Authority Zero - Andiamo (Cover Artwork)

Authority Zero

Authority Zero: AndiamoAndiamo (2004)
Warner Music Group

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Have you ever read the lyrics to Face to Face's "Don't Turn Away?" I love the album, but it's all just random, rhyming declaratory statements thrown together. It sounds good, but if you know what they're saying, it's really hard to take them seriously. Authority Zero suffers the same problem .
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Have you ever read the lyrics to Face to Face's "Don't Turn Away?" I love the album, but it's all just random, rhyming declaratory statements thrown together. It sounds good, but if you know what they're saying, it's really hard to take them seriously.

Authority Zero suffers the same problem on Andiamo. The lyrics are utter nonsense, and outside of a vaguely ‚??revolutionary' theme throughout, there's really not much to "get" from Authority Zero. But if you bypass the lyric sheet, pop this CD in and hit the half-pipe, the basketball court, or the beach‚?¶ it's awesome.

The sound is very early-90s melodicore, with very obvious Pennywise, Face to Face, and Voodoo Glow Skulls influences. Unlike many of the other bands that have tried to play the same sound, however, Authority Zero plays with real conviction and maintains a strong sense of composition which keeps the sound from getting stale. The band transitions seamlessly from punk, to surf, to ska, and ‚?? as with many Arizona bands ‚?? there is a slight South of the border feel with the occasional mariachi lick, a smattering of Spanish, and a decent cover of Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio." Lead singer Jason DeVore also has a good set of pipes and his completely random sloganeering is well executed.

Authority Zero has been criticized in some circles as "mall-punk" and it's worth noting that this album (like their last) is on Lava and distributed by the ubiquitous Warner Music Group Company Conglomerate Amalgamated Omnimedia Concern. Obviously, people need to make their own choices when it comes to deciding how important this is. But, for what it's worth, Authority Zero seems to have done a good job negotiating potentially dangerous waters and have a reputation for taking care of their fans, a good sense of humor, and putting on great live shows‚?¶ which is what really counts in my book.

Bottom line: this isn't a new classic, but it makes an excellent summer album - particularly for those who miss the halcyon days of Dr. Strange Records and Unknown Road-era Pennywise.


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Anonymous (December 10, 2005)

Sensational album. I think this band would actually be more popular if they'd started out on a punk label like Epitaph or Nitro. They didn't really have a chance to build up the punk rock fan base by just immediately signing to Lava. This cd came out a year and a half ago but I didn't get it til yesterday cuz I really didn't know anything about them.

To describe what these guys sound like, mix Siren Song of the Counter Culture with those really fast Against All Authority ska songs and you have Authority Zero's Andiamo.

rightcliqificus (June 11, 2005)

i had never heard of this band until a couple days ago.. i had won a 25 dollar gift certificate to itunes (i know, its lame, but it was free).. my friend said he saw AZ in concert and they were great, so i just bought a passage in time and it was awesome.. decided to buy the other one too, since i couldn't think of anything else i wanted that itunes had.. i haven't listened to much yet, but they seem like a pretty kickass band.. i think its true that you won't like AZ if you hate bands like pennywise, bad religion or even sublime. personally, i dig all three of those bands, so these guys fit pretty nicely in my collection. i think they get generic from time to time and the lyrics are iffy sometimes, but their good songs are really really good.

hein (March 26, 2005)

Oh, and their previous album "A Passage in Time" sounded a bit rougher and better I think.

hein (March 26, 2005)

I really don't see the specific Face To Face link I must say. OK, there's quite some faster parts that could somehow relate, but overall I think this band manages pretty well to blend all different kind of styles in one album. You have the pretty hard tracks like the 3 first songs, but there's also some ska-ish sound, and then, unfortunately (especially towards the 2nd half of the album), you get dragging boring slower songs. If they sticked to the sound in the first 3 songs this might have been a very good album.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

god dammit, thats good 2 stuff. Last 3 post say everything and for all u posers that think AZ is not punk and sucks... suck horse dick, its big enough to shut u up

Anonymous (July 26, 2004)

I agree with the guy below who's agreeing with the guy below .. this album kicks ass .. and yeah most people who get to into trying to be hardcore loose site of the actual quality in music and will just listen to shity bands becuz they're the only one that knows about them .. but there's a reason this band's on a label it's cuz they're actually good and dont sound like everyone else .. the cd's awesome guys get it

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

I agree with the guy below. I just bought this yesterday, and I dig the fuck out of it. Very fun summer record indeed.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

You know what? Fuck you all. You mother fuckers are the ones killing the scene EVERYWHERE. You're all like "I'm more punk than you because I listen to all these bands that suck moose cock but they're not on a big label so I'm more punk" and it's fucking bull shit. Hell, most mall punks don't even know who AZ is, but they know who the "hardcore" NoFx is. So fuck you guys.

Anyways, this album is great. Their lead singer has agressive vocals unlike alot of bands now that Emo is the trend. The lyrics can be random at points, but it's like Mu330, obscure but it gets stuck in your head. Buy it now.

FeatheredMullet (July 15, 2004)

why is slipknot on the cover of this album?

FeatheredMullet (July 15, 2004)

Yes all the fashioncore kids love to wear the Arabian Goggles! Bonus if they can wear a bullfrog

Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

I think you're way off. Revolution, 1000 Years of a War, Retreat, Find Your Way and, in my opinion, all of the lyrics contain very thought provoking messages and are very creative. All in all it's an excellent CD that I would recommend to everyone.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

do all the fashioncore kids like to wear a pair of "Arabian Goggles?"

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

"for the comment above punk has no limits theres no, im more punk than u or this band is more punk than the other one, punk has become a fashion so everyone has the right to be a punk"

is that english? and punk isnt a fashion anymore, the new fashion is emo or fashioncore.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

for the comment above punk has no limits theres no, im more punk than u or this band is more punk than the other one, punk has become a fashion so everyone has the right to be a punk

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

This band is so generic, I can't believe they are on a major label and that they haven't been dumped. I really hate that all the local Arizona "punk" bands kiss their ass because they are on a label. They may be nice guys, but they write cheesy music. I guess it's what kids who think they are punker than blink, gc, simple plan and other gay bands listen too. I want a gay revolution.. yeah yeah..

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

wow man u r really mean im gonna cry. ur so stupid y did u even bother talking here mg

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

a retard school let their students practice typing on this comment thread. review the past 10 posts for proof.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

blows?? wut r u a f2f fan or something cause u can get killed for saying something like that man.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

God this band blows!

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

God this band blows!

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

AZ is toping the punk scene

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

kappel dominates gramatica

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

f2f sux horses dick
I don't think that the 2 bands are comparable, cause they're completly diferent, they suck anyway
andiamo is not the best album from az , but there is some great songs like revolution, find ur way, ...

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

just because f2f is old doesnt mean they re good. the fact is i have respect for them for being around for long sucking for all these years and still have the courage to put albums out, i respect that. AZ newer that f2f but still old AZ is from 94 10 years they have they can still kick f2f ass in every level

notfeelingcreative (July 6, 2004)

AZ are fun, but I don't think their songs are as strong as face to face or even pennywise.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

i dont' think these guys sound at all like F2F. pennywise and strung out sorta, but not F2F.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

To the comment below, everyone knows who f2f is
az owes f2f for even being around-oldpunker-

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

face to face sucks. Authority Zero is awesome almost perfect the new cd is really good i like the first one better tho, one of my fav albums of all times if not the fav. i cant believe sum body said something so stupid like this "At least Face To Face actually meant something to people. Authority Zero will disappear in the next 6 months and all but a few 14 year olds won't even realize they existed." i think thats the dumbest thing cause its funny nobody even knows who face to face is funny stuff i get a good laught outta this crap

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

their last album was pretty good, kinda bigwig/pennywise/early strung out feel to it. ultra fast skate punk w/ more rough vocals (ie. not like lagwagon or pulley). also some ska/surf punk sounding songs that mixed it up and i thought showed a stronger more original side to them.

my biggest complaint w/ that album was the song lenght. you don't need 4 minute long skate punk songs. they dont' even need to be 3 and a half minutes. fuckin make that shit concise!

also the vocal patterns (kinda like early strung out) donj't seem to have any meter or flow. its just like really fast, pennywise/strung out style talk/singing. not enough carrying of notes.

great beach/skate punk stuff. don't look for too much. i hear this album is better, i might pick it up.

score is for the old album.

one more minute is a GREAT song

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I read somewhere that they had some f2f sounding songs on here, so i actually gave this a try, and i have to say that i was quite suprised, not bad, nothing earth shattering, but a good listen-oldpunker-

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

i really enjoy this album
these guys are great live
the lyrics are strong in some parts and weak in others.
lyrically their milliniums above the shit blink 182 is putting out.
so if you're not "feeling this" then go put on some of that garbage

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

This band are awesome if ya are into early Pennywise and Sublime as they love to mix things up on the cd.
Fast paced skate punk with some chilled out ska songs.
Cool cd.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

my brother is friends with some of these guys. "good guys" he says, "but don't dig the music".

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

any connection between their band name authority zero (az) and their home state arizona (az)...or am i reading too deep into things? if im stating something obvious, then let the sarcastic comments roll

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

I was thinking of Ruebens Accomplice, Calexico, the Weird Lovemakers and the old Tucson ska band Dave's Big Deluxe when I made the comment about a Spanish influenced Arizona sound.

Some other bands that have a similar sense of style (that other people have probably heard of) include the Refreshments, Gin Blossoms, and Rodger Clyde and the Peacemakers.

Also - this will sound a little insane - but I've always thought that Jimmy Eat World sounds better when played in a car driving across Arizona (west to San Diego or north to Flag) than it sounds any place else in the country. Weird, no?


Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

Decent band in my opinion, who cares if they are on a major?

Although one complaint is that if Bradley from Sublime (RIP) were alive he'd sue, I think AZ have gotta step out of their shadow like RX Bandits have started to do

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

as with many Arizona bands ‚?? there is a slight South of the border feel

I wanna know what bands you're talking about. Because I'm from Arizona.

sickboi (July 3, 2004)

"One more minute!"

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

you know, im really getting sick of all these album covers with the gas masks. Suicide machines, Zeke, now this. time to move on, ya.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Sorry for not including a sample of the random lyrics, it just seemed sort of pointless. Anyways, here are a couple of real winners.

From Painted Windows: "looking through painted windows! Your dreams become reality and fantasies an opportunity. Reality in dream!"

From Revolution: "a new state, renovation. A new day, brings rejuvenation. These days, another way no replay. No replay I think about it this way."

From Retreat: "now face to face reflections have got you thinking you were wrong. In that sitcky stiuation when you've known it all along. Because if I cease now, i'm liable to regret it later. Assist how? Up in the air your continence [sic] waivers."

From Solitude: "by myself I sit alone. I'm wondering about a poem. I can't express the way I feel in words. I start to write when I'm all alone."

And so on....

It's not to say that the band doesn't have anything to say, or that other bands always do a much better job, just that their lyrics are sometimes hard to take seriously.

As far as Face to Face is concerned, I agree that they were originally a much better band, but I think that Authority Zero has their later stuff beat.


Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

authority zero is okay.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Singer has a kick ass voice. I've only heard 2 songs by this band.. they were ok.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)


Shitty band, shitty review.

At least Face To Face actually meant something to people. Authority Zero will disappear in the next 6 months and all but a few 14 year olds won't even realize they existed.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Meh, this is the only review ever to really make me angry. I was wiating and waiting for a lyrics sample so i can observe what you claim as "random". Oh well, i wont go any farther to pursue this!

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)


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