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Captured at The Homesick Recording Company, Hove July 2014. Engineered by Simon Janes.
Mixed at Aurum Studio, Brighton August 2014
Produced and mixed by Bic Hayes for Black Buddah Productions.
Mastered by Ron Synovitz, assisted by Amak Golden at Golden Digital Studio Prague.
released December 17, 2014
"Discordant electronic noise from a B-movie mad scientist's laboratory gives way to a pulsing, fuzz-wreathed bass like a ley line straight to the sun. Teasing guitar glissandos spiral from the echo chamber, diving deep into an infinite sea of sound. ZOFFF have sailed out in a saucerful of secrets, past the Gates of Dawn and kept on going. Suddenly, we're all adrift and very far from home.
Enjoy the oceanic ambience while you can: a storm is always brewing, and ZOFFF are a weather system all their own, a true force of nature. Feel the air quality change; hear the first eddying gusts of a coming hurricane dance across the cymbals as a distant trumpet peals out to the darkening skies. We're gaining pace and the waves are pounding on the deck. ZOFFF are about to enter the maelstrom.
ZOFFF's debut album- one epic, 39-minute track- was recorded in a Hove studio on July 8, 2014 and originally released on CD only. Like all of their performances it was entirely improvised. ZOFFF don't do songs as such; they're never the same twice but, like the four postmen of the apocalypse, they always deliver.
ZOFFF are Bic Hayes (guitar) Chris Anderson (bass and organ) Damo Waters (drums) and Al Strachan (Synthesiser, electronics and trumpet).
On this recording they were joined by Jo Spratley on vocals; Robert White on additional electronics; and Richard Gorbutt, on his astonishing homemade modular synthesiser.
Live they are accompanied by the swirling visual grooviness of the Innerstrings Lightshow, whose old school slides and projections have made them scene-setters of choice at Liverpool Psych Fest for several years running.
ZOFFF continue to play live around the south coast of England and beyond, and in 2016 were one of the highlights of Kozfest, the UK's premier spacerock festival, playing alongside the likes of Gong, Hawklords and Mugstar. In 2017 they will return to Kozfest and will be appearing at Liverpool Psych Fest, among other manifestations.
Like the post-shoegaze Hawkwind you can dance to, like Can in a can- ZOFFF are the concentrated essence of over 52 varieties of psychedelic space music. If most nu-psych leaves you feeling about as fizzy as a handful of junior aspirin, then rest assured, ZOFFF are the real thing: Owsley-grade freak rock guaranteed to not only float your boat but send it flying headlong to the stars." - Ben Graham
Me: When you think about it, how can a distance be deep?
Ian: The sea?
"This office anecdote is the only way I can foreseeably open a review for a krautrock record in 2017, what with the genre’s almost invasive popularity amongst anyone who likes psych rock, electronic music or tapping their feet. It exists so much that it’s hard to find that one record a month you actually consider special, but this Zofff one gives it a good go: out on Deep Distance, as I think I’ve outlined up there, they break the krautrock ice by being super punchy and rebelliously visceral: this long, rhythmic jam doesn’t float by, instead using an invigorating drumbeat to set the genre schematics ablaze.
Zofff’s proggy inclinations make this record fun for its knick knacks, its momentary synth melodies or twanging guitar whinges. At one point, they trundle gorgeously down scales on what’s ever a flute or its soundalike preset, creating a gorgeous figure for the listener to hook on to. It’s this kinda shit that makes their jams worth listening to -- they have melodies and they implement them effectively, offering you platforms to jump to and fro as their tune floats along.
Mostly though, it’s the drums you’ll remember. They’re fantastic. It feels fitting this week that we’d be listening to some very good krautrock drumming, and for this quite lovely record, they offer a high-energy backbone." - Robin at Norman Records review of the 300 limited edition white vinyl pressing of ZOFFF 1, released by Deep Distance in January 2017 which sold out immediately.
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