The bill for Holy Smoke 2018 just keeps getting bigger and bigger and some of the most exciting alternative bands in Australia are flocking to take the stage. One of the bands hitting the road for Holy Smoke is Adelaide’s Son Of Zoku and HEAVY Mag’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Ricardo Da Silva to find out a little about the band.
“Well we started when a few of the members met at uni,” he explains as we chat about the band’s rise so far. “We just started writing about two or three years ago and now we have just released an EP and we are seeing where we are going from there. We are still kind of exploring and discovering what kind of sound that we want to play. We like to play different sounds – things like The Doors through to Jeff Buckley and The Beatles, things like that, but yeah we are still trying to find our sound.”
With Sons Of Zoku sound heavily influenced by the sixties Da Silva says it is not something that the band have found difficult to infuse into what they are playing today. “It is not that hard,” he says. “I feel like the sixties are kind of like a blank canvas that you can use to explore your own emotions. See we are not really trying to re-create the sixties we are just using that as a background so then you can express yourself. On the EP cover it is actually my Dad on the picture, and a lot of the songs were actually inspired by that. By sickness, by longing, by loving people… everything affects what you do. We actually recorded thirteen songs in the studio but we actually only used the five. We are already starting to write for our next EP and those tracks have nothing to do with the eight that were left over from the last EP. “
You can see Sons Of Zoku at this weekend’s Holy Smoke 2018 Mini-Fest at The Bendigo Hotel in Melbourne. You can also listen to our full Sons Of Zoku interview on the Spreaker player on this page.