By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Kangaroos, Oktoberfest and Bald Eagles have more in common than one may think.
They collectively represent each of the backgrounds of the members of Los Angeles Instrumental Power Trio Zinngeschrei.
The band consists of Steve Boyce (Guitar), Markus Erren Pardiñas (NS/Stick) and Sergio Gonzalez (Drums).
With members hailing from different sides of the globe (Australia, Germany, USA), the band name comes from a German word that describes the audible tone emitted by a tin rod when mechanically manipulated.
“I think you can hear the fact that we’re from all over the globe,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve all got three different heads on our shoulders and the ideas that get combined and put together, it creates these unique, never-heard songs. We all got all these different influences and we feed off each other and that’s a great thing.”
Influenced by Porcupine Tree, Rush, Russian Circles, Black Sabbath, Opeth, Tool, Cog, Meshuggah, Dead Letter Circus and King Crimson, they seek to give the instrumental format a modern facelift.
“I think at least in the rock genre, people are kind of hung up on vocalists and I think there’s so much music out there that stands on its own without vocals and it’s great to listen to and you can get totally into it,” said Erren Pardiñas.
Zinngeschrei has also been confirmed by Metal Assault Records to appear on the label’s summer compilation slated for an Aug. 9 release entitled Metal Assault Mixtape Vol. 1. with an exclusive track “Amok.”
“I think [“Amok”] hits a well-rounded audience – male, female,” said Gonzalez. “It’s got a good riff and it doesn’t matter whether you like metal or not, you’re gonna dig it and just bang your head to it.”
As the name suggests, the compilation will be released on cassette tape as a limited edition, but every cassette purchase will come with an entire free digital download. The end result should feature up to 12 bands with an estimate to run 60 minutes or so. Tzimani and Tyranis will also appear on the compilation.
Around the compilation’s release, the band also looks to release a music video, with five or six more videos in the near future.
“Being a trio, it’s a blessing and a curse,” Boyce said. “It’s a third each, you know? And what happens with that is that it’s not one person’s idea, it’s a melding of all three of us together and what you hear as a finished product is a part of us all. The band is about longevity and this is not some get-rich-quick scheme. It’s more about making music together and capturing our time together and sharing that with the audience basically. It’s totally something that we can do for many years to come.”