Holland Zander, Jinger Christal join forces

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With the performing element of The Snaggs on hold, vocalist Holland Zander has used the down time to explore other musical avenues, which has proven she’s not just a kid with a rock ’n’ roll heritage.

Holland’s latest band, Fear and Desire, has just released a CD with the same name, and is moving in the right direction with some new local dates. The album, mostly written and produced by industry veteran John Bishoff, contains an all-star cast with Zander and co-vocalist Jinger Christal (X51) leading the pack.

For Holland, there’s no hiding the fact that she’s the daughter of Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander. However, her style and musicianship are all her own.

Holland can belt out a note with as much power as Robert Plant, while at the same time challenge anything that’s ever been sung by Nina Simone.

The Rock River Times (TRRT) caught up with Holland Zander (HZ) during a rare gap in her teaching, studying, recording and performing schedules, and was able to gain some insight into what she’s got going on since The Snaggs decided to part ways.

TRRT: If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?

HZ: Of stuff that I’ve been involved in, probably “Hipsters” from Hot Tomato (The Snaggs), “Leap year” Heavier than a Ham Sandwich (The Snaggs) and “Something Blue,” (Fear and Desire). I would also probably throw on a hidden track of The Stage by Omega Battalion, which I sang on one of their demos.

TRRT: What are some of your musical influences?

HZ: OK, a very long list. I’ll get the obvious—the Beatles, Zeppelin and Cheap Trick—out of the way. Sinead O’Connor, especially The Lion and the Cobra. David Bowie—almost all of it, especially his early stuff. October Project, mostly for vocal inspiration. Wilco, The Jayhawks, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Depeche Mode, especially Violator, The Cure, especially Kiss me, Kiss me, Kiss me, Ani Difranco, and U2.

TRRT: What new music are you listening to?

HZ: Imogen Heap, Jose Rodriguez, Omega Battalion and Midwestern Death.

TRRT: Name a band, current or defunct, that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?

HZ: David Bowie, but I’d probably pass out before I got a chance to perform. I love him.

TRRT: Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?

HZ: I really don’t know how to answer that question. Every musician has a different approach, and brings a different attitude and style to any piece, so I don’t really know if I could narrow it down. But Aimee Mann, maybe; Dave Grohl or Ani DiFranco, if she’d have me.

TRRT: If you could, tell me something about yourself we can’t find on Google.

HZ: I can sleep if I’m tired, almost anywhere and almost under any circumstances. Ask the Snaggs. They can tell you that although I was injured by some of the fireworks that exploded in our van, I slept through most of them.

Catch Fear and Desire when they take the stage Saturday, April 7, at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford for Charlotte’s Web. For ticket information, visit www.mendelssohnclub.org. The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is at 415 N. Church St., in downtown Rockford. It can be reached by phone at 815-964-9713.

Fear and Desire and the Snaggs’ Hot Tomato! are both available at CD Baby.

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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