society.
4) In-group favoritism and reflexive contempt for the other side of the aisle continue to stunt our cognitive abilities (Allegiance to the party is the enemy of reason - we wear our opinions like identity badges)
5) Intellectual Enlightenment, Impartiality and the Scientific Method, public institutions and the tenets of social democracy can nonetheless
help us transcend our inner, warring primate. We hope.
6) Question: Will our species be smart enough to survive without first destroying its landbase and making the planet uninhabitable (to us)?
Ceux qui vivront verront! Those who live will see…
Other happy subjects addressed in "Book of ZOO" include: Family dynamics; Denial; Dating after 50; Manifest Destiny and the hubris of Empire; Suicide; Blind Optimism; Life as a jerk; Irony and the wondrous realization that within the infinite multiverse we are Stardust, cosmic confetti. The fruit of gravity, suns and exploding supernovae.
Stylistically, we had fun in the studio drawing on the infinite watershed of pop music that anointed our childhood. By deconstructing genres, splicing them and layering in technology as mad GMO scientists do, we have made our way as best we can to the outer rim of today’s Indie Galaxy. Something to keep us weird. Songs as hybrids, mutants & freaks. Odes to diversity.
We found a spot we call “Land of ZOO”. It encompasses quirky sounds and the darkest-humored lyrics one can pen without going straight to jail. Not to mention Vermeer-inspired photos and Through-the-looking-glass illustrations for the album cover art. A colorful stage set-up for live performances. Oh, and dress-up.
Admittedly the record stands (teeters?) on the shoulders of giants. We’ve assembled an aesthetic inspired by the madness of David Lynch, the dark humor of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss, the kindness of Lewis Carroll, plus a whole bunch of other stuff that we're not consciously aware of. We’re artists, we steal shit.
Of course, there’s always gratitude: Shameless star-gazers and navel-contemplators like us need musical collaborators: None of this would have been possible without fellow science guy John Foster's warmth and expertise on Drums, salt-of-the-earth Joseph Suchocki on Keys, French cheese aficionado and local celebrity Will Patton on a Mandolin, a Dobro and a Contrabass, sweet Al Zansler on Trumpet, Perry E. Andrews on Beauty-Oriented Saxophone and André Maquera on Production, Bullwhip, Anvil & Geeky guitar sounds.
What a team! What people. We are that fortunate.
For it is good to travel the arc of the moral universe, as it bends towards justice [insert emoticon here]. Hashtag Science. Hashtag Humanism.
In the future at least, there will still be plenty of fossils to find.
David Rosane, Jennifer Grossi & Don Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY of ZOO:
The Zookeepers are a multinational collective of musical heavy hitters in full flagrant creative collaboration with Post-Punk Power and Protest rocker David Rosane, who also has a gentle side. Dave is a former academic who used to work as a full-time native american activist and field biologist in South America, for Cornell University, then on to CUNY as a visiting lecturer in Urban Ecology. Core Vermont-based Zookeepers are Bradford Indie Jazz-wave duo Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi, both community activists and music teachers by day.
Zookeeper music might be best described as INDEPENDENT folk protest rock with a post-punk Americana bent, particles of Goth & a dash of Pop. Influences include, off the cuff, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bob Mould, ABBA, Neil Diamond, The Velvet Underground, Nick Cave, almost anything from Mo-Town, The Gun Club, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, the Boss and yes, even the Rolling fucking Stones.
This is Dave's 9th album as a singer-songwriter, having performing with previous bands such as Neon Campfire, Stereo Child, O.D. ...
released June 30, 2018
Songs written by David Rosane, edited & arranged by Jennifer Grossi & Don Sinclair. Produced by Jennifer Grossi, David Rosane, Don Sinclair and André Maquera. With David Rosane on lead vocals & guitar, Don Sinclair on bass & lead guitar, Jennifer Grossi on synth, vocals, percussion, sass & melodica, John Foster on drums & percussion, André Maquera on guitar, percussion, bullwhip & anvil, Al Zansler on trumpet, Will Patton on guitar-mandolin, contrabass & dobro, Perry E. Andrews on saxophone and Joe Suchocki on synth, keys and fake french horn in the key of ZOO.
Additional musicians on Bonus tracks: Dave Wallace, Dan Longnecker, Scott Austin, Nick Buxton, Gleb Bones, Pascal Girardin, Leslie Kervella, Aurelie Viteau & Florence Marot.
Break a Leg written with Denis Jaro Sinski.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by André Maquera at West Street Digital, St Albans, Vermont. Songbird Recorded by Nick Buxton & Leslie Kervella @ Basement Studios, Paris, France.
Photography : Anne Lisbet Tollånes & M Sebastian Araujo. Artwork : Anonymous. Design : Guillaume Boitelle. Published by Green Hollow Music and tracks 1,3,6, 9, 15 & 17 by French Fries Publishing © 2018.
Concept by ZOO.
A Green Hollow, D&J Productions Record.
Special gratitude of ZOO: Nancy Patch, Wendy & André Maquera, Annette Goyne, Susan Smolinsky, the librarians of Vermont, Anne-Lisbet Tollånes, M Sebastian Araujo, John Foster, Perry E. Andrews, Al Zansler, Will Patton, Joe Suchocki, Cindy Weed, Terry Tempest Williams, John Carter, Tamara Leal, Maria Reger, Tim Lewis, James Lockridge, Monique Priestley, Pauline Van Gulden, Jason Roberts & Julia Scott, Rebecca Solnit, Lou Reed, Robin Williams, Steven Pinker, Neil Young, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Seuss, Tim Burton, MLK, George W. Bush, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Borysenko, John & Elaine Gottman, David Lynch, Jules Verne, Charles Darwin & Greta Garbo (for keeping it real), our respective families & last but not least, the French. Also: Abdes & Daisy, Lili, Senayit, John Heartson, Jacqueline Rose, Dave Wallace, Toto, Less, Ivan Réchard, Scott Austin, Nick Buxton & Dan Longnecker for their input. For all our fans and friends throughout the world. We all live in the land of ZOO.
The songs 'Hope in the Dark' & 'Songbird' are dedicated to Rebecca Solnit and my good friend Terry Tempest Williams. 'Pauline' is for our bff & seamstress extraordinaire, Pauline Van Gulden. Thanks for holding it together, sisters.
Contacts: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com