Zebrahead, the Southern California-based punk/rap-inspired rock outfit, is still going strong as they turn the page to a new chapter of their long career. Formed during the height of the Orange County punk movement, the band has always been at the forefront of punk scene, and their latest release, the EP II, is no exception.
As a long-time fan of Zebrahead, I have followed their music for many years, and I have always been impressed by their unique fusion of styles. Their music is full of energy and passion, and their songs are always thought-provoking and impactful, as with the release of II.. With the departure of vocalist and guitarist Matty Lewis, the band has welcomed the talented Adrian Estrella into the fold, and the result is a new EP that showcases the best of Zebrahead’s musical prowess.
The EP, ‘II,’ is part of a trilogy of EPs, with its predecessor III, and it is a true testament to the band’s versatility. Each track on the EP is a musical tour-de-force, showcasing the band’s incredible musical skills, as well as their knack for powerful storytelling.
From the “No Tomorrow” to “F.L.F.U,” the EP is a journey through the many facets of punk rock music, and it is sure to leave a lasting impression on any fan of punk.
The first song, “No Tomorrow,” opens with a screeching guitar and a cool riff that sets the tone for the rest of the EP. The track is a traditional anti-authority style punk anthem that delivers a message of defiance and independence. The guitar work throughout the song is exceptional and adds to the overall power of the track.
The second track, “Licking on a Knife for Fun,” takes on a more personal tone with its themes of broken friendship. The guitar work is once again top-notch, even incorporating a brief power metal style solo. The vocals are raw and emotive, conveying the pain of the struggles in a friendship.
The third track, “Evil Anonymous,” showcases Zebrahead’s ska side. With its horns and upbeat rhythm, the track is a welcome change of pace from the previous two songs. The vocals complement each other perfectly, and the guitar work is some of the best yet. That’s something I just could not get enough of throughout II.
“Middle Seat Blues” is an aggressive hard rock track that would be perfect for any workout playlist. The fast pace and heavy hitting sound of the track are sure to get the blood pumping. The song is a standout on the EP and a must-listen, and likely the one I had on repeat the most.
Finally, the EP closes out with “F.L.F.U,” a raw punk energy song with a lot of depth and emotion. The track deals with the complex emotions of a failed relationship, exploring themes of love and regret. The song is sure to connect with listeners who have experienced a similar heartache.
“II” is an exceptional EP that showcases Zebrahead’s versatility and musical prowess. Each track offers something different and unique, making the EP a must-listen for fans of punk, hard rock, and ska. The addition of Adrian Estrella has brought a fresh energy to the band and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.