Fresh Fruit: Zeolite
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
We never really considered anything else, really. We started off with Pat recording ideas on his own, and the name Zeolite was already attached. When moving forward to include other members, the name made sense and everyone involved liked what Zeolite stood for, in that it is a catalyst of complex structures wherein its structural ‘cages’ trap other elements, and has Greek origins meaning ‘to boil stone’ – so we ran with it. However, if we could go back in time to rename ourselves, we would be Colonel Sanders And The Nuggets.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We all hail from frosty Launceston in Tasmania. There’s not much to see here, so our most recognisable landmark would be the Officeworks car park – heaps of rad dudes hang out there and show off their sick rides. We’re not into cars that much, but we can definitely appreciate the obnoxious stench of rubber burning against bitumen.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Tolpy hits the bass, and has the incredible ability to shift into a superhuman drinking machine housed in the body of a Japanese man.
Fraser yells, and by his blending, fusion and alchemy using both Italian and Mexican foods, can create a potion that summons a Metalian hell God to do our bidding.
Patrick plays the guitar and has the ability to stare so intensely at a computer screen that it creates a singularity, breaching time itself. This allows him to spend days at a time recording in his studio.
Name your three biggest influences.
A mixed bag. Between the three of us we listen to such a broad range of music, so the end result is a combination of where we meet in the middle. We tend to take great influence in the work ethic and attitudes of other bands. Take for example a band like Psycroptic, where we all love their music, but we sound nothing like them – we’re influenced by them in that they are an incredibly hardworking DIY band, self-managed, exceptional musicians, and have paved the way for other underground Australian acts that aren’t dissimilar to us.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
The constant struggle between sweet and sour or Big Mac sauce on your nuggets.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Pat: Guitar backstage or side of stage to get ready.
Fraser: Watch the band before us, and simultaneously starting to do scream warm ups.
Tolpy: Drink VB. Avoid playing bass.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
We managed to secure a slot supporting US heavyweights Chelsea Grin along with Boris The Blade and Graves. Being an interstate band (as the show was in Melbourne), beating out the other local applicants for a support slot and then walking out to a packed room was fucking next level. Awesome to play with a band of that calibre.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Sharing the stage with a band at the level of Slipknot would be insane. We all love their tunes, and to be part of that kind of spectacle would be unbeatable. Realistically, if we could play a show with our bro bands and sink beers/talk shit with them afterwards, that’d come a close second. You guys know who you are.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
New Aborted, Wormed and After The Burial’s latest efforts are stellar. Again, that’s three we can agree on in the common ground.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our latest release is our self-titled EP. Why should you buy it? You should buy it if you like it. Listen for free at our Bandcamp, or on YouTube.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
VB. We’ve been trying to get their attention by putting their product in our videos as much as possible, and using it on stage, but to no avail. An Ibanez endorsement wouldn’t go astray either.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We are hardworking, we can actually play our instruments, we write our own music, we record ourselves, we are focused and know what we want to achieve, and have boy band-level good looks. No more is needed.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Tolpy used to own it. It was only through a deeply secret and sacred ritual that he rid himself of its powers and bestowed its great responsibility and burden to Dave Grohl. He will reclaim it one day.
Wrap your ears around Zeolite’s latest single “Seligman’s Curse” below!
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