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Zeke – Til the Living End

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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.

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  • http://zekesgallery.blogspot.com/ Zeke

    Howdy!

    Zeke rocks, but Zeke’s Gallery rocks harder. I don’t think you’d be interested in what I’m writing around here, but I thought that you would like the juxtapositioning. If you don’t like the URL try this: http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Zeke's%20Gallery,%20Montreal

    Play Ball!

  • Chris Kent

    I’ve never really thought much of Motorhead, and I definitely would not term them punk rock. Motorhead is just old, really crappy, British wannabe Metal, and I think we all know that pretty much sucks. The old fart practically wheels an O2 tank on stage before each concert, and those leather pants look like they haven’t been washed (much less taken off that old pimply arse) since 1974. I suppose if Zeke wants to “slide” into those pants, well hell, more power to him…..

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    Chris, according to the decree of punk-approved listening of 1978, Motorhead were pretty much the metal band it was ok for folks called Sid Rotten and so on to like. They were fast as all hell, and they were named after amphetamines. Whats not to like, thought those punks, presumably. Plus, Lemmy has turned up in more Troma films than even John Lennon. Good for you, Lemmy.
    Incidently, those punks fucking hated Paul Simon.

  • Chris Kent

    El Senor Duke,

    I am well aware of Motorhead’s exception into the vastly wide open punk rock clique of the 1970s and 1980s, it doesn’t really mean they are punk in any way shape or form. I used to have that live LP of theirs – what was it? Ace of Spades or some such nonsense….It was the biggest load of shit I ever did listen to……

    As for Paul Simon, I’m not sure what field that ball came out of, though I am certain it is somewhere left of the land of Duke.

    As for Zeke, well they’re from Seattle, and as we all know, any band from that Pacific Northwest armpit is obsessively overrated….

    I would rather listen to Spinal Tap than Motorhead any day of the frigging week……

  • BRICKLAYER

    Coolest album cover of the year.

  • Eric Olsen

    Bricky, where’ve you been, bud?

  • BRICKLAYER

    Yo, Mr. O,
    Self imposed exile due to getting punched in the virtual nose for sticking my face in topics I don’t belong. I’ll stick to the little that I do know about from now on: metal, and uh, heavy metal. And pizza. Oh, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also, lots and lots of work and homelife minutiae and happenings. Brick version 3.0 on the way, sump pumps, motorcycles, motrocycle fallings, broken sump pumps, colds, and colds, and colds, and colds (and look at me! I’m in tatters! Shadooby, shattered, shattered), digging lots of big holes, pumping water out of the big holes, and breaking the neighbors surface pump, filling big holes with limestone and concrete, oh, I could go on. Anyways, thanks for asking, sir!

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Welcome back, bricklayer. And you think you know pizza? Ha!

  • Eric Olsen

    Bricky, did that rolling around in the mud and rainwater thing last summer when we had the huge rains. My parent’s house nearly flooded due to blocked drainage pipes buried deep within the muck and I had to play aquatic roto-rooter man.

    Never feel chased away: your nose is our nose.

  • BRICKLAYER

    Phillip,
    I know less about almost everything than anybody, but I must insist that in matters of the round and squared pies of delight and wonderment, I am, if not a master, then definitely a samurai in training. I come by this expertise as a result of not only masticating thousands of slices of the gooey and crusty delight (really, the perfect food), but also by having created and delivered many finely crafted meals in a box in my younger, more reckless and carefree days. I have enjoyed the lovely Chicago deep dish, and the large New York style (albeit while in New Jersey, but it was made by New Yorkers!) Why, there is even what is known regionally as a Pittsburgh style-hold the jokes please!-that seems to be one of extra thick crust, extra flat body, and not much else to distinguish itself from any other pizzas. I must note that I am a person who cares more for the sauce, and disdains too much cheese, whereas Mrs. Bricklayer is so fond of this dairy product, that I fear she would put sprinkle cheese on the Italian ice if i let her! Geez, I’m hungry.

  • BRICKLAYER

    Phillip,
    I know less about almost everything than anybody, but I must insist that in matters of the round and squared pies of delight and wonderment, I am, if not a master, then definitely a samurai in training. I come by this expertise as a result of not only masticating thousands of slices of the gooey and crusty delight (really, the perfect food), but also by having created and delivered many finely crafted meals in a box in my younger, more reckless and carefree days. I have enjoyed the lovely Chicago deep dish, and the large New York style (albeit while in New Jersey, but it was made by New Yorkers!) Why, there is even what is known regionally as a Pittsburgh style-hold the jokes please!-that seems to be one of extra thick crust, extra flat body (sounds like a few of my lady friends from back in the day), and not much else to distinguish itself from any other pizzas. I must note that I am a person who cares more for the sauce, and disdains too much cheese, whereas Mrs. Bricklayer is so fond of this dairy product, that I fear she would put sprinkle cheese on the Italian ice if i let her! Geez, I’m hungry.

  • BRICKLAYER

    Whoops, sorry about the double post, I fear I am delirious due to low sugar level. Off to the local pizzeria!

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I *was* going to have sushi for lunch, but now you’ve got me craving some deep-dish pie. Sigh.

    No, sushi it is. I’m holding firm. I’ll have pizza for dinner. :-)

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