Vancouver-based OurGlassZoo released their debut EP in 2017 and are following with a new album set for release in early 2020.
Lead single “Astronaut” is an electro-rock track that’s been paired with a video that takes place in a futuristic setting, but the concept is most relevant in today’s time.
Watch the new video for “Astronaut” now and read our exclusive interview below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your latest single, “Astronaut“?
It was important for the band to write a song about the environmental crisis. In 2018 Josias (vocalist) also had his parents trapped in the midst of the BC wildfires. Playing with the imagery of being Astronauts on our own planet and treating it like visitors eventually inspired a visual concept that turned into the video.
Musically we wanted to match the intensity of the story while maintaining the emotion through a blend of different sounds.
Where did the concept for the video come from?
The concept for the music video reflects what our world is going through right now and warns us about the future of our planet. Being astronauts refers to the human race treating our planet more like visitors and not thinking how we are going to leave it behind for the next generations to come. It was important to create a storyline that matches the emotion and intensity of the song, but also stay true to what the characters are experiencing on their journey which adds to a very intimate experience for the viewer.
The story takes place in a dark futuristic city in which the political leaders use the environmental crisis to manipulate citizens for their own benefit and imprisoned people in safety zones. The story follows a father (Georgie Daburas / Netlfix ‘Sabrina’) who mistrusts the government’s intentions and builds oxygen masks for him and his daughter (Karissa Ketter / Netflix ‘Firefly Lane’). When they escape the zones past the guards, they get confronted with an unexpected challenge that ultimately leads to their freedom.
How do you think your community has contributed to your success?
We have been blessed with an incredible amount of support in our community. Our music video was a true passion project with the support of friends in the film industry. There are so many people that volunteered to make this concept come alive and we will be forever grateful.
We had great support from Rob Koch at our label (Volunteer Media) that got us our deal with Sony Orchard and from Kevin Schallie at Live Acts with our shows. Our friends at Monarch studios have helped us with two EPs so far and it is always a pleasure working with producers of the likes of Tom Dorbzanski and Alex Penney.
We had photographers, videographers and promoters help us with our band image and musicians and singers helped us enhance our music.
We had an opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Mental Health Association a few years back and give back to our community by donating over $3000 to one of their programs.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Work on your craft as a musician and play a lot of shows to get practice, even if it means playing in front of 10 people or your family. Keep challenging yourself and find an identity for your music and style that makes you unique. Social media has opened up many possibilities, so take a music marketing class or find someone that can help to get your music heard. Surround yourself with people that inspire you and evoke new ideas.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Our music process is quite organic. We come up with a theme, melody or beat which then results in the basic structure of the song. Josias (vocalist) then writes the lyrics and tune while Garrett (guitar), Carmine (bass) and Ramon (drums) shape up the musical parts. Once the song has a clear shape, we work on adding the electronic components including keyboards with our producer Alex Penney.
On the new EP we got to work with a choir and a string quartet for our song ‘Sins’ which was a unique experience for us.
We all have different musical influences so it makes for a great mix.
How did it feel when you released this new music?
Releasing new music always feels great! It takes a lot to get a song to the finish line and a lot heart & soul goes into it. We do enjoy being in the studio and seeing our baby come alive.
We are particularly excited about our new EP ‘Hindsight’ as it crosses so many musical genres and deals with subject matters that are close to our hearts.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
This is a difficult questions as we all have so many different influences. We all still look up to some of the bands and artists that inspired us to become musicians growing up, but our sound has since evolved.
Josias (vocals): Some my older influences would include Muse, The Killers, Radiohead, KOL, U2 and electronic artists such as M83, Nils Frahm, Churches, etc.
I would love to collaborate with Young the Giant and Sigur Ros but I’d also love to collaborate with a great hip hop artist such as Mackelmore. It would be a great new challenge.
Garrett (guitar): Sir Paul McCartney because he is a living legend and has a range of styles.
Ramon (drums): Queens of the Stone Age, We are the City, Death from Above 1979. It would be an awe inspiring experience to work with any of these artists.
Carmine (bass): I would love to collaborate with Daft Punk. They are amazing at coming up with great sounds. If I could trade my normal voice for the Daft Punk robot voice…
What was the first thing that got you interested in music?
Josias (vocalist): The poetry of Bono and Tom Yorke’s vocal tones
Garrett (guitar): The violence of Beethoven to the guitar intro of Sweet Child of Mine.
Ramon (drums): Hearing Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham play an amazing solo at Royal Albert Hall
Carmine (bass): I remember my parents throwing on ‘It’s the end of the world as we know it” by R.E.M. and dancing around pretending to sing into a flashlight. When I was 6 years old, of course. That definitely wasn’t at Christmas this year.