Zac Brown
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Zac Brown

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
Band Alternative Pop




"Zac Brown: Hooch"

Zac Brown & Ocho – Hooch (Monsanto Recordings)
Another album by the prolific Zac Brown, “Hooch” finds Brown and his compadres (Yonat Mayer - vocals, Jesse Sheehan - guitar, saxophone, keys and tabla, Dan Ford – drums, Max Ramey - bass) exploring West Coast psychedelia, but with a distinctly grunge-pop vibe.

Like reading “Ulysses” through muslin shades, nothing is altogether clear, but everything is possible – and so it is with “Hooch”. Songwriter Brown takes us on a journey through a particular form of pop music, and there’s no denying that this collection, 7 tracks in 37 minutes, is pop music. There’s always a strong sense of melody and an abundance of hooks to hang your hat on, but nothing is too obvious. It’s an album to live with and take your time over, though if said commodity is limited, be sure to check the hazy sweep of opener “Holy Oly”, or the resolute jangle of the equally well-named “Halle Bop Bop”. However, only repeated listens brings out the record’s nuances, and every fresh spin impales it a little further into your subconscious - just like great pop music should.
Rob F. - Leicester Bangs


Zac Brown, Zac Brown with Alpine
Zac Brown, OCHO
Zac Brown, Nite Traxx
Zac Brown, Ride the Sick Horse
Zac Brown, Do What You're Supposed to Do
Zac Brown, Portofino
Zac Brown, Red Jesus -2011
Ocho, Hell Yes
Ocho, Huh?
Ocho, Hooch - 2011



Born in Oklahoma, Zac Brown has been making music since 2000 both under his own name and as the ALIAS OCHO, creating a dozen retail releases and several free collections in that incredibly special time. Zac has lived and played in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and San Francisco and toured Europe and the great Midwest. OCHO is a psych pop power trio that was originally formed in Brooklyn and has evolved as Zac's touring and recording unit for his more traditional 'rock band' material. Solo shows revolve around computers pedals guitar voice and harmonica. Coming to see Zac perform you have a chance to see anything from experimental electronica to weepy country waltzes. Listening to the Zac Brown's "red jesus' cd and "hooch" (both released this year) easily demonstrates the variety of influences that gave rise to this genre defying uber-fir.