Zilched shares new single ‘Sixteen’

Zilched press photo
Photo Credit: Carrigan Drallos

Detroit noise-pop singer-songwriter Zilched (Chloë Drallos) has shared her newest single and self-directed music video for Sixteen. The song follows Velcro Dog lifted from debut album ‘DOOMPOP’ – out now via Young Heavy Souls. Like Velcro Dog, Sixteen is buoyed by the dynamic between Drallos’ sweeping grunge guitars and frequent collaborator Nick Russo’s frantic drumwork. “It’s more or less about questioning both what marks a loss of innocence, and the like obsessive purgatory of waiting for your life to start,” Drallos says. Check out the video clip for Sixteen via YouTube below.

Inspired by the albums that helped Drallos navigate her teen years like Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ or The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Psychocandy,’ ‘DOOMPOP’ is full of headbanging earworms that tackle the challenges of growing up and the universal effects that has on one’s mental health. Drallos explains, “It’s an honest reflection of my attempts to grow up and make sense of absurdity. I wrote the first song in my last month of highschool at 18 and finished recording/producing just a month after my 20th birthday. With these songs I wanted to go as deep into my insecurities and confusion, however immature I felt. Just write what I felt when I felt it in order to move on.” 

Drallos has been making music as Zilched since the summer of 2017. Her debut EP ‘Pulling Teeth’ was released in 2018 and provided the first glimpse of Zilched’s dizzying, wildly unpredictable noise-pop. In the buildup to ‘DOOMPOP,’ Zilched released Sleeper earlier this year, following The Morning and Blue Doom in 2019. Alongside Drallos, collaborator Nick Russo provides a droning percussive force—and when the correct pieces are in place, Zilched embodies the notorious ethos of its hometown, Detroit: anxious poetics and a dark, underlying force that leads us into the unknown.