“I can’t change who I am, or how I write,” says Sam Battle, lead singer and guitarist of Tottenham melodo-electronica trio ZIBRA. “This kind of music, it just comes naturally to me.”
Along with Russ Harley on keys and Ben Everest on bass they produce hugely infectious, melodic and hook-laden electronic pop. It is intelligent, emotive and fun, hearkening back to the 1980’s when music fizzed with exuberance and technicolour riffs.
With a growing pedigree – they played Glastonbury in 2015 and are Radio 1 playlist regulars – their star is most definitely in the ascendance.
Their use of vintage and analogue instruments lends a warm and nostalgic sound to their music. Sam is very much into improvising his own instruments, “I put together this guitar that I’d saved for, with a lovely MIDI keyboard on the side of it. It had taken me ages to save for this guitar, but then I went and drilled holes in it.” He has even considered constructing a keyboard comprised entirely of Game Boys and is building his “own, 100% handmade, big-ass modular synth”.
This kind of creativity ensures their writing is full of invention and verve, standing them apart from their contemporaries.
Their latest release ‘Wasted Days’, a shimmering and sparkling groover with swept melodies and pumping bass, continues their swift evolution. A new single beckons in the spring with a debut album slated for release this summer.
ZIBRA are touring the UK in April and are looking forward to it, “Can’t wait to get out on tour again. And getting to play songs to our own crowds. Been working a lot on the show and new songs, so proper excited”.
Catch them at the following venues in 2016, they’re your next favourite band:
|Tue 05 April||Manchester||Sound Control (Small Room)|
|Wed 06 April||London||The Barfly|
|Thu 07 April||Birmingham||Sunflower Lounge|
|Sat 09 April||Glasgow||The Garage (Attic Bar)|
|Sun 10 April||Leeds||Oporto|
|Mon 11 April||Nottingham||The Bodega|
|Tue 12 April||Bristol||The Louisiana|
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