New Brunswick, NJ’s Zero For Conduct deliver all things great about indie rock, shoegaze and punk with a post-rock fringe. Having too many kids between them (eight!) doesn’t stop them from finding the time to fire up their Misfits-fIREHOSE-Dinosaur Jr-Fugazi inspired tunes in between the hectic dad life. Joe D (drummer) and Morgan (vocals, guitar) have been collaborating for the last 14 years and with the addition of J. Pat’s artsy-fartsy-yet-energetic bass lines, the trio delivers songs that hark the images of raising battle cries, raising families and razing small towns.
The fellas aren’t just musicians, but sonic students and fans who are likely to be sweating in the crowd next to you before and after their set, cheering on the other bands and offering you a sip of their whiskey.
Before the indie rock, Morgan sang in the Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus… resulting in operatic yelps and howls splashed over the melodic waves that flavor these rock songs about hope, determination and partying.
Joe’s what’s often called a “drummer’s drummer”, delivering intricate rhythms and precise details that always manage to stay in the pocket and propel a song forward. The essential and explosive J. Pat Holden delivers the goods on bass guitar, filling the low-end with expressive playing like the seventh son jamming econo.
While the band savors music theory and song structure, they never let it get in the way of a good hook while keeping it refreshingly unconventional. (Sometimes the trio will switch to a 2-bass, 1-drummer attack mode.)
Zero For Conduct is releasing their second album CTRL+Z (2018) this Spring on Nefarious Industries. Let’s party! Responsibly.