2011...The year of the FoxCat!
Drawing on their diverse musical upbringings, Zorro Gato has created a funky brand of blues-rock that is not afraid to explore new territories. As partners in musical crime, this band ascribes to one stead fast philosophy, "you got to groove me to move me" and their live shows strive to do just that. Come see for yourself and share in the electric love as this band makes its' way to the main stage in the city of brotherly love, Philadelph-i-a!
Zorro Gato...A long time in the making.
Like most happenings in life, Zorro Gato (i.e. Fox Cat) began brewing long before it was ever named. In the summer of 2000, Al Cochrane and Kevin Mekenney first began performing together in a group that would last through early 2004. Their passion for making music continued beyond that venture into a new phase of honing and refining their craft. As a duo, ZG released their first self-titled E.P. in June 2007. The time for expanding this dynamic duo would come later that year when long-time friend and supporter, Steve Micek, joined Zorro Gato on bass. Over the next year, they began performing throughout the Delaware County bar scene culminating in the release of their second E.P. "ZG & Co." in January, 2009.
It was during this project that the band began working with former classmate Stephen Kokas at his home studio. Having taken an interest in the band while recording their E.P., Stephen encouraged the group to recruit a fourth player to help fill out their sound. However, ZG would look no further than Stephen himself who’s fire-spitting, ivory-tickling styling was the final piece in creating Zorro Gato’s funky sound. Coming from a predominately hip-hop/pop background, Stephen proved to be the yin to ZG’s blues-rock yang. With these influences in mind, the group began working on new material for their third E.P., the pop centered “Savin’ My Pennies” (January 2010).
Leading up to this release, Zorro Gato made a collective decision to branch out from the bar scene and began performing at original music venues throughout Greater Philadelphia. Inspired by the acts around them, the band has returned to its blues-rock roots with their latest E.P. “Some Funky Flashy Runs” (March 2011). Zorro Gato's sound continues to grow and reach new heights as they continue to write, record, and perform. Plans for a hip-hop/blues-rock double E.P. due out later this year are underway.