Keith Beck, Zigman BirdAnd so began the Zigman Bird concept, fully emerging into the world in 2003 as a result of the ongoing collaboration between childhood friends, acclaimed Central New Jersey singer/songwriter Keith Beck (Chuttering Mums/Alexander Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra) and his reclusive lyricist partner, Rick Mutz.“I started writing songs with a friend, Rick, from high school five days a week for at least three to four years,” says Keith. “At first we sucked. Then we got better. And we’re still at it after all these years!”
Like the countless Garden State troubadours before them, Keith and Rick grew up with steady doses of the hippest rock and roll playing on the radio dial and distilled those influences to create the classic mix of memorable hooks, melodies, and cutting guitars found on the band’s new CD, Yes.
The songs on Yes have been fleshed out with the contributions of various seasoned musicians, each member complimenting the ZB concept by bringing their own intrinsic sound. Guitarist/Vocalist David Devine (The Number Theory/Spiraling) joined Keith from the band’s outset and both were soon joined by long-time fans Damian Gonzalez (Burning Up White/Como Drive/Spiraling) and Geoff Alpaugh (Down With The Wizard/The Number Theory/Spiraling).
This current incarnation emanates raw, energetic rock and roll of the highest caliber while keeping in the tradition of the greats they admire like the Beatles, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Television, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, and many others.
Zigman Bird’s Yes offers the listener a modern take on the classic rock format, capturing the essence of the human condition while setting it to a beat or as Keith so aptly puts it, “Good melodic rock that sticks in your f!*king head!”
Zigman Bird is currently playing throughout the East Coast area in support of Yes, a Lump’N’Loaf Records release.