ZUKU is music for music lovers. This heavy blend of pop rock will pull you in from the first listen. These musicians long admired for their ability and dedication, look great and sound even better . ZUKU will not stop, and their music will play loud for decades to come.


Whether destiny exists or not, ZUKU was meant to happen.

The brilliant and haunting sound of ZUKU portrays itself via the love for and the manipulation of multiple instruments, which range from typical Rock N' Roll music-makers (drums, bass, guitar) to a Moog as well as a Mandolin. This fusion of instruments, in combination with Brandon Kennedy's (lead guitar, lead vocals) strong vocals and chilling lyrics creates an evocative and mysterious sound that captures and moves a myriad of listeners. Although ZUKU classifies itself as Pop Rock, the music is multi dimensional in that it lends itself to Classic Rock, Country and Bluegrass, Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal. ZUKU's sound is elusive and vast, but it is eerily comforting, because it offers a unique yet familiar sound experience to the listener.

ZUKU's sound emerged from four-track demos crafted by Kenndey in early 2003, then a member of locally-acclaimed Toronto outfit, Goat Horn. Kennedy has been playing music for over thirteen years, and has a passion and talent for guitar, bass and drums. He also has an undeniable aptitude for sound production and engineering. The following year, childhood friend Chris Chartrand (drummer) decided to be part of Kennedy's musical creation and joined as ZUKU's drummer. Chartrand is also a seasoned musician, as he has been playing the drums for over eleven years and has played in bands such as Loudmouth, Liquid Blue, Go Time and Toronto’s punk-metal sons, Kill Cheerleader. Upon Kennedy's and Chartrand's coming together, fellow friends Jordan Beard (bass, backup vocals) and Matt Felske (guitar, backup vocals), former mates in the band Hellrazor, were inspired by ZUKU's innovative sound, which led them to join the band and complete the lineup. Beard has been a musician for twelve years and has perfected his bass sound over the past four years. Felske has been playing music for fifteen years and is highly experienced in synthesizers, guitar, drums and sound recording. ZUKU's four members grew up together in the small town of Pembroke, Ontario, and used to jam together in their parents basement. Their kindred ship, talent and hard work has undeniably resulted in one of the heaviest and most unique bands Toronto has ever seen.

ZUKU's debut Album, Here With You, is a seven-track EP, which was recorded during October and November 2006 at Hallam Studios by good friend and inspirational force, Jon Drew, who is recognized for producing records from Tokyo Police Club, Rammer, Magneta Lane and Brutal Knights. ZUKU's first record is a shining example of what occurs when passion, talent and a tireless work ethic unite. Here With You leaves the listener wanting to hear more, which ZUKU is more than ready to provide, as they are constantly creating new material.

ZUKU is ready to exploit their sound and is eager for the day their album goes gold. The band shares simple and united goal - "To entertain and inspire the masses through touring and making albums, to focus one-hundred percent on the creative-process and to be represented by the best of the best who will bring [them] to the very top of musical success."


ZUKU - Here With You 7 Song EP Dec 2006

Set List

10-12 Original Songs to choose from. Album tracks as well as new material.

Oasis cover song - Big Mouth
Tom Petty - I Need To Know