Interview with Caesar by Carina Lawrence
Los Angeles based alternative metal act Zero Theorem recently released their third EP last month on 22nd January titled “The Killing II’. This EP has proved their most successful yet with the singles ‘Swarm’ and ‘Translucent’ both making it onto the Spotify Rock Hard playlist and Spotify New Metal Tracks playlist. Both also spent six weeks+ on Apple Music Breaking Hard Rock & Breaking Metal playlists; Pandora New Metal Now, New Rock Now & New Music Now playlists. They have generated over eight million cumulative audio streams and have a unique alternative metal mixed with sci-fi which their latest release fully embraces. We caught up with lead singer Caesar to find out about the new EP, their love of sci-fi and it’s influences, the upcoming tour with Fozzy and more.
You probably get asked this all the time but how did you come up with your band name? Is it based on the sci-fi film of the same name?
We are fans of Terry Gilliam and were aware of his film The Zero Theorem, but it was the idea of the name, or at least our interpretation of it, that attracted us. In mathematics, the zero theorem allows for the solution of nonlinear equations by first solving for zero. The necessity of zero is a loaded concept with a number of philosophical or mind-bending implications, but our use of the name is more about the struggle of life itself, the experience here and now. It represents the search for meaning in the face of great difficulty or hardship, if not the void of existence.
For those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Alternative metal with a science fiction aesthetic is a good description. The core of the sound is a blend of metal and hard rock. There are some industrial and cinematic influences as well, which tend to bring out a more modern or futuristic vibe. We plan to keep expanding the sound of the band in different ways.
You have recently released your new EP ‘The Killing II’ which is the follow-up to 2020’s ‘The Killing I’ what made you decide to release this as a continuation? Can you tell us a bit about the theme of the new EP?
This EP is the conclusion of a two-part installment, which was originally conceived as a larger album. There is a thematic thread that runs through both parts, but this EP represents more of a shift in sound as we’ve continued to explore different methods and textures. I believe we’re still just getting started with respect to pushing certain boundaries and defining the overall sound of the band.
How happy are you with how it turned out and the reaction?
The reaction has been very positive, and the EP is our most downloaded collection in our short career thus far. We’re definitely happy with it, because as mentioned, this EP is starting to push the boundaries of our sound.
You recently released the single and video for ‘Joke’ can you tell us about the song and the video? The animated video is very weird and sci-fi inspired which your sound and other videos all seem to embrace also, what particularly about sci-fi inspires you?
The song reflects the illusory nature of the self, both in cyberspace and the physical world. No one is entirely what they may think or claim to be, even the most insightful among us. Moreover, today’s technological trends and social platforms seem to have amplified our tendency toward self-delusion. In the accompanying video, we’re expanding our sci-fi universe with the depiction of another mysterious alien world. Here, a childlike being emerges from the ground to wreak havoc on the planet and its unsuspecting inhabitants as director Daniel Prothero’s psychedelic 2D animation takes him on a whimsical journey of destruction and transformation.
I think a lot of science fiction reflects the reality of the moment. In addition to being an escape, the genre has the potential to be both prescient and immediately impactful, especially given the extent to which our technology continues to influence us.
Following on from that, other than the Zero Theorem film, what are some of your favourite sci-fi films or shows? Any recommendations for everyone whilst in lockdown?
Rick and Morty
2001: A Space Odyssey
Star Wars Franchise
The Fifth Element
What was it like working with producer Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Hell Yeah, In This Moment, Papa Roach)?
We are big fans of Kane both personally and professionally, and his influence within our genre is inspiring. He has the ability to help clarify and expand our ideas, whether they are musical or lyrical, and he has an amazing ear in general.
What was the writing and recording process like for the new EP, did the covid pandemic effect this process much?
No, since we recorded the entirety of this one before the pandemic struck, although we did have to rearrange our schedule and push back dates.
How would you say your new EP matches up to your previous releases?
Again, although it’s an extension of the other two EPs that we’ve produced, we expand the sound more in this one. I’d say this EP is a seed of what is to come.
How excited are you to be a part of Fozzy’s Save The World tour later this year, if it goes ahead?
Very excited! Not only will we be opening for three great bands, but the fact that we’ll be playing to human beings in a live environment seems incredible at this point. If it doesn’t happen in May, we’ll be ready for whenever it does.
What can fans expect from your live shows when they return? You must be excited to play the new songs!
We are! There will be a short set spanning the three releases so far. We like to bring high energy with an engaging light show to match the vibe of the music.
I know only just released an EP but because of the pandemic have you already started working on new material or plan to start soon?
Yes, we actually have. At this point there is a lot of remote writing and recording. We hope to have more new music ready to go later this year.
Is there anything else you would like to add or share with us that you have mentioned to anyone else?
Just that we are eternally grateful to all the early ZT supporters. Follow us online, listen to the music, come to a show if you can, and drop us a line in the meantime.