THE STORY SO FAR:
NYC band zerobridge continues to release a new track every month from July until with end of the year with Septembers previously unreleased and not available until now selection entitled There We Were, Now Here We Are.
2. There We Were, Now Here We Are
3. Venus in Arms
4. How Long
6. It Is What It Is
The name zerobridge comes from an actual bridge in Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, which earned the lesser known epithet of the “the city of seven bridges.” The story goes that when they built an 8th bridge, no one knew what to call the original first bridge. The solution is a case of pragmatics taken to the extreme: they decided to name it zerobridge. The bridge itself is a sentimental place for anyone familiar with Kashmir.
Their six track EP lacks any real direction. There are cues from World Music mixed together with hearty backbeats. But, there’s no real oomph outside of TWA. TWA plays with melody and rhythm in a way that harkens back to bands like Cornershop. I’m not talking about sound and development, but the emotional connect to the lyrics.
I don’t hate zerobridge, it’s just that I can’t find anything that urgent about their music. I’ve had the same experience with the latest Weezer CD. Half of the tracks get you excited and the rest felt like they were phoned in. A little more polish and work with a reputable producer could whip the better material into shape. If you’re curious, head over to zerobridge’s website to pick up a free track.
Final Score: 80% – C