Zoophyte roar back with rock
an almost five-year hiatus, Melbourne band Zoophyte are back with a new line-up and fresh sound on a national tour ahead of the release of their new album, Somewhere Elsewhere. With musician changes and sonic restructuring, fans can expect a very different band this time around. ‘‘The old format of the band was a five-piece and we were all into different styles and types of music,’’ frontman Cam Lee says. ‘‘Everyone is on the same track and it feels like a new band.’’ Lee says the band has steered away from its blues-folk sound and developed a more rock vibe. ‘‘It’s a much bigger, larger sound,’’ he says. ‘‘We use a lot of delayed guitars and everyone sings – there’s definitely a stronger, rockier edge to our sound.’’ Somewhere Elsewhere follows Zoophyte’s 2007 debut Another Point of View with Lee saying the band made a deal to write one song a week for a year. ‘‘Four or five months in, we had close to 60 or more songs started,’’ he says. ‘‘From there, we started to demo around 30 of them, recorded 16 for the album and then chose 13 from that. A lot of the songs are relationship based I guess, not just partners but also the relationships that exist with friends and family but all of them are open to however you want to interpret them.’’
Zoophyte play the Miami Tavern tomorrow at 8pm. Tickets are $10.
Zoophyte launch their new album