The Valley of the Riff is well inhabited and plentiful in its offerings and the beauty of its vast sprawl is that there is room for many. Making their presence well-known with heavy footprints and sonically indelible marks are San Jose-based Earth shakers ZED. A sound based on core principles of the blues, heaviness, groove, and feel this San Francisco Bay Area quartet is the genuine article, Ladies & Gentlemen. The sound is as organic as it is raw.
No bell bottoms, wizard sleeves, or hip huggers for this crew. It’s a barrage of head-bobbing, air-guitaring, hip-shaking, blues-driven rock as delivered by the bastards of rock & roll. With equal appeal to the fuzz-box mercenaries, stoner-rockers safety meeting in a ’74 Chevy van, and horns-thrusting metalheads pressed against the stage, this band refuses to conform or brandish a manufactured label.
Showing the maturity and confidence to explore the full gamut of their influences and what inspires them internally, ZED is set to offer their third full-length album “Trouble In Eden” with an August 26th release date on Ripple Music. “Trouble In Eden” is a literal collection of blood, sweat, and tears crafted together with raw, personal, relative lyrical content. Tales touching on religious-fueled tragedy, societal reflection, struggles with mental anguish, loss, and perseverance, this album is one for all to relate to. Drop the needle, push play, crank the knob, push the volume high and prepare to be intoxicated by the potion ZED is offering. – Dylan Dominguez-Waltz
Blasting onto the San Francisco Bay Area rock scene in 2007, ZED quickly made a name for themselves with their crushing live shows and incessant grooves. Having played together in various projects since 1998, including releasing an album with the band Stitch for Prosthetic/Metal Blade Records, Guitarist/Vocalist Peter Sattari, drummer Rich Harris and bassist Mark Aceves joined up with guitar wizard Greg Lopes to create a sound that was uniquely their own, a sound whose sole purpose was to rock, with no concern for genres, labels, classifications or rules. Drawing from their varied influences ranging from classic ’70s rock, punk/hardcore, metal and old school funk, ZED writes music that grabs you, throws you around and grooves you all at once. The band has been likened to “a pissed off Led Zeppelin with Chris Cornell meets Ian Astbury on vocals,” ZED writes songs that linger in your head long after you listen to them.
ZED independently released their sophomore album Desperation Blues in May of 2013, which garnered critical acclaim as well as charting on CMJ throughout the summer. Supporting the album up and down the west coast, ZED has played consistently through the fall of 2014 when they began focusing on writing their follow up to Desperation Blues, Trouble In Eden, which is also their debut for Ripple Music. ZED is excited and proud to be a part of the Ripple Music family and look forward to making heads bob and asses shake in 2016 and beyond.
Praise For ‘Trouble In Eden’
“Trouble In Eden isn’t just proof that there is a ton of badass stuff left to be done in rock and roll but also that Zed might be our generations rock gods. Their music is powerful and passionate, and unlike so many of their peers actually exciting.”
“Zed needed to deliver a BIG ALBUM for Ripple Music. In my mind they have delivered on all counts as Trouble In Eden is an album that offers the listener 10 tracks of pure hard rock fury.”
Outlaws of the Sun
“Every amazing album ever made has a killer opening track; Zeppelin had “Black Dog” on IV, The Who had “Baba O’Reilly” on Who’s Next and now Zed has “Royale” on “Trouble In Eden. It’s a clinic in groove that would make Clutch proud. The secret weapon and what takes all this amazing musicianship to levels unknown are the incredible vocals that are laid down in this raspy, heavy yet melodic form.”
Stoner Rock BBQ
“Zed are a band to watch. They make the old school sound modern with their own flair and musicianship. Trouble In Eden is a killer album from beginning to end.”
“ZED aren’t wasting their time trying to convince you that they could survive the 60s and 70s if they had only been born early enough for it. They aren’t throwing on bell-bottoms and taking early-day SABBATH photoshoots of themselves, nor are they trying to convince you that they take more acid than anybody can survive. ZED are simply here to rock and play some honest, skilled and catchy songs.”
“For the love of all that’s unholy, this is fantastic. Twelve seconds into song two, I actually said “Holy shit. This is great.”, out loud, alone in my house. The entire album kicked my ass. It’s heavy, it’s hard, it’s metal, it’s rock; a touch of the South, a bit o’ the psyche, a hint of doom – a smile and nod to greatness of old, but believe me this is new.”
Its Only Music, They Said.
“Putting it bluntly, if there truly is Trouble in Eden, or anywhere else, then you damn sure cannot tell it with the “Trouble In Eden” album from Zed. This is not troublesome, it is hope inspiring and reassuring because it lets us know that Rock & Roll is alive and well thanks to the likes of Zed and Ripple Music.”
“Trouble in Eden” (Ripple Music). Stoner-rock revivalism isn’t one of the newest trends rolling, but this Bay Area band, in operation since around 2007, does put together the stone-simple slam of the Black Keys and the machismo of Led Zep.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Zed pushes the boundaries of style while remaining in the good graces of the Rock Gods—proving that stoner rock needn’t be so formulaic. In Zed’s world, evolution of sound is key. And it’s an ethos that serves the South Bay troupe well, elevating them to the status of one of the region’s best rock acts.”
Your Record Collection Sucks
“2016 has been an interesting year within Psych-rock/Stoner/Desert/Space whatever scene; there’s an emergence of artists that I’d love to see break out of where they are now and gain more worldwide exposure; Zed are one of those bands. As with pretty much all of label Ripple Musics current output, this is a band that deserve a wider audience and Trouble in Eden offers the band an excellent chance to breakout and grab some well earned attention; this record is great heavy stoner rock music played with confidence, by a band that are getting bigger and better. Absolutely recommended.”
Atom Heart Mutha
“Zed get what hard rock should be about in 2016. They are unpretentious, powerful and simply in love with the magic of this type of music. This is a band who fill out their sound with the same sort of passion and fiery magic that fueled so many of those bands in the seventies.”
Two Guys Metal Reviews
“However familiar the music might be (and let’s be honest there’s plenty of bands making this type of racket right now) don’t try second guessing this lot, because they’ll plough their own furrow. It makes for a really interesting – and tasty – harvest, mind you.”
Maximum Volume Music
“Trouble In Eden is ace for anyone who loves a dirty sounding rock band.”
Rock n Reel Reviews
“I urge you all to seek out this band, buy this album, see this band in concert. They are good, they are better than good. You will love what you hear.”
Pete’s Rock News and Views
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