One Ring Zero’s ethno-pop could have been played in the background of a Balkan-embassy party in the 1930s, but that’s not all there is to the band: The songs on its ambitious As Smart As We Are-which features lyrics by literary figures including Paul Auster, Rick Moody and Margaret Atwood-touch on They Might Be Giants whimsy, Residents-style unease, Tom Waits clank and Marianne Faithful melancholy. Time Out New York

I HAVE A CRUSH ON ONE RING ZERO, with their tweed sport coats and ties and tattered sneakers, their smarty-pants patter and killer acid-klezmer ways, and their theremin, claviola, and “other noises,” oh my! Their forthcoming album, AS SMART AS WE ARE, births the equation Atwood + Auster + Eggers + Lethem + Moody and the like + One Ring Zero = A BEAUTIFUL SHEBANG OF LITERARY AND AURAL MISCHIEF. The Village Voice

Accordions, organs, theremins, and the occasional brass horn and homemade instrument combine to make soundscapes that are both haunting and entertaining. The New Yorker

Hearst and Camp have not only embraced their “lit rock” reputation but seem primed to become the movement’s indisputable kings. The Boston Globe

Your coolness quotient shoots up a few points if you’re in the know about One Ring Zero.The Washington Post

…gypsy-klezmer circus-flea-cartoon-music you mainly hear in your dreams The Forward

Nino Rota on processed sugar The Brooklyn Rail

…never mind the Billboard charts, these guys ought to be on the Times bestseller list. The Boston Phoenix

They are the sounds of a circus parade passing through a cemetery Richmond Music Journal

Jewish wedding music played by ghosts and goblins, a buzzingly angular Balkan soundscape.. Throttle Magazine

…unique and irresistible Middle Eastern circus music. Style Weekly

Articles and Interviews

One Ring Zero on Break Thru Radio. 12/19/06

“One Ring Zero Weaves Writers’ Words Into Song” by Jon Mooallem from The The Boston Globe September 26, 2004

“One Ring Zero Makes Lit A Hit” by Joseph Gallivan from The Portland Tribune July 20, 2004

“Lit Rock Is On A Roll” by Carl Wilson from The Globe And Mail August 14th, 2004

One Ring Zero on NPR’s Fresh Air July, 2004

One Ring Zero on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show July, 2004

One Ring Zero on NPR’s Public Radio Weekend July, 2004

One Ring Zero with Paul Auster and Sophie Auster on NPR’s The Next Big Thing July, 2004

“One Ring Zero: As Smart As We Are” by Ben Jacobson from The Jerusalum Post September, 2005

“One Ring Zero: As Smart As They Are” by Paul Fischer from Zeek June, 2004

One Ring Zero by Pitchaya Sudbanthad from The Morning News May 6, 2004

“A Thinking Man’s Band” by Tom Beer from Newsday May 3rd, 2004

One Ring Zero by Molly Sherdian from The New York Press April 27, 2004

“The Best Album You’ve Never Read” by Dimitri Ehrlich from The Forward October 10, 2003

“One Ring Zero’s Author Project” by Lisa Selin Davis from The Brooklyn Rail October 2003

“Frankenstein Monster Song” with lyrics by Margaret Atwood, from a segment on NPR’s The Next Big Thing October 2003

“Words and Music” by Greg Weatherford from Style Weekly July 9th, 2003

“Circus Sounds” by Ames Arnold from Style Weekly September 27, 1999

“The Day Tom Waits Called the Hohner Warehouse” An interview with Joshua Camp by Amy Fusselman for Surgery Of Modern Warfare January 2003

“An interview with Michael Hearst / co-founder of One Ring Zero.” by Lesley Howson from Punchline January 18th, 2001

“The Sceene” by Mariane Matera from September 29th, 1999

“Scare Package” The Pumpkin Pie Show’s “Rise Perverts Rise” by Joshua Tanzer from 2001