Orange County punks Zebrahead celebrate twenty five years as a band this year, and are continuing to put out plenty of material. Last year saw their thirteenth album ‘Brain Invaders’ drop, and they’ve already got another EP ‘Wanna Sell Your Soul?’ to go.
Opening with ‘The Perfect Crime’, the EP hits you with a full-blown assault of nostalgia, with the simple guitar hook and the energetic drums launching you straight back to the early 2000s, with a catchy chorus that already sounds like a concert staple.
‘Is It Hot In Here?’ is a short and sweet number, opening with a riff that sounds a little bit like Black Sabbath on amphetamines. When the vocals kick in, you get a sick-sounding lyric interchange between Ali Tabatabaee and Matty Lewis, reminiscent of early era Sum 41. And, with a chorus of “Get me out of here, get me fucking out of here” repeated over and over again, it’s sure to have fans screaming it right back at them.
‘Liars Starting Fires’ closes the EP with another batch of aggressive pop-punk nostalgia, with a hint of heavy metal in the verses too. It’s damn near impossible to listen to the chorus and not imagine a massive crowd of people moshing to this song, the band going crazy up on stage, and a few crowd-surfers making their way up to the front.
Zebrahead may have been around for a quarter of a century, but their music sure as hell hasn’t aged. They still sound as young and as fresh as they did at the start.
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