Victoria/Edmonton duo Zerbin (Jason Zerbin and Peter Mol) are currently on their National Tour through Canada. The band’s latest alternative-pop single Take Your Heart instantly caught our attention, and with the release of their new EP Touch (out on October 29th), we were intrigued to ask them some questions! Have a read as AMBY and Zerbin talk about coffee, quite time, and Vans; their all-time favourite joke; and the Touch EP.
AMBY: Hello Zerbin, thanks for speaking with AMBY today. What’s the band been up to?
Zerbin: Sup AMBY! We are currently sitting on Vancouver Island and eating charcuterie whilst drinking the first Granville Island Winter Ales of the year. The guys are starting to arrive for rehearsals and then off for tour in a couple days. Peter’s making roganjosh and slicing yam.
AMBY: It’s easy to get addicted to Take Your Heart. What inspired the warm track?
Zerbin: I (Jason) was interested in a girl and at the beginning it wasn’t going as well as I hoped. The song was written one night when I was thinking about love and the risk of it. How sometimes you just gotta take the leap and allow your fears or your doubts to take the back seat. I was trying to convince her that in the end the leap would be worth it.
AMBY: It looks like the band had a good time while filming Take Your Heart. What was the best moment you had while making the video?
Zerbin: There was one moment where Peter got to spray Jason in the face with a high intensity water stream and we shot the scene like 30 times. It didn’t actually make the final cut but by the end Jason was completely soaked.
AMBY: On October the 29th, you released your new EP Touch. What is the significance behind the EP’s title?
Zerbin: It comes from the title track of the record which is a song we wrote a number of years ago. It’s a bit of a spiritual track and also about intimacy and the freedom that can come from the risk of it.
AMBY: The EP release is followed by a national tour that kicks off this November. What are you most looking forward to?
J: Honestly just getting to connect with fans and people who appreciate our music all across the country.
AMBY: Which three things could you not live without while on tour?
Zerbin: Coffee, Quite Time, Vans.
AMBY: Which Zerbin lyric is your favourite?
Zerbin: It’s from a new song that’s not yet titled but it goes, “Frozen sidewalks, this city heaves and sighs like chests of lovers.”
AMBY:. What’s your all-time favourite joke?
P: It involved glass pants and I’ll tell yea about it at a show!
AMBY: The band has shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, Fun., and AWOLNATION. But who would your ultimate concert be with?
P: Dave Mathews Band
J: Justin Timberlake and Peach Tree School.
AMBY: What’s the most inappropriate thing you’ve ever said or worn?
Zerbin: Three one dollar bills.
AMBY: What’s your favourite release of the year?
P: Breaking Bad
J: Justin Timberlake
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Zerbin that nobody knows yet?
Zerbin: Pete is missing one eye but he makes up for it with his charm and good looks.
Thank you Zerbin, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout