What I Heard This Morning: Zorch

Synthesizer couplets and hectic, free jazz percussion pretty much sums up Zorch’s “Zut Alore,” a synth duo from Austin. The video for the song reflects the height of video effects and editing circa 1987, lots of flashing geometry and video snippets. Underneath the video on the band’s YouTube page is a warning that reads: “Video contains lots of flashing images: Seizure people beware.” Yes, the people of Seizure should beware.

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Zorch: Austin hyper-kinetic duo premiere new track via Altered Zones, announce summer tour dates 


"5 bands to catch up to in 2010"The Onion AV Club

Zorch's synth-driven experimentalism is an avant-garde swirl of mind-bending atmospherics..." -- The Austinist

Austin, TX hyper-kinetic keyboard/drum duo
Zorch premiere a new song today via Pitchfork's esoteric offshoot Altered Zones. The MP3 for "Cosmic Gloss" is a shortened version of the track from the band's new cassette/digital EP (read more about it here). Stream/download full EP HERE. Zorch also launch extensive North American summer tour dates this month. Please see complete dates below.

Zorch has also posted an incredible, potentially seizure inducing video for one of their most frenetic and hooky songs, "
Zut Alore!" Watch it HERE. Stems of all Zorch tracks are available for remixes through the music section of the band's website.

Zorch's exceptionally precise and inventive songs often invite comparisons to a wildly different composite of energetic artists such as Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon, HEALTH, Adebisi Shank and Battles all the way to more psychedelic/pop acts like Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and F*ck Buttons. However, it seems that everyone hears something uniquely new and exciting in their songs. Stream and/or download their full
debut EP for free HERE.

Zorch is an experimental/noise rock duo from Austin, TX. Composed of Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals), the two hail from Wisconsin and Canada respectively. The duo met in Boston and began recording dozens of improvisational mixtapes, which, after moving to Austin in 2009, would help lay the foundation for Zorch. Since that pivotal move, they've quickly made a home for themselves in the city's illustrious avant-garde DIY scene, building a reputation on their deafening live shows and fan interaction.

In July of 2009, Zorch recorded their self-titled 4-track EP at Cacophony Studios in Austin, TX. It's the duo's first attempt to capture their sound and demonstrate their wide palette of musical colors, ranging from tribal to pop. Choosing to self-release the EP and offering it up as a free download through their website, Zorch also gives fans the opportunity to design and create their own CD cases at live shows. Disregarding notions of intellectual property, they post the stems to all their songs online as well, ready to be mixed and morphed to each listener's content.


06/30 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rogue Bar
07/01 San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Ale House
07/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
07/03 Oakland, CA @ Gamma Gallery *
07/04 Sacramento, CA @ The Townhouse *
07/05 San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock *
07/06 Eugene, OR @ TBA
07/07 Portland, OR @ Holocene ^
07/08 Seattle, WA @ Ground Zero
07/09 Seattle, WA @ The Inn (daytime/house party)
07/09 Seattle, WA @ Healthy Times Fun Club
08/10 Austin, TX @ TBA %
08/11 Houston, TX @ TBA %
08/12 Lafayette, LA @ TBA %
08/13 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Spanish Moon %
08/14 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks %
08/15 Birmingham, AL @ Magic City Wholesale
08/16 Murfreesboro, TN @ Trash Mountain (pool party)
08/17 Atlanta, GA @ 529
08/18 Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
08/19 Baltimore, MD @ The Annex
08/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery (anniversary party) $
08/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn #
08/22 New York, NY @ Pianos
08/23 Providence, RI @ Local 121
08/24 Boston, MA @ TBA
08/25 Montreal, QC @ Torn Curtain #
08/26 Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club #
08/27 Waterloo, ON @ TBA (day show)
08/27 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar
08/28 Sudbury, ON @ Myths and Mirrors Festival +
08/29 Ithaca, NY @ The Space at Greenstar
08/30 Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern
08/31 Bloomington, IN @ House Party
09/01 Chicago, IL @ Ball Hall
09/02 Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
09/03 Madison, WI @ TBA

* with Religious Girls

^ with White Hinterland, Wampire
% with Twin Killers, Caddywhompus
$ with Grandchildren
# with Doldrums
+ with DD/MM/YYYY

Artist: Zorch
Album: "Cosmic Gloss" / "E.M.F." EP - DOWNLOAD FULL EP HERE
Label: (iN)sect Records
Release Date: July 5th, 2011

Artist: Zorch
Label: Zorch Records
Release Date: March 8th, 2011

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