For Victoria, BC’s interesting folky/blues/rock musical act Zonnis, music is a dance between catchy and humorous, with a little tongue in cheek attitude to boot. Releasing their heavily harmonized album titled Rise Of The Sheep, this pleasant duo has given us an album that’s a little bit of fun meets a lot of skill.
Right away I am going to shine a light on the obvious elephant in the room. The catchy opening track titled “Too Little, Too Late”, is too close to The Clash’s legendary song “Should I Stay Or Should I go” to be considered an original track. It is not uncommon for artists to accidentally take a bit from the original inspirational source material, but sometimes it is simply too big of a piece taken. Moving passed this slight hiccup, the song itself is very well done, and both singers manage to create something instantly likeable and fun. I can’t help but think that this is the sort of folk/rock track that truly shines in a live performance.
“Drinking In The Dark” is a cool Americana style track with sultry vocals and quirky trail worn banjo playing. The aptly named track makes you want to do exactly that, go drinking in the dark. Not the fastest song on the album, but when it comes to maintaining a truly devious sound, you need it to stick to your guns and keep the methodical tempo playing. For many, this is going to be their favorite track on the album as it brings the party to you in that old fashioned Jim Morrison sort of way.
The final track off of Rise Of The Sheep is titled “Home Is Where The Heart Is”, and like we have come to expect from the talented Zonnis, this song captures the true essence of the band. Harmonizing their vocals over meaningful lyrics, Zonnis has found the proper way to end the musical journey that they have taken their audience through
The album as a whole is one where if you like one song, you will like them all. It is clear that Zonnis know who they are and what they offer, and that they play from the heart. Not the fastest album in your collection, but one worthy of a few spins through, with perhaps a few drinks ready to go.