Los Angeles, and the greater American West Coast, is perhaps the most important hub for all modern psychedelic music, but before the music world was California Dreaming, The Zombies had already begun synthesizing the psychedelic experience into sonic waves and flourishes. The music they created didn’t just reproduce the feeling of psychedelics, it was far beyond any kind of substance use. This Zombies expanded consciousness itself so the psychedelic experience could be accessed without having to take a single drop of anything. They found the notes, combination of instruments, artists and visuals to reshape rock music’s vibration into something that harkened back to the past and also saw a distant future far beyond this dimension. Seeing them perform at the Fonda was both a celebration of rock and roll’s rich history as well as a return to a more human sensibility lost in the digital age where the lyrics of “Time of the Season” made much more sense and were felt on a deeper level. The Zombies didn’t just stop at playing the hits, they included B-sides as well as new music written during the pandemic. Everyone in attendance hailed The Zombies as the Gods of psychedelic rock that they are. I went to this show to finally check this band off my bucket list but after experiencing the show, I was enraptured by the beauty and groove of their incredible and timeless music at the most basic level.
Words by: Rob Shepyer
Photos by: Jessica Moncrief