Revolutionary Party Punk, The Debut 5 track EP from Maryland Ska-Punk heavyweights: Strong Zero, is a wonderful insight into the grassroots Anti-Establishment DIY Punk scene. The opening track: fittingly entitled “Open Arms” is a straight-up “four on the floor” high octane party anthem. Following, is the Green Day influenced heavy hitter, “Throw em’ Over” with its wonderfully simple and memorable refrain. My friends and I were comparing it to an early 2000’s “skater” cartoon theme, a true compliment to say the least. The fifth and final track “From All The Dust” with its Social Distortion- Esque main melody, is a personal favorite in my book.
All in all, I definitely favor this album, not only for its obvious Anti-Government themes but for the impressive DIY approach these guys took in making the album. All recording, mixing, mastering, and promotion was done exclusively by the band themselves! In talking to Strong Zero forming member, Ryan Geelhaar, I learned that not only is the band very open about their rather apolitical stance, but they are just as much a fun time in your face Party band as well, both of which are extremely appreciated. I will be on the lookout for their steel city debut in the near future. In the meantime, please check out the bands’ discography, and please throw a like to their Facebook page.