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Love Zombies

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF | AFTRA

Los Angeles, CA | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Love Zombies make Rock Music Fun"

Here is a band that , in my opinion, is one of the hottest rock bands that I’ve discovered in awhile. Yes, they are female fronted but I don’t like to throw that term around because the focus of a band should not be whether there is a female in the band or not. A rock band is a rock band and we should just appreciate the music.

Hollis (the lead singer) reminds me a lot of Blondie and you can definitely tell they’re inspired by older rock musicians and styles. After listening to their latest album Passionfruit I just felt happier. The songs on that album are all just a ton of fun to listen to. It’s not often I say you have to hear it for yourself to understand but in this case it’s true. They’re just upbeat/silly/creative songs. The last time I sang out loud to a song about spiders I was 5 years old singing itsy bitsy spider. I also appreciated that all the songs were around 3 minutes. I normally cringe when songs are 4 minutes and over unless they have a lot of instrumentals in between vocals because most times 80% of the song are choruses and it makes for a long 4 minutes.

One of the things I especially like about this band are the lyrics. Creative. Original. MEANINGFUL. My biggest complaint about most musicians is their lack of creativity when it comes to lyrics. Have fun. Think outside the box. Some musicians can pull of a few words of uncreative lyrics but only when they know how to make it catchy with instrumentals. Not all musicians are capable of that though.

The high intense energy from Love Zombies is something that really embodies rock n roll. I was watching their video for the song “Birthday” and if everything I’ve heard about them is true that is basically the same energy they bring to every live show and that’s awesome. I always say it doesn’t matter how tired/sick/sore you are, if people are paying to see you fake it til you make it. All it takes is 20 minutes (or however long you’re on stage) and then you can go to the back and cool off. If you’re tired when the fans meet you personally they’ll understand. If you play tired during your whole performance you come across as not caring about what you’re doing. You don’t have to run around but at least make it seem like you want to be there.

Glad to see these guys just doing what they love and having fun. I look forward to seeing what they do next - Music Lover's News

"Love Zombies honored to work with Chris Cornell producer"

Love Zombies felt "honoured" to record their debut LP 'Passionfruit' at the same studio Chris Cornell recorded his solo stuff.

The pop punk duo - who performed at Download Festival last month - flew out to Los Angeles to work at the famous 11AD with legendary producer Alain Johannes, where the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman cut his 1999 solo debut 'Euphoria Morning' and were left inspired.

Speaking about working with Alain - who co-wrote Soungarden's 'Black Hole Sun' with Chris - frontwoman Hollis Mahady told Lizzie's Lowdown: "We were honoured to be there it was really, it was amazing. And it was like us three - because Joey came in and he did the drums and he banged them out in two days. And it was me Davey and Alain in this little universe for two weeks.
Anything Alain does is beautiful so, it was again - anytime some of these things happen we're like "did that happen". It's a good thing we were recording a video of it!"

Speaking about Chris, guitarist Davey Fitzsimon added: "What a voice. one of the best metal rock voices of all time and it was really interesting, Alain had a lot of, I mean Alain and Natasha co-wrote 'Black Hole Sun' with him. I mean it's yeah crazy voice."

Chris, who was 52, was found dead in his hotel room hours after finishing a gig in Detroit in May with Soundgarden.

Source: - UK Press From


Love Zombies Live @ Abbey Road Studios
Have you ever done something and instantly knew it was a once in a lifetime moment? Something you know will never be repeated? For me today was that day. Of all the gigs, festivals, backstage, VIP, taking photos and interviewing bands over 35 years and one day can turn it all on its head and everything pales in comparison.
The day started very differently, a stormy Scotland had an instant effect on my journey as delays hit everything from trains, planes and everything in-between. The day was definitely sent to test me but after seven hours travelling and almost 500 miles(no mention of that song please) I had gotten off at St john’s Wood station and hurriedly was making my way to THE Abbey Road studios.
Now I will be honest and say The Beatles never had a big influence on me or my musical taste as that always veered to the heavier side of the tracks but I admired what they achieved and I could never dismiss the sheer talent and influence they have played on music as a whole. Even I was too young to see first hand Beatle mania apart from all those black and white footage videos…I had never witnessed first hand what an impact this band really had until I turned around the corner and saw the amount of people stood on that famous road crossing taking photos. It was at this point I was taken aback. 50 years after Sgt peppers was released and people were still to this day flocking to that zebra crossing.
The 50 years also hit home as I recently celebrated that milestone myself and to think people have been coming here longer than I have been alive is quite humbling. I made my way past the throng of selfie takers and headed towards the studio but unlike everyone gathered outside I was going through the gate and into the studio itself. I checked in(yes, a bit late) and made my way to studio number two where 50 fans were gathered for the show of their life.
It all seemed a bit surreal as the whole idea only came about a few months ago when the band decided to try and record a live record at Abbey Road. They wanted it to be on the very day that saw the 50th anniversary of Sgt peppers but they ran into a brick wall immediately…and that wall was called money. We all know bands today just do not make money but rather than throw in the towel they jumped on the pledge bandwagon(which was brave because they had a complete nightmare with Pledge for the not too long ago release of their passionfruit album) and came to us the fans to help bring a dream to life and today was a culmination of a bands dream and a fan bases loyalty and love.
I had to sneak into the studio quietly as it was already in full swing with the first session of the playlist. I grabbed a set of headphones and stood in awe. Firstly it was very unusual having never been in a studio before. We had one poor drummer stuck away from everyone else like an endangered animal, then we had Hollis and Davey stuck behind glass windows and then the rest of the band spread evenly about in the open. The pledgers are sat in the corner and up in the balcony.
The sound through the headphones was incredible, seeing how all these individual elements were being strung together to produce the magic was incredible to watch. We were not, however, there to watch in silence, oh no, the love Zombie army were here to do a job and quiet was never to be part of that. We brought our singing voices(being in key was optional), we brought our dancing pants and we brought a huge dollop of humour.
I will be honest, even on a rugby club stag do I have never heard 50 people make so much noise. We sang through every song, we needed very little encouragement and when it came to “Blitzkrieg Bop” it went through the roof. I am sure the free standing mics that were there to capture this little crowd were shaking.
Before we had ran through the whole set I knew today was special and this was not just about the music. It was about every single person in that room being involved in this dream. Davey and Hollis had brought in Love Zombies band members past and present, they wanted everyone involved in this and when Davey and Hollis spoke in between songs to thank everyone for making this come true you could see the reality and humbleness on their faces…they could not have done this without the fans, for once we could give back and make a bands dream come true…there can never be a price too heavy or too large for something like that.
As well as Bop we had some other touching moments as we had a song that was written by two very special fans being included(you know who you are) and a very special moment where Hollis took to the piano where john Lennon played to sing a song that was written days before just for this recording. They played the song “Pollyanna” twice with a full on electric and a haunting acoustic version. I fell in love with this song immediately played on the piano. You could feel Hollis’s emotion coming through on every word and every note of those ivories.
As the cheers rang around the studio that was a wrap(hey, I can get into this whole studio thing) and we all took a break before doing it all again but a hell of a lot louder. The break was to say hello, pass on thanks and to catch up with old friends. Love Zombies is a family(no, we weren’t fighting and wearing each others clothes), there is a real bond between everyone and that emanates from the driving force that is Hollis Mahady. I have been lucky to speak to Hollis on many occasions and I always leave thinking she is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She is a free spirit and was born in the wrong era, she is a 70s girl if ever there was one. She has not one ounce of badness in her tiny body and all the love of a brontosaurus on ecstasy.
This was on show as we made our way to the balcony and were presented with hand made gifts and hand written notes of thanks, nobody treats their fans better but as I left that day when we had all finished, clutching my goodie bag I realised the gift was not inside the intricate package but in the experience itself. Nothing could ever take away today, not even the horrific events that happened the following day in London as myself, the band and many others were enjoying Camden Rocks, no, it just solidified the moment and the feeling that the only thing that will ever cure this world of hate is Love…and if that love is wrapped up in a zombie all the better. - Jace Media

"Love Zombies enjoy rewards for their hard work- Pledge Music"

With a PledgeMusic campaign close to doubling the original goal and a tour with The Amorettes set to begin, Love Zombies have a lot to celebrate these days. But such success comes at a high cost for an indie band, which means these victories will taste sweeter over time. We recently asked the band about their expectations for the new record, the joys of their hard work and the lessons learned from producer Alain Johannes (Jimmy Eat World, Mark Lanegan).

Let’s start with working with Alain Johannes. How was that experience? Did it live up to your expectations?

Working with Alain definitely met our expectations. He went with a very organic raw recording style because he really wanted to capture the sound of our band in its truest form. I recorded my vocals with Davey at the same time, and he is not the kind of producer that uses Autotune. He likes to keep it real and authentic to the band.

We recorded at his house which was pure magic in Hollywood, California. The house was filled to the brim with different instruments — any kind you can ever imagine — so we were able to experiment with all that stuff. Alain wanted a very rock and roll raw sound for this album and wanted powerful drums, so he brought in Joey Castillo from the Queens of the Stone Age to give us that powerhouse behind us which really drives the music.

Overall it was an amazing experience, and because our fans actually made this happen, that was really the most amazing part!

Do you feel like these recording experiences changed the band going forward?

I do. I think it’s taken us to a new level as far as music and recordings go. Up until now, we have worked with a lot of different producers and never had any real consistency, I feel. That happens though when you’re a new band and experimenting with producers and different bandmates to get the right fit and sound. So this album kind of brought everything together for us and brought our vision together.

You guys have a great tour coming with The Amorettes. How are you feeling about it?

Yeah, we are real excited about it. We have been working non-stop around the clock to make this happen. As an independent band you really have to do everything yourself. It is difficult to have to wear so many hats when you really want to just be an artist. I think I’m so busy that I haven’t had time to physically get excited yet as there is so much to do, but once I step into that rehearsal room in London in two weeks I know it will come over me. We really can’t wait to see our fans and play music with our band again. It’s been a while since all we have been doing is focusing on recording and the pledge. I really can’t wait to just get on the road and enjoy myself for that tour.

You guys are nearing the 200% mark of your initial goal. How does it feel to be there? And what will extra support allow you to do with the music?

It’s crazy! When we started this, we had no idea what to expect. I really didn’t even know if we were going to hit our goal. We were so happy to hit it! That was enough for us, but when it surpassed it, that was really unreal for us! And then to go over it just allowed us to get a really good producer. We put all the money into the album cost, so the extra money just made it that much better. We were able to get the mastering done and the six-panel digipack and do it the right way for our fans.

We decided then to do a tour to support it. As we are independent, we are funding at the tour a lot of it ourselves, Davey and I, so I’m hoping to push to that 200% because it would help with our costs for the tour a lot. I’ve maxed out my own credit cards trying to do this, so it will help with the debt as well! [Laughs]

It seems like you’ve enjoyed an incredible year so far in 2016. How do you feel like you’ll look back at this year?

I honestly think I will look back and wonder how we got through it and accomplished what we did! It isn’t the Love Zombies way to not have hurdle after hurdle to over come, but 2016 was a key year for us. It was very difficult in many ways but the pledge made it worthwhile, and this is the year we finally got the album we have been waiting many years to record. So I think I’ll look back at it as a very pivotal year in our story! - Pledge Music

"10 bands to see at Download Festival 2017"

We’ve always had a blast at Download Festival and this year’s line-up is stuffed full of treats old and new, along with the chance to join plenty of like-minded folks in raising a pint or two to another sadly departed icon (RIP Mr Cornell!). Main stage headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith will no doubt draw legions of fans, but there are also plenty of great bands to be found on the smaller stages and in earlier slots. Here we are to shine a light on some the best…

Download 2017 runs from June 9th-11th at Donington Park, Leicestershire. Check for more info and tickets.

1. CREEPER (Main Stage, Saturday)

Given that they recently sold out London’s Electric Ballroom, Creeper won’t be skulking in the shadows for much longer, so this could well be your last chance to catch the Southampton horror-punk crew before they leave lunchtime slots in their cold, dark wake. Taking the malevolent rage of prime Misfits, the anthemic choruses of Muse and My Chemical Romance, and a sense of occasion wherever they play, not even bright sunlight can stop this lot. (Ok, that’s enough gothic cheap shots from me). Remember Trivium’s set at Download 2005? Hey, y’never know…

2. FIZZY BLOOD (Dogtooth Stage, Sunday)

Hey, come back, their music’s much better than their name, honest! Seriously though, Fizzy Blood are well worth your time. One minute, they’ll be spooking you with vocalist/guitarist Benji’s cold croon, the next, they’ll be stomping all over your senses with the kind of desert rock riffs that would surely have Josh Homme nodding in approval. Slightly deranged, and all the better for it.

3. VENOM PRISON (Dogtooth Stage, Friday)

Arguably the band most likely to chalk up a score on the Richter Scale, Venom Prison are where doom and death metal collide, and sound gloriously malevolent on the likes of ‘Corrode The Black Sun’. We’ll be watching from the edge with nervous respect.

4. TAX THE HEAT (Zippo Encore Stage, Saturday)

Channelling the kind of blues-infused rock n’ roll that will never go out of style, Bristol quartet Tax The Heat play tight and loud on no-nonsense cuts like ‘Fed To The Lions’ and ‘Learn To Drown (You’re Wrong)’. Just what you’ll need to shift that hangover come Saturday lunchtime.

5. BLOOD YOUTH (Avalanche Stage, Sunday)

Some bands start out as friends having fun together, others are born as musical catharsis for those involved. Blood Youth fall into the latter camp, and the results are as thrilling as they are intense.
Close your eyes whilst listening to ‘Reason To Stay’, and you can imagine vocalist Kaye balancing atop a seething pit, as a packed tent bellow every word of that chorus right back at him. Go make it happen.

6. CODE ORANGE (Avalanche Stage, Friday)

This Pittsburgh quintet bring together elements of straight-up punk rock, metallic hardcore, granite-hewn sludge rock riffs and even melancholic, almost Cure-esque melodies. Recent LP ‘Forever’ was a refreshingly unpolished treat for my stereo, and should sound pretty damn fearsome live.

7. TRASH BOAT (Avalanche Stage, Saturday)

Considering the musical crimes committed in the name of pop-punk over the years, Trash Boat make for a welcome surprise; a young British band injecting fresh vitriol and vitality into the genre. Check out ‘How Selfish I Seem’ and ‘Strangers’, and get ready to whip up a big ol’ dust cloud.

8. LOVE ZOMBIES (Dogtooth Stage, Sunday)

We at Crossfire strongly suspect that Love Zombies are not genuinely undead, not least because it’s hard to imagine a band of zombies playing such colourful punky power-pop. Better scarper after their set, though; you never know when the craving for brains might kick in.

9. KROKODIL (Dogtooth Stage, Friday)

Ah, the vicious beast Krokodil stirs once again, possibly to practice its scales.* Apparently,”mostly beards and riffs” remains their modus operandi, and whilst we can’t (so far) comment on the length or density of the beards, we can assure you that the riffs are as raw, potent and poisonous as ever.

10. AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS (Dogtooth Stage, Sunday)

Yes, the erstwhile Heaven’s Basement frontman has returned, and he’s armed with a slick but addictive debut album Imagine Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots bonding over some classic Aerosmith, and you’ve got a soundtrack to see out Download 2017 in fine style. - Caught in the Crossfire

"Love Zombies- Passionfruit Review"

Love Zombies – Passionfruit
With Love Zombies you know one thing you are going to get be it live or recorded and that is FUN. I first discovered this band at Download 2015, it was wet( of course it was wet you idiot) and they were playing in one of the tents. My mate had heard one track so we made our way up the hill and straight to the barrier to see what would unfold…and I have loved them ever since.
Live they were just quirky, fun and full of excellent Pop/Punk songs and that is transferred to CD perfectly on this their debut full length release Passionfruit. This band was only a part time band which will probably explain why many people may not have heard of them but Hollis gave up the day job so to speak as singer in Ginger Wildheart’s band Hey Hello to put her efforts into making this band work full time.
I think Passionfruit will prove she made the right decision. It is loaded with punky, quirky, crazy and brilliant tracks and although this is a pledge release it deserves a full release with a massive push behind it as let’s face it we all need love and who better to get that from than zombies?
The album kicks off with “Oblivion” and sets the tone for all the tracks to come. A fast paced punky number with Hollis taking you back to the 70s with that beautiful Blondie voice of hers. “Lighten Up” takes a slower pace and you get to really hear the band and the performance. It is also Love Zombies motto as they want everyone to be happy, guns to be put down along with your phones and to discover human interaction again….you cannot fail to be happy when listening to this band. Passionfruit should be available on prescription as it would cure so many ailments.
“Robots & Aliens” is as crazy as you could imagine, the pace is back up and you get a cracking guitar backbone. This is a song to bop along too. From one extreme to the other with “Spiders” and the strangeness continues as you are informed of all the antics that spiders get up to. It is like a little spider biography and I now have a little mental picture of a spider writing his memoirs.
“Favourite Song” really should be your favourite song and as it stands just now it is mine. As silly as the songs can be there is always a message and this one is basically do not take any shit, life is to short. It is also about something I think about a lot and that is how much music means to me and where I would be without it. I am sure we all have those songs that transport you to another time and place, only music can do that. Music is my very own time machine and it is never more prevalent than at a gig, time just freezes. All worries and cares are left at the venue doors and all that matters are the bands in front of you and the friends around you…time stands still and this song encapsulates that feeling.
“Big and Strong” comes out more like a rock ballad, it is slow and smouldering. You get the backing vocals and the building guitars with a cracking chorus. Again this song is about picking you up and looking forward to better times, something they do brilliantly. “Backwards World” gives us that punk vibe with a crunchy sound. It settles and sees Hollis going for a more settled vocal. I loved the ooh, ooh and the message of no matter how crap things are if it is all switched round you are doing fine.
“fast and frantic” is just outright funny. With lyrics like “You never ever ever get me flowers, you just wanna get down my trousers” you cannot help but smile but there is a message once again…and for the guys this time, so you best pay attention fellas.
The song “Birthday” is the first single from the album and for any of the lucky people going to the London show on 30th September you will be in the video as it is being shot that night. They want all involved bringing hats, cakes and presents so it is going to be a lot of fun. The song title made me think of Altered Images and the similarities Hollis and Claire Grogan have. I have a soft spot with Altered Images as I am from Scotland and I also fell in love with this song. “ Who The Fuck Are They” is up next and I cannot wait to sing this song live. I am sure my timing will be crap and I will be well out of sync but who cares when the song is as good as this?
We finish everything off with “Love Zombies Theme Song” and this makes me think of a cheesy american sit com. It has that moving your head from side to side and synchronized hand movements feel. I could see this song being sang by the Banana Splits back when I was kid. It is a brilliant, up beat and adorable little number. It sums this band up to perfection.
Well done guys this is a stunning success in my eyes and I hope everyone gets to hear it and see you live and get that Love Zombie lightening bolt I received in that tent on a soggy English day…you blew the clouds away for a short time and this album had the same effect. See you in Glasgow.
Catch Love Zombies on tour now with The Amorettes.
Review Ritchie Birnie - Jace Media

"The Download Tapes- Love Zombies 2017"

The Love Zombies are a bit of an enigma. They play up tempo punk rock but it sounds silky smooth. At the heart of this wonderful sound are Hollis and Davey. Gary Trueman spoke to the pair about how they met, pledge campaigns and who they’d resurrect to play Download 2018.

You played Download before so, great to be back again?

Hollis: “Yeah and it’s sunny I can’t believe it, I have one pair of boots and they’ve survived. It’s really nice to see what it’s like when it’s sunny.”

Davey: “We brought the weather over from California.”

Your music has developed a heel of a lot since the last time you played here. What do you put that down to?

Hollis: “We’ve changed a lot of band mates, it took a long time to get the right people with the right mind set. The evolution of a band does that. It’s always evolving and Davey and I always wrote the songs which is why it’s kinda the same. But as you get more people on the same wavelength it evolves.”

And there’s scope for the new musicians to put a bit of their personality into it.

Davey: “That could be it because we do have a bit of a revolving door but once a Love Zombie always a Love Zombie. If you listen to the first EP and the early demos and then the Passion Fruit album and then the one we’ve just done it is a little bit affected by who plays on it.”

Hollis: “Some stuff stays the same, the high energy, hopefully the quality of the song writing because we write the songs.”

Your music has been described as a combination of the Ramones and Blondie. Are those two really big shoes to fill?

Hollis: “Yeah of course. I don’t know though because the Blondie thing is just because I have blond hair and the punk genre but hopefully because they have great songs.”

Davey: “If you want to come and see a faster version of Blitzkrieg Bop come to the Dogtooth stage. Downstrokes at 200bpm.”

You’ve recorded that?

Hollis: “It’s on our new album. It’s on pledge music so you can pre-order it.”

How’s the pledge music thing going?

Hollis: “I can’t believe after the first one we decided to do a second one. To be honest pledge was really good. They have a big platform. Our campaign went really good but towards the end we have problems with fulfilling. It wasn’t all their fault, I think it’s hard all the time you’re a smaller band. It wasn’t their fault really it was just what happened. We thought let’s try it one more time and it worked we hit 100%, 111%.”

Davey: The first one was good but someone at the warehouse lost their shit.

Hollis: “They quit in the middle of our campaign and lost all our stuff. We wanted to sign our cds to our fans because they’d pledged but people were getting the wrong cds. The universe likes to fuck with us but we’re still here. Zombies don’t die.”

As a writing partnership you guys work really well together. How did you meet?

Davey: “I was at a party in Brixton and she came to the Windmill and she came in and we wrote a song.”

Hollis: “And we recorded it. I’d been looking for someone to write with and we clicked. Then a big tornado of shit happened but it’s hard to find people you connect with, I’d been searching for ten years. I used to hate writing with people and when I met him it was a soul mate music thing. I glad that we met.”

Is that the musical love part of Love Zombies?

Together: “Yeah.”

Hollis: “We have a love hate relationship. We have a new song called When Love Turns To Hate we wrote about each other.”

How do you iron out the bits where you don’t agree?

Hollis: “A lot of screaming which is why I don’t have a voice. A lot of screaming and throwing things. You guys would just avoid so much suffering if you just know the lady is right. Or just pretend and look dumb.”

I’m going to call this piece guys just need to know their place – Hollis.

Hollis: “Finally you understand.”

Who would you most like to see play Download next year? You can resurrect a band if you like as you’re the Love Zombies.

Davey: “The original Motorhead and the original Ramones back to back because they were two bands that united punk and metal. Lemmy played at the Ramones last gig.”

Hollis: “John Lennon because he always made me feel something. To be able to connect with your soul and cry is just the best. We miss him.”

What’s your top tip to bring to a festival?

Hollis: “Money. Money can solve all problems. Need a tent, buy a tent.”

Davey: “A good attitude and some good mates. A good attitude and fuck them all.” - Devolution Magazine

"Love Zombies Pledge Music Campaign For ‘No Slow Songs’"

The Love Zombies will be back in the UK this June to play Camden Rocks and Download Festival, whilst they are in the UK they will be recording a live studio album and they are inviting fans to to be part of it. The album will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and a few of their closest fans can be in the studio audience and be on the record for a once in a lifetime opportunity. On June 2nd the Love Zombies will go into Abbey Road Studios and it is also be the day their debut album, Passionfruit, is released worldwide. If you can’t make it to Abbey Road Studios you can pledge for the download or vinyl of the new album - The Punk Site

"Album Review: Passionfruit- Love Zombies"

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"Love Zombies- Passionfruit-Review"

Trying to replicate on record the energy of a live Love Zombies performance is akin to trying to capture lightning in a bottle, one of the most fun and energetic bands that you’re likely to catch on a live stage. Just how do you transfer that over to a studio setting? Easiest answer is, “with great difficulty”, but for 34 minutes, ‘Passion Fruit’ tries it’s damndest to recreate the joyous feeling of a Love Zombies gig. Punk power pop (not to be confused with pop punk) is all about fun. The catchy melodies, the hooks, and the pogo-tastic choruses, all scream “leave your troubles at the door, you’re safe now”. ‘Passion Fruit’ continues this thought. Blondie meets The Ramones with a stop over at Gwen Stefani’s house for a nice cuppa. Add some neat rock n’ roll guitar, and hey presto! – Love Zombies, everyone.

Originally released to pledgers only, here it is in all its raw, unfiltered glory. The running time scrapes just past the half hour mark, as these folks don’t believe in overstaying their welcome. The brainchild of the whirling dervish that is Hollis Mahady (vocals), and Davey Fitzsimon (guitar), Love Zombies are the perfect band for these shitty, troubling times. Opener, ‘Oblivion’ is a sizzling blend of hooks, power chords, and melodies that screams of the Happy Days theme tune on speed. The drum beat rattles the song along at a fair old pace, and this continues headfirst into the eargasm sounds of ‘Robots And Aliens’. The only thing missing from it is a voiceover saying “I would have gotten away from it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids…”. The perfect theme tune for a revamped Scooby Doo, only if Shaggy is permanently fucked up and Velma is the hot one (so, no change there then!). ‘Spiders’ toys with the idea of the little buggers crawling in your mouth when you’re sleeping “because that’s what spiders do”. It’s a fun track with more of a glam rock vibe and a nice laidback vocal from Hollis.

‘Favourite Song’ is the proud owner of one hell of a catchy groove. The totally un-punk harmonica is a nice touch too. The mid album duo of ‘Lighten Up’ and ‘Big And Strong’ slow things down a tad, but surprisingly, I feel these are the two best tracks on the album. Great storytelling, lyrics that will have differing meanings for different folks, and performances that sound like they were recorded right there, right then, with everyone in the same room. ‘Fast And Frantic’ along with ‘Birthday’ bring back the energetic pacing, and the latter, in particular, is a fantastic few minutes when it is played live in a sweaty, cramped shoebox of a club. ‘Who The Fuck Are They?’ is one of the catchiest songs ever to contain the F-bomb. Again, a highlight of the Love Zombies live set, it is a guaranteed floorfiller that will have you grinning ear to ear. Job done.

Love Zombies are perfect for the summer, regardless of the weather, ‘Passion Fruit’ is joyous and needs to be cranked up for maximum effect.

Available now, more information here - Devils Gate Media

"Love Zombies Review- Passionfruit- 2017"

Putting the debut long player from Love Zombies in the hands of a Ginger Wildheart fan to review is tantamount to committing commercial suicide, surely? Well, maybe back in the day, if I wrote for a well-established print magazine it would be; but, in 2017, us lowly music journalists just don't have that sort of power any more...

One thing's for sure, Love Zombies singer Hollis let down a great deal of people last year when she split from her other band Hey! Hello! and fled the country with LZ bandmate Davey Fitzsimon on the eve of the Hey! Hello! album release/UK tour. The reaction from Ginger Wildheart spoke volumes, he pulled the album at the 11th hour and re-recorded it with other singers taking the place of Hollis, thus effectively wiping any connection with the band from existence.

It's not something I wanted to go into deeply for this review, but it is something that affects the way I approach and listen to this album and it's something I have to broach, as pressing play on 'Passionfruit' feels a bit like sleeping with the enemy, and music shouldn't be like that should it? Yet, I'm prepared to give anyone the benefit of doubt and whatever her reasons (to be fair, we never got her side of the story), Hollis ostracised herself and Love Zombies from a portion of her fan base that had come from her time as the lead singer in Hey! Hello!, and that's a great shame, because 'Passionfruit' happens to be a damn fine power pop album from start to finish and the fact that even a minority of people will not give it the time of day on principal leaves a sour aftertaste to the sugary tunes on offer.

Enough of the deep stuff, let’s get onto the reason we're here...the music. Love Zombies come armed with a glitter cannon loaded with 11 shots of insanely catchy power pop, and they are aiming right for your senses, so watch out, cuz you may well get hooked!

Comparisons are easy from the off on the perfect three-minute pop/punk opener 'Oblivion', The Dollyrots meets Transvision Vamp. Buzzsaw guitars, sugary, helium-induced vocals and a chorus that embeds itself in the brain, job done methinks. The fact that the verse to 'Lighten Up' holds as much to prime 80's Madonna as much as it does to turn of the century pop/punk is no coincidence and there's no doubt that 'Robots and Aliens' nods its head to err... No Doubt as well.

They take things down a notch on the emotive and dreamy 'Spiders', a song that hints at vintage Hanoi Rocks and the anthemic sounding 'Big And Strong' has one of those over familiar melodies that will have you wondering where you have heard it before. Big tunes like 'Birthday' and 'Fast And Frantic' hit the spot just right, pure anthemic bubblegum pop that sticks its big middle finger up with a smile. Even tongue in cheek closer 'Love Zombies Theme Song' is a heap of fun and a cartoon theme tune in the making. Only downer? Where the hell is 'Be Honest'? Best song they have in my humble opinion.

I really wanted to dislike 'Passionfruit' on principal, even just a little bit. But to be honest, I can’t fault it. It's trashy, throwaway and it's as kitsch as Saturday morning kids’ TV way back's just remarkably upbeat really and that's why I like it.

Life's too short for grudges; the girl done good. 'Passionfruit' goes a long way to prove that zombies aren't really that bad at all.

'Passionfruit' is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

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"The Amorettes & Love Zombies live at the Black Heart Tavern, September 30 2016"

Love-Zombies_021-527x330 The Amorettes & Love Zombies live at the Black Heart Tavern, September 30 2016

Having decamped back to California, Hollis Mahadey has continued to work closely with London based Davey Fitzsimon and the two of them are the two ‘official’ members of Love Zombies now. With several E.P.s under their belt, the co-headlining tour with The Amorettes sees the band return to the UK in support of their PledgeMusic funded debut album ‘Passionfruit’.

It’s a welcome return as well for Chema Zurita on bass who’d previously played live with LZ when we covered the band at Camden Rocks in 2015. As such, some continuity with the line up was present and Chema’s punk fuelled bass work really helped bring an attitude filled edge to their sound as the opening track from ‘Passionfruit’, ‘Oblivion’, got the ball rolling.

A hand painted back drop, covered in fluorescent paint sums up the band showing their hippie-esque, bohemian roots and the the breezy power pop that the band dispense, is a world away from the thundering sound The Amorettes has recently delivered.

Looking at the crowd, the mix of Amorettes and Love Zombies t-shirts was fairly even so putting the two acts together on the bill was clearly a good mix. Love Zombies have stand out songs, ‘Robots and Aliens’ being a clear mid set winner and perfectly placed to keep the crowd fired up throughout their set. An interesting cover of The Ramones’ ‘Blitzkreig Bop’ is a decent nod back to one of their musical inspirations.

it all builds into a shambolic, energised, noisy conclusion as any punk gig should do and that definitely is the right sort of approach the band need to follow. The songs sound tougher and have added raw energy than they do on the album but that’s to be expected from a small, hot, sweaty and packed venue.

A great bill for the fans but it could have so easily been in a bigger venue and still sold out. - My Global Mind

"Album Review- Love Zombies- Passionfruit"

First discovered by many at Download 2015, Love Zombies, formed by songwriters Hollis Mahady and Davey Fitzsimon create a distinctive brand of pop, punk and new wave with a strong 60’s/70’s influence channelling the likes of Blondie and The Ramones.
Their debut album highlights that fact that this band are dedicated to their craft and yet just want to have fun. Each track is packed full of punktastic riffs and great songwriting. Opening with the barnstormer of a track “Oblivion” the tunes keep coming after that proving that Love Zombies are here to make a glorious noise.
There is no doubt that the band have matured since their inception and bring a much fuller sound to the table than in 2015.
“Passion Fruit” is the kind of album that just makes you smile as you listen to it. Sure there are the full on punk rockers such as “Zombies and Aliens” and “Birthday”, but they somehow have that sweet sugar candy coating thanks to Hollis Mahady’s punk-queen vocals. Also in the mix, we occasionally get some full on glam with tracks such as “Spiders” and even the odd rock ballad with “Big and Strong”, even if the latter does seem to be a little tongue in cheek, but hey that’s just the fun of this album.
Personally, I have yet to catch the band live, however, you can really imagine these songs being played live and how they will engage an audience .. “Favourite Song” and “Fast and Frantic” being great examples. For me, the song on the album that really stands out is “Backwards World”, it’s a real Blondie meets the Ramones stomper.
So overall hats off to the Love Zombies a great LP that shows the promise of things to come.
To coincide with the release of Passionfruit and their UK shows, the band will also be recording the live album “No Slow Songs” at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The album is available for pre-order via Pledge Music here, with rewards including the opportunity for fans to go to the studio for the session, and to be involved and immortalised on the recording. - Heavy Magazine

"Interview with Hollis J of Love Zombies"

By: Tony Osuchowski

Hello once again all you lovers of music, I recently had the honor of interviewing the lead singer of Love Zombies, Hollis Mahady. She was found to be, yet another who understands and appreciates the raw power of music, and how it surges from within an artist and makes that connection to the audience, the fans. As you shall undoubtedly see, it was an in depth conversation, often very candid & deep. Increasingly a pleasure to be engaged in such great conversation, with a wondrous artist and bard-like soul. Wearing many different hats, those being, writer, vocalist, pianist, visionary, and activist, I’m certain you’ll come away from this experience a new fan, and with a renewed sense of appreciation for the synergy of music. Hollis, by her ambitions and drive understands that most paramount charge we all should foremost strive to accomplish; that being, serving to be like that of a beacon in those trying, gray days of humanity.

T.O. Ok, so I am chatting with Hollis Mahady of Love Zombies, Hey Hollis..! How’s it’s going, how you doing! (In Joey from Friends style) H.M. Hey…hey Tony! I am sweet, thank you so much for having me on your phone interview. Very awesome! T.O: Well, I thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me. T.O.: Now let me get right to it. I do know you were with Hey! Hello!, you’re not only a vocalist, entertainer, and activist, I have seen it said that you’re a visionary, on top of,
obviously having a passion for music. I can sense it, but it is clear to see, after you shared with me your upcoming release
H.M. Awe, I’m so glad, you’re one of the first people to hear it, because it’s not out yet officially, we’re kind of still working on what we’re doing with the new album. (Passion Fruit) You know, we did it as a pledge campaign, so we’re kind of just exploring a bunch of fun different things on the album. Birthday is one of those fun songs, it’s more a lighthearted song, one we chose to introduce ourselves to the world a little bit. Yet on the album there are more serious, not really serious I would call it, but more meaningful topics. Birthday is a good reflection of what we do live, it represents us. So that’s why we chose that one. T.O.:Your video for “Be Honest” was voted Video of the Year, at the 2016 Pure Rawk music Awards. Also, and this is huge, that you and Dave Fitzsimon got the distinction of Best New Band of 2016.
H.M.: I know, I couldn’t really believe it. It was at the same time, we were moving back to the U.S. to record our album, and relocate. We actually sent a thank you video for our win. Two little trophies for the win, it was amazing. That came from our fans in the U.K. We didn’t have a label, so it was very special for us to get that. I think it was excellent that it validated a lot of the hard work that we were doing.

T.O: In doing research, I saw that you noted some of your influences as The Ramones, Blondie, and No Doubt. I can say I can see a bit of Gwen Stefani in your music. Growing up, who did you most emulate, not necessarily just a single person, could be a small group of people, but who did you most emulate and why? Could be their stage presence could be their humanitarian efforts. Who had the biggest impact upon you growing up, and even when you were entering into the music field yourself?
H.M: That’s a really good question Tony. It wasn’t till later…that yes it was Gwen Stefani. When I was really younger, maybe I was 13, I just remember watching her being like…oh my god! That point I wasn’t in a band or anything, but I was playing piano at that time. She was the one person, that I would watch and think she is so cool! I just thought she is an awesome fun person. She definitely was a big influence on me. I started my music background by starting to play the organ, when I was 7 years old. My mother had an influence on my music appreciation too, she had a bunch of Beatles stuff. She loved alot of the folk rock, power pop, she loved the British invasion groups. Having that in my childhood, that really stayed with me. I think that when you’re little, what you listen to imprints on you. It becomes your favorite music. It is because of that liking of the British invasion bands, that drove me to, oddly enough, end up in London.

My best friend and soulmate, singer songwriter Davey is British, he was in New Zealand actually, but lived England for like 20 years prior to that. So when I met him, he had his kind of British influence that he brought to it. I went to New York, after I graduated college, I worked in a really grimy bar, and I listened to the Ramones and Blondie, and lived in the lower east side. So I’ve always considered myself a Punk. So maybe when I was younger it wasn’t as much me watching those guys (Ramones and Blondie), until I was in New York, I discovered them, and was like Woah!. I was living it myself as well. So it’s bundle of all that.

14389968_10153803367545868_1443767231_n T.O. Cool, cool art often imitates life and vice versa.H.M: Yes it’s all that together. T.O: In the midst of doing some more digging, I discovered that your musical talent is even more multifunctional, in that you have been known to pick up a Keytar?? H.M: Yes, oh yes. It’s like I said, when I was young it started. I’ve always loved being a front person, more than anything, ya know, I love it more than singing. I am an entertainer. I love to sing, but I’ve always loved the piano too, so Its cool to always kind of incorporate it. For a long time, I was like stuck…because I was sitting behind a piano, because I knew how to play it, but I wanted to sing, so the keytar, seemed the best solution. So that’s why sometimes we get it out.

T.O: Ok Hollis the next question is going to touch base, in some way still upon your influences, but more so focusing on who you have been said to be akin to, based on stage presence and overall vibe. It is has been said that you bring an energy that is rather similar to that of a young Iggy Pop. He has always brought it through out the years. A little bit of Debbie Hairy, Cyndi Lauper, so needless to say….very energetic. The question is, what are your thoughts on that energy transferal from you to the fans, from the music to the fans, and from the fans back to you?
H.M: Oh, that’s a great, great question, ok cool. Well when we are talking about energy, I think that especially when I am on stage, why the energy comes out, is because that in my every day life, it’s kind of like you supress a lot of it, ya know? So when I get on stage, it just comes out, all this supression, anger, it turns into good anger, it’s passion. Ya know I think everything comes from passion. We are all emotional, not just artists. We all have different dimensions, we all have a dark side, we all have a light side.
So I think the fun part is like the light energy in me wants to connect with people.
I’m lonely in daily life sometimes, it’s a lonely world. That’s why I think that going on stage is one of the biggest times, that you’re aware of other people and you can feel them wanting to be accepted as well. You can you feel that energy because they need it. I love to give them what they need and they give me what I need. Cyndi Lauper, Iggy Pop, they were just intense. I’m not gonna lie, with Iggy Pop, I never knew what to think of his music, it was That intensity that he brought, that blew me away. I have that on stage for sure. Blondie was because of the era, and in part because I have blonde hair. She had all that too. Again we said Gwen Stefani, she too has that energy thing too. Hopefully i answered your question…did I?
T.O: Well yes, of course, rather well. Essentially, yeah, there is always some sort of synergy. That which you project into your music, that is being transfered to the fans, and ultimately, you just know, you get that reverberation, in how the fans respond to you. Which kind of leads into another question. T.O: What are your thoughts on the power of music having that therapeutic effect towards some of your fans, not just causing you to self reflect, and then act out in a positive progressive manner, but also just the therapeutic effect music can have, how the music of Love Zombies, can pull someone back from whatever ledge they find themselves at?
H.M: Yeahhh, oh my god!! Exactly, and that, that is what I hope our music, some of our songs do that for people. You know that’s one of the main goals. To write something people can relate to. Music is so important in the world. I don’t think people realize, well some do….it (music) heals people. When I was young, I listened to oldies, and music with harmonica, like Neil Young, and all that kind of music. It’s the one thing you can put on that will heal you, because it is a vibration. I think it’s a magical vibration. Sound comes from the other side. All us artists, we are not better than anyone else, we are just picked to channel that music through us. I get kind of mad when I see musicians with big egos. You’re not superhuman, you’re human and you’ve been chosen.
You’ve been given a gift of talent. Whatever it is, singing, or piano, or whatever, guitar, you’re a channel for something. It is so important, I think that as a musician, this is why I fight so hard, and I have a platform. What makes me angry in this world is that, I think we have to look more into the treatment of taking art more seriously.
There are so many bands that are struggling, yes there is a top bracket of those who are making like a hundred million dollars, but there is a middle ground. So many artists that I know are struggling, and just not taken seriously. I think there needs to be a sort of public support, to help us get better at our craft, but there isn’t. Then the music suffers. I think it’s disgusting how artists have been treated, how I’ve been treated. There are these people caught up in ego, and greed…it’s so wrong. Like, what if the music stopped one day? People would be like, “wow, shit, we really do need music!” I hope that answers your question. Music is healing, and I am lucky. It is like a blessing and a curse, it can be a hard life to live sometimes. I wouldn’t change it ever. It is often difficult to be an artist in this society. In today’s age especially.

T.O: Well you have to look at it, and what I think that stems from, is that anybody that upsets a stagnant status quo, anybody that says I’m not going to conform to what you say I should friggin be as an artist. I’m going be a path razer, I’m going to be, and no pun intended, but I’m gonna March to the beat of my own drum . One of the keys I feel is evolving, bringing something fresh. Artists do get a bum wrap, in my understanding for not playing along with the mentality of…being a carbon copy. Excuse me but F that.! Be yourself. H.M: Totally, that goes back to the record labels you know. There is a fear of taking a chance on an unknown. It’s like, “Well this has worked, so let’s get 10 more like these guys or those guys” You think that would be a good thing when people can say, oh, we haven’t really heard your sound before. It’s like it’s almost looked down upon, you know what I mean? I think it comes down to a lot of fear from record labels, a lot of laziness, it comes from greed, ego, the control, that’s why the artists suffer. Where are the drum runners of today? Where are they?

Where is the revolution, we need a friggin revolution.! The world is in a really horrible state, we are on the brink of World War 3. Where the fuck are the songs that are talking about this stuff.? Where are they? And they’re not allowing it, these gatekeepers in the music industry, probably run by people still stuck in the matrix. With all their power, and political stuff, people are suffering, it goes back to depression. Why is the depression rate in this world currently higher than it ever was in any other time in the history of this planet? People need good music, they need connection, they need soul.
Like, I’ve been struggling with Love Zombies, ever since we started. Of course you struggle in the begining, and I’ve been doing this, well before that, for years. I just really think people want real, something to connect with. At the end of the day though, I truly believe good will conquer that, and we will have a breakthrough. It takes pioneers, that’s why it’s harder for people who are different, because they are pioneers. It’s always harder when you try to take a new path. Great question!! I like that.

T.O: People identify you as power pop/punk/ new wave, do you ever see infusing other genres like for example house, techno, dubstep, into your music? H.M: Yeah, I mean as artists and people, it’s good you don’t put limits on yourself. That why I think some artists who stick around and see them evolve, maybe their second and third album, they do add Electronica or something. I think in the music industry, everyone’s only question is, what genre are you? You kind of have to say, I’m this, this, and this. It’s not like we woke up, and said let’s start a Punk/ New Wave/ Pop band. That’s just what we have to describe ourselves as. So yeah, I think you never want to put limits on yourself because you might want to throw a rap into a song once, or poetic verse, I don’t know. Whatever. I think it’s good to be open minded and you never know, down the road we might do some Metal Love Zombies. T.O: (chuckles with Acceptant appreciation of the notion of Metal Love Zombies) Yessss!!H.M: If it is what we are feeling at the time, then, you know….why not.?

T.O: That’s just it, you just touched on a point, one that we both have already expressed, being that of not having linitations. H.M: Yeah, definitely, and crossing genres. I have a friend, she’s a great friend, amazing musician, I’ll plug her, her name is Shirley Levi. You would do great with talking to her as well, she is on the same page as us, she is amazing. She does a lot of cross genre stuff. You could call her a folk artist, she does electronic stuff, she speaks in Spanish in some of her stuff, and Hebrew. She’s has similar issues, like the “Well what are you?” “You can’t cross genres, like that, we need to be able to market you and sell you” Like, what is that?!?
I’m sorry to those business people, you can’t put our souls in a box. Hopefully one day that is something that will change down the line, as music evolves so should the industry. You just sell this song, sell connections.

T.O: Yes! I think that it’s that connection in some ways, we have lost touch with, in regards to the fact that the arts, need to be reinstituted, and revitalized and reinforced, resupplied with whatever funds necessary to keep them in school as a strong part of the curriculum. H.M: Oh yeahh! Totally. Definitely. You hear too often of cuts to the arts program. Like the arts are the last priority. I always feel like that, like WTF? Even in the adult world, why are certain professions more valued than one whose source is coming from the other side? I really feel music is magical and it’s like channeling. It is spiritual, music is very spiritual. People write from their spirit, that’s where it comes from. Why is that not valued? Why is that not just as important as someone sitting in an office making whatever?? It just really pisses me off.

T.O: Right. There needs to be a refocusing. H.M: I always say that if people like me, and you, And other artists…show that the only way to change is to just do it. Come together, I’ve already been brainstorming, I would love to somehow give back. I’d open up like a school for music, or a place where you can donate your instruments, or other ideas like that. Just make change more a priority and take musicians seriously. It’s bad how, when a young person says, ” I want to be a musician” and in today’s age people say, “Oh god don’t do that.! You’re never gonna make any money, you’re gonna struggle.” Why? Become good at what you do! There’s this other thing, artists or musicians get a bad slap, because there are some who are in it for other reasons, like ego, and “I wanna be a Rock Star” They think it’s easy and gonna make all this money, and it will be an easy life. Like what all these t.v. shows tell us.
Every single contestant is like “I wanna win so I can buy a house for my Mom” Do they ever say, ” I wanna write a great song that’s gonna effect the world? Do they ever say that? You know what I mean? It has to be taken seriously! If a kid wants to be a musician, they should be able to get the proper training, they should be able to go to a school for it. It should be a more serious road, not just some joke.
T.O: We have veen talking about how there needs to be more of a concentration on the arts. Through education curriculum or as a constructive outlet. My question that just hit me is this: If there was to be an actual School of Rock, in your opinion who do you think should be the Headmaster, who should be essential professors in the School of Rock or School of Music?
H.M: Well I think I would make a great headmaster. (Hollis laughs) well you know, it’s like in that movie with Jack Black, I only saw it once, but I know the idea of it. He was a musician, he was trying to help the kids. I think other artists, need to be in the school. They can teach, they emotionally connect to people. Spiritual teachers can be in the school teaching. That’s a really cool question. T.O: Thank you. H.M: So yeah, I couldn’t think of one specific person, but I think just in general it needs to be people who know what other musicians are going through. Who better than other musicians?

T.O: I would say, if we could get back Bob Marley, I would put him there. Yes, and John Lennon. I think he would be really happy with that. I would even venture to say, that Elvis would be great. Stevie Ray Vaughan could easily teach how a great guitar riff can seduce somebody, because essentially music does that.
H.M: Yeah, yes it does, You know this is great, we need people like you Tony, who get it and to see what’s happening, it’s really great that you (Uncivil Revolt) are pushing artists that have a message and who want change for the better, it’s really awesome.! T.O: I, we appreciate that, and you know, that’s what it is all about. Essentially we are all in it together. It’s artists like yourself who put your heart and soul into the crafting of music, the harmony, the melody, the guitar riffs the drums. The power of it being able to cut through things like monotony, and the dullness of the 9-5, by reaching out amd making that connection. H.M: Yeah, absolutely, totally.

T.O: Speaking about connection, Explain to me a little bit about your Reconnection Movement. Tell me a little bit about the driving force behind it. Is it Hollis as a person, as an artist, or as a human with the knowledge that music can be a conduit for change? H.M: Well , I definitely think, the last one, for sure, because I think we are all really just here as souls trying to figure it out. The whole thing about the Reconnection Movement is that it centers on people, putting down your phone and other technology, that’s part of it. The main thing about the Reconnection Movement is the reconnection with yourself and working on yourself, and trying to grow as a person. We all make mistakes, we all have our egos, and all have our opposite goals. That’s human evolution and we are Here to grow, so I really think that’s what it is, it’s really a kind of self-help movement. It’s when we reconnect to ourselves that we can naturally better connect to others. Life is a journey, and whoever wants to hop on, great!
We can talk about things, we can talk about things that matter, things that we’re depressed about. It’s like a forum where we can speak the truth, the higher truth about topics that even other people don’t really even want to talk about. What’s really going on? Why are people really depressed? Why are people lonely, and why are people committing suicide? You know what I mean? So it’s a big way to promote reconnection to ourselves first so there can be that needed reconnection to other people.

T.O: That’s great, and I agree very much needed. Such a great movement, one you should be rather proud of! H.M: Thanks Tony, I knew by talking with you just tonight that you get it. T.O: It is a remarkable event, when through your own journey, meandering through your own life, you come across someone that is essentially, plucked from the same area of the universe as you. I know that sounds a little, I don’t know, but take it for what it is, but it’s a truth. H.M: Definitely it is true, and I hope to be someone that can help other people. With music reaching the large audience that it does. Really just helping people, because I’ve experienced ups and downs, experienced loneliness in my life, everyone has. Suffering is part of the human experience, but it’s not meant to be all pain and suffering, we are all here together, like I mentioned before. There are so many beautiful things in this world and life to enjoy. Things that help us grow, and growing is human.
The more important thing in my life besides my music is searching to undersrand myself, my soul and mind. My ego, and what it means, what that is telling me about me.

T.O: I think too it falls back on what is prioritized in our schools, the principles we are instilling in our youth of today. We need to teach that emotions are useful, and how to constructively express them. The expression of who you are is always going to be a right that should never go away.
H.M: Definitely, T.O: Express who you are! Not who you think you need to express to the world, in order to just fit into whatever mold is being handed to you. Being told to that mold is how you need to be, to fit in best, is crap. H.M: Yes, oh my God yes!, definitely It’s like, I remember when I was younger in school. You don’t have classes about how to deal with your emotions. Every human being deals with their emotions..or they don’t and they stay inside their own heads, they go crazy, because no one talks about it, how it should be talked about. We should have meditation classes, more focus on nutrition. Math and science is great, yes, because we need to function in the world, but where is the stuff on the emotional side of living and the world?
It’s really why we’re here, you know. I really hope that in a hundred years that curriculum in schools will have changed, and there will be classes about spiritual teachings, not religious, just spiritual stuff. I’m not hurtful towards any religion by any means, I’m just more spiritual, I want to be spiritual. It’s why I’m here, I’m always looking for deep meaning in things. I mean how do you not wonder why we are here? How do you not want to talk about it.? I hope this will be in schools, sooner than later. I hope that changes. T.O: I totally agree, Hollis, this has been fantastic, I’ve thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you! H.M: Same here, definitely same here! Thank you for all your thoughtful questions, you put a lot of thought into them, and I’ve really enjoyed it as well. I really hope we can do it again another time. I love to talk, so….
T.O: As do I, and I just have to say, you have got it spot on. You’re talented, your vibrant and energetic, you have a commanding stage presence.

I will say to everyone, check out Love Zombies album “Passion Fruit” it is coming out soon, so be on the look out for it. Look for the link here so you can preorder it. Please do so, you will NOT be disappointed, based on what I’ve heard already. I will also compell you to look up Hollis’ old stuff as well, witness her evolution as an artist. Check out the Reconnection Movement as well. It has been a pleasure to speak with you, and on behalf of all of us here at Uncivil Revolt, you keep bringing the noise, and we shall keep getting the word out there. H.M: Thank you so much! Thank you so much for your support Tony, it’s been awesome! T.O: Absolutely, and safe travels to you, while on tour.

Below you will first get a taste of some of the candid conversation before some of the questions. (Which, I will admit were predominantly “off the cuff”)

H.M: That’s the whole thing, I mean about the change coming, I think that if people just started to help each other, then people would not be so scared of being alone, you know what I mean? of surviving, if we helped each other more. You know they could leave the job they hate, everything is so survival mode
T.O: Yes it is the grind, the monotony that can get you, get a person jaded quick
H.M: Also, it is what could make people really depressed, and it becomes a cycle. People just think they’re depressed, but it’s alot of the circumstance. You know, they get put on pills, because they’re told they are depressed, when actually they are responding to the world. They are just sad. H.M: 1 out of 4 women, well it applies to men too, yet I’ve seen it stated 1 out of 4 women are on some sort of antidepressant, I think it has alot to do with circumstances. I know how it feels, I’ve had depression, everyone has at some point, and that’s why I’ve written what I wrote. Alot of it was my circumstances. I believe it’s become so easy to just throw a pill on top of everything, yet we must work on our inner souls, and figure things out, because that’s why we are here, ya know. We are here to learn, and grow as people, and have deep connections with other humans. That is the best thing on Earth, if you can find that.
T.O.: I think you’re exactly right, I think what it falls back onto is, is that we’ve been conditioned to become disenfranchised to the notion that we are, we can be our own heros.
H.M. Yeah. T.O. I think each person has a responsibility to themselves to get unplugged….to think for themselves, because ultimately we know what’s best for us, first and foremost. H.M. Yes! Oh my god, Yes We all are on a journey, we are spritual people, all different levels we come in on. And it is thought that we are so ignorant. It’s just gonna get to the point where there is nothing left
T.O : We have, in some senses strayed from the idea of having a symbiotic relationship with the World. Erath and fellow human animals, and become complacent in adopting and nurturing a parasitic relatiosnship.
H.M. yeah…Yeaaaahhhh!! That’s a good way to see it. Oh my god its so true.! You know I didn’t want to get angry over the matter, but this is why I will fight to use music as my platform as well, because there are people who are deliberately disconnecting us from ourselves, and it’s worse now then ever. You know why? Because of what we put into our bodies. Our minds, bodies and souls are connected, there is so much processed shit, and we are eating it. It is serving a process…to disconnect us from our souls, and even our third eyes. Our food and technology as well is just creating Zombies.
After explaining the nature of Uncivil Revolt ‘ s charitable endeavour, Hollis had this to say: Awe, that’s so awesome, I was just talking to my manger, to see if there were ideas for charity we can consider as well. There are so many that you want to help, but one of my big charities I would love to give to, is mental illness, the main one being for depression. I think that a lot of this whole world is very depressed, because people feel very lonely and disconnected. I think there should be more focus on money for natural cures for that, you know what I mean? Depression can be circumstantial, because alot of people don’t have the money to eat the best. Natural ingredients, organic, no additives none of the shit that effects the body in bad ways. But only the supper fucking wealthy can afford it. You know what I mean? We have to focus on all those things that we take in that lower our frequency, which leads to becoming depressed. The world is depressed because it is also screwed up, and nobody wants to talk about real stuff. I say, No! Let’s talk about it.
T.O. Right. We should empower one another by talking about it.
H.M. It could be so much better a world, if we just helped each other more. People get disconnected, because it’s what we’ve been programed to do. Then they get on medicine. I just want to help people get off medicine..and do it in other ways.

Love Zombies are a band from London England formed by songwriters Hollis Mahady and Davey Fitzsimon in late 2014.Their distinctive brand of power/pop/punk/new wave music has a strong 60’s/70’s influence combining punk attitude and messages with instantly memorable melodies and catchy chorus’s. Their energy, realness and rawness on stage, backed up by their strong songwriting abilities, dedication and determination to their craft, has earned them a dedicated group of followers known as the “Love Zombies Army”. Hollis’s intensity and performance on stage has been compared to a young Iggy Pop while her vocal range, in one phrase, can go from Courtney Love to Gwen Stefani. The band has performed throughout Europe at many festivals including Reading and Leeds, Download, Sonisphere, Groezrock, Live at Leeds, Dot to Dot, Camden Rocks, The Great Escape and The Warped Tour. They have opened for acts such as L7, The WildHearts, The Primitives, One OK Rock, Alkaline Trio, Bleachers, Rock Goddess, H.E.A.T, Crazytown, Me first and the Gimme Gimme’s among other’s and toured the UK with the legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers. They released their 3 track EP “Be Honest” in September of 2015 through Strange World Management which included two tracks “International Bug” and “Teleportation” produced by Ginger WildHeart and the title track Be Honest produced by Jason Perry. They also worked with renowned singer songwriter and producer Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds, Echo and the Bunny Men, The Coral) on the track “Sixteen Razors”, which has a planned future release.

Lead singer Hollis calls Love Zombies music high vibrational rock and roll and goes on to say that: “Love Zombies is more then a band to me. It is a life style choice. Choosing to live as a Love Zombie is waking up and choosing to try to live consciously on a daily basis from a place of love, empathy, compassion and respect for yourself and others. I try to incorporate these kind of important messages into our music in a fun, lighthearted and meaningful way.” Messages such as “Lighten Up” , “Awaken” and “Depression Won’t Win” are just some examples of slogans written across various types of clothing and items from their hand made DIY merchandise line Hollis developed. Passionfruit plans to be released to fans and pledgers in September of 2016 and will coincide with their Co-headline tour with Scottish rockers The Amorettes. The tour, to support both bands pledge funded albums, kicks of September 22, 2016 with dates across the UK selling quickly. Their London, homecoming show at the BlackHeart , SOLD OUT within the first week leading them to add a second show - Uncivil Revolt

"Love Zombies and The Amorettes at The Cluny in Newcastle, UK"

The Love Zombies and The Amorettes hit the road across the UK together on a co-headline tour of epic proportions.

The last time we saw the Love Zombies‘ Hollis J, she was fronting Hey Hello opening for The Wildhearts in 2015. However, after a short spell with Ginger Wildheart and company, Hollis returned to the fray with the Love Zombies to record their latest album, Passionfruit under the supervision of ex-Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures man, Alain Johannes.

As soon as the Love Zombies take the stage, they immediately grab your attention. Their high energy set of euphoric pop punk captivates the crowd who can hardly take their eyes of the band. Lead singer Hollis J has stage presence in abundance and connects with the room instantly.

The band deliver tracks like “Oblivion” and their only ballad “Lighten Up” from their latest offering alongside old favourites like the incredibly infectious “International Bug”. The Love Zombies finish their set with “Who The Fuck Are They?” and it almost feels as if they set is over too quick, the room left wanting more, they are sure to be a hit when their latest album gets a full release next year.

But now it’s time for The Amorettes who make a welcome return to the North East of England following their recent show in the city with The Treatment earlier this year. The band takes to the stage with all guns blazing and it doesn’t take long for the room to get hot and sweaty as the band launch into the hard rocking “Stealing Thunder” from their new album, White Hot Heat.

Old favourites like “Get What’s Comin'”, “Hot and Heavy” and “Bull By The Horns” from the band’s last album, Game On have the crowd hanging on every word. Although tonight is largely about the band’s latest record with as many as eight tracks from the album included in their set tonight.

With The Amorette’s newest material, it appears their sound has matured and evolved. Tracks like the fist pumping “Batter Up”, and the incredibly catchy “Man Meat” which features some nice backing vocals from Heather McKay, and the anthemic “White Russian Roulette” each stand out in the set.

The Amorettes don’t slow down the pace at any point. Gill Montgomery delivers some crunchy guitar riffs which are complimented perfectly by the pounding rhythm section of sisters Hannah (drums) and Heather McKay (bass). The band bring the night to a close with the epic “Eyes on the Prize” from their latest album.

Tonight the Newcastle rock fraternity witnessed two of the hottest up-and-coming bands and none left disappointed. - National Rock Review

"Love Zombies- Passionfruit Review"

Love Zombies are an international band which formed when American singer Hollis Mahady met New Zealander Davey Fitzsimon at a gig in London. Together they formed a band that can best be described as Blondie meets the Ramones.
Passionfruit is their debut album and was funded via a Pledgemusic campaign which quickly reached it’s target thanks to having built up a strong fanbase based on their live shows. Love Zombies are a great live band and went down very well at Download festival this year, but how are they on CD?

Well the answer is they’ve released a fantastic album. The songs are short (the longest is three and a half minutes, the shortest is just over two and a half) – like most singles used to be , and that’s a good way to think of the album – a collection of songs that could easily be singles. That short duration for each song means there’s no padding, all you get is songs stripped down to the bare essentials and that means they’re ridiculously catchy.

Check out the first single from the album – Birthday… - Planet Mosh

"A few moments with Hollis J of Love Zombies"

A Few Moments with Hollis Mahady of Love Zombies

Adam Kennedy 18-Oct-2016 Interviews, Rock, UK
Love Zombies have just completed a whirlwind UK co-headline tour with The Amorettes, and lead vocalist Hollis Mahady talks about that and more.

The Los Angeles-based Love Zombies recently released their debut album Passionfruit via a Pledge Music campaign. The album was produced by Allain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) and also features Allain’s former bandmate Joey Castillo on drums. Love Zombies will release the first single from their latest offering titled “Birthday” on October 28th. The album is pencilled in for a full release in 2017.

National Rock Review recently caught up with the band’s lead vocalist, Hollis Mahady whilst on tour in Newcastle to talk about Passionfruit, the challenges associated with using crowd-funding projects like Pledge Music, touring with Hey Hello! and the band’s plans for the future.

NRR: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us, we really appreciate it.
Hollis: Of course.
NRR: You’ve just handed me a copy of your new album Passionfruit. Could you tell us a little bit about the album and the inspiration behind it?
Hollis: Well first of all, it’s a Pledge album. So to everyone who raised the money, thank you pledgers. They really were awesome. Seriously it seems cheesy, but they made our whole dreams come true.
We were at a point where we didn’t know what we were going to do, because everything is so expensive to record and we were just broke. But people were still asking us, we want to buy your album, do you have an album? We were like we don’t and we don’t have any more money to record anything. We can do demos and stuff.
So we were like we will do a Pledge album, it wasn’t someone else’s idea, we were just like what a way to live, why not? It just totally surpassed our expectations, we hit over 100%, we got to 184%. You know so it was like woah. So because of that we were able to go and do our album.
Passionfruit, the name of the album comes from an analogy of this garden we’ve been growing for like flowers. Passionfruit is actually a flower, I didn’t even know that it was a fruit at first you know. You know the fruits of our labour, the whole just analogy, I’ve always felt like my whole life we’ve been waiting for this. It just takes so long, many years to find who you are as an artist and the band mates and then to find the money, so in that whole time, you are growing.
Fruits you can see them growing but they are just not ready, you know it’s like I’m so fucking hungry, it’s like a ripe banana it’s still green it’s not gonna taste good but it’s getting there, so that’s kind of the whole thing with Passionfruit.
NRR: Obviously you mentioned there about the Pledge campaign. Would you choose that method of crowd-funding again for future projects do you think?
Hollis: You know, yeah I might, I really enjoyed doing it. I would say it was a little bit tricky because during the process we were in the UK and moved back to America, so I learned a lot, I would maybe do it again. It’s just the shipping, you learn as you go like some things are not worth it.
Actually, our CDs as we speak are being held at customs, we might have to pay tax. The Pledge offers were really good, and it really ran smoothly, then all of these other things happened. It’s really fulfilling to do it like that. I mean just having fans pay for it and you get to be creative. I make a lot of the merchandise, so I was really really busy with it, but it was doing what I love. I would do it again, it was a lot of work but I would do it again.
NRR: For those who didn’t Pledge (shame on them) when and how can everybody else get their hands on the album?
Hollis: Yes, because the Pledge is down right now. Really at the moment to come out to one of these shows on the tour, we have physical CDs. All of the Pledgers have the downloads, their CDs are trapped in the mail, but we will get them. We are going to be re-releasing it for real. We are working on who is going to distribute it and put it out and that’s going to be in 2017.

So until then “Birthday” is our single and that’s out and they can go on TuneCore, we are setting that up, I don’t know if it’s setup yet, but they can buy the single. So really this album was just for the pledgers because it turned out a lot better than we thought there are some people who are really excited about it, we want to do a proper release. So really they have to come out to a show, it’s the only way they are going to get it.
NRR: I read that Allain Johannes produced the album as well, who is very cool I’m a big fan of his work with Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. I was just wondering what was it like working with Allain and what did he bring to the table?
Hollis: It was awesome, he brought so much, he’s an amazing guitar player. He really just got us. I think that’s why he agreed to do it, because he heard we are pretty raw. He’s kind of a grungey guy, he brought in Joey from Queens of the Stone Age to play drums, Joey Castillo.
NRR: He’s one of my favourite drummers.
Hollis: Did you know he’s on the there?
NRR: No. He’s so powerful if you listen to the Queens of the Stone Age stuff, it’s almost as if he comes through the drum kit, it’s so powerful.
Hollis: Totally, everyone who hears it says wow good drummer. We are like that’s Joey Castillo on our album. Yeah, so Allain brought him in, he said I know the perfect person for this and we were like great, awesome. He just kept it really raw.
Myself and Davy sing our vocals together, he’s not the kind that really uses auto-tune or program stuff, it was all very real. It was a good choice.
NRR: What’s your favourite track off the album and why?
Hollis: One of my favourite songs is “Backwords World”, I always go to it. It’s just different, I really love the lyrics and it’s one of the songs that I just feel so strongly about right now, that in the world that there are a lot of things backwards, but I don’t know if it’s always been like that I’ve only been alive how many years. I just think things are going south, I don’t know I’m trying to be positive but it’s not, and it’s saying it’s ok you don’t have to hurry along, it’s ok. You will hear the song and so that’s probably why, and Allain he did a really cool instrumental in the middle.
NRR: So the band was formed by yourself and Davy in 2014. The rest of the guys that you’ve got with you are they all new as well?
Hollis: The only new one is Rex, he’s the guitarist. In the very beginning Love Zombies, it’s like that with any band, you kind of have to try people and see who works. Some people their personalities don’t work or their work ethic wasn’t right, it just didn’t work.
So with the second lineup, we still have the same drummer and the same bass player as last year and the last couple of tours. So the only new person is Rex.
NRR: Are you currently based in L.A. or in London or are you splitting your time between them both?
Hollis: We are kind of in both right now. I had to go back because mainly my visa did run out and like anything it’s money and that kind of stuff. So I had to go back and I could only take Davy really with me.
So we are kind of back and forth, I’m pretty much based over there more permanently. But right now people don’t even know us in America yet. Hopefully, we will become both a UK and U.S. band.
NRR: The last time I saw you play in Newcastle you were fronting Hey Hello! opening for The Wildhearts. I was just wondering what was that experience like and I know you left the band pretty suddenly, what was your reason for leaving the band?
Hollis: It was good, I mean Hey Hello! was an amazing experience. I don’t think a lot of people maybe realised that I had started Love Zombies and we had two years of a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it before Ginger came along with the big Cadillac of things.
I’m here with my band still so, I tried to make it work, and there was a time where I was ready and willing to go and put Love Zombies on the back burner for a little bit. I was willing to do that and then I made a lot of sacrifices. We went to Japan and we had a whole tour booked and you know there were things happening and he had to cancel it and because that happened there were things that happened to me, I had to go home.
There’s a lot behind the stories that you don’t see and I don’t want to really comment too much about what people write in the press and things that aren’t true and stuff. I like to just leave it at it was a great experience and I still have a lot of respect for Ginger. I had a great time with the band. I think they were awesome people and they are awesome musicians. Even as things turned out how they did I wouldn’t trade any of it because it brought us here.
The thing is I started Love Zombies and my heart was there and it always has been and I tried to do both. I kind of wish I could have cloned myself because they really wanted 100% of me and I just couldn’t. My heart was still …even though things were kind of falling apart with Love Zombies and we didn’t have the money, we didn’t have the support, we didn’t have the record label I couldn’t leave my baby behind. They deserved someone who could be full-time and I couldn’t live here either so it was tough.
NRR: I noticed you were also doing some stripped back shows in Hollywood what was that like? Did you have to rework the songs to perform them in that kind of environment?
Hollis: It’s weird because we have so many of the songs that you don’t hear on here. Davy and I, we write so much, we are always writing and I play the piano as well. So to do acoustic things we just played a lot of the songs that aren’t even on the album, that work better acoustically with some piano.
It’s different but it kind of translates some of them and then the other ones that didn’t translate we didn’t play them. We just said let’s try this song we have, a new song called “Two Sides”. We did a pledge album for some of the people who pledged they bought songs and we did some of those. So it’s totally different but I enjoy it as well. So it’s better, you really hear the words and you can hear the songs and experience with the band it’s kind of like a big frantic thing.
NRR: So what else do you have in store for the rest of this year and into 2017?
Hollis: So what we are deciding now is like kind of a proper plan for Love Zombies. Like the last three years were kind of leading up to this I think. Like I said, this was just released to the pledgers, because people are really happy with it and they want to give it a good release, like a proper way, they have plans so the album will see the light of day, so we are just kind of seeing that.
We are going to do some videos, we are going to record a live video “Birthday” at the London show. We are going to put some singles out on the radio and stuff and hopefully just more touring. We are really just looking to keep playing now that we have the album in the UK and in the US, so we want to just keep going and going live.
NRR: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us we really appreciate it.
Hollis: No problem.
The Love Zombies latest single, “Birthday”, is available for preorder on Amazon, and due out 28 October. - National Rock Review

"Love Zombies – Download Festival -review 2015"

Back in March I made the trek from the South Coast of England all the way to Glasgow to see the punk legends Stiff Little Fingers. The gig at Glasgow Barrowlands is legendary and I had been looking forward to it for months.

Support band for the evening was the Love Zombies. A fellow SLF fan told me that he had seen the Love Zombies on a couple of occasions and really liked them. He described them as high energy and full of fun. I have to be honest, on that evening I wasn’t terribly impressed. Now to be fair I wasn’t all that impressed with Stiff Little Fingers either. The following evening I saw the Mahones and Dropkick Murphys in the same venue and wasn’t impressed with them either.

The reason was simple. The sound in Glasgow Barrowlands was the worst I have ever heard in any major concert venue. It was dire, the mix was muddy, the vocals lost and the distortion was appalling. I don’t know who the sound engineer was but he or she must have had mud in their ears. The sound totally ruined what should have been two fabulous nights of high quality entertainment.

When I saw that Love Zombies were playing at Download I was keen to check them out again in a different environment. What a difference it was! I thought the sound at Download was brilliant all weekend and I loved the lineup on Jakes stage.

Download Love Zombies-7

From the moment Love Zombies hit the stage it was clear that they were gonna have fun. Vocalist Hollis is a bundle of energy who charges around the stage like a Tasmanian Dust Devil. In many ways she reminds me of Cyndi Lauper who she cites as an influence. Hollis performs in that same wacky, outlandish and slightly weird way that Lauper did and she brings the same sense of fun.

Love Zombies play that same kind of powerful pop punk too. Whilst there is no doubt that Hollis provides a great focus for Love Zombies the contribution of the band should not be underestimated. Like any punk band worth it’s salt thumping drum rolls and a pulsing bass line are the heart of the sound. Chuck in two guitars playing catchy riffs and hook laden choruses, add a sprinkle of fun and a dash of crazy and you have the formula for good old fashioned punk fun.

Love Zombies grabbed the crowd from the off and had the opportunity to showcase their latest 3 song EP “Be Honest”. Sadly they only had time for six or seven songs in their 25 minute set but man it was good whilst it lasted.

The band line-up now looks to be settled and with Hollis’s energy and the support from the rest of the band it won’t be long before Love Zombies move from support slots with the likes of SLF and L7 to headlining their own tours. They are certainly made from the right stuff.

Love Zombies Be Honest EP is available here. They are on Facebook and tweet as @LoveZombiesband - Sounds of Summer

"Love Zombies- Be Honest Single Review"

The Love Zombies' new single, "Be Honest", recalls 60's girl group fun poppy energy, mixed with some old school UK punk scene power, and a vibe that's reminiscent of Tragic Kingdom era No Doubt mixed with Blondie. The five piece, London based band is set to become another big thing to come out of the UK, their current tour opening for Stiff Little Fingers could definitely help that along. The band deserves it too, they deliver a song that could easily conquer Top 40 radio while keeping their indie/up and coming/underground charm and appeal. Pardon the hipsterish following statement, but this reviewer has been saying Love Zombies' vocalist, Hollis, would get there for years as I've followed her career as a friend and journalist (sometimes employee in the early days) since her first original band; namesake Hollis. In fact, if not for Hollis and Mike P, bass player for Hollis and now part of TLR's own Team Hyena, I probably wouldn't have started Tastes Like Rock. Nostalgia aside, keep your eyes and ears on Love Zombies, check out their video for "Be Honest" here on TLR in the music video section before it's cycled out. Love Zombies are infectious, and once you've heard them you won't want a cure. - Tastes like Rock


On August 18th

Love Zombies release their debut EP ‘Be Honest’, an explosion of sonic goodness.

Led by the force of nature that is Hollis J, Love Zombies are an infectious power pop band, combining California sunshine with London punk and the Be Honest EP perfectly encapsulates this exciting new sound.

The sassy Hollis explains the lead track on the three song EP, Be Honest produced by Jason Perry is “about being honest. Being honest in life in general…No one likes to be lied to, tricked, cheated on”

Describing themselves as 2015 New Wave, Love Zombies head-spinning musical style may be uplifting and fun but the messages and themes in their songs are tied into a lot of the seriousness of what’s going on in the world today.

Indulge now in the video for the brilliant ‘Be Honest’, a the tale of revenge ….

Along with the title track the Be Honest EP features two songs written by the band and produced by Ginger Wildheart : the anthemic International Bug and the franticly direct Teleportation.

The London-based Love Zombies, recently called ‘oddball vaudeville punks’ have just played Camden Rocks and Download, toured with Stiff Little Fingers and L7 and will no doubt charm you.

To purchase Be Honest EP go to

Be Honest EP track listing

01 Be Honest.

02 International Bug.

03 Teleportation. - Circuit Sweet

"'L7, Black Moth, Love Zombies' 'Live at the Electric Ballroom Camden'"

Our Rating:
Yes L7 are back for a reunion tour with the bands classic line-up as original drummer Roy Koutsky never got the call and let's face it most fans if asked to name L7's original drummer would just say Dee Plakas anyway. Having been a fan since that night in 1988 I guess when John Peel played the incredible Bloodstains for the first time and then having to wait 2 years to actually see them live and every time I asked for the bands records in shops getting blank looks until I finally found the debut album and soon after it Smell The Magic came out and suddenly everyone seemed to know who they were it was a big deal to me hearing they were back with us again.

Over the bands original run I think I saw almost every headlining London show they played from the first one at the Bull & Gate with Teenage Fanclub through to the rather sad last one at the Mean Fiddler or LA2 whatever it was called at the time to a half full club so the news that this show sold out in under an hour was great to hear.

We got in just before Love Zombies came on stage to open the night and I'm glad we did as they were great fun with a singer who seems to be a cross between Cindy Lauper and Pat Benetar but with a dash or two of Lene Lovich and Dinah Cancer they were just mad enough and with good catchy songs the highlights of me being the song about never wanting to see you again that was one of the songs that had a Keytar solo on it I think.

They seemed to be having loads of fun and made most of the people who showed up early smile and the two songs they finished with Gasoline and Birthday certainly need to be heard by a good sized audience. I want to see them play again even if it's as a support act as they are a good fun opener.

Next on were Black Moth who were an altogether different prospect who had pretty much given us the breadth of their act before the singer had even opened her mouth on the first song as they started as they meant to go on as a full on very down tuned doomy sludge metal band whose main twist is having a female singer who sounds a bit like Grace Slick on a boat load of downers. They would have been the perfect opening act when Megadeth played at the Electric Ballroom a couple of years ago but were just too down tuned and sludgy for L7.

The longer Black Moth's set went on the more boring they became and not even a couple of quite incredible guitar solos could lift the torpor they wanted to envelop the Ballroom in as the solos were so low slung as to barely lift them off the ground it was more of a relief than anything when there set ended to a smattering of applause and finally the lights went back up from the gloomy smoke and lights they played under. I spoke to a few people afterwards and everyone said they were bored by Black Moth so only go see them if you really like dark sludge.

Still no one was here for the supports and soon enough the place went totally nuts when Suzi Gardner, Dee Plakas, Jennifer Finch and Donita Sparks came on and tried to make themselves heard over the deafening cheers as they opened with Deathwish as they sounded every bit as good as they did back in the glory years and the entire Ballroom went nuts. Just like the old days they didn't pause for breath before going into Andres that seemed to have almost everyone singing the chorus at them.

Everglade got a massive response and sounded just great but it was the reception the place gave Monster that forced us to move a bit further back as this was the most hectic crowd I've been in since busting my shoulder but being a bit further back didn't matter as the sound was spot on as was just how full on was the performance they all looked like they couldn't believe how much the bands legend has increased in the 18 years since the classic line-up last played London.

As it ever was the interplay between the band and audience was great and just hearing that riff that opens Scrap again put a big grin on my face as I stood marveling at how great they sounded and looked. Fuel My Fire was pretty much the only song in the set I wouldn't have chosen to hear but then I'd have wanted at least one song from the debut album even if they never really played any of that first time round either!!

Still we didn't have to wait long for another hit to come along with a storming version of Diet Pill that was followed by Right On Thru sounded every bit like the sonic rollercoaster it's always been. Freak Magnet just piled on the riffs and kept up the pace of this fast set that seemed to be going past in a blur I think it was also when someone in front of us sparked up a spliff and got thrown out less than 30 seconds later, now in the old days that would have been me only no one ever got thrown out for doing that back then!

One More Thing had plenty of people chanting along to it as those riffs and Dee's drums pummeled into our minds before they played I Need which was the only song from The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum to make it into the set and it sounded pretty damn great too before they launched into Slide to make sure we got to hear almost all of Bricks Are Heavy.

As you'd expect Shove got the biggest pit of the evening as they place went properly mental for it and they then told us all once more about Mr Integrity and let's face it Integrity was always one of the things L7 had in spades and still do which could only mean it was time to close the set with a barnstorming sprint through Shitlist a song that seems more relevant with every passing year as the list of folks who deserve to be on said Shitlist just grows and grows.

Of course they came back for an encore even if the Ballroom didn't go anywhere near as nuts as it should have done. We were all soon enough drowning in American Society once more and again it seems to get more and more relevant as time goes on. Then as it should be we got the bands Biggest hit in the encore with a great version of Pretend We're Dead before they wrapped things up with the always brilliant Fast & Frightening a song that had been a highlight of that first headlining London show at the Bull & Gate all those years ago.

So glad that they realized how much we all missed them and that they are back sounding every bit as good as they ever did sadly unlike in the old days I didn't get to go to the after party as they always used to throw amazing ones no matter how messy they would get. Still if you get the chance to see this re-union and are a fan you will not be disappointed. - Whisper and Hollerin

"Love Zombies Reveal New Single “Birthday” Out October 28th"

Love Zombies have announced the release of their playful power-pop anthem “Birthday” which will be released on October 28th, and is taken from their forthcoming debut album Passionfruit which is due for release early next year.

The new single comes after the roaring success of their September co-headline tour with The Amorettes to coincide with the success of their recent pledge campaigns. The tour finished with two sold-out London shows; the first at the Black Heart sold out within a week of announcement, so a second at The Islington was later added.Formed by songwriters Hollis Mahady and Davey Fitzsimon, Love Zombies create a distinctive brand of pop, punk and new wave with a strong 60’s/70’s influence channeling the likes of Blondie and The Ramones.
Lead singer Hollis calls Love Zombies’ music high vibrational rock and roll and goes on to say that, “Love Zombies is more than a band to me. It’s a lifestyle choice. Choosing to live as a Love Zombie is waking up and choosing to try to live consciously on a daily basis from a place of love, empathy, compassion and respect for yourself and others. I try to incorporate these kind of important messages into our music in a fun, lighthearted and meaningful way.”

Hollis and Davey’s songs caught the attention of legendary producer Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Jimmy Eat World, Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Eleven) and saw the pair fly out to Los Angeles to record the album bringing in the help of Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Zakk Wylde, Eagles Of Death Metal) on drums.

With unforgettable melodies and catchy choruses, their energy, rawness and authenticity on stage has earnt them a formidable reputation and has seen them perform throughout Europe at many festivals including Reading and Leeds, Download, Groezrock, and The Warped Tour. Hollis’s intensity and performance on stage has been compared to a young Iggy Pop while her vocal range, in one phrase, can go from Courtney Love to Gwen Stefani. They have opened for acts such as L7, The Primitives, One OK Rock, Alkaline Trio, The WildHearts, H.E.A.T, Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s among others and toured the UK with the legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers.

Backed up by their strong songwriting abilities, dedication and determination to their craft, Love Zombies have earned a dedicated group of followers known as the ‘Love Zombies Army’, which is evident in their Pledge Music campaign that soared to 200%. - I'm Music Magazine

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You can't escape the feeling that tLove Zombies are going to be very big very soon .... - Pure Rawk


Still working on that hot first release.



American Singer Hollis J and British guitarist Davey Fitzsimon have fused their songwriting styles, influences and personalities together to create Love Zombies: A modern day PowerPop-punk band that combines aggressive power with sweet melodies. With a "don't give a fu*k attitude" similar to bands like The Runaways- Love Zombies give nods to some of their favorite eras of music on their debut album--like the late 70's New York City CBGB's and English Glam Rock scenes. The Ramones and Blondie are obvious comparisons that come to mind when describing the band - while their name has also been used in the same sentences as bands like No Doubt, The Dollyrots,Transvision Vamp, Hanoi Rocks, The primitives and The Sweet. A hardworking and truly DIY independent band-both their debut album Passionfruit and their follow up album No Slow Songs recorded live at Abbey Road (not yet released) were 100% crowd-funded by their fans.

As one reviewer from Music Lover News put it "Love Zombies make Rock Music fun. After listening to their latest album Passionfruit I just felt happier. One of the things I especially like about this band are the lyrics. Creative. Original. MEANINGFUL. The high intense energy from Love Zombies is something that really embodies rock n roll". Their debut album Passionfruit gives your inner child a chance to come out and play and leaves you with a buzz as tasty and sugary sweet as a bag of pop rocks.

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