The Zells - "Truther Uncle"

Photo by Troy Scuilo


The Zells are a five-piece rock band that consists of Jackson Rogers, Philip Kenbok, Frank DiNardo, Roman Benty, and Tyler Gallagher. They have been making and performing music together as a band since 2013. Their debut album, Failure to Slide, was released on digital and cassette formats in September 2018 via Crafted Sounds. The album was recorded over the course of that year with Rowdy Kanarek at Post Office Studios, and was mastered by the talented Mike Tucci. The 13-track album traces The Zells’ influences from 80’s and 90’s college rock to contemporary DIY and beyond.

Their follow-up EP No More Heroes was released on cassette and digital streaming platforms in October of 2019. It features a more lo-fi sound, as well as a new writing direction for the band. All 5 members of The Zells still contribute original songs, providing for an eclectic yet cohesive sound. No More Heroes was recorded and mixed in-house by Frank of The Zells. The EP was then mastered by RJ Gordon (Baked, Titus Andronicus) at Second Base Studios.

The Zells headed back into the studio in March 2021, this time to record material for a couple of things to be announced in 2022. The songs were recorded once again by RJ Gordon at Second Base Studios in Brooklyn. The songs are the most mature and hi-fi songs the band has produced to date, with explorations of new instruments, lyrical themes, and musical styles. The recordings also feature several accomplished Brooklyn-based musicians that the band loves. "Truther Uncle" is just one song from those sessions.

The Zells deliver a high energy, “can’t help but dance” live performance. The Zells have shared the stage with notable national and international touring acts like Palehound, Kississippi, Crumb, Sharkmuffin, Camp Howard, Great Grandpa, Baked, Bethlehem Steel, Spirit of the Beehive, Paws, LVL UP, Caroline Rose, Grace Vonderkuhn, Absinthe Father, and The Nude Party. The Zells have also toured regionally, including a week-long northeast run with Howardian (Ian Vanek of Japanther) in November of 2017, a 9-day east coast tour with Philly band Buster in September of 2018, a 4-day tour with Pittsburgh indie hip-hop duo BBGuns in March 2019, and two 4-day tours hitting both the northeast and midwest accompanying the release of No More Heroes in the fall of 2019. Following the release of the Baked/Zells split, there will be a 4-day tour in spring, and a 3-week national tour following the album release.

"Truther Uncle" is out now on all streaming services!