The Year Zero are a shoegazerish duo from the
Los Angeles area. Interestingly enough, the two members have
both been in bands before, and not really in shoegazer bands
either. Guitarist Rodney Sellars was in a band called Sense
Field, who played the Warped Tour back in 2003. Vocalist Lili
de la Mora was in an act called Sidecar, who apparently played
psychedelic pop music. I have never heard of either band, except
on the press sheet for this EP, but i mention them here for
readers who are familiar with their music.
The Year Zero is, i am guessing, led by de la Mora. This
is light pop music white-washed with a healthy layer of echoing
guitar and sung in a light female voice. Fans of Lush and Mean
Red Spiders will no doubt enjoy this. The EP is a sampler for
the band's forthcoming debut LP, and the sampler features three
The first of these is called Moonviewing Parties, and
it is driven by a guitar massively tremoloed and backed by
some echoey drums and light piano. The music reminds me a lot
of the work of Monster
Movie, while the voice here is really
reminiscent of early Mean Red
Spiders. It moves along nicely,
and is a fine introduction to the band.
The second tune is called Some Great Majestic. There
are two guitars here: an acoustic lightly strumming up front,
and a back layer of droning guitar. It is a fun happy tune,
and here the voice reminds me of the vocals on the
Hush Collector EP.
On the final track here, Truth About Stars, The Year
Zero rock out, albeit in a subtle manner. This is a very Lush-like
song, with a hint of distortion on the guitars and some light
echo on the voice. I especially like that Mr. Sellars sings
counterpoint to Ms. de la Mora here. Their voices blend together
rather well. Overall, pleasant.
For a debut EP, this is a fine release. The band makes light, slightly distorted pop music. Fans of the dream-pop genre will enjoy this. I find myself anticipating their full-length, due out this summer. The band has potential.