H.P. Zinker

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The New York City rock trio H.P. Zinker were purveyors of muscular, guitar-driven neo-psychedelia that often bordered on prog rock and, at times, bore comparison to Dinosaur Jr.. Singer/guitarist Hans Platzgumer and bassist/singer Frank Puempel were raised in Innsbruck, Austria, and had toured the continent with a bunch of bands before relocating to New York City in 1989 and becoming H.P. Zinker. The group's first release, ...And There Was Light, was recorded with a drum machine. It featured a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days," and also happened to be the first-ever release on Matador Records. The effort threw down the gauntlet on the group's eclecticism, featuring touches of metal, jazz, folk, and noise. Nevertheless, 1990s Beyond It All represented a huge creative leap forward for the group as they settled into a power-trio format with the addition of American Dave Wasik on drums. On this LP, the group reveled in gargantuan riffs that nodded to '70s hard rock and often jettisoned off into instrumental excursions. The Sunshine EP in 1991 featured a remake of the first EP's "Sunshine," as well as a version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" and the Lemonheads' Evan Dando doing a vocal turn on "To One in Paradise," among other sundries. By the time of Perseverance in 1992, co-founder Peumpel had left H.P. Zinker. Platzgumer and Wasik soldiered on and ex-Skunk guitarist Stephan Apicella (aka Stevie Apathetic) eventually came on-board to fill the third slot. Bassist Uvey Batruel joined up for 1995's Mountains of Madness (the title track's lyrics are by early 20th century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft), which represented the last proper album before the group's dissolution later that year. Staying Loose (A Compilation) assembles tracks from the group's first three albums and several EPs -- and is the best starting point for newcomers.
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H.P. Zinker Discography Tracks

Albums

H.P. Zinker - Beyond It All album art H.P. Zinker Beyond It All (Album) Roughneck Recording Company US 1990 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - From Boston To Schwertberg album art H.P. Zinker From Boston To Schwertberg (Album) Nur Sch. Rec! Austria 1990 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - Hovering album art H.P. Zinker Hovering (Album) Roughneck Recording Company UK 1991 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - Perseverance album art H.P. Zinker Perseverance (Album) Thrill Jockey US 1992 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - Mountains Of Madness album art H.P.Zinker* Mountains Of Madness (Album) Enemy Records Europe 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

H.P. Zinker - ...And There Was Light album art H.P. Zinker ...And There Was Light (EP) Matador US 1990 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - I Don't Know What's Going On album art H.P. Zinker I Don't Know What's Going On Roughneck Recording Company UK 1990 Sell This Version
OLE 002-7 H.P. Zinker - The Know-It-All album art H.P. Zinker The Know-It-All(7") Matador OLE 002-7 US 1990 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - The Sunshine E.P. album art H.P. Zinker The Sunshine E.P. (EP, MiniAlbum) Roughneck Recording Company 1991 Sell This Version
HYPE 11 H.P. Zinker - Our Precious Love album art H.P. Zinker Our Precious Love(7") Roughneck Recording Company HYPE 11 UK 1991 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - Mysterious Girl E.P. album art H.P. Zinker Mysterious Girl E.P. (EP) Roughneck Recording Company, Roughneck Recording Company UK 1992 Sell This Version
H.P. Zinker - Reason album art H.P. Zinker Reason (EP) Roughneck Recording Company UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version

Compilations

H.P. Zinker - Staying Loose "A Compilation" album art H.P. Zinker Staying Loose "A Compilation" (Comp) Energy Records (2) US 1993 Sell This Version
noise35 H.P. Zinker - Singles Box 1989 - 1994 album art HP Zinker* Singles Box 1989 - 1994(6x7" + M/Stick, MOV, MP3, MPEG-4 Video, 192 + Box,) Noise Appeal Records noise35 Austria 2013 Sell This Version

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