Pacing the floor at Punk’s birth in the 70s, splitting up as it was overtaken by Ska and New Romantics in the 80s, and re-forming due to European bootleg interest in their back catalogue in 2002, The Zips are keen to make up for lost time. With 5 new CD EPs on their own Tenement Toons label, a download single for Oxfam’s Make Poverty History campaign, The Zips finally released their debut album, Guitars4Hire, Sept 2006 – 27 years after their debut single, The Zips ep, which was a fave of the late John Peel, and copies of which, now fetch up to $427 on eBay! 2009 saw a 500 copy re-release of the 7”, by Brooklyn label Sing Sing Records.
In 2011, The Zips unleashed their 2nd album, 19 Forevva, and on the 10th anniversary, of Joe’s Strummer’s death, the band released a download-only single, Road To Strummerville, with profits to his charity, Strummerville.
A split vinyl album with Berlin-based tour buddies, Erotic Devices, was issued by Clash-City-Records in 2014, ahead of a 3rd tour of Germany.
No strangers to local and internet radio, the band also have a reputation for rip-roaring performances, supporting bands like, Dr Feelgood, UK Subs, 999, The Lurkers, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, and Eddie & The Hot Rods. This means they are always in demand on the live circuit, throughout Europe.
2015 saw the self-titled, Stepfathers of Punk release an advance copy of their 3rd album, Down With The Zips, to coincide with a further mini-tour of Germany.
2016, the band released a split CD EP with Fire Exit, and played some promo dates together in Belfast & Dublin in November, having played a string of UK dates, that year, including the Nice N Sleazy Festival, and a fifth tour of Germany in May. Meanwhile, the Down With The Zips album was released on download & CD, by CDBaby.com in April.
2017 The Zips played Rebellion Festival and other dates around the UK. However, priority was given to recording tracks for a 4th album, including 7 songs recorded in Berlin, in between a German tour in April, and the Joe Strummer Tribute gig in Berlin on 3 June. Prior to that, Tarbeach Records (NYC) released a 7” single with The Zips’ Barbara Wire, on one side, and a Jonzip acoustic version of 19 Forevva, on the flip side on 31 March.
2018 was the 40th anniversary of The Zips formation, and a track from The Zips EP, Take Me Down featured in Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave compilation album https://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/rsd18/
Gig-wise, it was a busy year with the MAYhem Tour 2018, a week-long series of dates in early May in Germany & Czech Republic, and a second, whistle stop tour of Switzerland, Germany and Austria, later that month, with Erotic Devices. October also saw The Zips in Ireland, and Portugal for three dates, after Jonzip’s solo tour there, the previous year.
2019 is the 40th anniversary of The Zips EP, and to celebrate, a limited-edition CD of live recordings from ’79 and ’80 is planned for release on Tenement Toons, along with a booklet containing The Zips story, press and fanzine reviews, photos and posters. A limited edition 7” single, on new German label YeaVolution Records, should be released, and the long-awaited 4th album should follow shortly after! Before that however, one of The Zips EP tracks, Take Me Down, will be released on Cherry Red Records, 5 CD compilation, Big Gold Dreams https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/big-gold-dreams-a-story-of-scottish-independent-music-1977-1989-5cd-boxset
Lots of festival action this year, with Strummercamp, Rebellion and Morecambe Punk Fest, already booked, but plenty of room for more!
4guys3chords2minutebuzzbombs1helluvvanite – guaranteed!
jonzip (lead vox/ rhythm gtr) + phil volume (bass gtr/ vox) + fred-x (lead gtr/ vox) + buddie poor (drums)