I am not sure why it took so long for me to discover Zebrahead. This Pop/punk/rap core band has had their music in a plethora of movies and video games, and yet they have stayed off of my radar until now.
With their brand new album “Phoenix” the band has a sound that is like a blend of The Offspring, Green Day, and Sum 41. The music does have a little bit of rap in it, but it doesn’t define the music. Zebrahead makes it work for them.
Is this music hard rock? No, it isn’t. I think the harder guitar riffs and rapid fire drum beats will certainly make this music palatable to both hard rock and power pop fans.
The songs on Phoenix are extremely upbeat and easy to listen to.
Typically, I wouldn’t like a lot of music like this, but Zebrahead works for me, as they aren’t trying to sound like any of the acts that I am usually listening to. I have been playing this disc in my car for a couple of weeks now, and I have been surprised how much I have enjoyed this.
Some of the songs have a punk rock style with a heavy edge to them, and some fall more into the pop rock category.
Some of my favorite cuts are “HMP”, “Mental Health”, “The Juggernauts” and “Ignite”
As an added bonus, this CD comes with a DVD, Broadcast the World, the Fucking DVD, that is packed with Zebrahead music videos from their previous releases as well as home videos, and live footage. If you haven’t listened to Zebrahead before, this CD/DVD set is the perfect introduction to the band. I am enjoying Phoenix, and I think you will too.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Hell Yeah!
3. Just the Tip
4. Mental Health
5. The Juggernauts
6. Death by Disco
7. Be Careful What You Wish For
8. Morse Code for Suckers
10. Mike Dexter Is a God, Mike Dexter Is a Role Model,
Mike Dexter Is an Asshole
11. Junkie and the Halo
13. Hit the Ground
14. Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, But Three Rights Make a Left
15. All for None, And None for All
16. Sorry, But Your Friends Are Hot
DVD Track Listing:
Postcards from Hell
Broadcast to the World
Karma Flavored Whisky
The Walking Dead (Previously Unreleased)
Ali Tabatabaee – vocals
Matty Lewis – guitar, vocals
Ed Udhus – drums
Ben Osmundson – bass
Greg Bergdorf – guitar
What happens when a bunch of veteran punk rockers join forces to play Elvis tunes? Well, you will have to listen to the new CD, Back From the Dead to find out.
I haven’t heard an Elvis Pressley song in quite some time, and I don’t recall any recent covers of his music.
I never expected to like new variations of his music but I must admit that these new punked out versions breathe some new life into the King’s music.
The King might roll over in his grave after hearing this, and the die hard Elvis fans will cry sacrilege, but its o.k. Now there is a new Elvis CD, for rock fans to check out.
Back From the Dead is a fun, party starter type of CD that will certainly be a definite conversation starter.
Rating:Out of 10 (Those are Peanut Butter and and nanner sandwiches, in case you were wondering!)
1. Intro/That’s All Right Mama
2. Viva Las Vegas
3. In The Ghetto
4. Don’t Cry Daddy
5. Suspicious Minds
6. Burning Love
7. Blue Suede Shoes
8. Devil In Disguise
9. A Little Less Conversation
10. Little Sister
11. Wonder Of You
12. Love Me Tender
13. My Way/Outro
G.G. Elvis and the TCP Band is:
Elvis of Nazareth – Tony Cortez – guitarist from Ill Repute – Guitar
Little Sister – Sara – Backup Vocals
Elvis 56 – Horhay – Guitarist from the Bad Samaritans – Bass
Elvis Vicious – Dave Casillas – Guitarist from NOFX – Lead Guitar
Has Been Elvis – Larry White – Drummer from Agression & Stalag 13 – Drums
G.G. Elvis – Eric Lara – Singer from the Bad Samaritans – Vocals