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Zak Smith / Press

"On one hand you could argue that there are few original voices in popular music anymore. Everyone is influenced by one or more artists of the past, and with a mere 8 notes it is difficult to do something truly original. Yet it is the blending of styles and sounds that marks originality; not the similarities but the choices of division. In one of these finely honed musical crevices grew the art and creativity of Zak Smith..."

"Some people were born with a voice that screams for... singing in a rock band - Zak Smith is one of them. Zak plays well crafted pop-rock that sweats warmth and passion - think of Bruce Springsteen's inner fire mixed with Tom Petty's superior talent for melody..."

"Haunted Feet tries to be anthemic and grand, and it succeeds, but it's also a lot of fun. It tells of heartbreaks, but in a lively and excited manner, rather than in desperation..."

“New Jersey-born alternative rock music singer/songwriter Zak Smith really hits it out of the ballpark with this perfectly crunchy’n’punchy five song EP CD. “Under Your Possession” starts things with a proverbial bang: A strutting guitar riff milks a tasty diggin’ groove for all its worth while Smith’s hoarse bluesy holler goes straight for the jugular. Smith’s strong knack for cool and soulful melodies and equally impressive talent for concise and thoughtful lyrics make for a potent double whammy. Better still, the playing is sharp and inspired throughout (the cutting guitars in particular are very sweet stuff), with a steady succession of snappy tempos and pumping beats keeping things lively, tuneful, and exciting from start to finish. A real bang-up little winner.”

“Zak Smith has a very emotional and sincere delivery while singing his songs. His voice is like the raspy whiskey laced blues you would hear on the chitlin circuit but it’s not the blues, it rocks with oodles of soul. I don’t mean soul music, just plain from the heart soul, the kind of lyrics and voice that touch you in some way because you just know it came from the gut of the person singing the song. In just five tracks Zak Smith had me convinced that he has what it takes to make his mark on music history if he gets a chance. So many artists that are on this level never get recognized and its up to people like me and hundreds of others involved with putting out reviews on the Internet to help folks become familiar with artists that have what it takes to make an impression. I really enjoyed Zak Smith, just give me some more!”

“It’s hard to find out much about newcoming Zak Smith. He introduced himself to me with a two line EP and a link to his music, which is available free on his website. The bio on the site is a bunch of quotes from other people about things other than Zak. I guess he doesn’t offer up much info about himself because he’s content to have his music speak for him. Good choice. He’s got a voice that’s rough and deep, belying his boyish appearance. It’s DYI haunting indie rock with Americana accents. It’s got great lyrics and great music, the supporting band is tight . . . Songs like “The ones that got away will bury me” and “The house that you haunt” speak of love and loss, and how broken hearts hang on. If you don’t relate to this music, you’ve either never lost a lover or you’re twelve. Very, very good stuff.”