Meet Electric Zebra. They’re the new kids on the Gold Coast’s rock block and they’re broadcasting loud with their debut EP Modern Living, featuring a familiar face on the cover. That’s right, they popped favourite actor Steve Buscemi in art form on the cover of their EP. Now, if you can’t take the hint from this badass, Golden Globe wielding actor, then let me spell it out for you- This. EP. Is. Awesome. We had a quick chat to Electric Zebra as they released their EP about all things local.
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played?
We played Ric’s Bar in June, with some mates in a band called “The Macros” as support; it was great to perform alongside some good friends. It helped that the sound engineer setup a good on-stage mix. We also played at the Otherside Launch night, there was a great atmosphere and some good artists. As a bonus, attendees got a free CD, featuring tracks from local bands.
What are your thoughts on the GC music scene?
It’s not at its best right now, in terms of size, but there are still high quality acts around. There are bands, event organizers and journalists that are trying to build a better scene here again. It seems like the allure of other cities (Brisbane, Melbourne) pull away Gold Coast talent. It’s harder for Gold Coast musicians to make a name for themselves when there are so few opportunities around.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring musician?
Write music that you enjoy listening to and performing, no matter how tempting it is to ape the style of your favourite artist. A few musicians rip-off whatever is currently top of the alternative charts. We don’t need another musician with Jack White’s haircut, and more interludes than songs on their first-and-only EP. With so many great, original bands here; copy-cats are just diluting the quality of Australia’s creative output.
What’s the biggest challenge to up and coming Australian artists?
Lack of information and support. There are no instruction manuals for talking to the manager at your local bar, or asking the sound engineer to turn your guitar up to 11. I guess it’s part of the authentic “band experience”. Our biggest struggle has been reaching new people, and that’s a reflection on the use of the internet to find new artists rather than going to a local bar.
If you could take 5 musicians / artists on a roadtrip around Australia, who would you choose?
All the Colours, The Upskirts, Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, and Tame Impala. All the Colours have a great 60’s pop/rock combination, we saw The Upskirts at Blurst of Times and they played an awesome set. Violent Soho and DZ Deathrays are both great staples of the Brisbane scene. Tame Impala are one of the biggest Australian bands in the last few years, and they pull off a great live show.
All recorded at home, Electric Zebra show us that rock can still be unique after decades of bands, but still carefully paying homage to those legendary bands of yore. Sit back, get your head in a safe headbanging location, and listen to Electric Zebra’s new EP.