Zipper Club are currently one of the most talked about bands in alternative rock. Produced by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, the band of Mason James Lissy Trullie and Damar Davis have released a couple of tracks, “Small Town” and “Going the Distance” that represent some of the best elements of modern rock.
With promises of a debut album, and a string of live shows that span the USA until December, it seemed like a good time for ARTISTdirect to catch up with the band for a quick insight into process, ambition and dance moves.
Where are you right now? Who are we speaking with?
Mason – You are speaking with Zipper Club. We are in Boise, Idaho by a river with the dog.
Lissy – I believe we are in Idaho. This is Lissy.
Damar – whaaaaas haaappenin?
Who in Zipper Club has the best dance moves?
Lissy – Damar
Damar – My name is Damar Davis and I like to joog.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
Mason – Lots of hard candy and pop rocks. We recorded with James Iha at his studio in LA. The material is about a lot of things but looking back it’s about doing the things you want, the way you want, when you want to do them. Be yourself.
Lissy – Our new project is called Zipper Club. It’s about music. We recorded with each other and James Iha. Currently there is candy in our vicinity.
Damar – there’s mad candy in the RV right now!
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Lissy – This is actually the hardest question for me and I find it impossible to describe my own music.
Mason – I don’t describe it to them, they describe it to me.
Damar – It”s lit
How did you start making music, and when did you know you wanted to make music for a living?
Damar – I started playing the drums when I was 2 and i was supposed to to be a bass player. My dad put a bass in my lap and I started to bang on it so my mom said “We should just get him a drum kit”
Mason – I’ve always made music and will always make music. Being able to make a living off it is just and added bonus.
Lissy – I started making music when I was 11. It’s the only thing I can do well.
Other than Zipper Club, what should your hometown be known for?
Damar – We live in Dogtown.
Mason – Damar likes to skate, I have a dog.
Lissy – There’s a lot to compete with in New York City.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
Damar – Brooklyn (the dog). She brings a feeling of home on the road even though she is very unsure of where she actually wants to sit.
Mason – That’s good
Lissy – Right now I am staring at Damar. The drummer of Zipper Club as he is programming drums into Abelton. He is significant to me because without him there would be no band.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
Lissy – My dad had an epic record collection of early R&B and should music. Listening to some of those records are some of my earliest memories. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Mason – I was taken to a David Bowie show when I was super young. I fell asleep at the show but it snuck itself into my subconscious. Suffragette City dreams….
Damar – Mine was Michael Jackson. She used to play the “Thriller” video and she used to scare the s*** out of me.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Damar – Don’t do it.
Mason – Wake up every day hyped to do what you love.
Lissy – Never stop working. Remain teachable. Practice, practice, practice.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Lissy – Harry Nilson and/or Joan Of Arc. Ooooh….Richard Stein. Good question
Damar – Henry Rollins
Mason – I’ve toured with a lot of punk dudes that are smelly so i’m going to have to say……Cyndi Lauper. I’m starting a side project called Cyndi Lobster.
What song best sums up your life right now?
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Lissy – If my mom likes it that’s all I need.
Mason – Having people whose musical opinion i care about listen to our music on repeat.
Damar – The reaction to our first show with Tears For Fears. The crowd really embraced our show and made us feel comfortable.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Mason – We want to play the first show on the moon. In reality we’ll probably be in Saskatoon. I don’t even know where that is.
Lissy – In the studio making record #2
Damar – The Palladium because I’ve never played there and I’m from LA.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Mason – Getting some sleep.
Damar – Work hard.
Lissy – Writing more music.
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