Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Ed Zealous

Ed Zealous

Belfast electronic-pop dance band Ed Zealous are set to release their debut album Wired on February 3rd of next year. The band have already dropped two stellar singles in the past two months, and we’re highly anticipating the debut. Wanting to know more about the upcoming record, Ed Zealous had a chat with AMBY about their bucket-list, jellyfish, and their superhuman bass player.

AMBY: Hey Ed Zealous, cheers for speaking with AMBY. Please introduce yourselves to our readers!

Ed Zealous: Hi thanks for having us!  We are Steve (vocals), Andrew (guitar) Paul (drums) and Pete (Bass).

AMBY: What’s the band been up to lately?

Ed Zealous: Well we’ve just released 2 singles over the last couple months – Thanks A Million and Telepaths.  We’ve been working through a bunch of crazy ideas for the Telepaths video lately and are ready to shoot it so stay tuned for that.

AMBY: Your new single Thanks A Million came out on the 21st of October. What’s the story behind the track?

Ed Zealous: Thanks A Million is the only song on the album that was done in a session with producer Rich Jackson in Wales.  Rich had done the Future of the Left and the Automatic records and asked if we’d be up for doing a track with him in Wales so we all ended up in this cool old farmhouse, Monnowvalley Studios, doing Thanks A Million.  Monnowvalley has quite a history and has one one the best drum rooms in the world so it was a cool experience being there.

AMBY: You released a new single, Telepaths, on November the 18th. What inspired the single’s artwork?

Ed Zealous: Jellyfish are thought to be one of the oldest living creatures on earth. Existing for more than 650 million years, existing before dinosaurs and obviously surviving longer. Jellyfish have no blood, brain, or nervous system so in order to survive that long must have some serious telepathic skills!

AMBY: The band is set to release your debut album Wired on February 3rd of next year. What’s the significance behind the album’s title?

Ed Zealous: It’s probably the most accurate description of how we all were throughout the entire process of creating this album.

AMBY: What was one of the best moments you had while recording Wired?

Ed Zealous: Probably just the way we did the record.  We’d got good at doing our own demos so it was clear early on that we were probably going to be happiest if we kind of just extended that process.  So we went into the studio and tracked off all the demos we’d been using, essentially just replacing parts like the drums etc and ending up with something like a collage of DIY and studio stuff.  It all kind of organically grew into itself in a very cathartic fashion.

AMBY: Which song was recording first on the record? And do you feel it had an influence on the rest of the album?

Ed Zealous: Its Only the End was recorded and mixed before we’d finished writing and hearing it fired us up for everything that followed as we were so happy with how it sounded but really we were changing parts, replacing bits etc on lots of stuff right up to the wire so mostly everything was kept open and songs kind of fed off and influenced each other.

AMBY: What are the top five things to do on your bucket list?

Ed Zealous: Dive with Great White sharks, Meet Dr Dre.  Somehow see the Watch the Throne tour again, Meet David Bowie.  Have a recording studio in my house that is entirely white…like white instruments, white everything.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year so far?

Ed Zealous: The Disclosure album, or Yeezus, Chvrches, or Daft Punk

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Ed Zealous that nobody knows yet?

Ed Zealous: Pete was once run over by a transit van at a party and it barely registered.  Superhuman bass player.

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Thank you Ed Zealous, for giving us your answers!

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