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 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 worldwide, download & cd, on CDBaby.com in April.
2017 The Zips played Rebellion Festival in August, and other dates around the UK. However, priority was given to recording 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 3rd June. Prior to that, Tarbeach Records (NYC) released a 7” single with The Zips’ Barabara Wire, on one side, and a Jonzip acoustic version of 19 Forevva, on the other, on 31st March.
2018 is the 4oth anniversary of the band, and a limited-edition CD of live recordings from 1978 & 1980 is planned for release on Tenement Toons. Watch this space! Gig-wise, the year is already shaping up to be busy, with the MAYhem Tour 2018, a week-long series of dates in early May in Central Germany in place, and second short tour of Southern Germany, later that month, with Munich booked, so far. A limited edition 7″ single on German label, Clash City Records, will be released to coincide with the German dates, and the long-awaited 4th album should follow in early summer.
4guys3chords2minutebuzzbombs1helluvvanite – guaranteed!
Jonzip (lead vox/rhythm gtr) + phil volume (bass gtr/vox) + fred-x (lead gtr/vox) + buddie poor(drums)
4 guyz3chordz2minutebuzzbombz1helluvanight – guaranteed!
jonzip (lead vox/rhythm gtr) + phil volume (bass gtr/vox) + fred-x (lead gtr/vox) + buddie poor (drums)