Adam Zuniga’s dazzling guitar work traverses across genres, from his contribution to Austin-based band Hours Quiet to his solo guitar efforts with the Adam Zuniga Project. In addition, he regularly performs with bands covering a wide variety of top 40 music — even a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute act. Adam demonstrates his songwriting capacity in his latest record with Hours Quiet, and his five full-length instrumental guitar releases.
Hours Quiet is an Austin-based band often described as melodic indie with 1st wave and modern alternative influences. They have quickly become mainstays at Stubbs, Empire Control Room, Swan Dive and other music venues. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album recorded at Good Danny’s, an award-winning recording studio appearing on several “Best of Austin” lists. Accolades include “Best Grand Slam Studio” – 2014 Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” Critics Pick; “Best Recording Studio” – 2013 Austin Music Industry Awards.
On the instrumental side, the Adam Zuniga Project was voted Best Instrumental Group (second place) by the readers of the San Antonio Current, two years in a row. The trio has enjoyed residencies at places like Rosario’s in the popular Blue Star Arts District, 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 that “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, Austin-based Love Hate Affair celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the release of their eponymous EP. After an extended hiatus, the band will return for select dates in Austin and several TBA markets.
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. Love Hate Affair was a major presence in the indie/New Wave/Post-Rock scene and is still regarded as a band who continues to make their mark despite their hiatus. 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.” The San Antonio Express-News says, “Melancholy ’80s-influenced rock and music lovers may find their relationship with Love Hate Affair to be far more one-sided than the band’s name implies. Anyone who connects with the music of Morrissey, Joy Division and Depeche Mode likely will be enamored with this four-man rock act composed of San Antonio and Austin musicians.”
Outside a life in music, Adam recently completed his undergraduate work in Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio and will begin his graduate studies this fall. A devoted husband and father, first-gen graduate, blogger and film, video and photography enthusiast together cap off the rest of the descriptions in this already too-long-to-read bio. If you made it this far, wow!