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JOHN CHO & LEFT OF ZED

Forget for a minute that you ever saw a movie about an uptight Asian dude and his Indian slacker roommate traversing the state of New Jersey in search of very specific fast food chain munchies...Left of Zed are both impressively retro and refreshingly progressive in their sound and statements.

Left of Zed

“Furious Bloom

(Unsigned)

 

Seems these days like every actor in Hollywood has their own band. Most prominent, of course, is Jared Leto’s uber-Screamo pop group 30 Seconds to Mars who have done for modern music what Jordan Catallano did for the virginal Claire Danes (I’ll let you make what you want of that). Many of these groups are mediocre outfits designed to simply feed the ego of a star who is bored in between acting gigs. But I can tell you, unequivocally, that is not the case for John Cho and Left of Zed.

 

Forget for a minute that you ever saw a movie about an uptight Asian dude and his Indian slacker roommate traversing the state of New Jersey in search of very specific fast food chain munchies. Pretend you didn’t rent Steal This Movie because you recognized Seth Meyers’ face from MAD TV. Take yourself out of the movie-going experience and plant your ass into music, your second biggest love, assuming you are anything like me.

 

Are you seated? Okay. Now go to www.myspace.com/leftofzed and give the four songs in their player a good listen. What does that say? No label? That’s about as absurd as finding Doogie Howser’s semen all over your car’s upholstery.

 

Cho has a strong and versatile voice that ranges from the attitude-infused annals of Iggy Pop and Joe Strummer to a more spirited soulfulness akin to a Chris Cornell or even John Mayer. But don’t let me dissuade you by my constant, muddled peppering of comparisons because that would be unfair to the Cali foursome. Cho’s voice is distinct, orgiastic and impactual, and the songs he sings are penned with great emotion and fastidiousness. Their hit-worthy track “I Soviet is an anthemic lament that should have labels chasing them down offering all sorts of treats. Its all-too-familiar message of wayward regret is at once personal and universal, and every other song on their MySpace page shares its strength and endurance in the face of feeling displaced.

 

On “Suspended Cho channels the heart and concern of U2, a group listed as one of his influences on his personal MySpace profile, and shares the pro-active message of much of Bono’s joints. Cho’s got his own chops, though, transcending the pitfall of copy catting.

 

“What I’ve Been Given is an especially poignant track in which the band and Cho collectively take the “furious bloom down a notch to deliver a moody parable about family.

 

Finally, “What Made Me Love You tears at the proverbial heartstrings with a tale of the prodigal lover for whom unconditional love is unyielding.

 Brian Sapp’s guitars are driving, mellifluous whirls of sound that get you amped up in an age of whiny Emo offal. Left of Zed are both impressively retro and refreshingly progressive in their sound and statements. There is no Harold and Kumar here. No onion-tinged belly bombs…Only mind bombs, serious explosions of energy. Now sign them already!—Bob Freville
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