Following on from my last post on Painted Zero’s EP “Svalbard” I managed to get in contact with Katie Lau, the lead singer. These are the following questions I asked her.

Q When did Painted Zeros first form as a band/ who’s idea was it?

“I started writing songs for Painted Zeros a couple of years ago. I write & record all the instruments and teach them to Jared, my drummer, and a rotating cast of bassists. The name comes from a sonic youth song that i really like off of daydream nation, ‘teenage riot.’ ”

Q What instruments are used in the band and who are your influences?

“The instruments on all the tracks include live drums, bass, guitar, and then guitar sounds I manipulate with filters to make it sound less like a guitar & more like a synth. Some of my major influences include Elliott Smith, Pavement, The Cure, Beach House, The Pixies, New Order, Bright Eyes, and punk bands like Jawbreaker and Against Me. I really like classical music too; it affects the way i write in a major way.”

Q Your up and coming EP called Svalbard. What does this mean?

“Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago that has almost zero crime, is sparsely populated, an extreme and insane climate and terrain, and it is also home to the scary futuristic/apocalyptic global seed vault. I’m fascinated with it as an idea and a place.”

Katie told me she is working on recording the debut LP at this time. She is quite busy with this and hopes that it will be out this time next summer. I’d like to personally thank Katie for taking the time out of her hectic schedule to answer my questions and I wish her all the best for the future.

On that note I will leave you with another song by Painted Zeros called “This American Life”. Enjoy!

By Nick Fitzgerald.