Ever since I squished out of the womb, my life has been filled with music. My first guitar wound up being broken over my brother’s legs by my mom. At that exact moment I knew what the effects of a guitar can do to someone! So I picked up the broken pieces and never put them down.

  Since then, I too smashed a few guitars, played a million gigs, had a million laughs and like the countless New Jersey Rock and Roll troubadours before me, I've written a good amount of music.

  I started writing songs with an old school buddy of mine Mr. Rick Mutz. Five days a week, five hours a night. Like most artists we sucked at first but we got a lot better. After time we knew and understood the craft of songwriting and realized a band and a band name was needed.

  The name Zigman Bird came to me while I was sitting half naked on the toilet. There was a junkyard by my house and the owner, Sigman Byrd, used to shoot kids with a salt gun if they wandered onto his propperty. He got a few of us but I survived and got a band name out of it.

  Jump ahead a bit and a now, a new album of original songs, titled Hypomania, has just been completed for Hillsborough, NJ label Lump'N'Loaf Records. Hypomania's sound switches between rocking out, full of cutting guitars and pounding drums, as well as stripping Rock and Roll down to its soft, acoustic nature. This album continues my passion for the perfect mix of catchy hooks, melodies and lyrics.

  “Dry Tears" the first song and video from Hypomania, is a power chord love poem set to a backbeat, inspired by the best of the bubblegum era. Being a Monkees and Ramones fan, I wanted to write a song that had both of their pop sensibilities. The video, directed by Emmy Award winner Eric Vitner, is Keith’s first collaboration with Eric’s IdeaMachine Films. Eric has also contributed music videos for fellow New Jersey Lump’N’Loaf Artists Trio of Madness (From Mad, Mad, Mad Minds) and A Halo Called Fred (Turtles All The Way Down).

  A CD-Release party for Hypomania will take place on February               24, 2017 at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

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