In the Spring of 2009, Zach Van Hoozer swapped capital cities for the hedonistic streets of Berlin. within months the newest incarnation of Zulu Pearls had already begun carving out their own niche in a city dominated by electronic DJ culture that looks suspiciously at stringed instruments and people that don’t wear black turtlenecks or asymmetrical clothing.
Zach Von Hoozer of Zulu Pearls is quite a character. Slightly oversized shirts, sunglasses, occasional tye-dye and a mellow manner like a manager of a tiki-bar in the 1960s on a sleepy Hawaiian beach. But upon first meeting you wouldn’t expect him to be the frontman of Washington, D.C. to Berlin, Germany’s rock n’ lounge(?!) band Zulu Pearls or perhaps it completely makes sense. Great vocals bringing to mind a bit of Gaz Coombes from Supergrass but with an occasional swagger of Leonard Cohen whilst a surfy-rock/killer lounge band backing it all up. His diverse vocals go from a nasally Brit-pop to sultry 1950s crooner which makes a nice contrast. DIY but not Lo-Fi, nostalgic but not retro, Zulu Pearls grabs cynical romanticism by the throat with spirit and proclaims that well-crafted guitar music is here to stay you blasted scalawag!
Axl thought about it and decided it is a pretty rad debut but maybe it becomes killer the more he listens to it! Slow growth, man. He is excited about what Zulu Pearls will make next and hopes to pop a dubbed cassette of theirs in his walkman next time he jogs around the block with a promo Zulu Pearls band-tee and bike shorts. Axl looks at the California sunset while sitting on his deck and reflects Zulu Pearl’s relocation to Germany, it brings to mind fond memories of Guns playing “Civil War” in Berlin in 1992. Mmmmm…
Their album is available on 180gram vinyl along as digital only on their Bandcamp page. 3 tracks are also free downloads. Check it out >
…or if new interface experiences like Bandcamp scares you you can download mp3s here: