|REVIEWS OF DAS
REBOOT - 2013
"A deeper, darker side of Tang" Five Stars!
The Tang gang has definitely delivered something to compete with Feed Our Heads--which set a very high bar on it's own. I'm very impressed with the musicianship and vocals (again), along with a different side to their song writing. My new favorite.
"Das Tang Das Fantastico" Five Stars!
This New Release by Zip Tang will probably yet again go Un-Noticed by the mainstream BUT If You are aware of who they are You Must add this Latest Creation to your collection. It continues to show how Great Musicians can still create Great Music & virtually get NO Air Time. But that doesn't matter if you're reading this & if you are then Stop & go Purchase this Latest from Zip Tang. Just take a listen & you'll have to have it. Zip Tang is Creating their own Tower of Tuna . . . but Musically
CD Baby Buyer:
Five Stars! - A tasty blend of rock, prog, hard, jazz, melodic and always humorous to listen without moderation. The creativity of the 70 modern sauce! Just another perfect record! This band is simply amazing!
"Das Reboot is a melting pot. Stunning!" Rocktimes.de
"Possibly my favorite of the four" Dutch Progressive Rock Page
REVIEWS OF FEED OUR HEADS - 2010
"Original, fresh and downright entertaining approach to modern progressive music" Dutch Progressive Rock Page
"I Really Love This Album" Gibraltar Encyclopedia Of Progressive Rock
"Inspiration Beyond Measure" by Suze Merlin - Progressive Area, France
"Original, Fresh and Worth Listening To" (loosely translated from German)
Babyblaue-Seiten - The German Prog Encyclopedia (original German text)
Just For Kicks Music - Germany (loosely translated from German)
With their third album the Chicago based band is back big time. They've created a grooving mix out of Jazz Rock, Art-Rock, Retro-Rock and Jam-Rock, a beautiful Cocktail which is tasting just great.
Musically they are not as weird as Frogg Café, not so over the edge as Umphrey’s McGee, but they lurked over the shoulder of a Steven Wilson just a bit and all in all, that balance makes it a special album.
“Feed Our Heads” is purest Progressive Rock in a modern context – that’s the way it is supposed to be!
REVIEWS OF PANK - 2008
REVIEWS of "TOWER OF TUNA" by GARAGEBAND.COM Members.
This is good - I'm thinking Pink Floyd good, here!
The song has an american, southern-accent sound - but from the early 70s. Original and clever use of synths and samples, and great melody... sounds liek something a jazz keyboardist would write. Very interesting mix of old classic Ray Charles soul with 70 Brit Prog, and maybe... a little Hendrix? This is intense, and very well shaped, and everybody is taking advantage of their own talents. All in their own pocket, not overly self-indulgent, superbly done. Great new version of Progressive rock!
- e. from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Corrosion meets Sgt Pepper...
The introduction to this song incorporated sparse classic rock lead stylings which could be likened to Jimmy Page and more recently Pepper Keegan. As we progressed through the first verse, the distorted guitar line was perfect in it's tone as well as heavy but not without a sense of groove.
The vocal precision and tone was a perfect accompaniment, sitting nicely in the mix. Again the voice was reminiscent of Johnny Garcia of Kyuss fame with a touch of Pepper Keegan. Grainy and edgy.
Up until the end of the first chorus, it was but a great groove rock tune. But then out of no-where appears a horn/saxophone sections. From this point on, the song takes a dramatically unexpected turn.
The drums explode into a full time assault on the senses. The highlight of the song, which was most unique in it's approach, was the saxophone/lead guitars playing off one another.
Anybody into good rock, and bored of the same old predictable outcomes would enjoy this song. It provides a refreshing change from what has been, yet somehow manages to still be respectful of the rock tradition.
- m. from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
excellent. Love the guitar work. very original. love the horns. again they add originality. guitar tone is excellent. drums sound very raw. vocals are gritty. I think you guys are on to something here. I think you've created your own style. awesome!!!
- m.d from Dallas, Texas
Thanks for being different and using your various awesome musicianship's to original means.
I wasn't that stoked about the first minute, but it does serve to set up the tune, so you certainly don't need to take much notice of my opinion... except when I say, the slippery sax/ synth solo rules, the 3:20 break is handled very effectively by whole band, vox harmonies are right-on and that all of this must be even better live.
- p. from Auckland, New Zealand
interesting entrance of atonal guitar and beautiful overtones. You recreate sonorous landscapes of a formidable way. Excellent instrumentalist, arrangement is superior in truth, did not hope to find this jewel... Music pleases to me is sensual and later the voices... are good, the singer has a special form to place the voice, he has good technique, so that the overtones of their voice are not listened to tense, that is very gráto as it listens, excellent arrangement as much in music as in the voices. Great work, excellent form to appreciate music.
- L. from México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Tower of music.
A lot to take in up front. Lots of nice textures. ... The groove for the vocals is solid. Once the vocals start this gets very interesting. The song really takes off with a lot of tasty directions. Love the light hearted lyrics. Wow, this is a fun catagory. Vocals are very good. Guitar is dancing around a solid bass and drums. Not sure what voice your using on the keys/guitar, maybe it's a horn. Can't tell. But it's the bomb. Drums on ending is off the charts. Some of the most interesting stuff I've heard. Are you familiar with I Mother Earth. It's the only thing I can compare this to. Most Excellent.
- t. from St. Petersburg, Florida
I drank what!?
Beautiful pink floyd-esque intro. Good use of effects and texture. Setting us up in a zappa kind of way for should I say...the meat of the song. .... Drums are really well done. haha tower of tuna!? Interplay with the guitar rocks.
- y. from Portland, Oregon
Nice to listen to!
Strong vocals and backing vocals. Like Alice And Chains. Strong overall performance.
I like that the verses and chorus sound simple and in contrast to the instrumental breaks. This makes this song nice to listen to! Great job.
- c. from Breda, Netherlands
|REVIEWS of "BETA" by GARAGEBAND.COM
Spanish with a twist!!!
Solid guitar work that brings in the Santana lead work mixed in with a very smooth Jazzy, Bluish, Spanish feel to it! I don't think that I have heard a song like this before! The melody work from either a keyboard or drum beat effect is a very smart idea in keeping this song fresh, especially in the mix in having it fade from the left to the right...Beautifully done! Guitars are solidly mixed in very well in producing a strong sound full of depth and tone! Solid Arrangements! Bassist is a Genuis and that Saxaphone is absoulutely SUPURB!!! 5 STAR RATING!
- fb from North Carolina
This is a catchy tune. The jam was played very tight with the drums and bass playing their role very well. The brass section added a nice touch that established the jazzy mood. As for the effects, great job. To utilize effects well is an art form in itself and you guys did a nice job with that. The different sections of the song were natural considering their variance. The guitar playing was inspiring due to the interetsting choices the player made. They allowed for consistency while travelling through the song. Like a good essay, the song had coherence, with great transitions that were smoothly executed. Great job.
- t. from New Jersey
I think this is most professional song that I have hear at the garageband.com. The broken rhythm of drums that cover with flight of guitar improvisation sound very interesting. I have listened the song for three times. The rhythm is really catchy.
The guitar is most cool instrument of this song. The fragments from 1.13 to 1.30 and from 4.38 to 5.02. I like the most of all. And of course the sax solo from 2.18 too. The structure of song is very harmonic. The force of energy and slow motion are alternate, attract listener, and do not make him to go mind away. All instruments in right places. I have no any claim.
As to mix: very well balanced. I can hear all of instruments.
In general: Great Job.
Keep rocking guys.
- o.s. from Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
Jazz Inflected Twistedness,Gotta Love It!!
With a slight nod to the English Canterbury style but with far more roughness and grit, these guys can definitely hold your attention, I LOVE the main sax riff, and how the piece goes into this cool film noir/crime jazz sort of thing. Very cool, and some pretty rockin' guitar too!
- t.o.w from Atlanta, Georgia
adorable piece, with entrance jazzy, I really like the sound cool, you you are extraordinary instrumentalist ones. The sounds are perfect; excellent production and the miz is spectacular. Really this piece of progressive rock, so fine and is tecnicamente taken care of that rock could think about jazz cool. Huge teachers of the progressions and the instruments.
- l.m. from Distrito Federal, Mexico
60`s fusion when it works
this is fusion rock santana would love to listen to. for the first time on garageband.com that i get to listent to a almost 6 minnut song that generats into the most perfect kreation, like seening a flower grow "great arangment" perfekt balance i loved all parts
- pw from Copenhagen, Denmark
And then a cool groove, and it is almost jazz. Perhaps more so than progressive rock. Extremely well done movements. Great guitar playing. The horns sound sort of like a Zappa composition. Not entirely contemporary :) OH, nice sax interlude! Obviously by now this is instrumental. I think this would do well in the jazz genre. But I like it here, too. Tight band! Well recorded. Good production, nice panning. Everything seems right where it should be. no extreme panning that is distracting like you hear sometimes. Nice use of space and the song breathes well. Some will probably blast this for being a long jamming kind of song. I will give it points for that! This song kicks ass!
- s. from Iowa City, Iowa
Throw in the towel, there's a lot of beautiful
In this jam. The mix of instruments plentiful. The ambient feel, add the smooth touch of sax, the slick licks of the guitarist, and a spicy drum, and bass line or two... BAM! This is it.
In my book I vote highly for the Coolest (most tubular) chill-out track.
- m.k. from Minneapolis, Minnesota
I'm in the circus
Very Jazzy, much like the norwegian band Jaga Jazzist. Cool horn section, wich gives the song some edge to it. I like the beats your drumme plays, many different comboes in your style of playing. The flowing guitar parts gives the song some 70's influences and you could have thaught to yourself, is this Santana? Great job guys!
- d. from Oslo, Norway
I got a Santana vibe straight off the top of this track. A well produced piece with a god mix. The off tempo drumming is excellent and alongside the solid bass playing keeps the rhythm section moving along. Good pace. Nothing is self indulgent. The guitars are tasteful and not over bearing. The sax is sexy.
- w. from Windsor, Ontario, Canada
funky soundscape rock
cool use of sax in intro and keys ..feels very zappa with the use of guitar and arrangements or something off of a 70's stevie wonder album
D.H from U.K.
Morphine on speed
Tight as can be. Great dynamics. This is going to be brief 'cause there's nothing I complain about.
Keep it up.
- t.d. from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
wow! its taste like 70's. very interesting, and i love this. keep going! i will subcribe you.
- m. from Kitashilakawa ,Sakyoq, Kyoto, Japan
Off beat jazzy composition with a strong lead guitar 'singing and talking' Sharp performance, very metropolitan, 'city at night' sort of mood.
Great 'Pink Panther' slower section.
This is so interesting to hear and you don't have to wait long for something new to happen - a rhythm change - a new instrument combination. Interesting variety of drumming.
Wow it gets so good after 4 mins with some clever effects that take it to a new classy height.
- k. from undisclosed
A really jazzy feel,but more like a modern jazz.Which is definitly not a bad thing. The lead guitarist just has a command to him or her that as u like what could they possibly do next and then ...BAM I get hit with something more fierce then the first,leaving like more!Hit me with some more!Then out what seem like no where the sax reminds how sweet that insturment is suppose to sound. The more i listen to the song(which is alot)The more little thing stick out and make the sound that much more thick..that much more sweet. If music was a flavor, this would defenity be honey.. cuz its just that sweet, im just sitting here listening like wow .. i just cant believe they just did that! Such a flow to it. The way yall play together i would say you guys have been together for years. Cuz with that sound i cant keep my jaw off the floor.Excellent Work!
- b. from nowhere
Laboratorio Pop - Brazil
December 28th, 2008
translated from Portuguese with Google Translate:
ZIP TANG - Luminiferous Ether (Independent): The quartet of Chicago, the American city known for strong winds that cross, is being swept by one of the most interesting rock bands of that country to emerge in recent years. The mixture of irreverence and experimental jazzística Frank Zappa added to an almost punk attitude, near the garage, with the excesses of a musical Emerson, Lake & Palmer can seem a paradox, but in an era marked absence of barriers and limits, the sound Zip the Tang resulted in a wide scope for nuances noise, and this once in your (excellent!) to debut album. Even working within the traditional set of training for the rock, the addition of a wind instrument fincou its musicality few yards ahead of their contemporâneros. Thus, the saxophonist Marcus Padgett (also on keyboards and vocals) plus the guitarist Perry Merritt, the bassist Rick Wolfe and drummer Fred Faller, the quartet responsible for Zip Tang, managed to produce a song in the first offer unconventional sound. "Luminiferous Ether" is the delightful result of the search for innovative solutions to the current impasse and pasmaceira in which the rock and pop are. The album opens with "Tower of Tuna" in a progressive attitude, with a pulsating bass, a guitar dedilhada, something close to Pink Floyd, then dive straight into a rock, weighing, and letters sarcásticas and humor. The sax and keyboard cluttering satisfactorily finish the track, there by half. The same mood and letters ferinas will appear on "Missed the Beginning, jazzística little more, and adventurous. The jazz is stronger in "Nothing Here", dominated by guitar and guitar, plus the sax. The guitar solos to the extent reflected the talent and good taste of Perry - in this aspect, the beautiful work of Perry on track "Like we did before" is noteworthy. Another great moment in the composition is "Beta," almost a 'jam session', instrumental, with pronounced presence of keyboards. The soils of guitar and sax are an invitation for a trip. One of the best tracks on a disc exciting. The competent kitchen rhythmic formed by Wolfe and Faller is a constant presence and vital to the sound of Zip Tang, not only helping, but is central to the final balance, highly positive. For example, "Doctor Plush" and "Searching for Treasure" is more conventional but no less important to the directory, which is noted to have been planned and calculated, not only to complete minutes. Even the inclusion of a leaner version for one of the greatest classics of the history of progressive rock is not for nothing on the disc: a super composition "Tarkus" by Emerson Lake and, deserved time is an issue of equal repaginada propulsion. The prints a Zip Tang speed, transgression and courage not seen in other versions. Not only the presence of the sax, but the energy of garage, punk attitude in the decisive moments, keys, with the musical excellence of the four boys, it was essential to make this a version (18 minutes) required to meet, in incrustrada a disc with an equal amount of essentiality. Can look excited, but the CD is one of the best of the new prog rock in recent years, no doubt. For those who like Floyd, respect Zappa, King Crimson adults, the quality achieved in "Luminiferous Ether" definitely a challenge for the band's second disc - a sign that was launched recently and is in stores. The debut of Zip Tang is ... essential disc.
The Missing Piece - Sweden
New American progband that often come close to Echolyn in their inventive prog. Other artists that spring to mind is Zappa, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, ELP and Yes. A daring mix, no doubt, and completely irresistable. And of course the musicians are top notch! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Progressive Rock Brazil
Zip Tang are a four-piece band from Chicago. According some comments around the music world press, they prefers to play something from the classic influences, the nice modern art and the bit of indispensable jam and "new music" - in a manner that, currently, gets optimistic praises, plus in a musical attractive emphaty that can score, further on, more and more important progressive qualities.
Zip Tang knows how to paint a delightful instrumental production, rick and stuffed with a lot of influences from the '70s, a band that consists of the standard Progressive lineup, using classical instruments as keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums, bringing together, good moments that echo some irreverence of "Frank Zappa", adding the signature sound of "Van der Graaf Generator" and "King Crimson" with symphonic tendencies of "Yes", completing with some ingredients of the Progressive Hard Rock from "Wishbone Ash". Zip Tang features talented musicians, playing very good Progressive Rock style, with amazing instrumental arrangements, which consist of very tasteful solos of guitar, while the keyboards add a touch of symphonism, bass and drums develop some very cool rhythm sections with lush vocals, but one of the big surprise is, the highlighted saxophone section that create a strong feeling in the musical arrangements.
"Luminiferous Ether" is a very diverse album, full of great songs and surprises, starting with the track "Tower Of Tuna", a song developed into Zappa's style. "Missed The Beginning" and "Nothing Here" are a powerful Hard Rock songs, where the guitars and drums are very strong and have a perfect balance. "Doctor Plush", "Like We Did Before" and "Searching For Treasure" are a Progressive Rock tracks that sounds very impressive, melodic, heavy and symphonic. "Beta"contains some interesting Jazz Fusion elements where sax, keyboards and guitar display interesting musical textures. "With A Twist" blends Jazz Fusion with hard rock elements. The album ends powerfully with a stronger version of "Tarkus (E.L&P.)" which is very well played, featuring a strong musical signature, especially developed in the style of Zip Tang.
"Luminiferous Ether" album was released in 2007, including nine tracks and 64:14min of a pure musical emotions. Engineered by Perry Merritt, recorded at ZT Studios - Park Ridge, IL. The musicians on the band are: Marcus Padgett - Keyboards, Sax and Vocals, Perry Merritt - Guitars and Vocals, Rick Wolf - Bass and Vocals and Fred Faller - Drums and Percussion. Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommendable...
by Carlos Vaz
Babyblaue-Seiten.de - Germany
(poor but amusing translation from the web)
Lecherous! Very simply lecherous Zip seaweed Debut-album Luminiferous Ether is. Begun in the distressing cover, over the dry Instrumentierung, that loosely lectured pieces and the official production and to end brought with the "absurd" cover-version of Tarkus - all simply lecherous!Zip Tang is a band from Chicago. They’ve recently released their debut album entitled Luminiferous Ether. When I got my hands on this CD, I became really intrigued at my first glance of the cover. Well, the tracklist is composed of 7 tracks, most lasting 5-6 minutes, a 10-minute one and one 18-minute suite at the very end, entitled… Tarkus. Yes, there’s no mistake here. It’s the same ELP’s Tarkus, which was shortened by Zip Tang to slightly less than the 20-minute original composition. And I have to say that although the Zip Tang’s rendition differs a little bit from the original, it is still a really successful culmination of the album. The preceding 45 minutes of Zip Tang’s own compositions also make a very good impression. At the same time, the music sounds very original, because the band often goes beyond the most explored areas of progressive rock: they particularly sound like Frank Zappa, and jazzy King Crimson – generally speaking, jazz rock climates, which are not always easy in reception, but sound very mature and interesting
Zip seaweed, that is is JamRock, that zappaesker Nonsens and late-crimsoides Selbstbewusstein. That is is is funky, that jazzig, that fart dry and that is of the Sax dominated... Would become someone so a disk describe to me, would enjoy is I it with caution, but Zip seaweed simply lecherous, said I that already?
Over a year worked the volumes at this disk, hears that one. Everything is reasoned, each piece is offered in professional perfect ions, suffocates on however not überprofessioneller earnestness. Lockerheit is must be trump, joke and transfers itself like obviously to the listener. Are there any objections? To the need the schmalspurige song of Marcus Padgett, I almost would like to mean however, so must be that. Perhaps the few Keyboardpassagen are sometimes a little to "artificial" Synthie-moderate. Alas watts, it are only a couple... Did not should the Sax irritate me? No - here, datt must not so! Must the occasional Bratz-passages of the guitar be then? Unconditionally, but why did one not should himself over so something ereifern?
Does and in the end the cover expelled explicitly as bonus-piece by Tarkus come asks has itself, and one inevitable; "what that then on the disk to seek?". Nothing! Very simply nothing. Except the fact that it is yet once entirely interesting to get lectured the straying Keyboardeskapaden of a Keith Emerson mainly through Sax. Otherwise Zips prove seaweed, that it also so what highly professional and few processed manage... A long end-Gag.
Zip seaweed a loose contribution is arrive with Luminiferous Ether at the subject "entertaining Mucke with kernel" and because it is so cool, find I it simply lecherous!
by Fix Sadler
original German text
MLWZ Radio - Poland
A vocalist (and at the same time a saxophone and keyboards player) Marcus Padgett sounds like a cross between Ray Watson from Echolyn and the late Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. Instrumentally speaking, in Zip Tang’s music you can hear not only Zappa but also echoes of the style of Red Hot Chili Peppers, King Crimson (intensive sax parts), Uriah Heep (just listen to the effective Hammond in Doctor Plush, in my opinion the most interesting recording on the album) or even early Pink Floyd. However you can’t say that Zip Tang plays exactly like any of the popular progressive bands. This American quartet draws on different sources and all those well-known musical themes are only ways that they use to achieve the aim to form their own, original and indeed interestingly played music.
original Polish text