Songs in the Key of Eh
The Zambonis, a thriving rock-and-roll band from Bridgeport, Conn., are best defined by the title of their newly released third album, More Songs About Hockey...and Buildings and Food, and by the fact that, when they play nightclub gigs, they wear hockey gear. "Sometimes Tarquin, our bassist, even plays with his gloves on," says guitarist and singer Dave Zamboni (his real name is Dave Schneider). "This sounds different but not good."
More often, though, the band, whose four members all use the surname Zamboni on stage and whose records sell throughout Canada and the U.S., play music that's reasonably pleasing to the ear. The eclectic mix on their latest release includes the poppish Bob Marley and the Hartford Whalers and the incantatory Hextall, in which the Zambonis mimic the serenade that NHL fans used to sing to the recently retired goalie Ron Hextall. "We believe that all life experience and the essence of the human condition can be seen through the hockey metaphor," says 33-year-old guitarist Peter (Katis) Zamboni.
The Zambonis perform in clubs and in NHL and minor league arenas, and once worked a wedding during which the bride's and groom's families played a pickup game. About the only thing they avoid is their namesake. "I never want to drive a Zamboni, and I never want to meet Bob Dylan," says Dave. "Some things are sacred."