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"zen SLAP Review II"

'An absolutely gorgeous, powerful voice.
An interesting and unique artist.' - TAXI.com

"zen SLAP Review III"

'Very well crafted, utterly musical and superbly melodic.
The music is damned good; I was moved by it and other people will be also.'
- Roger Sommers (Producer)

"zen Slap Review I"

James Gary
Zen SLAP (Indie)
James Gary offers SA music punters a glimpse into his acoustic life through his debut EP Zen SLAP.
A fine production both lyrically and musically, Zen Slap is one of those albums that forces you to take time out and listen from start to beginning again. James’s songs somehow capture you and paralyse you through the thought-provoking, intelligent lyrics right through to the powerful music accompanying it, sung with all the intensity he could muster. And not to mention accompanied by some fine musicians who fill out these songs that could be just as bold on an acoustic level.

James starts with the lighter poppy sound of Gossamer as the pace intensifies to Murphy’s Law Enforcement Agency (with a closer listen you will notice that MLEA fits perfectly into The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) that by the time you hit the rockier sounds of Stranger Than Fiction, a little saga attached with the world being more Matrix than we realise, you’re completely hooked.
Zen Slap is more a slap in the face about how bloody good it really is than about Zen and all things metaphysical!
Penni Pappas
Rip It Up
- Rip It Up Magazine

"zen Slap Review IV"

zen Slap

"Judging by James Gary's debut release, it's clear the man has a gift for writing classy rock ballads and backing them up with a strong character-filled voice. The seven tracks on offer here are all of a solid, structured sound with a high standard of production and interesting, meaningful messages within the lyrics.

Opening with the gentle Gossamer and the quirky words of Murphy's Law Enforcement Agency, this is a release made up almost entirely of rock ballads. The exception being Stranger than Fiction, a gutsy piece of upbeat punk rock. The pick of the tracks is This Thing Could Go Either Way; ironic, when, in fact, this should only go one way - straight to the top of the pile."


John Hart, The Advertiser - The Advertiser, Adelaide

"zen Slap Review V"

“…(James Gary’s) first solo EP, 'Zen Slap', a set of tunes that are both insightful and raw, feature some great singing by the man himself. Deep down 'Zen Slap' is a very personal CD full of songs that reflect Gary's distinctive personality. Gary's lyrics are honest and thoughtful, without being too clever. He always tries to find the funny side to things, and write about a feeling or subject, with a slightly left of centre approach. Just recently Gary put together an impressive band called The Resistance to back him both on this album and for live shows.

Make sure you check him and his new CD out - you're sure to be just as impressed as I was.”
- dB Magazine

"Live Review"

'James Gary stepped onto the stage full of confidence and didn't look back all night. With his thought provoking lyrics and catchy appeal, Gary has proved himself yet again'

- Get It Together Magazine

"zen Slap Review VI"

'Sheer class and professionalism.
A stunning debut EP - an absolute gem.' - Radio 3CR Victoria


zen SLAP - Debut EP 2003
Debut Album - Harrow Road 2007 (UK)
2008 (AUS)



James Gary has set on a path of his very own.
Having established himself as a respected songwriter in the Australian music scene, James, with his band The Resistance, is creating his own niche – one which sits conspicuously yet deservedly, alongside his singer/song-writing contemporaries.

With an innate desire for expressing the 'left of centre' elements of humanity, James Gary saw the time was ripe for making his first solo steps toward the close of 1999 and set about crafting the raw, acoustic harmonies that spawned over 30 new songs including such titles as 'Murphy's Law Enforcement Agency' and 'The Boiling Frogs'.

Following the release of the seven track 'albumette' zen SLAP in Feb 2003, James Gary and The Resistance hit the road for a series of tours around Australia gathering rave reviews. Along the way, Gossamer, track 1 of the new EP, is awarded 5th place in the 2002 Australian Songwriters Association Competition, making it two top 5s in the previous two years for James with http://www.cybersex coming in at #4 in 2001.

In 2005, after performing over countless gigs as well as receiving 2 nominations for AWESAM awards, James returned to the studio to record his much anticipated debut album, Harrow Road. Recording continued during 2006 as 24 demos were slowly whittled down to 18 tracks to be fully recorded.

Harrow Road is now set to be independently released in Australia, after James toured the UK extensively throughout 2007. Many of the album tracks are available for download at broadjam.com. One track, Stick in the Mud, was a semi finalist in the 2007 UK Songwriting Competition. The song of a jilted man stranded in a lover’s paradise, it has also received high praise on Broadjam.com , resulting in the track reaching #1 on its Alternative Rock Chart, #2 on its Australian Chart and #3 on Broadjam’s Rock Chart during Christmas 2006.

Renowned for his melodic and dynamic approach as a musician, James also weaves a lyric that is at once provocative, tortured, yet hopeful and even tongue-in-cheek.

This independent artist is certain to strike a chord with lovers of pop/rock with real substance.

'James’s songs somehow capture you and paralyse you through the thought-provoking, intelligent lyrics right through to the powerful music accompanying it, sung with all the intensity he could muster.' Rip It Up Magazine