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Zorch is an experimental/noise rock duo from Austin, TX. Composed of Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals), the two hail from Wisconsin and Canada respectively. The duo met in Boston and began recording dozens of improvisational mixtapes, which, after moving to Austin in 2009, would help lay the foundation for Zorch. Since that pivotal move, they've quickly made a home for themselves in the city's illustrious avant-garde DIY scene, building a reputation on their deafening live shows and fan interaction. In July of 2009, Zorch recorded their self-titled 4-track EP at Cacophony Studios in Austin, TX. It's the duo's first attempt to capture their sound and demonstrate their wide palette of musical colors, ranging from tribal to pop. Choosing to self-release the EP and offering it up as a free download through their website, Zorch also gives fans the opportunity to design and create their own CD cases at live shows. Disregarding notions of intellectual property, they post the stems to all their songs online as well, ready to be mixed and morphed to each listener’s content. Traeger and Shmu work incessantly to produce a new kind of musical experience; the breadth of their creative output is intimidating. From a Rod Stewart cover project (with songs constructed on Stewart’s lyrics alone) or Shmu’s side project of evocative and expertly composed shoegaze, to a hefty collection of improvisational mixtapes, they have surely mastered eclecticism. Along with the constant creative flow that Traeger and Shmu produce, they are always inventing new ways to bring their fans into their live shows and work. Zorch believes that music is not merely a product but a living organism to be shared reshaped and recycled. They are purveyors of music that infects the brains of its listeners and seeps into psyches. Creating a sonic package of monstrous proportions, they release it into the wild, whether to roam or be coddled, that is left to the listener.

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Saturday March 19, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
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