Zerbin, a three-piece indie rock band from Victoria BC, has been making a name for themselves as of late. A heavy touring schedule was followed by a single that caught fire in Canada ("New Earth"), which in turn gave birth to an EP that confirmed their talent for ear-catching rock melodies.
Their next milestone? A new album titled Darling, to be released in the US and Canada on June 2nd. Fortunately we are lucky to have an early stream of the whole thing!
From the get-go, it's clear that Zerbin isn’t trying to push boundaries in the indie rock world. After all, releasing a full record feels a bit old-school in an age where the norm is to release singles every few months. But in that approach, there's a sincerity about them that I find attractive.
Zerbin makes indie rock that doesn’t feel snobby or cynical, and in that way, that comes off as totally fresh. Their optimism shines through in various ways on this record, and depending on your mood when you hear it, it might just be convincing.
There are plenty of hook-filled rock anthems ("Worlds on Fire," "C’est La Vie," "Shoulder"), some more introspective fare ("Darling", "Never Meant"), and some that find middle ground between the two, like my personal favorite track: "Big Ghost." In an age of electro-everything and moody vocalists, Zerbin offers up a dancey, positive record that reminds us it’s ok to like rock music.
Grab your copy here.