Zenyth - Alone


Having just signed their first record deal and poised to release their next EP to the world, we thought it was about time to have a chat with the lads from Zenyth to try and find out what the future holds for them and just what makes them tick.

How did you come up with your band name?

That’s a tricky one…..we tried for ages to come up with a name and Zenyth was the only one that we could all agree on and it seemed to match our style of music. We recently thought about changing the name but we couldn’t think of anything better. It was one of the hardest things we had to do, but were happy with it now.

How long has the band been going?

The Band has been together for 3 and a half years, although it hasn’t really ‘got going’ yet. We hope it will soon!

In one sentence how would you best describe your music?

Rock. Just rock (shit that’s two sentences!).

Who/what would you consider are your most inspiring musical influences?

When we first started as a band we had a lot of 70’s and 80’s rock influences such as Zeppelin, Guns n Roses, Aerosmith and Queen, but our tastes have matured and have been affected by some of the bands about now. We’ve got various musical influences, anything from Zeppelin to Kasabian. As long as it gets us going and makes us wanna get up and rock!

Apart from your mum, who/what are your most important non-musical influences?

Ricky Gervais, The Simpsons, East Enders-Dot Cotton showed us the light. Ask a silly question…

Alright, silliness over for the moment, you must be pretty excited about getting recently signed to Fruitcage Music. Tell us how it came about.

We had some initial interest through MySpace, from a couple of people, but nothing really materialised until we were offered a deal from a new label called Fruitcage Music. We’ve got a really good deal and feel that we will work well together. We reckon they’re just in it for a share of our girls and rock and roll lifestyle…jokes on them-we haven’t got any to share!

So, you have the new EP ‘Alone’ out soon, what else have you got planned for the rest of the year?

We plan to start work on our first album shortly, with a release date later in the year. We’ve got our heads down writing, gigging and getting our music out there at every opportunity. We hope that our new EP will go down well and attract new interest and support. If not we’ll be on the dole.

Going on to playing live, where was the first gig you ever played?

It was 2004 at our bass player Chris’ 18th. We were all the rage for 18th birthdays, we had the grannies in the front trippin’ out and were paid in buffet. Paul our lead singer had a mic lead that was a foot long and our amps sounded like farts in a biscuit tin. Good times!

So where was the best gig you ever played and why?

The first time we played the Cavern in Liverpool was amazing, it’s got such a great history and atmosphere, but the best gig has to be The Clapham Grand, London, in April. We got to play our new stuff in front of a great crowd on a great stage, but we still managed to cause havoc by setting off the fire alarm backstage. The bouncers weren’t happy! We nearly pissed off our coach driver enough to the point where he practically refused to take us home too. (Twat).

Any embarrassing moments whilst playing live you want to tell us about?

We once played behind a huge pillar on a tiny stage to a couple of barmaids, one of them actually had teeth! That was embarrassing, particularly when the barmaids locked up the bar and went home.

So, turning to the current state of modern music, what’s your take on it?

There are plenty of decent bands out there that just don’t get a chance. Major labels seem to just stick to a bit of a production line of bands which makes everyone appear the same. The labels should be more adventurous – there’s a massive market for more varied music than they’re pushing.

Given downloading is becoming very popular, do you think MP3s really help bands to sell their records?

Anything that gets your music to a wider audience is good. You never know – that person might buy your album in the future. MP3s give an alternative rather than a replacement to CDs. In our case we want people to have the option of holding our work, looking at the booklet and reading the lyrics. In the end, we are happy as long as people are listening to our music. (Sounds like an answer to a fucking A-level media question!!!)

What about illegal downloads? Do you think it’s a good thing getting people sharing files or is it bad news for bands and their music?

Piracy is a Crime. Would you steal a book? Would you steal an old lady’s handbag? Would you steal our dream of becoming rock stars for a couple of quid? PUT YOUR HAND IN YOUR POCKET!

Alright then, back to the silliness. If you were a groupie, whose tour bus would you try to sneak onto and why?

What’s a groupie? What’s a tour bus? On those long-haul late-night gigs in our van, sadly, all we’ve got is each other!

Anything else to confess?

One of us has both male and female genitalia.

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Pete Habert was sub-editor for The Mag and co-ordinated submissions from the swarm of writers that contributed articles from their local music scenes.

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