The Beard of Zeus
By Lynn Lieu
Cities of Origin: Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto and Riverside.
Kindred Spirits: Foxy Shazam, AFI, Queen, The Mars Volta, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Circa Survive, Minus the Bear, Foreigner, Tom Petty, Brand New, Every Time I Die, The Fall of Troy, Boston, Danger Radio.
Recent Release: Choose Your Piece, Play the Game (Sept. 22, 2012)
Frequents: The Wire, Upland and Friar Tucks, Pomona.
With its own recording studio in tow, The Beard of Zeus sets off to create rock music of the kind that “makes you want to thrust your pelvic basket,” according to bassist Jason Grasso. The foursome formed almost by accident when Grasso and Russell Chase’s former band The Recovery Act broke up and Adam Hernetiaux and Tim Kneezle happened to be the perfect jam partners. This week, the band releases its first record and took some time to chat with us.
Can you tell me a little bit about your studio and what it is like to be able to record your own music?
Hernetiaux: Tim and I had been building a studio for quite some time, basically out of necessity . . . we decided to just be a two-man act, and record our own music. Thankfully, Tim happens to be somewhat of a technological wizard and pretty soon we had figured out how to record our own music . . . When The Beard Of Zeus formed, it was perfect . . .
Grasso: Having our own studio allowed us the freedom to record at our own pace, on our own budget, and at any location. For the record, we packed the studio up and took it to a cabin in the mountains for a weekend, shut out the rest of the world, and focused in on recording our music. Everything in this band is DIY, and that makes it great. It’s purely just us.
What is Ron Burgundy to you guys?
Hernetiaux: As a band, we all appreciate an absurd style of humor. This tends to be pretty evident in our live performances. Ron Burgandy is an absurd man with a fabulous mustache, and for that we appreciate him. We do have a quote from him on our Facebook page, claiming that “The Beard of Zeus is the best band this side of the Mississippi.” This is a true statement; whether or not it’s a real quote is another story. But then again, Ron Burgandy is not a real man, so can he have a real quote?
The Beard of Zeus record release party with The Dares and Are We Having Fun Yet? at The Wire, 247 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9466; thewire247.com. Sat, Sept. 22. $10.