Vegan Zombie is a Hard Rock band based in Coffs Harbour looking for ears to fill with their fresh mix of original music.
How did the band, and the name of Vegan Zombie come about? Were there other name ideas before you decided on that one?
We officially formed in early-2012, when the three of us (vocalist, guitarist, bassist) finally found a drummer, after spending a year with me on drums and juggling singers who just weren’t available to dedicate themselves to the band – so I became singer. Originally named “Vendetta” (a remnant of the guitarist and bassist’s old band) we decided a new formation deserved a new band name. We mulled over a few different ideas, and eventually someone sat on the concept of “Vegan Zombie” and we stuck to it – disregarding fact that we are all sworn omnivores.
How do you find band-life organising gigs in Coffs Harbour?
It can be hard, especially when you’re already juggling pressures as school students. There’s never enough time for practice. Almost every gig we’ve done we’ve always only been just ready – and we’ve worn ourselves out trying to get it perfect the day before the gig. The feeling of having a deadline to be ready for can be stressful, but I think now that we’ve served our share of bad gigs, and gained the knowledge of what not to do, we’ll be completely ready to rock the stage for the next one.
You recently travelled to Sydney for the Youth Rock 2012 competition. How was that experience?
It was amazing. To be taken care of in the sense that pretty much all you’re required to do is come on stage on cue, plug guitars in and play – it’s just awesome, because it lets you focus all your energy on the actual performance, as opposed to running around making sure things are working and trying to convince yourself the person behind the mixing desk actually knows what they’re doing. It helps build that level of excitement that kicks your body into overdrive and, in my case, makes you rock all over the stage in some crazy mix of stomping and stumbling.
We had sound-check the day before which was great and helped us prepare ourselves for the actual night, and also gave us plenty of time to hang out with other bands from all over NSW. To get there from Coffs Harbour our guitarist (the only one with his driver’s license) piled us and our gear in a large van and drove us, which was fun until we got into the city and our van was too big for any underground parking and we realised there was nowhere to park outside. We came embarrassingly close to being literally wedged between the floor and roof of a parking structure. But with the great outweighing the frustrating, we all agree it was an absolute bloody awesome experience.
What is the one favourite song you have covered, or would want to cover live in the future?
One song we love playing is “Walk” by Pantera. When we play it, I switch places with the bassist. He enjoys singing it and I enjoy playing the bass to it, so it’s one of our favourite songs and keeps things fresh. In the future we’re thinking of covering “Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold, but it’s going to be a challenge getting it right.
What are the plans for Vegan Zombie in the future? What does the band hope to achieve short term and in the long run?
The thing we’re extremely keen to do at the moment is to keep our personal and gig schedules as cleared as possible for a little while so that we can develop a heap of original songs together. We have so much content already written to put together. In the short term, we’ll definitely be recording a bunch more band room videos similar to the first that we released recently (but better), and when we start gigging again, well-captured live videos.
We plan on seriously making a name for ourselves in Coffs Harbour and everywhere else. For the long term our dream plan is to move out of the Coffs area, hit the studios to record our EP, book some venues and do a mini-tour of NSW, for starters. It’s hard to predict anything, so we’re all just looking forward to seeing how everything plays out!