We’ve featured a few pretty young bands over the last few years but exciting Tennessee band Indigo Zebras have to be the youngest, given their lead singer is just 14-years-old.
The trio have honed a fun sound that borders between punk rock and alternative rock with plenty of melodies, raw vocals and full-on rocky goodness to keep you well and truly entertained.
The most recent offering of this is Beaten By My Decisions, which was released back in June. It launches straight into big energetic vocals over lively guitars and drums, with a cheeky little guitar solo kicking in inside 30 seconds.
The pace drops a little with vocals over a meandering bassline, then a looping guitar riff builds the pace towards another heavy chorus. Chugging palm-muted guitars are joined by more vocals “I tried to tell you that you’re acting strange, That you’re not OK” then a piercing guitar lick gives way to drawn-out guitars and the pace drops again.
A spinning little guitar riff is joined by another, and bass and drums increase the intensity before giving way to a little drum roll. That then ushers in a big rocky riff and drums that support a final blast of the chorus. It’s raw, edgy, fast and frenetic, and we love it. Give it a listen below:
The obvious comparison is At The Drive-In, which comes across in City of Grey, the superb opening track to last year’s self-titled debut EP. It starts slowly, but eventually explodes into a heavy chorus of big high-pitched vocals over big guitars and, later, a big scream of “Nothing left to lose” gives way to big rocky guitars and a cool guitar solo. Check it out below:
We had a chat with bassist Justin Turner to find out this exciting new band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Indigo Zebras? And what’s the backstory?
JT: “Indigo Zebras is made up of Alden Coley (18) on drums and vocals, Justin Turner (17) on bass, piano, and lead vocals and Jacob Turner (14) on guitar and lead vocals.
“We are from Spring Hill, Tennessee. Alden and I started off as childhood friends just playing around with instruments and our made-up band, Indigo Zebras. We were just drums and keys at that time, and we didn’t have any serious intentions. After some time, I picked up my dad’s old bass and began to play actual covers.
“We realized that we would need a guitarist to really be a band, so we kind of just made my brother, Jacob, play the guitar. Originally he wanted to play the drums and sometimes it was hard to get him to want to play the guitar but, after sometime, he became fond of it.
“After a while of just messing around and playing covers, we wanted more. Alden had been going to Guitar Center for drum lessons, and he had found out about something called Rock Show where they helped young bands play and learn about music. We were all a bit hesitant at first to join, but it seemed like it could be fun. After a few shows, we realized that this is what we wanted to do.
“We stayed in the program for two years until Tim Zimmerman, our mentor and the founder of the Rock Show, left to go on tour. During that time we recorded our first single, Potatoes and Wine, at Guitar Center and our self-titled Ep at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. When Tim left, we started to look for gigs on our own and record on our own.”
GR: You just released Beaten By My Decisions. What should people be expecting from the song?
JT: “Beaten By My Decisions is the first step in the direction towards an album. For this track we decided to try home recording, so we would have more time to work. The single turned out pretty well, but we plan to come out with an album next with much better production.
“Over the years Indigo Zebras has gone from two friends messing around to a real band. People should expect to hear a song that has a more modern appeal than our other songs, but still keeps our punk and alternative influences. We all had different influences for certain parts, but overall we want to make a song that more people could listen to and enjoy and that would fit on our upcoming album.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
JT: “That’s a hard question that we get asked pretty frequently, but we would have to say we are some type of alternative punk.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
JT: “A lot of our lyrics and things we play have to do with things that are happening to us and how we feel while writing the lyrics. I’d say that we use music as an emotional output to describe an event or feeling that we have felt or been in.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
JT: “Our strongest influences have been: At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta, Thursday, Circa Survive, The Fall of Troy, Dance Gavin Dance, Sparta,
and our former teacher Tim Zimmerman.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
JT: “We’re always writing new music, and we are releasing an album at the end of the year. We have some gigs coming up in Nashville: 22 August at Rocketown, 24 August at DRKMTTR, 31 August at Rocketown, November 2 at Rocketown and there should be more to come.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
JT: “We look forward to seeing new faces at our shows and building our fan base. We also plan on continuing to put out new music.”