Who are Zooz? Well, they are a band with a bloody great name for starters. More importantly, Zooz are the great new five piece from London who have recently signed to promising up and coming indie label Super Fan 99.
What started as various solo projects spawning from previous pop outfits Hunck and Yoofs has become what the band describe as ‘a free for all that did quite fit the style or direction of other stuff’. Indeed, when Hunck are in action, Zooz are half the band members down...but at least for now it seems that Zooz are the front runners in musical direction between all other existing projects, becoming one of London's brightest alternative rock and roll prospects of a generation.
Zooz all started one night with an anonymous song posting on YouTube called Surf In The Storm. From that moment, and very quickly we hasten to add, Luke Barham at Super Fan 99 (see Cotillon) signed and delivered their first 7” outing True Love to a sell-out reception. After several boisterous reviews, NME have started to show an interest. But the boys from Zooz know better, thankfully, and have agreed to give Third Outing the first insight into the future of this magical British alternative scene.
"Anyone who’s been to V Festival will understand that the best place to be is in the back of a van".
‘Surf in the Storm came from a riff I came up with in the back of a van at V Festival. I was working there putting up concert tents and basically hiding from every aspect of the festival in the back of a van! Anyone who’s been to V Festival will understand that the best place to be is in the back of a van. Then when I was in Thailand I kind of revived the riff and it suddenly became something kind of cool. It was just an instrumental demo until Mike added his lyrical touches. I struggle to dream up vocal melodies over the top of things where as he doesn't’.
Zooz's super-limited and sold out 7” record True Love was the sign of great things to come. The debut EP Surf In Stereo sounds remarkably effortless. Indeed it feels as though Zooz have a natural flair for melody, delivering a flawless performance in this debut EP. The summer dream pop mentality will lead NME to describe Zooz as the refreshing cold shower on a hot sunny day, but they are so much more than that. Jangly opener Another Day In The Sun sets the tone with waves (literally) of summer sound; a perfect example of easy-listening breeze tune. But the EP also wants to be loud. It's a brilliant introduction to what Zooz will soon deliver live on a regular basis.
‘It’s such early days for us this EP is just like a little hello to anyone who wants meet Zooz. Three of the songs were mixed and mastered by Dan. E Brown so it all has a similar sound so we thought; chuck it all on an EP. I think it’s an up-beat sunny EP and it’s nice and loud’.
Zooz are a band who will soon be featuring on everybody’s summer playlists, with this remarkable EP soon sure to be surfing into a stereo near you. For the first exclusive interview follow here.
Zooz Surf In The Storm 8/10