Unwrapped: The Zolas
Canadian buzz act The Zolas talk to us through their latest track, 'Knot In My Heart'
When we originally set out to record Knot In My Heart it sounded more like a Paul Simon song. We had been listening to a lot of Neptunes production though and were sick of making songs that don’t instantly make your head bob. So the verses were going to sound really minimal and textured and punchy like Interpol, or Major Lazer or something, and the choruses were going to be lush and throbbing and like a remix of a Fleetwood Mac song. As always, we failed to do most of that but it took its own shape. Everything else happened without over thinking; Tom wrote the verse piano on the day of recording while I was showing the rhythm to our bassist, and the chorus lyrics are a direct quote from my ex-girlfriend.
Interesting things that happened while making this song and record: We spent 2 months convincing our New York producer that Vancouver was a cosmopolitan city worthy of him spending a month of his life and then on the 2nd day of being here a bear snuck into a dumpster somewhere and was carried into the heart of downtown, blocks from the studio, where it terrorized people shopping at Aldo.
At the mix studio in Manhattan we met DMC of Run DMC and spent 20 surreal minutes bonding with him over our mutual love for Sarah McLachlan.