Jason Devore & Mike Spero (Authority Zero), Scott Russo & Chris Lewis (Unwritten Law), Scott Reynolds (ALL), Rami Krayem (Cigar)
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Jason Devore & Mike Spero (Authority Zero)
Mesa, AZ based punk rock royalty AUTHORITY ZERO has managed to weather the music industry storm and endure living on the road away from friends and loved ones for almost 2 decades. With four studio albums under their belt, two live acoustic albums, and two EP’s, they appear to be just getting started. Over the past few years the band has broke ground internationally, beginning with shows in Japan, followed by performances at Belgium’s legendary Groezrock, Spain’s Resurrection Fest and UK’s Rebellion Fest amongst countless other European festivals. With tours through Russia and Australia in the works, AUTHORITY ZERO continues to seek new destinations to spread their live show and music.
Initially their goal was simple; create a sound that paid tribute to their punk rock forefathers, but not confined by the musical barriers that typically bound the genre together. Now,18 years later, they have just wrapped on their fifth full-length studio album. Named after the Malcolm Gladwell book, The Tipping Point was recorded with producer Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Social Distortion, Motorhead etc.) at Maple Studios in California. Their latest effort pays tribute to their punk rock forefathers while expanding their musical boundaries into unconventional reggae and rock tinges beyond the typical punk rock aesthetics, creating a whirlwind rock album that will undoubtedly take listeners by storm.
The new album is set to be released on April 2nd via Hardline Entertainment-US/Canada/Japan, Concrete Jungle-Europe/UK and 3wise Records-Australia and will be followed by a heavy touring schedule around the globe. Lead Singer and Front Man, Jason DeVore says “The excitement and anticipation for the new album The Tipping Point that I have is unparalleled,” says vocalist Jason DeVore. “The closest thing I can think of is how I felt when we first released A Passage In Time so many years ago. You feel you’re really doing something right when you and the members of your band are rocking out to it like it’s their new favorite album that just came out. That’s how it should feel. The energy, the intensity, and collaborative sounds along with a new realm of production working with Cameron Webb has made it extremely intense. It’s a taste of the old school and slingshots into new areas and veins of music we have yet to tap into. We’ve also incorporated some surprise elements. It’s an album based on the idea of tipping the scales, unity, causing a ruckus while forging on, and the history and future of all who have been involved and will be for years to come. We’re fired up.”
Eighteen years into their storied career began and Authority Zero has seen their fair share of ups-and-downs. After original guitarist and longtime friend Bill Marcks left the band in 2008, members have seemed to come and go, but the band and music has carried on. Recently, after the release of their last album, Stories of Survival, guitarist Zach Vogel departed the band to return to his home in Wisconsin for more family time. Shortly after that and with the turn of the New Year in 2011, long time friend and drummer Jim Wilcox also left the band to pursue other endeavors.
At this point, many bands would have folded under the pressure of lineup changes and setbacks, but the rest of the band carried on by inviting new recruits and Amarillo, TX native Brandon Landelius on guitar along with legendary punk drummer, Sean Sellers (Good Riddance, Real McKenzies) on drums to restructure and complete the group. With their fifth studio album The Tipping Point, Authority Zero is determined to carry on with perseverance and dedication to spread their music and message to fans around the globe.
Scott Russo & Chris Lewis (Unwritten Law) formed in the early 1990s in Poway, California under the direction of drummer Wade Youman, vocalist Scott Russo, guitarists Rob Brewer and Steve Morris, and bassist John Bell. The band quickly garnered the attention of Southern California locals with their uncanny ability to combine punk sensibilities with a power pop, rock and alternative flare. This unique twist to an already buzzing punk scene enabled Unwritten Law to stand out amongst their peers.
The band released their first cassette demo in 1992, followed by 7” vinyl single B lurr in 1993 and their debut album, Blue Room, in 1994. Released on a local Southern California label, Red Eye Records, B lue Room established the band’s early sound and appreciation for fastpaced punk rock with songs like “CPK,” “Shallow,” and “Suzanne.” With the rapidly growing fan base, Unwritten Law caught the attention of Epic Records, who later signed the band in 1996 and released the band’s sophomore album, Oz Factor bringing classic hits like “Denied” and “Superman.” It was during this time that the band would tour the US with California natives Blink182 and Pennywise. Just a year later the band signed to Interscope Records, original bassist John Bell left the band, and Pivit bassist Micah Albao joined them in the recording of their selftitled album, Unwritten Law. In 1998, the band released their third studio record featuring classics like “Lonesome,” “Cailin,” and “Teenage Suicide” which later became hits on multiple rock radio stations. It was during this time that Pat “PK” Kim, formerly of Sprung Monkey, would join the band as their new permanent bassist and embark on their first Vans Warped Tour.
At the top of the millennium Unwritten Law made considerable movement in their career with their follow up album, Elva. The multiplatinum record showed Unwritten Law’s notable stylistic change of pace where the band moved away from their established punk rock formula towards a more accessible hard rock sound. This is evident in the band’s widely recognizable hit “Seein’ Red” which climbed to No. 1 on the US Modern Rock charts and it was at this time that they band would tour with heavyhitters, Sum 41 and The Used. Following their successful release the band was invited by VH1 to film an episode of the live acoustic series Music In High Places. Set in the magnificent fields of Yellowstone National Park, the band recorded what is to be known as some of the most significant tracks of their time. Signed to Interscope Records at the time, the label declined the album and it forced the band to sign with Lava Records who released the series as an album and later a DVD entitled, Live in Yellowstone. From the album, “Rest of My Life” received significant acclaim and would rise to the top of the Modern Rock Stations nationwide and “Celebration Song” would be featured in soundtracks Need For Speed: Underground 2 and MX vs. ATV unleashed. Immediately following, Wade Youman was ejected from the band due to personal and professional issues which would allow No Doubt’s drummer Adrian Young and Pulley’s drummer Tony Palermo to accompany the band on their forthcoming project, Here’s To the Mourning.
Scott Russo and girlfriend Aimee Allen cowrote majority of the lyrics on this album including the lead single “Save Me (Wake Up Call)” which reached No. 5 on the US Modern Rock charts and “She Says.” It was also at this time that the band permanently welcomed Tony Palermo, removed Rob Brewer from the band, and chose to continue on as a 4 piece.
Immediately following the band released The Hit List, a “best of” album which included 17 of the band’s most prominent songs including a classic hit “Shoulda Known Better” which was rerecorded to reflect the new lineup. It was the following year that the band filmed a DVD entitled, Live and Lawless featuring newly promoted drummer, Dylan Howard through Suburban Noize Records and is said to capture the pure essence of the band’s live stage energy.
Taking some time to reenter the studio the band was marred by drugs, alcohol, and personal struggles that made their 2011 Swan a very heartfelt album. The album welcomed singles “Starships and Apocalypse” and “Dark Dayz” and it was at this time that the band would return to the Vans Warped Tour where they got their start. With Kim and Morris leaving the band it left room for Youman to return to Unwritten Law and reform with Russo. Following Youman’s return, Derik Envy and Kevin Besignano both left the band, being replaced with Johnny Grill (Russo’s younger brother) and Chris Lewis (Fenix TX), to complete the current lineup. Unwritten Law is gearing up for the new release of Acoustic, their highly anticipated eighth studio album due out April 1, 2016 via Cyber Tracks, owned by El Hefe (guitarist of NOFX) and wife Jen Abeyta. Acoustic is a masterful 13 track record filled with newly rerecorded Unwritten Law hits from Unwritten Law, Elva, Here’s To The Mourning, Swan, and The Hit List into flawless acoustic renditions. The emotionally rich album will also feature two brand new tracks including “Huartbreaker” a cover originally performed by John Legend and MSTRKRFT and “Belongs To You,” written by Scott Russo. The album features Scott Russo (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Lewis (Guitar, currently in Fenix TX), Johnny
Grill (Bass), and original drummer Wade Youman; produced by Jim Perkins and Scott Russo, Additional production by Chris Lewis and Joe Marlett, Mixed by Joe Marlett, and Mastered by Tom Baker of Baker Mastering.
Scott Reynolds (All)
Reynolds was pop-punk band ALL's second lead singer, replacing Dave Smalley in 1989. He recorded and toured with the group extensively from 1989 - 1993. His songwriting contributions with All were notable; his Dot off 1993's Percolater was the group's first single not written by drummer Bill Stevenson. Reynolds left ALL in 1993 reportedly due to differences in the band regarding touring schedules.
All formed in suburban Los Angeles in 1987 when Milo Aukerman, the lead singer of The Descendents, left to pursue a graduate degree in biochemistry, forcing the band into a hiatus. The remaining members, guitarist Stephen Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez, and drummer Bill Stevenson decided to carry on as a band, adopting the title of the Descendents’ last studio album, All, as their official moniker.
Rami Krayem (Cigar)