Forming in a dimly lit Auckland studio in the winter of 2008, The Zoup combine crunchy and powerful guitar melodies, authoritative vocals, signature drum rhythms and touches of ambiance in constructing their alluring spin on modern rock.
Over the last two years The Zoup have built up some considerable live experience frequenting venues around Auckland and venturing as far as the legendary Metro Theater on Sydney's George st, where they thrived in Australasian band competition "Emergenza" in late 2008 during their first year together. More recently, a tour of New Zealand’s South Island saw The Zoup play shows in Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and Methven to crowds of several hundred people.
The Zoup released their self titled debut EP in September of 2009, demonstrating a penchant for creating songs with sonic and vocal depth with moments of calm and chaos all twisted together in this impressive and unpredictable debut offering, featuring crowd favorites "Control" and "Missing". The EP captured the essence of the band live, which is a tornado of sounds led by a charismatic front man in Jaydn de Graaf.
2010 has seen The Zoup clocking up some serious studio hours in pre-production for their forthcoming second release, which they have just begun recording with engineer James Wong (Shotgun Alley, Addison, Atlanta Fall), the first single from which is nearing completion and due out early 2011.
The seeds of The Zoup were first sown when cousins Jaydn de Graaf (vocals, guitar) and Dave Johnston (drums) spent summer holidays together as kids and decided to one day form a band. After high school Jaydn moved to Auckland and the two began experimenting with music and various lineups in various garages. They soon found their other two members in guitarist Dominic Mauger and bassist Tom Chou and officially formed in April 2008.
Influenced by artists from all spheres The Zoup pay homage in their musical style to Incubus, Lostprophets, Thrice, John Frusciante, Queens of the Stone Age, Saosin, Circa Survive, Breaking Benjamin, the Foo Fighters and many others. Make sure you listen out for their upcoming single "One Shot"; bound to make you stand up and take notice of this band.
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