Zapiain - Giantnormous

Chris Hall - guitar & voclas
Chris Haigh - bass & backing vocals
James Booth - drums
  • Zapiain



Yorkshire’s finest pervayors of melodic, mid-paced punk rock return with their sophomore album.

Out May 2nd on Bombed Out Records/ All In Vinyl Records

It’s been a good while since Zapiain unleashed their blistering debut, Jibberjabber, back in 2011, with the band only popping up to cover the Thundercats theme tune and release a split 7” with Canadian Rifle in the interim.

Fortunately Giantnormous not only follows the bands penchant for quirky album titles, it also nicely follows on musically from it’s predecessor. This is music free from pretension, stripped back to it’s bare essentials in a way that betrays the band’s 3-piece, “power-trio” make-up and it’s all the better for it.

From opener “My New Home” through to album closer, “Sunrise”, Giantnormous features more peaks than its gorgeous cover art. From the breakneck punk of “Zapplecross” to the melancholic “Shotgun” and the classic UK pop-punk of “Mislaid Eyes”, it’s clear Zapiain aren’t reinvented the wheel here even as they push their own sound in a few surprising directions. If it ain’t broke though… and fans of such 90s heroes as Jawbreaker, Leatherface or Samiam will once again find themselves in the sweetest of familiar territories.

Giantnormous is a co-release between Bombed Out and All In Vinyl Records and is being released on limited edition blue vinyl, ensuring the record looks as good as it sounds.



  1. My New Home
  2. Promises Promises
  3. Survivor
  4. Antimatter
  5. Shotgun
  6. Twin Geeks
  7. Zapplecross
  8. Sulk and Beg
  9. Without Warning
  10. Mislaid Eyes
  11. Sunrise


Bombed Out Records / / 07535 467894
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"Do you think there will ever come a time when there won't be a band in the UK playing this style of melodic punk? I hope not." Collective zine

"And here comes another amazing UK band, though they have been around since 2006 apparently. And even better, they're Northern! Making a beautiful noise in a Jawbreaker/Leatherface/Milloy/HWM kind of way and doing it so, so well." Suspect Divice Zine

"I’m hearing a best-of amalgamation of ‘90s punk groups that, in the case of Zapiain, has distinguished itself by taking time. In one hopeful lament, the singer notes that, “I know you’ve heard this song / A million times before” and if that’s true, it sounds good, possibly better than before." Razorcake Zine

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