The MAT Mag: We love all the singles and super limited edition variants you’ve been releasing. Can you talk about the releases on Nomad Eel?


The above release was limited to 5 clear and black splatter albums with guitar picks in them. The band each got a copy and one will randomly be delivered to people ordering a standard black copy. Get yours here. 


ZZ: Well the Nomad Eel thing is super cool cause we met the owner Damon years ago at SXSW. We kept in touch and when he wanted to release the record, we immediately said yes. It’s a live recording we did at KXLU radio here in LA. We had just gotten off tour and were kinda tired and in a goofy mood so the whole thing is kinda loose and funny sounding and we did a really weird interview afterwards and then we plowed over a stop sign in our van.


Every 2XLP set is on random colored vinyl. No 2 sets are the same. Comes with a regular black cover

Includes unlimited streaming of Zig-Zags Live On KXLU 88.9 2XLP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

TMM: Have you seen what the extremely limited presses look like? They’re some of the most beautiful vinyl we’ve ever seen!

ZZ: Yea I think it’s the first time to ever have guitar picks pressed into the vinyl and he has these versions that switch color based on what side of the record you look at and also we had Alex Matus do a rad etching of our mascot Randy that’s on the D side of the record cause it’s a double LP. I think she is incorporating Randy into a graphic novel now. That’s what the internet is saying anyway

TMM: Were you happy with the live quality of the recordings for this press?

ZZ: Yea that’s partly why we were really stoked to do it actually. I love the way it sounds, it’s like old school metal recording in the best way, the vocals sound sick! It’s super raw and lo-fi but clear? We have never been able to reproduce it like this. Hillary Russel and Robert Douglas who do the Livation show there recorded it and they kick ass!

TMM: Everyone (including my Grandma) thinks you’re named after Zig-Zags, the rolling papers, but you’re named after the shoes. You said you wear converse now, is that still the outfit?

Zig Zags: Now we wear Vans. The thing is people used to pay you money to play music. Now they give you free stuff instead like shoes cause they don’t want you to be able to save anything or plan for the future. “Just keep playing that riff until the soles wear out and we’ll get you another pair.” Zig Zags brand shoes never heard of us so we had to buy those ones, but now that we have gotten big enough to get free shoes we switched.

TM: Would you ever wear Zig-Zag shoes again? That would be a cool product tie in, or with the rolling papers. You should totally be in an ad for them.

ZZ: I think Zig Zags are from China, so if someone over there were to send us free shoes we would wear them. In the past we have made our own beef jerky and now we have our own BBQ rub cause I saw other bands making hot sauce and shit like that. We got asked to do an ad for Marlboro once but at the last minute they said no because they realized that Zig Zags rolling papers was a competitor. I would think that was the first thing they would have realized. Anyway advertising cigarettes seems like it could have been a low point.

TMM: We asked our audience what questions they had for you and my grandma said she loved you guys and wants to know who does your makeup? 

ZZ: Caleb does her own makeup if that what’s your referring to? The nail polish stinks up the van pretty bad. If we have makeup done it’s usually by Will Lemon who is an up and comer in the industry.

TMM: More audience questions: Who is a bigger influence on the band? Lemmy or John Carpenter?

ZZ: Lemmy musically and John Carpenter lyrically.

TMM: One fan said he described you guys as garage rock awhile ago but has since changed how he describes your music. How would you describe your music? What does he call it now? I wish you would tell me. People say “Garage Metal” sometimes but I always just assumed that means we’re not good enough to play metal. The idea has always been to please our 13 year old selves. That last sentence came out kinda weird.

ZZ: What does he call it now? I wish you would tell me. People say “Garage Metal” sometimes but I always just assumed that means we’re not good enough to play metal. The idea has always been to please our 13 year old selves. That last sentence came out kinda weird.

TMM: How would you describe your music to aliens? Like they understood English, but not the concept of how you were different than another band, or what your music sounded like. They also barely understand what music is.



ZZ: I’d have to know where these aliens are from to compare it to anything they might know. Like do they have their own Beavis and Butthead? An intergalactic form of pro wrestling? These are things I’d need to ask them.
 

TMM: Since it’s Halloween soon, what are your essential Halloween films/B-movie horror flicks?

ZZ: Probably the aforementioned John Carpenter is big on the list with “The Fog” Black Christmas, The Omen, Texas Chainsaw part 2! I just watched a 90’s movie the Cube again. I always wanna watch scary movies around this time, but it’s hard to find good new ones and I seen most of the classics

TMM: Underrated or overrated? It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Nightmare Before Christmas.

ZZ: I don’t really care about either of those. Nightmare Before Christmas has been ruined by Hot Topic goths. Beetlejuice is sick though.

TMM: You’re big Misfits fans. Have you seen them recently at Riot Fest last year or are you going to the LA/Las Vegas shows?

ZZ: Haha I was a big Misfits fan when I was 13 and will sing along to them in a bar with a bunch of other idiots. I’ve seen Danzig a couple times and I love the music but I don’t think i’ll be going to a festival to see them.

Me:“Hey can you watch my dog, I’m going to the Misfits in Las Vegas”
Person: “Uhh but you’re 38 years old”
Me: “Oh yea nevermind”

TMM: Favorite Misfits songs?

ZZ: “Skulls”, “Children in Heat”, “We Bite”, I like almost every Misfits song.

TMM: Who is the coolest member of the Misfits and why?

ZZ: Hmmm I always liked Doyle, I think he was a kid when he joined and he doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously. I like that they are all kinda like regular dudes from New Jersey.

TMM: Who is the coolest member of the Misfits and why?

ZZ: Hmmm I always liked Doyle, I think he was a kid when he joined and he doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously. I like that they are all kinda like regular dudes from New Jersey.

TMM: Favorite post-Misfits project of any of the members?

ZZ: Samhain is cool but I never understood why the recordings were so bad. Listen to a Damned song and then put on Samhain it’s like there’s mud in the speakers. I’ve recorded on some shit gear and those Samhain songs sound good they’re just buried.

TMML You’ve recorded with Iggy Pop. How was that, and who would be your next idol to play with or collaborate with?

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ZZ: Well obviously it’s rad and definitely a highlight but we didn’t actually get to meet him. We recorded all the music in LA and then sent it to him to do the vocals in Miami. Just like how that band the Postal Service does it.

TMM: Do you do stuff with Ty Segall anymore? How was it working with him?

ZZ: Yea sometimes we ride bikes to 7-eleven or we will go hang out by the river and wait to see if any girls show up and then we won’t talk to them and head back to his place and play Star Fox 64.

Working with him was rad and kinda crazy. Super tiny studio no AC it was like 100 degrees in LA and we busted out the whole record including vocals and everything in 3 days.

TMM: You’ve released material on Castleface and In the Red. Where will your next album be after this recent release?

ZZ: I don’t know, I would like to do it on Castle Face again, but I am waiting for them to e-mail me back. It’s been about 4 days so I’m kind of worried.

TMM: You were on a sitcom and you got killed. What’s another sitcom you’d love to play your music on and get killed on? We’d like to see another really grizzly death like on Big Bang Theory or Young Sheldon. Hopefully lots of blood and guts.

ZZ: I’d say Seinfeld. I think more people in Europe know about Zig Zags than they do Seinfeld and I’d like to help the show get more popular over there. Like maybe we’re playing a concert and I had promised George that I would give him a guitar pick for this girl that he’s dating. Her son is just starting to get into heavy metal and he’s trying to impress her. Anyway, Kramer really likes this Middle Eastern restaurant by the venue, so he agrees to go get the pick for George. We’re playing and Kramer comes in through the backstage and he drops his falafel onto a circuit board and the tahini sauce drips in and electrocutes the band and we die and unfortunately the pick is melted in the process.

TMM: We’re really excited for the live album, do you think it’s a good starting point for someone unfamiliar with your band or is the live album only for the diehards?

ZZ: It’s for everyone! Stop trying to split the vote! I thought you wanted to help us!?

TMM: What are your next releases or what’s next for the band?

ZZ: A single on Who Can You Trust out of Germany and a cassette comp on Girlsville for cassette store day, and then just keep writing a new album and see what the fuck happens.