The band is made up of two French exiles who met in London through the DIY punk scene. They started playing music together as Zeropolis in 2018, with a desire to produce a gloomy yet danceable strain of electronic post-punk, with lyrical themes ranging from technological fatigue and depression to social inequalities and the pressures of work life and the nuclear family.
The duo spent their early days rehearsing in a garden shed they hand-built in a Bromley-by-Bow warehouse that was up for demolition, slowly crafting what would become their first EP. The self-titled effort ended up being released in early 2020 by FDH Records in the US and Blank Editions in the UK, right before the first nationwide lockdown forced them to put a pin in all their touring plans.
Louder Than War, when reviewing it, commented “I’m thinking Drinking Electricity, Fad Gadget, but with a healthy knowledge Suicide, Neu, and Kraftwerk, they ditch guitars for primitive Wasp synths as they pushed this new sound forward.” They concluded by saying “Zeropolis have produced a stark yet intriguing, musically smart assault on the senses, it soars before crashing into the darkness; a near perfect slice of post-punk, that references its roots whilst sign-posting the future.”
The live shows restarted timidly in the Summer of 2021 and quickly ramped up as the two musicians started focusing on their debut LP: 1000 Walls. The 13-song album finally got recorded in November 2022 with the help of Jonah Falco (of Fucked Up and Career Suicide fame) as sound engineer.
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