Flesh Eater Collaborates With Fiona Apple On “Komfortzone” About Pursuing Personal Growth

[Cover photo credit to Mariana Souza]

Nashville-based Experimental/Art-Pop trio Flesh Eater have shared the track “komfortzone” in collaboration singer/songwriter Fiona Apple. The new song sees the band “face their fears in pursuit of personal and artistic growth.”

This summer, the band is set to perform a string of dates in Nashville and will make their way to Brooklyn, NY this Fall.

On the track’s meaning, frontperson Zwil AR (they/them, synth/vocals) reveals:

To me, ‘komfortzone’ represents confronting fear. The fear of being seen, of moving toward sharing what’s inside, meeting that where it is, seeing it, and saying, ok, this will be with me indefinitely; I’ve got to move past it.

Fear is natural, even healthy at times, but it’s not me. It feeds off of what makes it grow, and in my experience, a lot of times I’m most fearful of doing what will help me grow. Feeding that fear, doing what makes me afraid, is not so scary anymore.

The track was mixed and mastered by Angel Marcloid. Upon completion, the band sent the song to notable queer film producer Zelda Hallman, who listened alongside Fiona Apple. Hallman quickly organized a session at Stanley Recordings where musician, engineer and longtime Fiona Apple collaborator John Would (Sharon Van Etten, Iggy Pop) and AR would record Apple and multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Steinburg (Weyes Blood, Phoebe Bridgers) layering vocals, piano, vibraphone, guitarron, and curio percussion.

Photo credit: Red Fred

Formed in 2015, Flesh Eater is made up of Zwil AR (they/them) on synths and vocals, Maxwell Zikakis (he/him) on bass & synths, and Blake Patterson (he/him) on drum kit & machines. The band has taken on multiple genres from Psych-Pop, to Industrial Techno, to Post-Punk-inspired, synthy Art-Pop.

Later this month, the band will celebrate their single release with a show at Nashville’s Random Sample on June 21, 2023 and perform a string of dates in July in Murfreesboro, TN, plus three shows around Nashville. This Fall, the band will make their way to Brooklyn, NY for a performance at Rubulad on October 5 and perform a techno DJ set in Asheville, NC on October 21.

Flesh Eater Live

Summer/Fall 2023

Jun. 21 – Nashville, TN – Random Sample

Jul. 1 – Murfreesboro, TN – Bucket City Punks Fest Afterparty*

Jul. 2 – Nashville, TN – drkmttr

Jul. 22 – Nashville, TN – Betty’s

Jul. 26 – Nashville, TN – Vaperror*

Aug. 4 – Nashville, TN – Random Sample

Oct. 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Rubulad

Oct. 21 – Asheville, NC – Static Age*

*Notes DJ Set

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