Coffee Zombie Collective in the Santa Cruz Weekly

June 27, 2013

The Weekly has a feature profile this week of one of my personal favorites in town, the Coffee Zombie Collective.

The band is frequently seen performing at local farmers markets, bringing with them a unique style of covers that’s entertaining for all ages.

It’s not often you hear pop songs by the likes of Britney Spears and Sir Mix-a-lot performed on the banjo, trumpet and ukelele, but CZC does just that.

Aaron Carnes writes:

“CZC aren’t just a bluegrass cover band—they mangle and twist songs into fun and sometimes barely recognizable shapes. Take their cover of Weezer’s “Undone – The Sweater Song” which clocks in at roughly 10 minutes. After they play about three-fourths of the original song in a downtempo bluegrass arrangement (even including a live rendition of the spoken dialogue introductions), the band jumps into a medley that includes “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog, then “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam, then “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, then a bizarre banjo breakdown where the band chants “Chewbaccca! Solo!” and makes wookie sounds while lead singer Nate Lieby rattles off a bunch of Star Wars facts, all before they hop back into “Undone” to finish the song out.”

Check out the full profile online or in the print edition of this week’s Santa Cruz Weekly.

Oh and here’s a YouTube clip of the band performing Radiohead’s “Creep” downtown.


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