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Formed by Mike O’Brien and Carlin Nicholson along with Neil Quin and Rob Drake, Zeus came together much in the same way as The Band, performing primarily as a backing band - in this case, for acclaimed Toronto songwriter Jason Collett both on the road and in studio. Similarly, Zeus features three vocalists/songwriters who swap between guitar, bass and organ, with Drake holding down the rhythm on drums. Zeus released their debut EP, Sounds Like Zeus, in June, to tremendous acclaim from the Canadian media.
Say Us was recorded and produced by O’Brien and Nicholson in their Toronto studio and mixed by Robbie Lackritz (Feist). The album shows a band with an incredible ability to write smart pop hooks with jangling electric guitars, three-part harmonies; classic rock n’ roll with a touch of twang. Say Us expands upon the ideas put forth with Sounds Like Zeus, though showing even greater range and diversity. Of the new tracks, “You Gotta Tell’er” has been a live favourite these past months, while “River By The Garden” brings elements of gospel to the mix. Say Us is an album for the ages.