Ziff

Ziff

BandAlternativeRock

Centering each song on clever melodies and catchy pop-inspired hooks, Ziff is modern PowerPop at it's best. Ziff has been called one of Tulsa, OK's best undiscovered bands and is working hard to live up to such a compliment.

Biography

 “THIS is the lineup that promises to finally take Ziff to the next level…” – G.K. Hizer / Urban Tulsa Weekly

What do you get when a group that was called “one of Tulsa’s best new undiscovered bands, emerging in the top of Tulsa’s talent scene in 2009” by one of the scene’s concert promoters (Donnie Rich/Flytrap Productions)completes its most successful year to date by imploding without warning, yet manages to recreate itself nearly as unexpectedly? If that group is Ziff, you get a rock band that’s finally ready to live up to its potential.

Originally formed around the songwriting of guitarist/vocalist John Lyons in 1997, Ziff has been a slowly evolving creature of rock and roll. Bassist and close friend Jesse Sloane came on board in 2002 and the band even weathered his deployment to Afghanistan, only to reemerge in 2009 as one of the most promising young rock bands on Tulsa’s local music scene.

Following a year that included a triumphant performance at DFest, the sale of roughly 2,000 copies of its latest four-song EP and an expanded touring schedule that saw the band play more shows in more cities than ever before in its 12 year history, Lyons was blindsided when Slone unexpectedly took up an offer to join another group. Instead of delivering a knockout blow to the band, however, the departure proved to be a wake-up call.

In an ironic twist of fate, the rhythm section for one of the bands that originally inspired Lyons’ original vision for Ziff, also provided the band its revitalized heartbeat.
“I remember when Ziff was just starting out, I’d go to Shamrock shows. My goal at the time was to follow the lead of bands like Shamrock and Epperley – they were the biggest bands in town, getting a lot of press, playing shows and building the biggest following.”

When the reigning king of Tulsa’s late 90’s music scene, Shamrock, departed for the west coast, drummer Aaron Baker remained in Tulsa due to family commitments. Even so, he continued to be one of the local scene’s most respected drummers, playing with bands like Day By Day and David Cook, before the latter went on to mega-stardom via American Idol.
Meanwhile, bassist Chris Brown followed Shamrock to California, where the band toiled for roughly a year before making its live debut, then promptly splintered. That experience segued into a five-year run fronting the San Diego-based rock act Tailgunner, dancing on the cusp of breaking through to mainstream success, before transitioning back to the Southwest to join The Feds. After spending nearly a year reconnecting with the local scene upon his return to Tulsa, Brown admits that “I went to see all the bands that I was told were the most popular, but Ziff was the only thing really worth listening to. All I could think was ‘Why is this not the band everyone is talking about?’”

Now, the teachers and former pupil have come together, as Brown and Baker join forces with Lyons, providing Ziff a revitalized, muscular rhythm section and the ability to live up to its potential.

Make no mistake,this is still Ziff; it’s just a leaner, meaner and wiser evolution of the band. Muscular guitar riffs, big hooks and pop sensibility still rule the day as the band melds common ground influences such as Failure, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, The Cure and The Beatles with Lyons’ fondness for Juliana Theory, Brown’s proclivity for pop wise acts like The Killers, Hum or Autolux and Baker’s gravitation to the atmospheric heaviness of Minus The Bear.

Instead of a leader and followers, Ziff is now truly a band of equals, as Lyons attests when he states that “I’ve never been in a band where the other guys were ever possible songwriters. I’ve always had to write the songs, the bass lines, the drum parts; everything. Now, for the first time, I feel like the weakest link in the band.”

According to Brown, the goal is to “take the wisdom we’ve all gained from our past and apply it in the right order.”
It’s with that wisdom and direction that Ziff launches headlong into 2010. All of the wit, whimsy and carefree joy is still there in the band that has previously opened for both major label artists like All American Rejects (Interscope Records) and The Rocket Summer (Island) and established indie rockers such as Ozma, Aqueduct and Schatzi (Reincarnate, Barzuk and Mammoth Records, respectively).

Now, however, Ziff has a renewed focus as a power-trio of equals that are all on the same page. Everything the band has accomplished previously is impressive, but it’s only a prelude to something bigger. The buzz has already begun, reaching out from the band’s home base in Tulsa to Muskogee, Little Rock, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

"You guys have a great sound and I'm pleased to play you on my show" - Davit Souders - Diabolical Productions (Concert promoter, Radio and Podcast Host)

Discography

Four Song Demo - 2008 Demo CD

"Thank You Ziff, May I Have Another?" - 2005 Full Length CD

"Self-Titled" - 2001 Full Length CD

Set List

Curly's
Four Hand Massage
Red
Taking The Plunge
Down On The Floor
Away Tonight
Killer
Take Back My Heart
Reggae
Flatline (My Old Friend)
The City Knight Life
Prayer