ZOX

ZOX

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ZOX combines searing lead violin with a danceable backbeat and the personal songwriting of a hapless romantic.

Biography

From the beginning, ZOX has managed to build cohesion out of contrast. Look no further than the band’s twin frontmen: one is a tattoo-covered conservatory violinist with a history of trashing dressing rooms at Carnegie Hall, and the other a buttoned-down Type-A who turned down an offer from Stanford Law School to keep up the band. ZOX’s eclecticism has endeared them to their cultish following, but they have remained largely on the fringe of mainstream media. Instead, the band has thrived in the chaotic wilderness of the internet underground, developing the rare skill of writing meaningful, memorable pop songs that are genuinely interesting to listen to. Over the last four years, ZOX has sold thirty-five thousand albums, performed at the legendary Reading & Leeds festivals in the UK, and logged nearly 1,000 shows with everyone from the Warped Tour to Rusted Root. They’ve developed an unusual sound, which features an electric violin run into a guitar amp, earnest, vivid lyrics threaded through unadorned melodies, and a rhythm section that seems to swing effortlessly between making you dance and making you think. And with the release of "Line in the Sand", their third album and first on LA’s SideOneDummyRecords (Gogol Bordello, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Flogging Molly), ZOX demonstrates that contrast is, in the end, what makes things stand out.

Produced by John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Harvey Danger) the 11 songs on "Line in the Sand" are equal parts 80s college radio, modern indie rock, and timeless folk. The band’s legendary live show has long been a dynamic mix of playful mayhem and emotional contemplation; this album is the first to capture both extremes. The triumphant title track, the despondent-but-uplifting “Goodnight”, and the gorgeous “Seventh Avenue Prophet” have a catchiness, a lyrical poise and an instrumental intricacy that make them resonate, listen after listen.

Lyrics

Thirsty

Written By: Eli Miller

Thirsty

Drive into the sky until it turns the afternoon black. Halfway across the state on the day we set the clocks back. And I don't know where I'm going. I follow broken yellow lines. And I hope this open road can read my broken mind. This wouldn't be the first day you left me thirsty. This wouldn't be the first day you went your way, left me empty, dry. Living in the dark and it's turned your heart black. Halfway to the moon since you took your nights back. I was finished being cool. I'd unmasked this masquerade. And you leave me here to clean up all the mess you made?

Can't Look Down

Written By: Eli Miller

Can't Look Down

So we’re a little bit older now. We’re a little bit tired a little bit scared of looking down. We wipe our weary eyes and step into the storm outside. I’ll be waiting for you. I’ll be waiting for you. I don’t know where I’ll end up tonight. Perfect pictures fade to black when you turn out the lights. So we’re a little bit lonely now. We climbed a little too high a little too fast and we can’t come down. I’ve got two good eyes but I still feel so blind sometimes.

A Little More Time

Written By: Eli Miller

A Little More Time

Give me just a little more time and maybe we will find the words that will change our minds. Give me just a little more time. Give me just a little more time, cause I don’t want to leave the weight in this place behind. Give me just a little more time. Ghosts white in the moonlight. The car breathes smoke in the middle of the night. All tangled up in the telephone lines and dry eyes. When you hold me close, pretend like you don’t want to let me go. Take the long way home, soft as the radio. My god how scarred we are. To feel so little in somebody’s arms. The smokestacks burn up the boulevard and we break apart, it’s the easy part. Kiss me once good night. Your skin is glass in the dashboard light. We make up our minds, two for the last time. I have never been somebody to hold on to.

Anything But Fine

Written By: Eli Miller

If I could write you a song with all the right words,
would these black clouds begin to burn up the moment you heard?
If I could make you a map would you find your way home?
You know you can’t keep me alive and then leave me alone.
Tell me I’m yours.
Tell me your mine.
Tell me I’m anything but fine.
Tell me a story.
Tell me the time.
Tell me a lie.
If I could make you a tape with all the right noise,
would you smile when you listen and sigh boys will be boys?
If I could paint you a picture I’d turn black into white.
By now I’m not looking for love I’m just looking for tonight.
Tell me what I want to hear and tomorrow I will disappear.
You won’t ever have to see me again.
You said that words can only get you so far.
But I’ve got sentences that cover up all my scars.
And in the end I might forget where they are.
Talk to me tonight.
If we started all over today,
I think we know that we’d end up in the same place.
Maybe you’re right and we’ve got nothing to say.
I want to hear it anyway.

Carolyn

Written By: Eli Miller

Summer swept Chicago and left us with a little bit of rain.
We are trembling, glistening, listening to the rumble of the elevated train.
And I have never been afraid of opening myself up to a dream.
But now you've filled me like a bubble and the trouble is I'm bursting at the seams.
I can't leave you Carolyn.
It has never been so quiet and my heart will never beat this loud again.
I can't leave you Carolyn.
To walk back out amongst the strangers, strangers who've grown closer than my friends.
A square of sunlight on the bedspread and I stagger through the silence til you wake.
We kiss away the morning, wishing that the morning lasted all day.
I have never been afraid of opening myself up to a girl.
But now I've let you in and you begin to shake my precarious world. Sometimes love can be so lonely.
Sometimes love leaves you alone.

Spades

Written By: Eli Miller

You laid your cards down on the table.
And all your hearts have turned to spades.
Cause the sun ain’t been seen since the last time you came clean.
I’m getting tired of so much grey.
Don’t you know me better than that?
Don’t you know I know you?
Giving your word and then taking it back,
can’t you see you’re see through?
Please stop saying there ain’t nothing wrong.
You can cover your eyes but you still hear lies.
Please stop saying there ain’t nothing wrong.
You can cover your ears but I won’t disappear.
Baby you’re brimming with disaster.
Your words spill onto the floor.
And the only thing that’s clear is you’re being insincere.
So I’m not listening anymore.
Stop speaking if you know I don’t hear you.

Goodnight

Written By: ZOX

Goodnight to the city and the sea
To the strangers in the street
Goodnight to the ghosts out in the hall
The paint peeling off the walls
Goodnight

Sometimes I
Stand between the sidewalk and the sky
And just stare into the clouds as they pass by
You have to leave the ground to learn to fly

Goodnight to the TV and the clocks
To the rain that never stops
Goodnight to everyone I know
Shut my eyes and let them go
Goodnight

Sometimes I
Stand between the sidewalk and the sky
And just stare up into the clouds as they pass by
You have to leave the ground to learn to fly

There is something beautiful dying every day
And for the first time in my life I’m not afraid
‘Cause there’s nothing in this world that doesn’t change

Goodnight to the person I have been
To the place that I am in
Goodnight, tomorrow hello to the sun
Are you ready?
Here I come
Goodnight

Sometimes I
Stand between the sidewalk and the sky
And just stare into the clouds as they pass by
You have to leave the ground to learn to fly
You have to leave the ground to learn to fly

Line in the Sand

Written By: ZOX


I’ve been talking to myself but I don’t believe me
Waking up to nothing new except the ceiling now
Keeps getting closer somehow
People keep on saying that I’ve got potential
Lately I haven’t been feeling all that special now
I’m gonna turn it around

Everybody has a moment when they wake up
Everybody has a morning when they’ve had enough
Everybody gets to decide what they are gonna believe in

This is how I feel
This is where I stand
This is what I can do
And this is who I am
Now I see my face
Like it was the first time
I don’t know what’s changed
But now it feels like mine
Cause I’ve drawn
Cause I’ve drawn
A line in the sand
I’ve drawn a line in the sand

I’ve been wearing out my shoes dragging down the sidewalk
Spending afternoons sleeping at the bus stop now
The hours pass like rain clouds
People keep on saying that I’m going somewhere
I tried to buy a map to show me how to get there now
But they said they’d run out

Everybody put your backs up against the wall
Everybody this won’t take any time at all
Everybody may I have your attention please?

This is how I feel
This is where I stand
This is what I can do
And this is who I am
Now I see my face
Like it was the first time
I don’t know what’s changed
But now it feels like mine
Cause I’ve drawn
Cause I’ve drawn
A line in the sand
I couldn’t cross it now I can

When the Rain Comes Down Again

Written By: ZOX

When the rain comes down again
When the clouds come out again
Please say you’re lonely
Please say you’ll let me keep you dry

You weigh so much more when you are smiling
And you’re a feather when you frown
I can’t help you stand when you’re not falling
And I can’t pick you up when you’re not down

When the rain comes down again
When the clouds come out again
Please say you’re lonely
Please say you’ll let me keep you dry

You said colors all look brighter in the sunlight
But I see so much better in the dark
You floated off to find your friends out on the fire escape
And I know I can’t follow you that far
I can’t follow you

Maybe love is a flame you say
That flickers and fades away
Nobody can make it rain
But I’m gonna wait
And if your love is a flame it’s strange
To wish for the clouds and the pouring rain
When you’re happy you just don’t need me around

When the rain comes down again
When the clouds come out again
Please say you’re lonely
Please say you’ll let me keep you dry

Another Attack

Written By: ZOX

She ain’t taking me back
I used to have nothing to lose
Now I’m thumbing through the news
To get my mind on track
Another attack
There was that bombing yesterday
Happened somewhere far away
Am I fit to complain?

Lovers come and go
But I can’t explain
Why there’s so much pain
All round the world
She’s just another girl
And I survive
Should I be satisfied?

Nothing’s easy
O lucky lucky lucky me
I get to search for love
I can pretend I’m free
But that’s not enough
I can’t help but see the deadly toll
When the world so lost spirals out of control

Lovers come and go
But I can’t explain
Why there’s so much pain
All round the world
She’s just another girl
And I survive
Should I be satisfied?

I don’t know what we’re looking for
Living in a world that shuts the door
Is what I got here all there is to have and no more?
Count my stars but I’m not sure

Better if it's Worse

Written By: ZOX

This is the place where dreams are unmade.
Cut into pieces and left in the rain.
This is the place where hearts come undone.
Spill onto the sidewalk and crack in the sun.
I’m boarding up my windows and locking all my doors.
That’s what they’re for.
It’s better if it’s worse than before.
This is the day when promises break.
Curl up at the edges turn into mistakes.
So I am smashing up my suitcase and sleeping on my floor.
I’d rather be bored.
It’s better if it’s worse than before.

Discography

Take Me Home (Armo Records, Jan. '03)
The Wait (Armo Records, Aug. '05)
The Wait (SideOneDummy Records, Jun. '06)
Line in the Sand (SideOneDummy Records, Jan '08)

More music and video samples can be found at www.zoxband.com or myspace.com/zox

Set List

Check out www.zoxband.com or www.myspace.com/zox for song downloads.
30-90 minute sets.