Biography

ZVI is the solo output of Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So is the Tongue). Slowly taking shape over the course of a few scarce live outings and recordings dating back to 2004, Varod’s self-titled debut was finally released in 2014. Death Stops Us All followed in 2016, featuring guest vocalist Alan Dubin of Khanate/Gnaw, engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), and the mastering talents of James Plotkin (Khanate) to better capture Varod’s expansive sonic palate.

The past several years have seen ZVI embark on several tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for acts such as The Black Queen, Mouth of the Architect, Jonah Matranga (Far, etc.), and Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as a slot on the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands alongside Converge, Godflesh, Zola Jesus, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with Deer Pink. In collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris), Varod’s third full-length offering introduces psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines while almost flirting with pop melodies and forms. The six-track LP was mastered by Brian Pyle of Ensemble Economique, features contributions from Carl Gene, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3, Tartar Lamb, Vaura), and Matthew Keys (A Fucking Elephant), and is complemented by the artwork of Paul Cristina. Deer Pink will be available in Spring 2019 via Nefarious Industries on CD/Digital, as well as a special limited edition 7” single.

(Photo by Justina Villanueva)

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ZVI: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres “Follow The Snake” Video; Deer Pink Full-Length By Kayo Dot/Psalm Zero Member Out Now On Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva
[photos by Justina Villanueva]

Eclectic rock/experimental outfit ZVI, the solo output of Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero), has issued a new video from the Deer Pink full-length, which saw release this spring through Nefarious Industries. The track’s new visual accompaniment makes its debut through a premiere hosted by Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

Since 2014, ZVI has embarked on several tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for acts such as The Black Queen, Mouth Of The Architect, Jonah Matranga (Far, etc.), and Telefon Tel Aviv, including a slot on the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands alongside Converge, Godflesh, Zola Jesus, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

In collaboration with producer/engineer/mixer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris), Varod’s third ZVIfull-length Deer Pink introduces psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines and more of a focus on melody while still maintaining an experimental edge. The six-track album was mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and features contributions from Carl Gene, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), and Matthew Keys (East Of The Wall, A Fucking Elephant), and is complemented by the artwork of Paul Cristina.

The new “Follow The Snake” video was created by New York-based artist Joan Pope (Temple Ov Saturn). The track starts off with a juxtaposition of clean baroque-esque guitar melodies over ‘90s drum and bass inspired beats, and alternates between this and a downtempo trip-hop feel with soaring analog synths, and Varod’s crooning vocal front and center.

Writes Heavy Blog Is Heavy with their premiere of the video, “Varod’s latest ZVI full-length boasts an ambitious series of experimental rock compositions that seamlessly blends electronic and analog elements. From adventurous guitar passages to synth-driven soundscapes, Deer Pink should be on every experimental music fan’s radar. ‘Follow the Snake’ is an excellent example of this formula in action… If you haven’t already, use this as an excuse to at least listen to Deer Pink in its entirety. Varod continues to demonstrate he should be considered a key player in the experimental landscape, a trend which will no doubt continue with his future output.”

Watch ZVI’s “Follow The Snake” video at Heavy Blog Is Heavy RIGHT HERE.

ZVI’s Deer Pink is out now through Nefarious Industries on CD and digital platforms, with a special limited edition 7” vinyl version of the single also available. Place orders via the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Also see the prior video for “Dear Pink” HERE.

Surrounding the release of Deer Pink, Varod has embarked on several regional US tours in support of the record, after which he relocated from Northern New Jersey to Portland, Oregon in recent months. Watch for new live performances and more on ZVI to be announced over the months ahead.

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ZVI: Deer Pink – Everything Is Noise

“Drone is a genre that gets a lot of worried looks. ‘Isn’t that just listening to the same note over and over again for hours?‘, I can already hear someone say. Well, gladly I have the perfect artist right here to give you a taste of what very good drone can be. ZVI with his new album Deer Pink guides us into a strange world juxtaposed between colorful tape music sounds and bleak drone. The first track “Kettle Dreams” […] has an almost operatic feel to it now, slightly reminding me of Pink Floyd’s accompanying movie to their record The Wall. This is music at its most creative.” – Everything Is Noise

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Review: ZVI Deer Pink – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“At its core, Deer Pink sounds like Loren Connors playing his signature style of bluesy, free improv guitar in a post-apocalypse world soundtracked by Trent Reznor‘s more atmospheric work. The dynamic, expansive palette this implies should be unsurprising, given Ron Varod’s work with Kayo Dot and Psalm Zero outside his output under the ZVI banner. The collection of tracks on Deer Pink are exceptionally composed and fine tuned down to every last detail, leading to vast atmospheres that still feel meticulously crafted. […] Deer Pink allows listeners to traverse a rich web of textured soundscapes replete with bold, exceptional ideas. Fans of the broader web of Kayo Dot alumni will undoubtedly enjoy the trip.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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ZVI: Deer Pink Full-Length Streaming At New Noise Magazine; Album Out Friday Via Nefarious Industries + West Coast Tour Continues – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva
[photos by Justina Villanueva]

New Noise Magazine is now streaming Deer Pink, the new album by ZVI – the solo project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Ron Varod, known for his roles in Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and more. The advance album stream premieres on the eve of the album’s official release tomorrow through Nefarious Industries, as Varod continues touring the West Coast in support of the record.

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with the Randall Dunn-produced Deer Pink.

Varod offers, “The initial ideas for this record are absolutely made from the palette that I’ve developed for myself while working with my peers in Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, and Sabbath Assembly over the past few years. After we did basic tracks, I approached it like a remix album where I took very dry minimal gothy guitar/synth songs and programmed drums to satisfy the ‘90s trip-hop itch I’ve been thinking of scratching for close to twenty years but never got to until Deer Pink.”

Stream ZVI’s diverse Deer Pink album at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Also see the recently unveiled video for “Dear Pink” HERE.

Nefarious Industries will issue ZVI’s Deer Pink on CD and digital platforms this Friday, April 12th. Place orders, including merch bundles, at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Following a four-date trek through Southern California this week, Varod continues playing the West Coast in support of the album. Today he begins a three-date Pacific Northwest run alongside To End It All and Xiphoid Dementia, with shows in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland.

ZVI Tour Dates:
4/11/2019 Teatro de la Psychomachia – Seattle, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Vanessa Skantze, Lye Feast [info]
4/12/2019 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Clayface [info]
4/13/2019 Azoth – Portland, OR w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Caustic Touch [info]

Fully written by Ron Varod, who contributes vocals, guitars, synths, programming, and electronics, ZVI’s offers six lush tracks delivering a diverse forty-six minutes of avant/experimental tones and movements, the album introducing psychedelic analog synths and trip-hop inspired drum machines while flirting with pop melodies. The LP was engineered, produced, and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris) and mastered by Brian Pyle of Ensemble Economique. The record features contributions from Dunn as well as Carl Gene, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3, Tartar Lamb, Vaura), and Matthew Keys (A Fucking Elephant, East Of The Wall), and is complemented by the artwork of Paul Cristina and layout by Greg Meisenberg.

Watch for additional videos, tour dates, and more on ZVI to be issued in the weeks ahead.

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Experience the powerful visual of ZVI’s “Dear Pink” – CVLT Nation

“Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Sabbath Assembly, etc) has created one of the most moving records of 2019, which is why we feel so honored to be sharing with you this amazing video… This record is sonic proof that music has the power to build and destroy. ZVI’s music is making me feel human again!” – CVLT Nation

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ZVI: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Dear Pink” Video As Tour Begins; Deer Pink Album By Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero Member Out Next Week Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva[photos by Justina Villanueva]

Deer Pink, the new album by ZVI – the solo project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Ron Varod, known for his roles in Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and more – is set to be issued next week through Nefarious Industries. Ahead of its release, Varod kicks off a West Coast tour this week, leading with a one-off show in Philadelphia, and in conjunction with the dates, the mesmerizing new video for the song “Dear Pink” makes its debut through an exclusive at Cvlt Nation.

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with the Randall Dunn-produced Deer Pink.

Varod offers with the release of the “Dear Pink” video, “After we laid down some guitars and synths during the first sessions for this record, Randall suggested doing some drum programming at home before we got together again. When I thought about how I wanted to approach the beats I started having flashbacks to me as a teen, sitting at home drawing comic books listening to the Lost Highway and Spawn movie soundtracks in my room. I got way back into ‘90s trip-hop and electronica and used that as a jumping off point for fleshing out the album.”

With the premiere of the “Dear Pink” video, which was created by Emily Harris, Cvlt Nation writes how Varod, “has created one of the most moving records of 2019, which is why we feel so honored to be sharing with you this amazing video… This record is sonic proof that music has the power to build and destroy. ZVI’s music is making me feel human again!”

See ZVI’s entrancing and surreal “Dear Pink” video at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will issue ZVI’s Deer Pink on CD and digital platforms next Friday, April 12th. Find preorders, including merch bundles, at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Varod kicks off a tour this week supporting the album, leading with a one-off in Philadelphia this Thursday, April 4th with Gargoyl, featuring members of Revocation and Thanifaxath. From Philly, he flies out to the West Coast for two blocks of touring, beginning with a four-date trek through Southern California April 4th through 7th alongside Jerkagram, with other acts including No Lights featuring members of Kowloon Walled City and more also playing throughout the run. Directly following the tour, ZVI heads north for a three-date Pacific Northwest run April 11th through 13th with To End It All and Xiphoid Dementia.

ZVI Tour Dates:
4/04/2019 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gargoyle, Shardik [info]
4/05/2019 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Thief [info]
4/06/2019 The Sorting Facility – Paso Robles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Malfet [info]
4/07/2019 Elbo Room – Oakland, CA w/ Jerkagram, Ensemble Economique, No Lights [info]
4/11/2019 Teatro de la Psychomachia – Seattle, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Vanessa Skantze, Lye Feast [info]
4/12/2019 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Clayface [info]
4/13/2019 Azoth – Portland, OR w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Caustic Touch [info]

Fully written by Ron Varod, who contributes vocals, guitars, synths, programming, and electronics, ZVI’s offers six lush tracks delivering a diverse forty-six minutes of avant/experimental tones and movements, the album introducing psychedelic analog synths and trip-hop inspired drum machines while flirting with pop melodies. The LP was engineered, produced, and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris) and mastered by Brian Pyle of Ensemble Economique. The record features contributions from Randall Dunn as well as Carl Gene, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3, Tartar Lamb, Vaura), and Matthew Keys (A Fucking Elephant, East Of The Wall), and is complemented by the artwork of Paul Cristina and layout by Greg Meisenberg.

Watch for additional videos and more on Deer Pink to be issued in the weeks ahead.

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Zvi (Kayo Dot) releasing ‘Deer Pink’ (stream “Kettle Dreams”) – BrooklynVegan

Anna Calvi meets Peter Gabriel meets Glassjaw? That’s a pretty apt description for this mind-bending, slow-burning song. It starts out with just some psychedelic electric guitar, but it turns into something much grander.” – BrooklynVegan

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ZVI: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Kettle Dreams” Single; Deer Pink Album By Solo Project Of Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero Member Ron Varod Nears Nefarious Industries Release – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva[photos by Justina Villanueva]

BrooklynVegan is premiering the new single from ZVI’s new full-length album, Deer Pink, which is nearing release through Nefarious Industries in April. ZVI is the eclectic solo project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Ron Varod, known for his roles in Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and more, and the new song, “Kettle Dreams,” features guest bass guitar from Varod’s friend Toby Driver (Secret Chiefs 3, Kayo Dot, Maudlin Of The Well, Vaura).

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with Deer Pink.

Varod offers with the “Kettle Dreams” premiere, “The first half of this track is unapologetic Anna Calvi worship, the drum programming and synths on the second half are Peter Gabriel inspired and I can’t help but try to emulate Daryl Palumbo from Glassjaw’s vocals since I was fourteen years old. The eclecticism of this song lends itself to the bipolar nature of this whole record musically and lyrically. I wanted to kick off LP #3 with something unique from all the past ZVI records and the other bands I’ve played in. For me it really stands out and might be my favorite track on the album.”

Writes BrooklynVegan of the track, “Anna Calvi meets Peter Gabriel meets Glassjaw? That’s a pretty apt description for this mind-bending, slow-burning song. It starts out with just some psychedelic electric guitar, but it turns into something much grander.”

Stream ZVI’s “Kettle Dreams” only at BrooklynVegan HERE.

Fully written by Ron Varod, who contributes vocals, guitars, synths, programming, and electronics, ZVI’s Deer Pink offers six lush tracks delivering a diverse forty-six minutes of avant/experimental tones and movements, the album introducing psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines while flirting with pop melodies. The LP was engineered, produced, and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris) and mastered by Brian Pyle of Ensemble Economique. The record features contributions from Randall Dunn as well as Carl Gene, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3, Tartar Lamb, Vaura), and Matthew Keys (A Fucking Elephant, East Of The Wall), and is complemented by the artwork of Paul Cristina and layout by Greg Meisenberg.

Nefarious Industries will issue ZVI’s Deer Pink on CD and digital platforms on April 12th. Find preorders, including merch bundles, at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for track previews, official videos from the album, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

Varod is performing the new ZVI material live advancing the release of the album regionally, including a show in Philadelphia April 4th with Gargoyl, featuring members of Revocation and Thanifaxath. He is also embarking on a West Coast tour directly in conjunction with the release of the album, beginning with a four-date trek through Southern California April 4th through 7th alongside Jerkagram, with other acts including No Lights featuring members of Kowloon Walled City and more also playing throughout the run. Directly following the tour, ZVI heads north for a three-date Pacific Northwest run April 11th through 13th with To End It All and Xiphoid Dementia. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced.

ZVI Tour Dates:
4/04/2019 Milk Boy – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gargoyl [info]
4/05/2019 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Thief
4/06/2019 The Sorting Facility – Paso Robles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Malfet [info]
4/07/2019 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA w/ Jerkagram, Ensemble Economique, No Lights [info]
4/11/2019 Teatro de la Psychomachia – Seattle, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Vanessa Skantze, Lye Feast [info]
4/12/2019 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Clayface [info]
4/13/2019 Azoth – Portland, OR w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Caustic Touch [info]

ZVI - Deer Pink

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ZVI: Nefarious Industries Issues Details For Deer Pink, New Album From The Solo Project Of Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero Member Ron Varod; Trailer + Preorders Posted – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva[photos by Justina Villanueva]

Nefarious Industries announces the details for ZVI’s new full-length album, Deer Pink, now confirmed for release in April.

ZVI is the eclectic solo project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Ron Varod, known for his roles in Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and others. While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with Deer Pink.

Fully written by Ron Varod, who contributes vocals, guitars, synths, programming, and electronics, ZVI’s Deer Pink offers six lush tracks delivering a diverse forty-six minutes of avant/experimental tones and movements, the album introducing psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines while flirting with pop melodies. The LP was engineered, produced, and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris) and mastered by Brian Pyle of Ensemble Economique. The record features contributions from Randall Dunn as well as Carl Gene, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3, Tartar Lamb, Vaura), and Matthew Keys (A Fucking Elephant, East Of The Wall), and is complemented by the artwork of Paul Cristina and layout by Greg Meisenberg.

See a brief trailer for Deer Pink created by Paul Chenault / Noire Media at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will issue ZVI’s Deer Pink on CD and digital platforms on April 12th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Deer Pink Track Listing:
I. Kettle Dreams
II. Dear Pink
III. Follow The Snake
IV. Low & Trite
V. The Amputee
VI. Handcramps

Watch for track previews, official videos from the album, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

The Deer Pink LP follows the recent release of a special advance 7” single for the LP’s title track, “Dear Pink,” backed with a cover of Portishead’s “Undenied,” which can be found HERE.

Varod is performing ZVI material live advancing the release of the album regionally, including a show in Philadelphia April 4th with Gargoyl, featuring members of Revocation and more. He is also embarking on a West Coast tour directly in conjunction with the release of the album, beginning with a four-date trek through Southern California April 4th through 7th alongside Jerkagram, with other acts including No Lights featuring members of Kawloon Walled City and more also playing throughout the run. Directly following the tour, ZVI heads north for a three-date Pacific Northwest run April 11th through 13th with To End It All and Xiphoid Dementia. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced.

ZVI Tour Dates:
4/04/2019 Milk Boy – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gargoyl
4/05/2019 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Thief
4/06/2019 The Sorting Facility – Paso Robles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Malfet
4/07/2019 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA w/ Jerkagram, Ensemble Economique, No Lights
4/11/2019 Teatro de la Psychomachia – Seattle, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Vanessa Skantze, Lye Feast [info]
4/12/2019 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Clayface [info]
4/13/2019 Azoth – Portland, OR w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Caustic Touch [info]

Slowly taking shape over the course of a few scarce live outings and recordings dating back to 2004, ZVI’s self-titled debut was finally released in 2014. Death Stops Us All followed in 2016, featuring guest vocalist Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw), engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), and the mastering talents of James Plotkin (Khanate) to better capture Varod’s expansive sonic palate.

The past several years saw ZVI embarking on several tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for acts such as The Black Queen, Mouth Of The Architect, Jonah Matranga (Far, etc.), and Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as a slot on the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands alongside Converge, Godflesh, Zola Jesus, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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PAK: New York City Avant/Progressive Trio Joins Nefarious Industries Roster; Band To Play New York City And Philadelphia Shows This Week – Earsplit Compound

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Long-running New York City-based math/prog/experimental outfit PAK – with members of The Molecules, Cleric, Imperial Triumphant, and more – has joined the Nefarious Industries family. To date, PAK has released six recordings on the labels Ra Sounds, Magaibutsu Japan, and Tzadik, with their newest full-length, Bestial, now set for impending release through Nefarious Industries. The album will see spring release while the band confirms concerts and tour dates across North America and Japan for the year.

PAK is back! With a new reincarnation combining powerful avant metal, the complexity of prog rock, and inspired moments of improvisation. For more than fifteen years of touring and recording, PAK’s music stands unique. Ron Anderson is back on guitar with a more powerful heavier sound. New members Steve Blanco (Imperial Triumphant) on bass and Larry Kwartowitz (Cleric) on drums are helping in stretching the bands previous boundaries pushing PAK to new sonic directions.

As the final details and street date for Bestial are being confirmed, PAK will play two shows this week, leading with a Nefarious Industries showcase at Trans Pecos in Queens, New York City this Sunday, May 3rd alongside labelmates Zevious and Zvi. Next Saturday, March 9th, PAK will play Philadelphia, supporting the mighty Stinking Lizaveta and more. See the current listings below and watch for new tour dates and release info to be posted shortly.

PAK Live:
3/03/2019 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY *Nefarious Industries showcase w/ Zevious, Zvi [info]
3/09/2019 The Mothership – Philadelphia, PA w/ Stinking Lizaveta, Shardik [info]

Ron Anderson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1959. He is a self-taught rock composer who starting while still in high school in the mid 1970’s experimenting with new concepts for utilizing rock music with noise, free improvisation. In 1980 he was one of the founding members of Rat At Rat R in Philadelphia. He moved to New York City’s Lower East Side in 1982. There he started working in his home recording studio and continued to experiment with tape editing, found sounds, noise, and improvisation. He combined these elements with compositions and released his first LP entitled Fever Dream in 1987. Anderson moved to Oakland, California in 1989 were he formed The Molecules, who would go on to release a total of six albums. The Molecules were introduced to the European music community at the Musique Action Festival in Nancy, France in 1993, and since then, Anderson has been a regular on the European festival and club circuit, as well as touring in Japan and North America. After living in Geneva, Switzerland for one year he moved back to New York City in 1999 where he formed PAK. He has collaborated with many musicians on numerous projects. He appears on over seventy releases, most recently Oblique Quartet’s Tlaloc Beat on Alphatauri.

Steve Blanco is a multi-instrumentalist – primarily bass and piano/keys – as well as composer and filmmaker based in NYC. He is well versed in many styles of music ranging from jazz to metal to ambient and beyond. Performing, recording, and touring are a regular part of his creative existence, and he is involved in several projects as leader or sideman. Blanco’s resume also includes composition and film scoring, as well as music instruction. Blanco is the bass player for Imperial Triumphant and ZRIKU in addition to PAK.

Larry Kwartowitz has been drumming since the age of three or four and has been composing and performing live music since he was a teenager. One of the founding members of the tri-state area based avant-metal band, Cleric, Kwartowitz is known for playing many styles that range from hip hop and funk to jazz and the heaviest of rock. Since Cleric’s first full-length album was released on Trey Spruance’s label, Web of Mimicry, they have toured most of the United States and Canada and most recently have been working on their sophomore album as well as a Masada record for John Zorn. John Zorn has taken them under his wind as proteges, which has opened them up to many opportunities, including a residency at his New York club, The Stone, as well as international shows including Colombia, Switzerland, and most recently, Mexico. In addition to Cleric, Kwartowitz has been playing in side projects with musicians that include PAK’s Ron Anderson and Steve Blanco, Mick Barr and Matt Mottel (Gulag) and Brandon Seabrook and Johnny DeBlaze (Neuronomicon). He also has plans for future collaborations with Colin Marston, Uri Caine, and more.

Nefarious Industries presents: Zevious, Zvi, PAK live at Trans Pecos, NYC - March 03, 2019

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ZVI’s “Dear Pink” 7-Inch Single Including Cover Of Portishead’s “Undenied” Out Today Via Nefarious Industries; New LP To See Spring Release – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva[photo by Justina Villanueva]

New York City-based ZVI – the eclectic solo project of Ron Varod from Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and more – presents a special two-song single, out today through Nefarious Industries. The new 7”, with the original “Dear Pink” on the A-side and a cover of Portishead’s “Undenied” on the B-side, acts as a precursory release ahead of the outfit’s upcoming LP.

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with the Deer Pink LP and it’s precursory single. In collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris), Varod’s third full-length ZVI offering as well as its precursory “Dear Pink” b/w “Undenied” single introduce psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines while almost flirting with pop melodies and forms.

ZVI’s “Dear Pink” track was engineered, produced, and mixed by Randall Dunn who also helped with sound design of the track, with bass from guest musician Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Maudlin Of The Well, Secret Chiefs 3). On the single’s flip side, the cover of Portishead’s “Undenied” was performed, recorded, and mixed by Varod himself at home. The tracks were mastered by Brian Pyle, and the package created with cover art by Paul Cristina, photography by Justina Villanueva, and layout by Greg Meisenberg.

Stream ZVI’s “Dear Pink” single and cover of Portishead’s “Undenied” HERE.

ZVI’s “Dear Pink” b/w “Undenied” 7” single is out today in a limited run of 100 copies on pink vinyl, and through all digital providers through Nefarious Industries. Place orders at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE, as well as through all digital providers.

The full details on ZVI’s impending Deer Pink LP will be announced in the days ahead.

Varod is booking tour dates in support of the new material, leading with a one-off gig with comrades East Of The Wall in Long Branch, New Jersey on February 27th. Several days later, ZVI will perform at a Nefarious Industries-sponsored showcase with labelmates Zevious in Queens, New York on March 3rd. April sees ZVI crossing the country for a trek through Southern California with four shows April 4th through 7th alongside Jerkagram, followed immediately by a three-date Pacific Northwest run April 11th through 13th with To End It All and Xiphoid Dementia. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced.

ZVI Tour Dates:
2/27/2019 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ East Of The Wall [info]
3/03/2019 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY *Nefarious Industries showcase w/ Zevious, PAK, Hardpan (DJ) [info]
4/04/2019 Milk Boy – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gargoyl
4/05/2019 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Thief
4/06/2019 The Sorting Facility – Paso Robles, Ca w/ Jerkagram, Malfet
4/07/2019 Elbo Room – Oakland, CA w/ Jerkagram, Ensemble Economique, No Lights (mem Kawloon Walled City)
4/11/2019 Teatro de la Psychomachia – Seattle, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Vanessa Skantze, Lye Feast [info]
4/12/2019 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Clayface [info]
4/13/2019 Azoth – Portland, OR w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Caustic Touch [info]

Slowly taking shape over the course of a few scarce live outings and recordings dating back to 2004, ZVI’s self-titled debut was finally released in 2014. Death Stops Us All followed in 2016, featuring guest vocalist Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw), engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), and the mastering talents of James Plotkin (Khanate) to better capture Varod’s expansive sonic palate.

The past several years have seen ZVI embark on several tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for acts such as The Black Queen, Mouth Of The Architect, Jonah Matranga (Far, etc.), and Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as a slot on the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands alongside Converge, Godflesh, Zola Jesus, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

ZVI - Dear Pink / Undenied 7"

Zvi, To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia - PNW 2019

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ZVI Delivers Limited Run New Single, “Dear Pink” and Covers Portishead’s “Undenied” (premiere) – PopMatters

“‘Dear Pink’ builds slowly, moving us from passages that threaten to fade into silence to others that are deeply emotional, cathartic. Guitars buzz and chime, electronic glitches flicker throughout and the percussion provides the faintest heartbeat against an enigmatic vocal line slow to reveal its secrets. ZVI offers up an intriguing and appropriately dark ‘Undenied’ that’s one part darkened prayer, one part invocation of the muse.” – PopMatters

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ZVI: Experimental Solo Project Of Kayo Dot’s Ron Varod To Release Limited Single Through Nefarious Industries In February; New LP To Follow This Spring + Tour Dates And Trailer Posted – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva
[photo by Justina Villanueva]

New York City’s ZVI – the eclectic solo project of Ron Varod from Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and more – will release its new album, Deer Pink, through Nefarious Industries this spring. Preceding the album’s release, a very limited 7” single will be issued in February, which will feature the record’s title track on side-A, while the B-side bears a special cover of Portishead’s “Undenied.”

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with the Deer Pink LP. In collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris), Varod’s third full-length ZVI offering as well as its precursory “Dear Pink” b/w “Undenied” single introduce psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines while almost flirting with pop melodies and forms.

ZVI’s “Dear Pink” track was engineered, produced, and mixed by Randall Dunn who also helped with sound design of the track, with bass from guest musician Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Maudlin Of The Well, Secret Chiefs 3). On the single’s flip side, the cover of Portishead’s “Undenied” was performed, recorded, and mixed by Varod himself at home. The tracks were mastered by Brian Pyle, and the package created with cover art by Paul Cristina, photography by Justina Villanueva, and layout by Greg Meisenberg.

View a brief trailer for the EP HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release ZVI’s “Dear Pink” b/w “Undenied” 7” single on February 22nd in a limited run of 100 copies on pink vinyl. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE.

Watch for the full details on ZVI’s Deer Pink full-length to be announced in conjunction with the release of the EP next month.

Varod is booking tour dates in support of the upcoming ZVI releases, leading with a one-off gig with comrades East Of The Wall in Long Branch, New Jersey on February 27th. April sees him crossing the country for a trek through Southern California with four shows April 4th through 7th alongside Jerkagram, followed immediately by a three-date Pacific Northwest run April 11th through 13th with To End It All and Xiphoid Dementia. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced.

ZVI Tour Dates:
2/27/2019 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ East Of The Wall [info]
4/04/2019 Milk Boy – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gargoyl
4/05/2019 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA w/ Jerkagram, Thief
4/06/2019 The Sorting Facility – Paso Robles, Ca w/ Jerkagram, Malfet
4/07/2019 Elbo Room – Oakland, CA w/ Jerkagram, Ensemble Economique, No Lights (mem Kawloon Walled City)
4/11/2019 Teatro de la Psychomachia – Seattle, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Vanessa Skantze, Lye Feast [info]
4/12/2019 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Clayface [info]
4/13/2019 Azoth – Portland, OR w/ To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia, Caustic Touch [info]

Slowly taking shape over the course of a few scarce live outings and recordings dating back to 2004, ZVI’s self-titled debut was finally released in 2014. Death Stops Us All followed in 2016, featuring guest vocalist Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw), engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), and the mastering talents of James Plotkin (Khanate) to better capture Varod’s expansive sonic palate.

The past several years have seen ZVI embark on several tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for acts such as The Black Queen, Mouth Of The Architect, Jonah Matranga (Far, etc.), and Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as a slot on the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands alongside Converge, Godflesh, Zola Jesus, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

ZVI - Dear Pink / Undenied

Zvi, To End It All, Xiphoid Dementia - PNW 2019

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ZVI: Solo Project Of Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue Member Ron Varod Joins Nefarious Industries; New Album Due This Spring – Earsplit Compound

Zvi - photo by Justina Villanueva[photo by Justina Villanueva]

Nefarious Industries welcomes New York City’s eclectic ZVI to the label’s roster, with a new album on the horizon for Spring 2019 release. ZVI is the solo output of Ron Varod, member of such acts as Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and others from the diverse New York music circuit.

While previous ZVI material can be interpreted as a minimal experimental drone twist on the traditional singer/songwriter, 2019 ushers in a new era of experimentation with the Deer Pink LP. In collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Anna Von Hausswolff, Boris), Varod’s third full-length ZVI offering introduces psychedelic analog synths and warped drum machines while almost flirting with pop melodies and forms.

Deer Pink will be available in Spring 2019 via Nefarious Industries on CD/Digital, as well as a special limited edition 7” single with an exclusive cover track; watch for further details on both to be issued in early January. Tours both stateside and overseas are to be expected in the new year.

Slowly taking shape over the course of a few scarce live outings and recordings dating back to 2004, ZVI’s self-titled debut was finally released in 2014. Death Stops Us All followed in 2016, featuring guest vocalist Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw), engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), and the mastering talents of James Plotkin (Khanate) to better capture Varod’s expansive sonic palate.

The past several years have seen ZVI embark on several tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for acts such as The Black Queen, Mouth Of The Architect, Jonah Matranga (Far, etc.), and Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as a slot on the 2018 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands alongside Converge, Godflesh, Zola Jesus, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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BLIGHT HOUSE: Interview with The Doorway to Zine

Rhode Island gore/death duo BLIGHT HOUSE discuss corrugated rubber tubing, the obsolescence of music videos, and plans for a sequel to “Moms Away” titled “Moms Away II: Dad Bod” in a candid interview with Clint Listing at The Doorway To Zine. Read the full interview RIGHT HERE.

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