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Authority Zero

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Mesa, Phoenix AZ, United States (1994 – present)

Authority Zero is a band from Mesa, Arizona . Authority Zero was started in 1994. The band has punk rock and influences, with Bad Religion, Pennywise, and Sublime as heavy influences for the band. There is also an obvious / influence in the band’s music.

The band’s latest album, entitled The Tipping Point was released on April 2nd 2013. The band toured with Rehab on the “Lack of Luxury” 2007 tour. This album is the final one featuring Jeremy Wood on bass, leaving in November 2006 due to personal differences within the band.

Lead singer Jason DeVore has also released material as a solo artist.

Authority Zero was started in 1994 when Bill Marcks met Jason DeVore at Westwood High School. Marcks didn’t actually meet DeVore until the summer of 1995, until then Authority Zero consisted of two guitarists (Marcks & Jerry Douglas) and a drummer J.W. Gordon, all from Westwood. This trio put a few songs together without lyrics or basslines. When that summer rolled around, Douglas was expecting the yearly visit of his friend Jason DeVore, from Wyoming. Douglas introduced his long time friend and Marcks jokingly asked if he wanted to be their singer, soon later it was no joke.

Marcks was impressed with DeVore’s ability to “write catchy songs in fifteen minutes with really sticky hooks”. The two quickly enlisted Jeremy Wood on bass. His experience with lead guitar and musical theory separated his bass playing from others’. Not just a “follow along,” his baselines were independent and yet fluid with the music. (Wood actually taught Marcks & Douglas how to play guitar).

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