June 21st, 2018
Seattle's long-running supercharged punk outfit ZEKE embark on their North American tour supporting Weedeater early next week, supporting their recently-released Hellbender LP, their first new album in over fourteen years.
The tour begins this Monday, June 25th in Cincinnati, Ohio, and runs through July 29th, ending in Asheville, North Carolina. Additional support will be provided by Sierra, and Unsane will also join the bill on the three Texas shows, July 19th, 20th, and 21st.
"The cynical way to look at Hellbender is that ZEKE are stuck doing the same style after a fourteen-year break, that they're not tapped into what's going on right now. But the truth is, there's always room to rub the basics down to their most exposed. ZEKE are the dive bar that's survived onslaughts of gentrification, knowing that the charm of lawless riffing and broken bottles never fades." - Pitchfork
Short, fast, loud, and to the fuckin' point, Hellbender contains fifteen tracks laced with ZEKE's signature mix of hyperspeed thrash-punk and Motörhead possessed, hard as nails, rock n' roll. Complete with raucous, in-your-face production by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, The Accüsed), and finished with cover art by Hollis Tucker and Lee Goode, Hellbender is the culmination of a band twenty-five years into their career, sounding more aggressive, immediate and turbo-charged than ever before! Ride to live...
"...despite being around since 1992 they manage to still sound quite fucking ferocious. This kind of music depends so much on delivery, and they still sell these songs like they've been recorded live at a club in a tsunami of beer and tobacco spit." - Decibel Magazine
ZEKE's Hellbender is available now on CD, LP, and digital via Relapse Records.
Check out the video for "Two Lane Blacktop"
Stream/purchase the album through all digital streaming services HERE.
ZEKE Tour Dates:
6/25/2018 Woodward Theatre - Cincinnati, OH * 6/26/2018 Night Shop - Bloomington, IL * 6/27/2018 Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI 6/28/2018 Studio B @ Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN * 6/29/2018 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO * 6/30/2018 Electric Funeral Fest - Denver, CO * 7/01/2018 Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT * 7/03/2018 Crocodile - Seattle, WA * 7/04/2018 Astoria - Vancouver, BC * 7/05/2018 McCoys - Olympia, WA * 7/06/2018 Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA * 7/07/2018 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR * 7/08/2018 Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA * 7/09/2018 Slims - San Francisco, CA * 7/10/2018 Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA * 7/11/2018 Union - Los Angeles, CA * 7/13/2018 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA * 7/14/2018 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ * 7/15/2018 Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV * 7/18/2018 Sister - Albuquerque, NM * 7/19/2018 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX # 7/20/2018 Lost Well - Austin, TX # 7/21/2018 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX # 7/22/2018 Jack Rabbits - San Antonio, TX 7/24/2018 89th St - Oklahoma City, OK 7/25/2018 Waiting Room - Omaha, NE ^ 7/26/2018 Rock Island Brewing Co. - Rock Island, IL 7/27/2018 Van Nationals - Rensselaer, IN ^ 7/28/2018 Exit-Inn - Nashville, TN * 7/29/2018 Mothlight - Asheville, NC *
11/14/2018 Klubi - Tampere, FI
11/15/2018 Tavastia - Helsinki, FI
11/16/2018 Das Bett - Frankfurt, DE
11/19/2018 Subrosa - Dortmund, DE
11/20/2018 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, DE
11/21/2018 Z-Bau - Nurnberg, DE
11/22/2018 Alte Mälzerei - Regensburg, DE
11/23/2018 Robot - Budapest, HU
11/25/2018 Arena - Wien, AT
* w/ Weedeater, Sierra
# w/ Unsane, Weedeater, Sierra ^ w/ Weedeater
"Artistry and nuance have their place, but so does kick ass, blue collar punk and roll. You can't argue with the precision and sheer intensity of these songs. This record has all the subtlety of a concrete block to the head, and nobody does that style better than ZEKE. It's not for the pretentious, but Hellbender is a solid slab of speedrock." - Punknews