If you haven’t heard “Going the Distance” by Zipper Club yet, get ready because it’s going to be stuck in your head pretty much forever. The band, comprised of Mason James of Cerebral Ballzy and Lissy Trullie, have recently been working with James Iha (of The Smashing Pumpkins fame) to produce their debut album. If it’s anything like this single, I can’t wait to hear it.
ATYPICAL SOUNDS spoke with Mason about new wave, new music, and new experiences:
Your press release describes Zipper Club as being a “new wave-inspired” band. Are there any new wave albums that inspired you as musicians, or any that you’d recommend in general for your fans to listen to?
What bands from LA do you feel deserve more attention?
Every band in LA gets plenty of attention.
Has your producer James Iha given you any advice that’s resonated with you?
He has a real mastery of how to craft a song. He imparted little bits of his wisdom while working together. Subtle changes made a world of difference.
Did you squeal and freak out directly before/after meeting him?
I just got off tour. I met him in a dingy basement in Brooklyn to work on a Record Store Day single. I was so hung over that I wasn’t squealing much.
You just released a video for your song “Going the Distance”. What can you tell us about the production of it?
We wanted to make a non-literal adventure video that visually represented the music. We went out to the desert with some friends…and it turned out rad.
Did you help with the video’s concept or direction?
Jason Forrest Hogg and I had been messing around with ideas for a while and decided to direct this one together. Lissy and I worked as a band to conceive the storyline. We hit up some of our friends, bought a Cadillac, broke down four times on the way to the desert and then made a video.
What can we expect from your upcoming album?
Spacey synths and big hooks.
Zipper Club has a very different sound than your previous band Cerebral Ballzy. Is there anything in particular you were looking to do with Zipper Club that you felt you couldn’t do with Cerebral Ballzy?
I conceived this band out of frustration with punk. Punk can be pigeonholing in terms of musical creativity. This is a way for me to do something I wanted. It’s catchy and still cool. Once Lissy came into the fold, the remaining songs were greatly influenced by her presence and the collaboration built something great.
What advice can you give a band who is new to the music industry? Is there anything you were particularly surprised by when you were first starting out?
Get ready to sleep on a lot of floors.
Will you be touring soon or doing any live performances?
We play LA every Monday night in August at the Satellite. Then we’ll be on the road for the next year and a half.