Q&A Scene: Zeahorse

Tell us about your upcoming album release:

Our new LP ‘Torana Dreamin’ will be out on Nov. 11. We are honoured to have one of our favourite Australian Labels Tym’s Guitars releasing the Vinyl and we will be releasing it digitally through Bandcamp. This record is special to us because it marks the move from being a band with representation to a fully self managed band. There were no compromises to be made, no one to tell us what to do and how to do it.  The album is a move on from our debut record ‘POOLS’ which was a psych laced rock album with less structure. Torana Dreamin is much more polished and to the point.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
David Bowie’s final record Blackstar. Sonically and conceptually perfect in my mind.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote:
We recorded ‘Torana Dreamin’ in a shack owned by a man who goes by the name of Whitey the wizard from the north. He make’s a mean pesto pasta and plays the keys like a lord. One night (with the aid his wizard potion) he took us on a vinyl quest through three records in their entirety, the third has never left me, Frank Zappa live from the Roxy Theatre, holy cow.
What, or who, inspires you?
Nature, human behaviour, shopping malls, traffic, amps, the ocean, silence, my cats, other people cats, death, ants, bees, people who write music for themselves, people who behave irregularly, my brother, my partner, my friends, sugar, spray cans, the bush, my home town.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Kim Gordon’s new track ‘Murdered Out’. It’s so fucking badass.
What’s next for you?
Our immediate goals are to get a U.S release for ‘Torana Dreamin’ and tee up some sort of plan to get over to the states and tour again. The main goal is to get the next album recorded and released within next year, we have the material and are gunning for a session in may. We’ve left too much time in between our last two releases and want to make it up to all the people who get down to our shows and buy our records.
What’s your scene?
In terms of our band, we have never been part of a scene. Sometimes it would be nice to feel the ‘gang vibes’ but we’re better for it. A lot of our favourite bands are those who have either created their own or been solid enough to come out of a scene and live to be their own. Scenes are just scenes man.


Sydney’s stalwarts Zeahorse are finally back with their second record ‘Torana Dreamin’. The sophomore record is a move on from the psych drone of 2013 ‘Pools’ to an exploration of the tougher and visceral forms of Australian punk music. With a more vicious approach to their song writing the 10 song record definitely shakes off any of those second album jitters.

Zeahorse are a 4 piece noise-rock band from Sydney. Seven years of

togetherness has built a dynamic and immersive live experience that has

earnt them a loyal and underground following across Australia. Living in

different states, writing and recording when it suits, their sonic evolution

has ignored fleeting fashion’s in favour of a genuine energy to make music

with one another and continually refine their craft.

In 2013 Zeahorse released their debut record ‘Pools’. The album attracted significant local airplay and secured a North American release through Dine Alone Records. It ranked #13 on the Mess & Noise reader’s poll for 2013. After a thirty date North American tour in 2014, and an extensive tour of rural Australia in 2015 the band pulled together a collection of chunky new material to form the basis of their second album ‘Torana Dreamin’ which is due out through Tym’s Guitars on November 11th.

ZEAHORSE ‘Torana Dreamin’ Tour

Saturday, 26th November 2016 – Riverfest, Moruya NSW

Friday, 2nd December 2016 – Old Bar, Melbourne VIC

Saturday, 3rd December 2016 – The Eastern, Ballarat VIC

Friday, 9th December 2016 – Factory Floor, Sydney NSW

Saturday, 10th December 2016 – Black Bear, Brisbane QLD

Friday, 13th January 2017 – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW

Saturday 14th January 2017 – Phoenix, Canberra CT

Friday 17th February 2017 – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide SA

Saturday 18th February 2017 – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart TAS

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