Today is the day! We just launched the first ever issue of Zool Magazine – featuring Pascalwillnotsurvivethis, Careerist, God Alone, Pat Dam Smyth, Banjaxed Records, Tin Man Heart and more! The whole thing’s available below. Hope you enjoy it!
Super limited run of super cool Zool hoodies dropping 1st week of December – only a couple pre-orders left!
We’re delighted to feature the release of ‘The Lord Does What He Wants’ – the new video from our favourite experimental jazz-folk monkey queen, Maya Goldblum. Released under her pseudonym Queen Bonobo, the single has been released today with a video that’s equal parts bizarre and lovely – featuring a host of local musicians and friends of Maya’s from the Bennigan’s scene. Maya kindly shared some thoughts on the song and video’s meaning via e-mail.
“The Lord Does What He Wants is a modern and whacky take on ‘another supper with Good Times Jesus’. It stemmed from the pre chorus, “I want to sail away from everything serious, bury anxieties and take MD with the Lord.” I was recently kicked out due to visa shite and this video is a window into my Derry family and the beautiful art/music/hooligan community that I was able to weave into and share these moments with.”
“I started writing ‘The Lord Does What He Wants’ on my 21st birthday, in the Magee University music building, alone, sobbing. I felt estranged in a new culture and wrung out from an emotionally abusive relationship and honestly had to sit there and sing and play myself into some form of comfort and humor. We all need to sail away from seriousness every now and then and sometimes experiences that break you down, force you to look at how trivial getting wrapped up in your ego and judgment is. Sometimes you need to break a literal or metaphorical bone in order to be humbled”
Watch the video for The Lord Does What He Wants below (and if you like what you hear be sure to check out the rest of Queen Bonobo’s album, Light Shadow Boom Boom; )
We’re hosting the Belfast show of GOD ALONE’s upcoming EP tour – these guys are from Cork and they’ve got a reputation for being one of Ireland’s hottest and most interesting heavy acts. They asked for support from Towers and Sex Hardcore and we happily obliged. Don’t miss this.
Saturday 9th November
Tonight VOKXEN will be hosting a night of Ireland’s finest in dark, gothic and electro pop at the Sunflower Bar, celebrating the release of their new single bringing attention to a whole bunch of exciting announcements coming from the cosmic synth-pop Belfast trio during the month of October
Featuring performances from SYLK, VOKXEN, blxxd & Alice LA
followed by Zool DJs – come hang out!
“I spent over a year writing, recording and mixing ‘SORRY” and if I’m being honest… I find it difficult to listen back to.”
Don Maple released SORRY on 16/08 this year – his first full album, self produced and released independently through his label YEAR SPACESHIP. I’d been intently following the singles and videos that were flowing on Facebook leading up to the album release and like the rest of his followers I was waiting eagerly to hear more. I asked him a couple of questions online and he very kindly and earnestly replied.
Belfast’s freshest DIY labels are teaming up again for the second instalment of Banjaxed X Zool – this time we’re taking over Ulster Sports Club for Sound Of Belfast 2019! Last time we put on a show together at our warehouse the place was packed so we’re stoked to bring this exciting lineup to a bigger venue!
Wednesday 6th November
Ulster Sports Club
This Thursday, Bicurious return to the Menagerie, Belfast as part of their European tour. I had the privilege of playing with these guys at their show in Dublin last week to kick this particular tour off and let me tell ya – their live show and new songs are fucking amazing. We’re also looking forward to giving our favourite local venue’s new & improved stage a good test drive. Don’t miss this one.
Our special guest support is Red Sun Alert – these guys are proper exciting and they’re making their way from Cork for their Zool debut on Thursday.
Click here to buy your ticket through Zool now!
Friday 26th September
Bicurious w/ Red Sun Alert & more!
at Menagerie, Belfast
Doors 8pm . Tickets £6
Be sure to click ‘Going’ on the event here, we’ll be making the final lineup announcement on Thursday morning x
New double-video from Mosmo Strange – made of footage from their recent show with The Bonnevilles.
Audio recorded and produced by Zool
Footage captured by O’Reel Productions
Video by Zool
The time has come for the next Mosmo Strange celebration, where we’ll be debuting a set of unreleased material and bangers from the last four years of the strange. Zool legends WASPS will also be performing a comeback set of everyone’s favourite odd-time tunes, after a year hiatus. Not to mention steamy sets from our boys in Alpha Twin and Valium
Saturday 14th September
MOSMO STRANGE & friends
at Limelight, Belfast
Doors 6pm . £6 ticket / £8 on the door
Tomorrow (Friday) night we’ll be sending out the mp3s of the new tracks via email – to be on the mailing list click here to buy your ticket through Zool now!