Formed in 2012, Seattle three-piece Zebra Hunt deliver decidedly minimal pop music with more than a few nods to the 80s Flying Nun catalogue and early Go-Betweens. Drummer Mitch Leffler, bassist Erik Bennett and singer/guitarist Robert Mercer found an immediate chemistry with propulsive rhythms and melodic sensibilities, creating songs that are addictive, intriguing and sincere.
Within three months of forming, the band recorded what would ultimately become their first EP, ‘Beaches’, released by Manic Pop in 2013. This was quickly followed by a single, ‘Only Way Out’ / 'Get Along', on Tenorio Cotobade later that year. Since then it’s been a US West Coast tour and a stream of shows supporting bands such as Twerps, Bleeding Rainbow, Woolen Men, Allo Darlin’ and Eternal Summers.
Zebra Hunt continues to partner with Tenorio Cotobade for their debut LP, “City Sighs”. It features twelve straightforward and infectious songs. ‘Half Right’ and ‘Beaches Of LA’ are from the now out of print first EP, while all other tracks are brand new recordings that were arranged and refined from a steady diet of live shows. Mercer’s songs, referencing the complexity of personal relationships, are delivered by the band with a combination of heartfelt sentiment and unkempt, garaged-up musicality. And not unlike their heroes The Clean, they embrace that unique, economically pure sound of a three-piece band with few overdubs.
The tracks on "City Sighs" range from nervy jangle (‘Delaware’, ‘Already There’), gentle psych (‘Beaches Of LA’), driving garage pop (‘20 Ways To Belong’, ‘Call It Off’) and post-punk, drone leanings (‘Set It Aside’), to languid and dreamy slow burners (‘Isle Of Songs’, ‘Always’).
"City Sighs" documents a band coming into its own while maintaining the enthusiasm and freshness of a new endeavor.
I absolutely love this band and I can't imagine how one could not! A beautiful synergy of surf rock; hazy, indie pop; sumi's light voice; and the occasional, passionate yet soft, new wave style guitar. It's practically impossible for me to choose my top 1 song so I'll go with let it begin, the courage to become somebody's past, and coming to the end! You should really just listen to their entire discography though. ^_^ My heart goes out to them and all they've been through recently <3 bangsinmytearduct
Woolen Men you are exactly what I need. This album effortlessly cuts deep and true. While everything else seems shallow and fleeting your songs have stuck like gum on a toilet cubicle door. I know I'll be listening to this twenty years from now. Bravo. therealmb
There is something about Australian 'indie' pop that is clearly unique and second to none when at it's best. Drawing on a long and proud history arguably beginning in the post-punk era of the late 70's influences such as The Go Betweens and early Triffids can be heard. There's also a deliberative nod to the Dunedin Sound of bands such as The Clean and The Chills.It's unassuming, jangly guitar with shared male & female vocals. Nostro