January 2010... Melbourne-based folk rockers Zeptepi (zep-tep-ee) release their brand new single, 'The Ballad of John Green'. This is their first release since their acclaimed 2007 album 'Universality', and marks a change in the band's sound - Zeptepi now presenting a much more organic folk-inspired sound, thanks in part to fiddle player Hayley Anderson joining the band, and in part to a natural evolution in Zeptepi's music.
'The Ballad of John Green' is a lively, joyous and fiddle-tastic 3 minutes of pure energy, a contemporary re-telling of a Celtic legend. This track is accompanied by 'The Soldier Song', a tale of a down-trodden rifleman in the Napoleonic wars (featuring CC Thornley on banjo), and a barn-storming version of the traditional folk classic 'Whiskey in the Jar'.
Zeptepi was born in 2001, and evolved into a live band in 2004. Inspired by a disparate group of artists such as The Waterboys, The Only Ones, New Model Army and The Dubliners, UK-born singer/songwriter Phil Dean has been driving the band since the start. Accompanied by drummer Bernie Dodd and bass player Frank Packer, they released their debut album 'Travelling Through Time' in 2005. Zeptepi are currently completing recording of their forthcoming third album, due for release in mid-2010.