One night in Toronto, when conversations of their favourite live bands led to dreams of being their own favourite live band, Zuffalo was born. They started as a back-up band for local blues musicians which led to long improvised jams. Soon, songs were formed, and their unique funky psychedelic rock sound was established.
Zuffalo’s music is guitar-driven, uplifting psychedelic rock with folk- and pop-based melodies and harmonies. With funky beats and monstrous riffs that can enter realms of blues and hard rock, their songs consist of instrumental sections where the musicians communicate with each other to create unique stories in sound. Soaked in rich harmonies, the lyrics are about love but are also laced with quirky metaphors, and often touch on subjects of science fiction and nature. Since the musicians are always reacting to the vibe in the room, this makes the Zuffalonian audience essential, and Zuffalo always aims to keep their audience groovin’ down.
The band released their debut album in 2018, recorded live off the floor in a barn. They released their EP “Space” in spring 2020, and have kept busy during the pandemic by creating isolated, remote music videos.
Kim Manning – Vocals, Keys
Mikey Vukovich – Vocals, Bass
Sean Steele – Vocals, Guitar
Eric Vanier – Drums
ABOUT THE ALBUM:
Birdbrain, featuring leadoff single “Can You Run Out?” – out on May 18th
Birdbrain was recorded live off the floor at a barn in Baden, ON in the countryside outside of Kitchener. There were beautiful sunsets, amazing meteor showers, and the peacefulness of nature all around to inspire the band to create.
“From the wood of the studio space, to the acoustic piano, vintage gear like the Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3, roomy drum sound, tube amps and acoustic guitars, we want the music to breath with warmth like many of our favourite albums,” the band says. “Although we record digitally, there is a desire to emulate some of the warm acoustic qualities of tape, and by recording live off the floor we hope to capture the feeling of the room as we all played together. We also do not use Auto-tune and use editing as minimally as we can.”
“Can You Run Out?” was written by Sean Steele (guitar, vocals) during lockdown, and is about longing for human connection. It was particularly inspired by John Lennon’s 1974 record, Walls and Bridges.
“We were setting up to record a song of Sean’s called “Time is a Flat Circle,” when on a break, Sean played a demo of “Can You Run Out?” off of his phone to our producer/engineer Mackenzie Jordan. Mikey walked by overhearing and stopped in his tracks. “What’s that?!? We should record that!” So we immediately went to “Can You Run Out”, without any rehearsal. The acoustic guitar and bongos really glue everything together, with the acoustic sounding especially interesting because it was recorded into a cardboard box with a microphone inside.” – Zuffalo
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