This Saturday night is a special evening for everyone involved –Zero Zero is recording their first live album at Last Exit Live (which also happens to be LEL’s first Live Album recorded there if I’m not mistaken) and everyone is invited, there will also be filming involved. This is not a night to be missed, but it is a night to have your screams and “wooohs” recorded and your dance moves filmed if you’re into that. With support from Emby Alexander and Vial of Sound, this simply can’t be beat—also it’s Last Exit Live, which means the best sound around and those totally choice Saki drinks and craft beers. So tonight, Zero Zero will be laying down their tracks with Bob Hoag of Flying Blanket Recording at Last Exit Live and let’s face it, the more the merrier!
“Live recordings are new territory for Michael and me,” lead singerNicole Laurenne said. “We have yet to release an official live record by any of our bands.” Nicole Laurenne and Michael Johnny Walker also lead the sensational Love Me Nots. “So we are very grateful to have Bob Hoag at the helm on this album. I don’t think we would have attempted something like this without him being on board.”
It’s pretty hard to believe that it was only last October 5th that Zero Zero both played their first live show and released their album MAYDAY on the same day. First of all, they’ve played an unbelievable amount of shows in that time, secondly, their sound live have has taken on an entire new dimension in reality that far outshadows the recordings found on their debut. MAYDAY was my favorite debut from a new group in 2012 bar none, nevertheless, in the time since that release, hell, the night of the release show this was apparent as they unveiled their brilliant cover of Edwyn Collin’s “A Girl Like You.” Clearly I’ve been following this outfit from the get go, hell, before the get go, really. Recently, when I have seen their shows they have impressed me with what the songs on MAYDAY have become and I’ve always thought it should either be re-recorded and released as a full album or documented as a proper live album. Turns out I’ll get my wish.
“80/20 Records, our label, asked us to do a live album for a Fall release, which will also probably include a new studio track or two,” Laurenne said. “Our initial EP release last Fall was put out on the night of Zero Zero’s very first live show! So those recordings were kind of a shot in the dark, straight from our studio to everyone’s ears.” The recordings on MAYDAY are brilliant, but the last year of live shows and touring have given them a new life, which in fact makes their shows that much more exciting to see.
“We have played out as often as humanly possible in a variety of venues (from The Coliseum to the Casbah to the House of Blues to the Lost Leaf), learning to hone in our live sound,” Laurenne said. “We’ve had the great pleasure of collaborating with three different live drummers (Nick Ramirez, Bob Hoag, and Scott White) and singers (including Melody from Love, Palms), toured regionally, and shared the stage with many national acts (including Karmin, A Silent Film, The Burning of Rome, iamdynamite, Har Mar Superstar).”
This past year has been an educational experience for the band and they’ve taken the experiences and lessons to heart. “All of these experiences are things you draw from and learn from, as a musician. You hear every performance and every stage a little differently,” Laurenne said. “You compare your sound to the other acts playing on the same stage. You try some things that work and some things that don’t work. And you get a lot of feedback from all kinds of audiences, other musicians, bar owners, industry people, critics, etc.”
Tonight Zero Zero will document who they are in 2013 and invite you to be part of the recording. “Our live sound has evolved beyond the original EP and we’re excited to see if we can capture it,” Laurenne said. “We will also be shooting our next music video this month – for a new song not yet released – with director Christopher Leon Price from Los Angeles. So Chris will be at the show this Saturday to get some live video footage. It’s all a perfect recipe for disaster or miracles. We’ll see.”
It sounds like a perfect recipe for a great night at Last Exit Live and an exciting Fall filled with new releases and material from Zero Zero. The lineup and details are below for this exciting event.
9:30 Emby Alexander
10:30 Vial of Sound
11:30 Zero Zero
21+, Doors 8p. $5 adv / $7 door.