Although difficult to define, Zu's style could be characterised as a fusion of math rock, heavy metal and noise rock. The music is instrumental, and features virtuosic drumming, powerful bass and distorted saxophone.
One constant element in Zu's music is collaboration, and many of the band's albums are billed as collaborations with a guest musician (such as Mike Patton, Buzz Osbourne, Mats Gustafsson and Nobukazu Takemura). Often, a collaborator will join them at live performances as well. Members of the band also collaborate with other musical projects, most of which exist only as live performances.
Mining influence from jazz, hardcore punk and contemporary classical music, Robocobra Quartet sound like little else.
Originally formed at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the group operate as an expanding, contracting and ever-changing collective. A no-holds-barred approach centred on a howling drummer-vocalist and menacing saxophones takes them to festivals such as Electric Picnic, SXSW & Brilliant Corners Festival of Jazz and has seen them support Melt Yourself Down (UK), Girl Band (IRE), El Ten Eleven (USA) and Get The Blessing (UK).
Bolstered by support from the PRS Foundation, Robocobra Quartet's debut on 12" LP 'Music For All Occasions' has received accolades by the likes of The Quietus and BBC Radio 6. In support of the release, the group have toured throughout the UK & Ireland including appearances at jazz festivals, the back room of a pizza parlour in Liverpool and an in-store performance at Rough Trade Records.