On their debut album, Confessional Sports, Brisbane alt-rockers Electric Zebra impress with their expanded yet refined sound. Having previously worked with and learned from local legends Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents) and Bryce Moorhead (Violent Soho), vocalist/guitarist Keelan Sanders took the reigns as producer this time around, creating nothing short of a “touchdown” record.

For anyone who’s attended an Electric Zebra show, the album opens with crowd favourite (but as of pre-2019 unrecorded track), Seen It All. Explosive and energetic, it’s an immaculate piece with a glorious guitar solo and fantastic vocal harmonies that are further peppered throughout the release. Next up is lead single It’s A Lot, a certified alt-rock banger that captures the band’s live energy in a clean, pristinely mixed studio recording. Lightening things up is the irresistibly catchy I’m A Natural, which regales first date dilemmas atop a sound bed of magnificent guitar tones, riffs and potent drumming. Confessional Sports then provides what could be the most surprising track of the bunch in Valley Of Leeches, a short, captivating slow-burner that through it’s layered guitars, experimental percussion and gospel-like backing vocals creates a truly enchanting sound. The anthemic sophomore single You Can Choose follows, displaying once more, Electric Zebra’s ability to pull off a large stadium sound.

Another pleasant surprise is the title track which melds mesmerizingly layered backing vocals with intricate finger-plucking guitars to create a seemingly folk-inspired intermission. Saturated Blue follows and lifts the mood, connecting Electric Zebra’s energetic ode-to-the-90s alt-rock sound from last year’s You’re Sinking EP to the current project, while Alienate and The Making Of feature the best bass-lines on the record. Six Months Time closes the album on a quieter note, featuring beautiful vocals, hand-claps, a suitably catchy chorus and an outro reminiscent of early Ball Park Music.

Electric Zebra have been on a roll since their inception in 2014, and on their latest record, Confessional Sports, they’ve certainly hit a winning streak.

Electric Zebra’s debut album Confessional Sports is out now.


This review is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.