Zeroine are a local duo – comprised of real life couple and otherwise Tales Of Murder And Dust members, Stine and Christian. We had a little chat just before they are due to warm up for Underground Youth this Wednesday at Radar. Have a look and listen and check this great mid-week concert out tomorrow.
SOA: Out with the difficult stuff first – I know you probably don’t want to, but I’m curious as to how you define your sound – (is it psych, ambient…) go on…invent a new genre if you must….
We called it Low-Core to begin with. The rationale behind that was the inertia that seemed to haunt most of the songwriting when the first EP was taking shape, and the approach to the production, which was (and is) to try to scrape off all those extra sonic layers that we are very tempted to apply (as is prevalent in TOMAD’s soundscapes). Now, we are just mutating all the time. Our live-set is tremendously different from the recordings, so throw in some noise/experimental/minimalism and I think we may be there. Sure, we’ll happily squeeze in under the Psych-umbrella for that matter.
SOA: Your records are very dreamy – how do you translate this sound into a live show – are you expanding to more musicians? Is there any kind of “jamming” going on?
Our music is very difficult to translate to a live situation when you are two band members, so we always tailor each set to what kind of venue/event that we play at and constantly try out new instrumentations – some new songs emerge that way too. We usually lend the necessary ‘guns’ from TOMAD. Jacob (drummer) has become imperative for our live show.
Although a nice dogma that forces us to develop both technically and creatively, working out the live-set is often a “Sophie’s choice” as we only have so many hands, and try to refrain from using backing tracks.
SOA: You guys are actually a couple in real life – how does that work? do you have lists on 2life like “clean kitchen, buy onions, write songs” or do you guys separate couple like and your music.
It’s not a deliberate thing, but once we are in the “creative space” we are focused on the work and forget that we are a couple. We completely separate it… Riiiight up until we disagree about some stupid little detail in a song. Then it becomes apparent that one has a different kind of “filter” with your partner, compared to other band mates. We rarely fight in real life, but things can get really heated once the odd music discussion breaks out. The great thing is that we always agree that music comes before keeping the household afloat. No arguments there.
SOA: You guys both play in TOMAD – is there a different creative process for writing a Zeroine song than say – writing or performing a TOMAD song?
In TOMAD, Christian is one of the creative forces and his way of writing compared to mine, is very different: Christian’s work for TOMAD is worked over many times, and for several months. When he comes to the rehearsal space with TOMAD with a new song, he is prepared in a different way than I am with Zeroine. Also, with TOMAD I see myself more like a “session musician” – in a positive sense.With Zeroine, I don’t necessarily compose for a standard band set-up and my compositions “happen” very sporadic and quick, which works for what we want to do with Zeroine. In comparison, I’m probably quite “messy” with my way of initiating the process. In turn, the music keeps “growing” through ongoing discussions between the two of us, which differentiates significantly from the TOMAD–way of composing.
SOA: Lastly – you have a couple of records under your belt and are playing a few shows these days – what’s the big picture plan for Zeroine? (if there is one at all…)
Right now, big things have suddenly happened for TOMAD with their coming release, and it feels right to pursue that ‘milestone opportunity’ before anything else. Inevitably, it affects the time we have for Zeroine. Also, I sense that there will be more ‘side projects’ emerging soon, so that’s interesting to pursue too. However, there is a new Zeroine EP on the way with a new single coming in early 2016. It’s going to be a very schizophrenic thing. Come to the gig at Radar to get a first listen!
And come we most certainly will. Again – we love these cozy mid-week shows, and this one should be quite interesting with Psych/Post-Punk rockers Underground Children hitting the stage after our local pals Zeroine.
Details: The Underground Youth + Zeroine
Date: Wednesday 11.11.2015
Time: Doors open at 19.00
Price: 50 DKK
Facebook event: HERE