MP3 The Zambonis - Fight On The Ice
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ROCK: Punk-Pop, ROCK: Rock & Roll
Rockâs Lord of the Rinks
Few rock bands have been featured in both Sports Illustrated and Billboard. Few have played both punk-rock clubs and Harlemâs Apollo Theatre. Few have appealed to fans young and old. But the quirky 100 hockey-rock Zambonis have somehow prevailedâimpressing music snobs, sports freaks and critics simultaneously.
The Zambonis formed in 1991 when defenseman/guitarist/singer Dave Schneider envisioned a group that played nothing but songs about hockey. And he wasnât joking. What started as a fun âlittle thingâ is now the most popular sports-rock band in North America. Explaining his bandâs unique style, Dave says, âWeâre the only band in the world whose two biggest influences are The Beatles and Wayne Gretzky!â
For the âminor-league years,â The Zambonis stuck close to their Bridgeport, Connecticut home. But in 1996, The Zambonisâ first full-length CD, 100 Hockey...and other stuff, changed everything. The 15-song disc cracked the Top 25 on both the CMJ and Gavin charts, spent 13 weeks on the CMJ Top 200 and worked its way onto NHL, NCAA and minor league hockey arena playlists nationwide.
Commenting on the disc, The Los Angeles Times wrote, âSlapstick meets slapshotsâ¦For the true hockey fan, this is a must. For the casual fan, itâs still one big smile.â While Billboard added âThey have a sense of humor about themselvesâ¦A timely and surprisingly appealing release.â Time Out New York chimed in, anointing the band âThe Pearl Jam of hockey rock.â
It wasnât long before the band performed at Madison Square Garden. Even though the event was a monster truck rally, it still counts, right?
Later in â96, the band released the single âAvalanche!â which became a good-luck anthem for the Colorado Avalancheâs 1996 Stanley Cup playoff run. The song, that later appeared on the bandâs 1997 EP, Playoff Fever, received incessant Denver radio airplay and led to a pre-playoff game command performance at Denverâs McNichols Arena (now known as the Pepsi Center).
In January 1999, The Zambonis were invited to play at the NHL Breakout in Tampa, Florida for the Rollerblade Hockey World Championships. Iceâ¦asphaltâ¦itâs all good when itâs all hockey.
In February 1999, The Zambonis cracked the small screen with the premiere Nickelodeon airing of the âHockey Monkeyâ video. Years later, the video is still regularly shown in re-airings of Nickelodeonâs Kablam! program.
It wasnât long before The Zambonisâ âfocusedâ approach lured such mainstream publicity outlets as CNBC, MTV, ESPN2, FOX Sports, WNBC-TVâs âLive at Fiveâ, plus such syndicated puck programs as Hockey Week and Cool Shots, as well as New York magazine, Hockey Digest, New York Post and dozens more.
In October 1999, the bandâs second full-length CD, More Songs About Hockey...and buildings and food took the ice and brought the band even more friends and fans, plus a feature story in The New York Times and a âRandom Notesâ photo in Rolling Stone. With 17 tracks of head-spinningly good pop-rock (that also happen to be about hockey), More Songs earned more raves. Said the Fairfield Weekly at the time, âThese arenât just songs about hockeyâtheyâre perfectly written, perfectly tuneful songs about hockey.â
In November 1999, The Zambonis won Maxim Magazineâs "Best Band You Never Heard Of" Award, topping the Go-Betweens and At The Drive-In.
In December 1999, the band made a triumphant second appearance at Madison Square Garden, performing before thousands at SuperSkate 2000, a NY Rangers Charity Hockey event that benefited NYR SKATE and The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
With their popularity rocketing faster than an Al MacInnis slap shot, The Zambonis were commissioned to create a theme for The Boston Bruins. In the fall of 2001, âTo Bleed Black and Goldâ was featured as the title song to a highly rated New England Sports Network (NESN) one-hour special about New Englandâs beloved hockey heroes. The foursome also eagerly accepted the Bruinsâ invitation to perform at Ray Bourque Night at The Fleet Center in October 2001.
Due to fan demand, The Zambonis released a CD EP that featured âTo Bleedâ plus live gems and unreleased rarities. Although the CD quickly sold out, its rare tracks will soon be downloadable on Appleâs iTunes website.
Always there when needed, The Zambonis gave a quick âHeck yeah!â to Denis Leary when he called on them to perform at his Celebrity Hat Trick benefit at the Worcester Centrum in September 2001.
In February 2002, The Zambonis made their most memorable appearance to date: a highly publicized on-ice performance during the 2002 NHL All-Star Game at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Zambonis performed alongside such notable mainstream acts as Jewel, Five For Fighting and Unwritten Law.
The band fondly recalls the trip for another reason: They shared a dressing area with the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, reunited in their entirety for the first time since capturing Gold in Lake Placid. âOne of the most prized pictures I have is a shot I took with Mike Eruzione,â confesses Dave.
In winter 2002, four Zambonis songs were featured on the Midway video game NHL Hitz 2003. The game, playable on Xbox, PlayStation2 and Gamecube, became a monster hit with hockey fans, and included [non-hockey] songs by Rob Zombie, Moby, Incubus, Hoobastank and Powerman 5000.
In March 2003, The Zambonis released a new CD, Chippy Sessions, a compilation of rare live cuts, singles, demos, and sneak previews of songs from their forthcoming full-length release.
In December 2003, The Zambonis beat out Missy Elliot and the Alien Quadrilogy [but fell short of topping Miss Piggy and her fellow Muppets] in Entertainment Weekly as one of the âMust-Haves For The Holidays.â Coming in strong at #5, the article stated âFinally: a hockey-themed band we can all love!â
In April 2004, The Wall Street Journal featured The Zambonis in a front-page story that revealed the growing sports-rock connection. The band was only slightly miffed when their views regarding Keynsian economics were cut from the piece.
In late August 2004, ESPNâs SportsCenter featured The Zambonis in a special report that investigated the relationship between athletes and musicians. The piece also included Detroit Red Wings tough guy Darren McCarty and his band Grinder.
In conjunctionâand with the NHL lockout loomingâhttps://www.tradebit.com posed 10 Burning Questions for The Zambonis. In the still-posted article, the band revealed their collection of hockey jerseys had passed the 300 mark.
Also in August 2004, The Zambonis took home the âBest Rock Bandâ title in The Fairfield Weekly's Grand Band Slam.
In October 2004, leading puck-fan website https://www.tradebit.com invited The Zambonis to become regular âcelebrity columnists.â
In December 2004, The Zambonis caused an international sensationâin Riga, Latvia of all placesâperforming at the first game of the NHL Worldstars European tour. With the NHL lockout causing stir-craziness, a 30-player team featuring such NHL stars as Rob Blake, Martin Brodeur, Sergei Federov, Tie Domi, and dozens more organized a series of hockey games versus national teams throughout Europe.
The Zambonis performed at an event called âThe biggest sports event in Latviaâs historyâ by Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga. In their whirlwind four-day trip, the band performed on a national television program, a popular radio station, a shopping mallâand a punk club. Adding to their collection, they returned home with official jerseys from their host team, RIGA 2000.
In late January 2005, The Zambonis realized a career-long dream with their appearance in The Hockey News. In addition to a full-page color photo of the band, the magazine featured a byline article featuring keen hockey and rock insights from Dave Schneider and drummer/goon Mat Orefice.
In February 2005, the band was invited to perform at the NAHL (North American Hockey League) All-Star Game just outside Dallas, Texas. Honored as the âOfficial Band of the NAHL,â The Zambonis performed at a special pre-game on-ice concert and traded stories with Rob Blake and former Olympic (and NHL) stars Ken Morrow and Neil Broten.
The Zambonisâ music became accessible to the masses when the popular online music download service iTunes added The Zambonis in early 2005. Within weeks, the band became the most downloaded hockey band in the world.
An internationally syndicated article about the band appeared in April 2005 from Halifax to Naples and Minneapolis to Toronto. The article chronicled the fan-effect of the NHL lockout, which created surprising demand for The Zambonisâ brand of hockey rock.
Later in April 2005, The Zambonis embarked on the longest road trip of their career. Hand-picked as the opening act for a three-week spring tour for Reprise Records recording artists, Guster, The Zambonis performed for over 25,000 during the stint which took them from Ohio to Minnesota.
The bands clicked so well that Gusterâs Adam Gardner and The Zambonisâ Dave Schneider formed a side band, The LeeVees, who entered the studio in Spring 2005 to record a CD featuring ten songs about Channukah. âThis will be a first,â proclaims Dave, âan album that 1.78 of us can call their own!â The LeeVees signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records and released a full legnth cd entitled âChanukah Rocksâ in October of 2005. The LeeVees then embarked on a month tour with The Barenaked Ladies.
In Februaury 2006, The band signed a record deal solely for Canada with Nettwerk Records. A greatest hits compilation with 3 new tracks will be released in Sept 2006 and then a new realease will follow.
In March of 2006 The Zambonis catchy hit âHockey Monkeyâ was chosen by FOX TV as the theme song to a new sitcom called âThe Loopâ The show aired right after American Idol on March 15th and was viewed by 14 million viewers. (thatâs like getting a tape-to-tape pass from Wayne Gretzky!). The song also won Blender Magazineâs Best Monkey Song Ever competition. Beating out Foo Fighters (Monkey Wrench) Beastie Boys (Brass Monkey) and The Monkees (Monkees Them Song). Hockey monkey was also the #1 played and requested song on Sirius radio from May 22 to July 1, 2006. Not bad for a song written in a bathroom in VT.
Jan of 2008 saw The NHL and the band join forces again when they used The Zambonis song âBoom Boom Boomâ for the NHL TV Networks National ad campaign. The Versus Network, another TV channel affiliated with the NHL is also using a ton of Zambonis songs for their on air broadcast.
Guitarist and Zambonisâ producer, Peter Katis, has made quite a name for himself off the ice as well. In addition to ongoing projects with his other band, The Philistines, Jr., Peter has gained acclaim for his recent recording work with Interpol, The Get Up Kids, Guster, The National, Von Bondies, Spoon, ours and others. Each act faced off with Peter at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the home recording facility of The Zambonis.
In addition to Dave Schneider, The Zambonis feature: Jon Aley (guitar, winger), Steve Tanski (guitar, forward), Mat Orefice (drums, enforcer) Shawn Fogel (Instruments, Big hair) Tom Tater (Bass, guru) Tarquin Katis (hardcore vocalist, center), Peter Katis (Producer, chippy but solid defensemen) Matt Gonzales (Hockey Monkey)
âOn paper, it sounds like a novelty: an album of songs that celebrate hockey. But in the hands of The Zambonis (a pop-rock quartet named after the ice-grooming machine), the concept is elevated to an art form that wonât melt under the heat of critics or music fans. Despite the specificity of the albumâs theme, The Zambonis rock out like the best power pop units. Whatâs more, they have a sense of humor about themselvesâ¦A timely and surprisingly appealing release.â
âTheyâre actually funny and actually rock!â
--Time Out New York
âTheir new record is as goofy, poppy and puck-obsessed as their previous twoâ¦Hockey heads and indie rock fans, youâll love these guys!â
âThe Zambonis may sound like a simple novelty act, but it scores repeatedly with a bunch of snappy little power-pop songs. Even if you wouldnât know what a slapshot was if it hit you in the face, youâll cheer.â
--The New Yorker
âThe Zamboni is a massive machine used to smooth the ice at hockey rinks, but these days the name has a much cooler reference.
--Mike (âDocâ) Emrick, NHL Commentator
âI love The Zambonis!â
--Alexei Kovalev, New York Rangers
âThe most insidious threat to Canadian hockey hegemony isâ¦a quirky power pop band called The Zambonis.â
--The National Post (Canada)
âYou wacky singing hockey nuts!â
âWith a repertoire comprised exclusively of hockey songs, youâd think theyâre destined for a short run: A cult band singing about a cult sportâ¦but their cult is getting noticed.â
--The Village Voice
âThereâs something weirdly affable about a bunch of guys who love hockey so much, theyâve dedicated a band to it.â
--The Village Voice
âLike a beach party on ice!â
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