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Meet Orlando Garcia of Zombie Eating Horse in Whittier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Orlando Garcia.

Orlando, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Zombie Eating Horse was created by our vocalist Jon Parker and myself in a garage in Montebello, CA as a recording project, around 2011 we found a line up including Jon’s brother Josh Ontiveros on bass and Dyame Melendez on drums, right away we started playing gigs.

Not too long after in November 2011 we released our debut demo EP “What About the Sheep?” digitally and the following year on cassette tape. After a few line up changes Josh moved to guitar and I moved to the drum kit, Joshua Pavlich joined us on bass and around this time the band had relocated to Whittier, CA, in 2014 we released our full-length album “Nothing for No One” in 2016 we added Roland Leonard on second guitar and released our EP “Don’t Follow Me” right after the EP came out Josh Pavlich left the band due to work opportunities, our friend. Joseph Ramirez joined ZEH rounding out the lineup, in 2017 we won MI Battle for Ozzfest meets Knotfest, we got to play early in the day but it was definitely one of our greatest moments yet.

In 2019 we released our second full-length album “The Worst of Us” with the help of Infinite Strength Records, a music video for the song “Z-Rex” was made to help promote the album which is available on youtube, the album is available on streaming platforms worldwide, in 2019 we played our first round out of town shows to promote the album, right now we are recharging the batteries, getting ready to write and record new music in 2020 hopefully release it before the year is over.

Has it been a smooth road?
Trying to do anything creative with multiple individuals will always be an obstacle, as we get older our priorities also change. Keeping a stable line up together can also be challenging, none of us get paid to be in the band, sometimes rehearsals don’t happen for a few weeks but somehow we get it together, even if it requires asking a friend to fill in for a show or two.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am proud to be an independent band made from nothing to a band that can afford to travel to another city without pulling money out of my own pocket, that’s what makes us successful without being rich and famous, that’s all I could wish for, to be honest.

Zombie Eating Horse is a metal/hardcore band, we like heavy groovy riffs and tasty breakdowns, we are not really interested in doing what the other bands are doing, we rather pay it back to our influences which range from multiple genres depending on which member of the band you talk to, none of us listen to crazy stuff all the time, you’d really be surprised.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We hope to continue to make music as long as possible, as long as we feel it is necessary to speak about the harsh side of reality we will make music, ZEH started with Jon and I so as long as both of us want to do it, its until the wheels fall off.

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Photos by J-Brutal, Jared Clatworty and Gilbert Delgado

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