ZT began life as a two-piece band of brothers (Zach & Zane) in 2011 after their former band, Pup the Rabbit, broke up. Due to their location (Zane in Chillicothe, Zach in Athens), the band has largely been in their homemade studio the last few years, with occasional appearances live as their schedules allow. The two brothers recorded their first album, 'Beercan Superstar' on their own in their basement in 2010. The duo then became a trio after Ryan Shreve began playing bass with the brothers in July of '11. Shreve was spiritually adopted as brother and inducted into the band by the end of August '11. The recast ZT then went about writing and recording their first album as a three-piece, 'What Are Stitches to a Tough Guy?', recorded during a week-long stay in a local cabin.
Sonically, 'What are Stitches to a Tough Guy?' mixed Flaming-Lips and Pink Floyd-esque psychedelia with Nirvana-like grunge and Modest-Mouse tinged weirdness and aggression. Songs like "New Wife" finds the band at their most accessible, while with songs like "Acid Test", based on Ken Kesey's 60's experiments with LSD, we hear ZT getting a little weird. Other songs such as "Get Some Rest" and "Falling Up" display the band's more soulful side. As broad of a sonic territory that they have traversed thus far, ZT feels that they are only getting started. The band are currently plotting their next move and planning their follow-up to 'What are Stitches to a Tough Guy?' as well as booking shows in support of the album.
ZT believes that music is an opportunity for a real communication in a time that seems to favor plastic conversations and digital accounts. Our band creed, if we have to have one, is that the only way to get a little bit of life back into our lives is to wake up to everything that is happening around us, not just what the talking heads of the world tell you is important. Gil Scott-Heron was right; the revolution will not be televised. Open your ears, eyes, and mind.
Zach Taylor - Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Shreve - Bass
Zane Taylor - Drums, Background Vocalist
Beercan Superstar - 2011 LP, Self-released
What are Stitches to a Tough Guy? - 2012 LP, Self-released
(In no particular order)
Get Some Rest
Life in the Trees
Is That a Bomb?
What I Like About You (Cover)
Good Times Are Killing Me (Cover)
Cool as Hell
If You Must (Cover)
Thinking in Circles
When You're Spinning
Let Them In
There are no upcoming dates at this time.