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Zao’s All Else Failed Up For Pre-Order


For the first time ever, Zao’s debut full-length, All Else Failed, will be available on vinyl. Steadfast Records has launched pre-orders for vinyl, cd, and cassette. You can pre-order All Else Failed at https://www.steadfastrecords.net/zao-all-else-failed-order. Pre-orders will ship sometime in June!

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The Meltdown 3.91


The Meltdown – The Meltdown 3.91

This week we’re celebrating 1998 with a show full of songs that turn 20 this year! That includes tracks from Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid, At The Drive-In and more.

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NPR Is Streaming Zao’s The Well Intentioned Virus

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NPR Music is currently streaming the new Zao record, The Well Intentioned Virus! I’ve listened to the record twice already this morning and it slays!! Give it a spin at http://www.npr.org/2016/12/01/502864420/first-listen-zao-the-well-intentioned-virus?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nprmusic&utm_term=music&utm_content=202801

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Listen To A Zao B-Side

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The January issue of Decibel Magazine features a flex disk with a brand new Zao track called Drifting Shadows in Walking Dreams, that will not be on the band’s upcoming LP. There are a few issues left for you to purchase (https://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/january-2017-147).

Today, Decibel made the song available to all of us hear! You can give the track a spin below.

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Zao Premieres New Tracks

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Revolver Magazine is currently streaming a new song from metalcore legends Zao. The song is called Observed/Observer. Singer Dan Weyandt said, “It is about our personal role in the material universe. We are the culmination of all that exists observing and experiencing itself, while at the same time our behaviors and actions are being observed and experienced. Oneness and nothingness existing at the same time.” You can stream the song at http://www.revolvermag.com/artist-music-song-premieres/zao-premieres-new-song-observedobserver/22545

Pre-orders for Zao’s new record, The Well Intentioned Virus, are up now at https://holymountainprinting.myshopify.com/collections/zao. That record will be out on December 9th.

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Zao Announces Release Date

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Zao has finally announced a release date for their new record, The Well Intentioned Virus. That album will be out on December 9th via the band’s new label, Observed Observer. The record will be available on vinyl, cassette, and cd, with pre-orders set to launch some time in October.

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The Meltdown 3.28

The Meltdown 3.28


The Meltdown – The Meltdown 3.28

This week I have new music from Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost and Somos, plus tracks from Thursday, Gates, and more.

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Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost Premieres 826 Video

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Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost (yes, former Zao drummer Jesse Smith) have premiered the video for their new single called 826. You can watch the video below. The band’s self-titled debut record will be out on July 8th via Stand-By Records.

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Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow

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Daniel Weyandt from Zao said Nothing’s Tired of Tomorrow was excellent. So I had to check it out.

I wasn’t prepared for the shoegaze awesomeness that was about to explode from my turntable’s speakers as I hit play but immediately I was in love with Nothing.

When Fever Queen starts, I was blown away. It’s up there as one of the best opening tracks of all time. If we just want to talk shoegaze, It’s Slowdive’s Alison good. The pounding, building drums and verbed out guitars instantly hooked me. Comparing the track to Alison is a good place to start because listen to Fever Queen gave me the same sort of feelings that I had listening to Alison for the first time. That feeling that you’ve stumbled upon something timeless and a song/band that will be one of your favorites forever. The Dead Are Dumb continue the Slowdive vibes for me. I know, I know, no bands wants to just be compared to another band. But if you have to be compared to another record, Souvlaki is a pretty good company.

From there, Nothing breaks out into their own a little more. Vertigo Flowers has a surf rock/laid back California cool vibe. It’s still fuzzed out dream pop, but less “dreamy” if you will. ACB brings some heavy to the table. Not quite post-metal/sludge/doom metal but one of, if not the, heaviest tracks on the record. I love the opening riff. Sure, if super fuzzed out, but that’s what makes it great. Nineteen Ninety Heave brings back the super shoegaze/Slowdive feel. Which I have to say, I love!

And I get it. I keep beating this Tired of Tomorrow/Souvlaki comparison drum. But we’re talking about a genre define and generational record in Souvlaki. And Tired of Tomorrow rings just as true and genuine as Souvlaki. When I make the comparison what I’m trying to say is that I haven’t heard a shoegaze record as compelling or moving as Tired of Tomorrow since Souvlaki. It’s high praise!

And what I love even more is when the bands veers into their own thing. Curse of the Sun balances being a balls of wall radio rock track with a super melodic indie chorus. Eaten By Worms continues to showcase Nothing’s love of 90’s alternative rock.

There’s a lot of nostalgia happening when I put into words what I love about Tired of Tomorrow. But when I’m just listening to the record I get lost in how beautiful and compelling it is. Yes, I reflect on what it reminds me of, but I also recognize that Tired of Tomorrow is good enough to stand up on its own without having to reach back. I mean, the 90’s are back right? Tired of Tomorrow works on every level. 5 out of 5 Stars.

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Zao To Play This Is Hardcore Festival

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I was kicking myself for not buy tickets and making the 4-5 hour drive up to Pittsburgh to see Zao play earlier this month. Luckily, I get a second chance. Zao has been added to the line-up for this year’s This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia, Pa on August 4th through the 6th. The band will be joining hardcore legends like Gorilla Biscuits, Integrity, Strife, Youth of Today, and Terror, plus many others. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1st.

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