Almost every hard rock fan has a favorite Led Zeppelin song. Mine is When the Levee Breaks. Yours might be Stairway to Heaven. But for the members of all-female band Zepparella—vocalist Anna Kristina, bassist Holly West, guitarist Gretchen Menn, and drummer/founding member Clementine—every song seems like a favorite.
Formed in 2005, Zepparella is a California-based band dedicated (at least when not pursuing their solo and other projects) to covering, you guessed it, Zeppelin music. And with rapturous vocals, shredding guitar solos, pounding basslines and aggressive drums, they expertly pump out killer covers with as much ease as breathing.
Their unique personal styles and collective interpretation rises above imitation, and you only have to listen to their Whole Lotta Love (original song by Led Zeppelin from “Led Zeppelin II”) to know they own it. And I guarantee that once you do listen, you’ll be off to their YouTube channel or website, addicted to hearing more or desperate to find out when or if you can see them live at a venue near you. At least that’s what I did.
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About the Curator - Jane Asylum
When my mother wasn’t walking around the house belting out early 60s’ girl-band lyrics, she was collecting compilation albums, specifically from K-Tel. She may not have had the most refined taste, but she enjoyed variety, or at least that’s what I recall. I poured over them all, preferring some sounds to others. And when I found the perfect song, I’d play it over and over until ready to perform my latest theatrical dance incarnation.
With my family all gathered on floral grey sofas in our basement apartment, I’d set the vinyl on the turntable of a brown fibreboard stereo and not-so-carefully lower the needle. It would pop, screech, and crackle before any music spilled from the weaved-wheat speakers. My toes would press, lift, and sweep through the blue-green shag carpet, my arms would flail, and the music would bass and treble through my soul.
I’m no longer that 6-year-old doing private-audience interpretive dance routines, but my passion remains just as intense. I have no special superpowers as a curator — just my love of sounds and lyrics that transport, transform, move, and make your body groove.
15 November 2021
When you adore a band and practically everything they’ve done, it can be a bit difficult to decide on one single track to feature on a playlist, but “Drive Your Car” became a no-brainer.
13 October 2021
English band Free’s “I’m a Mover” is music to my ears, and it’s the track I want to listen to while driving my pony on a stretch of cracked grey highway over green hills.
13 September 2021
Any track from this band would pair well with Chuck Berry’s “My Mustang Ford,” but I want to drive into a more or less psychedelic blues and garage rock direction. This makes “Lying Eyes” the perfect fit.