Friday, August 05, 2011


It's been a while since I've talked about Zorch. I have been anxiously awaiting new music from this Austin duo since they released their demo back in '09, so when I heard their new stuff today I didn't hesitate to put it right here on the blog.

The new tunes come in the form of band's new cassette single "Cosmic Gloss" b/w "E.M.F.," showing off some pop hooks to go along with their unique brand of noise. Zorch have received recent press from the likes of Paste, Esquire, and NPR, who named them one of the "Best Bands SXSW 2011."

Zorch will be celebrating the new tunes with a big show at the Spider House Ballroom, along with fellow fun-lovers Fresh Millions, Marmalakes, Butcher Bear vs. Soundfounder and more. Get more details on Do512 and Facebook. They are about to head out on the big summer tour, so catch 'em if you can!

Watch/listen/learn more:

Zorch - "Cosmic Gloss"

Zorch - "E.M.F"

Get it digital / physical

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Zorch's exceptionally precise and inventive songs often invite comparisons to a wildly different composite of energetic artists such as Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon, HEALTH, Adebisi Shank and Battles all the way to more psychedelic/pop acts like Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and Fuck Buttons. However, it seems that everyone hears something uniquely new and exciting in their songs.

Zorch is an experimental/noise rock duo from Austin, TX. Composed of Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals), the two hail from Wisconsin and Canada respectively. The duo met in Boston and began recording dozens of improvisational mixtapes, which, after moving to Austin in 2009, would help lay the foundation for Zorch. Since that pivotal move, they've quickly made a home for themselves in the city's illustrious avant-garde DIY scene, building a reputation on their deafening live shows and fan interaction.
Here's what people are saying about the new release:

"loud, dissonant and hectic in all the right ways...gleefully sporadic explosion of shimmering soundscapes doesn’t provide any room for complacency." -Paste

"Boasting shimmering sci-fi sounds, percussive acrobatics, and a strong inclination toward solid hooks....equal emphasis on the noise and the pop sides of the spectrum" -Altered Zones

"two-man wrecking crew Zorch enchants and disturbs with its studied-yet-organic drum-and-keys swirl" -The Onion/AV Club

Zorch "We All Die Young" from TERROREYES.TV on Vimeo.

  • Zorch Summer Tour
08/06 Austin, TX @ 29th St. Ballroom
08/11 Houston, TX @ Mango's %
08/12 Lafayette, LA @ Frankies %
08/13 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Spanish Moon %
08/14 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks %
08/15 Birmingham, AL @ Magic City Wholesale
08/16 Murfreesboro, TN @ Trash Mountain (pool party)
08/17 Atlanta, GA @ 529
08/18 Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
08/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery (anniversary party)
08/20 Baltimore, MD @ The Annex
08/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Death by Audio #
08/22 New York, NY @ Pianos
08/23 Providence, RI @ Local 121
08/24 Boston, MA @ Star Lab
08/25 Montreal, QC @ O Patro Vys #
08/26 Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club #
08/27 Waterloo, ON @ TBA (day show)
08/27 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar
08/28 Sudbury, ON @ Myths and Mirrors Festival +
08/29 Ithaca, NY @ The Space at Greenstar
08/30 Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern
08/31 Bloomington, IN @ House Party
09/01 Chicago, IL @ Ball Hall
09/02 Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
09/03 Madison, WI @ TBA

% with Twin Killers, Caddywhompus
# with Doldrums
+ with DD/MM/YYYY