Before we delve into the awesome debut EP by the phenomenal Zelliack, let’s review the two pho-loving nerd members Elliot Coleman and Zack Ordway for a quick second (If you’re a longtime MEB regular, then skip to the second paragraph). Coleman’s experience is: current vocalist in Tesseract (who will also be releasing an acoustic EP very soon), bass player in Of Legends, vocalist and guitarist in Of Man Not Of Machine, and bass and backing vocals in Sky Eats Airplane (sidenote: there are two demos with Coleman’s vocals on his Soundcloud page Here). Ordway’s experience includes: guitars in Of Legends, Sky Eats Airplane, Killtrox & the Motherships, In Theory, and a variety of hired work (most notably an awesome solo in The Nick Johnston Band), along with having some solo work on top of all that. Truly an awe-inspiring resume of aggressive and fast playing bands.
If one were to listen to at least one song from the bands listed above and then listen to Zelliack’s Noir Tone EP, they will be thrown off the map. But listening to the EP, you can’t just stop it. So much sexiness and groove is going on that you can only let it play in its entirety. The control that the EP has over you is overbearing. With Coleman’s impressive vocal range, it’s hard to draw any comparison. The closest one can honestly come up with is Anthony Green (vocalist for Circa Survive), but even he doesn’t possess the amount of raw power that Coleman has.
Then you have the other essential half of Zelliack, the legendary Zack Ordway. While mostly known for his metalcore riffs, some know him as a heavily jazz-inspired guitarist who turns that influence into modern music in ways you can’t imagine. Just take a gander at this track he wrote when he was seventeen: http://zackordway.net/music/On%20the%20Road%20to%20Boston.mp3. Get the picture?
Yes, this gets a perfect score. If you listened to OMNOM when it first came out and haven’t had any actual releases of his vocals since, then maybe you would understand. “Autumn In Analog” was a track we streamed Here a few months ago and is the epic “soul-inspired, R&B-tinged, panty-dropper” opener for the sexiness that is to come. To describe it in one word: silky.
With the lounge music of “Hargrove,” you can start to see the EP’s progressiveness. It’s a gorgeous tune that starts off with a lovely mood-setting piano, only to go off into a swanky vibe that truly captivates the listener. It’s a unique groovy track that has lots of class and significance in the music world. About halfway through the song, it climaxes into a seductive aura of sensual proportions, but that can honestly be said for the entire EP. That last line picks you up off your feet from whatever haze the song sets you in to prepare you for the next track.
It can only get better from here, right? Of course. With “Without A Doubt” it gets much better. There is a lot more energy in this song, with Coleman’s crazy range and Ordway’s musicianship that creates a dreamy soundscape that only they can make. It’s more rock-influenced than the rest of the mostly soul and R&B album, but it is still heavily influenced by both. For the one song that I will leave as a surprise, “These Hands” will fit the bill. Although it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite track, it would probably be this one.
With the energetic opening track that can replace Viagra, “Autumn In Analog,” the laying-her-down phase of “Hargrove,” to the cuddling, bluesy track “Call Me Old Fashioned,” this is the perfect baby maker for that special night. Go buy the EP on their Bandcamp page Here. It’s set for $1 but I would suggest you pay more, because I can’t stop throwing money at the screen while yelling “JUST TAKE IT ALREADY!” Also be on the lookout as they will be releasing a sixth song entitled “Smoove” for free soon.