The original Rentals who mutated into the Manhattan Project are Jane Hudson and Jeff Hudson, and to those who followed their creative punk rumblings like "Elephants" and "Gertrude Stein" or the electricity of Manhattan Project, Zeta Brew will surprise. This is unplugged punk, "Green" a definite folk tune as is "I'm Free." "My Snake," on the other hand, starts off mellow and descends wonderfully into the denser complexities this husband and wife team are known for. "Out of a Dream" brings the listener to another world Jeff Hudson utilizing the sounds found on his videos produced with Cars keyboard player Greg Hawkes. That ethereal type journey is an immediate favorite on Zeta Brew, the material recorded at home on a Mac 8180 AV & Deck 2.5. The liquid guitar blends nicely with the quagmire keyboards while Jane's vocal is more inquisitive than the bold authority found on Rentals recordings. Jane Hudson gave All Media Guide some insight into this disc:
"Zeta Brew" ... grew out of an acoustic set that we performed in the mid-'90's and includes some blues songs sung by our brother-in-law, John Wilson, who played bass with us then. This was a fairly short-lived incarnation, but was sort of neo-psychedelic in tone. We were feeling somewhat spacey, sort of mellow, and a little old! But it did concern ecological and psychological issues." Jane said "it wasn't quite time for the Jeff and Jane power revival" that they employed in 2001, 2002. Three tunes from Zeta Brew made it to their sets in the new millennium: "E-Child," "Victory" and "Trees on Fire." John Wilson definitely adds a bluesy vocal to the sludge sludge guitar/drum on "Change It Soon," kind of like Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green fronting The Sex Pistols and forcing them to bring the tempo down. "Ya Say" is a fun way to end the CD with some upbeat minimal pop. More information on this artsy and important duo can be found on: http://world.std.com/jhudson.music.html.