Zen Guerrilla isn't for everyone, but if you like aggressive rock 'n roll fused with bluesy garage punk topped off by distorted guitars and mad hatter vocals, you've found your new favorite band. Originally from Delaware, Zen Guerrilla eventually landed in San Francisco and hooked up with punk legend and prankster Jello Biafra to help spread their rock 'n roll gospel across the land.
Unfortunately they disbanded before a friend gave me their record "Invisible Liftee Pad" - so I never got to see them in person. The music was all over the map, alternating from bone crushing jams, to bluesy crooners, and finally into soulful wailing smudged with a curtain of feedback. While they eventually signed to Sub Pop and released several full lengths, I feel that somehow this band had a greater destiny it never fulfilled.
Andy Duvall (Drums) - Marcus Durant (Vocals) - Carl Horne (bass) - Rich Millman (guitar)
Seeing video of them live I feel like I got robbed. How did I miss this juggernaut in their prime? Still hoping they'll reunite someday so I can see one of their gigs - but I'm not holding my breath. In my search for more about these guys I was surprised by the dearth of critical information regarding their music and following. I didn't want to believe that a group this good was underrated by the musical establishment.
six foot five inch Marcus Durant gets down with the people
My buddy who turned me on to 'em told be about one of the many Zen Guerrilla shows he saw. During the set an audience member got onstage and flat out clobbered the singer with a haymaker. The assailant was thrown off stage and the show continued. From what I gather, the dazed vocalist didn't miss a beat. Now I don't know about anyone else, but that's the kinda work ethic I want for my entertainment dollar.
Maybe I never saw these dudes in the flesh, but they'll always be a place in my iPod for 'em. What else am I gonna play when I want to run a marathon, drink an eighteen pack of Milwaulkee's Best Light, and derail a train with my noggin? Zen Guerilla -- there is no substitute.
Zen Guerrilla on wax