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"The Village Voice"

Electric-violin virtuoso Spencer Swain channels everyone from Papa John Creach to Eddie Van Halen within the band’s roots-meets-reggae structures. - Preview

"All Music Guide"

Wailing adventurous violin work, impressively thoughtful lyrics... - Joseph McCombs


The crazy creativity and nearly impossible foils band members provide to each other establish a sound difficult to ignore, ridiculous to dismiss, and admirable in its novelty. - Genevieve Will

"Relix Magazine"

A sophisticated quartet that delivers a vibrant, thinking man's brand of hook-laden and funky pop-rock. - Mick Skidmore

"The Providence Phoenix"

A fresh feel-good phenomenon irresistible to everyone who hears it...a great excuse for a crazy night out... It's never easy to predict where this stuff is going, but it sure does take you for a ride... - Bob Gulla

"Boston Tab"

The musical alchemy forms something wondrous and original... - Josh B. Wardrop

"Northampton Valley Advocate"

A sound like little youv'e ever heard... soaring and triumphant. - Preview

"Skratch Magazine, Los Angeles"

ZOX blew me away... they have one of the more unique sounds I've heard all year. - Preview

"The New Haven Register"

Elaborate instrumentation, searing violin leads, complex arrangements, and finely shifting time signatures...
An intense, fun-filled, and creative live show... - Preview

"The Tartan, Pittsburgh"

ZOX is one of the most original bands touring today. - Preview


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



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.