Raised On Zenith

Raised On Zenith


After over two years of local shows and a fan gathering in the hundreds, Raised On Zenith is the next great band to come out of Chicago. Wailing out indie alternative rock with an original edge, Raised on Zenith never fails to raise a crowd.


Best described as a musical phenomenon that is a beautifully strange amalgamation of Eastern European punk rock, American "alternative", and British Manchester-Pop, Raised on Zenith is like nothing you"ve ever heard. Calling themselves “honest and melodic, and harboring a unique element of European musicality in their lead singer, the band is sure to impress.

Born and raised in the Ukraine, Zhenia Koval found Chicago by way of Lincoln, Nebraska in 1994. Fortunately for Chicago, he immersed himself in the local music scene as a solo act, going under his first name, Zhenia. It was during this time he met Derrick Whitlatch, another young guitar player and songwriter also looking to break into Chicago music. As Koval and Whitlatch spent more time writing music, a vision for a new musical combination formed – one which included more than a two man ensemble. They wanted to capture the independent beauty of Zhenia's solo project and broaden its spectrum with the addition of a bass player and drummer who would share the same vision. After searching popular venues for Chicago's finest musicians, the duo found what they were looking for in drummer Steve Dobkowski and bassist Dave Tantillo.

The final combination produced a sound unlike that of any other band in Chicago. The band lists their influences as Russian groups, Kino and Aucion, grunge legend Nirvana, and the infamous David Bowie. Certain aspects of the music have slight remnants of another Chicago legend, The Smashing Pumpkins, there are hints of Weezer chords, and elements of Cursive can be heard throughout the music, making Raised on Zenith's sound an eclectically mixed masterpiece unlike any other in Chicago.

For Raised on Zenith, the future is open and success is imminent. Don't miss the next great thing to come out of Chicago.


-2002 Insane (EP)
-2003 Looking at the sky (EP)
-2004 Black Hole (single)
-**Raised on Zenith will be releasing their first full-length album "Not Always So" on WC Records this March.

Set List

Raised On Zenith's typical set lasts from 45 min. to 1 hr, 15 min.

Sample Set List:
- Stand by the Door
- Looking at the Sky
- Blackhole
- Insane
- Sitting Around
- Should I be Clueless
- You Found Out
- Tuchi
- Lost You
- Pull Me