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ZERO BOYS - History Of

Reissue of post-"Vicious Circle" tracks by the original Zero Boys lineup originally released on cassette by Affirmation Records. Pro-duplicated & imprinted white shell cassette with b/w J-card & labels.
"It came out of nowhere in 1982, this punk rock/hardcore fireball with the bright yellow sleeve. In one sense, The Zero Boys Vicious Circle was yet another example of how U.S. punk seemed to peak coast to coast that year. But unlike most coastal punk, the Zero Boys were pointing the way to a scene that could accommodate heaping helpings of melody, intelligence, and rock n roll sus, not just turbo-charged ferocity.From 1979 into 83, the Indianapolis based ZBs were the finest hardcore blitz in the Midwest if not all the lower 48 states. Proof is Vicious Circle and the two decades since of copyists, bootleggers, practitioners and reunion concert pogoers.Though before and after that LPs 1982 release they recorded the Livin in the 80s 7", songs for three comps and released the post-mortem History Of... cassette revealing their transformation into a toured band warming to the metaphysical and their demise while still waving torches of rock n roll panache.... Yeah, they played shows with Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Subhumans, and others but in Terry "Hollywood" Howes guitar there was harmonious terror and unstoppable cadence. Terrys licks and chops -- a leap beyond two or three chord punk -- offered a zone and measured count for drummer Mark Cutsinger and bassist David "Tufty" Clough, a rhythm unit in par with the Minutemen if not The Meters, to run lines like quicksilver. Meanwhile, frontman, Paul "Z" Mahern provides a constant wash from beginning to end.When the Ramones lost it, the Zero Boys found it; Adding a slam brigade fist to the Blitzkrieg Beat. The Zero Boys managed to come with one of the best early 80s punk records, or one of the best records ever, period.Between Vicious Circle and History Of, the entire recorded output of this legendary Midwest punk bands original line up is, finally, collected.-¢‚Ǩ¬ù - Jack Rabid and Eric Weddle.
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