ZSU Brings Austin Blues Rock To Houston
Photo: Mary Keating Bruton
I remember when the emo scene hit in Austin, and all of the blues rock guys were left to play at Antone’s or The Backyard. It’s hard to believe that in the past fifteen years, there haven’t really been too many blues rock acts come out of Austin. In a town saturated by folk and americana acts, one would think that they’d drop another blues rock band sooner than later. That’s how it felt until I heard ZSU. The Austin based five piece has been working their way up the Austin music scene, and from their recently posted demos; they might be on to something that’s more true to Austin than they realize.
It’s not hard to find a musician in Austin, as anyone who’s spent more than five minutes there can attest to. But, finding people you can mesh with is something much harder to come by. However, when you listen to ZSU, you get the feeling that they’re all on the same page. With a sound that’s peppered with jangly riffs and squealing guitar; it’s only fitting that they’d have a singer with as bluesy pipes as the band portrays. Sometimes they have the pace of an early U2, while sometimes they remind the listener of The Toadies or even Kenny Wayne Sheppard. No matter who they remind you of, they sound like there’s an incredible energy to their sound. On Friday night over at Fitzgerald’s, they’ll bring that energy to life. Downstairs they’ll headline with fellow Austinites Ghostbunny. The country sounds of Lucas Eason & The Panhandlers will get things started with doors at 8:00. The show is all ages and the tickets are between $5.00 and $10.00.