I like a band that has cross over potential. Don’t know why but for some reason I feel connected to other people by way of music. ZEITGEIST ZERO seems like a band that could very well unite people through music. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
Often I don’t get the intention of the band name but this time I almost figured it out. What symbolism is there for you in the name??
-We wanted something enigmatic that reflected the way that we feel out of sync with the current zeitgeist (spirit of the age). It means that history repeats itself, time is cyclic and we like to take the best pieces from different genres and styles. We amalgamate them into our sound and image to make a familiar, yet new piece of art. Zeitgeist Zero has never been a fashionable band, so we have invented our own sense of sound and style.
How hard is it to put a description on the music you play? Alternative/electro/goth rock doesn’t really say too much?
-Our style of music is quite varied, no two songs are really the same. So we prefer to use the loose term of Alternative as opposed to limiting our sound to a specific sub genre. We draw parallels with bands like Blondie and Faith No More who although it took some time for them to gain recognition, had an original and diverse timeless sound, whilst meanwhile many of their contemporaries painted themselves into a corner by jumping on to the specific sub genre bandwagons of the time.
Do you notice that you have a crossover potential? Do you attract all kind of fans like goths, metalheads, electro buffs etc??
-We have always recognised the potential for Zeitgeist Zero to crossover several music scenes. We love lots of different musical styles and want our music to reflect that. This is the main theme of the song ‘United In Black’, we want to bring different music genres and people together rather than divide them by fashion, hair style or sub-genre.
When you have an ambiguous genre definition to play to does that bring with it a greater freedom in composing songs? Do you feel less limited by conventions?
-Zeitgeist Zero has no label so we are completely free to experiment and play around with our music. There’s no manager or marketing department telling us what to do, so each song can grow in whatever direction it wants to go, in order to reach it’s maximum, unrestrained potential. That means that we can use a wider sound palette of samples, keyboard sounds, guitars and drum beats. On the ‘Dead To The World’ album we recorded a Melodica for ‘Caress’ and an alarm clock on ‘Blood’. On ‘The Blackout EP’ we arranged a sample of a dirty sleazy saxophone for ‘When The Lights Go Down’. On the next album we have so far used doodlebugs, sirens, Big Ben, Lord Haw Haw, a stuka dive bomber and made our guitars sound like an anti aircraft battery, and that’s just on the first track.
But does that also bring with a schizophrenic feeling of belonging nowhere? Do you feel that you are in a no-man’s-land musically?
-Originally when we started playing live it was hard for us to get bookings, because of our varied sound people didn’t often know how to pigeonhole us. However, we persevered and played with metal bands, industrial bands, traditional goth bands, electro pop groups and even folk acts. When we played DV8Fest in York we played all three stages on consecutive days featuring three different styles. Now promoters benefit from our varied sound. When booked to play a show they have a wider range of bands to choose as support for us and we have a wider appeal to a larger audience.
You can call a rose by any other name and it will still be a rose. No matter what style you play you still have the same amount of chords and notes to play by. How hard is it to come up with music that hasn’t already been done?
-It’s not hard at all, finding the time to create is the hard part, in between promoting the band, work and the other interferences that come with life. Zeitgeist Zero have never set out to reinvent the wheel when it comes to writing music. We take inspiration from everything around us, past and present and use this to write songs about how we feel and see the world.
When it comes to artwork and costumes etc. do you have a planned strategy for that? Do you believe that a cohesive look is more beneficial to the image of the band??
-We have a definite set of images we wish to project. We have been described as ‘decaying burlesque’ with a kind of gothic vintage look. For the current tour we have adopted a fetish/military look in keeping with the theme of ‘The Blackout EP’. We believe a band needs to project an image, from the website, CDs to our live shows. We want to look like a group as opposed to wearing street clothes. These days when t-shirt and jeans are so mainstream that your boss wears them to work and you can buy metal t-shirts in a high street fashion store; it’s more alternative to wear a vintage suit or ball gown.
How hard is it to find a look that will work and that won’t feel awkward in a few months time?
-We have an image we are all happy with. The trick is to find classic or interesting vintage classics as opposed to slavishly following fashion. This way you have the benefit of time and therefore can gain some perspective on what works. Fashion is fleeting style is timeless. We take time to work out what we want to project and make sure we have a similar theme worn by each band member together. It can take a lot of time to find interesting pieces but we regularly check out vintage fairs and are always on the lookout for weird alternative, vintage, army surplus, antique and curio shops whenever we travel to any new town or city.
What kinds of reactions have you had to your music so far? What response have you gotten on the record?
-We always get a great response to our live show where we combine an energetic performance from a five piece band with eye catching visuals. Both the ‘Dead To The World’ album and our recent CD ‘The Blackout’ have had a great reaction. Both have been voted album of the month in Dark Spy magazine by their panel of reviewers and ‘The Blackout’ CD has got amazing reviews in recent Dominion and Bizarre magazines. The CD was also the number one seller on the Music Non Stop CD store for several weeks.
What would you like the future to bring to you?
-We want to continue to build upon our success and tour more extensively in mainland Europe. We are currently also working on a 3rd studio album that we hope to release next year.