Zebrahead (Ali Tabatabaee)
2019 seems to be a great year for Zebrahead. New album "Brain Invaders" received some really positive feedback, There's an Australian tour in late April and a lot of European Festivals schedule in the summer. Ali Tabatabaee back to SpazioRock for every update.
Article by Francesco De Sandre - Publish on: 07/03/19
Welcome back to our pages. Hello Ali, how are you? Where are you now, how do you feel?

Hi Francesco! I am doing well. I'm in Los Angeles right now where it has been raining nonstop for almost a week and it is very cold, which is not what we are used to in LA.


2019 seems to be a great year for the band. What has happened and what is going to happen?


The first few months of 2019 have been great. We just released the first two singles from our new album "Brain Invaders". The singles are "All My Friends Are Nobodies" and "We're Not Alright". So far we have received some really positive feedback from our fans and we are really excited to release another single called "When Both Sides Suck, We're All Winners" on March 6th, and the full album on March 8th. We have an Australian tour in late April and a lot of European Festivals schedule in the summer. In the fall of this year we begin our headlining world tour and that will continue until the summer 2020. It's going to be a very busy time for us!


Are you satisfied with the new record?


We are stoked on the new album! We have been working on it for the past couple of years and really tried to push ourselves to think out of the box with our sound. We feel the album has a lot of great songs. I've heard some comments that it is heavier than our previous albums. I can tell you it's very melodic, but will make you want to jump into the mosh pit while you're singing along. We also incorporated more Ska elements and worked with Reel Big Fish's horn section. I think people are going to be excited to see these songs played live.


Last time we met you were promoting the album ‘Call Your Friends'. What do you think about the evolution of the band?


We have been around for some time now and it's been important to us to never make the same album again. Throughout the years we have learned to write together more efficiently and push each other to get out of our comfort zones, allowing us to be more creative in the writing process. I do think the "Brain Invaders" album is heavier than "Call Your Friends", but still has great melody. We always try to evolve as artists while being relevant to our fans and at the same time trying to reach new audiences.


Which are the main changes from the past?


On this album we strived to not censor each others ideas. We took time to work through every song and kept a creative attitude throughout the two year process. I think the energy of the songs are what stick out to me on "Brain Invaders".


Try to define the new record using 3 words.


Jean-Claude Van Damn!


There are some special things for your fans based in Japan. Would you describe your special relationship with them?


We have been touring in Japan for over 20 years now. It was one of the first places we travelled to overseas and our fans there have stuck with us since our first shows. It really does feel like a second home to us as we have developed many friendships that remain strong to this day. We always look forward to traveling there and we are actually heading to Tokyo again very soon for a promotional tour. I highly recommend visiting if you have never been. It's a beautiful place and the people are amazing.


What do you think about your music genre? Is it changing during the years?


We have always considered ourselves a rock band with a DIY punk mentality. I feel like rock music died down in many places around the world, but I feel it is making a comeback. There's just something about rock music and it's energy that can't be matched. We try to be true to ourselves and write music that we like and hope others can relate to it in some way. So far this has seemed to work out for us.


Which other bands or artists would you suggest to someone that has just discovered your music?


I would suggest some of the great bands that we have had the opportunity to play with such as MXPX, Man With A Mission, Sum 41, Blink 182, Cypress Hill and Green Day.


Will you soon be on tour? Tell us something about!


We start off by going to Australia in late April, then we hit up a bunch of summer European Festivals such as Southside, Hurricane, Greenfield, Download (UK), and Taubertal with some club shows in-between. We then jump into our headlining "Brain Invaders" world tour in the fall which will take us till the end of 2020. You can check our tour schedule at zebrahead.com to see when we will be in a town near you!


Please leave a message to our readers and your fans based in Italy. Talk soon!


Thank you to all of our fans in Italy! We are excited for you to hear our new album and can't wait to see you guys at a show this year! Vi vogliamo bene ragazzi!


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