Zed Penguin is releasing new and highly anticipated album via Song by Toad, A Ghost, A Beast, launching it at the Leith Cricket Club this evening. Zed Penguin comprise of Matthew Winter on vocals and guitar, James Metcalfe on bass and piano, Casey Miller on drums and cellist Atzi, who should no doubt headline another fantastic evening organised by Edinburgh based label.
Matthew spoke to The Fountain about organising his work around his life, how his Australian roots culminated his taste and style and his favourite gig supporting The Fall.
TF: Exciting stuff with a new LP release, you must be ecstatic?
Yes, very excited to finally have a bunch of songs on a lovely slab of plastic! Feels great to have something in your hands and not just floating about in the ether. The painting looks fantastic on the 12″ too, that’s why we left the cover without any text. It’s worth a few bob for that alone. James (Metcalfe, the bassist) is a great oil painter.
TF: And being from Australia, have you found that the scene over there has influenced your style?
I’ve always been most potently inspired by Kim Salmon and Rowland S. Howard as Australian artists, but there seems to be a pretty healthy bunch of bands coming out there at the moment. I saw King Gizzard and The Wizard Lizard in Glasgow the other week and they were freakin’ amazing.
TF: You are performing at the Leith Cricket Club very soon, what are we to expect from this gig?
The gig’s going to be a fantastic mix of surreal jolliness and viscerally moving power. We have Andy Brown’s Victorian Karaoke to open, which is frankly one of the most interesting and charming performances I’ve seen anywhere. Then a fascinating bunch of innovators from Glasgow/Greece called Bamya. Then us! The sets will be interspersed by cracking tunes played by Dancing Doug and to finish the night DJ Cheers of TEESH will be playing his ‘all you can eat mind buffet’ stylies to bring a club vibe to the scene. Good times, that’s what you can expect, good good times.
TF: You also work as a nurse on top of producing music, how do you manage your time?
I’m in a situation professionally where I can choose which days I work, so I organise my work around my life, rather than the other way round. I love both, but nothing beats playing your guitar at full ball with your mates backing you up. They’re all far superior musicians than me.
TF: Which has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?
My favourite gig we’ve played so far is supporting The Fall. It felt like a tough confrontational crowd who were cynical and suspicious at first, but by the end of it old music head punk type dudes were buying me pints, so I knew we nailed it.