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Zea in Leeds

Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Saturday 18th August 2018

In his solo project Zea, Arnold de Boer (The Ex) deploys guitar and sampler for an almighty bout of intense and high energy songs. With urgent lyrics, roughshod beats and grimy bass lines, Zea makes fat-free music with no words wasted; joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers. On this tour he is joined by improvisational keyboardist Oscar Jan Hoogland who will accompany him onstage.

Since 1995 Zea has played over 1500 shows in 35 different countries on six different continents, including Ghana, Ethiopia, Lebanon, 4 tours in the USA, 7 in Russia, 2 times Canada, 17 times UK and many in Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Balkan, Scandinavia and more. Zea also played festivals like Moers (D) and Printemps de Bourges (F), Lowlands (NL), CMJ, SXSW (USA).

“The solo project of Arnold de Boer gives us a bunch of avant-garde elements loosely structured - like a child’s play - just to build his sonic world.” AOTY

“Zea is the solo alias of Arnold de Boer, vocalist in The Ex; using a minimal set-up of guitar and sampler, Zea creates a maximal one-man polemical punk funk pop juggernaut. Mechanistic but ramshackle with it, he deployed wobbling bass electronics, dub and scabrous guitar scrapings. There was sharp electro-punk poetry “taken to a field where donkeys grow” shouted with heart-lifting anger. Zea fills the veins and lights-up brains without neglecting to move your feet.” - Ears4Eyes

“I like African music, children songs and sirens” Arnold de Boer once said in an interview when asked to talk about his inspirations; “I also love the work of documentary maker Johan van der Keuken. The way he weaves his personal story and viewpoint into the stories of people, events and objects from all over the world, is very inspiring. I write songs with the same approach. In my songs you hear me in interaction with the world I come across.”

Supported by The Vat-Egg Imposition:
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Tickets £5, available on the door

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