With Support from 'Arc'
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. New member, Søren Koch, joined the band following the untimely passing of The Zombies' beloved bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks) in early 2018.
The band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits…their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle…post-Zombies solo favourites right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” Ironically, the group broke-up just prior to achieving their greatest success – the worldwide chart-topping single “Time of the Season,” from their swan-song album Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’ To this day, generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, and the band continues to be embraced by new generations of fans.
Following the break-up of the original band, lead vocalist Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (with hits including "Say You Don't Mind," "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted", and “Old & Wise” with Alan Parsons Project) and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT (“Hold Your Head Up,” “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You”), but the legend of The Zombies continued to take on a life of its own. By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies.
The explosive release of Still Got That Hunger proved that Zombies fever is stronger than ever, with premieres at Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian Speakeasy, and Spin, alongside special broadcast performances, including Later…With Jools Holland, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and AOL Sessions. Moreover, it marked a historical moment on the Billboard charts, as The Zombies’ critically acclaimed album Odessey And Oracle re-entered the Billboard 100 forty-eight years later at the same time as Still Got That Hunger!
The Zombies look forward to an even busier 2018, with a major world tour, table-top book release and other exciting projects to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the recording of Odessey And Oracle.
With Support from 'Arc'
Arc is Anja, Russell and Cara Rodford - two sisters and their uncle - all raised in the small village of Sandridge, Hertfordshire, England. Their musical patriarch was the late great Jim Rodford (father to Russ and grandfather to the girls), who led an unparalleled 6-decade career as a bassist and vocalist for the likes of Argent, The Kinks and The Zombies, among many others. Russ' brother Steve Rodford (Anja and Cara's Dad) also joined the "family business", and has been drumming for The Zombies for the past 18 years.
From childhood, each Rodford began finding their musical path, with Russell picking up the guitar at age 9, and touring as a semi-pro musician with Mike Fab Gere Band, Blue Bishops (depping for Jim), Third Stone (with Steve Rodford & Keith Airey), John Verity (full band & acoustic duo), The Rodford Files (with Jim & Steve), and lead guitar for local band, Pat and the Butchers. Anja began singing with local bands, and Cara soon followed suit. Playing together began at home, and slowly with Jim's gentle but undeniable encouragement, the newly formed Arc made its way to the thriving local pub scene in nearby St Albans.
With Anja on vocals, Russell on lead guitar and vocals, and Cara on vocals and ukulele, Arc’s sound has developed over the years. They became best known for their harmony-driven covers, as the sisters weave seamlessly alternating lead and background vocals supported by Russ' tasteful guitar parts. Now Cara has begun writing original music for the band, which they have been debuting at live shows throughout the UK. Touring highlights include: Beautiful Alice festival (2015, 2016), Meraki festival (2017, 2018), and supporting The Zombies at The Stables Wavendon in 2017. They are looking forward to playing the Great British Folk Festival in December 2018, and will be supporting The Zombies for their UK tour this June.
Their first EP, simply titled "Arc" is expected in June, carrying forward the Rodford tradition.