The Zincs are from
Chicago via London, England making them the first official non-native
Chicago act on Ohio Gold. The Zincs play a form of somber pop music
that, while coming from a Brit, is decidedly rooted in the arcane music
of America as well as the U.K. A vibrato tinged, British baritone
voice floats effortlessly over Spanish style guitars, melodic keyboard
bleeps and drones, some deft finger picking, and the occasional lone harmonica.
All of this is driven home by a Velvets-inspired back beat. These
beautifully crafted songs are all the brainchild of the Zincs current
sole member, Jim Zinc (aka James Elkington). As an expatriate, Jim's
songs deal lyrically with themes of alienation, loneliness, character,
the idea of place, and the underuse of the words "Please" and
"Thank You". They are also about getting older and lying.
Jim Zinc has done time as a sideman/guitarist in U.K. mellow pop
group Sophia, but "Moth and Marriage" (OHAU-009) marks Jim's
debut as a true solo artist. He wrote, performed, and produced "Moth
and Marriage" in its entirety.