The Zen Arcade are a garage rock band from Ireland that play original and prawn cocktail flavoured songs.
Formed in 2019 the band is compromised by 3 ex-members of The Strypes, who enjoyed 2 Top 10 UK Albums released by Universal, appearances on Jools Holland, The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, Music Station in Japan, Glastonbury and supported the Arctic Monkeys on their UK/EU AM tour. The band also embarked on extensive sold out headline tours of the UK, EU, US, South America and Japan from 2011-2018 averaging a work rate of 200 shows a year before calling it quits after contributing to the soundtrack of (and landing parts in) Rocketman (the Elton John biopic). Hollywood came knocking and then stopped knocking after it realised it had the wrong house.
The Zen Arcade have done none of this but I can assure you are very good.
Tired of the -luxury- of independence, The Zen Arcade decided the embrace the -pressure- of independence by starting their own zine, Cro Mag Non, and podcast, Higher Fidelity, offering the band with the bandwidth for more, the airwaves to do so.
Ignoring advice to tone it back a bit, they released the debut single 'Dont Say A Word' on their own label 'Dental Records' (under the guidance, patronage and local anaesthetic of their dentist Kevin Colgate). The release held water all the way to the top of the iTunes Singles Chart and enjoyed significant airplay on Irish and American radio. So there.
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