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 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 property. He got a few of us but I survived and got a band name out of it.
Jump ahead a bit and now, I have a new album of original songs, titled Hypomania, coming out on Lump’N’Loaf Records.
Hypomania’s sound switches between rocking out jams to soft acoustic ballads, plus some experimental stuff. 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. Being a Monkees and Ramones fan, I wanted to write a song that mixed up their styles. The video, directed by Emmy Award winner Eric Vitner, is my first collaboration with Eric’s IdeaMachine Films. Eric has also directed music videos for Lump’N’Loaf bands Trio of Madness (“From Mad, Mad, Mad Minds”) and A Halo Called Fred (“Turtles All The Way Down”).
The CD-Release party for Hypomania will take place on February 24, 2017 at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ. The album will be available for download through lumpnloaf.com, ZigmanBird.com and most online retailers (including iTunes, and Amazon) on Tuesday, February 28.
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