Sure thing, we have been pretty busy getting ready for the release of the album most of this year. We did a small southwest US tour immediately after handing the album off to Ripple followed by the work into getting the album ready for release, such as album art, video shooting and editing etc. At the same time we've been writing riffs and parts that we want to return to when we start writing the next album.
2. You have a new album coming out in August, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The new album coming in August, "Trouble In Eden", will be our third album that we'e put out and the first for Ripple Music. Every time you make a record, it's a snapshot of a band for that period of time, and when i look at all three albums, or snapshots, I see a definite progression and growth in songwriting, discipline and musicianship. We are known as a riff band and our default writing style is to find a riff and ride that riff to the fullest extent, and we'd approach writing from a riff perspective. Our earlier stuff had some songs where we just put riffs together not really thinking about coherency or song structure. Over time we've disciplined ourselves more and put time into thinking about song structures, making things flow more cohesively, and challenging ourselves as musicians to write parts that force us to step up our chops. What we have created for his album we think is a big sounding heavy groove that draws from various styles but that are unmistakeably ZED. Big, loud rock songs.
3. The band has been around since 2007 but so far has only put out 3 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
I think the big reason is that we took alot of time to define our style as a band. When a band gets together for the first time, they usually need to time to find their own sonic identity, and since we were in no hurry, we took our time and let the sounds and grooves simmer until we felt that they were ready to share with others. This current album was written in a year and thats the fastest we've done it so far.
4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
This current album has a consistent theme running through it, which was done deliberately by our singer Peter Sattari. The lyrics deal with societal turbulence, environmental problems and even ones own mental and spiritual well being. there are alot of dark themes in the lyrics which help give the overall vibe a heavy feel.
5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zed'?
One of the biggest influences the band has is Led Zeppelin, and the name ZED in my mind was a nice way to pay tribute to my all time favorite rock band, putting the Z from Zeppelin in place of the L from Led. Additionally, it conjures up images from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction which all of us in the band love, so we liked the idea that the name could have that significance as well.
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
wow we've played alot of shows, but my favorites are always ones where we are in close quarters to the crowd and they are actively along for the ride, participating, dancing and singing the lyrics back to us. I would describe our stage performance as energetic and engaged. We let the music flow through us and I think it comes out with the intensity of the song and in how we interact with each other and the audience. It's therapeutic for us to say the least.
7. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
yes we are planning a west coast US tour for October as well as working on going to Europe in 2017.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of rock and metal?
The feedback has been very positive globally. Fans of rock and metal are always looking for something unique and good, and I think that they pick up on various things that they can relate to in our music. Collectively we come from various musical backgrounds from metal to punk to blue to funk, and we incorporate those elements in our sound, so even if you're an extreme metal fan, or just a blues fan, or a punk rocker, there is something intense and familiar enough there for you to like and pick up on.
9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
No idea really, we never know where the music will take us until we write it. If you ask me where i would like it to go, then i would say I want to write bigger and heavier grooves that make you bob your head. My favorite part of our songs are the big, bold riffs that make people automatically start moving their heads or hips.
10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I would say the biggest musical influences on ZED are 1. Led Zeppelin 2. Black Sabbath 3. Clutch 4. Soundgarden 5. Rage Against The Machine. As for me what I've been listening to alot lately are the latest albums from our labelmates Wo Fat and Gozu, as well as alot of old 60's and 70's proto metal, funk and reggae
11. What are some of your non musical interests?
I love reading and watching science fiction, I also love video/film making and editing and ancient history!
12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks to all who have taken an interest in our music, we hope that you all like the next chapter in the ZEDstory, and we look forward to seeing you out on the road!