Indie trio sets sights for new album tour

The semester might just be settling into a groove, but one band aims to shake things up.

Indie-pop trio Zipper Club is taking on Higher Ground Oct. 12. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The group is comprised of Mason James of Cerebral Ballzy and Lissy Trullie from her eponymous band, with Damar Davis rounding it out on drums.

This is the first time Zipper Club has come to Vermont, which isn’t surprising given how young the band is; Davis said they just got started last year.

At the inception, it was just James “doing his own project,” he said.

Trullie was brought in next,  though she was only recently added to the lineup.

The Zipper Club website says bringing the band members’ diverse interests and backgrounds together has solidified the band’s unique sound.

The site identifies James’ Motown inspirations and Trullie’s passion for R&B and soul as major influences.

Davis said he is mostly drawn to 80s music.

Helping to bring all of this together is their producer, James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins fame, who James identified in the band’s official bio as a “subtle mad scientist.”

Currently, Zipper Club’s single, “Going the Distance,” is their biggest track, earning over 500,000 listens on Spotify since the band put it out this past June.

VICE’s music blog “Noisey” described it as “John-Hughes-esque,” applauding the song’s “feel-free” sound.

The tour is taking place in anticipation of the band’s first album, which will be released in full sometime in the coming year, Davis said.

As excited as the musicians are to continue producing music, he said that for the moment they’re “not focusing on anything for the future,” taking time instead to enjoy “just playing the new record.”

Davis said he is excited for everyone else to hear it and especially to experience it live.

“If you want to know what we sound like,” he said, “come out and see us.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m., with same-day tickets selling for $12.