ZeroGravity gave it’s first sign of life in 2003, when after some months of intense rehearsing the first incarnation of the band entered “Dé Studio” in April 2003 to record four songs resulting in the "Synchronicity" demo.
At that time ZG’s line-up consisted of a bass player (Dirk), a keyboard/guitar player (Marc. Yes, he did do both. It was a sight ever so lovely to behold) and a drummer (Pieter). Upon entering the studio, the guys suddenly realised they were missing a vocalist, and so close friends Dorien Heyligen and Santiago Janssens were called upon to lay down some guest vocal tracks. The demo got an overall positive response and great reviews.
The Line-up ride proved to be even more bumpy in the last half of 2003, but this time with a happy ending (at least, we like to think so).
As you all know, it is physically and chemically impossible to keep two keyboardplayers together in one confined area for more than a few rehearsals. Therefor, the band decided to exchange the keyboard player they picked up right around the recordings (Johan Vingerhoed - found by the side of the road) for another guitar player (Alex) in the summer of 2003. Marc still combined guitars and keyboards and new songs were written.
In November 2003, Sven joined the band on vocals. Finally the band could check that little box next to ‘vocalist’ (you can find that in most applications). As it turned out, the new guy behind the mic showed to be quite the skilful guitar player as well, so Sven picked up guitar duties too. (This launched the entirely different experiment of keeping two guitar players together in one confined area, but that’s another concept altogether, stay tuned for process reports!).
In April and May 2004 the first live concerts were played, but the band was eager to record some new songs with the new line up. They concentrated on writing and re-arranging 4 to 5 tunes.
(At this point, the aforementioned experiment resulted in a battle of tunings, where Sven, in an attempt to reclaim the heavy-title, turned to seven string guitars to bitchslap Alex’ low D with a low B. If you don’t understand this part, don’t worry, you’re ok).
In April 2005 “Dé Studio” was booked again and in only 5 days, 4 new songs were recorded.
The new demo “Passages” was released in July 2005 and again got quite some positive reviews (We're hoping this is a pattern emerging right here!).
Especially for those who have been with us long enough to go through the waiting period for Misplaced Moments, we want to emphasize the fact that we were actually able to record an album in 4 days.
That’s about 0.5% of the time needed for Misplaced Moments. Literally.
Between 2005 en 2007, the band hit the stage again and started to develop a steady live reputation with a gig at the Progpower Festival in Baarlo (NL, 2006 - as first unsigned Belgian band ever!) being a definite highlight.
(Experiment status: Alex was now turning to low A, and arrangements were made to keep it at low A. For now.)
By the end of 2008, ZeroGravity started the recording of their debut full cd, still firmly believing they would deliver it by the spring of 2009. As the band went through quite some tests in all possible ways, several illusions of deadlines were shattered.
The album was mixed and mastered @ SplitSecondSound Studios in Amsterdam, by Textures' guitar player and producer Jochem Jacobs.
Reaching the winter of 2010, the tunnel was behind us, and we were getting ready to distribute the fruit of our labour. If this fruit’s juiciness turns out to be proportionate to the hardness of the labour, you’re in for quite a smoothie.
And we think it is.
Misplaced Moments is upon you, and you’re going to like it.
ZeroGravity's sound can best be described as melodic, emotional and groove-spiced with a lot of heavy passages. Our songs will take you on a trip through passion and pure energy while floating on melody.
Sven Dupon - vocals, guitars
Marc Beckers - keyboards
Alex Vanhaesendonck - guitars, vocals
Dirk Vollon - bass
Pieter Belmans - drums
Excerpts from an interview taken early 2011
Commenting on the new album, Misplaced Moments, compared to older work:
' I’m sure you’ll recognize it to be the same band, but it’s surely a different sound. I’ll start by following the ‘Metal Interview Etiquette’ by saying that the band sounds both heavier and more melodic on this album. It’s entirely true, but I haven’t read any interview that didn’t include this line in the past decade.
Seriously though, I think the entire process I described above, where a band looks for (and we like to think, finds) its own sound or identity, is really apparent when you compare the demos and the album. To my ear, every song carries a part of that search, but mostly reflects how much we’ve matured as individual musicians and as a band. It’s really all about the song. To me, in our songs, you don’t find that artificial aspect where the song is put on hold to show to the listener just how amazingly talented you are, and explain how you’re the greatest gift to humanity through the showcase of mesmerising technical abilities. Some of our tunes may be quite long, but the songs all flow more, and as a result, so does the album. To us, this has become crucial. I think the prog element is still all over the album, but it’s just barely below the surface, making it digestible, or dare I say, enjoyable, to non-prog freaks as well. I also believe the album sounds as one package and has more of a unity to it than did the demos.
On an eventual concept behind the album:
'I wouldn’t call Misplaced Moments a concept album, but it’s definitely not a random collection of songs either. I talked about the unity of the album, and we really did our best to achieve that. The listener enters Misplaced Moments with an intro, and from then on will be taken through a journey, consisting of 5 songs, but tied together with interludes, that gradually take the feel of one song towards that of the next one. It’s kind of an emotional rollercoaster, with only about half a dozen silent moments throughout the album.
In a lyrical aspect, you have a few mini concepts within the album. On some level, every song is auto-biographic, although some are more so than others. There are quite a few lived experiences in there, and some of them, relationships for example, are connected, which translates into the songs being lyrically tied as well. Other songs are rather offering our perspective on society, because, let’s be honest, we wouldn’t want to be selfish and deprive the world of our view on it. Again, whatever the subject may be, we feel like all the lyrics do have the same melancholic yet slightly dark edge to it. '
'This is always a tough one. As with everything I’ve talked about, these evolve too. It’d be easy to enumerate prog’s greatest as influences, but as we evolved, so did our influences. While it is certainly true that we might have been ignited by the likes of Psychotic Waltz, Symphony X and Dream Theater, or bands like Death and Meshuggah, I don’t think you’ll hear of lot of those influences in our music, as we soon turned to the next wave of prog bands like Pain of Salvation, Opeth and Textures. Right now, for example, the entire band is going crazy for bands like Karnivool, which are really bringing a new sound, but to me shouldn’t be described as being ‘prog’.
And then, I’m only talking about common influences. There’s always been a wide variety of influences for each member of the band. Pop, folk, funk, classical or jazz … nothing is too far away from the ZG grasp!'