ZouZou Mansour | Travis Smith | Brianna Sig | Nick Seditious
Personal growth, rebirth, and revolution – such transformative concepts are the heart of what Soraia is all about. These heady themes inform the songs on Dig Your Roots, the band’s latest album, out March 13th via Wicked Cool Records.
As a spiritual descendent of iconic women in rock such as Patti Smith and Joan Jett, ZouZou’s Philadelphia-based band also embodies elements of kindred spirits of the ’90s and beyond – like PJ Harvey and The Kills, with a sprinkling of ’60s Garage Rock and Soul. Their primal sonic attack spreads a message of perseverance through trials of love, loss, and letting go.
ZouZou speaks about writing "Wild Woman", "I had been listening to a female preacher talk about being “born inside the wild” - as in not knowing where you were – but that strong women thrive in the wild. Thrive in the unknown and scary. I fell in love with the idea of birthing yourself when entering into situations you’re uncomfortable in, or have never been in. An added bonus is the notion of being a “wild woman” in that way was a different take on the idea I think social consciousness has on being a “wild woman.” Empowering, instead of denigrating. Travis had written this swampy, mysterious riff, so we took that and made it the forefront of the song, and took the subject matter – pieced them together – and collaborated on the theme and music".
She adds, "We were influenced by some heavy rock ideas preceding ours, like those of Deep Purple and Wolfmother. The production even took on a Cult-ish approach, once we hit the studio". The final version of the song is a well collaborated-on song, with a personal, yet universal theme presented by the wild woman fronting the band, herself.