ometimes fusion artists fuse everything altogether at once, and it's chaotic sensory overload. Well that's not the case with ZuhG, blending elements of genres by fluidly transitioning into and out of various movements so to speak. Their music is clearly set within a reggae context, though expounded upon for the most part through blues based rock, with a detectable psych influence, and occasional "In the Court of the Crimson King" era progressive freak out jams (thanks to the pounding dynamics between the drums and saxes). Mmm, plenty of saxophone. A very easy to listen to fusion music here, especially for the Southern Californian Coast beach scenes. Dirty Hippie Radio looks forward to seeing what's in store for ZuhG as they mature down the road of fusion music.
~Dirty Jeff (Dirty Hippie Radio)
ZuhG has switched around some members in the past year, but the jam-reggae outfit—who arguably plays as many different shows and venues than any other act in town—is now a six-piece. Bryan Nichols stills sings and picks, Matt Klee on the drums, too. Jake Jarzemkoski does the bass, Jake Gleason kills the sax during the band's grooves, J.R. Halliday plays second guitar and Charlie Wheeler is the emcee, doing something called "mouth situation," at least according to the band's MySpace page (non sequitur: Have bands taken over Facebook yet?). And so, ZuhG: Anyway, the new EP, Fish Tank, is five tracks, the best being "Dreams," what with its smooth sax intro and dub-jam verse styling without killing the harmony, except for a few bars of saxophone solo later in the song. Ultimately, just good ol' shakin' and shake-smokin' reggae radness.