ZIG ZAGS: LIVE ON KXLU 88.9
Live On KXLU 88.9
Live albums: love ‘em/hate ‘em. But when it’s done right—and those instances are few and far between—you end up with one of the handful of live records that are worth hearing and owning. Those each have one important thing in common—an unmistakable sense of charm and nuance—and this live recording of Zig Zags at KXLU possesses those essential components in abundance. Getting a live sound that captures the compelling details of a life performance is no easy task, and engineers Hilary Russel and Robert Douglas do a masterful job here with limited resources. (If you’ve ever worked, volunteered or whatever-ed at a college radio station, you know how that goes!) Zig Zags are already a fun bunch to see live, and this recording clearly conveys the chemistry of the band, both in their playing and Jed, Dane and Caleb’s banter. It’s music that grabs you by the collar and refuses to release you until you’re a bloody mess, limp in the wake of its onslaught. It’s kinda like being dragged around behind a motorboat after you’ve lost your waterskis. Here Zig Zags deliver a sound that reverberates through the skull, a faithful representation of a live Zig Zags gig with enough scorching acid energy to burn a hole in your throat. Knowing that this played out over the airwaves in Southern California is somehow very comforting.