by ZAK SLOMAN
This Friday, London collective Louzada will be releasing their debut EP – entitled ‘The Z Files‘ – which will undoubtedly see the band build on their rapidly-growing reputation.
Formed in the autumn of 2017 by vocalist Jason Payne, bassist Ted Phipps, and drummer Izzy Taylor, who were all students at the UK capital’s British And Irish Modern Music Institute (or BIMM for short) campus, the then-trio – whose name originated from Jason‘s home town in his native Portugal – got to work straight away, meeting on a daily basis to rehearse.
However, the wheels would only be put into further motion when the outfit began to collaborate with esteemed producer Stuart Epps – who has worked in the past with such legendary musical names as Led Zeppelin, Oasis, and George Harrison.
“We enjoyed the time we spent with Stuart“, the band say, “He really helped us to grow in regards to both our sound, and as musicians.”
This experience gave the collective the confidence to further develop a diversely-influenced hard rock sound that takes no prisoners, strikes the right balance of retro and contemporary, and is accompanied by lyrical content inspired by issues that are relatable to listeners everywhere, which is something that they first effectively showcased last year with inaugural track, ‘Dreaming Of You‘.
“That song was a real game-changer, because as a result of that, we came to be one of the most streamed London bands on ReverbNation, and we started to get plenty of invitations to play live shows.”
From there, Louzada began to really make a mark on the city’s underground live music scene, impressing crowds with mesmerising, high-energy sets, including one at the Camden Rocks Festival earlier this summer, and this is something that the outfit – who recently added rhythm guitarist Johnny Hail to their ranks – are keen to capture with the upcoming release.
“The EP will mark a paradigm shift in the music world. It has a very powerful sound with a driving pulse, and it’s going to show the world that rock isn’t dead – it is actually very much alive and well.”
It is a bold statement from a band who have so far only brought out a handful of singles, however, having now successfully broken through into a scene where many musicians have gone before, and have failed spectacularly, it has to be justified.
‘THE Z FILES’ – THE DEBUT EP FROM LOUZADA – WILL BE RELEASED THIS FRIDAY, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND HERE.