Authority Zero

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Authority Zero
Origin Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
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Years active1994–present
Labels
Website authorityzero.com
Members
  • Jason DeVore
  • Dan Aid
  • Mike Spero
  • Chris Dalley
Past members

Authority Zero is an American punk rock band from Mesa, Arizona formed in 1994. [1] The band's style is rooted in reggae and skate punk, with Spanish/Portuguese influences. [2] They have released seven albums to date and two DVDs. The band regularly tours North America, Europe and Japan.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

Mesa, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Phoenix in the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south along with Queen Creek, and Apache Junction on the east.

Reggae Music genre from Jamaica

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora. A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae", effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady. Reggae usually relates news, social gossip, and political comment. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as ‘Rudie Blues’, then ‘Ska’, later ‘Blue Beat’, and ‘Rock Steady’. It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and rocksteady; from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument.

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History

Formation and Early Days (1994–1999)

Authority Zero was started in 1994 and consisted of two guitarists Bill Marcks, Jerry Douglas (also performing vocals) and drummer J.W. Gordon, all from Westwood High School. [1] This trio put a few songs together without lyrics or basslines until the summer of 1995. When that summer rolled around, Douglas was expecting the yearly visit of his friend Jason DeVore, from Wyoming. Douglas introduced his long-time friend to Marcks who asked if he wanted to be their singer.

Westwood High School is a high school in Mesa, Arizona, United States under the jurisdiction of Mesa Public Schools. In the 1983-84 school year, it was honored as a Blue Ribbon school. In 2018 it was reclassified as a "D" school through the Arizona Department of Education school accountability system.

Marcks was impressed with DeVore's ability to "write catchy songs in fifteen minutes with really sticky hooks". The two quickly enlisted Jeremy Wood on bass, who actually taught Marcks and Douglas how to play the guitar. His experience with lead guitar and musical theory separated his bass playing from others'. Not just a "follow along," his baselines were independent and yet fluid with the music. However, because of Gordon's commitment to the air force, his position as drummer soon had to be replaced. Classmate, skateboarder, and drummer Daniel Garcia fit this empty stool like a missing puzzle piece. He brought a new charge and tempo that evolved Authority Zero's music into a faster, more complex, punk rock style. Eventually, however, differences and family obligations led to Garcia's exit from the group.

Marcks, Douglas, DeVore, and Wood finally came upon Los Angeles native Jim Wilcox formerly of Welter/The New Militia and he completed the Authority Zero's lineup. Douglas also left the group and joined the air force.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

Early Success (1999-2004)

After releasing a local EP that sold very well, Authority Zero released their debut album A Passage In Time in 2002 on Lava Records. The album featured a blend of genres including punk rock and reggae, with obvious Spanish and Portuguese influences. A Passage In Time included the hits "One More Minute" and "Over Seasons".

<i>A Passage in Time</i> (Authority Zero album) 2002 studio album by Authority Zero

A Passage in Time is the debut album released by punk rock band Authority Zero. It was released on September 10, 2002, on Lava Records. The album's singles include "One More Minute" and "Over Seasons", both of which received music videos.

Lava Records American record label

Lava Records is an American record label owned by Jason Flom in partnership with Universal Music Group.

The success of A Passage In Time propelled the band into new popularity. Authority Zero appeared on many tours, such as Warped Tour, the No Use for a Name/The Starting Line tour, and Sum 41's "Sum on Your Face". The band has also toured with the likes of Everclear, Guttermouth and H2O.

No Use for a Name band

No Use for a Name were a punk rock band from San Jose, California, United States formed in 1986 by Chris Dodge (guitar), Steve Papoutsis and Rory Koff (drums). The band's sound evolved considerably through its career, starting off as a Bay Area-influenced punk band, moving on to a much heavier metallic-tinted sound to finally taking on a much lighter brand of melodic punk as the years passed. The band's career ended in 2012 following Tony Sly's death on July 31 of that year.

The Starting Line band that plays punk rock

The Starting Line is an American pop punk band based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that formed in 1999.

Sum 41 Canadian rock band

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally a band called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Deryck Whibley, guitarist and backing vocalist Dave Baksh, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist and backing vocalist Jason McCaslin, and drummer Frank Zummo.

Andiamo (2004-2007)

In 2004, Authority Zero released Andiamo , again on Lava Records. "Andiamo" means literally "We go" in Italian, but can also be read as "And I am Zero", the title of their live DVD released following Andiamo. The album again featured a blend of genres and Spanish/Portuguese influences. Andiamo is somewhat politically charged, evident in the songs "Revolution", "A Thousand Years of War", and the cover of the song "Mexican Radio", originally written by Wall of Voodoo (the version that appears on Andiamo has lyric changes in order to make a statement against the 2003 invasion of Iraq). In the summer of 2006, Authority Zero released a live acoustic compilation album titled Rhythm and Booze on Suburban Noize Records.

<i>Andiamo</i> (album) 2004 studio album by Authority Zero

Andiamo is the second album released by punk band Authority Zero. It was released on June 30, 2004, on Lava Records and includes the single "Revolution" and a cover of the Wall of Voodoo song "Mexican Radio", with small lyrical changes included to include the song as the band's statement against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The album title is Italian and means, literally, "we go," but can also be translated as "let's go." The title of the album can be split to read "And I Am 0", as seen faintly in the CD insert. (And) I Am Zero is the name of Authority Zero's live DVD, which was released in 2005. "Revolution" and "Painted Windows" had music videos made.

Italian language Romance language

Italian is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family. Italian, together with Sardinian, is by most measures the closest language to Vulgar Latin of the Romance languages. Italian is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino and Vatican City. It has an official minority status in western Istria. It formerly had official status in Albania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro (Kotor) and Greece, and is generally understood in Corsica and Savoie. It also used to be an official language in the former Italian East Africa and Italian North Africa, where it plays a significant role in various sectors. Italian is also spoken by large expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia. Many speakers of Italian are native bilinguals of both Italian and other regional languages.

Mexican Radio 1983 single by Wall of Voodoo

"Mexican Radio" is a song written and performed by American band Wall of Voodoo, and produced by Richard Mazda. The track was initially made commercially available on their 1982 album Call of the West, and was released as a single in early 1983. In their native United States, the song wasn't much of a success, peaking at no. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It did better in other parts of the world, peaking at no. 18 in Canada, no. 21 in New Zealand and no. 33 in Australia. It also reached no. 64 in the UK.

12:34, Marcks Departure (2007-2009)

The band's next album, entitled 12:34 was released on January 30, 2007. The track "Courage" was released as a single. The band toured with Rehab on the "Lack of Luxury" 2007 tour.

On December 30, 2008 Bill Marcks left the band to spend more time with his family. Bill Marcks currently plays guitar in the band Cero Viejo with former Authority Zero bassist Jeremy Wood.

Stories of Survival, and changing line up (2009-2012)

Authority Zero released its fourth studio album titled "Stories of Survival" on June 22, 2010, and is currently managed by Hardline Entertainment.

Authority Zero set out in 2011 on the "Swan" tour in support of a new album by Unwritten Law. According to sources within the band, they parted ways with Zach Vogel. He was replaced, by Brandon Landelius, a guitar player from The Mag Seven

Authority Zero's veteran drummer Jim Wilcox left the band in January 2012 to focus on Blue Collar Prophet his D.J. outfit.

On March 1, 2012, the band announced Sean Sellers of Good Riddance and The Real McKenzies would be their full-time replacement behind the drums.

The Tipping Point (2013-2014)

Authority Zero has finished recording their new album, titled The Tipping Point, due for release on April 2, 2013, on Hardline Entertainment. [3]

On Tuesday March 5, 2013 Jeremy Wood has announced (via Facebook) that he has stepped down as bassist for the band again, citing personal differences, and the urge to spend more time with family, as well as explore his roots in the local music scene. Jeremy Wood now plays bass with his new band Cero Viejo(Old Zero in Spanish) with former Authority Zero guitarist Bill Marcks.

During the band's March 7 listening party with Phoenix area online radio station KUKQ, Jason DeVore announced that Mike Spero will be taking over on bass full-time for the band.

The band released their latest album The Tipping Point April 2, 2013. [1] Authority Zero embarked on a European tour April 4, starting with dates in Russia before playing more conventional Europe dates.

Tour Van Theft and Brandon Landelius's Departure (2015)

In May 2015 the band recorded a live record as a 20th anniversary event at Club Red in Mesa, AZ. The band included songs that spanned over the length of its 20-year history. It will be the band's first full band live album.

On July 21 while headlining The Summer Sickness tour with CounterPunch and Rubedo, Authority Zero's tour van and trailer were stolen in San Antonio, Texas. The van and trailer were recovered a few days later, but was damaged and the trailer had been emptied- more than $50,000 dollars of music equipment and merchandise was stolen. Authority Zero pushed on and decided to finish the tour with help from CounterPunch lending them their gear.

During 2015 updates from DeVore seem to hint at a new Authority Zero record. On his Instagram he has included pictures of the band in a rehearsal space demoing songs, and writing.

After joining the band in 2011, Brandon Landelius announced on Nov. 4, 2015 that following the Canadian tour he will no longer be continuing with the band.

Broadcasting to the Nations (2016 - Present)

On December 2, 2016, the band announced on their Facebook page that they have entered the Blasting Room to complete their sixth record. In April 2017, album art and title, "Broadcasting to the Nations," was announced on the official Authority Zero website. Along with the release of the album art, the band released the first single "Bayside." Then on June 2, 2017, it was officially released.

Band members

Current members

Former members

Timeline

Authority Zero

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
Heatseeker
[4]
2002 A Passage in Time 30
2004 Andiamo
  • Released: June 29, 2004
  • Label: Lava
  • Format: CD
24
2007 12:34
  • Released: January 30, 2007
  • Label: Big Panda
  • Format: CD
40
2010 Stories of Survival 5
2013 The Tipping Point 15
2017Broadcasting to the Nations
  • Release: June 2, 2017
  • Label: Bird Attack Records
  • Format: CD
-
2018Persona Non Grata
  • Release: December 7, 2018
  • Label: Concrete Jungle Records
  • Format: CD
-
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live-acoustic albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
Heatseeker
[5]
2006 Rhythm and Booze
  • Released: June 26, 2006
  • Label: Suburban Noize Records
  • Format: CD
-
2012Less Rhythm, More Booze
  • Released: January 21, 2012
  • Label: Viking Funeral Records
  • Format: CD
-
2018R&B III
  • Released: April 27, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
-
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

DVDs

Music Videos

Demos

Appearances in Other Media

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Blueskye, Brian (2014) "Indie-Punk Veterans: Reggae/Skate-Punk Pioneers Authority Zero Head for the Hood", Coachella Valley Independent , September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014
  2. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Authority_Zero/Biography/
  3. http://authorityzero.com/download-a-track-off-our-new-unreleased-album/
  4. "Authority Zero - Chart history | Billboard (Heatseeker)". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  5. "Authority Zero - Chart history | Billboard (Heatseeker)". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-10-24.