Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE + Mass Appeal

"The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves... An all out rager."
–Mass Appeal

"Hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock"
–Decibel

"Sabertooth Zombie rock... Catchy and dirty and a little more creative than your average punk song."
–MetalSucks

Mass Appeal has premiered "The Headache," the opening track off the mighty Sabertooth Zombie's new EP, Human Performance IV.

Stream "The Headache," here.

The Northern California band's fifteenth release to date (!), Human Performance IV is marked for a March 3rd release on Twelve Gauge Records, the San Francisco label behind the new Youth Funeral EP and other recent records by No Sir and Nervous. Pre-order, here.

Mass Appeal's Jesse Miller-Gordon (also vocalist of the awesome Sick Feeling) calls the new Sabertooth Zombie tune "an all out rager" and states: "The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves..."

Like all the band's jams, "The Headache" is deceptively simple: a burly hard-rocker with a ripping guitar solo, it could be a good soundtrack for hauling ass down muddy roads in search of good fishing. But check out frontman Cody Sullivan's lyrics – "The Headache" opens with these gorgeously cryptic words, worthy of Kerouac or, at least, Guy Picciotto: "Do you see the roots / Hanging down like tunneling lions? / Do you see the pins of the lock / Falling out of place like attention deficit?" 

It's this conscious clash of high-brow and low-brow that makes the band great – no rules, free to be as smart and as dumb as it pleases. That is hardcore at its best.

Sabertooth Zombie hails from a NorCal scene that includes bands like Ceremony (with whom they've toured the US and Europe), Trash Talk, Creative Adult, and No Sir (with whom they share a couple members). 

Human Performance IV was recorded and mixed by Sam Pura at The Panda Studios (Self Defense Family, No Sir, North) and mastered by Piper Payne (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros).

Sabertooth Zombie's Human Performance IV record release show goes down March 14th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. It promises to look something like this.