While their album is called Somewhere Elsewhere, Melbourne rockers Zoophyte are making their mark on the Australian music scene.
While their album is called Somewhere Elsewhere, Melbourne rockers Zoophyte are making their mark on the Australian music scene. Contributed - Martin Philbey

Zoophyte takes you somewhere

NO THEY are not an ocean animal that resembles a plant.

Zoophyte are rockers from Melbourne who have just released their latest album Somewhere Elsewhere.

The band had a bit of creative licence when it came to choosing their name, which was fuelled at their old band mate's old man's beach house, where a chart of sea creatures hung.

In that moment Zoophtye became more than a sea creature.

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So it was no surprise that the band returned to their beginnings, with their hit single Let You Go, which was filmed in the southern coast of Victoria.

Lee said that they wanted the visual projection of the song to be an image of the sea, which helped with the metaphor of the end of a relationship, of letting it go and starting again.

Lead singer and guitarist Cam Lee, who spent time singing neck deep in the ocean for the film clip said it looked more comfortable than it was.

"We filmed it at the end of March, so it was about 14 degrees in the water, where we sort of had to balance the elements."

In the clip they have their guitars, drum kits and amps in the water, luckily the band hunted EBay for older instruments.

"I can say that no good guitars were ruined during this film clip," Lee joked.

It has been a stellar year for Zoophyte who have shared the stage with the likes of INXS, Eskimo Joe, Tex Perkins and Jebediah, completing 40 odd shows around the country and a string of dates in Noumea and New Caledonia.

The band has made a name for itself as a blistering live act because they are no strangers to the live leg of the band.

In fact Lee said they have had more live legs than studio time - making them a strong live act.

"It is about the strong connection with the audience. We enjoy performing live and look to better ourselves."

He said the connection between them and the audience can vary depending on the audience or when they are playing new music.

Lee admits that when you get the connection with the audience you are more comfortable and natural where you can explore the song more.

He said when it came to supporting the likes of INXS; it put Zoophyte in a great position professionally.

"It taught us how to hold our own on stage, which can be hard when it is a large stage and a big production.

"It was great to see how INXS constructed a set and to play was a very exciting experience - it can be hard to be a support act to bands that their fans really want to see," Lee said.

For Lee, music is not only an art form, it is therapeutic, something that has bought him joy since he was 7.

As a kid his parent bought him a flute at seven7, because it was the only one they could afford, from there he played in several orchestras and stage bands across 11 years.

But it wasn't until after year 12 that he taught himself to play the guitar with a bit of inspiration from the likes of Nirvana, Incubus, Soundgarden and Guns N' Roses.

"Writing music is an art form it is the only art form, where you can be a collective, it is very rare that a group writes a book or paints a picture - music is where you can get together creatively," Lee said.

The band's album Somewhere Elsewhere is out now along with their new single Early Morning.

For more information on the band visit zoophyteband.com.

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