American Avant-Garde music group founded in 2000 in Brooklyn, New York. Their music has described as "brutal-prog", "brutal chamber", "post-minimalism" among others. They have said their music is sometimes either very loud or very soft and also says on their website that "it is primarily concerned with making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener. Manipulating extended technique, unique instrumental synthesis, and near telepathic communication, Zs aims to create works that envelop the listener and unfold sonically over time, evoking unspoken past, present, and future rites and ritual."
Zs was formed in 2000 and released their first record on Troubleman Unlimited through their Vothoc imprint curated by Mick Barr in 2003. On their first release they were a sextet and has since been reduced to a quintet, quartet, and a trio. They received some critical acclaim with their album "Arms" released in 2007 and received even more attention when someone had sent the album to Howard Stern and Howard Stern played it on his radio show while they laughed and ridiculed the group. In 2008 long-time member and guitar-player Charlie Looker lef the group to focus on his own group Extra Life. They are currently a quartet consisting of the only remaining founding member Sam Hillmer (tenor saxophone), Ian Antonio (drum set), Ben Greenberg (electric guitar) and Amnon Freidlin (electric guitar). They are currently on The Social Registry.

Zs Discography


TMU 117 Zs Zs(CD, Album) Troubleman Unlimited TMU 117 US 2003 Sell This Version
FC38 Zs Buck Folding Cassettes FC38 US 2006 Sell This Version
GGGR-011 Zs Arms (Album) Planaria Recordings GGGR-011 US 2007 Sell This Version
PR032, sckts005 Zs Remixed(LP) Planaria Recordings, Sockets PR032, sckts005 US 2009 Sell This Version
TSR078 Zs New Slaves (Album) The Social Registry TSR078 US 2010 Sell This Version
TSR082 Zs New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! (Album) The Social Registry TSR082 US 2011 Sell This Version
NS 062 Zs Xe (Album) Northern Spy NS 062 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Ricecontrol 10 Zs Untitled(10", S/Sided, Cle) Rice Control Ricecontrol 10 US 2003 Sell This Version
PR 027 Zs Magnet(CDr, Mini) Planaria Recordings PR 027 US 2005 Sell This Version
PR 024 Zs Karate Bump(CD, EP) Planaria Recordings PR 024 US 2005 Sell This Version
#57 Zs The Hard EP (EP) Three One G (31G) #57 US 2008 Sell This Version
ZUM022 Zs / Child Abuse Zs / Child Abuse - Zs / Child Abuse(7", Ltd) Zum ZUM022 US 2008 Sell This Version
RIP14-7X Zs Untitled (aka B Is For Burning)(7", Single, Ltd, Whi) Rock Is Hell Records RIP14-7X Austria 2008 Sell This Version
TSR071 Zs Music Of The Modern White(12") The Social Registry TSR071 US 2009 Sell This Version
NS-016 Zs 33(2x7", EP, Ltd) Northern Spy NS-016 US 2011 Sell This Version
NSCD037 Zs Grain (EP) Northern Spy NSCD037 USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version


PSA-039 Zs New Slaves++(2xCD, Comp) Powershovel Audio PSA-039 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
Parte 005 Zs This Body Will Be A Corpse(M/Stick, Album, Comp, Ltd, Pla) Parte Parte 005 US 2011 Sell This Version
NS 027 Zs Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007(4xCD, Comp + Box) Northern Spy NS 027 US 2012 Sell This Version


scdr32 Zs Four Systems(CDr) Sockets scdr32 US 2007 Sell This Version
W+D005 Zs Sky Burial Words+Dreams W+D005 US 2011 Sell This Version