Stranded In Stereo: The Stranded Local Q&A: Wild Zero

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Stranded Local Q&A: Wild Zero

This week's local spotlight comes to us with a bit a grit, a dash of overdrive and everything you expect from unrelenting rock in roll. Wild Zero my friends, are not for the faint of heart. Lead vocalist Clay N. Ferno says, "We've been doing this for about three years, smashing piñatas over people's heads (see picture below), cranking our Marshalls to beyond the limit, and singing songs about dirty sex acts in tubs." Mhhmmm, everything there is to love about rock and roll. In addition to Clay, the band features Dennis, Iyad and Chris on alternating lead guitar. Chip is on bass and Damien (formerly of local BOMP! legends The Coffin Lids) rounds out the band on the trap kit.

Their latest EP, II, (available in its entirety below for download) perfectly sums up Wild Zero's sound -- the punk-tinged rock and roll started by the Stooges while supplemented by the member's modern influences ranging from the Riverboat Gamblers to the Bronx to Guitar Wolf (where they obviously got their name).
Give a listen to the EP -- I personally recommend the tracks "Hike For Beer" and "Love Eraser." If you like what you hear, then head on out to their next show, May 3rd at the Abbey Lounge in Somerville.

Read on below to see what Wild Zero frontman Clay says in response to the same five questions Stranded in Stereo always asks local bands.

Hailing from Boston, makes us better than all those non-Boston bands because

Boston is a Rock and Roll town, replete with the misery of winter (songwriting) and the glorious days of Summer (BBQs and drinking.) To be fair to the rest of the world, Iyad now lives in Williamsburg, so we can only really address SOX vs. YANKEES rivalries here. Chip also holds the unique distinction of being a METS fan. To each his own, Wild Zero says!

Name at least three bands that are still around and touring that you’d love to be on a bill with, and think it fits well
Riverboat Gamblers, Iron Maiden and The Sword. Heck, we already played with Cheeseburger (Kemado, NYC) and that was a dream come true right there.

Your favorite Boston venue to perform in is
Middle East Upstairs. I guess Downstairs is OK too, we played our very first show there!

Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically? (In that you can’t hear from simply listening to the music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing, etc.)

Tough one, but the answer, unequivocally, is equal parts Steely Dan, 311, Blind Melon, Testament, Tim and Eric, Cheap Trick and Black Sabbath. We’ve actually been waiting for someone to ask us that.
Also, does being inspired by the amount someone drinks count as an inspiration? Yes? OK, Lucero, The Men, Cocked N Loaded and Motherboar are our heros.

Your favorite local bar to hit up when not doing the whole band deal is

Have your local readers heard of The Model Café, in Allston? We’ve been there a few times…Get in before 1:30 AM is all I am saying!


Download: The full ep II [sendspace]

Catch Them Live: May 3rd at the Abbey Lounge in Somerville with The Konks, The Curses and The Acrobrats (featuring Chris of Wild Zero)

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