In a world where hip-hop now dominates mainstream radio and any ‘new’ music consists of redone punk or emo, music fans have to wonder what ever happened to simply big rock and roll.
With the exception of perennial bands like Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Lynard Skynard, the music world today seems to be content with leaving the classic, vintage elements of rock and roll on the backburner.
One Philadelphia band is ready to change all that.
Zodiac has only been playing together for about a year, but their uniquely refreshing sound has already begun to establish them as a true rarity among their peers and a much-needed revival of rock and roll for modern times.
The band started out with Ryan Coles (lead/rhythem guitar) and Erik Marley (drums/percussion,) who met in high school and continued to play together for about two years. Nick Fargo (vocals, piano) joined about one year ago, adding solid vocals and lyrics to the music.
When a former bassist left the band one week before a crucial performance, the band found Carmen Fanelli, a bassist who learned all the songs in one week prior to the show.
Whether discovered in high school, or years prior to that, all four members have had a passion for music throughout their lives.
“I probably could read music before I could read books,” laughs Fargo, who began playing piano at age four. Fargo also participated in musical theater throughout his life, which has helped and influenced him vocally.
Marley, who has been playing drums for about seven years, became interested in music through the influence of family, while Coles, who has been playing guitar for five years, got into performing for the pure love of music.
Whether labeled as classic rock, jam band, or psychedelic, the quartet’s sound has already become distinct.
“A lot of people describe our ‘genre’ as classic rock, and although we enjoy listening to this type of music, we’re not necessarily trying to sound like these artists,” says Fargo, giving credit to his predecessors.
Unlike many bands of today who are content with playing small venues and acoustic sets, Zodiac strongly believes that bigger is always better, in all aspects of the music.
Keep on the look-out rock and rollers. Zodiac could easily be the band you were lucky enough to see before they “got big.”
The band will be playing at Grape Street in Manyunk on June 7. Meanwhile check out the band’s website (www.zodiac live.com) for more info.