From: Pescara, Italy
Last Known Status: Active
Zippo starts in Pescara (Italy) and takes its first steps in the summer of 2004. The original aim was to play a thousand-faces-stoner-rock, from massive and pachydermic sounds to moments of quietness and peace.
Our guys work hard creating their music, entrenched night and day in their little and humid rehearsal room, turning their anger into vibrations. The results of their efforts can be heard on their self-produced debut named 'Ode To Maximum', released in the early days of 2006 and well acclaimed from fans and critic for its freshness and good attitude.
However, the only way to enjoy the band’s sound is to be at one of their gigs, the very high volume is the necessary condition to feel and live their energy. Live activity has always been a priority, as you can see from the good many concerts around Italy and Europe, sharing the stage even with great bands such as Orange Goblin, Colour Haze, Brant Bjork And The Bros, Witchcraft, Solace, Stereochrist and more...
Meanwhile, the sound got heavier, darker, more psychedelic and prog-oriented; somewhat far from labels of any kind. Self-will and addiction lead to Zippo's second album, a conceptual work inspired by the highly discussed book by Carlos Castaneda, 'The Teachings of Don Juan' (1968), a true report of his experiences with a Yaqui indian shaman. Recorded and mixed in Italy at Twelve Studio by Andrea Di Giambattista and Francesco Di Florio and mastered in California by John Golden at Golden Mastering Studio (Neurosis, Melvins, Primus), this work denotes awareness and determination, as well as a glowing production.
After this process, the all-time line-up – Dave (vocals), Sergente and Silvio (guitars), Stonino (bass) and Ferico (drums) – loses an important member. Silvio leaves the band due to personal reasons, soon replaced by Devis (also axe-man in the Italian thrash/death metal bastards Sothis). The band is ready to hit the road again.
In Summer 2008 Zippo signs a deal with the roman label Subsound Records. 'The Road To Knowledge' has been released by the end of 2008 and distributed worldwide from the early months of 2009.
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