THE ZOUP: The Zoup
By John Carroll
Their mishmash sound of modern rock meets emo pop has quickly garnered them a fair whack of fans and this Auckland four-piece are no strangers to success, having represented NZ in the Australasian final of band battle Emergenza, placing third out of hundreds of contenders. The band’s intentions are made clear from the outset, with three enthusiastic, high energy tracks laid down like winning hands before they ease the body of work out with more artistic liberty taken on the back end. Singer Jaydn de Graaf leads from the front, his performances bleeding honesty while lyrically leaping from personal issue to ambiguous issue. In so far as composition and performance, the attention to detail is immaculate, the production, however, has its faults. The drums lack authority in the heavier sections, the lead guitar needs more cut during single note phrases, and the overall mix wants just that little bit more ‘oompf’ to rub shoulders with the big boys. Control is the highlight, a pop rock romp along with all the trimmings that goes some way to confirm that this band is one to keep an eye on for the future.