CD Review

Zombina and the Skeletones – “Staci Stasis”

By Marcus Pan

Staci StasisI enjoy Zombina’s body of work, and reviewed the last two releases highly enough. Staci Stasis is still just as fun as the previous two and is billed as the final third release of their 7” trilogy. It’s a bit poppier and happier than their previous work, with catchy rhythms and comfy choruses. There’s only three tracks here though…

Over the past few months I’ve reviewed work by Zombina and the Skeletones three separate times. I have to admit I’m getting a little frustrated at the consistent three or four song releases and can’t help but wonder why they haven’t put out a full length rather than piles of EPs. I just watched their Wikipedia page get deleted for that reason – a pile of EPs, no full length. There’s a lot to be said about staying under the proverbial radar, but Zombina and crew have some good tunes and might even crack mainstream radio if they tried.

We go to space this time with the group with the Staci Stasis release. A cheeky bite to B-movie space sagas with Staci Stasis, Astroboy and Red Planet. Staci Stasis is the better of the three by far with great production and clean mixing. The other two, while good songs, suffer from sub-par production and mixing. Zombina’s vocals are not as strong on the latter two, under the multiple music instruments plyed by other members of the band. In the A-side of this release, Staci Stasis, this is not apparent with Zombina’s vocals being a leading edge to the song.

And since there’s only three tracks here, that’s all I’m going to say. It’s time for Zombina and the Skeletones to release something heavier. Shrug off the attention deficit disorder they seem to suffer from and put out a real album. These little nitty bits are nice…in between albums. But stop mixing your musical career into little widdly bits and nothing more…make something cool, they certainly have the ability.

Contact Information:
Zombina and the Skeletones
Post: PO Box 123, Liverpool, L17 2WX, United Kingdom
Phone: 07814 164455
E-Mail: skeletone5@hotmail.com
Web: www.zombina.com