Too Many Zooz

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Too Many Zooz
Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2016 - Too Many Zooz - 031.jpg
Live at Vieilles Charrues Festival in 2016. Left to Right: David Parks, Leo Pellegrino, and Matt Muirhead
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresBrass house (self-defined)
Years active2014–present
Websitewww.toomanyzooz.com
MembersLeo Pellegrino
Matt "Doe" Muirhead
David "King of Sludge" Parks

Too Many Zooz is an American music group based in New York City, New York, consisting of Leo Pellegrino (baritone saxophone), Matt "Doe" Muirhead [1](trumpet) and David "King of Sludge" Parks (drums).

Formation and viral fame[edit]

Pellegrino and Muirhead met at the Manhattan School of Music where they were attending. Pellegrino and Parks had played together in Drumadics, a local busking band.[2] Teaming up in mid-2013, the trio started busking together that August at various stations in the New York City Subway in their self-defined genre – brass house.[2]

The band's definition of Brass House is defined as a mix of jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk, EDM and house music.[3]

They gained fame when a video of one of their subway performances, recorded by a passer-by at the Union Square station, went viral on YouTube in March 2014.[2] They are known as well for Pellegrino's characteristic dance moves while playing.

Stage and studio[edit]

Too Many Zooz recorded an EP, F NOTE, in January 2014, which they sold at their busking performances. The band has recorded three more EPs, followed by their first full-length studio album, Subway Gawdz, on June 27, 2016, receiving mixed to positive reviews.[4][5]

By January 2015, the band was booked on a tour at theatres and small clubs across the United States.[6] They continue to perform on road trips,[7] and played backup for Beyoncé for her televised CMA Awards performance on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.[8]

Kaskade's July 2016 single "Jorts FTW" features Too Many Zooz.[9]

"Warriors", from Too Many Zooz "Subway Gawdz" album, was featured in Google's commercial for their Pixel 2 smart phone in October 2017.[10] "Warriors" was also featured in the Flag Parade of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Grand Final.[11] "Brnx Bmbr" is featured in a KFC commercial for the Triple Grab N Go.[12] "Get Busy", is also featured in the beginning credits of the Netflix original movie, "The Package".

Music Videos[edit]

  • Bedford: (June 29, 2017) The video is the band playing on the subway train in New York City in the Union Square Station at 3:33 in the morning.[13]
  • Car Alarm: (September 26, 2018) The music video for the song Car Alarm was filmed on the top of a supermarket in Philadelphia on 11th street. The video shows the Center City Skyline in the background. The video consists of the band playing around a truck alarm going off.[13]
  • Trundle Manor: (October 31, 2018) The video is filmed in Trundle Manor in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The video was released on Halloween as a project for the holiday. The concept is that Matt Doe is torn between good and evil in the video.[14]

Discography[edit]

  • F NOTE (EP) (19 January 2014)
  • Fanimals (EP) (6 September 2014)[15]
  • Brasshouse Volume 1: Survival of the Flyest (EP) (21 November 2014)
  • The Internet (EP) (1 May 2015)
  • Subway Gawdz (LP) (27 June 2016)
  • A Very Too Many Zooz Xmas (EP) (19 December 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/ex-foxboro-high-jazz-band-member-finds-his-niche-in/article_9382be34-5c8a-526f-b182-82c5343bb997.html
  2. ^ a b c Putnam, Lindsay (2014-04-14). "The hottest thing in NYC music is these subway buskers". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  3. ^ "Too Many Zooz". Spotify. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  4. ^ "Too Many Zooz - Subway Gawdz". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  5. ^ Subway Gawdz by Too Many Zooz, retrieved 2017-01-04
  6. ^ Devlin, Mike (2015-01-21). "Too Many Zooz swap subway for the stage". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  7. ^ Music News Desk Staff (2016-06-23). "Too Many Zooz Heads to the Fox Theatre This August". Broadway World. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  8. ^ "Brass House Trio Too Many Zooz on Backing Up Beyonce & Dixie Chicks for CMA Awards Showstopper". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  9. ^ Bein, Kat (2016-07-14). "Kaskade Gets Tribal With Too Many Zooz on 'Jorts FTW'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  10. ^ "Google Pixel 2 – Questioning?".
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2R3R4pZJqg
  12. ^ Too Many Zooz (2018-06-02), KFC x Too Many Zooz Commercial, retrieved 2018-06-02
  13. ^ a b "This band managed to base an entire song off a Philly car alarm". www.phillyvoice.com. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  14. ^ Too Many Zooz (2018-10-31), Too Many Zooz - Trundle Manor (Official Video), retrieved 2019-05-07
  15. ^ "Album Review: Too Many Zoos, Fanimals EP - BandWagon Magazine". BandWagon Magazine. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2017-01-04.

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