Friday, August 7, 2015


RELEASE NEWS: Ike Willis and Zap Mcinnes first studio collaboration - OUT SEPT. 1

Ex Frank Zappa sideman IKE WILLIS (USA) and founding member and front-man of Zappatika,ZAP McINNES (UK), have teamed up to write and orchestrate their first song together after successfully touring together in recent years with Frank Zappa tribute shows across Europe and the UK.

The new 8 minute single,"The Pony Suite" due out on September 1st, is indeed extremely "zappaesque" and ,some would say, quite insane....

Zap McInnes: “I once wrote an original concept surrounding My Little Pony. The pony is actually representative of the east European prostitutes who end up in the darkness of the red light district in Amsterdam, never to return to the forests of Lithuania and Rumania having been trapped into this lifestyle by manipulative pimps. Now, in our first ever collaboration, Ike Willis and I have orchestrated a completely new work incorporating elements of that original pony concept mixed with some newer ideas and some of Frank Zappa’s lyrics. The music is written and orchestrated by Mr Willis and myself. It is performed by ZAPPATiKA, featuring both Jeff Hollie and Craig Twister Steward. Ike features very strongly of course. The Pony Suite is pompous comedy, it is even operatic in parts but can best be described as prog-jazz-classical-rock. This new recording both evolves the Pony concept to fruition and also introduces some new characters such as the Beastial Boys and the Black Ninja.

The Pony Suite has now gone into final mixing and will be released on 1 September.”

Willis will be on tour again with Zappatika in March 2016 in France & the UK.

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