Spanning all corners of rocks rich tapestry, there’s something so deliriously exciting about Zoax and their angular infectiousness that, upon hearing ‘Is Everybody Listening?’, it’s all too easy to become wrapped up in the London quintet’s thrumming energy and look past what are some subtle, if potent, sonic explorations.
Indeed, from the hip-swinging party rock strut of ‘Zero Point Seven’, ‘Lonely Souls’ with its flighty back and forth through to ‘Right Words’ explosive, call to arms gusto, Zoax take on a latter-day Alexisonfire flavour, coloured with big broad strokes of British clout. Dialing up the aggression, the riffs bristle with jagged groove and a cast iron punch (‘Click’), whereas the sumptuous melodic enterprise of ‘Innocent Eyes’ display a band more than comfortable stepping outside of shouty default mode.
It’s a sound which is strangely both familiar and distinct all at once, and certainly says much for the band’s pedigree when they can deliver songs which nod towards their contemporaries whilst remaining thoroughly individual delights. ‘Is Everybody Listening?’ is an intelligent, genre stretching piece of work which is certain to feed the hype deservedly building around these head-turning newbies.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)