The smell of liquor and sweat as you walk up the stairs to the live area of the Black Heart in Camden sets the tone perfectly for local boys ‘Zoo’. As the bodies pack in and the opening riff starts up, one can’t help but to be drawn in.
With front man Tom Hill recently moving back from Los Angeles, he has formed a new band that incorporates all the best elements of rock but with an clever alternative edge, featuring samples and heavy beats. The gritty guitar solos and seductive lyrics are inspiring and are a canny reminder of what has been lost from an ever increasing excessive amount of middle of the road over-processed music. ‘Zoo’ offer authentic bona fide music. The band isn’t trying to be anyone or anything, they are doing what they do because they love the music and this comes across instantly. There is real passion in the music with songs such as “Burning Up”, “Addicted To Your Pleasure” and “I Wanna Know”, showcasing their wonderful musical CV. The contrast of huge guitar sound combined with the wild vocals of Tom Hill is at times quite intoxicating.
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With bass player Kelpie and drummer Artur Reirs joining Hill this trio exude an almost endless amount of energy. Kelpies moves alone are worth the entrance fee and he dominates his stage. ‘Zoo’ are confident, charismatic, enticing and appealing, working off each other’s characters flawlessly and musically satisfying almost every member of an enthralled audience.
‘Zoo’ are certainly a band that need to be experienced. Catch them at their next show at Barfly Camden on the 30th June.