Live: Authority Zero Brought Raw Punk Energy to Respectable Street

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Authority Zero

w/ Voodoo Glowskulls, Skyfox and The Hard Richards
February 18, 2012

Respectable Street

From the first line of "A Passage In Time," a simple melodic

suggestion of "here we go" gave frontman Jason DeVore command of the kinetic

energy at the packed Respectable Street on Saturday night. Instrumentals from the 2002 release

of the same name kicked in a second later and reverberated into the mix of

underage hipsters and twenty somethings hell bent on capturing that feeling

Authority Zero brought to the table nearly a decade ago.  

The set opener seemed appropriate given the subject matter, but all facets of past and present relationships reflecting nostalgia disappeared when the center of the room exploded into a furious mosh pit.

South Florida has always been a welcoming environment for the Mesa, Arizona punk rock band. Although their genesis dates back to the mid-'90s, the early 2000s were when the quartet really made a name for themselves with constant touring and intrepid studio recordings. The use of surf guitar, ska rhythms, and break-neck hardcore drums back up a melodic, socio-politically themed vocal presentation. What really sets them apart is that their songs not only incite thrashing and reckless abandon, but they also contain pop sensibilities that make them genre specific and yet offer a unique variety at the same time. Because of that, DeVore and company are still able to channel that teenage angst into an auditory assault that compels you to sing, dance, and slam dance.

Their more recent release Stories of Survival kept the post-punk thread true to form with "Liberateducation." The anthem opened up a section for new guitarist Brandon Landelius to introduce himself with a shredding solo. From there, things really got interesting as throwback hits "Taking On The World," "Retreat," and "Revolution" all bled into each other. In between circle pit shenanigans, the crowd managed to jump up and down while DeVore flew around the stage and launched off monitor speaks at interval peaks. His showmanship had not lost any of its intensity with age, and he egged the crowd on in between rapid-fire vocals.​

Things finally did slow down during a fan-favorite sing-a-long during "Over Seasons." The reggae undertones provided the right rhythm to bounce in the crammed crowd. Despite the temperature rising a good 20 degrees, sweat pouring from the band and audience members, everyone seemed comfortable being body to body with their neighbor. Despite the overt lack of mohawks and ripped jeans among the patrons, any notion that the essence of punk rock is dead vanished as the raw energy spilt over again and again. Crowd surfers and a particularly vicious moment in the pit during set closer "Superbitch" proved that sentiment.

Catching their breath for a minute, the band left the stage, but chants and unified clapping quickly brought DeVore back out. This time he was armed with an acoustic guitar. This was new, at least compared to the old days, but the delivery of "Courage" with him alone on stage showed the poise and maturity that comes with being a traveling musician for a decade and a half. It was a special moment, and for the only time the entire evening the crowd stopped moving and simply listened. Of course, as soon as he ditched the guitar and dropped into "One More Minute" the frenzy kicked back into full gear and peaked when the encore ended with ever inspiring "Sky's The Limit."

Critics Notebook:

Random Detail: Reliving your youth through a punk rock show can make you feel old, especially the next morning, but it also reminds you of the inspired vigor you once had. I highly recommend doing this often.

Overheard: "Devore has still got it. That guy is like the punk version of Freddie Mercury on stage."

The Crowd: An electrified mix of young hipsters, reformed punks, and skaters. 

New Times on Facebook | County Grind on Facebook | Twitter | e-mail us |

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.