After a string of high-quality 7″ records and cassettes, Los Angeles trio Zig Zags return with their long-awaited self-titled debut from In The Red Records. A handful of songs are culled from their Burger Records cassette, but they’re entirely re-recorded for maximum impact. The guitars come with an extra layer of gritty, lo-fi sludge, which should be no surprise, as the album was produced and recorded by Ty Segall.
Zig Zags boasts an infinitely dirty sound that equally balances punk and psychedelic rock. Vocals are shared by the three band members Jed, Bobby and Patrick, who all sound as gritty and rugged as the next.
“Magic” opens with a growl of menacing guitar filth, which leads us straight into a guitar solo that calls to mind the earliest Budgie or Metallica records in the best way possible.
Album closer “Voices of the Paranoid” sums up the record: A psychedelic swirl hanging heavily over a wave of gritty guitars, which all breaks into a bruising finale.