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“These songs were always in my head. I just needed to get them out”. The new Brian Zirngible solo debut EPThe Elephant of Surprise is an eclectic collection of six songs full of emotion, hope and heartbreak. With an incubation period of over three years, several musical influences range from early Nine Inch Nails industrial techno, New Ordersynthpopp along with Justin Bell’s jangly electric guitar sounds a la Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Zirngible clearly creates a soundtrack for Love and Hope in a cruel world where hatred and confusion currently reside.
Produced, Mixed & Engineered by j.bell at Zatchy Studios in St. Paul, MN, The Elephant of Surprise will have you laughing, dancing and inevitably crying. Zirngible wrote the lyrics and melodies either during his daily morning meditation, while mowing the lawn, brushing his teeth with a Sonicare toothbrush, taking long walks with his Shih Tzu around Lake Nokomis or while driving to and from his full-time day job as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
Zirngible was born an entertainer and also plays trombone, percussion, synths and sings harmony vocals in Bell’s 5-piece, horn-infused Rock n’ Roll outfit, j.bell & the Lazy Susan Band. Zirngible and Bell also form the captivating and irreverent comedy pop duo, Doc’s Kids.
After their most recent rock album, Underneath a Minnesota Moon was released in 2016, the band completed a concept album about the end of the world called Greetings from Apocalyptic Falls in 2018, which veered away from their comfort zone and relied heavily on synthesizers and drum machines.
They have most recently shared stages with Tempe, Arizona’s Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at 7th St. Entry and Turf Club. They most recently shared a festival bill with Gear Daddies and The Belfast Cowboys.