The Zambonis

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The Zambonis

Butchers Blind

Sun, March 11, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Zambonis - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Zambonis
One of several pop-punk bands obsessed with all things related to hockey -- the Hanson Brothers, a spin-off of Canada's Nomeansno puckishly (sorry) named after one of the sport's foremost dynasties, are the other well-known example -- the Zambonis have a tongue-in-cheek approach to the sport that borders on irreverence, but it's clear that this Connecticut-based quartet takes its hockey extremely serious indeed. Therefore, any listener who doesn't get the joke in a song title like "Bob Marley and the Hartford Whalers" probably won't have much use for them.

The Zambonis (the name comes from the machine used to smooth the ice between periods of a hockey game; the band's website proudly notes that they have specific permission from Frank J. Zamboni and Company to use the trademark) formed in suburban Fairfield County, CT, in 1992. Singer/guitarist Dave Schneider, guitarist Jon Aley (who also plays what the group proudly refers to as "cheesy hockey rink organ"), bassist Peter Katis, and his drummer brother Tarquin Katis were die-hard hockey fans who started the band expressly to celebrate their mutual obsession in song. After gigging around Connecticut for a few years developing an audience among their fellow hockey obsessives, the Zambonis released 1996's 100% Hockey...and Other Stuff, which featured "Avalanche," a song of praise for the new Stanley Cup winners the Colorado Avalanche that got a ton of airplay in the hockey world and eventually was adopted as the team's official anthem.

The following year saw the release of Play-Off Fever!, featuring the hardcore thrash of "Lost My Teeth" and the tongue-in-cheek "CCM PSA (The Helmet Song)," a cautionary tale directed toward helmetless player Craig McTavish. Several songs from this EP eventually appeared on 1999's full-length More Songs About Hockey...and Buildings and Food, which also featured the hilarious morality play "Johnny Got Suspended." In 2000, the band self-released a limited-edition CD, To Bleed Black and Gold, in honor of their beloved Boston Bruins.

~ Stewart Mason, Rovi
Butchers Blind - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Butchers Blind
Butchers Blind are a band that plays American Music. Their sound hearkens back to a simpler time before Rock & Roll was divided into a million small sub-genres and songwriting was still the order of the day. One may be able to hear the influences of Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and The Band in their songs, but the real magic is how they blend these ingredients into a musical recipe all their own.

Butchers Blind formed in 2009 in Bellerose, New York. Pete Mancini, Paul Cianciaruso, Brian Reilly, and Christopher Smith came together through mutual friends and a shared love of music. In 2011, they signed with Paradiddle Records, an independent record label based out of Huntington, New York. That year they released their debut CD, Play for the Films. The Mancini-penned tunes on Play for the Films were inspired by travel journals kept by his father as well as experiences from his own cross-country travels. The album was a critical success, garnering the band favorable reviews and radio airplay around the world.

Their new record, Destination Blues, marks a significant step forward for the band. They are venturing into new musical territory while keeping one foot firmly grounded in the sound they established with their first record, Play for the Films. The focus for this album was on capturing the live energy of the band – which you can feel in the energetic performances throughout the record. When you listen to the music of Butchers Blind, it’s the performance and the songwriting that draws you in - and if you listen close enough, you can hear the future of American music in every note.

Butchers Blind has opened for Blues Traveler, Robbie Fulks, Turin Brakes, Marah, Yarn, Steve Forbert, and James Maddock.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002