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Authority Zero started kicking out the jams in 1994 when Bill Marcks met vocalist Jason DeVore and quickly learned that the Wyoming native could write catchy songs with irresistible hooks in less than fifteen minutes. The pair soon recruited bassist Jeremy Wood, who had actually taught Marcks how to play guitar. A drummer or two later, Los Angeles transplant Jim Wilcox was the new accessory behind the kit. The local, independent label, Zia Records caught on when the band quickly drew comparisons to Rage Against the Machine. In 2001, Zia released Authority Zero's debut, self-titled EP. College radio right away jumped on the band, and the heavy drive of "One More Minute" and "Sky's the Limit" became moderate hits. That same year, Authority Zero climbed back on the enthralling metal-like sound for structured hard rock that reflected the band's multi-cultural backgrounds. Recorded between cigarette and skateboarding breaks, their best-selling local EP hooked them up with Lava Records and they released their full-length debut, A Passage In Time, in 2002.
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The band began touring on Warped Tour, Sum 41's tour, and with others. Authority Zero discovered that the more the band toured the more of a fan base they generated. To be sure and stay close to their local scene, Authority Zero played many local shows under different names. For their next album, they enlisted famed Fat Wreck Chords/NOFX knob-twister Ryan Green and unofficial Sublime member Mike Happoldt to co-produce. They recorded the intense Andiamó in less than a month at Steve Smith's SJS Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona. Authority Zero preserves their Portuguese and Spanish tendencies on Andiamó as with A Passage In Time. From Marcks' flamenco guitar fills to the occasional song title "Siempre Loco", the members of AZ are always looking to give the musical genre a healthy twirl.