So he moved, regrouped and started Ugly Radio Rebellion.
It's a small outfit. Ugly Radio Rebellion performs only a smattering of dates over the course of the year. Schroen plays and/or writes music for two other bands as well as teaches music lessons.
Currently, that band is a three-piece outfit.
"We can fit it all in one car," Schroen said. "No sponsorship. No agents, but it's just a blast. I can't believe we get away with this."
And Zappa fans come out to the shows. Sometimes they'll be waiting for them in the parking lot of the club, making requests and asking for autographs before the band gets inside.
"We're like, 'If you'll let us in and set up, we'll actually play these things for you.'"
Shows, he promised, are long.
"We do two long sets with a break in the middle. The first set's about an hour and fifteen minutes. The second one, we play until they make us stop."
Occasionally, Schroen said, former Frank Zappa sideman Ike Willis tours with them, though not since last November.
"Ike is technically in the band," Schroen explained. "But he lives in Van Nuys California, and the way things have gotten economically, it's hard to have him along."
Willis, Schroen said, knows all about Frank Zappa. He has lots of stories.
"But we function as Frank Zappa's band -- he just never got to meet us."
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