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|Authority Zero Announce ‘Ollie Ollie Oxen Free’ North American Tour|
|Tickets On Sale This Friday, June 25 at 10AM Local Time|
Band’s 8th Studio LP ‘Ollie Ollie Oxen Free’ Out Now
Produced by Cameron Webb (Sum 41, Pennywise, A Day to Remember, Motörhead, Megadeth) and Featuring Guest Appearances By Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) and Iagri Shuhei of HEY-SMITH
|“The Most Underrated Punk Rock Band’- Spin|
“If you have been sleeping on Authority Zero, you need to rectify that immediately. ‘Ollie Ollie Oxen Free’ is the band’s strongest musical outing and is a perfect encapsulation who and what the band is about.”- Wall Of Sound
“The amount of ear-appealing chord progressions, energetic riffs, pleasing melodies and harmonies goes beyond comprehension. Authority Zero becomes even better with age.” – Thoughts Words Action
|Authority Zero have just announced dates for their Ollie Ollie Oxen Free North American Tour, which kicks off this Fall. The tour begins on October 29 in Yuma, AZ and runs through February 5th. The band will be out in support of their 8th studio LP, the recently released ‘Ollie Ollie Oxen Free.’|
The 13-track album was recorded by Cameron Webb (Sum 41, Pennywise, A Day to Remember, Motörhead, Megadeth) and features guest appearances by Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) and Iagri Shuhei (HEY-SMITH).
Authority Zero celebrated the release of the new record with a hometown show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ last weekend and are now eager to get back out on tour to play for audiences around the country.
Frontman Jason Devore says, “Words cannot describe the excitement we all collectively feel as a group to get back on the road and stage to perform. It’s not only for the fans, but for us as a collective. We all need this. It’s a release most all of us haven’t had in quite some time and are looking so forward to getting back out and making some noise with our new album push. It will be our first time on tour since February of 2020 when the pandemic started to arise. The time has come and let’s get rad.”
Tickets on sale this Friday, June 25 at 10am local time at:
OCT 29 – Yuma, AZ @ Red Moon Ale House
OCT 30 Flagstaff, AZ @ Yucca North
NOV 05 Anchorage, AK @ Koots
NOV 07 – Silverado, CA @ Punk in the Park
DEC 03 – Las Vegas @ Backstage Bar & Billiards
DEC 04 – Salt Lake City @ Soundwell
DEC 05 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
DEC 07 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Funhouse
DEC 08 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
DEC 09 – Folsom, CA @ Folsom Hotel Saloon
DEC 10 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
DEC 11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
DEC 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
DEC 13 – San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brew
DEC 14 – Bakersfield, CA @ Temblor Brew
DEC 15 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s
DEC 16 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
DEC 17 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
DEC 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
JAN 21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
JAN 22 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
JAN 23 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
JAN 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
JAN 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
JAN 27 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
JAN 28 – Staurt, FL @ Terra Fermata
JAN 29 – Melbourne, FL @ Debauchery
JAN 30 – Deland, FL @ Café Da Vinci
FEB 02 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
FEB 03 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
FEB 04 – Austin, TX @ Kick Butt Coffee
FEB 05 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
Photo: Jim Louvau
|Authority Zero is:|
Jason DeVore (Vocals)
Chris Dalley (Drums)
Mike Spero (Bass)
Eric Walsh (Guitar)
Authority Zero has never been called “negative.” Even during a pandemic, they kept their collective chin up, put their heads down and wrote what could be called their career album.
Authority Zero’s new album “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free” takes a line from hide and seek to encourage fans to leave the COVID-19 depression behind and celebrate life. During the pandemic, singer Jason DeVore saw families torn apart by political views and COVID-19. Now that the divide has somewhat subsided, it’s time to come out and be yourself again.
“The phrasing in the title track stems from the idea of ‘come out, come out, wherever you are,’” says DeVore, who co-writes with bassist Michael Spero.
“It keeps the positive side of 2020 in mind. People have been trapped within themselves, depressed, inside of their houses. We’re separated, politically, between the left and right. It’s a matter of come out, feel free and feel a sense of no fear in some regard.”
The title track rattles those cages with DeVore’s encouraging lyrics, the frenetic blur of Christopher Dalley’s urgent drumming and Spero’s bass, coupled with new guitarist Eric Walsh’s muscular licks. Authority Zero brought along a few friends for the ride—Iagri Shuhei from Japan’s HEY-SMITH on “Ear to Ear,” while Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg guests on “Don’t Tear Me Down.”
For “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free,” Authority Zero broke from tradition and returned to producer Cameron Webb (Sum 41, Motörhead, Megadeth). Webb last worked with Authority Zero on 2013’s “The Tipping Point.”
“Working with a guy like Cameron is great because he’s just as invested in the writing process and the music in general as you are, the artist,” Spero says. “He was writing in there with us. It felt like having a fifth member for a little while.”
That “fifth member” enhanced the music and lyrics of Spero and DeVore, who hunkered down for three months during the pandemic’s grip to hash out the songs for “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free.” The two were committed to the lyrics, melodies and music — until Webb came along. That’s not a bad thing, Spero says.
“We ended up with different lyrical content than we had originally decided,” Spero says. “Jason sends a type of message that he’s always looking at the positive side of things and challenges his listeners to grow in that way. Cameron was able to go in there and push it further.”
Webb brought the best out of Dalley, too, by letting him unleash his inner Keith Moon, who, ironically, is one of his heroes. The song “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free” was written around one of Dalley’s drum ideas. Spero was so inspired that he penned the music overnight.
“I had been told by other producers to simply — keep it simple, stupid,” says Dalley, whose son is named after Moon. “He told me to play the weirdest stuff I could think of. He told me to go off where necessary. That was something I never experienced as a drummer before.”
Formerly of Pour Habit, Walsh is the latest addition to Authority Zero, having come into the band’s fold in February 2021. He’s never been far, however. Authority Zero took Walsh’s first band out on its first national tour. At age 18, he hung out in his van while Authority Zero hit the stage inside of legendary venues like Club Rio in Tempe, Arizona.
DeVore, Spero and Dalley knew Walsh was the one — right then and there — during auditions.
With its updated sound, “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free” fits in with Authority Zero’s catalog, DeVore says.
“It’s more of the times of 2020,” he says. “We really tried to focus more on the positive side of things that came from the pandemic, rather than the negative that came out of it.
“We inflect lyrics and music in an uplifting manner. We wanted to shine a light at the end of the tunnel.”