Tickets will be available at Leo's Video
(2680 Pandosy St) & Mosaic Books
(411 Bernard Avenue).
After debuting with Tic Toc Tic in 2009, The Zolas
scaled the precipice
of cult status across Canada, thanks to a loyal fanbase carried over from Zach Gray (vocals, guitar) and Tom Dobrzanski’s (piano) earlier years as Lotus Child
With Ancient Mars, their second album, The Zolas are set to continue
their legacy of postmodern pop. Armed with poetic lyrics, Ancient Mars
trades in the cabaret glitz of Tic Toc Tic for reverbed pianos and hard,
In “Strange Girl” a sunny guitar riff blasts
into the perfect mid-‘90s summer jam, while title track “Ancient Mars”
is bouncy and nostalgic, with heaping spoonfuls of Montreal and Brooklyn
avant-pop. If John Lennon
and Kanye West
met later tonight at a hotel
bar, “Escape Artist” is the song they would write. It’s these kinds of
pairings that Ancient Mars is full of: The Zolas write classic pop
songs and then fuck them up until the hooks have to fight to get out.
As if to offset Ancient Mars’ aesthetic diversity, the lyrics are raw
and focused. The Zolas’ tumultuous songwriting captures the zeitgeist of
being in your 20s, on the cusp of youth and real adulthood. In each
song Gray builds a skeleton of a setting – from outer space to a college
library to a Victorian jail cell – and tells stories fleshed out with
the listener’s own history.
In October, The Zolas teamed up with
Winnipeg’s The Liptonians
to release a 7” split single “Cultured Man”, a
quixotic snack in between the two full-length albums.
is the band’s on-board producer, having worked with names in indie-rock
royalty like Said the Whale
and We Are The City
, but for Ancient Mars
production duties were handed over to Chuck Brody (Phantogram
much like how 2009’s Tic Toc Tic was produced by Howard Redekopp
, The New Pornographers
Ancient Mars will make its way onto record store shelves Oct 2, 2012.