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Music: Zero Boys

By Reyan Ali · June 19th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends
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Unless you’re a maven of ’80s Hardcore, it’s not likely that a mention of the Zero Boys will ignite any immediate resonance. Considering their story, that is a shame. Forming in Indianapolis in 1979 (the year of London Calling), the Boys possessed a set of traits poised to reel in dedicated fans during the peak of Punk Rock’s notoriety. Their turbulent style was led by rubber-burning guitars willing to tip toward tuneful, they had a take-no-shit lyrical approach with a decent sense of humor and that downtrodden and self-deprecating band name appropriately complemented their unrefined approach.

One document has persisted through all of this.

In 16 tracks, the 1982 full-length Vicious Circle (reissued this year on Indianapolis indie label, Secretly Canadian) captured the Zero Boys at the frenzied apex of their incisive anger. The outfit spent weeks rehearsing the material and recorded the LP in four hours. As they put together another album and revisit past stomping grounds, the group is gradually reclaiming their place as figureheads of Hardcore’s pioneering frontlines.

The band spends an evening thrashing at the Southgate House with Pincushion, The Dopamines and Hextall. Get Sound Advice here.



 
 
 
 

 

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