"🐅 Claws bared, The Dead Zoo stalk the stage with their obsidian post-punk anthems, fierce garage-rock and uncaged gothic guitar interplay " – Josh Cooper (Roadkill Radio / One Little Independent Records)
Updated August 1st 2023, London, UK
Founded by trans woman guitarist and singer Kaoru Sato, formerly of Weird Sex (Roadkill Records), Electric Shocks (Artrocker Recordings), Dogviolet and notorious transgender punks Six Inch Killaz, with Somrata Sarkar (ex Ghost Patterns) on keyboards and vocals, Jon Baker-Bates on drums and Gabby Cain on bass, London-based The Dead Zoo are harnessing danceable post punk verve, blistering guitar noise, and queer dream poppy energy. Watch out for them on stages in London and beyond.
Having supported ARXX, Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, CIEL, High-Vis, ALT BLK ERA, and deux furieuses, the band’s chaotic and high energy shows have rapidly built them a reputation as a formidable live force. Last year’s hi octane garage punk single “Do Clean / Do Dirty” only cemented that renown.
The Dead Zoo release “Hoover Damned” on August 23rd 2023, a guitar and synth propelled stormer about the exhilaration of making mistakes and walking away without regret. You can expect more fiery material recorded with producer James Aparicio (Grinderman / Spiritualized / Depeche Mode / Throw Down Bones) soon. The Dead Zoo will support the single release with shows at The Louisiana Bristol (11th August), Windmill Brixton (12th August) along with a dedicated release show at Walthamstow Trades on 24th August.
With a raw, pulsating multilayered sound that draws influences from post punk pioneers Talking Heads (and Tom Tom Club), Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sonic Youth and the raw passion of grunge and the sass of UK indie rock of the 90s, The Dead Zoo serve up a free wheeling blend of pop melody, electronic beat driven movement and raw guitar fuelled sonic assault. They have been described variously as:
“Claws bared, The Dead Zoo stalk the stage with their obsidian post-punk anthems, fierce garage-rock and uncaged gothic guitar interplay.” Josh Cooper—Roadkill Radio / One Little Independent Records
“About to become your new favourite London post-punx” - Loud Women
“Dance-y and punky, with deep topics touched upon, (and) played with passion and skill, and a good dose of humour thrown in” - Hayley Foster da Silva–Joyzine
“(They) continue to blend pop sensibilities into their heavy post punk/shoegaze offerings” - Kate Crudgington, Get in Her Ears
"Destined for great things” - Bill Adamson, With Just a Hint of Mayhem