Everything's Zen

The punk-soul warfare of Zen Guerrilla.

Right now the Guerrillas are cutting tracks with producer Jack Endino (who helmed Nirvana's Bleach) for an album that's scheduled to be released on Sub Pop later this year. According to Durant, fans shouldn't expect big changes, despite a raft of similar acts, including Delta 72, the Countdowns and, of course, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, that are currently fighting for a share of the punk-soul limelight. "It's all part of the zeitgeist, you know?" he says. "Critics always want to lump things together and draw comparisons. It's just sort of the nature of the beast. But I don't really care either way. I mean, we've been doing this for almost ten years, and we've been compared to everything from Throbbing Gristle to Lightnin' Hopkins. So if we get lumped in with them, so be it. I'll still be making music, whatever they write."

Supporting him in this mission is his father, who knows where Durant is coming from, even if he's not always certain where he's going.

"I'm paving my own way, and he's very proud of that," Durant points out. "You know, I get the usual parent thing: 'It's awfully loud,' and that sort of thing. But he knows I'm in touch with the soul, so he's all for that."

Man...or Astro-Man?, with Zen Guerrilla. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax, $10, 303-322-2308; 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18, Aggie Theater, 204 South College, Fort Collins, 1-970-407-1322; 8 p.m. Monday, April 19, Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street, Boulder, $10.50, 303-443-3399.

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