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ZERODENT - Landscapes of Merriment


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DAI KOBAYASHI オーストラリアのバンドZerodentの2018作。バンドの特徴である軽いギターが心地いい。ボーカルのヤサグレ度も増し、怪しい雰囲気を漂わせながらも、時に泣けるメロディーを聴かせる。Alien Snatchのバンドで日本ツアーしてほしいなぁ。 Favorite track: Home.
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Stay In 02:50
I Live A Lie 02:00
Utter Power 02:04
Home 02:58
The Ring 01:48
Repatriated 02:04
Mass 02:42
The Score 02:33


ALIENSNATCH.COM (GER) Apocalyptic reign of bash´n´pop! Second album by this Perth, OZ outfit after their self-titled debut on ALIEN SNATCH! in 2016. In the meantime, they had a US-Tour with appearances at GONER FEST 13 and a Live at WFMU-set and a follow-up 7" on ALMOST READY. On "Landscapes of Merriment" you get loads of mid-tempo-crushers, solid as rock Australian punk. Typical ZERODENT is WARSAW-WIRE-sque dystopia piercing blue-collar British punk simplification. This is cliché-free, skipping phases of adolescence minimalistic songwriting. We´re more than proud to present this album from a living band and not from "lost recordings" or a reissue from ´76 and kick-off an European Tour in 2019. Songs to climb walls, rip fences and bullwhip the agendas. Check the deadly serious video of "Stay In" on your devices! Skate through Landscapes of Merriment and inhale the dust.

MAMIXIMUMROCKNROLL.COM (US) Double the pleasure with ZERODENT’s second LP. Perth’s most remote punks channel some canonical punk sounds here (and always), taking a fairly cold post-punk approach up front, but heating things a bit with an early ’80s UK punk bite. A very measured offering, but it’s got enough brains to catapult it past mere case study. Less than 300 copies worldwide, so move quickly and with purpose. (MC)

DUSTEDMAGAZINE.COM (US) OCT 2018 Zerodent, a punk rock outfit out of Perth, Australia, returns with a faster, louder and more fleshed out follow-up to its 2016 debut. The band picked up a new rhythm section in the interim, adding Clinton Bell and Dylan Prosser, which may account for increase in density. The core duo of Predrag Delibasich and Lee Jenkins remain, slashing strings and barking mad poetry, in a thrashing, slamming, stinging continuum between Wire-ish post-punk and Clash-like clangor. Landscapes of Merriment is Zerodent’s best so far, and that’s saying something. I first caught up with Zerodent during our first Bandcamp feature (we’re working on another now), and observed of the Soulmender EP that “the temptation is to compare them to blunt and basic outfits like Eddy Current Suppression Ring, the punch and hook of these three cuts links them back to angry, funny, tuneful British punk like the Buzzcocks and Half Man Half Biscuit.” Landscapes explores rougher territories, still tuneful but more bruising. The recoil from these guitar licks kicks like machine gun butts. You can get a long way on a riff and some adrenaline in this sort of music, but Zerodent goes beyond that with actual hooks and even, sometimes, melody, though often expressed through the instruments rather than Jenkins spoke-sung, workingman’s rants. The double-timed drumming and ringing guitar chords of “Stay In,” recall the sweat-soaked anthemry of the Marked Men. There’s a song in there, even if it’s hammered to pieces by aggression, and you can hear it in your head when it’s over. “Perpetual Obligation” has the same kind of melodic heft, a tune that gives shape to its rattling, battering assault. Even the super-jacked, close to hard-core “It Was Never Meant to Be,” buries a hook in its juddering onslaught, and good luck trying to get it out once lodged. This is not to minimize the sheer, onrushing exultation of a punk band on its game, punching out violent tumults of guitar, bass, drums and shouts. Zerodent does that really well. But when you come out, covered with lacerations, spilled beer and anomie, you have a song in your head, too. Score. (JK)


released September 17, 2018


ZERODENT European Tour June 2019
07.06.2019 DE - Hamburg, Komet
08.06.2019 DE - Berlin, An der Autobahn
09.06.2019 DE - Leipzig, Punkmatinee im Bowl
10.06.2019 CZ - Prague, Clown and Bard
11.06.2019 DE - Dresden, Mondfisch
12.06.2019 DE - Kassel, Goldgrube
13.06.2019 BE - Pit´s, Belgium
14.06.2019 NL - Utrecht, De Nijverheid
15.06.2019 NL - Haarlem, Houtnacht Festival
16.06.2019 NL - Hoorn, Hoornse Stadsfeesten
17.06.2019 BE - Brussels, Chaff
20.06.2019 SER - Smederevska Palanka, Punk Rock Café
21.06.2019 SER - Belgrade, Boogaloo
22.06.2019 SER - Kladovo, Border Rock
23.06.2019 SER - Novi Sad, Serbia


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