There We Werenow Here We Are
After self-releasing a single every month for the last half of 2008, Zerobridge is back with a new EP entitled "There We Were, Now Here We Are" available Nov. 17th. The EP includes six tracks reflecting the musical journey the band has been on for the last 4 years - careening between the fury of a politically motivated track like "TWA," a Replacements-esque rocker like "There We Were, Now Here We Are," and a moving ballad like "Venus In Arms" (a fan favorite - included on the EP almost completely because of the fans' insistence). The first single "2mins5" (pronounced two-minutes-five) is a punchy pop-rock gem, rounding up the likes of U2, New Order, The Clash and others and making them all comfortably sit together within the constraints of two minutes and thirty-nine seconds. Completing the song cycle of the EP are "How Long," with it's sing-along chorus fans join in on at every show, and "It Is What It Is," the perfect down tempo compliment to wrap up the EP and make you want to start the journey all over again from the beginning. It's not often you hear about a band like Zerobridge. Lead singer/guitarist and songwriter Mubashir 'Din' Mohi-ud-Din and drummer Mohsin 'Mo' Mohi-ud-Din are two brothers whose parents are from the disputed territory of Kashmir, nestled between northern India and Pakistan. Greg 'The Quota' (Orange 9mm) on bass, Paolo Arao on keyboards, and guitarist Jay Barclay (Ben Kweller, Damnwells), round out the band who have been playing their own unique brand of melodic, guitar driven rock n' roll for the last four years. With two independent releases behind them, Zerobridge is releasing the "There We Were, Now Here We Are" EP that illustrates the band's penchant for classic song writing and a passion to become the only band that matters. The name Zerobridge comes from an actual bridge in Kashmir's capital, Srinagar, which earned the lesser known epithet of the 'the city of seven bridges.' The story goes that when they built an 8th bridge, no one knew what to call the original first bridge. The solution is a case of pragmatics taken to the extreme: they decided to name it Zerobridge. The bridge itself is a sentimental place for anyone familiar with Kashmir. Just across the bridge, after passing through military checkpoints and barbed wire fences, is a cafe called the Zero Inn; a place where the bothers, family and friends go when reunited in Kashmir to hang out and have 'cold coffees' (which are like frapucinos, but far better according to the brothers). Din explains his feeling behind Zerobridge's independent release of the "There We Were, Now Here We Are" EP: "We've been STRICTLY independent for as long as we've been together and maybe even more than we would like to be. We've accumulated a catalog of songs that no one's heard outside our regional fan base and have not recorded until now. It seems that in this digital age for music, what better way for a band like us to establish ourselves and get our music heard the way we want to make it sound than to use the internet as our distribution company. It's still a challenge. Creating music still takes time and money, but it's on our terms and while I still think they are necessary, we don't have to deal with labels - just directly with music fans."