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The Zombies release new track, animated video, announce their new album

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Zombies have released a brand new track and animated lyric video for “Dropped Reeling & Stupid,” and they will release a new album.

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Tom Toomey, Soren Koch, Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, and Steve Rodford of The Zombies. Photo Credit: Alex Lake
Tom Toomey, Soren Koch, Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, and Steve Rodford of The Zombies. Photo Credit: Alex Lake

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Zombies have released a brand new track and an animated lyric video for “Dropped Reeling & Stupid,” and they will release a new album “Different Game.”

Their upcoming full album will include a CD, vinyl and digital release, and it will be available on March 31st worldwide on the UK indie label Cooking Vinyl Records.

In support of the release, and a forthcoming feature documentary, the band will resume their “Life Is A Merry-Go-Round” Tour in 2023 with appearances at Austin’s famed music & film festival, South by SouthWest (SXSW), new concerts announced in Texas and New Orleans, followed by a full UK run in the Spring, and more extensive touring planned throughout the year.

The Zombies began work on the album, title Different Game, after their 2019 induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a USA tour with Beach Boys auteur Brian Wilson.

The band, which features founding keyboardist Rod Argent and lead singer Colin Blunstone, along with drummer Steve Rodford, guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Søren Koch, hoped to finish writing and recording the follow-up to their Billboard-charting 2015 album Still Got That Hunger during a busy 2020 touring schedule, but COVID-19 had other plans for them.

As primary songwriter and producer Rod Argent relates, the band was not content to record remotely: “Making this album has been a joy from start to finish. Post-lockdown, we were absolutely determined to come together and record in as “live” a way as we could – to capture the magical, fleeting quality of energy and immediacy of performance… “Dropped Reeling & Stupid” is our first streamed release… Can’t wait for you to hear it!”

Despite the Pandemic, The Zombies made the past three years productive, finishing the album, and giving fans previews of their new songs with a live-streamed concert from Abbey Road Studios London in 2021, and 65 concerts across North America and Europe in 2022 for the launch of their “Life Is A Merry-Go-Round” Tour.


Along with Rockers like “Dropped Reeling & Stupid”, Different Game will also feature tender acoustic ballads with classical string arrangements, and is produced by Rod Argent together with the band’s longtime live audio engineer Dale Hanson.

The album cover to Different Game exemplifies the independent and hard-working spirit of a band that refuse to rest on the laurels of a 6-decade career, and comes from a photo taken by Rod Argent during a touring misadventure in the Arizona desert this past summer.

Singer Colin Blunstone remarked, “We were traveling from Southern California to Tucson, when our tour van’s engine suddenly caught fire! We spent about 5 hours stranded in the remote Arizona desert, but thanks to our intrepid team and crew, we were rescued and made it to our next show! It was a harrowing experience, but also beautiful and surreal.”

“Different Game” is available for pre-order on digital service providers by clicking here.

To learn more about The Zombies, check out their official website, and follow them on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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