You’re humble Austin Music Minute maven has previously made reference to “the art of dissonance.” When approached in creative ways, it’s not simply noise for noise’s sake. You can make sounds that are visual. Thus, the leap into the following string of thoughts: If planets colliding in an alternate universe made a sound, or perhaps brain synapses firing off, it could all very well come from the sonic adventures that are Zorch.
Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals) met in Boston, where they started recording improvisational mixtapes that would lay the foundation for their future band. They moved to Austin in 2009, and in no time, garnered a reputation for creating rather impressive DIY experimental projects through stunning intense live performances and audience interaction.
Zorch’s latest release, ZZOORRCCHH (self-titled but with extra letters for as much emphasis as you like), directs you into a mind meld of multi-dimensional noise pop/rock in technicolor sci-fi explosions, invigorating and hook-laden.
You won’t want to pass up the opportunity to see Zorch perform tonight at the Museum of Human Achievement in East Austin on Lyons. Visit the website and send a message for directions. Well worth the effort. Highly recommended.