It has been a one heck of a busy year for Ottawa’s Zoo Legacy. In the spring, the alternative/hip-hop band was featured in Canadian Music Week, going on to play NXNE and Junofest. They released a video for their song L.K.U.T. in June, and in July they hit Bluesfest, opening for Snoop Dogg and Lauren Hill.
“[Bluesfest] was a surreal experience,” recalls frontman Nick Pouponneau. It went well; the band left the stage to screams of approval and demands for an encore. “That was a great feeling,” Pouponneau smiles, but the band knew that being allowed to return to the stage was unlikely – this was Bluesfest after all. But much to their surprise, the stage manager ushered them back to the stage to the delight of their screaming fans.
Now, Zoo Legacy is preparing for another kind of encore. This Wednesday, the band will be releasing their second EP, City Light Glow. As has become customary for many forward-thinking bands, the EP will be free and available through the band’s website.
But, since Wednesday is still a long way off, Apt613 readers are getting an exclusive first taste of what the new EP will hold! Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Dying Song!
How very grand!
To celebrate the release of City Light Glow, the band will be hosting a release party at Ritual this Friday. The excellent lineup also features Fire and Neon and Big Dreams Team.
“We’re just excited to get this music out to people,” says Pouponneau. The band has been hard at work, conceiving, recording and mastering the new album, a process they approach far more democratically than many bands. No one figurehead has the final say. Instead, the four members, Pouponneau, Mark Milloy and brothers Dominic and Samuel Goss push their music toward something they all feel proud of.
“It’s the result of hundreds of thousands of emails,” says Dominic Goss, with only the slightest touch of weariness in his voice. Ideas are presented, honed and fleshed-out by all members of the band.
“Someone will bring an idea to the table and we’ll all debate it,” explains Milloy. “And if we all like it, it means it’s a Zoo Legacy song.”
This mindset of egalitarianism has produced a tightly knit group. Born out of a pool of mutual friends, Zoo Legacy has only become closer. Milloy, at first an outsider – a friend of a friend, describes his induction into this atmosphere of camaraderie: “When I joined the band, it was like we’d known each other for years. Everything meshed so well.”
City Light Glow represents a far more cohesive offering than the band’s first EP. Their first offering was, the band says, far from a unified whole. “We were trying to get music out as fast as possible,” notes Samuel Goss.
But the band built this new record from the ground up to be a complete work. “From day one we knew what we were doing,” says Dominic Goss. “We tried to envision how it was going to sound as a whole.”
Poponneau agrees. “With the first EP, we were just figuring out our sound. We weren’t really in our comfort zone yet. I think with this EP, we’ve found our sound and now we’re working on developing it.”
You’ll be able to hear City Light Glow for yourselves this Wednesday. And if you need more Zoo Legacy, tune in to Apartment613 Live on CHUO this Wednesday at 9 and check out a live acoustic set!