Premiere: ZIBRA – ‘Girls Like You’

ZIBRA are a London-based three-piece with a fresh, funky take on the indie dance template.

Music aimed at the head and the hips, the band already have a dogged live following that court them wherever they go.

Currently hard at work on their debut album, ZIBRA are now ready to unveil fresh single ‘Girl Like You’. It’s perfectly pitched for summer fun – in fact, you can practically hear those barbecues being fired up in the background.

Says frontman Sam Battle:

“‘Girls Like You’ is about all of us really, no one really being ourselves. Which is fine you know, but we wrote a song about it. We got the guitar pedals out for this one, so it’s a bit more grotty on the guitar side of things sound wise than out previous tracks…”

Clash is able to premiere the video – tune in below.

Read the original review Here.

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25/05/16 ZIBRA release single ahead of UK tour

Ahead of the release of their debut album, ZIBRA are back with new single ‘Girls Like You’, the perfect summer anthem to lure you on to the nearest dance floor.  Following on from previous single ‘Wasted Days’,  ‘Girls Like You’ is a thrill chasing rollercoaster filled with a dirty bassline, kamikaze synths and fist pumping rhythms, which continue to show what is evidently becoming ZIBRA’s signature sound.

Tracks ‘Chlorine’, ‘Paris’, ‘Great White Shark’ and most recently ‘Wasted Days’ have gained strong support from Radio 1. ‘Paris’ was added to R1 ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist and culminated with the band headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury.

Says frontman Sam Battle. “Girls Like You is about all of us really, no one really being ourselves. Which is fine you know, but we wrote a song about it. We got the guitar pedals out for this one, so it’s a bit more grotty on the guitar side of things sound wise than out previous tracks…”

ZIBRA have been rapidly building a loyal live fan base following support slots across the UK with Years and Years, Saint Raymond, Coasts and Rat Boy. Lead vocalist/guitarist, Sam Battle, is steadily building a reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting Frontmen.

Catch them live at the following dates.

UK TOUR DATES

July 16th – Beat Herder festival

July 20th – The Social, London – HEADLINE SHOW

July 23rd – Secret Garden Party

July 29th – Kendall Calling

Sept 10th – Bestival

ZIBRA are:

Sam Battle- lead singer/ electric guitar

Russ Harley- synths

Ben Everest- bassist

Read the original review Here.

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Track Of The Day: ZIBRA “Girls Like You”

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Here at WJ London we like to bring you the freshest, funkiest and best feel-good music around. In preparation for the (hopeful) sunny bank holiday, our track of the day goes to ZIBRA and their new energetic single “Girls Like You“.

The London trio have successfully nailed the perfect BBQ soundtrack with their latest release, and now the summer single has a bright, electric visual to match – and we’re loving it.

The boys have had a crazy 12 months, playing shows alongside Years & Years, Rat Boy and more. You can find ZIBRA at a string of buzzy festivals this year below:

Festival Dates:

July 16th – Beat Herder Festival

July 23rd – Secret Garden Party

Sept 10th – Bestival

Check it out the “Girls Like You” visual below:

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ZIBRA announce new single ‘Girls Like You’

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Ahead of the release of their debut album, indie trio ZIBRA have announced a new single called ‘Girls Like You’, which is due for release on July 1st.

The track is the perfect summer anthem to lure you on to any dance floor and follows on from their previous single ‘Wasted Days’. ‘Girls Like You’ is a thrill chasing rollercoaster filled with a dirty basslien, kamikaze synths and fist pumping rhythms, a further example of what is evidently becoming ZIBRA’s signature sound.

Speaking about the track, front man Sam Battle revealed: “‘Girls Like You’ is about all of us really, no one really being ourselves. Which is fine you know, but we wrote a song about it. We got the guitar pedals out for this one, so it’s a bit more grotty on the guitar side of things sound wise than out previous tracks…”

ZIBRA have garnered excellent support from numerous musical outlets:

Buzzy Cambridgeshire trio serve up a wholesome slice of indie funk…it’s all about the rhythm & groove’ – NME

‘ZIBRA make unashamedly modern pop with dance beats that you can’t help grooving to’ – DAILY MIRROR

‘ZIBRA are a throwback to the good old days of homemade indie pop’ – DAILY STAR

‘ZIBRA burst onto the scene last year with an electrifying blend of indie and electronic.’ – CLASH

They have also received support from Radio 1 for their tracks ‘Chlorine’, ‘Paris’, ‘Great White Shark’ and most recently, ‘Wasted Days’.  ‘Paris’ was added to Radio 1’s ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist and culminated with the band headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2015.

ZIBRA, made up of lead singer/guitarist Sam Battle, bassist Ben Everest and Russ Harley on synths, have toured the UK supporting Years and Years, Saint Raymond, Coasts and Rat Boy. This has allowed them to rapidly build a loyal live fanbase.

If you fancy catching the band live, they will be performing at the following over the next few months:

UK TOUR DATES
July 16th – Beat Herder Festival
July 20th – The Social, London (Headline Show)
July 23rd – Secret Garden Party
July 29th – Kendall Calling
September 10th – Bestival

Take a listen to ‘Girls Like You’ below.

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Sam Battle is turning old tech into future sounds

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This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED’s articles in print before they’re posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

There’s a touch of Wall·E’s bunker to Zibra frontman Sam Battle’s studio, a former classroom in an abandoned east London school. Obsolete machines line the walls: eviscerated Macs and Speak & Spells, which demonstrate an urge to tinker that began at the age of eight, with his mum’s broken iron (which he fixed), and culminated in the homemade modular synth that fills the corner opposite his bed.

“I can’t help but take things apart,” he says. Then he starts unscrewing the instrument’s components which, bolted together, occupy the footprint of an upright piano and produce a huge array of sounds. To build something this complex from off-the-rack parts should cost as much as a car. Battle estimates his at £600, courtesy of cheap Chinese parts and salvaged circuit boards. “I found a job lot in a skip,” he admits. Which is why each module is the same size, with the same distinctive inset corners.

Battle’s bespoke synth is testament to his nous with a soldering iron, which he honed by first deconstructing keyboards and then children’s toys, transforming them into 8-bit noisemakers that he could control with a Game Boy, circumventing the need for a band. But circuit bending is a niche scene so, after meeting fellow synth enthusiast Russ Harley in his previous squat, the pair recruited pal Ben Everest and formed Zibra.

The band blends electronic jams and earnest lyrics – showcased on the band’s self-titled debut album, out May 27 – and has already picked up buzz, including a spot on FIFA 16. But Battle is fighting more pragmatic issues; getting his delicate, increasingly complex machine ready to tour. “It’s really unpredictable,” he says, hammering at a repurposed organ keyboard that sporadically spits out bursts of white noise. “But that’s why a machine like this, that you’ve built yourself, is so much more fun.”

 You can read the original review from Wired.co.uk Here.
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Video: Zibra explain how to hack a synth

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Zibra aren’t your everyday indie band. From their heaving studio in Tottenham, north London, the trio are cooking up incredible sounds by pulling apart old Speak & Spells, toy guitars and discarded Furbies and wiring them back together.

Watch episode one of their introduction to synth hacking, exclusive to RedBull.com – then click HERE to watch frontman Sam Battle rewire a toy guitar.

Read the original review from Redbull.com Here.

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boohooMAN meet Zibra

Donatella (Versace) is already a fan; they’ve played Glasto and opened for other MAN favourite Years & Years. Catch them on tour this spring and grab the album EP3000. Read what they say about inventions, music and more and check out the video below.

Can you describe your sound for anyone who hasn’t heard you yet?

We’re basically pop put through some meat grinders, with a seasoning of cut-up samples and synths.

How did you guys meet?

We met in London a couple of years ago via mutual friends. I (Sam) have known Ben for a long time -we had been performing together in previous projects, and we met Russ via another friend at a party.

You lived in squats on moving to London, how was that? Did this inspire you to write?

Yeah, well I haven’t gone much up! Property guardianship now, keeping people like me 2/3 years ago out, but If I get a class room that I can ride around in for less than a flat share, I mean to me it seems like a no brainer?

What/Who were your influences growing up?

Funny thing is I went to my grans last weekend and cracked open an old box I had there, and it was full of metal cd’s, obviously a part of my listening childhood I’ve blocked out. I used to be into bands such as Blur and Nirvana, Mix that in with your parents listening to 80’s synth pop and a bit of 90’s dance music and there we have it.

Describe a typical day for you.

I’d wake up and possibly go to the BMX track unless it’s raining. Today I’m going to get out the guitar and have a bash around, plug some synths together and maybe do some soldering of an idea I’ve made up in my head during the night. I’m also gonna write some new lyrics. After all that I’ll go to the pub, then forget my bag in the pub, panic for a second because it’s got my go-pro and notebook in it, so have to go back to the pub to pick it up, but then you get stuck there for another drink obviously. Then make tracks home and cry for a bit. That’s a typical day.

Sam, you make musical equipment from discarded junk; very Iggy Pop! Was he your inspiration? Have you used any of this equipment on the album?

I had no idea that Iggy Pop did that?! I might have to AskJeeves it to confirm! For the album a lot of this stuff has made it in, I mean its inevitable, my laptop isn’t powerful enough to run a load of plugins, so just have to record, cut it up and plop it straight on.

Ha! It’s true! He does! Something to talk about at least if you ever meet?! 

You’ve clearly got an eye for invention… what would you class as the best invention ever made?

I’m working on a rechargeable picture right now….. shhhh. You basically pop it in a camera, it takes the picture, lasts for a few hours and then disappears again, only to be reused. Absolutely no commercial application but hey whatever, I’m happy living rough. Money would just fuel the hoarding process anyways.

What does your writing process consist of?

I tend to make a few loops, work some chord changes in and fancy sounds for an hour, then turn it up, and ride around the room on my bike singing until I get the crux of the song and the meaning, before recording.

What can we expect to hear from the album?

All manner of sounds and progression. It’s all over the place, in the best possible way.

What can we expect to see this year from you guys?

New songs,  an album, more live shows! A bigger synth, and these rechargeable photos in pound shops.

Any style inspirations? Describe your style in 3 words?

Don’t go to the hairdressers. Always try and do it yourself and take that safety pin out of your ear, you’re not in college anymore. Oops that’s more than 3 words. Got a bit carried away.

Thanks guys! We’ll heed your comments on the safety pin! 

Red the full interview Here.

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