Interestingly enough, the Zolas will be performing at the Vogue Theatre downtown this Friday, November 26th. The show will start at 8 pm. A special guest that is to be determined will also be present at the event, and you’ll just have to show up to see who it really is!
Personally, I think there’s some history you should know about the group before attending. Their debut album was released in November of 2009 and it was produced by Howard Redekopp, who you may know from his work with Tegan and Sara. Funny enough, the album was recorded for the most part in a studio that one of the guys constructed in his parents’ basement while he was studying at UBC. Other Vancouver indie bands have also recorded there!
The album, called Tic Toc Tic, has had five tracks that have been heavily played on XM satellite radio station “The Verge”. Despite being a new group, the Zolas were the 4th most tracked band on the Verge for the first half of 2010. They were also nominated for Album of the Year at The Verge XM Awards in 2011.
SUPPORT ADDED: Vancouver, CST. @VogueTheatre Friday. Schwey the most cosmic band in the realm shall open for us. As is customary @dwitunes will spill his guts to commence the evening. -Zg pic.twitter.com/S7L8cbepaj
— The Zolas (@thezolas) November 23, 2021
Their second album, Ancient Mars, was released on October 2nd, 2012. The duo’s track, “Knot in My Heart”, from Ancient Mars was heard in the background on an episode of the TV program “Whitney” on NBC. The song the album was named after was written by vocalist and guitarist Zach Gray while he was a student at UBC. Pretty common theme of UBC students that we’re noticing, huh?!
Gray later revealed that it was written at UBC Barber Library during his time as a student when the Zolas headlined an event at Koerners Pub at UBC in March of 2019.
By going to see them at this event on Friday, you’ll realize quick just how much passion is behind the story of the group.