The first time I heard Zeus, I dismissed them as a Beatles-obsessed retro act. That’s not inaccurate, but weeks later, when I couldn’t stop listening to their 2010 debut, Say Us, I had to admit that, though shamelessly derivative, they’d come up with a highly addictive collection of well-crafted pop songs. There have been big stylistic changes between their debut and Busting Visions, but the band still provokes the same contradictory reactions.
Say Us sounded like a love letter to 1969, but Busting Visions comes across as the same band sometime in the mid-70s. Already many are saying this is the Wings to the Beatles-obsessed Say Us, but it’s closer to what we imagine the Fab Four might have sounded like had they not broken up. At first, the complete lack of restraint and overflowing musical ideas make Busting Visions feel a bit like an unfocused mess, but once you get familiar with it, it seems absurd to complain that they’ve crammed a dozen golden hooks into every single song. Don’t let their retroisms scare you off before you learn to love it.
Recorded between the band's Ill Eagle Studio and the ranch studio of labelmate Feist, Busting Visions is a sweaty romp of a record, oozing cool, with fuzzed-out riffs, razor-sharp hooks and harmonies galore.
Carlin Nicholson: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Mike O'Brien: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Neil Quin: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Rob Drake: drums
Afie Jurvanen, Taylor Knox, Jessica Grassia, Dave Azzolini, Liam Nicholson, Jason Collett, Mika Posen, Alex McMaster, and Bryden Baird
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