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.
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!
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.
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 . £6ticket / £8 on the door
This Saturday, we’re holding a pretty special private party – it’s the final show of Zoolhaus season, meaning it’ll be the last show in our warehouse for a while! Never fear though, we’ve only got bigger and better plans for the coming months. First things first – this Saturday’s show will be intrinsically linked with Mosmo Strange’s headline show at the Limelight in a couple weeks, meaning that if you buy a ticket for one show you’re automatically granted entry to the other! Two gigs for the price of one, we’re awful good to you, right? (£6 either way)
Saturday 31st August MOSMO STRANGE PRIVATE PARTY at the Zool Warehouse BYOB 8pm. £6
The night will feature a headline set from WASPS, an opening set from American Guinea Pig and of course, some surprises in between. Finally, I just want to say that these two shows are very important to us as we’re finally gonna be delivering a couple new songs we’ve been toiling over – they’re very good and we’re so proud and excited to give you a taste.
I want to tell you guys about a hardcore band from Dublin I came across recently, and have since had the pleasure to share the stage with – ORDER SIXTY SIX!
We properly got into the Belfast hardcore scene at the start of 2019, around the same time I met Gavin and the boys from local hype beasts NO GREAT LOSS. I was on the lookout for heavy bands and he strongly recommended Order Sixty Six – I just about managed to catch their set at the recent Menagerie show for NGL’s launch night (i say just about as i was mostly talking shite out in the smoking area, for shame). Anyway, the track in particular that I have been addicted to by O66 is ‘Sirens’ – its a real heavy hitter with an interesting structure – everyone who has hung out with me the past couple months will attest to how many times I attempt to recreate one line in particular:
“and everyday, I find myself wondering – is this what I get in return for suffering?”
Seriously. I have not fucking put this down. Thank god Spotify don’t limit how many times you can play a song cos I would have hit that limit on day one. And you best fucking believe we’re bringing them to Zool ASAP.
If you dig this track you’ll enjoy the rest of the EP for sure – around every bend you’re met with more emotionally charged one-liners that slap you around even more than the brutal riffs they accompany. Check out Sirens (Order Sixty Six) off their EP of the same name now on Spotify!