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Since their secret formation in a GSCE history presentation, Swansea band Heavy Petting Zoo – vocals (Amy Zachariah) guitar (Ben Rodway) bass (Joe Rees) drums (Billy Horwood) and Jon (only one name necessary, think Cher or Sting...) – have fast become one of the most entertaining and intriguing bands; imagine The Cramps dogging with Siouxsie Sioux.
After recording and releasing a variety of strange lo-fi recordings championed by the likes of Adam Walton (BBC Wales), the group have finally released their first ‘official’ single Broken Bone. Recorded by Charlie Francis (Future of the Left) at Music Box Studios. The B-side Hunger was previously released in demo form and drew comparisons to the likes of a Tarantino soundtrack, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and a more aggressive Savages.
As anyone who has witnessed the band's frenzied shows will testify, their reputation precedes them, even leading Huw Stephens to recommend them to their local MP after their storming set at Swn festival. The band are known live for the inclusion of a dancer – Jon. His outlandish moves at the front, and often off the stage, provide a unique spectacle which often bewilders audiences – unsure whether he's part of the act or not, to which the band are still unsure…
“A bit like Siouxsie Sioux and The Cramps dogging on an industrial estate car park.” (The Waiting Room Radio Show)
"Someone should play Heavy Petting Zoo to Tarantino because it might actually be the thing that he needs to spark him out of his rut. It’s amazing.”(Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales)
“Supplementing blackened garage rock with creeping atmospherics, imagine Siouxsie Sioux fronting The Horrors and you’re halfway there.” (South Wales 'Sound of 2013')
“It may sound rough around the edges, but everything’s in place to make these fellas and ladies a post-punk-garage-rock wet dream.” (The Miniature Music Press)
“If Heavy Petting Zoo were from east London rather than Swansea you'd have heard far too much about them by now.” (Sweeping The Nation blog)
Amy Zachariah- Vocals
Ben Rodway- Guitar
Billy Horwood- Drums
Joe Rees- Bass