The punk scene in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, has been growing for a few years now. And one of the better acts to emerge is ZEX, who have just dropped a newfrom their forthcoming debut full-length, Fight for Yourself. The track is “Wanderlust,” and the album gets released on February 3rd.
I will warn you about the video; you might want to skip the ending if you squirm whenever someone’s nuts get “mistreated.” As for the track itself, it’s totally an old-school punk rocker with heavy riffs, lots of crashing cymbals, and a hell of an ear-worm vocal melody!
Channeling traditionalcrunch and leads into their classic punk approach, ZEX’ Fight for Yourself drops 10 insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems. The album was recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and international buzz already going for them, due to heavy widespread touring and a die-hard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight for Yourself in Canada, and now Magic Bullet Records will deliver the album to the rest world, officially issuing the release on CD and digital globally on February 3rd with an LP to follow shortly after.
Directed by bassist Gab Sex, the “Wanderlust” video takes fans on the road with ZEX, with live footage, mishaps, and general bedlam with friends and fans abroad. The footage was culled together from their August 2014 U.S. tour.
If you’re craving more from ZEX, check out the videos for “Fight for Yourself” and “Savage City” below:
Having just completed a live run through Canada, in less than a month ZEX will head overseas for their Wanderlust Tour 2015, running through Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand from February 7th through March 2nd. Additionally, ZEX will tour through North America again this spring, with dates for their U.S. Invasion 2015 May/June tour and more to be announced in the coming weeks.
ZEX Wanderlust Tour 2015:
2/07/2015 Penang, Malaysia
2/08/2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2/10/2015 Batu Pahat, Malaysia
2/11/2015 Singapore, Singapore
2/13/2015 Sidoarjo, Indonesia
2/14/2015 Gresik, Indonesia
2/15/2015 Kediri, Indonesia
2/16/2015 Solo, Indonesia
2/17/2015 Klaten, Indonesia
2/19/2015 Bandung, Indonesia
2/20/2015 Jakarta, Indonesia
2/22/2015 Brisbane, Australia
2/24/2015 Sydney, Australia
2/25/2015 Canberra, Australia
2/26/2015 Melbourne, Australia
2/27/2015 Adelaide, Australia
2/28/2015 Melbourne, Australia
3/01/2015 Auckland, New Zealand
3/02/2015 Wellington, New Zealand
ZEX delivers energetic and riotous tunes, where streetfight-ready songs with a darker edge are surrounded by catchy, upbeat anthems, producing a humble, raw and inspiring culmination of straight-up melodic punk rock. Influences including Gary Glitter, The Sweet, Sweeny Todd, Suzi Quatro, Slade, Shakin’ Street, Brats, and the like, elements of founders Blondie, The Ramones, X-Ray Specs, Vice Squad, The Partisans, and others can be heard in ZEX’ sound, with a tightly-knit musical backdrop courtesy of drummer Tasha G (ex-Gone Drinkin’, Get Wrecked, Slumlord) and bassist Gab Sex (ex-Revenge Of The Mormons), and wailing leads and solos from guitarist Jo Capitalcide (ex-Iron Dogs, Germ Attak), all fueling the vocals of Gretchen Steel, her clean approach wavering between the erogenous style of Debbie Harry and the more raw approach of Joan Jett or Pat Benatar.
Rock Hard \m/