FLABmag: I know you met in Boston but how did you guys meet? When did you decide to start a band and why did you decide to move to Austin as opposed to L.A. or New York City?
Shmu (drums, keyboards, vocals): We were forced among each other aka we were involuntarily put together as room mates which turned out to be musical fate. In terms of deciding when we were a band, it was a gradual progression, we just started jamming as a two piece and we didn’t even write songs until we set a week aside to do so, which was maybe 8 or 9 months into our primary jam era. The move felt pretty organic to me, I felt like I was hearing “Austin” from many different angles and by the time I had to make a decision of where my life was going to go next, I’d already been to New York a numerous amount of times, and knew in my heart that it wasn’t the place for me to live. L.A. is so huge, it makes me feel like I can get forgotten or not appreciated so easily as an artist, whereas with Austin, there’s such a supportive and thriving music community; it just seemed way more appealing, besides the fact that rent is cheap, more space, much more livable overall.
Zac Traeger (keyboards, vocals): The summer after I graduated high school I heard my roommate in Boston was going to be Sam Chown and the college sent me his contact info. I tried calling but a confused asian woman answered the phone. This really set me up for a strange surprise to see a Canadian Jew get to the dorm room first and claim the only single bunk. This was a three person room and our other roommate only stayed one day before going back to Vermont. Sam and I became close friends soon after. About a year after hanging out we began to rent practice space time and just set up and play for 3 hours straight. These improvised sessions were the very beginnings of Zorch. We didn’t really write much material in Boston, but played together a lot. There was a year break after Boston that I moved back to Wisconsin and Sam came to visit at the end of the summer. I booked us a show (Phat Camp 2) with a ton of other bands and within the 9 days of Sam’s visit we wrote a cd, recorded it, and performed a show. Those songs are deep in the vault at this point.
Austin was just good vibes all around when we visited. It seemed like a city with a huge potential for growth. Also, everyone was very friendly in the grocery store, which is my general gauge for how nice the people of a given city are. I think we were both very sick of snow and cold environments.