The first demo by Zëro - the reincarnation of Bästard!, a group which had its origins in the Deity Guns (initiators of the French post-rock movement ) - is already 10 years old and "San Francisco" is their 5th album.


A red album… just like there have been white albums or black albums. A major album in a discography, in the history of a group. The style is the same as can be recognized in all the records but the total break with the past is fascinating. As is the image of the cover which shows three individuals sitting on a long seat with their faces erased, just merged together by the stains on the decrepit wall behind them. It's like a reverse image of the Greek Hydra - or rather of the Cerberus, the three-headed dog and guardian of Hell - with three bodies, three exceptional musicians who blend together and bloom into one sole head, one sound.


Zëro now play as a trio and the group has gained in coherency. One after the other, the tracks flow fluidly together as a whole despite the complexity of the arrangements and the multiple cinematographic or musical references, with both sides of the record containing a mix of contained violence and tense atmospheres. All through this 35-minute trip, it is a pleasure to let yourself go taking in the explosive outbursts which have always been part of the group's identity and strike the ear in the same way as a stroboscope pervades the eye. But what is surprising about "San Francisco" is the tracks which are almost pop (in the best sense of the term, as The Feelies or Wire were immense pop groups) with their dynamic faux laidback nonchalance which makes you want to jump in the car with the radio on full blast and speed down an ocean road.


Finally, cutting up, resolving or enhancing these tracks, the album's unity is above all derived from its passages of contained tension which are both psychedelic and noisy with menacing atmospheres harking back to their last appearances as a trio during readings by Virginie Despentes. Finally, it is perfectly natural that the trip should end in "San Francisco", the title track of the album… a song which you would like to turn into a locked groove to indefinitely prolong this moment in which all the tension is resolved, stretched out and absorbed in a feeling of serenity and fullness.


Ozkär Krapö


Live !
Live ! Live !

To come :

2016 :

11/10 - BESANCON (25) @ Ftj Les Oiseaux
12/10 - GENEVE (CH) @ L'Usine
22/11 - PARIS (75) @ Espace B
23/11 - BRUXELLES (BE) Magasin 4
24/11 - NANCY (54) @ L'Autre Canal (w/ Michel Cloup Duo)


25/01 - PARIS (75) @ Le 104 (w/ Virgine Despentes)
26/01 - LA SOUTAIRRAINE (23) @ Centre Culturel Yves Furet (w/ Virgine Despentes)
27/01 - GENEVE (CH) @ Festival Antigel (w/ Virginie Despentes)
28/01 - CHALON SUR SAONE (71) @ La Péniche (w/ Virginie Despentes)


2016 :

05/03 - BRON (69) @ Festival du livre (w/ Virginie Despentes)
09/03 - LIMOGES (87)
@ El Doggo
10/03 - BAYONNE (64)
@ Le Magneto
11/03 - BORDEAUX (33)
@ I Boat
12/03 - MONTPELLIER (34)
@ Black Sheep
30/03 - CLERMONT FERRAND (63) @ Raymond Bar
31/03 - POITIERS (86) Relax Bar
01/04 - PARIS (75)
@ Maroquinerie

02/04 - LILLE (59) @ Festival Pzzle

08/04 - DELEMONT (CH) @ Festival Impetus
26/04 - STRASBOURG (67) @ Festival Supersounds
10/05 - AUDINCOURT (25) @ Festival Libres Regards (w/ Virginie Despentes)
13/05 - GRENOBLE (38) @ La Bobine
27/05 - PARIS (75) @ Maison de la Poésie (w/ Virginie Despentes)
28/05 - PARIS (75) @ Maison de la Poésie (w/ Virginie Despentes)
29/05 - PARIS (75) @ Maison de la Poèsie (w/ Virginie Despentes)
11/06 - LYON (69) @ Les subsistances
24/06 - ST-ETIENNE (45) @ Ursa Minor
25/06 - FRONTIGNAN (34) @ Festival du roman noir (w/ Virginie Despentes)

2015 :

04/12 - NEVERS (58) @ Festival Tandem (w/ Virginie Despentes)
12/12 - BOURGES (18)
@ Le Nadir (w/ Virginie Despentes)

2014 :

19/03 - DIJON @ Les Tanneries
- BESANCON @ Les Passagers du Zinc
- STRASBOURG @ Stimultania
22/03 - NANCY
@ Le Royal Royal
24/03 - MONS (BE) @ Le Phoenix
- BRUXELLES (BE) @ Café Central
- LILLE @ L'Antre 2
- DUNKERQUE @ Fructose
28/03 - BLOIS @
Chez Mathieu
- SAINT ETIENNE @ Ursa Minor
23/10 - BOURGES
@ Le Nadir

24/10 - TOURS @ Le Temps Machine
25/10 - RENNES
@ Le Jardin Moderne
26/10 - BOBIGNY @ Canal 93

2013 :

october 9th - Lyon, Sonic
october 10th - Toulouse, Les Pavillons Sauvages
october 11th - Fumel, Festival After Before
october 12th - Montpellier, Black Sheep
may 18th @ Paris (FR), Le Point Ephémère, Mind Your Head #11 w/ Marvin, Mica Caugh, Three Second Kiss


07/03/12 - Montpellier (34) - Mojomatic
08/03/12 - Pau (64) - Localypso
09/03/12 - Bergerac (24) - Houlala Rock
10/03/12 - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Raymond Bar
11/04/12 - Bourg-en-Bresse (01) - La Tannerie (w/ Electric Electric)
12/04/12 - Annecy (74) - Brise-Glace (w/ Electric Electric)


19 Octobre 2011 au Point Ephémère / PARIS
20 Octobre 2011 au Select / LILLE
21 Octobre 2011 au Magasin 4 / Bruxelles / BELGIQUE
22 Octobre 2011 à La Friche Laiterie / STRASBOURG
19.03.2011 BRUXELLES (BE) @ Magasin 4 w/Lydia Lunch & Big Sexy Noise



To download the "San Francisco" biography, please click here.

To download the "Places Where We Go In Dreams" biography, please click here

To download the "Hungry dogs (in the backyard)" biography, please click here.

To download the "Joke Box" biography, please click here.

To download the Bobby Fischer biography, please click here.

Press quotes

''A mainly instrumental, dark and modern music that uses stress to illustrate a sublte writing and a pleasure to play again together'' (Elegy)

''Joke Box is an easy to listen album that enchants us and takes up things where they stopped'' (Noise)

''Based on the practice of the collective improvisation, the group offers to us an instense music'' (Le phare)

''By taking sometimes some tortuous ways, Zëro found a new way, his way, the sole one'' (491)

''Joke Box: an admirable disc full of darkness and intensity'' (longueur d'ondes)

''Zëro surprises and surpasses. At the same time unpredictable and inspired, the group opens his world's doors through his songs'' (Bokson)

''Zëro represents much more than the beginning of a new adventure. He gives a second life to a group of musicians known in the past under the name of ''Bastärd''. Together they have brought oxygen to the french music'' (Les choses.com)

''On the occasion of their starting, Zëro succeeded in releasing a musically approachable album with a high quality esthetic. Given that the commitment of the creators, the result could not be low'' (Indess-ence.blogspot.com)

Press review

To download "San Francisco" press review (fr), please click here

To download "Joke Box" press review, please click here.