Before they were Zef, they were normal, Max Normal. Yolandi, who at the time went by her given name Anri du Toit, and Ninja, a.k.a.
Watkin Tudor Jones, were in a rap group meets art collective called Max Normal. To be clear, turns out they've always been really fucking weird.
One-time Luaka Bop signee Steve Marion released a pair of well-received (if hard to pigeonhole) albums in 20, but nothing else until this new album (his first for Anti-), which he recorded in just 11 days.
(He also produced the album in addition to playing every instrument on it.) Marion cites a diverse array of influences (including Chuck Berry, Deerhoof, Devo, and Tom Petty) for what will surely be another varied album.
A singer and actress, Yolandi Visser is currently single. She is widely known as a vocalist in the South African Rap/Rave/ZEF group “Die Antwoord”.
Recorded around the world over a two-year period, the 10-song set was produced by the band's own Jamie xx along with Rodaidh Mc Donald (who has worked with the band since their 2009 debut).
A North American tour follows a Coachella appearance in April.
It's the first release in five years for the punk- and classic rock-influenced Canadian duo of Brian King and David Prowse, who already have two acclaimed releases under their belts.
The band recorded their brief (eight-song) new set in New Orleans, where they more fully embraced the idea of studio experimentation.