Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tour with Prog Legends Brought Zombi Back to Life

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tour with Prog Legends Brought Zombi Back to Life

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In what sounds like the basis of some ungodly sci-fi plot, Zombi was revived by a Goblin.

Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, who make up the Pittsburgh instrumental rock band Zombi, decided after their fourth album, 2011's "Escape Velocity," to spend more time than usual on their side projects.

Keyboardist/bassist Moore released a few solo albums and pursued soundtrack work while drummer Paterra was busy, among other things, with his band Majeure.

In the fall of 2013, they were invited to do a theater tour with Italian prog legends Goblin.

"We realized how much fun it was to play our old stuff, and we received so much positive feedback," Mr. Paterra says, on the phone during a Zombi trip through the Vermont countryside. "Everything went well. We both missed that process of putting a record together and being able to take it on the road and hand it to somebody and see how happy they are."

They also were inspired by playing in large rooms with a powerful sound system and by just taking in Goblin night after night.

"We're both in awe of how technically proficient and what wonderful musicians those guys are," the drummer says. "It was like, ?Wow, these guys are in their late 50s, 60s, still able to play like that. We're still young, and there's that ability in us to get out there and be able do these things in front of people."

The duo got to work on what would become "Shape Shift," a newly released fifth album that continues its stunning exploration in the prog/space-rock realms using analog synths and propulsive bass and drums.

As Mr. Moore describes it, "It's a rock record ? think of it as a follow-up to [second album] ?Surface to Air.' There are no techno jams or symphonic prog fantasies. No solo track interludes. We have officially moved from ?studio project' mode back into ?live band' mode."

With the keyboardist living in Bath, N. …

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