“Nearly a year since his self-titled debut, Farrell evolved International Zombies of Love into an expansive, synthetic cavalcade of joyful rebellion last month on his sophomore record, ‘You Heard This Wish’. The result is a refreshing dose of positivity found in life’s loneliest corners and an experience that is uniquely its own, in a world of daft formulaic sound” A Music Blog Yea?

“Buzzy…wistfully cathartic…cinematic…sprawling…with sci-fi textures.” Exclaim

 “At first it’s hard to tell how all these songs fit onto one record, but what is clear is that it just feels right.” Fresh Print

 “On strong sophomore outing You Heard This Wish Farrell’s gritty voice and songs remain intact…no need to flee from these zombies.” New Canadian Music

You heard this wish

The second full album from International Zombies of Love.


On Tour

International Zombies of Love #@%! East Coast Tour
Thursday, August 14, Sydney NS @ Governor’s 
Friday, August 15, Halifax NS @ Gus’ Pub (a presentation of Berserker Lion Music Collective)
Sunday, August 17, Moncton, NB @ PlanB (w/ Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case)
Tuesday, August 19, Saint John NB, All Ages Show @ TBD (w / Little You Little Me)
Wednesday, August 20, Edmundston, NB @Resto-Bar Le Deck

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New Album

IZOL’s new album,’You Heard This Wish’ available now on iTunes (and everywhere else)!
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International Zombies of Love (IZOL) is the evolving musical project of Mike Farrell.

International Zombies of Love_Mike Farrell B&WWell, Mike Farrell and a grab bag of various friends and musicians.
Mike started the project behind his piano, sleeping on the couch, pining for a love that waited across the sea.
Things have since morphed to include a core unit made up of Sean Beresford (co-producer with mike, guitars, bass, vox, echoplex, acetone, sandwiches) and Art Woods (el badgerista, drums and percussion of every conceivable type)..
The music focuses on Mike’s diverse tastes and talents and involves an often minimalist approach to instrumentation that is heavy on melody, arrangement and performance.
mikeseancoffeechouchIn the self-titled debut album, released just over a year ago on We Are Busy Bodies Records, piano and voice are central to the music but synthesized treatments, interesting mixing by his production mate and often bandmate, Sean Beresford, and a variety of additional instrumentation (a french horn here, a super-distorted electric guitar there) make for what critics have called “an interesting and intimate experience” and “something new”.
In the follow up album, “You Heard This Wish”, (to be released May 27, also on We Are Busy Records) Mike has continued to morph the sound with an increasing emphasis on a rhythm section and electronic keys. This is focused particularly, though not exclusively, on his “instrument of destruction” – a beat up and discontinued portable Yamaha keyboard with some killer patches from the old days. International Zombies of Love_instrument of destructionOther musical miscreants on this provocative and diverse new release include a vintage beat box, an equally ancient tape delay machine, horns, a Moog, a gong and loads and loads of tremolo.
Together this forms what Mike is fond of calling his “modern mongrel music” – a diverse and satisfying reflection of his entire musical experience with eyes that look both forward and backward; from his late father’s campfire classics through to formative AM and FM chart toppers, the beats and synths of high school and then his street rock days opening for the likes of The Ramones, and back to the future again. “It’s like Katamari, but with music”, he says.
Enigmatically, Mike likes both minimalism and baggage - a tension not at all dissimilar from what our culture is currently experiencing now and, incidentally, a tension that is a key conceptual concern of this entire album.

What wishes do you hear?

You Heard This Wish

You Heard This Wish

The second full album from International Zombies of Love.
Release Date May 27
On We Are Busy Bodies Records
Distributed by Outside Music and The Orchard



Mike Farrell is American-born but has called Toronto his home for the better part of his life.

He is a respected songwriter, performer and an established street rock icon in Canada (especially in the bristling “Golden Horseshoe”) via his band The Pariahs, where he was the lead singer and chief co-writer of their material in a catalogue some 4 albums deep. That particular entity toured Canada extensively and toured the UK twice. Along the way they also shared bills with a list of rock and roll legends too long to detail (but it includes The Ramones, Shonen Knife, The Deftones and Teenage Head).

Mike has shared bills on his own with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Hayden, Willie P. Bennett, Greg Keelor and Tom Wilson and a bevy of other artists.

Highlights of his most recent project, International Zombies of Love (or IZOL), have included Canadian tour support for Perfume Genius and sharing bills with Mikal Cronin, Doldrums, Metz, Pinback, Gardens and Villa, Bear Hands, Howe Gelb, Ken Stringfellow, Dan Sartain, DD/MM/YYYY, Odonis Odonis, Limblifter, Shellshag and Quest for Fire.

IZOL currently tours in solo, duo and trio configurations.

Management / Booking: Eric Warner, eric@wearebusybodies.com
Press Contact: Erin Carroll, erin@audioblood.com, 416.703.9703 c. 647.448.8294