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Going for 20: Authority Zero marks two decades of making punk rock

Punk rock band Authority Zero is touring in support of its current album, “The Tipping Point.”

Punk rock band Authority Zero is touring in support of its current album, “The Tipping Point.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jason DeVore is only four shows into his current tour and this one has been a little tough.

While filming a music video for the single, “Lift One Up,” DeVore managed to crack a rib.

“This isn’t good for a singer,” he quips during a recent interview. “It gets sore but I’m trying to be conscious about it. I’ve had injuries in the past but this one stands out more than others because it’s hampering my singing.”

DeVore is the singer for Mesa, Ariz.-based punk rock band Authority Zero.

The band began in 1994 and will celebrate its 20th year this year. Along with DeVore, the band includes Brandon Landelius, Mike Spero and Sean Sellers.

Authority Zero has been touring in support of its 2013 release “The Tipping Point.”

While the album has been out for nearly a year, DeVore says the quartet already has been playing with some ideas for the band’s next album.

“In the past, we’ve waited a good two or three years in between albums,” he says. “In this day and age, people forget easily about bands. If you aren’t doing something new, then you’ll be forgotten.”

DeVore says the band is playing with the idea of releasing EPs or even singles online.

“We may do something like Bouncing Souls did a while back,” he says. “Release a single a month and then put them all together on an EP. We’re just looking at ways to keep our music out there and keep it fresh in people’s minds.”

In making “The Tipping Point” DeVore says the band switched up its process and also hired a new producer. He says the entire album was a collective effort rather than having songs written just by DeVore.

“We were inspired with the entire feeling of this album,” he says. “We got rejuvenated and were recording in California. All of this provided a uniqueness and freshness to the entire album.”


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