“Ride With Zeke” has quickly become the mantra for music fans who have accepted the invitation brought by on Heckler Magazine when they said, “Welcome the new monsters of rock.” It’s no doubt true that West Coast punk / thrashers ZEKE are monsters. Ever since their very first gig at the Rock City in Seattle in 1993, people have had no choice but to pay attention. Their records will assault you, and their live show will batter you. ZEKE established a nasty disposition while cutting teeth on their own brash hardcore punk.
ZEKE formed in 1993 with an original lineup of Blind Marky Felchtone, Donny Paycheck, Mark Pierce, and Dizzy Lee Roth. After releasing a couple of singles, ZEKE set out to bring their energetic recordings to the stage and established a more than formidable reputation as “the live band to beat” via concentrated regional touring. ZEKE went on to release their first two full- lengths Super Sound Racing (1995) and Flat Tracker (1996) on Scooch Pooch. ZEKE then hit the road again, unveiling a devastatingly high-octane live assault. The band was heralded as “Rock and Roll outlaws,” playing every conceivable venue that would have them. Over the course of the next decade, ZEKE continued to build national exposure signing to Epitaph Records for the release of Kicked In The Teeth (1998) and Dirty Sanchez (2000). Throughout this time, ZEKE toured relentlessly around the world playing everything from stadiums with 50,000 people, to bars with 10 people, but the spirit remained the same; rock like this might be the last show ever.
ZEKE went on to release their fifth full-length Death Alley (2001) on Aces and Eights and eventually signed to Relapse Records in October 2003. ZEKE set the cruise control to “white hot” on their Relapse debut, ‘Til the Livin’ End (2004), a relentless ride of rock and roll abandon, the album mixes punk nihilism with a hard hitting metal extravagance. An album that burned from start to finish, with supercharged guitars, electrifying leads and a raucous punk attitude race full-throttle down a highway to Hell.
Now in 2018, the Seattle punk legends return with their first new album in over 14 years entitled Hellbender! Short, fast, loud, and to the fuckin' point, Hellbender contains fifteen tracks laced with ZEKE's signature mix of hyperspeed thrash-punk and Motörhead possessed, hard as nails, rock n' roll. Complete with raucous, in-your- face production by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High on Fire, The Accüsed), Hellbender is the culmination of a band 25 years into their career, sounding more aggressive, immediate and turbo-charged than ever before! Ride to live…ZEKE Is: