Zeke + Balls Gone Wild (Helios37)
26. April 2018
Band Zeke + Balls Gone Wild (Helios37)
“ZEKE sound like the Dwarves if they snorted a tub of meth every day” – LA Weekly
“Chainsaw punk rock played with a MC5/Motörhead attitude” – Village Voice
“I can say without hyperbole that this big-guitar engine-block rock is a million times better than
whatever it is you’re currently listening to.” – Guitar World
“Ride With Zeke” has quickly become the mantra for music fans who have accepted the invitation
brought on by Heckler Magazine when they said, “Welcome the new monsters of rock.” It’s no doubt true
that West Coast punk / thrashers ZEKE are monsters. Ever since their very first gig at the Rock City in
Seattle in 1993, people have had no choice but to pay attention. Their records will assault you, and their
live show will batter you. ZEKE established a nasty disposition while cutting teeth on their own brash
ZEKE formed in 1993 with an original lineup of Blind Marky Felchtone, Donny Paycheck, Mark Pierce,
and Dizzy Lee Roth. The band’s first release was 1993’s West Seattle Acid Party, a single on Wrecking
Ball Records, followed by the Holley 750 single on IFA Records. ZEKE then set out to bring their energetic
recordings to the stage and established a more than formidable reputation as “the live band to
beat” via concentrated regional touring. The self titled single Zeke was then released on Scooch Pooch
Records and was followed by the 1995 release Super Sound Racing. ZEKE was heralded as “Rock and
Roll outlaws,” playing every conceivable venue that would have them.
The release of the next full-length, Flat Tracker a year later ensured ZEKE had enough audio ammo to
stay on the road for months on end. And tour they would… In 1997 Man’s Ruin Records issued the live
album PIG to a rousing response.
ZEKE then signed to Epitaph Records in 1998, releasing, Kicked In The Teeth. It was mixed and engineered
by Jack Endino and the album’s increased distribution and availability found the band legions of
white-knuckled new followers.
In early 2000, ZEKE released Dirty Sanchez, which was recorded with Kurt Bloch of The Fastbacks. The
album bludgeoned with tireless energy. Following the album’s release, bassist Mark Pierce left the band
and was replaced by Jeff “The Kid” Matz.
Throughout the time that ZEKE called Epitaph home, they toured relentlessly. The band paired up with
anyone and everyone who would have them, hitting the road with the likes of Jerry Cantrell (Alice in
Chains), All, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, D.O.A., The Super Suckers and even a few dates with Pearl Jam.
Their live shows rocked like this might be the last show ever.
The band’s fifth full-length, Death Alley, was released in 2001. The album continued the band’s full-throttle
approach, utilizing ZEKE‘s essential formula — a manic, methamphetamine lab distillation of early
American hardcore and classic rock — to full effect.
After leaving Epitaph and releasing 2003’s Live and Uncensored, ZEKE began writing new material and
set out looking for a suitable label that they could not only feel at home with, but one that could handle
their “balls to the wall” rock and roll and enjoy the band as fans first. A contract with Relapse was inked
in October, 2003 and saw the band join an artist stable that are at once musically mated and touring
compatible. ZEKE found their new home.
ZEKE set the cruise control to “white hot” on their Relapse debut, ‘Til the Livin’ End. A relentless ride of
rock and roll abandon, the album mixes punk nihilism with a hard hitting metal extravagance. It burns
from start to finish, as super-charged guitars, electrifying leads and a raucous punk attitude race fullthrottle
down a highway to Hell.
Thank the gods of rock and roll, you’ve just met your new favorite band.
Einlass: 18:30 Uhr
Beginn: 19:30 Uhr
Vorverkauf: 16,00€ [zzgl. Geb.]
Abendkasse: lt. Aushang
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