San Diego punk band The Zeros, fronted by Javier Escovedo, will play a series of dates in Texas surrounding Escovedo's solo band appearance at this year's SXSW Music Fest.
Escovedo first formed The Zeros in 1976 while attending Chula Vista High School and became popular on the Hollywood circuit, releasing the single "Wimp" b/w "Don't Push Me Around" on Bomp! Records in 1977. After many lineup changes and moving to San Francisco, the band eventually broke up in 1981.
In 1982 Javier formed the critically acclaimed band The True Believers with his brother Alejandro and Jon Dee Graham, and after gaining a reputation for their live show they were dropped when their contract with Rounder Records was snatched up my EMI and then lost in a major label shakeup. The band quit in 1987.
Over the next two decades Escovedo would live in New York, Austin, and Los Angeles and work with a variety of acts, re-form the Zeros in the mid-2000s touring Europe and the States, and release his first solo album "City Lights" in 2012. His second solo album, "Kicked Out Of Eden," was released in 2016 on Saustex Records. The album, which was released on cassette by Burger Records, perfectly combines his love of glam, '60s garage pop, and melodic punk, and was featured on several year-end best lists.
The following are live dates for Javier Escovedo:
Thursday March 16th - The Saxon Pub - Austin, TX (official SXSW showcase)
Tuesday March 14th - The White Horse - Austin, TX
w/ Hickoids, Jon Langford & The Far Forlorn, Count Vaseline, Corrine Rose, The Guillotines
Wednesday March 15th - Under The Volcano - Houston, TX
w/ Western Star
Friday March 17th - Hitones - San Antonio, TX
w/ Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre, GDX
Saturday March 18th - “The New Texas Love-In” ABGB - Austin, TX
w/ Pong, Pocket FishRmen, Poor Dumb Bastards, Ian Quiet Band