Zolle, self-proclaimed rednecks, on the loose and ready to run amok with the release of their self-titled debut album, an ode to yokel ways of living. They might not take themselves so seriously but don’t be fooled, their music is no hayseed dixie, brace yourself for a ferocious, rampant record of thunderous riffs and robust drum blasts.
Zolle are – Marcello (Lan of Morkobot) playing meaty riffs and Stefano who beefs things up on drums and xylophone. The duo commenced work on their debut album throughout the summer of 2012, and in just two months they had the music ready to commit to tape.
Their self-titled album was recorded in September of the same year by Michelangelo Roberti at Mizkey Studio (MoRkObOt) and mastered by Giovanni Versari (Zu, Morkobot, OvO amongst others).
It was played almost live, with overdubs reduced to the bone. The drums are of considerable proportion and made of copper and the amplifier an old digital model of the ’50s which makes for a mammoth sound.
Urlo from Ufomammut and Roberto Rizzo of Quasiviri/Runi add a little synth seasoning to flesh out the album also.
The resulting album is mightily heavy, the short songs are direct and song titles are entrenched in references to redneck living. For example ‘Mayale’ is a play on the Italian word for pig [Maiale] but is written like ‘Maya’ to reflect the sacred image of the Mayan pig face adorning the album’s cover.
Similarly, ‘Heavy Letam’ is suggestive of ‘Letame’ which means manure in Italian – not to mention being an anagram of ‘heavy metal’.
Zolle may be a no-frills band but there is much more to them than meets the eye.
They are far from restrained and their debut album is definitely giving you something to chew on.
Zolle – LP/CD – (2013)