Brat-Pop duo ZELA, hailing from Durham in the North-East of England, make their 2022 debut with their attitude-laced new single
(Released Friday 25th February)
The track is front-woman Liv Griff’s hard-hitting, vinyl-coated refusal to commit to any kind of romance beyond the chaos-fuelled antics that she enjoys so much; the self-awareness in the lyricism is bold Brat-Pop at it’s finest, and the writing & production style leans in a slightly darker direction than previously heard from the North-Eastern siblings. Drummer Max Griff pilots the chaos with a frenzied display of live & electronic drums; a perfect example of the hybrid style that the outfit are becoming known for. Coming in at just over two minutes, ‘Chaos Queen’ is a manic anthem for the fast-living people amongst us, and will leave you hungry for a riot and ready to hit play again and again.
After launching in 2020, three weeks before pandemic-induced lockdown took hold of the country, ZELA delivered a string of singles at a relentless pace, each exploring complex topics and their own brand of dark, imaginative pop. The next eighteen months saw the duo receive massive support from BBC Introducing, numerous official Spotify playlistings, their first plays on BBC Radio 1, and the start of a loyal, dedicated following. The pair spent the latter half of 2021 focusing on their live show, having been denied the chance to play live during their first year as an act. When they were finally able to show people what they were about live, the reaction was explosive and immediate. Having a heavily electronic sound on record, and bringing in two extra touring members for their live show, the duo found that their music took on another life when performed with a full band, bringing a new energy that was exactly what their live set was always meant to be; exhilarant, bratty, unapologetic.