Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Zeroking… American Saviours?

West Virginian modern rock band Zeroking has a new single out in ‘Dead Are Dancing’, taken from their forthcoming second full length album, American Savior.

Both single and album see the band returning to the Weapon Records/Vanity Music Group record label, after the release of their independent EP The Empire of Sin.

American Savior is an album that will be peppered with subjects ranging from world discontent to real life experiences to the obligatory “party on!” atmosphere expected from a band of their ilk.  ‘Dead Are Dancing’ stands out primarily because it addresses an issue literally right at the band’s back door.

The song concerns the growing opioid epidemic in their hometown of Huntington, W.Va. as portrayed in the 2017 documentary Heroin(e)

Zeroking guitarist and the song’s co-writer, Shane Day elaborated, “My wife would call me every morning and tell me about the ‘heroin zombies’ – as she called them – that she witnessed on her way to work.” 

That, combined with the outrage he felt after watching the Netflix documentary Heroin(e), that is what he and his fellow band members live in and around every day of their lives.  “I wrote the lyrics along with (Zeroking drummer) Chris Webb, mostly about the epidemic and those that are helping solve it but in reality; are actually exacerbating the problem and enabling the users.”

Musically, Day strived to compose a straight forward dance as well as a “scary” feel – a zombie dance.  “I had to write this song,” Day explained.  “And it had to be just right.  It needed to be heavy, catchy, dancy and immediate.  I worked and worked until I had all of the pieces in place.”

The band is rounded out by lead vocalist Andy Haught and bassist Paul First, and you can purchase the new single on Apple Music, stream it at Spotify, an catch the lyric video right here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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