At some point, Motorhead will be no more. I’m sure Lemmy Kilmister will keep it going until he drops dead on stage, but there will come a day when the band will have to pack it in. When that happens, the world will need someone to carry on their work. And who can fill those shoes? Allow me to suggest Zeke as a possible replacement.
Zeke has been bouncing around the punk scene for quite some time, releasing albums on Epitaph Records and Aces & Eights, the label run by Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers. All their albums have delivered some really good high-octane punk rock, although they’ve never really gotten the attention they deserved. After a brief break-up, the band has reunited and is making another go at things with a new album on Relapse records. Hopefully, the band’s increased visibility will make Til the Living End the success it deserves to be.
The band’s recent releases have seen channeling the spirit of The Dwarves; almost every song was short and fast. The band hasn’t abandoned the speed of their previous releases, but they’ve decided to slow things down and let the Motorhead influences come to the forefront. The production’s better, but some of the songs sound like they could have come straight off of Overkill or Bomber. I wish there had been a few more fast songs on the album, but otherwise this is one of the best things Zeke has ever done.
As an added treat, the first edition of the album is currently being sold with a bonus DVD, which is chock full of extras. The DVD contains about 90 minutes worth of live footage taken from three separate shows, which is a treat for old fans and a great way to introduce new fans to the back catalog. There have been some pretty impressive bonus DVDs out there, but I’ve never seen one as nice as this one. Cheers to Relapse for including it.
Zeke isn’t reinventing the wheel with Til the Living End, but if you like old-fashioned hard rock, there are few bands working today that are better than them. If that’s your thing, then you owe to yourself to give Zeke a try.Powered by Sidelines