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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about rockers Zeitgeist 77, whose new album, We Are Zeitgeist 77, is available now.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
On vocals is Chopper from Billingham, on bass is Geezer also from Billingham, on guitar and drums are Daz and Boz both currently living in Yarm but both are formerly of Billingham. Making us a predominantly Billingham band, which was fitting as in 2013 we played an open air gig in Billingham to mark the burial of a time capsule which will not be unearthed till 2078. Inside it is an early version of our CD plus many items pertinent to Billingham circa 2013

What inspired you to first start making music?
Geezer was given his first bass from his sister’s boyfriend when he was 12 and has had the music bug ever since, Chopper and Daz had a band when they were in their late teens and  practiced a few times with some interesting songs, they lost touch for many years and after a chance meeting in the late 2000’s their friendship was rekindled and one drunken night it was mentioned about getting back together to see what would happen. In need of a bass player they contacted Geezer who had been a friend since the 80s. From there the missing piece of the puzzle, Boz, was recruited on drums and it went from there.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Influences within Zeitgeist 77 are quite varied – Boz has a very rock orientated outlook. ACDC, Led Zeppelin and basically hitting everything hard. Boz was absent from school the day subtlety was taught.
Bass wise, Geezer was brought up listening to The Jam then onto Motown and funk, he is very meticulous in finding which notes and complimentary melodies he will add to a song, never resting on root notes and believing not using the bass as an additional counter melody is a waste of a bass line.
Guitar wise, Daz is from the class of melodic new wave, adding gentle arpeggios to compliment a song but not afraid to use full-on power chords and crunching solos.
Chopper is primarily into old school punk: the Clash, Stranglers, Pistols, etc. but can be heard listening to anything from classical to brand new music and everything in between. His heart though, is with the attitude of punk and that is conveyed in his sometimes intense live performances

How would you describe your sound?
Powerful and melodic

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?
The music scene locally is a bit fickle, but we try to do our own thing. We’ll go and see and support many local bands and help out in any way we can.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?
We will give a loud and tight performance and once on stage we get into the zone leaving no gaps or dead air. Sometimes gigs can fall into a lull if there are large gaps of silence between songs, but that is something we omit from our gigs. We like to hit the audience between the eyes with song after song, bang!, bang!, bang! Although you can guarantee that Chopper will say “We are Zeitgeist 77” at some point.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?
We’re playing The Cleveland Bay in Yarm on Saturday 6th February and also a headline slot at The Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday 2nd April with Calling all Cops. We have been in discussion about doing gigs with the Beat and the Sex Pissed Dolls and also with UB40 in December.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
Playing sell out shows with Stiff Little Fingers, The Inspiral Carpets  and The Stranglers, and getting really good feedback.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
It can be a challenge just existing as a band – finding the time with jobs and families can be hard but ultimately worth it. Being able to hear after a practice can be quite difficult too!

What else have you got planned for the future?
2016 will be the year of Z77. Watch this space.

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