ZONG are a transcendental trio from Brisbane that combine heavy and experimental psyche with pummelling riffs. They've only played five shows in the short time they've been together (we're talking four months here), but you can tell they are destined for great things.
Joining fellow locals Hobo Magic at the Crowbar on October 6 in support of Ufomammut and Monolord, we chatted to guitarist Zac Anderson as part of our Two Minutes With series.
Describe your music in five words or less?
Metaphysical sword fighting. Alien communication.
What’s going on in the world of ZONG?
We're trying to write an album, but constantly getting side-tracked on really long jams and descending into strange otherworldly chasms and primordial power and getting completely lost and confused.
What motivates you to make music?
Getting completely loose with improvisation and exploration. Anything goes; no criticism. We like to start with music people can identify with and start to drag them to the weird place. And also it's an outlet for Frankenstein monster-like urges to play loud and heavy and crush and destroy. Bit of a masculine outlet.
What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
High point was finding a sick-loose bass player who likes to get weird. Low point is playing venues with no drinks rider.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Random assortments of EDM and drone-doom is in my cars CD stacker, where I never know who is on. And Scattered Purgatory, Slayer, Earthless, Burzum and White Hills too.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?
We'd catch fish. But if there were no seafood, we'd probably try eating tough parts of our own skin. If that ran out, I'd say it'd be Michael, our bassist, because he's way more zen than me and Henry. So we'd go crazy first Lord Of The Flies style.
Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?
Something every 10 minutes, but I hold it all in and let it turn into a cancerous evil twin in my stomach.
You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
Looking Glass, Teargas, Frown, Portal, Krakatau and Scattered Order playing on a pontoon lit by fire in the middle of a lake at night. Everyone watches from their canoes. Or listens underwater with scuba gear and spear guns.
Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for all New Zealand shows.