Cult Spanish experimental punk duo ZA!
will bring their electrifying live show to the UK this month, playing numerous shows around the country inc. DIY Space For London on 12th Feburary. All dates are with NOPE
Thursday 11th February – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
Friday 12th February – Matinee show at Folkestone Quarterhouse (part of the Folkestone Fringe ‘Profound Sound’ festival)
Friday 12th February – DIY Space For London, London
Saturday 13th February – The Harp Restrung, Folkestone
Wednesday 17th February – Secret show TBA
Thursday 18th February – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
Friday 19th February – Delius Arts and Cultural Centre., Bradford
Saturday 20th February – Picture House Social, Sheffield
All dates are w/ NOPE
The band has also just released new album LOLOISMO, their first official UK release. The album is out via Sheffield DIY collective The Audacious Art Experiment and Folkestone’s Hot Salvation Records, and is streaming in full on The Wire. Buy it here.
Two years after self-releasing WANANANAI in Spain (Rockdelux’s Album of 2013), ZA! present a record that defies many conventions, even their own. The title LOLOISMOcomes from ‘Loloiza’, the Spanish phrase for the chants that echo out from football fields, where often the collective act of singing holds more value than the lyrics. The only premise the band set themselves was to avoid repetition of songs. To accomplish this, Spazzfrica Ehd (drums/keyboards/vocals) and Papadupau (guitar/trumpet/samples/vocals) have explored new genres and tried new ways of playing and filtering their instruments. The result is ten hits, ten individual worlds that continue to evolve with each listen.
There is no set style: industrial meets dubstep, hip hop, clicks n’cuts electronic music, math-rock. Diversity is key, from the old-shool hardcore clichés to Asian, Arabic or invented landscapes, sometimes sampling live guitar, sometimes passing the whole drumkit through the amplifiers. The elements have been recorded live, on the same take and in the same room, only adding vocal overdubs.
ZA! call it “Loloizable experimental music with a chorus”, because until LOLOISMO the band’s lyrics had never evolved beyond a concept or a single word. As expected, these newly unearthed lyrics match with the experimental language of music, with repetitions, encrypted metrics and neologisms. The will is always to “loloize” rather than to pontifícate; to sing freely, collectively, and in tune with the Halfmighty Silly Sister of Wisdom.