NO ZU are undoubtedly one of the most intriguing bands on our radar at the moment. The Melbourne based collective are becoming increasingly relevant and internationally sought after. Each member of the eight piece band is more interesting than the last and aside from their quirky appearance they are all undeniably gifted in their respective musical fields.
NO ZU are pioneers of sorts, spearheaded by band leader Nic Oogjes and their self-styled genre ‘heat beat’. Their music is a chaotic amalgamation of unique sounds that really works. Although they have been compared to the likes of Liquid Liquid and Talking Heads, it is appropriate that they have created their own genre as it is difficult to place them on the current music style spectrum. The music produced by NO ZU to date including LPs Life (2012) and Afterlife (2016) have crafted their sound like one big musical experiment with excellent results.
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The incredibly groovy new album Afterlife is jam-packed with catchy bass lines and alluring vocals. Impressive, attention – grabbing percussion and unpredictable, funky music breaks are common themes throughout the album. There is a masterful use of synthesisers and brass instruments in songs such as ‘Spirit Beat’ and ‘Body2body’ which really adds another element to the sound. This admirably varied use of alternative instruments makes their songs bigger and well-rounded. All of this coupled with the females chanting trippy Greek mythology themed lyrics make a truly enthralling listening experience.
As I’m sure you can imagine, this all results in a very busy and exciting live performance. Whether it’s an intimate indoor gig or a larger outdoor festival, NO ZU ensure there are intoxicating good vibes gushing from the stage. You will be overwhelmed by their groove based sound – in the best way. Everything from saxophones and horns, to cow bells and bongos will be skilfully played throughout this authentic musical experience. This is the perfect show for music lovers and instrumental enthusiasts that should be seen to be believed.
NO ZU are playing the Deaf Institute in Manchester on the 26th of May 2016. Grab tickets now at www.ticketweb.co.uk/NoZu
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