With their new EP, Set The Pace, out this Friday (15th September), now seemed as good a time as ever to find out a bit about Zebedy. For more about the EP itself, check out our earlier track-by-track article.
North Wales, Conwy area where we have castles and sheep.
How did you meet?
Jonny and David are brothers and Ben is their cousin. We met Tom through a friend who was singer in Ben and Jonny’s previous band, Lantern.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Jonny, David and Tom have been in the band since 2008, so nine years.
Before you get sick of being asked. where does the band name come from?
The name came as a strange word Jonny thought of when we were asked as a jamming band to come up with a name and Zebedy came to mind. It’s stuck because it has at no point pigeon-holed us into a particular genre and nothing to do with the Magic Roundabout, as lovely a story as that would be ;)
What are your influences?
Biffy Clyro, Reuben, Karnivool, Architects, Dream Theater, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Haken and Black Peaks.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is dynamic first, which mean we have ups and downs, singing, screaming, harmonies and intricate instrumental sections. What makes us different is that we sound like many different bands and skip between genres in one song in our own style. All four of us do main vocals at times and we do all our vocal harmonies live with no backing track.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Hope is our main theme, usually, or overcoming your problems.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Well we write our songs with the intention of doing everything live that we do on our recording, so no backing tracks. We all have our own personalities on stage and we always perform with energy and humour. The main thing people say is that our harmonies live are amazing and the way we switch between all four of our vocals. We have played about 150+ shows together.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Every time Jonny puts his guitar down at the end of “This Is My City” and starts screaming at the crowd, and getting them to scream back at him… that is pretty wild.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Guitars: Wirebird, Fender, Ibanez, Jackson / mesa boogie, Marshall, Framus valve amps / Zilla and Framus cabs/ many pedals Digitec, tc electronics, Boss, Fender, Vox etc…
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We have our new EP Set The Pace out on the 15th September. It’s our shortest release to date but there is so much in the four tracks that it’s well worth a listen.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
To really push our new EP and get started on our new album the end of the year and get festival dates for next summer.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug
someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We would love to have Halo Tora from Glasgow on first and we would love to support Karnivool.
From previous Band of the Day Jukebox Monkey: What is the local scene like in your area, and are you confident in your future prospects?
No local scene really, which is good for creativity but not for gigs. We are always confident in our future because we love what we do and people seems to like our unique approach to music and how we play it.
From another BotD, Pale People: What’s the longest you’ve gone without speaking to another band member on a road trip?
Thirty minutes – we’re quite chatty.
And from Vanity: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Nothing – no regrets!