Los Angeles, CA – VI·ZA is excited to announce the release of the group’s eighth new digital song release for 2017-2018. Following the online releases of “Viktorious”, “Cash Karma”, “Velvet Shade”, “A World of Broken Mirrors”, “Aphrodite”, “Vicious Game” and “Pinches” amidst acclaim and the anticipation of a loyal fan base, “Sheep” has now arrived for listeners to enjoy a vintage track featuring some of the signature sounds of VI·ZA.
“Sheep is a byproduct of reading Grimm’s Tales for so many years. When I wrote the song I wanted to colorize our current black and white society but in a very capable and simplified context, much like when reading a children’s tale. From the characters to the melodies it all has to come easy to the listener,” stated K’noup.
“I love experimenting with the oud and using different tones and effects”, said Kzirian. “I feel like it really sets our sound apart from everything else that’s out there, not just for the sake of being different, but because it evokes emotional and spiritual artistic interest in what our ears are hearing,” he added.
After returning to the stage in early 2017 the band has been writing and recording actively the past several months, concentrating on composing new material as the band enters a new chapter of its growth. The band is excited to close the book on these first 6 releases, which has been compiled as a new EP named “The Unorthodox Revival: Volume I”. The band is continuing to write and record a next batch of 6 tracks, with the first song “Pinches” having been released on February 1, 2018 as the first track to be featured on the second volume of “The Unorthodox Revival” series. Subsequent songs – such as the March 1, 2018 release of “Sheep” – will follow the same monthly digital release format. The band continues to record with talented recording engineer Yury Anisonyan out of Live Wire Studios in Los Angeles. Anisonyan brings his expertise and unique mixing philosophy to VI·ZA’s sound, creating a unique tapestry of soundscapes.
Each new song will be released on VI·ZA’s dedicated YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ExperienceViza.
VI·ZA’s new material is an exploration of sounds both old and new, and is sure to pique the interest of both diehard fans and new listeners. With vocals and a diverse array of instruments like the oud and duduk to combine with guitar, bass and drums, there are some exciting possibilities when it comes to both the core and potential artistic horizon of the band’s sound. Song titles include “Cash Karma”, “Viktorious”, “A World of Broken Mirrors”, “Aphrodite”, “Velvet Shade” and “Vicious Game”, “Pinches” and “Sheep” representing diverse but resonant themes ranging from satire, continuity and social commentary to raw human emotions like love, loss and passion. Whether it’s VI·ZA’s bread and butter energetic style of pulsing percussion with exotic melodies or experimental ideas exploring the spiritual side of their art, the guys promise to keep things interesting with fans coming back for more, especially when it comes to documenting their work in the studio.
Keep an eye out for the band on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vizamusic) and Instagram (@vizamusic).
After releasing several albums, performing at major festivals worldwide, joining System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian for two worldwide tours and supporting Gogol Bordello and Skindred, VIZA is looking to explore a new dimension of sound. As a fixture of the Sunset club scene known for energetic and captivating live performances, VIZA is sure to deliver excitement in the form of shows and new songs in 2018.
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August 1st – VIKTORIOUS
September 1st – CASH KARMA
October 1st – VELVET SHADE
November 1st – A WORLD OF BROKEN MIRRORS
December 1st – APHRODITE
January 1st 2018 – VICIOUS GAME
February 1st 2018 – PINCHES
March 1st 2018 – SHEEP
April 1st – 2018 – DIABOLIC ANGEL
May 1st 2018 – DANCING TWIG
June 1st 2018 – TBA
July 1st 2018 – TBA
Music by VI*ZA
Lyrics & Vocals by K’noup
Produced by VI*ZA
Recorded & Mixed by Yury Anisonyan at Live Wire Studios
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering
Artwork by Alex Zablotsky
It’s the last night we’ll meet.
By the pitchforks we’ll sleep.
In a White House we bought.
At least we thought.
There’s a man by the tree.
Preying on those that weep.
Are we safe as thought?
I’m afraid not.
We’re just sheep living in the dark.
We’re just sheep waiting for the wolves to come and tear our hearts.