Zettasaur are four men from Pembrokeshire, Wales, who formed in the latter half of 2005 with the aim, in their own words, “to use momentum, volume and abnormal structure to create something which is (hopefully) suprising and therefore invigorating.” This EP is the fruits of their endeavours, put to tape via the recording abilities of Steve Ansell (Blood Red Shoes/Projections) back in Summer 2006.
Opening track “Papillon” comes on full blast with a noisy guitar shredding at jerking angles underpinned by punchy drums and deep bass, with a cleaner guitar picking out some top-end counterpoint soon afterwards. The bass shows its ability to step up a notch though, playing around with a pattern before vocals arrive in the form of screechy shouts, hidden in a purposefully messy mix (produced as was Ansell’s former Cat on Form work). After two minutes the song arrests itself to a stop and interjects some math riffs before exploding off again into the jumpy post-punk noise.
a progressive attitude to structure, ability to play off each other’s parts, make a whole load of scratchy noise and load it with enough changes and math parts
The band mix a relaxed Fugazi jam and Lynx math in “Bomber”, the EP’s second track, which shows off active bass-work forming a chunky base for the intertwining guitars to work over, the drums keeping tight and punchy and with that careful forcefulness that typifies the work of those like John Stainer, John McEntire and Todd Trainer. After three minutes the band burst into a final section not unlike the work of Trainer’s Shellac, transporting the song somewhere completely different, only for it to suddenly surprise you again by cutting out dead thirty seconds later.
The EPs other tracks, “Zomborg” and “Ultraflex”, continue to show off the band’s appealing post-punk, with a progressive attitude to structure, ability to play off each other’s parts, make a whole load of scratchy noise and load it with enough changes and math parts to keep everything interesting and different. I guess they have achieved what they (hopefully) intended to do. Here’s looking forward to a full length.