Fans of the swing revival of the mid-to-late Nineties will remember bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Squirrel Nut Zippers. Now, eighteen years after they last released a studio album, the Jimbo Mathus-led Zippers are set to reignite their unique brand of New Orleans hot jazz and vaudeville sounds with their newest album, Beasts of Burgundy.

The band, which exploded into the mainstream with their 1996 album Hot, sold over three million albums between then and the turn of the millennium. They continued touring before going on hiatus in 2010. In 2016, Mathus reformed the group, with a new line-up, stating, “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival” and they’re now ready to unleash their new album.

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According to Mathus, “The Zippers have always been full of outlandish characters which provide great self-referential material for songs. The new revival of the band is no exception and, since we rehearsed the new show on Burgundy St in New Orleans, I thought of this title and story about the ‘Beasts’ who accidentally miss Mardi Gras.”

The new album will release on March 23, but the Squirrel Nut Zippers are already streaming the first single titled ‘Karnival Joe (From Kokomo).’

Squirrel Nut Zippers are already on tour and have dates scheduled till the end of March 2018. Go here for more details.