Zoocrü | The Pinhook | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

Clubs & Concerts

Zoocrü

When: Sat., June 4, 9:30 p.m. 2016

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

ZOOCRÜ RECORD RELEASE

"A lot of people doubted that this album was going to happen," says Alan Thompson, bandleader of the Durham-based jam-boy quintet Zoocrü. "When we started this, we were kids." At last, though, the band is ready to release its debut, Lücid. Its first single, "Out of Reach," features Durham-via-Detroit vocalist and emcee Myk'l Hanna delivering soul motivation over the smoky bass licks of Christian Sharp. An instrumental splurge of jazz funk comes from Zoocrü players Jonathan Curry (drums), Russell Favret (guitar), Howard Joyner (synths), and Thompson (sax). Compositionally, it rivals what has earned another airtight local soul outfit, The Foreign Exchange, worldwide respect, defying whatever jazz box Zoocrü may start to slip in. "Fusion before jazz," says Thompson. "We weren't interested in planning a style before we actually tackle the work. We went to the studio empty-handed and left with all of this sonic artwork." They ain't kids anymore. —Eric Tullis 

THE PINHOOK, DURHAM 9:30 p.m., $5–$15, www.thepinhook.com

Price: $10-$15

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