Artist of the day: Zulu Wave
Zulu Wave is a cool name for a group from Tampa, but it fits in a way you might not expect — singer-guitarist Mike Barrow actually hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The group — Barrow, bassist Stephanie Adamo, keyboardist Ariel Cortes and drummer Dan Sullivan — has a thoroughly modern and polished indie-rock sound that calls to mind anyone from Silversun Pickups to Arcade Fire to the Airborne Toxic Event. The group has a three-song EP at the moment, but is working on a full slate of material for a full-length, whcih could come in 2012.
Cortes is the only member who hails from Tampa. The rest were all in bands around the East Coast (and the world, in Barrow's case). The lineup solidified about six months ago, right as all the members moved to the Tampa Bay area, and Barrow had posted a Craigslist ad looking for collaborators. "It just all clicked," Adamo says.