I got to chat with Zerbin before their show last Thursday, March 28. We sat down at Romano’s Pizza to discuss their new EP, style, shows, and what’s next for them.
Although not in the band full time, Derek Gust fits in quite well. After an initial chat about the Edmonton Oilers for Derek or Vancouver Canucks for Nick and I (at least Vancouver gets into the playoffs) which Peter was wholly uninterested in, we discuss the terrible driving in downtown Vancouver and how Derek and Peter need to move over from Edmonton.
It was really casual and they’re just as friendly in person as they seem up on stage. Peter was goofing around the entire time, giving silly answers and keeping everything light. “I don’t like to be funny when someone puts me up to it,” but Nick puts him up to it quite often, if today was any indication. At least today he wasn’t put up to do any accents like during Tuesday’s concert where he created a persona with a British accent.
They were all brought to music through different things. Nick had been working through other things, even in school to be a police officer, and had always enjoyed playing music until he found himself doing only that. Peter and Derek had played together in high school and continued from there. Nick pointed out “Peter’s never even had a job other than music” apart from handing out flyers, working in a store, and other similar jobs. Jason had a calling for music: “I don’t think I could ever do anything other than this.”
Soon, Zerbin will be releasing a new EP, Touch. “There’s five songs. Three upbeat and two slow. Well, mellow. We don’t know when just yet, but we should within a few weeks. It’ll come out soon” (Peter). Most of their songs so far have been written solely by Jason Zerbin: “I normally just sit down with an instrument and see where it goes from there. Our new song, Shoulder, I mostly wrote that on my own then brought it to Peter [Mol] where we worked on some cool guitar rifts together. It’ll be really interesting to sit down all together to work out the new songs. Very different.”
They’re already looking ahead of the EP, though. “We’re going to be putting out a full length CD again soon. This EP was just songs we already had going and wanted to release. We’ll start working on that soon, recording it,” (Jason). They also have more shows in the works. “We’ll be doing some more Canadian tours, possibly going into the US as well. We hope to head across to Europe next year.” And for those fans wanting Zerbin back at Rifflandia music festival again this year? You’ll just have to wait and see. “It isn’t planned. We’d love to come back though! Put in a good word, the fans demand us!”