Friday, September 20, 2013

Zorch to be first band ever to play Flaming Lips' art space, tour with Tera Melos and Fang Island follows in October

Photo by Wayne Coyne

"A maximal pop masterwork." -- SPIN

Austin, TX hyper-kinetic duo Zorch have been hand-picked by The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne to be the first band ever to play the group's Oklahoma City art space, The Womb. Coyne's enthusiasm for Zorch spilled over to his Instagram account this week with several posts about the band. Zorch will perform a portion of Igor Stavinsky's The Firebird Suite in their set per Coyne's request.

Zorch also take to the road in October with label mates Tera Melos. Fang Island make it a full Sargent House party when they join the tour on a set of East Coast dates as well. Please see complete dates below. 

SPIN recently streamed Zorch's entire debut album, titled Zzoorrcchh prior to its release in late July. Stream full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE)

In fittingly maniacal Zorch style, the duo recently played a series of intimate southern house party shows, resulting in a wild video/photo/written tour diary by the band posted HERE

The debut full length by Austin duo Zorch is the end result of nearly 5-years worth of material carefully collected, then shredded, condensed and completely remolded into a solid whole. It sounds like two hyperactively creative minds finding ways to cleverly merge together effervescent synth blips, blue-eyed soul vocals, gang-chant backups, blurting EDM bass lines, frenetic drums, hazy psych-drone and even the proverbial kitchen sink taking leads here and there. Each song sounds like it could've been crafted out of samples from several different decades of pop culture history, though it's entirely the work of two exceptional musicians. 

If Zzoorrcchh sounds like a photomosaic looks, it's because there is similarly a meticulously organized logic to it all. When Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals) first started playing together in 2008 while studying music in college in Boston, the pair would improvise and record many hours worth of ideas. Some of these songs are direct descendants of those jams; the duo picking out pieces of those recordings, re-organizing and reworking them multiple times and in various studio settings while also adding on and creating new ideas. Demo versions of some of the songs on this album were previously released, only to again be redone a couple of times over for the album. And, Zorch even previously offered up all of the basic audio tracks from early EPs for fans to remix their own versions. Not quite like George Lucas endlessly tinkering with Star Wars, but there's a similar conviction that the work of art is never necessarily finished. 

Zzoorrcchh was released everywhere on CD, LP and download via Sargent House on July 23rd, 2013. 

Sep 21 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The WOMB
Oct 10 - Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony w/ New Fumes
Oct 12 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar

Oct 15 - Boise, ID @ The Crux
Oct 17 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Oct 18 - Lecompton, KS @ The Barn (Zorch only, no Tera Melos)
Oct 19 - Columbia, MO @ MOJO
Oct 20 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Oct 21 - Bloomington, IN @ The Glass House (Zorch only, no Tera Melos)
Oct 22 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Oct 23 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 24 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Oct 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Oct 26 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf *
Oct 27 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
Oct 28 - Hamden, CT @ The Space*
Oct 29 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
Oct 30 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Oct 31 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Nov 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
Nov 02 - Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
Nov 03 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Nov 04 - Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot
Nov 05 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
Nov 06 - Asheville, NC @ Isis Music Hall
Nov 07 - Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
Nov 08 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Nov 09 - Broussard, LA @ The Station
Nov 13 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Nov 14 - La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe Collective
Nov 15 - Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Nov 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Nov 17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
Nov 20 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Nov 21 - Spokane, WA @ The Center
Nov 22 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Nov 23 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project

Artist: Zorch
Album: Zzoorrcchh
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: July 23, 2013

01. My Joy is Explosion
02. We All Die Young (STREAM)
03. It's Kind of a Deal Where...
04. This is the Way it Goes (STREAM)
05. Mutwa
06. Zut Alors
07. Inopportune Sailing
08. Cosmic Gloss
09. Oceans Dawn

Follow Zorch on Twitter: @Zzoorrcchh

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