The second UK band following The Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs. 6 decades later the band is still working hard, today they share their brand-new album ‘Different Game’.
The Zombies began work on the album, titled ‘Different Game’, after their 2019 induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a USA tour with Beach Boys auteur Brian Wilson. The band, which features founding keyboardist Rod Argent and lead singer Colin Blunstone, along with drummer Steve Rodford, guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Søren Koch, hoped to finish writing and recording the follow-up to their Billboard-charting 2015 album ‘Still Got That Hunger’ during a busy 2020 touring schedule, but COVID-19 had other plans for them. As primary songwriter and producer Rod Argent relates, “the band was not content to record remotely.”
“Making this album has been a joy from start to finish. Post-lockdown, we were absolutely determined to come together and record in as ‘live’ a way as we could - to capture that magical, fleeting quality of energy and immediacy of performance.”
Despite the Pandemic, The Zombies made the past 3 years productive, finishing the album, and giving fans previews of their new songs with a live-streamed concert from Abbey Road Studios London in 2021, and 65 concerts across North America and Europe in 2022 for the launch of their ‘Life Is A Merry-Go-Round’ Tour.
Along with Rockers like ‘Dropped Reeling & Stupid’, Different Game also features tender acoustic ballads with classical string arrangements and is produced by Rod Argent together with the band’s long-time live audio engineer Dale Hanson.
The album cover for Different Game exemplifies the independent and hard-working spirit of a band that refuses to rest on the laurels of a 6-decade career and comes from a photo taken by Rod Argent during a touring misadventure in the Arizona desert this past Summer. Singer Colin Blunstone explains:
“We were traveling from Southern California to Tucson, when our tour van’s engine suddenly caught fire! We spent about 5 hours stranded in the remote Arizona desert, but thanks to our intrepid team and crew, we were rescued and made it to our next show! It was a harrowing experience, but also beautiful and surreal.”
The Zombies’ brand-new record ‘Different Game’ is available HERE.