Jackie Zealous
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Jackie Zealous

Santa Cruz, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Santa Cruz, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Surf Rock




"Sun Kissed and Fuzzy...Meet Jackie Zealous"

I just got back from a week in Newfoundland – Canada’s most easterly province, and essentially a giant rock island in the North Atlantic Ocean. Although breathtakingly beautiful it was cold and rainy, and foggy, and cold and rainy some more. But I had music ready and since I knew I was going to be posting this interview with Santa Cruz, California popsters – Jackie Zealous, I listened to their EP quite a bit. Let me tell you it was a welcome respite from the drizzle and grey fog of St. John’s. Did I mention it was cold and rainy?

Jackie Zealous sound like sunshine. It’s like they recorded these six tracks on a beautiful sunny California day, adding some rays to the mix – a musical photosynthesis if you will. The trio play music that’s a perfect mix of a little garage, a little surf and whole lotta pop.

With hints of contemporaries Ty Segall, and Wavves, along with some 60s and 70s pop undercurrents (Beach Boys for sure), there’s also an 80s and 90s jangle vibe here – names like The Thrills, Flaming Lips, Lemonheads, The Minus 5 come to mind. It’s all melted by the sun into lush, bright garage pop. Talk It and California are easily the most upbeat of the six tracks, but on the whole this EP sure brightens up a grey, foggy day.

I used to listen to Pet Sounds in the dead of the Canadian winter to fend off Seasonal Affective Disorder, I think I can now add the Jackie Zealous EP to my winter playlist. But hey, you can still enjoy it on a sunny patio with a cold beverage as well.

We are…

Jackie Zealous. Eddie Curzon on Vox/Guitar, Zach Scott on Bass/Vox, and Ryan Lee on Drums/Vox

People say we sound like….

“Charmingly fuzzy”, “sun kissed”, “scuzzy” “surf inspired garage rock”. Those are direct quotes that we simply combined together to create a nice image for the readers.

We are originally from?

Z: Memphis, TN
R: Norfolk, VA
E: Santa Rosa, CA

How did you become Jackie Zealous and what’s with the name?

R: Zach and Eddie have been making music together since their college days. After school, they moved to Santa Cruz mostly for the surf/outdoor lifestyle. I relocated from NY and met Zach randomly his first night in town. The next time Zach and I hung out, Zach brought Eddie over and the three of us started jamming together. We wanted to start a band, but we’re all guitarists so we mainly just jammed on acoustic guitars and recorded some acoustic demos for fun.

The Jackie Zealous name came about one night when Eddie and I were recording acoustic demos. Zach wasn’t there, but we wanted to record his harmony part. While debating whether we should wait for him or not, we mixed up the words and said “na, let’s wait…Jackie’s gonna be zealous” instead of “Zach is gonna be jealous”. At the same time, we were trying to figure out a name and Jackie Zealous sounded cool so we went with it. For the record, Zach is not a jealous guy.

After a couple months of jamming acoustically, my wife, Gina, got me a drum set and a practice space. After that, I started learning drums and Zach took to the bass. Eddie writes the songs and sings so the trio was a good fit.

What music has had an influence on your sound?

E: As far as songwriting goes, I’ve always loved The Beatles, The Kinks, David Bowie. Mini Mansions is a modern band that writes really interesting, catchy songs. Aesthetically, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized. Those bands have had a huge influence (and they write great songs too!). Ty Segall and John Dywer are the coolest musicians around today, in my opinion. They are huge influences. They are the benchmark.

Tell us about your live show…

Z: We generally say about two words and start playing. We feed off the crowd, and so far most of the crowds have turned the music into dance, and that’s always fun. We like making people move. It makes us move too. Moving is fun, and important for your health.
E: We haven’t got to the point where we are jaded or nonchalant about live shows. We still get excited, and nervous, so there’s still that tense build-up leading up to it.

What influences the band lyrically?

E: I usually have a general theme or an image in mind but it usually gets twisted and contorted somewhere along the way.

If there was a cocktail created in honour of Jackie Zealous, what would it contain and by what name would I order it at the bar?

R: More of a happy hour special than a cocktail, but still…The Happy Jackie and it would be a pint of Tecate plus a shot of Don Julio tequila on the side. $5 from 5 PM to 9 PM 7 days a week.

Z: It would be called the Zealot and it would contain an Olympia, orange juice, and a half-shot of Bulleit Rye…on ice with a lime wedge and one of those umbrellas.

E: The Lunar Landing. I’m a sucker for alliteration. Amaretto and Coffee. I try to find any excuse to drink coffee.

Our most memorable gig ever was….

Z: We played a basement show at a co-op in Berkeley with Pistachio and Bear Lincoln. Something about hot and crowded basements makes playing music really fun. It was packed out and everyone was dancing.

E: We played Bottom of the HIll in SF with The Jerfs. It’s a great venue with a lot of history. They have old show calendars on the wall and we saw that Queens of the Stone Age and Pavement had played there. Our eyes got wide.

R: Our first show at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz was definitely a memorable one. We played with some good friends (and another awesome band from Santa Cruz), Watergate Sandals, and a ton of our friends came out to see our first hometown show.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….

Z: 1950’s Jazz scene SF Kerouac style
E: That’s really hard. It’d be cool to see the beginnings of the neo-psych/shoegaze scene in the UK in the mid-to-late eighties.
R: I’d have to go with the 60’s. Classic rock and motown are obvious reasons to want to visit that era, but there was also a ton of really cool salsa going on at the time. I’d love to go back to the 60’s to some salsa club in NY to hear, see, and dance to someone like Ray Barretto.

Growing up, at home we listened to…..

E: Early on, it was a lot of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Neil Young, Pink Floyd. All the titans of rock.

Z: Jesse Winchester, Booker T and the MGs, Otis Redding, Elvis, Buffalo Springfield, Bob Seger, Townes Van Zandt

R: Beatles, Elton John, Madonna, Dean Martin

What tunes are currently on heavy rotation for you…

R: I recently saw The Donkeys from San Diego and am really diggin them. Also, a band called Happyness from the UK that we’re pretty pumped about playing with on Aug. 7 at the Crepe Place.

Z: I have three CDs in my car and my radio doesn’t work. Beta Band-the Three EPs, Kinks-Village Green Preservation Society, and T.Rex – Electric Warrior. Been that way for about a year, I need to go to a record store.

E: We played a show with Naomi Punk and I’ve been listening to them a lot. The new Mini Mansions when it came out. The new Thee Oh Sees album is really good. I’ve also thrown on “Psychocandy” and “The Idiot” and “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” and “Songs of Leonard Cohen” like, once a week for the past few years so I guess those count too.

If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?

Z: Ty Segall is coming to Santa Cruz in August, that would be awesome.

R: Radiohead – I have so much respect for them as musicians and how they’ve stayed together, changed their sound throughout their career , and influenced the music industry in a positive way. I am also really into recording and audio so I’d love to chat with them about gear and how they make some of the crazy sounds they make.

E: Thee Oh Sees. They’re frenetic. John Dwyer writes great songs too.

When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you guys…

Z: I like surfing alot, walking around tide pools, throwing and catching things, and sampling cheap beers.

R: At the beach drinking beermosas and playing fetch with my dog, Crosby.

E: I like being outside. I have a nice porch with a couch so it’s a nice space to relax and unwind with a book or a guitar. We all live close to the beach – we’re there all the time.

If you were asked to pick a Jackie Zealous song for a movie soundtrack, what song would you choose and what movie?

E: “If You Please” for the utensil-lifting scene in “Gummo”.

Z: “Feel it” for Bodhi’s first surf scene in Point Break would be sweet. Or maybe “Saviors” when Sam Wheat follows the light and leaves Molly behind. Anything with Patrick Swayze really, I think he woulda dug Jackie Zealous.

R: “Lucky Girls Lucky Boys” for Little Mermaid when Ariel comes out of the water and sings on the rock. I’d also recommend timing the ”I never said I was much of a man” lyric for when the wave crashes into the rock at the end of the scene.

What’s up for 2015/2016?

We’re going to record a full-length album! Keep playing local and semi-local shows and include some festival dates as well.

- See more at: http://www.50thirdand3rd.com/sun-kissed-and-fuzzy-meet-jackie-zealous/#sthash.8SSxAoap.dpuf - 50thirdand3rd

"MM Shorts 729: Jackie Zealous"

The somewhat curiously named Jackie Zealous are a surf inspired garage rock trio from Santa Cruz, California. Next week (23rd) sees the release of their debut self-titled EP.

It features six charmingly fuzzy tracks that demonstrate a keen ear for melody and a memorable hook. Lead track is the infectiously cheery jangle of Talk It. - Mad Mackerel

"Jackie Zealous Get Lucky With Debut EP"

California based Jackie Zealous will be releasing their debut self-titled EP on 23rd June.

The 6 track EP has an optimist sound to the tracks, which are predominantly in a garage meets surf rock style, with plenty of enticing harmonies, grooving guitars and has a summery feel to the record.

Inspired by the songwriting of The Beatles, The Kinks, and Mini Mansions along with the frenetic energy of Ty Segall and The Stooges, the band has concocted its own unique sound of jovial, jangly tracks with their new self-titled EP, ‘Jackie Zealous’. All tracks were recorded in their beloved storage unit and mixed and mastered by Ryan Lee.

Their debut EP will be released on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. - Rock And Roll Creations

"Jackie Zealous EP Premier"

I’m much zealous to share with you music from a three piece indie rock band from Santa Cruz named Jackie Zealous, who are releasing their debut EP on June 23rd. The trio have a sun kissed, scuzzy rock sound with plenty of psychedelic garage charm. EP track Talk It is a warmly gleaming gem that brings me right back to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk with its jovial, jangly spirit. There’s a 60′s retro flair to the song and Jackie Zealous’ music, a Beatles meets the Kinks coziness and shine, with a touch of Best Coast endearment. For some more rocking tastes from Jackie Zealous, head over to their Soundcloud. Ever since I first heard Jackie Zealous’ music, I’ve had an incessant urge to head to the beach on a sunlit, brilliant day. - I Heart Moosiq

"Jackie Zealous - Love Your Local Band"

Jackie Zealous is a three-piece garage-rock band, but it’s also the name of a real person. Not one of the members, though—the name belongs to a guy they met at their practice space who provides them with a lot of unsolicited advice. And he lives in a van right outside.

“He sits in on some of our practices, and tells us what we should be doing from the business side of things,” says drummer Ryan Lee. “He’ll tell us that we’re too laid back and we need to go off—and then threaten to kick us.”

The trio obviously has a goofy side, but they also have some real songwriting skills, a couple of notches above the standard fuzzed-out, cymbal-crashing psych-garage formula. There’s some sophisticated Rubber Soul-era Beatles, and late-’60s Kinks influences in there. The only music they have online at the moment are some mellow acoustic demos of their songs, and they work stripped down because of the strong pop sensibilities. Live, they play the songs much faster and more distorted.

“I started playing guitar when I was 14-15. My goal wasn’t to become a technically good player. I was always a lot more interested in writing good songs,” says singer/guitarist Eddie Curzon.

Though their current set of about 15 songs were all written by Curzon, everyone in the group is a singer-guitarist-songwriter. However, they all wanted to be in a band together, so Lee and Zach Scott decided to take up drums and bass, respectively.

New recordings are in the works, and they’ll all be full-band songs, not just demos. As for their musical mentor that inspired their name, the band hasn’t seen him around lately.

“Where his van is usually parked, there’s a boot there. I guess he’s gone,” Lee says. - Good Times

"Olympia Premiere"

Jackie Zealous isn’t just a dude but instead a whole trio of dudes from Santa Cruz. Their debut album, Psychic Data, drops on September 9th and was mixed​ by Jesse Nichols (Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin) and mastered​ by J.J. Golden (Fuzz, Pinback). The result is a grooving collection of fuzzy garage pop saturated in laidback melodies such as on the opening track “Olympia.” - Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet)

"Record of the Day: Olympia"

Summer is wrapping up in my part of the world, colder temps and (GASP!) snow will be on the way soon.

But it doesn’t matter because with new music from Santa Cruz surf poppers Jackie Zealous it can always be summer.

The band have just released their debut LP – Psychic Data, following their stunning six song EP last year.

The lead off track Olympia is a perfect example of the Jackie Zealous dreamy, Beach Boy, surf pop vibe. Sort of like Smith Westerns meets The Go-Betweens. It just begs you to grab a cool cocktail and sit by the pool. - Stephen Cribbs (50third and 3rd)


Still working on that hot first release.



Formed in 2014, Jackie Zealous is a three-piece, independent rock band from Santa Cruz, California. Inspired by the songwriting of The Beatles, The Kinks, and Marc Bolan along with the energy of modern acts like Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Mikal Cronin, the band concocted it’s own unique sound of jovial, jangly tracks with their self-released EP Jackie Zealous (2015). The band honed it’s live sound over the past year by opening for national acts such as The Aquadolls, The Frights, SWMRS, Naomi Punk, PC Worship, and The Donkeys. Building on the momentum of the EP and the buzz surrounding the band, they returned to the studio to begin work on Psychic Data. The new album - mixed at Fantasy Sudios by Jesse Nichols (Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin) and mastered at Golden Studios by JJ Golden (Fuzz, Vetiver, Pinback) - showcases the band in a different, more refined light. Psychic Data retains the energy and power of it’s predecessor while improving in the matter of quality, variety, and performance. The 10-track album is set for release on September 9th.


“They have some real songwriting skills, a couple of notches above the standard fuzzed-out, cymbal-crashing psych-garage formula” (Good Times, 2015).

“The 6 track EP has an optimist sound to the tracks, which are predominantly in a garage meets surf rock style, with plenty of enticing harmonies, grooving guitars and has a summery feel to the record” (Rock and Roll Creations, 2015).

“Jackie Zealous features six charmingly fuzzy tracks that demonstrate a keen ear for melody and a memorable hook” (The Mad Mackerel, 2015).

“Following the one year anniversary of their EP, Jackie Zealous is set to release a debut album titled “Psychic Data”. The band based in Santa Cruz gave us a taste of the California beach experience with warm Indie pop/rock vibes in June 2015” (The Deli Magazine, 2016).

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