NYC-born brass-house trio TOO MANY ZOOS announced yesterday that they are once again swapping the subway for the stage – and paying a visit to Brighton on their 2017 European tour.
The trio of twentysomethings started out busking and rose to fame in 2014 after one fan posted a video of the boys performing their original song, To the Top, in the New York subway.
The video has now been viewed millions of times, going viral on several social networking platforms including Facebook and Tumblr. Many similar videos, including this rendition of Flightning sans trumpet, have attracted similar levels of online mania.
They’re now used to playing big gigs all over the world, but still enjoy making impromptu sounds down in the NYC subway (particularly at Union Square) between tours. The three-piece have been described as “one part New Orleans Jazz, one part Caribbean Calypso, and two parts fun”.
The distinctive sound of TOO MANY ZOOS blends jazz, funk, and Spaghetti Western salsa – but it works! Some say their infectious melodies sounds like they’re straight out of a Quentin Tarantino flick. It’s an amalgamation of the unlikely trio’s preferred styles – Matt Doe’s trumpet, David “King of Sludge” Parks’ kick drum, and Lou Pellegrino’s baritone saxophone.
It’s not just their original sound and unmistakable talent that makes TOO MANY ZOOZ so compelling to watch; Lou’s characteristic, funky dance moves (which he pulls off while multitasking) are out of this world.
In an age of digital streaming and EDM, it’s all too easy to neglect authentically made music from the streets – but TOO MANY ZOOZ are changing all that, offering a breath of fresh air to the modern music scene.
TOO MANY ZOOS will be playing in Brighton on 2 August 2017. Venue and support TBC.
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