Youtube can be an amazing thing: Not that long ago, Matt Doe, Leo P and Dave “King of Sludge” Parks were three subway buskers anonymously filling the underground tunnels of NYC with their blaring horns and stomping drums.
They may have been just three men playing just three instruments, yet they filled the subway with a sound that could rival a full-on jazz band.
That all changed, however, once a video was posted of the trio playing at Union Square station, and thus, pandemonium ensued. TOO MANY ZOOZ followed up the viral success with their first E.P., F NOTE, earlier this year and the trio is already back with number 2, FANIMALS.
As good as the musicianship was on their first release, the arrangements on Fanimals sound more complex and mature. This time around, the band explored different genres and broadened their sound to include Latin (“Mouse Trap”), Mambo, House (“Turtledactyl”), Dance and Middle Eastern (“Wet”) influences.
Particularly on tracks like “Limbo” and “House of the Glass Red Pt. 2,” Too Many Zoos added more dynamics to their arrangements; they start out softer and the music builds like a wave before it crests into a fulfilling climax. The entire release is nothing more than great fun, and these three talents know how to make an audience move to the groove; you’d almost expect to see Too Many Zoos stomping down Royal St. in New Orleans.
“House of the Glass Red” (Pts. I and II) are a House music delight, and a fitting way to cap off another stellar release. Thankfully, there is certainly a different vibe on E.P. no. 2. than its predecessor because they could easily have leaned on the same formula.
On their first E.P., there was not much for the drummer to do other than keep time and add some nice little fills here and there, and that trend continues on the second. Seeing his subway setup, one could understand how he must make do with the few trinkets he does possess (on a positive note, he does rock that cowbell better than Will Ferrell ever could)!
For the better, things are also slowed down a bit on these 6 tracks. The frantic horns on “To the Top” from the first E.P. may be missed on Fanimals, the tamer tones are equally powerful and equally satisfying.
Before long, Too Many Zoos will be earning well beyond what they used to accumulate in a guitar case.