You know that feeling when you get out of a movie theatre after a great movie and for a split second you think you’ve been somewhere else?
Well, for the indie-pop band The Zolas, from Vancouver, that’s the feeling they hope the audience leaves with after seeing one of their shows. And with their catchy, toe-tapping tracks, that has probably happened.
Their unique sound captures the listener’s attention with songs that have great melodies and a fun and upbeat feel; you can’t help but be drawn in. Zachary Gray, lead singer and guitarist of the band, describes how they aim to incorporate different characteristics to create music that anyone can enjoy.
“We wanted everything to be sort of throbbing and lush and then also minimal at times and icy. We wanted textures and aesthetics,” says Zachary. “We wanted music that filled your ears when you listened to it in your headphones when walking somewhere.”
Bringing their west coast vibe to Toronto, The Zolas stopped by The Great Hall as part of their tour with fellow BC band Hey Ocean! and they’ve been having a great time so far. “It just feels like hanging out with your friends all over Canada,” says Zachary, “which is a dream come true in a way.”
The Zolas are promoting their second album, Ancient Mars, which was just released at the beginning of October. “This album is by far the weirdest and catchiest album we’ve ever done and that’s usually hard to do,” says Zachary. “I’ve never done it before, so we’re pretty happy with it.”
It’s been two years since their debut album Tic Toc Tic, but they used that time to work hard on the new release and came up with a stellar track list full of hits, such as “Knot in my Heart” and “Escape Artist.”
They’ll be touring this album a lot following their Canadian stops and are planning to make their way to the United States and to Europe in the New Year. And, with the idea of another album in the works, we can’t wait to hear what they come up with next!