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Capital Zen brings the funk with a capital 'F'

It's not exactly music you can meditate to, but Capital Zen's got a sound that will make you rock off that Buddha belly.

The Glens Falls band, which has been rocking out since 2006, consists of Terry Scoville on lead guitar and vocals, Rye Wylie on drums and vocals, Anthony Leombruno on bass, and Scott Hannay on keyboard and vocals. When the band first started, Scoville, Wylie and another bass player were a trio of musicians that came together as a result of a couple of area bands that were disbanding. They played as a trio until very early 2009, when Hannay joined the band during the recording sessions for the band's self-titled album. Then, Leombruno joined the band after the departure of the original bass player last spring.

"The name came from the drastically different musical influences of the original members, all wanting to come together to form something huge-sounding, yet peacefully balanced," explained Scoville.

The band's sound is a mixture of heavy funk with a progressive rock flow, said Scoville. The combined influences of Nirvana, Primus, Phish, Candiria and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others, is what gives Capital Zen its sound, said Scoville. That, and trying not to imitate other local bands.

"We love listening to other talented local bands in the scene," said Scoville. "We spend a lot of time figuring out what they're not doing, and fill in the gaps. We're not afraid to play anything."

"We play less covers than a lot of groups around here, and our originals have a sort of new, but familiar sound," said Wylie.

The band first played Plattsburgh in 2008, starting with a gig at the Monopole. It was such an exciting performance the band wanted to keep coming back for more.

"It's one of the first places away from home that really gave us a chance to play all night," said Hannay. "They made us feel very comfortable and able to find our niche."

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