1- Zoom is a hardcore band from Washington, D.C. Members also played in Lion of Judah, Give, and Lights Out. http://zoomdc.bandcamp.com/ 2 - Avant Garde (later known as Zoom) was a progressive heavy metal band from Connecticut. It was Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo's first serious attempt at being a musician.
Cuomo formed Avant Garde in 1985 with a childhood friend of his named Justin Fisher. Although the two had both just formed another band, Fury, they both agreed they wanted to play a heavier type of music.