Release announcement for the As Far As I Can See album as it appeared on the Rhino Records site, June 23, 2004.


THE ZOMBIES AWAKEN!

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent Reunite For New Album,
AS FAR AS I CAN SEE... Out September 14 and U.S. Tour

JUNE 23, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Thirty-five years after The Zombies
closed a chapter with their psychedelic masterpiece
Odessey & Oracle, original members Colin Blunstone and
Rod Argent begin a new chapter in the influential
British band's history with the September 14 release
of AS FAR AS I CAN SEE... on Rhino Records.

No mere trip down memory lane, AS FAR AS I CAN SEE...
is The Zombies reborn. Featuring 10 new tracks -- plus
a re-working of Blunstone's hit "I Don't Believe In
Miracles" -- the album is colored by The Zombies'
trademark minor-key melancholy along with Blunstone
and Argent's explorations of new musical territory.

"When we played the first mixes back, Colin and I were
surprised to hear many resonances of our first band on
the record, because they weren't achieved
consciously," says Argent. "Suddenly, and for the
first time in all these years, it felt honest and
right to include the name 'Zombies' somewhere on the
album. It still feels important to include our own
names as well -- a way of expressing something about
the future as well as acknowledging the past."

The album has another special connection to The
Zombies' storied past. Paul Atkinson, one of the
group's original guitarists and a legendary music
executive, earned a special A&R credit on AS FAR AS I
CAN SEE... for his efforts championing the album.
Blunstone and Argent recently played a benefit concert
at the Los Angeles House of Blues to honor their
friend and bandmate, who sadly died prior to the
album's American release. The album also features
former Zombies member Chris White contributing guest
vocals on three songs: "Memphis," "I Want To Fly," and
"Look For A Better Way." Despite a short career, The
Zombies cemented their place in music history with the
Top 10 singles "She's Not There," (#2), "Tell Her No"
(#6), and "Time Of The Season" (#3). But it was the
band's 1967 swansong, Odessey & Oracle, that truly
earned The Zombies legendary status. Mojo magazine
describes the album as "...without a doubt, one of the
best albums of its era..." Rolling Stone recently
ranked it at number 80 in the magazine's list of the
500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

"Ever since The Zombies split up in 1967, we have
always resisted re-forming despite being offered lots
of money," explains Argent. We didn't put the band
back together then because we have always wanted to
look forward, and it has always seemed wrong to put
the band back together again simply to make a quick
buck."

The seeds of AS FAR AS I CAN SEE... were planted in
2001 when Blunstone and Argent "accidentally reunited"
following a performance of Rod's '70s rock band,
simply named Argent. The pair started working together
for the first time in three decades and wound up
recording Out Of The Shadows (2002).

"Each song on the new album came into being with
Colin's voice as a presence somewhere in the back of
my head -- just as it was in the Sixties," explains
Argent. The combination of Rod's arrangements and
Blunstone's voice is still magical, and proof is AS
FAR AS I CAN SEE...

The Zombies' return comes at a time when the band's
short but influential career continues to resonate
with modern musicians like REM, Beck, and Super Furry
Animals. No less an authority than Courtney Love once
proclaimed, "The f---ing Zombies are probably the best
band in world history other than Zeppelin."

Blunstone and Argent will tour this fall as The
Zombies with their band-guitarist Keith Airey; bassist
Jim Rodford; and his son, drummer Steve Rodford.