A Double Shot of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

May 12th, 2010

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra has seen a lot of changes over the years since forming in Montreal back in 1999. Efrim Menuck, a guitarist in Godspeed You! Black Emperor, wanted to make music that didn’t really fit the sound of his first band. So he sought out bassist Thierry Amar and violinist Sophie Trudeau, also involved with Menuck’s musical collective, to see what they could create. What they came up with was their predominantly instrumental debut album, He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner or Our Rooms….

Since then, the band, now a quintet, has seen name changes (each fairly similar to the current moniker, although SMZ has always remained the shorthand name), roster changes (members have come and gone) and even sound changes (what was once mainly instrumentals is now vocals heavy, although still rooted in punk), on their way to releasing an EP and five more studio albums. The most recent of which, Kollaps Tradixionales, came out in February and brings Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (above, performing “God Bless Our Dead Marines”) to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday and The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday.