Ottawa, Ontario’s infectious punk quartet ZEX has issued an official video for “Steel Gates,” the track found on the band’s second LP, Uphill Battle.
Uphill Battle is the second ZEX LP, the follow-up to Fight For Yourself finding the band continuing on seamlessly with the classic melodic punk rock approach featured on all previous output. With ten new tracks recorded at Apartment 2 Recording by Topon Das, Uphill Battle was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. ZEX‘s new “Steel Gates” video has been premiered through No Echo, who has also posted a brief interrogation with the band.
Check out ZEX’s “Steel Gates” video at No Echo RIGHT HERE.
The album is dedicated to the memory of the band’s ex-drummer Vassil Mester who passed away shortly after their Southeast Asian and Australian tour in 2015. Mark Useless (Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, D-Sagawa, Cinderblock, Dropkick Murphys) is ZEX‘s new permanent drummer since November 2016.
ZEX has played one hundred-sixty shows in twenty-two countries on every continent except for Africa and Antarctica. Following their latest European tour earlier this year, ZEX now announces new US tour dates, leading with a one-off show in Albany, New York on August 25th. Fall sees the band raging on the West Coast, with a run of shows from October 18th through October 29th, the final shows currently being locked up.
ZEX Tour Dates:
10/18/2017 Til Two Club – San Diego, CA
10/19/2017 TBA – Tijuana, MX
10/20/2017 TBA – Riverside, CA
10/21/2017 TBA – East Los Angeles, CA
10/22/2017 TBA –Los Angeles, CA
10/24/2017 TBA – San Jose, CA
10/25/2017 TBA – Oakland, CA
10/26/2017 The Colony – Sacramento, CA
10/27/2017 Casa De Punx – Fresno, CA
10/28/2017 Bako Skate Co. – Bakersfield, CA
10/29/2017 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
ZEX delivers energetic and riotous tunes, where streetfight-ready songs with a darker edge are surrounded by catchy, upbeat anthems, producing a humble, raw and inspiring culmination of straight-up melodic punk rock. Influences including Gary Glitter, The Sweet, Sweeny Todd, Suzi Quatro, Slade, Shakin’ Street, Brats, and elements of founders Blondie, The Ramones, X-Ray Specs, Vice Squad, The Partisans, and others can be heard in ZEX‘s sound. Vocalist Gretchen Steel’s clean approach is unique, wavering between the erogenous style of Debbie Harry and the rawer stylings of Joan Jett or Pat Benatar.
Gretchen Steel – Vocals
Jo Capitalcide – Guitars
Gab Hole – Bass
Mark Useless – Drums