Authority Zero: "Phoenix Is Just A Melting Pot of Different Styles of Music"
For Authority Zero, 2013 has already been packed: They've accommodated new band members, new record producers, a lengthy international tour, and a brand new album, to top it off. The Mesa natives have spent a great deal of their time making all those pieces fall into place, but they've never lost focus of one of their central goals: To always bring high energy music to their ever-growing, devoted fan-base and, while they're at it, give something back to the community they call home.
Now summer's setting in and Authority Zero is gearing up to make it a little bit hotter with the Summer Sickness Tour, which rolls through Tempe on Friday, May 31st. We caught up with Authority Zero singer Jason DeVore the day after the band returned from Europe to ask him about their new album, their upcoming tour, his acoustic solo act, and the influences Phoenix can offer an aspiring musician.
Up on the Sun:How are you doing?
Jason DeVore: I'm good, man. A little jet-lagged, but I'm good.
I heard you just returned from Russia and Europe. How was playing overseas?
We had a really good time. We were there for six weeks. We had never played Russia before or Ukraine, so it was a fun new experience, and the people over there are good people. We didn't know what to expect as far as attendance or people knowing the band and our first show in Moscow was pretty rad. We had a good turnout, and the kids were going ape-shit.
Your new album, The Tipping Point, came out almost two months ago. Tell me about the new album and how you feel it's being received so far.
I'm really excited about it, to be honest with you. I'm excited with the way it came out production-wise. We've been playing a lot overseas as a kickoff tour for the album release, and it was really cool as far as the response goes, and seeing kids singing the new stuff already in such a short amount of time.
Speaking of production value, you worked with producer Cameron Webb on the new album, who's worked with some big names in punk and heavy metal. Can you tell me about that experience and the different level of professionalism?
He's a great guy. I didn't know what to expect with him, but I'd talked to Fletcher from Pennywise and they'd just done their last album with him. He said it was one of the best records they'd done production-wise in their career.
He was really cool and laid back. You didn't really see what he was doing at the time and you'd get frustrated and pissed off, like, "Why aren't you telling me what to do?" Then at the end it was like, "Oh, you were, but you just have a really crazy way of doing it." [Laughs]
Since Authority Zero is originally from Mesa, I wanted to get your opinion on the local music scene as a whole here in Phoenix. What have you seen, living here for so long and making music?
I've seen ups and downs with it; it's been a long time that we've been playing here. It's hard to give a complete 100 percent view of it, because we've been gone a lot with touring. What I have noticed--back when we were first starting out, bands were really working together and helping each other out and trying to create a scene, and not be every band for themselves. I feel like that kind of went away for a little bit.
With us taking off, we missed a little transitional stuff, but what I've seen as of late is bands starting to work together a lot more again and just being there for each other. Some bands in town, like Weird Is the New Cool and really good bands like that, start collaborating with each other and pulling it all together to create a scene again. It's had its ups and downs and I think people are really trying to work together, which I think is great. [Phoenix] is just a melting pot of different styles of music.
Where is your favorite place to perform here in Phoenix?
It's really hard to say. We've played so many places here. We've done a lot of stuff at Club Red. We have a lot of friends and family that work there and we've had a lot of good times there. Then there's the Marquee.
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After the jump: "When we're not on tour we always try to go out and support something local."