ABOVE: ZULU PEARLS’ ZACH VAN HOOZER. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL LAWRENCE
“Most songs I work on go through a lot of phases,” says Zulu Pearls’ Zach Van Hoozer. “‘Safe Things’ was always bound to be a power pop cut: the riff came quick, and it stuck.” Van Hoozer’s intuition about the riff was right: this song sticks with you.
“Safe Things,” which we’re pleased to premiere here, is a surf rock-influenced pop song that reminds us of ’60s girls groups combined with The Strokes. The single is the from the Berlin-via-DC-based band’s upcoming Singles Deluxe EP—due out this fall via Cantora Records. “Safe Things” is “about the feeling you get when you know the clock is ticking and you’re chasing a good time, however long that feeling may last,” Van Hoozer elaborates. The track definitely makes us nostalgic for those good times. Since Zulu Pearls’ first LP, 2012’s No Heroes No Honeymoons, the band has honed its retro feel with a side of good old rock-‘n’-roll—something we’re happy to say hasn’t gone away.
ZULU PEARLS’ SINGLES DELUXE EP IS DUE OUT OCTOBER 28. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, PLEASE VISIT ITS WEBSITE.