Iconic American punk band The Zeros join forces with Panache Booking for a new era of live performances, announce a Los Angeles show and the creation of an LP of favorite covers – including cuts from the Velvet Underground, Bo Diddley, the Standells and originals.
Along with the Germs, the X and other Decline-ing bands, The Zeros helped establish late 70s West Coast Punk Rock. This show at the Troubadour marks the return of a band that helped define a genre with a live show that’s not to be missed.
The Zeros Live
July 20 – The Troubadour – LA, CA
with the Muffs, the Flytraps
Praise for The Zeros
Part of the first wave of West Coast punk, the Zeros were four teenagers out of Chula Vista, Calif., fueled by the rough edges of the New York Dolls and the Velvet Underground, whose music burst onto the scene in the late 1970s. By 1980, the Zeros were over, having released just a handful of songs on Los Angeles-based Bomp Records, but they’ve now reconvened for a series of shows, delivering the old thrills and bad attitude to another generation of edgy rock fans.
Los Angeles Times
The Zeros, of course, were the hands-down top-dog punk-rock band of the ’77 West Coast conflagration, one whose seamless natural-fact mastery has always placed them above anyone else in the Golden State (and yes, we’re necessarily dismissing X, Weirdos, Plugz, Dils, the whole damn lot; the late Lux Interior said it best: “When I first got the Wimp 45, I just played it over and over. I couldn’t believe how great it was.”).
Even so, the guys from The Zeros, San Diego’s first genuine punk band, still stand out in their old South Bay neighborhood. It’s just that their shoes are now extra pointy. Their hair, extra shaggy. Their dark sunglasses, a little extra cool. And most of all, they have the quiet confidence of guys who have seen things. Of course, as guys who helped shape the national punk music scene in the 1970s, they have seen things. They’ve shared stages with Patti Smith, met Tom Waits, opened for The Clash.
San Diego Tribune
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
About The Zeros
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 Zeros; original members Javier Escovedo, Hector Penalosa, Baba Chenelle now joined by Mario Escovedo on second guitar and have been tearing up stages up and down the West and East Coast for the past two years. Lopez continues performing as “Elvez” and in Teatro Zinzinni.
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.
The hook-laden garage punk of The Zeros, with influences that ranged from the New York Dolls, Stooges, David Bowie, Velvet Underground, T-Rex, and Kiss to ’60s proto-punk bands like the Seeds, Standells, and the Animals, earned them a recording deal with music-magazine publisher Greg Shaw’s Bomp Records, which released the raucous single, “Wimp”/”Don’t Push Me Around” in ’77, followed a year later by “Beat Your Heart Out”/”Wild Weekend.”
The Zeros, after relocating in San Francisco, would go on to play at such renowned venues as The Masque, Whisky Au Go-Go, and the Starwood in L.A.; San Francisco’s Mabuhay Gardens, Deaf Club, and Temple Beautiful; and CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in New York.
The Zeros have inspired and influenced so many bands. Their songs have been recorded by The Muffs, Hoodoo Gurus, and Mudhoney, and Sator covered “black and white” and it went to number 2 on the Swedish charts.
An opportunity to witness a reunion of such bonafide legends like The Zeros is not to be missed. This is Punk Rock history live and in person…and yea, “a big deal.”