Captivated by space exploration and music technology, Zia built-in these elements into its music and performances, creating fresh wave-styled, electronic pop. The music group assembled their personal instrumentation, using circuit planks as drum pads and a guitar-shaped MIDI controller. In 1992, Zia started as an aggro-synth task borrowing users from additional Boston bands such as for example Big Catholic Guilt and Concussion Outfit. Having a revolving lineup (vocalist/programmer Elaine Walker may be the just continuous member), two albums had been released: the self-released ZIAv1.5 in 1994 and SHEM (Fifth Column) in 1996. While assisting the information, the band used notable acts such as for example Crisis Broadcast Network and A Flock of Seagulls. With the help of Berklee University of Music alumni Liz Lysinger and Hae Adolescent Kim (all three users hold a qualification in music synthesis), Zia relocated to NY in 1999. After comprehensive discussions with GIG Information, the band thought we would proceed independently right before the conclusion of their following LP. Big Bang!, which leans even more toward brand-new wave-influenced pop than their prior brand of commercial, was self-released in June 2000.