New York's Zombies of the Stratosphere write extremely catchy, jangle-guitar pop with hooks that recall classic '60s rock bands like the Kinks.
Taking their name from an old sci-fi movie about a zombie invasion, the band's style seems more influenced by the British Invasion of the 1960s than a '50s-era B Movie. On their latest album, The Well Mannered Look, Zombies of the Stratosphere offer a mix of smartly crafted and addictive songs. The first track "Thrush" features beautifully orchestrated harmonies backed by lush instrumentation. While most of the music is upbeat, the band's lyrics explore lonely, more melancholy themes.
The band members met while studying in college. Jeff Hoffman was working as a literary agent and sound engineer, and Arthur Smith was a film archivist and curator at a broadcasting museum. Both are film noir and comic book enthusiasts.