Authority Zero frontman Jason DeVore is not shy about acknowledging some “dark” times for the Arizona punk band between its last two albums, 2007’s “12:34” and last year’s appropriately titled “Stories of Survival.”
The group was dogged by a merry-go-round of personnel changes, including the departure of bassist Jeremy Wood after a falling-out with co-founding guitarist Bill Marcks, and a subsequent split with Marcks that brought Wood back into the band and Authority Zero back to a more positive equilibrium.
“For a few years it felt like an Authority Zero cover band, like I was singing karaoke,” says DeVore, 31, though he adds that he was still vested enough to keep the group going during that time.
“A lot of it is just the time I’ve put into it,” he explains. “We’ve grown and developed as a group, and the kids who came along with it are real excited about Authority Zero. It’s beyond the point of just wanting to do it for fun. It became an important thing for me.
“Granted, that little weird period was not quite as fun, but I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I still love playing Authority (Zero) shows and the energy behind it. When all is said and done, I’ve enjoyed the path we’re on with it.”
With the band now in what DeVore considers “a more positive direction,” he’s anxious to get Authority Zero back in the studio for its next album. And he hopes it will avoid the kind of three-year gap that has marked the group’s last three albums.
“The only reason it took three years is because we were trying to figure out if we were going to be a band,” DeVore explains. “It became a real struggle, with people leaving consistently, and the people who were in the band were so fresh and new they didn’t know how much input they could put into the process.
“We’re definitely going to keep pushing the ‘Stories of Survival’ album into the first half of (2011), then maybe go into the studio again in the fall. We’ll see. After the way the last few years have been, it’ll be nice to sit back and enjoy the idea of putting an album together.”
Authority Zero, Flatfoot 56 and Lionize perform Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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