Zoogma and Up Until Now Rock The Blockley
On Saturday, February 16th, yet another night of standout music hit The Blockley in Philadelphia. With the supporting act, Business Casual Disco, there to get the dance moves going, Up Until Now and Zoogma cranked up the party. Up Until Now took the stage, presenting a bright sound, reminiscent of earlier Lotus, but it gets heavier than that. Up Until Now incorporates a variety of sounds, with the build ups of a Rage Against the Machine song, presented by way of flowery electronica. This beautiful clash was exemplified in the covers of the night, including Missy Elliott‘s “Work It” and Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs.” Joined by STS9‘s bassist, David Murphy, Up Until Now turned up the electric heat with a taunting hint of disco and funk. As the dance floor filled up, the sound was rounded out, and the dynamic, experimental Zoogma was ready to answer the question: WTF is Zoogma?
After the breath of musical fresh air that is Up Until Now, the rising stars of the jamtronica scene, Zoogma, fired it up from the get-go. Throughout the span of any Zoogma show, it is apparent that their musical style is drawn from a wide range of influences. Their cover of Three 6 Mafia‘s “Stay Fly” held true to the band’s style of incorporating all syles, by combining airy electronica coupled with Hip Hop vocals and a DubStep beat. This totally revamped cover was a heavy way to start the show, and just when you think Zoogma is getting too dubby, they bring it back to the roots of jam. Zoogma is a high tempo, upbeat full band with complementary samples such as the words “Hold Up” that most of the females in the crowd recognized as a clip from City High’s “What Would You Do?” Their electro beats have a home in any EDM producer’s aresenal, and with eyes closed one might not realize that the scratching of turntables is actually coming from guitarist Justin Hasting. With bass drops and licky jams, Zoogma brings it all. New and old fans alike should expect the unexpected, from fist pumpy techno to shreddy hip-hop/ prog-rock fusions. If you’re looking for a mental vacation when you attend a show, Zoogma is like going on a 12 day cruise. Their new EP, Recreation Vehicles, is available for free download here, and once you leave the port you’ll be metaphorically lounging, tropical drink in hand, on Computerized Dance Island and in The Republic of the Ethereal.