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Album Review

Walking away from their major-label licensing deal, Arizona post-hardcore punks Authority Zero seem to be at a point of retrenchment with the surprising Rhythm and Booze. Far from merely going back to their indie punk roots, this live album is the most instantly accessible record they've ever made, but in a completely unexpected style. This is Punk Unplugged, an entirely acoustic set of Authority Zero favorites completely rearranged and reworked. Tempos are much slower, and the ska and reggae pulse that has always underscored the band's music is far more prominent. When combined with Jason DeVore's increasingly mellow vocal style, the overall effect is less Rage Against the Machine and more jam band, especially on extended workouts like the noodly centerpiece of "One More Minute" and "Super Bitch." The band's more doctrinaire punk followers, or at least those who weren't already put off by the Wall of Voodoo covers and increasing Latin influence of 2004's Andiamo, will likely find Rhythm and Booze the point at which they leave the Authority Zero party, but this album suggests even more stylistic oddity in the band's future.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Mesa, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Jason DeVore (vocals), Bill Marcks (guitar/vocals), Jeremy Wood (bass/vocals), and Jim Wilcox (drums) comprise the exotic punk sound of Authority Zero. Formed in Mesa, AZ, in 1994, Authority Zero initially started off as a five-piece with vocalist Jerry Douglas. Douglas left the group in 1999, but remained an integral part of the Authority Zero family. Over the course of the '90s, the band eagerly pushed its sound, playing countless house parties, colleges, and club shows in and around Arizona. They...
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