I first saw Zambri back in January of 2010 at Rock Shop (which predates their “first show” according to their Wikipedia page by about 8 months, but anyway), when sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica Zambri were still working out the kinks of their live act and presentation – though they were already pretty compelling. By the time hi and lo and I caught them on this night at Glasslands nearly two years later, the group had just released their EP, Glossolalia, and polished the live versions of their songs – a difficult feat for songs constructed from layers of studio sounds. Glossolalia is a thrilling EP for that reason, combining a scary and sexy vibe (see, for example, “Heather”). While the album is a great headphone listen, the songs work in the live setting as well, not least because the sisters have developed ways to let them move around the stage and perform rather than being stuck behind consoles all show. Of the many times I have seen Zambri in the past couple years (including backing Hooray for Earth, whose Noel Heroux has a mixing credit on Glossolalia), this was by far the best. If the sisters’ forthcoming full-length, House of Baasa, has an album’s worth of tracks of Glossolalia’s quality, and keep performing like this, they should be finding themselves at the next level in no time. We are streaming two of the best of the night’s tracks, “Heather” and “To Keep Back”, below.
Thanks to Kanine Records for permitting us to record and share this performance. House of Baasa will be released on April 10.
hi and lo recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod microphones, his rare analog preamp and a soundboard feed. While you can hear some DI noise in the board feed during quiet segments, the sound quality of this recording is outstanding. Enjoy!
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Recorded by hi and lo
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Schoeps MK5c>CMR>PFA>EAA PSP2 + Soundboard>Tascam DR-680>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 On Call
05 From the Start
07 To Keep Back
08 On Call (Biddibiddi)