If my memory serves me correctly, it all started shortly after Y2K. The world was still rolling in all of its first-pumping, roof-raising euphoria upon the realization that their God was a merciful one--that the world hadn't ended because of a very important number that they themselves had created. Time had come and gone...
Actually it was before that.
The foundation had been laid years prior from the basements and garages of Bloomfield and North Caldwell to the bedrooms and backyards of Montclair and the jersey Shore converging on a Prep school in West Orange, New Jersey. Our school's motto was "Hazard Zet Forward" which roughly translates to--"Whatever things and stuff get all up in your grill--Keep going." So we did.
Many a friend worked hard at making this album and the live performances happen. There was a revolving door of musicians rolling thru our Fort Greene apartment...THe core of the band has always been myself (Gary Keating--Guitar and Vocals), Rich Bonner---Bass and Vocals and Eva Johannesdottir--keyboards and vocals with different drummers lending themselves to push the songs from where they were to where they could be. The majority of "Zero Hits" was written and recorded in that Fort Greene apartment but would have never made it there without the Bedrock of the early sessions recorded by Chris and Danny Leo in their Bloomfield basement and Danny's Brooklyn studio "Wild Frontier." The importance of these sessions is immeasurable and the particular quality with which they were approached and executed possessing an intangible value that inspired us to see the project thru. Overall we were searching for a spirit and it was only until we stopped looking and just played that I'd like to think that it found us. It is difficult for me to speak about this album and all of the friends that made it a reality without feeling a sense of uncomfortable self importance...Bullshitting. Steven Wright said it best as he always does when he said..."I was talking to myself the other day and though I was polite and cordial I could tell that I was lying."