Introducing: Some Classic Rock From Local Group Zig Zag Wanderer
I was drawn to the local group Zig Zag Wanderer based solely on their name, which comes from the title of one of my favorite songs of all time by Captain Beefheart. While I was hoping it would mean the band were trafficking in zonked out, left field rock that made Don Van Vliet’s merry pranksters legends, their sound is more traditional rock and roll fare. The songs on their new LP Out to Lunch have a bit of classic rock, a bit of honky-tonk punk and a bit jammy, My Morning Jacket-eqse stoner rock. This is, after all, a record that ends with a cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” so Trout Mask Replica it is not. But with the correctly calibrated exceptions this is a record that could be just what you’re looking for as we head into summer block party season.
You can dive into the seven song LP below, which came out at the end of March, and buy it from the band if you like what you’re hearing.