Zoophyte burst onto the scene in 2004 and was formed by Vox Singing Academy students and brothers Andy & Cam Lee.
Andy Lee is better known as an Australian comedian, musician and children’s writer. He is known for working alongside Hamish Blake as part of the comedy duo Hamish & Andy.
The band forged an enviable reputation as a blistering live act, which they followed up in the studio with their acclaimed 2007 album, Another Point of View. Lead single Better Days was one of the standout tunes of that summer, receiving airplay on Triple J, Triple R, PBSFM, FBI, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Fox FM. Responding to demand from fans, Zoophyte embarked on a massive national tour, cementing their reputation as a fantastic live band and picking up even more fans – and great reviews – along the way.
After clocking up a few thousand kilometres playing sold-out shows across the country, the guys decided to take a break, do some soul searching and start work on their highly anticipated follow-up.
The revamped line-up of Cam Lee (Lead vocals and guitar), Andy Lee (Lead vocals and saxophone), Andrew Gilpin (bass), Rob Muinos (guitar) and Elvis Aljus (drums) spent the best part of the last 18 months in the studio – writing, recording and shaping the inherently melodic rock sound that is Zoophyte of 2012.
Being the only instrument his parents could afford, singer-songwriter Cam Lee began playing the flute at aged 7 and played in several orchestras and stage bands across 11 years, before the sounds of Nirvana, Incubus, Soundgarden and Guns N Roses inspired him to pick up a guitar. Post high school, the self-taught guitarist founded several cover bands, gaining the most notoriety with a group called Watercooled. After seven years of gigging around Melbourne, studying Music at NMIT and writing his own songs, Zoophyte was born.
In 2009, Elvis Aljus joined Zoophyte, bringing with him a wealth of drumming experience that began at age 7. By the time he was 16, Elvis began drumming semi-professionally and by 18 was a regular in the Melbourne music scene. Having worked with artists including Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Sugarbabes, Dannii Minogue, Killing Heidi, Madison Avenue and Daniel Merriweather. Elvis’ diversity brings the right edge to the band’s newest offering.
So, collectively, the band really has done it all. And their experience shows on SOMEWHERE ELSEWHERE.
Recorded at Melbourne’s Woodstock Studios and mastered by award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig (Radiohead, Nirvana, AC/DC), the album is a 13-track, rock-fuelled ride that sees Zoophyte carve out their own niche in the Aussie rock landscape.
Zoophyte have an underground cult following in Australia and regularly play and tour.