Adam Zuniga’s rangy, saturating guitar work eschews easy genre definition. His frequent contributions to Austin-based indie group, Hours Quiet, along with his full-length solo albums released as the Adam Zuniga Project, display Adam’s methodical artistry across darkly and diversely melodic vistas. He regularly performs with bands covering a wide assortment of top 40 music, including a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute act. Adam’s songwriting capacity is on full display in his latest record with Hours Quiet, and his five, full-length instrumental projects illuminate the staggering variety of his skills.
Hours Quiet is an Austin-based band often described as melodic indie with 1st wave and modern alternative influences. In just a few years, they have become mainstays at Stubbs, Empire Control Room, Swan Dive, and many other popular area venues. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album recorded at Good Danny’s, the award-winning recording studio boasting placement on several “Best of Austin” lists, including “Best Grand Slam Studio” – 2014, Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” Critics Pick; and “Best Recording Studio” – 2013, Austin Music Industry Awards.
The Adam Zuniga Project was nominated for Best Instrumental Group by readers of the San Antonio Current two years in a row. The trio has enjoyed residencies at places like Rosario’s in the city’s famous Blue Star Arts District, as well as Paesanos-1604, Aldaco’s at Sunset Station, and La Villita’s Artwalk at Maverick Plaza. The NY-based music blog, Noise Beneath the Apple, writes, “Either Adam Zuniga is not a traditional world artist, or he is changing the very face of the genre upside down. Either way, it is a victory.” He performs every year with other independent artists at a Lower East Side showcase in New York City.
In 2018, the Austin-based synth-space outfit Love Hate Affair celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the release of their eponymous EP. After an extended hiatus, the band has returned to touring and studio recording. Tracking and post-production work which began at Public Hi-Fi (and their amazing Neve 8016 console) is approaching completion. As a recording studio, Public Hi-Fi has a history that reads like a ‘who’s who’ list of some of the band’s favorite artists, including Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Phantogram, Arcade Fire and many others. Additional production at Cacophony Recorders will also be included in the band’s next release.
Reminiscent of bands like Joy Division and The Smiths, their music continues in the first-wave tradition of blending indie-guitar voicings and electronic music with vocals influenced by Morrissey, Dave Gahan, and Ian Curtis. Previous tours included legendary venues such as Whisky A GO GO, Key Club, Radio Room, Viper Room, Arlene’s Groceries, and The Lexington London. Do512.com says of the group, “The great high-end guitar playing never showboats, but rather brilliantly weaves into the songs’ bedrock of solid bass and percussion.”
Offstage and out of the studio, Adam recently completed his undergraduate work in Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He will begin his graduate studies in the fall of this year. Adam is also a devoted husband and father, a first-generation graduate, an avid blogger, and a film, video, and photography enthusiast.