Phone Message Song - A Deeper Dive 

Because we love talking about ourselves, here are some thoughts on Phone Message Song, which is featured on our 2021 album Try It Now!

Pete

      The storyline lyrics for this one really flew out of my noggin, coated with nerdiness and pop culture references. The idea is like a rom-com situation where this couple - a guy and a girl - have been friends for a while and everyone all around them can see they are made for each other, except they themselves: like Beatrice and Benedict in Twelfth Night to use one…

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Porch Light - A Deeper Dive 

Here we go again, overexplaining ourselves!  In this installment of "A Deeper Dive" the guys comment on Porch Light, from our 2021 album Try It Now!

Rich

     Steve wrote this song, and when I first heard the demo that had no vocals yet, I thought it was an upbeat, happy tune - especially with the cool brass tones from Alan. Then Pete wrote his lyrics, which were very dark and it took me a while to get used to the lyrical/musical juxtaposition (I think I just pulled a hamstring writing "juxtaposition"). Now…

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The Text - A Deeper Dive 

Welcome to the latest in our occasional series where we present the band's thoughts behind the creation of a song. Today's installment is The Text from our 2021 album Try it Now!

Steve 

     The music for The Text started with the bass and drum groove. With our second album Dogs in Helicopters, we inadvertently established a pattern of trying to present a tune which only had one chord, but was still interesting. On Dogs, that tune was Yesterday Always Knows, which is in F#. On Turnpike to Jupiter, it was…

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Je Ne Sais Pas - A Deeper Dive 

For those interested in the guys' thoughts behind the song, we present a deeper dive into Je Ne Sais Pas from our latest album Try It Now!

Steve: 

     Usually, when I present a new song to the band I have a fully formed song with music and lyrics that we collectively refine and record, with lots of creative input from the other guys. In a break from form, this one was submitted as an instrumental track (working title “Police Raid," and second working title after lyrics were added, "Happy Place") that I…

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Spring Update from ZFB! 

With the start of Spring, we continue to work in socially-distant and covid conscious ways!  This past week, Steve spent some time in the mountains of North Carolina, where ZFB classics including Flat Rock and Yesterday Always Knows were composed. Steve reports that he has written two instrumental pieces of music, that may be developed into full songs for a future project!

Meanwhile, back in our home base of Florida, Rich set up an outdoor pop-up studio, where he and Pete worked on overdubs for our cover of…

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We the People - A Deeper Dive 

For those wanting a deeper dive, we humbly present the guys’ thoughts on We the People, the first track on our 2021 album Try It Now! The genesis of the song was an instrumental arrangement by Rich, so we’ll let him go first: 

RICH

     In August 2017, like most Americans I watched the events from the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, with shock and disgust.  I also witnessed, in a peaceful display of strength against hate, that many counter-protesters came to Charlottesville.  Sadly…

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Try It Now! 

Happy New Year!  

 

We are pleased to announce the release of our new album Try It Now!  It's been a long time in the making and now that we are in 2021 we thought it was the time to get the album out to you!  

Of course you can hear the whole thing on Spotify: Try It Now!

And you can also find it on YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon, and pretty much everywhere else!

For those of you who still like physical CDs, like we do, head on over here: Buy a CD!

We really do think this is our best overall collection of…

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Hit Stop Now (Essence of it All Remix) 

On every one of our albums, there are a few self-indulgent moments. This is one of the biggest. Originally a "hidden track" on the Zero Down Time cd, "Hit Stop Now (You Have Been Warned)" isn't a song, but more of a psychedelic audio collage. 

For this remix, we shortened it to its most essential elements, including the whispered discussion between Pete and Rich, (Extra bonus points if anyone can identify the book from which Pete was reading), and the ukulele outro by Steve that recaps lyrics from several…

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Greenhouse Blues (Pre-ZFB Trippy Version) 

The recording of this version of Greenhouse Blues predates the existence of Zen Fuse Box. It was recorded by Rich and Steve at Rich's home studio, maybe back before we even met Pete! No one is exactly sure when we met Pete, so it's a mystery for the ages. This was an instrumental knocked around by Rich's other band The Forefathers as part of their live set, but was never recorded on one of their albums. Steve, having sat in with that band on occasion, was familiar with the tune, so it made sense to lay down…

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