ZED’S ALIVE, BABY!
It’s gonna be a whole new experience for West Coast US heavy rockers Zed coming to the UK and having their name mean the last letter of the alphabet. That is, of course, just one aspect of the new experience the hard-hitting four-piece are set to have, since their trip to Desertest 2019 will also mark their first international excursion since getting together more than 10 years ago!
Zed have been working toward it though almost all the while. In 2013, they released their debut long-player in Desperation Blues, which was just recently reissued by Ripple Music, and even those formative beginnings -- actually, they had an EP out before that, but stay with me here -- showcase a drive toward catchy hooks, aggressive riffs and songs that play your eardrums like the punching bags they are.
Their second record, Trouble in Eden, came out in 2016 on Ripple, and it’s found them touring all around the US -- east, west, north and south -- playing festivals like Maryland Doom Fest and New England Stoner and Doom Fest, Borderland Fuzz Fiesta, SXSW and more. All the while they’ve maintained their central purpose in belting out no-frills, no-BS heavy rock, flying in the face of what one might expect coming from the psych-jam hotbed that is the Bay Area and California generally these days.
As Zed leave American shores for the first time, the only thing to do is prepare a proper welcome as they hit Desertfest this May. And also to tell them their name isn’t just a Pulp Fiction reference anymore.
Words: JJ Koczan