The ska/punk group Authority Zero hails from Mesa, so it’s only fitting that it’s celebrating the release of its new album, Broadcasting from the Nations, in the Valley.
“It’s a really exciting time for us to finally release this album and it’s exciting we actually get to do that here in our hometown,” says singer Jason Devore.
While they may have toured around the world, Arizona has remained in the band’s heart. In fact, Devore and bass player Mike Spero still live in the Valley.
“A lot of people kind of jump ship and do the whole Los Angeles thing (…) and I think it kind of worked out in our benefit to stay grounded and stay out here in the Arizona and stand out a little bit,” he says.
The band’s record release party is Saturday, June 3, at Marquee Theatre and also features performances by labelmates Guttermouth and a handful of local bands.
Broadcasting from the Nations marks the band’s first release on Florida-based label Bird Attack Records.
Fans who have stuck around with Authority Zero during its 20-year-plus career will be excited to know some of its new music harkens back to its old sound.
“It’s a collaborative combination of all of the stuff we’ve done throughout our history,” Devore says. “There’s a little more ska, a little more reggae but it’s still punk.”
Authority Zero took a break from touring to write the new album. After member changes and delays, things fell into place when the guys spent time in Colorado’s legendary The Blasting Room in December 2016.
“It’s been about two and a half years in the making and we’ve almost rewritten it two or three times, as well, so we’re really excited about it,” he says.
The album’s title and the song “Broadcasting from the Nations,” recalls the voice musicians or political figures have.
“You’re out there speaking your mind and it’s going out there all over the world and you’re kind of on the chopping block in some ways,” Devore says with a laugh.
“Broadcasting from the Nations,” which features a blend of high-intensity ska, punk and pop, is the one he is especially looks forward to busting out on tour this summer.
While the music industry has changed a lot since the band released 2002’s A Passage of Time, the passion behind the artistry hasn’t.
“We pretty much just write from the hip and hope that people enjoy it,” he says. “As long as we’re happy doing it, because it’ll be played for some years, that’s what’s important.”
Authority Zero and special guests, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, $20-$35.