ZED ‘Volume’ Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

Ball-tearing, hell-raising rock’n’roll is as welcome as free beer at Hacienda El Jefe, so news of a new LP by Bay Area band Zed was greeted with open arms. I have in my possession a couple of their earlier albums, and both kick arse, so I jumped feet first into the latest one, aptly titled Volume.

So the Bay Area has long been a breeding ground for great music and band. Blue Cheer and Jefferson Airplane, CCR, the DK’s as well as a plethora of metal and hardcore bands, so it’s in Zed’s DNA to produce great music. As with all my fave shit, Zed don’t imitate. Sure, everyone has influences, and some bands just display them more prominently than others but the bands who draw on their heroes and go on to breed their own linage always seem to me to better create great, original music, and Zed are just one of those bands. Continue reading


Here’s a few of the Desert Highways team’s Top lists for 2018. Thank you all for your support again throughout 2018, it’s very much appreciated! Also a massive thanx to all of our contributors. Very proud to work with such an incredibly talented group of people!

Mark Ireland – Writer.

Best gigs 2018:
Power TripBendigo Hotel.
Roger WatersRod Lavar Arena.
MAMMALCroxton Bandroom.
Streaker Gate Benefit GigGasometer.
Meredith Music Festival: The Presets, Billy Bragg, Little Ugly Girls.
The Stems, Even Northcote Social Club.
Boogie Festival: Cable Ties, Clowns, The Southern River Band, Birdcloud, Cash Savage.
Golden Plains Festival: Mogwai, Baker Boy, Black Angels.
Stiff Little FingersCroxton Bandroom.
Download Festival: NoFx, Hot Water Music, Prophets of Rage, Arch Enemy.
BeckMargaret Court Arena.
David ByrneMargaret Court Arena.
The Demon Parade – Psych FestThe Tote Hotel.
Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, El Colosso Sookie Lounge.
ShameThe Tote Hotel.
Future Of The LeftThe Old Bar.

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