To quote the L.A. Weekly, “any show by the reunited Zeros is a big deal…” and packed clubs across the U-S, Europe, SXSW and NXNE seem to uphold that statement. The Zeros are playing to a new generation of young and old and its clear there’s still something magical about this band, as the iconic American punks return for select dates across The U.S. and Canada. The teenaged Zeros; Javier Escovedo, Hector Penalosa, Baba Chenelle, and Robert Lopez blasted out of the South Bay suburb of Chula Vista at the dawn of the punk explosion in 1976, and played their first major show the following year at L.A.’s decaying Orpheum Theater, known as the Hollywood Punk Palace. Three bands from that show; The Zeros, The Weirdos, and Germs would become an integral part of the history of West Coast punk, and epitomize its sometimes destructive collision of collective musical passion and personal excess.
The U-K’s Domino Records included two songs by The Zeros on a Jon Savage Compilation of the Best of American Punk Rock and Brooklyn based Last Laugh Records recently released two singles by the band. NEW YORKER MAGAZINE “The Zeros. Though they did not become as famous as their peers this Los Angeles punk band played an equally seismic role in putting that city on the punk-rock map in the late seventies.
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