Powered by plants and fueled by indignation, Zero Again were birthed during the chaos of the pandemic, and although they may appear a relatively ‘new’ band, they are actually older than dirt, with their four members having served many decades in the trenches of the punk rock wars in bands such as Regret, Grand Collapse, Warwound, In The Shit, Stampin’ Ground, Four Letter Word, Ephemeral Foetus, Decadence Within, Bring To Ruin, yadda yadda yadda. All of which means fuck all if you’re not creating something relevant and meaningful right this minute, of course (you’re only as good as your last song, after all), and Zero Again make dark, twisted noises that perfectly capture the End of Days zeitgeist we endure so stoically right now.
Often graciously compared to Peni, early Neurosis, the Dead Kennedys, Killing Joke and Lard, Zero Again, as their name suggests, threw away the rule book when they first butted heads in a Bristol rehearsal room, turning their back on all expectation, and going just where their morbid muse bloody well pleases… and it usually gives a sly nod to anarcho punk, post punk and early USHC in amongst the sabre-rattling and ruminations on our insipid mortality.
With two delirious 2021 EPs to their name – Revert To Nothing (Kibou) and Out Of The Crooked Timber of Humanity (Sanctus Propaganda) – not to mention a split 7” with Brighton’s Attestor, entitled The A to Z of Ignorance, Indifference And Idiocy (TNS, 2022), Zero Again are now ready to unleash their debut LP, A Deep Appreciation of Suffering. It’s the heaviest, most original, compellingly odd recording they’ve done to date, and features a jaw-dropping cover illustration from renowned dark artist, Robert ‘Mid’ Middleton. Sanctus Propaganda release the vinyl, whilst Engineer Records are doing the CD version, with a whopping fifteen bonus tracks from the three EPs to date, basically making it a ‘discography so far’ release.
The band will hit the road in support of the album, with gigs already lined up the length and breadth of the UK, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and Ireland over the coming summer/autumn. Punk is now, not then. Animal liberation is human liberation.
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