The Funky, Baroque Animals of Zoos of Berlin

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Zoos of Berlin are from Detroit and are fronted by Trevor Naud who also spent time (maybe still does) in the notoriously unprolific but occasionally awesome Pas/Cal. Unlike that band's sunshine pop, Zoos of Berlin are more buttoned up and immaculate, like a high society tea… but one that desperately wants to be disco-fest. Naud and turtleneck-wearing bassist Daniel Clark keep it regal, but drummer Colin Dupuis and, especially, keyboardist Will Yates are there to party. The result is like a weird mix of Cardinal and Steely Dan, a combination that is perfected on "Electrical Way" which has Yates laying down a super-funky Clavinet part over most of the song, with a breakdown which is straight out of "Peg." And it just sounds awesome, such good musicianship overcoming the deficiencies of Market Hotel's PA, where they played a few weeks ago.

MP3: Zoos of Berlin – Electrical Way (buy it)

And here's video of said song from their recent Market Hotel show:

And some upcoming shows:

 

Oct 23 Anton Art Center [free costume party] Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Nov 6 Crofoot Ballroom [w/ Black Heart Procession & Thunderbirds Are Now!] Pontiac, Michigan

Nov 19 Detroit Science Center [playing in front of the IMAX!] Detroit, Michigan

Nov 25 The Blind Pig [w/ Great Lakes Myth Society] Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dec 4 The Majestic Cafe [The Recital’s final show, also w/ Thunderbirds Are Now!] Detroit, Michigan