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Long Way Home

Hot Day At The Zoo

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Hot Day at the Zoo, a fiercely progressive 4-piece string band grown in Lowell, MA, is quickly spreading their eclectic roots up and down the eastern seaboard and as far west as Colorado. Celebrating their 5th year together as a band in January \'08, David Cleaves (mandolin, vocals), Jon Cumming (banjo, dobro, vocals,), Michael Dion (guitar, harmonica, vocals,) and Jed Rosen (upright bass, vocals) HDATZ released this eagerly anticipated sophomore EP, \'Long Way Home\' in the summer of 2008. Darker and edgier than the wildly popular debut, full-length album 'Cool As Tuesday', the new EP features 5 gritty, emotionally charged songs. 'Gypsy Moon', the album's opener, is a song that encompasses and transcends the band's love/hate relationship with the great city of Lowell. At the same time, the song is cleverly intertwined with Edgar Allen Poe's gothic masterpiece The Raven. The result is a deep, melancholy blues number filled with angst, bitterness and despair yet laced with subtle undertones of hope and longing. The title track, 'Long Way Home', is an intelligently penned song that tells the story of opposition soldiers that meet at the end of the Civil War as they journey back home. 'Lost' is somewhat of a biographical travel song inspired by the life of Lowell's own poet laureate Jack Keroauc, as seen through the eyes of an old man. 'Outside Looking In' is a sing-along ballad that speaks of naive regrets, harsh self-examination and perseverance in the face of life's many trials. 'The Wheel' tells us a tale of the unrelenting turbulence of life on the road, obstacles that are faced, and challenges overcome. Perhaps it's easier to coin a word to describe them than it is to pigeon hole their music. Fans describe their pioneering sound as Zoo Grass. Fact, fiction or fable, their tunes are layered with intricacies and depth reminiscent of Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead. Their bluesy, grassy, jazzy, old-timey, reggae, Americana infused rock and roll was inspired by many great musicians spanning a broad spectrum of time and genre. With influences ranging from the Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Bob Marley, Sam Bush, Bruce Cockburn, Charles Mingus, Elvis, and bands like the Beatles, Steely Dan, Nirvana and Pink Floyd, it is easy to see and hear what makes them attract a very diverse fan base. Sights and sounds from the everyday to the exotic are infused in their craft. Tight musicianship, skillful songwriting and amazing personalities introduce us to places they have traveled, people they have loved, those they have lost, and those they surround themselves with. Hot Day at the Zoo is skillful at drawing in a draw a crowd, amusing the audience and leaving roots music fans begging for more. Something happens at a Zoo show that you have to experience in person to fully appreciate. Their onstage camaraderie and self-deprecating humor make every show something to behold. The culinary equivalent would be eating large quantities of pop rocks, soda and whiskey. Yeah, your stomach might explode, but you're going to have an excellent time nonetheless. While their studio sound displays the band's temperate sensibility, the live show is where the raw emotion of this band simmers. Their typical 3 set show works the audience slowly and methodically like a steam engine preparing for it's ascent up a mountain. The enthusiasm they exude in their live performances stokes the fires and their followers for the long journey ahead. Mercilessly chugging along, always picking up loose strays along the way, and tirelessly building momentum, they take us to the mountain's peak. Descending into the valley below, it feels as if we've lost the brakes as well as our inhibitions. The energy is infectious as it spreads quickly through the room and through all walks of life. The crowds are getting bigger at every show, and you can bet that before too long you'll be drinking and singing along with the same people you saw at the last show. There's no looking back for this band. Good things are happening quickly, and their time is now. It's full steam

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  • 01. Gypsy Moon - Hot Day at the Zoo, Dion, Michael
  • 02. Long Way Home - Hot Day at the Zoo, Cumming, Jon
  • 03. Lost - Hot Day at the Zoo, Dion, Michael
  • 04. Outside Lookin' In - Hot Day at the Zoo, Dion, Michael
  • 05. Wheel - Hot Day at the Zoo, Cumming, Jon

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