Zoogma @ Volcano Room 3/8/13
By: Joel Meirovitz
On a busy night in Chicago, Zoogma came and rocked the Volcano Room at the Bottom Lounge. With house music legend Carl Cox and Trap artists Flosstradamus and Dillon Francis just miles away, the younger crowd was not present at this show even though the Bottom Lounge was nice enough lower the minimum age upstairs to 17+.
Miss A, formerly Miss Amphetamine, and Starkey opened up the night each playing for about 45 minutes. They both played popular dub and glitch tracks while mixing in a few of their own productions. The crowd was still pretty after Starkey finished but at least another hundred filled in before Zoogma took the stage.
Zoogma is a 4-piece jamtronica band formed in Oxford, Mississippi. They combine the diverse sounds of a rock band while still having a heavy electronic influence. Their music is a wide-ranging fusion of genres that incorporate rock, jazz, jam and hip-hop samples. Zoogma has a way a way of putting their own twist on livetronica, whether it’s a remix, a cover, or an original composition; when Zoogma is up on the stage you are getting down on the dance floor.
Zoogma raged from about midnight to 1:30 AM. They played a strong set that had fans dancing the entire time. Starting off with their upbeat remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” and playing into “Jerry Diesel” before taking a moment to introduce themselves. After a couple old songs they played their newest track “Elevated”. It’s very reminiscent of a Big Gigantic type production with the arpeggio synths and heavy kicks. This song flowed perfectly into “War” which set up the always crowd pleasing “M10.” After that they introduced a new song called “Landing Gear” which really brought up the energy. It was super funky and featured some of the nastiest bass lines I’ve ever heard from Zoogma. After that they played into a newer song “Mirage” followed by “Incredible Machine.” Cooling down with a slower jam “Everyday” they really showed the array of their musical production. They ended their set with the last track off their 2010 album, Recreational Vehicles, “Pillow.” After thanking the crowd they came back on stage for an encore to play “Okami”. After this jam, the energy in the room was still very high. The band and crowd wanted more, but curfew was firm.
Zoogma continues to impress crowds of first time spectators and long-time fans. By always playing a different set, no Zoogma show is ever the same and each one leave you asking “WTF is Zoogma?”. If you are at a music festival this summer, chances are that Zoogma is playing so make sure to check them out. Thanks goes out to the Silver Wrapper team for putting this event together and giving all of us another enjoyable show this weekend.