We lived in Chicago for 6 weeks and recorded High Priestess at Groovemaster Studios. When one person was in session, the others often had free time. The studio was an entire building with lots of sound rooms; it was a perfect playground for a band really. We recorded High Priestess with special guest guitarist, Charlie Parra. Lord Griffin and Charlie started jamming a new beat together one afternoon; we all jumped in as a band and grabbed it and soon Zombie was formed!
Here is how it went down. Lord Griffin Kissack, our first drummer, had this infectious beat that made you move, and asked Charlie to play some root chords over top of the beat. Griffin and Charlie brought it upstairs to Johnny and I, who were working in the main studio on other tracks. We started jamming it, Charlie started to noodle some riffs over the chords, and Johnny K came up with ideas for other parts like the chorus. We spent all afternoon jamming over this kick drum beat that Griffin had created. We kept working into the night and I told everyone at some point that I felt like a Zombie. Then Johnny started singing “I’m feeling like a zombie!” I got inspired, and started writing the words, and the whole song became about feeling like a zombie! Johnny recorded one of the worst, but funnest solos ever, and it ended up sticking. Charlie Parra later recorded a cleaned up version of Johnny’s pentatonic solo mess and we stuck with it.
We did a Zombie lyric video and asked our loyal and awesome fans to send us photos of themselves as zombies and put all the pictures we received into the video. That is one of the things I love about our fans, they are engaged and into the music as much as we are. The artwork for the single was done by one of the lead singers for a band that had previously toured with us. Here is a picture of the artwork, by KT Paige, for the single and the vinyl cover: