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Zoos of Berlin

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  • Formed: Detroit, MI
  • Years Active: 2000s

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Zoos of Berlin are a Detroit-based quartet who play intelligent, streamlined pop music with elements of indie rock, electronic, and Krautrock audible among their many influences. Zoos of Berlin was formed in 2005 by guitarist and vocalist Trevor Naud and bassist and vocalist Daniel E. Clark; both are veterans of the Detroit music scene, having played together in the upbeat pop combo Red Shirt Brigade, while Naud has also worked with Pas/Cal and Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship. Eager to step out on their own, Naud and Clark teamed up with drummer Collin Dupuis, a musician and recording engineer who has worked with techno legend Carl Craig and records his own experimental music as DJ Indoor Fishing, and soon Zoos of Berlin were up and running. During the group's first few years, additional musicians drifted in and out of the lineup, but with the addition of Will Yates (of the Pop Project and the Javelins) on keyboards, Zoos of Berlin discovered the right formula and began making a name for themselves with their tight but enthusiastic live performances. The group recorded their debut album in a makeshift recording facility set up by Dupuis in a 5,000 space at Detroit's Russell Industrial Center, and the recordings were later mixed at Carl Craig's studio. The album, Taxis, earned Zoos of Berlin enthusiastic reviews in the Detroit press as well as the national indie music media, winning the group some well-deserved exposure outside their hometown. The Pallister Chant EP arrived in 2011, followed in 2013 by the group's second long-player, the Time No Place-issued Lucifer in the Rain.