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!
Tomorrow night, Zool will play host to a full lineup of acts from the Banjaxed Records roster. Currently building momentum with their fine taste in rap and hip-hop artists, Banjaxed are bringing some of their hottest acts to the warehouse – Leo Miyagee, Jack Bashful, GK, Youse.e and Afrobigums.
With the aim of bringing fresh Belfast music to a new crowd who might not have gotten a taste for it yet, this collab will hopefully be the first of many genre-defying showcases from Banjaxed x Zool!
Friday 23rd August Banjaxed x Zool Showcase at the Zool Warehouse BYOB 8pm. £5
PS. Hey, thanks for reading the first zoolnews post – gonna be using this part of our site to give you more info, news, music and shows that we’re interested in! Get stuck in – here’s some amazing tracks I’ve heard from >Leo Miyagee >Youse.e >Afrobigums – can’t wait to get more familiar with the rest of the lineup on Friday!
ZOOL RADAR 4 featured Judas Wolves, MOSA, NEWT and Hit The B Button – highlighting bands who we’ve recently completed projects with. With the stage set at the last Zool RADAR (for the time being at least) I was excited to take the stage with Judas Wolves to slap out some heavy riffage for the Menagerie going faithful. Bar a few issues with tuning I felt the set showed signs of real progress musically and it’s been great working on new material with the guys, keep an eye out for a Judas Wolves release via Zool in the near future.
Next up were MOSA who brought their massive sound and vibes in what was undoubtably the loudest set of the night. Personal highlight of this set was their cover of Territorial Pissings by Nirvana.
Following MOSA we had NEWT with a debut from Nolan on guitar. This set swung in with a ferocious groove that had the menagerie swaying back and forth (with intermittent headbanging) until the set was done. Props to Nolan and the boys for getting up to speed with only a few days to prepare. Uppa thumb picks!
Finally we had our brothers in Hit The B Button to headline, and it was a blast. Nolan and I had caught the guys EP launch in Pavillion a few weeks back – having become so familiar with the new tunes in the time since, we enjoyed this set even more. An all round stellar performance from the guys, combining pop-punk, hard rock and even math elements into their set flawlessly and giving us all a great send off at the last Zool RADAR of the season. (Watch the video we made for the boys’s latest single below!)
All in all a fantastic night was had, it was nice to get a big celebration in before the busy Summer to come. ”
The third monthly ZOOL RADAR show featured performances from Les Pantalons, NOLAN & The Zool Boyz and the supernal Foreign Owl.
(‘YR’, a track we recorded for Foreign Owl just before we started Zool Records!)
Vadim Zeberg (guitar/vocals for Les Pantalons) approached Nolan and myself at Zool RADAR 2 – ZOOL HIVE to talk about working with us, and we got him a slot at the next one! Les Pantalons opened their RADAR debut with a raw and jittery performance, setting a dark vibe with their noisy folk rock. (Click here to Listen to their newest single, Krankenwagon!)
Following Les Pantalons were NOLAN & The Zool Boyz featuring guest/surprise performances from Gavin Scott (Mosmo Strange) and Enda McCrory (Part Time Pilots/Mongol Gentlemens Club). The set was really fun to play, we included new versions of tunes as well as some fun covers. Personal highlight was our sludge version of dirty Mongol Gents tune ‘She’s ridin’ the country’.
(It was also Nolan’s 24th birthday!)
Lastly, the must-see Foreign Owl took to the stage much sooner than their set was supposed to start in order to assume meditative positions. The trio sat peacefully and cross legged on the stage until they all seemed to at once come out of their trance and straight into their set. Foreign Owl bring an unhinged energy to every set I have had the pleasure of watching them play, and RADAR 3 was no different, tune after tune had the crowd hanging on every note. Personal highlight of the set for me was their R&B infused monster, ‘Pink Nose’.
Next up we have ZOOL RADAR 4 Feat. Judas Wolves, MOSA, NEWT and Hit the B Button (fresh off an awesome EP launch check it out!). 31st of May! See you there!