Zeus, the blind Western Screech Owl, has eyes that resemble a celestial scene telling a tragic tale. Thankfully, with a hopeful happy glint as things turned around for the owl. . . as far as its famously rotating head. Zeus came to his lifetime home at Wildlife Learning Center, in Los Angeles California, in the summer of 2012. He was found emaciated and blind in front of someone's house in Central California. A veterinary ophthalmologist thoroughly examined him, brought him back to health, but deemed him non-releasable - he only has about 10 per cent of his vision and would not be able survive in the wild on his own. Specifically he has been diagnosed with conjunctivitis, corneal degeneration, endotheliopathy, anterior uveitis - which was presumed to be from traumatic event like flying into something or being attacked by a predator. His general condition is a capsular cataract, the white flecks that glisten in his eyes is caused by unique fibrin/blood pigment clots. These pigments cause a unique "view of the Universe" quality in his eyes, for which he is well known, hence the name Zeus. He isn't in pain and appears to be healthy in every other way with regular check ups . In keeping with the divine nature of his adopted sobriquet, Zeus exudes a very peaceful presence and is calmness manifest. A Wildlife Learning Center spokesperson says: "He has a very big personality and exhibits a bit of a curious nature. WLC Cofounders, Paul Hahn and David Riherd, say they have never seen anything like this unique manifestation of pigment clots giving "starry" appearing eyes in their 40-plus combined years of working with rescued wildlife. "Zeus enjoys perching either in his hollowed tree trunk or on top of it above Co-founder Paul's desk in the office at Wildlife Learning Center. He is so camouflaged most people don't notice him until he is pointed out. Many other people see him but believe he is a stuffed animal because he is so calm and peaceful. He sleeps a - Los Angelse, California, United States - Thursday 20th November 2014
Since 2009, Toronto's Zeus have been grafting away at creating their own brand of melodic, retro-flavoured indie rock. On their previous two albums (2010's 'Say Us' and 2011's 'Busting Visions'), Zeus wore their influences on their sleeves and demonstrated their knack for undeniable pop hooks and inventive three way vocal harmonies. As joyous as the Zeus sound was, there was always a sense that they could not just go on making the same album over and over, and on their third offering 'Classic Zeus', Zeus have moved on to ever so slightly different pastures.
'Classic Zeus' opens with the melancholy strains of 'Where Is My Love?'. There are familiar sounds here, such as the thick bass lines and intricately crafted vocal harmonies, but as an opening track, it seems a little more fragile and delicate; far from the cocksure numbers which have opened Zeus records in the past.
Next up is 'Miss My Friends' which offers an updated, perhaps slightly more modern take on the Zeus sound. It is a fun and bouncy track that sits somewhere between ELO and The Flaming Lips. It is straightforward, but as one of the most raucous tracks on the album, it seems Zeus are looking to take the foot off the pedal a little for the time being.
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Ever stumble across a video on the internet and wonder, "I don't know how I ended up on this, but I like it!" Because that tends to be the feeling ou get when you happen to stumble upon the video for Ontario rockers Zeus' latest video for 'Are You Gonna Waste My Time.' It's got puppets, dogs and even a chicken playing the keyboards - you frankly couldn't ask for much more from a music video!
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Making a fairly late dash across the line with their effort at making one of the best albums of 2010 are Zeus, with their fantastic debut full length album Say Us. 2009 saw their EP Sounds Like Zeus gain the band some attention with their wonderfully noisy cover of That's All by Genesis, a version which stretched and contorted the original versions radio-friendly piano melody with heavily distorted bass and guitars. It was fresh, new and exciting. Say Us does for the most part shy away from these guitar freak outs in favour of more piano-led melodicism, but that doesn't make it any less exciting or vital.
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