TRACK PREMIERE: ZIG ZAGS “HUMANS MARCH (LET’S DIE)”
L.A.’s much-loved Zig Zags (including L.A. RECORD contributor Jed Maheu, who has a Royal Trux interview in our most recent issue) put out their latest They’ll Never Take Us Alive back in May, and now they’re just about to re-release their earliest music, too. 10-12-18 is a 2XLP collection of demos, rarities and oddities, ripped from the crypt in which they’ve lain for too many years, and L.A. RECORD is humbled to premiere stygian album closer “Humans March (Let’s Die).” Longtime readers may remember this in its original form as part of a split soundtrack 7″ for the debut issue of The Humans comic book by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely.
Zig Zags are monsters when it comes to both slow-mo brain-burners and hammer-down punk ‘n’ roll, and “Humans March” offers one of each—they said it couldn’t be done, but it somehow perfectly incarnates the actual spirit of a simian biker gang from an alternate-universe 1970s. (And yes, of course it breaks so you can hear the motorcycle engine rev up.) 10-12-18 was released as Burger’s 10-12 cassette in 2013, and like the original, this extremely welcome double-vinyl issue by San Pedro’s supercharged Nomad Eel label matches a selection of Zig Zags’ early 7″s with the 2010 Party At Dave’s House demo, home of primordial classics like “Psychomania” and “Randy.” If you missed that party at Dave’s house, this is a mandatory pick-up. It’s available now here—get it before it gets away! Coming fall shows—including San Diego on Sept. 14—and a blurb from the band below—oh, and a video by Jessica Hundley for eternal Zig Zags ripper “Magic,” just so we can all recall the good times.
“Originally released as a cassette only collection on Burger entitled “10-12.” Zig Zags – 10-12-18 …rarities, b-sides, and more…has been remastered and compiled with new tracks for the first time ever on vinyl. This compilation traces the evolution of an acoustic two piece into the firebreathing punk fucking metal monster Zig Zags would become. The tracks on 10-12-18 are compiled in sequential order allowing the listener to hear for themselves as the band navigates through the early stage jams and actually learning how to play their instruments (kind of). Sides 1 and 2 contain the aforementioned 10-12 cassette made up of demos and singles on Mexican Summer, Tubesteak Tuesday, and Who Can You Trust Records? The second LP picks up with a newly focused lineup and OOP 7” singles from Volcom Entertainment, In The Red Records, Chrome Banana, and Famous Class Records. Like the original Burger Records cassette, the vinyl version is limited to 300 copies.”
9/14 San Diego @ Manhattan Bar
9/19 Seattle @ Black Lodge
9/21 Portland @ Dante’s “Northwest Hesh Fest” w/ Poison Idea, Red Fang Big Business and more….
11/7 Houston @ Rudyard’s W/ RIP
11/8 Dallas @ Gas Monkey w/ High On Fire, Integrity
11/9 Austin @ Levitation “Riding Easy Showcase”
11/12 San Antonio @ 502 Bar
11/14 El Paso @ Monarch
11/16 Mexicali @ Taberna Laberon