Zero For Conduct‘s arrival on the New Brunswick music scene in 2011 saw the return of two rock lifers joining forces once again. Joe Dingerdissen and Morgan Chen aren’t just musicians, but sonic students and fans that 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. Joe’s what’s often called a “drummer’s drummer”, delivering intricate rhythms and precision details that always manage to stay in the pocket and propel a song forward. And while Morgan savors music theory and song structure, he never lets it get in the way of a good hook while deftly switching between guitar and bass.
Their 2012 debut album I See A Fox (Mightyming Records) saw the distillation of all things great about shoegazer, indie rock, and punk with images of riding victory laps around the thrill jockey-inspired racetrack. Songs about raising families and raising battle cries and razing small towns.
Shows in 2013 brought the addition of J. Pat Holden on bass, filling the low-end with expressive playing like the seventh son jamming econo. He makes his recorded debut with the band here on their first piece of vinyl: a split 7″ for Nefarious Industries / Viva LaHara with fellow NJ “in a band till we die” boys, Eastern Anchors on the flip side. The amped-up “Average Marks Make Shitty Sparks” has the ZFC boys kicking open the door to summer, eyes on the prize, passing lane only.