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Interview: Liquid Zoo Talk Up Their New Single, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Me’

Newcastle-based indie-rock group Liquid Zoo have today revealed their superlative new single ‘I Don’t Want To Be Me’ – produced and mixed by Jack Nigro (Pacific Avenue, The Terrys, Skegss). We sat down with the band to find out more about the new tune, live shows and more!

Congratulations on your latest release ‘I Don’t Want To Be Me’. It’s got some real swagger behind it! Can you talk us through the process of making it and what themes it represents?

Although Wanda already had the main riff to that song, the chorus came about very organically as a real group effort. It has quite a punk edge to it that I felt like we’d never really done before. Recording the track was also a tonne of fun, getting to do the gang vocals was something that we also tried for the first and we were happy with how they turned out. As for the meaning behind the song, it’s about coming to the realisation that your past actions were wrong and negatively affected people. The phrase “I don’t want to be me” is self-punishment while also being a cry for help. We wanted to present this dark theme contrasting against a very happy sounding song.

You’ve got an impressive live resume, having supported the likes of King Stingray and Adam Newling, have you got any favourite memories from the stage or from certain shows?

I think our favourite show was our most recent one at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle with Pacific Avenue and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. It was the best we’ve ever played as well as the best/biggest crowd we’ve played to. It was also so much fun to meet those great bands and hang out with them.

Feel good indie-rock is a fine craft that seems to be treasured by many bands and musicians in the industry right now. What do you believe it offers to the fans and listeners, in terms of sentiment and emotion, that sets it apart from other genres?

I believe it offers a different type of energy at gigs and festivals where everyone can get involved and feel the energy together and really get into it, rather than being in a heavy mosh pit or something of that calibre. It’s a very broad genre.

Ahead of your show with The Good Love at The Vanguard, what can attendees expect from a live Liquid Zoo show?

There’s palpable energy whenever we play our songs live. You can expect us to always put in 100 percent into the music whether we’re playing to 10 or 100 people. All in all, a big, loud rock n’ roll show no matter what!

With things well and truly looking up across the music industry in Australia this year, have you got many upcoming plans you can tease us about?

We’ve got gigs for the next few months around Sydney, Newcastle and the surrounds. We’re also going to be recording a brand-new song with Jack Nigro in June which is very exciting! Hopefully churning out some more hits before the year is out.

Written by John Zebra