Written by Peter Elverum.
Zen Mystery Fogg are a pair of garage-rock-playing-perfectionists in the art of imperfection.
Chase Franson and Thomas Mollander met a bit less than two years ago jamming in the same space, playing with different bands. Their musical styles drew them to start playing together and in the process Zen Mystery Fogg was born! Founded in June of 2012, they hit the ground running with two 7” releases, Raccoon and Sarah, both released in November. Backed by Vancouver-based Kingfisher Bluez Record, they’re looking forward to future releases with the label.
Franson and Mollander are hoping to make a big impact on the Vancouver music scene with their overall minimalistic approach to music making. Trying to keep away from an excessive use of effects, or a level of production that’s impossible to recreate in a live setting, the pair focus their energy toward creating compelling melodies and the right sound quality for each song. That level of “right” changes from song to song for the two, which has led to some interesting diversity in the songs in past releases. The pair enjoys infusing a certain amount of synthy-pop energy into some songs and prefer a closer garage rock sound for other songs. They’re diverse while being consistent. The band is a walking self-contradiction, but they’re exactly what they appear to be and the live show they present sounds the same as the recorded tracks. Zen Mystery Fogg is going to make musical waves, so watch out for them.
You can check them out at the Astoria Hotel on May the 8th with Blind Horses as well as at the Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary June 19 – 22. In the meantime check out their two tracks on bandcamp below!