Thursday, March 10, 2011

Zorch: NPR's featured SXSW pick playing 19 shows in 10 days; Watch new video, stream/download full EP

"5 bands to catch up to in 2010" -- The Onion AV Club

"Zorch's synth-driven experimentalism is an avant-garde swirl of mind-bending atmospherics..." -- The Austinist 

Austin, TX hyper-kinetic keyboard/drum duo Zorch were recently picked in NPR's All Songs Considered SXSW Preview of bands to watch in Austin -- and Zorch will make it easy for SXSW attendees to see them, as they play 19 shows over 10 days surrounding the festival! Check out their full schedule (including the impressive ESCAPES show series) with directions, lineups, RSVP links, etc. HERE.  
Zorch has also posted an incredible potentially seizure inducing video for one of their most frenetic and hooky songs, "Zut Alore!" Watch it HERE.  

Zorch's exceptionally precise and inventive songs often invite comparisons to a wildly different composite of artists such as Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon, HEALTH, Adebisi Shank and Battles as well as more psychedelic/pop acts like Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and F*ck Buttons. However, it seems that everyone hears something uniquely new and exciting in their songs. Stream and/or download their full debut EP for free HERE

Zorch is an experimental/noise rock duo from Austin, TX. Composed of Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals), the two hail from Wisconsin and Canada respectively. The duo met in Boston and began recording dozens of improvisational mixtapes, which, after moving to Austin in 2009, would help lay the foundation for Zorch. Since that pivotal move, they've quickly made a home for themselves in the city's illustrious avant-garde DIY scene, building a reputation on their deafening live shows and fan interaction.

In July of 2009, Zorch recorded their self-titled 4-track EP at Cacophony Studios in Austin, TX. It's the duo's first attempt to capture their sound and demonstrate their wide palette of musical colors, ranging from tribal to pop. Choosing to self-release the EP and offering it up as a free download through their website, Zorch also gives fans the opportunity to design and create their own CD cases at live shows. Disregarding notions of intellectual property, they post the stems to all their songs online as well, ready to be mixed and morphed to each listener’s content.

Zorch believes that music is not merely a product but a living organism to be shared reshaped and recycled. They are purveyors of music that infects the brains of its listeners and seeps into psyches. Creating a sonic package of monstrous proportions, they release it into the wild, whether to roam or be coddled, that is left to the listener.

03/11   New Orleans, LA @ Dragon's Den (Foburg Fest)
03/13   Denton, TX @ 1006 Alice St. House Party (3pm)
03/13   Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves (w/ Dan Deacon)
03/14   Austin, TX @ Club 1808 (Escapes V "Maiden Voyage")

03/15   Austin, TX @ Wurhaus - 5305 Bolm Rd. #2 (w/Peelander-Z) (5pm)
03/15   Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar (9pm)

03/16   Austin, TX @ Second House - 1102 E. 2nd St. (Slip'n'Slide SXSW Party - 3pm)
03/16   Austin, TX @ Epoch Coffee (8pm)
03/16   Austin, TX @ Club 1808 (Escapes VII - 11pm)
03/17   Austin, TX @ Domy Books (w/ Japanther) (noon)
03/17   Austin, TX @ The Carousel Lounge (3pm)
03/17   Austin, TX @ The Blue Theater (w/ Joan of Arc, My Education) (9pm)

03/18   Austin, TX @ The Side Bar (w/ Liturgy) (1:30pm)
03/18   Austin, TX @ Fado's (Rethink Pop Music Showcase) (5pm)
03/18   Austin, TX @ Pearl St. Co-Op (w/ Free Moral Agents, My Education) (late night)

03/19   Austin, TX @ Old Skool BBQ Bus (Escapes X w/ Baths vs. Maps and Atlases) (1pm)
03/19   Austin, TX @ Club Deville (Parking Lot Dodgeball Tournament) (4pm)
03/19   Austin, TX @ MALAIA Upstairs (Official SXSW Showcase) (8pm)
03/20   Austin, TX @ The Salvage Vanguard Theatre - Zorch w/ live puppeteers!

Artist: Zorch
Label: Zorch Records
Release Date: March 8th, 2011

01. Zut Alore! (MP3) (VIDEO)
02. Crying During Circumcision is a Shame to the Whole Village (MP3)
03. Moris The Loris (MP3
04. Gimme The Axe (MP3)  

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Members of Zorch are available for interviews. For more information, please contact Dave Clifford at

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