BIG NEWS fans and friends - Zip Tang will live on! Meet and welcome our new bass player Andrew Bunk! After many months of uncertainty about our future and the daunting task of trying to find a local high caliber player into our eclectic flavor of prog, Andrew came in to audition at ZiTi studio and just about nailed four of our most technically challenging songs. Much like our drummer Fred Faller's audition 15 years ago, after the first couple of songs we knew we had found our new bassist.
We're very excited and have a new shot of enthusiasm to resume development of our new concept album, and to get out and play live again with the high energy and solid feel Andrew's style gives our old and new music.
Here's a little more info on Andy:
In the summer of 1988, Andy's friends needed someone to play bass and they happened to have a bass he could borrow. He gave it a shot, and 30 years later he's still going strong! After spending his formative years banging out all kinds of metal from thrash to glam, his musical influences began to expand and eventually led him to writing, recording and performing with numerous original and cover bands in both Chicago and NYC, including Profile, Braindance, Backstage Pass, X-Factor, Divinity Compromised and Silent Lucidity. He has played many of Chicago's best venues in addition to touring nationally including the prestigious ProgPower USA festival. He is currently an endorsing artist for the legendary Spector Bass company.
With a heavy heart we are sad to announce that Zip Tang is now a duo. After 15 years and 5 CDs, our bassist, and resident sommelier, Richard Wolfe, has decided it is time to step away from the band. We have nothing but fond memories of our time together and we wish him all the best.
While Doc's departure leaves a huge hole in the band, Zip Tang is far from being done. We have a lot of new material for our 6th album that we are determined to finish.
Over the last couple of months, our good friend Marc Piane has been kind enough to jump in with his more-jazzy style of bass playing and composition skills. Unfortunately, Marc is also an in-demand player with a very full calendar making it difficult for him to rehearse regularly. So with Marc's support, we are actively seeking a bassist who digs our vibe and is interested in co-creating the next phase of Zip Tang II.
Perry and Fred
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proud to announce Progtoberfest
II October 21-23, 2016 with 25+ bands playing this
TRIPLE CD RELEASE PARTY
January 9, 2016 - 8:00 PM at Wire -
DAS REBOOT Available Now
Album #4 is nearing completion friends. Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for updates and release date.
Also with two great, sonically and visually stimulating original bands -
Von Frickle - featuring mind bending music from their 9th album, and
District 97 - with 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt on lead vocals!
PM, $8 ADVANCE, $10 at the door
"Original, fresh and
downright entertaining approach to modern
progressive music" Dutch
Progressive Rock Page
IT'S HERE! "FEED OUR HEADS" is
that their 8000 volunteer judges screened over
42,000 CD's and 560,000 songs to reach these final results in 80
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final voting is next
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reaches #29 of the top 100 albums of the year for
2008 in Germany's Eclipsed Rock Magazine.
We're honored to be included with these great
international bands and artists. We haven't heard
of a few of them either, but Google 'em and check them out like
we did. Lots o' good stuff...