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Here Today...

by Zonic Shockum

2001‘s “Here Today.” comes as the band‘s sophomore CD -- a harder, more polished, cohesive snapshot of Zonic Shockum than their debut CD, which had been assembled from various sessions.
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Album Notes
Debbie Polak: Bass, Vocals
Stephen P. Anderson: Guitars
Ned Sonstein: Drums

Here Today... was recorded at Manayunk, PA's Cycle Sound by J. Cox. It was recorded featuring the band as a power trio. Original drummer Marc had left to open a restaurant. Marc's brother Ned made the shift from bass to drums, and Debbie assumed bass duties in addition to lead vocal. The track "Alley Hunter" also features the late Kim Chowchuvech on harmonica.

Philadelphia's Zonic Shockum have been together since 1989. They have been credited as being one of the fore-running female fronted, punk rock bands to emerge from the area. Starting out in '88 as a 4-track project in a studio apartment, guitarist Steve Anderson incorporated tape loops and creepy distorted vocals to drum and guitar tracks. He released a demo, which got radio airplay on a few local college stations. Not feeling strongly about his own vocals, Anderson asked his live-in girlfriend, Debbie Polak to lay a few vocal tracks down, just for the hell of it. The project soon progressed to a more traditional band and began playing live. Zonic would share the stage with such notable acts as Royal Trux, Ween, Rocket From The Crypt, and Zen Guerilla.

Their first single in '91 displayed their hard driven sound on "Whores" and "Woe is Me," and their experimental side with the instrumental "Tape Worm."

In '92, Compulsiv Records released their five-song EP Testosterone, which broke ground for the band.

By '93, Zonic Shockum released three songs on their own label, Beefeater Records. "No, You Suck," the stand out on this single charted on radio lists from Philadelphia to California to parts of Europe. New York label, Grass Records contacted the band to contribute a song for a double-CD, Frank Sinatra tribute compilation, called Chairman of the Board. In the company of such bands as The Flaming Lips, Girls Against Boys and Toadies, Zonic Shockum's version of "Dream Away" stood above the others, enough to catch the attention of Time magazine.

Over the years, the band released a few more singles on their own and on other indie labels. They've never been able to tour extensively, but will never turn down a show -- once driving to Florida from Philly over the weekend to perform one show.

After tons of singles and EPs, in '97 Zonic released their first full-length CD. Their self-titled album contained 13 songs of all the different sounds and genres this band has covered throughout their eight-year span.

2001's Here Today... comes as the band's sophomore CD. It is a harder, more polished, cohesive snapshot of ZS than their debut CD, which had been assembled from a variety of sessions.



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Fur Mina

Very Cool Very Raw
I love the rawness of this album as far as production. The hooks are clever and shiek in a low-fi way. There is a honesty to this album that is refeshing.