Friday, January 27, 2012

Artist: Zumpano, Album: Goin' Through Changes, Song: Some Sun

Zumpano were a rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia.  They were Carl Newman, Jason Zumpano, Michael Ledwidge and Stefan Niemann.  They formed in 1992 and were part of the exciting new wave of nineties alternative rock that was beginning to garner international acclaim.  They signed with Sub Pop in 1994 out of Seattle.  Sub Pop had just signed fellow Canadian acts, Eric's Trip, The Hardship Post (see blog 3/24/11) and Jale (see blog 9/12/11).  Unlike those bands, Zumpano seemed to have more of an affinity with 60's inspired pop than grunge rock.  They even covered a Jimmy Webb tune for their debut in 1995.  Webb is one of the finest songwriters in American history and has penned songs for groups like The 5th Dimension and The Supremes.  The band would release their sophomore album, Goin' Through Changes, a year later in 1996 before breaking up.  Some Sun is a deep album cut from this release and you can check it out on You Tube (  Carl Newman would go on to form the band, The New Pornographers, in later years and if you like that band, you will definitely find some similarities in sound with Zumpano.  Jason Zumpano has also had a few musical projects since the band's demise.  He has recorded with bands like Sparrow, Attics and Cellars as well as Destroyer.  He recently issued a solo album in 2006 under the title J.Zumpano.  You can purchase the Zumpano album, Goin' Through Changes, from Itunes.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!