skyblue72 exists in a world where melody meets vibe,
where truth and beauty collide, where the beat hits
and this is it; this is real. Consisting of a brother,
a sister, and an honorary brother,
skyblue72 offers driving and insidiously catchy
rock/pop/and ya don't stop. Each member brings
strength as a writer, performer, and showman (or
showwoman?). sb72 wants to groove you, to move you,
and to make you feel. And of course to rock out.
skyblue72 is a band of three. Davis on guitar and vox
brings the rock and roots, Frank on the bass brings
the groove, and Jessica on vox and drums brings the
melody and form. Theirs is a chemistry undefinable, a
magic so pure, brimming with light and energy and
Umm, it's a rock band.
The musical beginnings of Frank and Jess Zweback,
brother and sister, rhythm section for skyblue72,
started out innocently enough. Mr. Kaufman taught
Frank how to play "The Pink Panther Theme" on the
piano. For Jess it was "The Theme to Happy Days".
Interestingly, neither one now owns a t.v. Their
Uncle Ellis was a huge influence, sending audio
cassettes to the Zwee's in Baltimore filled with
African rhythms played on his homemade drums and
asking, "Are ya dancing, yet, Jessie?".
Jessie was dancing.
From these first musical memories, the Zweback kids
grew up in Baltimore soaking up all styles of music,
and upon Frank's move to Houston, he established the
damn groovy Zwee and the Graveberries, to the delight
of that city's ears and booties. Frank's biggest
musical influences include Curtis Mayfield, The
Meters, Pharaoh Sanders, James Blood Ulmer, and Donny
Hathaway. Later reconfigured and renamed simply Zwee,
the 6 piece snagged the 2003 Houston Press Music Award
for Best Funk Band.
Meanwhile, Jess (Houston Press Best Female Vocalist
2003) had been singing and playing keyboards along the
Eastern Seaboard. She moved to Houston ostensibly to
start a career as a social worker in the Third Ward,
but mostly just to jam with her brother and enjoy
warmer winters. Jessica's major influences include The
Police, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and
of course Tori Amos (Goddess Incarnate to aspiring
woman writers of the 90's). Playing with Zwee, keys
first, some percussion, and then just singing, Jess
decided she what she really wanted was to play the
drums. A lifelong dream coming to fruition! No longer
would Jess be afraid of all of that gear! Or of
sweating too much on stage! Jess took to the drums
like a dog to those chewy things...tasty!
Three words changed the course of fate for Davis
Jimi Plays Monterey.
Growing up in rural Pickton, TX, Davis frolicked in
the great outdoors, but thanks to the modern miracle
of satellite technology, was able to tune into
everything from Canadian music television to Samurai
movies from the 50's. With the nearest record store
existing about two hours away in Dallas, Davis mail
ordered to his heart's delight. This brought the
strapping young lad lots of loud punk and metal
perfect for pissing off adults. Simultaneously,
Davis sunk his teeth into The Beatles, Pink Floyd,
Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Dylan; Davis even
studied classical guitar (that's how he can maneuver
all of those crazy riffs, along with of course the
diligent Hendrix studies).
Upon moving to Austin, Davis was received smashingly
into the music scene. Garnering acclaim as both a
solo singer/songwriter, as well as with his groovy
band, Pakalolo, Davis honed his performing and
writing chops. After meeting up in Houston, Davis
played bass with Frank in Zwee, forging a lasting
friendship , musical connection, and comedic duo. Or
something like that.
(Foreshadowing music. Go to sunny Texas porch in the
late springtime. Young blond man with acoustic guitar.
Young brunette woman holding a gold-colored journal
and pen. On the cover of the journal is printed the
Chinese symbol for imagination. Fade to night. Music
wafts from the porch.)
Davis Jumper and Jessica Zweback started writing
together one afternoon, and skyblue72 was born shortly
thereafter. Enlisting Frank Zweback (a.k.a. "The
Brother") to play bass, these three played their first
gig together at the illustrious Home Plate in Houston,
summer 2003. Rock rock on!
A truly fortuitous turn of events and introduction by
a good friend (thanks April) led the trio to Robbie
Parrish, producer and world renowned drum stylist. By
the grace of God, Robbie agreed to produce the band's
debut CD, forthcoming. A dedicated and tireless
champion of Houston music and musicians, Robbie has
helped the band focus and hone their style.
We hope you have enjoyed this foray into all that is
skyblue72. Or at least a little that is. Or
Rock rock on!
skyblue72 consists of jessica zweback on drums and vocals, davis jumper on guitar and vocals, and frank zweback on the bass. jessica and frank are brother and sister. davis is an honorary brother. brothers and sisters in arms, the band travels fearlessly along an uncharted road of rock, soul, and emotional fortitude. the gravelly road ahead reveals ever-evolving musical exploration. strap yer boots on.
skyblue72 hails from houston, tx. jessica won the houston press music award for best female vocalist in 2003. she was singing with frank's funk/rock project zwee at the time. zwee won the best funk band award from the press that year. nice. that year skyblue72 was born. davis and jessica started writing their own songs together, and frank switched from guitar/frontman to bass/jumping all over the right side of the stage man. jess writes music mostly on piano, sometimes on guitar, and then switches to drums for the full on rock assault. davis writes lots of stuff on the guitar; frank adds punchy grooves and transitions.
skyblue72's full length debut, produced by Robbie Parrish, gives a taste of the band's earthy, honest sound. Feet on the dusty road, eyes on the cloudless horizon; feel skyblue72.
Feel My Way Home:
Energetic. Soulful. Unforgettable. That is the evolution of Houston-based skyblue72 (www.skyblue72.com). The band, comprised of siblings Jessica (vocals, drums) & Frank Zweback (bass, vocals) and honorary sibling Davis Jumper (guitar, vocals), has been making a name for itself in the regional music scene for more than 5 years. With earth-shattering grooves, soulful siren's songs and searing guitar work, skyblue72 has carved out a niche in the annals of rock and commands a presence from audiences across Texas.
skyblue72 started from simple Texas beginnings with Jessica and Davis writing songs together on the front porch. Upon hearing some of the music, Frank suggested the trio take things from the front porch and to the masses. Jessica had already established a reputation in the local music scene for her dynamic live performances with her powerful voice. The trio, each well-versed musicians who play variety of instruments, quickly established themselves in the local scene with their heart felt lyrics and in-your-face rhythms & harmonies. In addition, skyblue72 stood apart as Jessica assumed the dual role as drummer and vocalist.
Throw in punchy grooves and transitions from Frank's bass and Davis' explosive guitar leads and haunting vocal harmonies, and the combination proves a powerful music experience.
The band also crafted an unforgettable live show that successfully converted audiences into die hard fans. Their reputation lead to performances alongside likes of Bob Schneider, Vallejo, Particle, and Patrice Pike.
skyblue72 isn't afraid to tread into new musical territory. Their highly anticipated record, Feel My Way Home, will be released in August 2007. The band aims to infuse audiences with their own mix of funk, soul, rock, and even a little metal. The end result will undoubtedly have a significant impact on audiences across the country.