ZINNIA is an experiment in explosive pop that cuts right to the bone.
in a strict departure from the synth-infused, hyper-compassionate deep dive into doubt that characterized their last album, Sensations in Two Dot (2019), the songs from ZINNIA's upcoming Dollar Store Disco are big, divorce-fuelled anthems and droning pandemic ballads.
Look out for power chords, wild expansion from form, hard-won roughness and sing-along rebound-ragers.
Lately, it's all about catharsis, guts and glory,
Front person Rachael Cardiello's greatest strength is her intuition and adaptability on stage - whether performing with a five piece band at midnight closing down an island festival with a 1000 person singalong, crooning solo on piano, or playing spin-the-dial on some bizarre digital backline guitar amp, Cardiello brings a rare versatility and humour to performance.
Though a slight twang sometimes reveals her Montana roots, Cardiello has spent the past twelve years in Toronto collaborating, recording and touring as a session player. With the launch of ZINNIA, Cardiello established herself as an artist-at-large regularly cross-pollinating genres with dance, video, and drag. The album release for Sensations in Two Dot was a grand experiment of collaboration. Each song was given to a different choreographer and performed by 11 dancers to a sold out room - these dances were later recreated in the lockdown days of the pandemic from each choreographer's isolation zone.
In Fall 2022, ZINNIA spent two weeks in Anacortes, Washington at the Unknown Studio capturing a new album called Dollar Store Disco due out in 2024.