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|Origin||Mesa, Arizona, U.S.|
Authority Zero is an American punk rock band from Mesa, Arizona formed in 1994. The band's style is rooted in reggae and skate punk, with Spanish/Portuguese influences. They have released five albums to date and two DVDs. The band regularly tours North America, Europe and Japan.
Authority Zero was started in 1994 and consisted of two guitarists Bill Marcks, Jerry Douglas (also performing vocals) and drummer J.W. Gordon, all from Westwood High School. This trio put a few songs together without lyrics or basslines until the summer of 1995. When that summer rolled around, Douglas was expecting the yearly visit of his friend Jason DeVore, from Wyoming. Douglas introduced his long-time friend to Marcks who asked if he wanted to be their singer.
Marcks was impressed with DeVore's ability to "write catchy songs in fifteen minutes with really sticky hooks". The two quickly enlisted Jeremy Wood on bass, who actually taught Marcks and Douglas how to play the guitar. His experience with lead guitar and musical theory separated his bass playing from others'. Not just a "follow along," his baselines were independent and yet fluid with the music. However, because of Gordon's commitment to the Air Force, his position as drummer soon had to be replaced. Classmate, skateboarder, and drummer Daniel Garcia fit this empty stool like a missing puzzle piece. He brought a new charge and tempo that evolved Authority Zero's music into a faster, more complex, punk rock style. Eventually, however, differences and family obligations led to Garcia's exit from the group.
Marcks, Douglas, DeVore, and Wood finally came upon Los Angeles native Jim Wilcox formerly of Welter/The New Militia and he completed the Authority Zero's lineup. Douglas also left the group and joined the Air Force.
After releasing a local EP that sold very well, Authority Zero released their debut album A Passage In Time in 2002 on Lava Records. The album featured a blend of genres including punk rock and reggae, with obvious Spanish and Portuguese influences. A Passage In Time included the hits "One More Minute" and "Over Seasons".
The success of A Passage In Time propelled the band into new popularity. Authority Zero appeared on many tours, such as Warped Tour, the No Use for a Name/The Starting Line tour, and Sum 41's "Sum on Your Face". The band has also toured with the likes of Everclear, Guttermouth and H2O.
In 2004, Authority Zero released Andiamo, again on Lava Records. "Andiamo" means literally "We go" in Italian, but can also be read as "And I am Zero", the title of their live DVD released following Andiamo. The album again featured a blend of genres and Spanish/Portuguese influences. Andiamo is somewhat politically charged, evident in the songs "Revolution", "A Thousand Years of War", and the cover of the song "Mexican Radio", originally written by Wall of Voodoo (the version that appears on Andiamo has lyric changes in order to make a statement against the 2003 invasion of Iraq). In the summer of 2006, Authority Zero released a live acoustic compilation album titled Rhythm and Booze on Suburban Noize Records.
The band's next album, entitled 12:34 was released on January 30, 2007. The track "Courage" was released as a single. The band toured with Rehab on the "Lack of Luxury" 2007 tour.
Authority Zero released its fourth studio album titled "Stories of Survival" on June 22, 2010 and is currently managed by Hardline Entertainment.
Authority Zero set out in 2011 on the "Swan" tour in support of a new album by Unwritten Law. According to sources within the band, they parted ways with Zach Vogel. He was replaced, by Brandon Landelius, a guitar player from The Mag Seven
Authority Zero's veteran drummer Jim Wilcox left the band in January 2012 to focus on Blue Collar Prophet his D.J. outfit.
On March 1, 2012 the band announced Sean Sellers of Good Riddance and The Real McKenzies would be their full-time replacement behind the drums.
On Tuesday March 5, 2013 Jeremy Wood has announced (via Facebook) that he has stepped down as bassist for the band again, citing personal differences, and the urge to spend more time with family, as well as explore his roots in the local music scene. Jeremy Wood now plays bass with his new band Cero Viejo(Old Zero in Spanish) with former Authority Zero guitarist Bill Marcks.
During the band's March 7 listening party with Phoenix area online radio station KUKQ, Jason DeVore announced that Mike Spero will be taking over on bass full-time for the band.
The band released their latest album The Tipping Point April 2, 2013. Authority Zero embarked on a European tour April 4, starting with dates in Russia before playing more conventional Europe dates.
In May 2015 the band recorded a live record as a 20th anniversary event at Club Red in Mesa, AZ. The band included songs that spanned over the length of its 20-year history. It will be the band's first full band live album.
On July 21 while headlining The Summer Sickness tour with CounterPunch and Rubedo, Authority Zero's tour van and trailer were stolen in San Antonio Texas. The van and trailer were recovered a few days later, but was damaged and the trailer had been emptied- more than $50,000 dollars of music equipment and merchandise was stolen. Authority Zero pushed on and decided to finish the tour with help from CounterPunch lending them their gear.
During 2015 updates from DeVore seem to hint at a new Authority Zero record. On his Instagram he has included pictures of the band in a rehearsal space demoing songs, and writing.
After joining the band in 2011, Brandon Landelius announced on Nov. 4, 2015 that following the Canadian tour he will no longer be continuing with the band.
On December 2, 2016, the band announced on their Facebook page that they have entered the Blasting Room to complete their sixth record. In April 2017, album art and title, "Broadcasting to the Nations," was announced on the official Authority Zero website. Along with the release of the album art, the band released the first single "Bayside." Then on June 2, 2017 it was officially released.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2002||A Passage in Time||30|
|2010||Stories of Survival
|2013||The Tipping Point
|2017||Broadcasting to the Nations
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart.|