Friday, December 11, 2009
Zoom was a band that formed in the late '80s in Lawrence, KS. They released two albums, their self-titled debut on the ill-fated but awesome Lotuspool Records, and Helium Octipede, which was produced by Greg Sage of The Wipers, on T/K Records. Then they broke up (supposedly due to a lack of support from their label) and morphed into about a dozen other bands that achieved small amounts of notoriety in the fledgling indie explosion of the 1990s, but nonetheless had a tremendous impact on underground music in the mid west, and Zoom drifted into obscurity.
There's very little out there on this band. I could only find a few things about Helium Octipede, and nothing about the self-titled album. Most critics label them 'indie', which isn't necessarily wrong, just insufficient. Zoom is a little more complex than your average 'indie' band, though Helium Octipede has it's moments of jangly weakness. Some critics think they sound like Polvo, but I disagree. Then again, I hate Polvo. Check 'em out and let me know if I'm wrong.
Best lyric: "Should have quit taking showers / Should have quit taking showers in the morning", from "7:30". Pure poetry.
Trivia: The lyrics on 'Letter from Allen' on Helium Octipede are a verbatim reading of a noise complaint a pissed off neighbor left on the door of their practice space.
Oh, and last by not least, the song 'Gary (Newman)' is an interesting cover of 'Cars'.