Led by singer Marky Feltchtone's insane, bug-eyed staccato count-offs at the start of every other song, Zeke became one of the best speed-punk bands of the '90s. With a sound fueled by model glue, heroin and plenty of Slayer and Ramones concerts, Zeke was too messy for metal, too leather-vested for hardcore. As a result, the band came up with something quite unique, despite the redundancy of its tempos and ripped-off Dwarves moves. In the end, though, the band was just too damn bludgeoning for widespread recognition. And so they broke up after a gig in London in late 2002.
Drummer Donnie Paycheck kick-started his own label with this loaded live document. It features more than 40 songs -- four tracks from their last record, four recent unreleased studio tunes and tons of varying fidelity live spitballs, stretching from a Denver bar show in '94 to opening for Pearl Jam in a stadium in 2001. If you're a fan, this'll be worth owning just to hear the Pearl Jam set -- "We're Zeke, thanks. The Wallflowers are up next" -- just as the band rips into another squealing, minute-long ode to Beelzebub.
And thanks to this album, you will have a chance to see Zeke live. Paycheck's Dead Teenager partner Ben Rew asked the band to play a reunion show for Live's release, and the gig went so well the band stayed together for another album ('Til the Living End, set for release on April 6) and another couple of tours.
Zeke with High on Fire and Dysrhythmia
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