Red Zora are an Indie rock band from Sydney, Australia that blends guitar-driven soundscapes with a sense of joy for the catchy hooks and melodies of alternative 80s New Wave, including influences such as the Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and early New Order. The band's latest EP release Chaser (2018) was recorded with Aria-nominated producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels, The Vines) and is a follow-up to Red Zora's full-length debut album Lovers and Addicts (2016, produced by Tim Powles, The Church).
Red Zora are an Indie four-piece from Sydney, Australia that combine 90s alternative guitar-driven soundscapes with a real joy for 80s New Wave hooks & melodies. The band’s German lead singer & songwriter Helena Heizmann founded Red Zora after migrating to Australia in 2007, together with co-guitarist Sarah Milgate and Ben Wall on drums. Early Red Zora fused emotional depth and melody with a definite punk edge, showcased on seven tracks of the band’s first self-titled EP (Red Zora, 2010). After Wall’s move to the UK, drummer Rohan Geddes (Sounds Like Sunset, Beautiful World, Small Town Incident) joined the band in 2010. Along with this shift in line-up, the songs increasingly brought out Dark Country, New Wave and Noise-Rock/Shoegaze elements, often inspired by distinctively Australian influences such as Underground Lovers, Glide, and The Triffids. In 2013, Vanessa Gentle (Inclemency, The Veil) consolidated the line-up on bass & keyboards with the band’s material seeing, again, a subtle shift towards more spatial and atmospheric elements, reminiscent of The Cure and Joy Division. At this time, Red Zora had started working with acclaimed Australian producer Tim Powles (The Church) towards its first full-length album. With his signature style, Powles brought interesting textures and dark underlayers to the band's material. Red Zora released their EP Solace in 2015, with the songs ‘Shadows’ and ‘Solace’ showing the contesting poles of the soon-to-be released Lover and Addicts: melancholic, gut-wrenching anguish and a fierce sense of hope. The EP also included ‘Firing Line’, a beautiful and delicate song written by Milgate that displays the band’s Dark Country and Sonic Youth influences.
In January 2016, Red Zora released Lover & Addicts. A milestone in the band’s career, the album is an exploration of a vulnerable, dark-kind of lyricism, perhaps most vividly palpable on the album’s atmospheric opening track ‘Stepping Stone’. Songs such as ‘Shackled Wings’, ‘Firing Line’, and ‘Heartbeat’ tell haunting tales, while ‘Shadows’, ‘Ikarus’ and ‘Hurricane’ trigger visceral reactions, inviting the listener to delve into their own subconscious passions and furies. ‘Mind Machine’, a song about the deadly dullness of corporate life, is a song that leaves the romantic realm, though remaining connected with the rest of the album's material through the recurring theme of constraint/liberation. The band achieves this expression of duality, as in ‘Shadows’ and ‘Heartbeat’, through complex two-part song arrangements. Musically and lyrically, Lovers & Addicts constantly alternates between these poles, battling with its self-conjured demons while never failing to elevate the listener, a healing promise that is vocalized most confidently in the album’s Single ‘Solace’ and the Celtic battle hymn ‘Snow Lights’, with which Red Zora forcefully enchants and releases its listeners.
In 2018, Red Zora released Chaser, a 3-track EP that offers a more melodic and upbeat sequel to its darker predecessor Lovers & Addicts, while still retaining the melancholic sensibilities that are characteristic of Red Zora's musical and lyrical style. The title track of Red Zora's latest release is a catchy, brooding and prime road-tripping song for wide Australian horizons, while 'Everest' is an upbeat indie pop track with hooks and melodies that are sure to engage on first listen, and then some more. In 'Fearless', lastly, Heizmann has written a more intimate piece in which the layered guitars, keys, and emotive vocals carry a sense of melancholy, tenderness and hope.