Zachary James & The All Seeing Eyes
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Zachary James & The All Seeing Eyes

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The hippie trippy guitar player will lead his omniscient orbs to the delight of all hearing ears when Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes continue their Wednesday night residency at Sans Souci in Ventura. Supplying the early opening energy will be Pep Talk.
When and if long hair comes back, James will be like a rock god. For now, he gets to play classic rock-sounding songs that seem like they could be emanating from a garage somewhere near the Sunset Strip in 1966, but, in fact, are new and improved for the new millennium.
Once upon a time, the band was the All Seeing Eyes, but James promoted himself to top billing. Before that, he was in a band called the Thunder Boys. For now, the Eyes have it and you can, too. They have a new album due out in January. And on Wednesdays in Ventura, it's all about staying up late, rocking and rolling.
James discussed the latest during a recent phone interview.
All right, Zach, so how's the All Seeing Eyes biz? Are you guys rich rock stars?
It's a process, but it's going good. We have a full-length coming out in mid-January, so that'll be the first official release of Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes.
And there's that vinyl thing.
Yeah, as far as the All Seeing Eyes, there's a 12-inch, self-released, that also came with a CD — and that's the only thing I released as the All Seeing Eyes so far. This will be the second official release. I don't have an exact date yet, but I'm shooting for mid-January.
What's the deal with your December residency in Ventura at Sans Souci. Why that place?
Well, actually they approached us. I hadn't played there before — it's the first time, so I'm really excited. It's always nice to play in all the different scenes — all the different clubs in Ventura and different sets of people. They asked us about doing a residency and we thought it would be a great idea. The money we make, hopefully, we'll use to take a couple of trips up north to San Francisco and Seattle.
Have you been to the venue when you were not playing?
Yeah, I have — it's awesome. People there are super nice.
How often does the band play, besides this gig?
One or two times a week. We try to rotate L.A. and Ventura as much as possible.
Who are the often-seen fans who go to see the All Seeing Eyes?
I have some carry-over fans from my old band, the Thunder Boys, as well as old punk rock kids.
What does the band sound like?
I would say it's a mix. I was raised on punk rock, so it's got some punk rock influences, and I'm a big glam rock fan and I love '50s music. So it's like '50s old rock 'n' roll, which I believe is the original punk rock, and I try to modernize it as much as I can with the production and make it accessible to people now because everyone's ears change. You gotta keep up with the times so they want to listen to it.
What's it like playing for a bunch of drunk people?
Good and bad — no, it's great. The later you play, the more drunk they are and the more they like it.
You have ably described the bar dynamic, my friend. How many All Seeing Eyes songs are there? Could you guys play longer than the Grateful Dead?
Well, there's about two albums' worth of songs, and when we play a set, we usually play 30 to 45 minutes with 45 being ideal — or about 10 songs.
So, when long hair comes back, you'll be like a god?
I'm hoping so. I'm waiting.
Who knocks you out as a guitar player?
Ronnie Wood is a big influence for sure. I like Elvis Costello as well. If you watch him live, you can tell his body, his mind and his guitar are all connected — it's just like they are one.
Who are the boys in the band?
Me, playing guitar and singing; Robin Ryder, playing drums; Aaron Johnson, who is from Le Meu Le Purr; and Alexandra Starlight — she's playing keyboards and singing as well.
Any extra-nutty gigs yet?
I don't want to name names, but I've had a few of those and been in really strange situations with people I'm working with at venues — like loading situations where you bring your gear up massive flights of stairs — but nothing too bad. Most gigs are fun and you get something out of it. You get a new fan, so every gig is a good gig.
What's your take on the local scene? What does it need?
Ventura's great. I love Ventura. Ventura's got, like, the best music scene anywhere. Everyone is so great, so receptive — they're always so into it.
Have you played everywhere? The Red Cove?
I haven't played the Red Cove. Bombay is a definite favorite — everyone there's like family. Billy O's is awesome, too. We used to play the Loft when it was still around. We played the Ventura Theater, pretty much everywhere exce - VC Star


The hippie trippy guitar player will lead his omniscient orbs to the delight of all hearing ears when Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes continue their Wednesday night residency at Sans Souci in Ventura. Supplying the early opening energy will be Pep Talk.
When and if long hair comes back, James will be like a rock god. For now, he gets to play classic rock-sounding songs that seem like they could be emanating from a garage somewhere near the Sunset Strip in 1966, but, in fact, are new and improved for the new millennium.
Once upon a time, the band was the All Seeing Eyes, but James promoted himself to top billing. Before that, he was in a band called the Thunder Boys. For now, the Eyes have it and you can, too. They have a new album due out in January. And on Wednesdays in Ventura, it's all about staying up late, rocking and rolling.
James discussed the latest during a recent phone interview.
All right, Zach, so how's the All Seeing Eyes biz? Are you guys rich rock stars?
It's a process, but it's going good. We have a full-length coming out in mid-January, so that'll be the first official release of Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes.
And there's that vinyl thing.
Yeah, as far as the All Seeing Eyes, there's a 12-inch, self-released, that also came with a CD — and that's the only thing I released as the All Seeing Eyes so far. This will be the second official release. I don't have an exact date yet, but I'm shooting for mid-January.
What's the deal with your December residency in Ventura at Sans Souci. Why that place?
Well, actually they approached us. I hadn't played there before — it's the first time, so I'm really excited. It's always nice to play in all the different scenes — all the different clubs in Ventura and different sets of people. They asked us about doing a residency and we thought it would be a great idea. The money we make, hopefully, we'll use to take a couple of trips up north to San Francisco and Seattle.
Have you been to the venue when you were not playing?
Yeah, I have — it's awesome. People there are super nice.
How often does the band play, besides this gig?
One or two times a week. We try to rotate L.A. and Ventura as much as possible.
Who are the often-seen fans who go to see the All Seeing Eyes?
I have some carry-over fans from my old band, the Thunder Boys, as well as old punk rock kids.
What does the band sound like?
I would say it's a mix. I was raised on punk rock, so it's got some punk rock influences, and I'm a big glam rock fan and I love '50s music. So it's like '50s old rock 'n' roll, which I believe is the original punk rock, and I try to modernize it as much as I can with the production and make it accessible to people now because everyone's ears change. You gotta keep up with the times so they want to listen to it.
What's it like playing for a bunch of drunk people?
Good and bad — no, it's great. The later you play, the more drunk they are and the more they like it.
You have ably described the bar dynamic, my friend. How many All Seeing Eyes songs are there? Could you guys play longer than the Grateful Dead?
Well, there's about two albums' worth of songs, and when we play a set, we usually play 30 to 45 minutes with 45 being ideal — or about 10 songs.
So, when long hair comes back, you'll be like a god?
I'm hoping so. I'm waiting.
Who knocks you out as a guitar player?
Ronnie Wood is a big influence for sure. I like Elvis Costello as well. If you watch him live, you can tell his body, his mind and his guitar are all connected — it's just like they are one.
Who are the boys in the band?
Me, playing guitar and singing; Robin Ryder, playing drums; Aaron Johnson, who is from Le Meu Le Purr; and Alexandra Starlight — she's playing keyboards and singing as well.
Any extra-nutty gigs yet?
I don't want to name names, but I've had a few of those and been in really strange situations with people I'm working with at venues — like loading situations where you bring your gear up massive flights of stairs — but nothing too bad. Most gigs are fun and you get something out of it. You get a new fan, so every gig is a good gig.
What's your take on the local scene? What does it need?
Ventura's great. I love Ventura. Ventura's got, like, the best music scene anywhere. Everyone is so great, so receptive — they're always so into it.
Have you played everywhere? The Red Cove?
I haven't played the Red Cove. Bombay is a definite favorite — everyone there's like family. Billy O's is awesome, too. We used to play the Loft when it was still around. We played the Ventura Theater, pretty much everywhere except for the Red Cove and the Sans Souci, but that'll change. Oh, the Good Bar's great, too. One of these days, I'd love to play the Red Cove.
The local scene may be gre - VC Star


See link - PORK Magazine


Zachary James & The All Seeing Eyes have launched a Kickstarter to fund their sophomore release “SPACE CASE,” a new full length album drenched in James’ signature brand of infectious hooks and cosmic rock ‘n’ roll, on a never-before pressed limited edition vinyl.

Inspired by the glam-rock possibilities of space and alien-rockers (ala Ziggy Stardust), James is taking the interstellar themes within the record to a bold new frontier. The record will be pressed on GALAXY themed vinyl for the 12” LP.

Swirled with black, blue, white, purple, and pink vinyl, and dusted with silver glitter resembling stars, each record forms a microcosmic galaxy you can spin on a turntable or hang on the wall as a unique, hand-signed piece of art!

Every record also comes with a double-sided, 12 x 24” poster print of original artwork by Alexandra Starlight. Because each record is completely hand-crafted, every record in the series is a unique GALAXY.


Zachary James is asking for a budget of $2,500 to put the special edition GALAXY record into production and is aiming for a goal of $5,000 to cover the costs of black vinyl and CDs as well.

The new full length LP is a concept album containing 9 brand new tracks, revolving around the themes of “what lies beyond” every day reality and perception—space, spectres, and the supernatural—all tied together with a playful, synth-infused glam-rock twist on classic rock ‘n’ roll.

Space Case also includes a duet with Alexandra Starlight of Alexandra & The Starlight Band, “My Planet is Red (My Planet is Blue).” Zachary James is giving away a live, acoustic version of the song on his Kickstarter as an exclusive download and sneak peek to backers.

To pledge to Zachary James’ Kickstarter, visit the Kickstarter page!
- The Vinyl District


Zachary James CD release partyIf he really were optically omniscient, he probably could see that fiver in your pocket. And he wants it. Zachary James and his band, the All Seeing Eyes, are having a release party for their latest CD, "Space Case," on Saturday night at the Bombay Bar & Grill in Ventura. The cover charge for the all-ages show is, of course, $5.

James is issuing "Space Case" on compact disc and on vinyl — surreal vinyl.

"We're doing a CD and then we're pressing 250 of a limited-edition, galaxy swirl 12-inch," James said. "It's gonna be a five-color galaxy swirl vinyl sprinkled with silver glitter so it'll look like the Milky Way. It's never been made before."

No matter what edition you snag, don't expect to hear a bunch of soulful ballads or any pop-punk love songs.

"Well, musically, it's definitely a departure from before," James said. "It's got a lot more glam rock influences. I've been trying to incorporate more synthesizers and modern production to make it more sonically accessible to people these days. I'm trying to incorporate classic songwriting with modernized production. That kind of gives it that spacey sound. (You'll hear) a lot of Electric Light Orchestra. Jeff Lynne was a big influence."

The girlfriend-in-the-band scenario seems to be working out, as is the boyfriend-in-the-band scenario. Alexandra Starlight is James' significant other as well as the keyboard player in the All Seeing Eyes. James is the guitar player for Alexandra & the Starlight Band.

"It's great. It's great," James said. "There's actually a duet on the record, 'My Planet Is Red — Your Planet Is Blue.' We sang and wrote together and we just recorded a Christmas single to be released at another show on the 15th at the Bombay."James and the All Seeing Eyes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bombay, 143 California St., Ventura. Massenger will open the show. Admission is $5. Call 643-1043 for information. James' website is http://www.zacharyjamesband.com. - VC Star


Who are you?

The title track from The Who’s 1978 release.

Who are you wearing?

A skin suit of a kid named Zachary James!

Do you wear womens’ underwear?

Haha. No, but I have in the past. I was at a party once, got wasted and went swimming in my underwear. Instead of just rocking my jeans I ended up with a pair of girls’ underwear on. Not the most comfortable thing. Ha!

Favorite T. Rex song?

I actually don’t have a single favorite of anything but It’s a close tie between Rabbit Fighter and Teenage Dream. I have a song called STARPEOPLE off my new album SPACE CASE that is very T. Rex inspired. Everything Marc has released is great! I love the way he incorporates 50’s rock ‘n’ roll with his glammy soul-infused sound.

Favorite Alien rocker: Jobriath, Zolar X or Davie Bowie?

Bowie! He is a genius, his lyrics are so unique, and his band…wham bam thank you ma’am! Mick Ronson is the most underrated guitarist. He had such an amazing sense of melody and his execution was so punk rock! That’s something I really enjoy in a player. Prince is really punk rock too.

On what other planet would you like to live on?

Pleiades. It’s a star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. Actually, the new album SPACE CASE is being pressed on a limited edition five color galaxy swirl vinyl 12" dusted with silver glitter to resemble stars based on the Milky Galaxy! It’s the first time a record of this galactic proportion will have been made! We’re releasing SPACE CASE December 3rd in conjunction with a rare mystical astrological phenomenon that only occurs once every 2,737 years: the alignment of the ancient Egyptian pyramids of Giza with the planets Saturn, Venus and Mercury!

What do you see with your all-seeing eyes?

Into different dimensions of space and time! It allows me to see into the future. I just travel in time to hear my new album then plagiarize myself!

Can you tell me one good thing and one bad thing about being a super tall frontman?

The good thing about being super tall is the weather’s great up here. Bad thing is people think I’m on stilts and when I lift my bell bottoms they’re really disappointed that my legs aren’t made of wood.

If you were an Egyptian God, which one would you be?

Thoth! I read this book written by a woman who claimed Thoth was an alien who contacted her to tell her the story of the universe. It ruled!

What is your message to the kids?

BE WEIRD and grow a beard! Not the beard part.
- One Chord Progression


See link - VC Buzz Magazine


Childhood dreams can seem idealistic, even naive, through the more weathered lens of adulthood. The adolescent make-believe of hair-brush microphones, tennis-racket guitars, and thousands of cheering stuffed-animal fans, more often than not gives way to far more tangible and much less risky pursuits. For a rare few, however, these blissful visions of stardom act not as simple juvenile delusions but as intuitive glimpses of things to come.

When a 5-year-old Alexandra Lee picked up her first classical violin, few could have pictured the journey that would see her tromping her way through the L.A. punk scene and test-driving a handful of various sonic incarnations en route to becoming the gritty, soulful and sultry songstress she is today. It was in that same scene that she would meet a kindred spirit in Zachary James. Although James had also cut his musical teeth in a more conventional manner, taking an interest in classical guitar as a middle school student, it hadn’t taken long for him to trade in the hollow bodies and nylon strings of tradition for the wire and wood of rock and roll. As teenagers, the two played in separate bands, eventually losing touch in the ebb and flow of an ever-changing industry. “We didn’t start hanging out again until three or four years ago,” says Alexandra. “I needed a bass player and Zach started filling in.” James would eventually move from bass to guitar and become a full-fledged member of Alexandra and the Starlight Band while continuing to play and sing for his other project, The Thunder Boys. When that effort morphed into a more solo-focused endeavor, Alexandra returned the favor, sharing vocal duties in Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes.

Harkening back to an era when the fun-loving, soul-stirring and even heart-breaking emotion of a song was adorned, but never overshadowed, by glittering sheer scarves and rhinestone-encrusted guitars, both bands serve as a dramatic departure from their punk rock predecessors. And though cut from the same cloth, each has been woven into its own unique retro design. James’ raw brand of rock and roll evokes images of The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and even a hint of Alice Cooper. His onstage bombast is matched only by his obvious song-writing prowess, raw guitar mastery, and in-your-face style. Alexandra, while clinging to her no-holds-barred rock and roll roots as well, leans toward a more soul-influenced style. Her emotional lyrics and heartfelt vocals fit hand-in-sequined glove with the likes of Tina Turner and Joss Stone, placing her among the current music industry best.

Although Zachary now splits much of his time between opening for hip-hop juggernaut Lil Wayne as the guitarist for Porcelain Black, his love for The All Seeing Eyes, as well as playing more intimate venues, is still very much intact. “I had as much fun playing Zoey’s a month ago as I do in the huge arenas,” James says. Not to be outdone, Alexandra is also working overtime, putting the final spit-shine on her yet-untitled album, for which she employed the talents of a plethora of industry greats, including Grammy-winning producer Bob Cuterella (Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Michael Jackson, Slash, Madonna) and composer Lou Forestieri, who has lent his skills to such talent as Tori Amos and Lena Horne.

Zachary will be on Late Show with David Letterman in mid-July with Porcelain Black. The band will again open for Lil Wayne beginning in September. Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes have their sights set on releasing an album and following it up with a mini-tour upon his return. Alexandra is looking at a late summer/early fall release for her upcoming album. Both bands will be playing the Bombay Bar and Grill in Ventura on Friday, July 8. For more information, check out www.zacharyjamesband.com and www.alexandraband.com.
- VC Reporter


See link - Dark Beauty Magazine


Discography

All Seeing Eyes
Vinyl LP & CD
ASE Records (2009)

SPACE CASE
Vinyl LP & CD
Starry Eyes Productions (2012)

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Bio

"Satin pants, shaggy hair and memorable riffs...with born rock star Zachary James at the helm the buzz about the band is almost as strong as the buzz in the audience.” -VC Reporter

Young rocker Zachary James, with his born-to-be-a-frontman, lanky, long-haired look, presents a fresh spin on classic rock ‘n’ roll, both sonically and visually. Towering from the stage at 6’7” (topping out quintessential spindly singer Joey Ramone by over an inch), James turns heads with his infectious good time rock ’n’ roll & his striking looks.

“While on a recent tour with Far East Movement and Lil’ Wayne, James was affectionately nicknamed ‘That ‘70s Show’, due to his retro-rocker image. But the inspiration extends further than just the physical. There is a kinship to the era, body mind and soul.” -Guitar World Magazine

Now just 23, James has been hell-bent on a rock revival for nearly a decade. At the tender age of 15, James collaborated with Grammy-award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, No Doubt, Monster Magnet, Sublime, Porno for Pyros). He released his first 7” vinyl single “Can’t Stop Drinkin’ ‘Bout You” before he graduated high school on acclaimed Gearhead Records. The label—responsible for launching the careers of The Hives & The Donnas, and home to rock royalty New Bomb Turks & The Hellacopters—also released James’ first full-length album,Thunderboys…are GO!.

"Classic rock-sounding songs….new and improved for the new millennium." -VC Star

Later that year, James independently released the full-length album All Seeing Eyes, with critics hailing it as an “inspired and masterful production.”

“[With All Seeing Eyes], James clearly has a heart-on for the ’70s, but what sets the band apart, are the unexpected nods to early blues along with liberal use of piano, sweet harmonies and soulful backing vocals that are folded into shiny pre-punk glam.” -VC Reporter

James went on to form his current solo project, Zachary James & The All Seeing Eyes, and is finalizing a new full length album inspired by James’ interstellar affection for cosmic rock ‘n’ roll. Addressing themes of space, specters and the supernatural with a playful synth-infused glam-rock twist, the album showcases James’ songwriting prowess. For this forthcoming release, Zachary James worked at renowned Henson Studios in Los Angeles alongside Kevin Mills (Michael Bublé, Tom Morello, Céline Dion, No Doubt, Bruce Springsteen, Velvet Revolver, Gwen Stefani).

Zachary James’ live show has earned him the reputation as an artist to watch. He has played alongside rock artists such as Prima Donna, Electric Eel Shock, GitoGito Hustler, Emily’s Army, Lord of Altamont, The Joneses, The Fucking Wrath and River City Rebels. He is endorsed by Fender, Orange & Homebrew Electronics.