Zeke, Jar'd, Loose, Against the Grain, Hay Perro | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Zeke, Jar'd, Loose, Against the Grain, Hay Perro 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., April 7, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $17, $15 in advance
Seattle punk band Zeke became relevant to my clique of misguided suburban-punk friends just after Kicked in the Teeth came out in 1998. As if our high school attention spans hadn't already been annihilated enough by ______, Zeke's tower of riffs—fused together by Blind Marky Felchtone's skeezy vocals and scorching solos and Donny Paycheck's meat-and-potatoes drumming—was like some unholy Dwarves-Motorhead hybrid blitzed on trucker pick-me-ups coated in crank. Burners like "God of GSX-R" and "Revolution" didn't so much speak to us as make us want to drive faster and paint racing stripes on anything with a motor. For me and my friends, Zeke was mostly just an entertaining novelty—I mean, their album Dirty Sanchez opens with a song called "Let's Get Drugs," which is about, natch, getting drugs and using said drugs to get high. It's pretty much designed for high school halfwits. But the albums released after Zeke's peak of popularity, Death Alley and 'Til the Livin' End, prove that the band's nearly 20-year-old formula—playing short, fast, and loud, often with a middle finger or two courtesy of Paycheck—still has plenty of life in it. The dudes are working on a new full-length, their first since 2004, and if history is any guide it'll be over before it hits the 20-minute mark. —Kevin Warwick Jar'd Loose, Against the Grain, and Hay Perro open.

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