London dream pop/postpunk/nugaze band The Dead Zoo have unleashed their new single “Hoover Damned“.
The song, backed with soaring shoegazy b-side “Pebbles”, is out now via Rock Noir Recordings. Grab it here.
With a freewheeling abandon and chaotic energy, The Dead Zoo’s defiantly exuberant new single presents a raw narrative about breaking free from messy entanglement before regret has any prospect of setting in.
Singer and guitarist Kaoru says:
“I wanted to write about a world where women are as free to make mistakes and walk away as men traditionally have. The narrator of the song is a proxy for me,” she continues, “a ‘Mary Sue’ unencumbered by a sense of doubt, barrelling from one mess to another like a comet blazing through the solar system then catapulting away into free space”.
Musically, ’Hoover Damned’ combines the raw drive of grunge with the vocal harmonies and sass of 90s British indie – a recollection of a hazy musical youth driving to a mixtape of bands such as The Breeders, Elastica, The Wedding Present, Lush, L7 and Teenage Fanclub.
The band have also shared a summery self-directed DIY video. Watch it below.
About The Dead Zoo
Founded by trans woman guitarist and singer Kaoru Sato, formerly of Weird Sex (Roadkill Records), Electric Shocks (Artrocker Recordings), Dogviolet and notorious transgender punks Six Inch Killaz, with Somrata Sarkar (ex Ghost Patterns) on keyboards and vocals, Jon Baker-Bates on drums and Gabby Cain on bass, The Dead Zoo are harnessing danceable post punk verve, blistering guitar noise, and dream poppy energy.
Photo credit: Andrew Knifton