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Wrecks from the Highway

by Z/28

A wild country, hillbilly, punk, garage, rock'n'roll band from the badlands o' central Scotland - Heck! it's whaur the original good ol' boys come frum!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nitro
0:57 $0.99
2. Medium Rare
1:37 $0.99
3. Fbi Man
1:35 $0.99
4. Shut Down
3:27 FREE
5. Another Fine Day
2:25 $0.99
6. My Friend Scott
2:14 $0.99
7. Gun Girl Crazy
1:56 $0.99
8. Lights in the Sky
3:11 $0.99
9. Outrageous
2:39 $0.99
10. Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash
1:51 $0.99
11. Never
2:10 $0.99
12. Dukes of Hazzard
1:55 $0.99
13. Outlaw Machine
0:31 $0.99
14. Kicking My Amp
2:04 $0.99
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The Z/28's "Wrecks From The Highway"
"Nitro Fueld Rawk that defies pigeon holing." reviewed by A. Wright

. . . and My vote for BEST CD COVER, And a Treatise on 'Charisma': A teency tincy, absolutely minutely miniscule percentage of the human population have that magickal element we call 'charisma'... It's a natural thing. It can't be learned and it can't be taught. It is or it isn't. Sadly, a huge, monstrous, dull, thudding, plodding part of the population simply don't have it. That's a natural absence. If you have charisma, you probably can't be taught 'not to' have it. But, to my constant surprise, there are A LOT of bands out there; a lot of 'artists' who have the gall to take to a stage, who, apparently, have managed, against all odds, to be TAUGHT how NOT TO HAVE any CHARISMA!!! Sure, ok, some have nice songs and some don't, but one thing MOST of them REALLY DO NOT HAVE the smallest, most necessary 'teenciest' modicum of is... 'charisma'. So it doesn't matter how many fucking nice songs they write, unless they want someone else who actually HAS charisma to perform them... and voila... the hidden songwriter behind so many charismatic artists. but this is about the Z28's.

I've seen them playing LIVE about 3 or 4 times and they are BURSTING with CHARISMA.. their jeans are BULGING with it. Their attitude is SCREAMING with it. Their stagecraft is HONED with it. They're a charismatic little package alright and as I've said elsewhere, I'm sure Buzzin' Rockin' Rick Buzzin' Licks (the guitarist who BUZZES on stage) would probably be as lively in bed as he is under the lights. (They also dress and photograph really cool too.)

Now to the album. Wrecks From The Highway has been a major surprise. On stage I haven't got a clue what Skini Mark Tyne is ranting about, shouting about.. chucking cue cards, pointing fingers and posturing about, but on the album we get to the point: UFO's, The FBI, covert government operations.. all that bad-ass Black Ops Area 51 stuff is the meat, underpinning the scorching rockabilly guitars and bass while classic hot girls straddle the backseats of classic hot cars. You could be fooled into thinking this was just more noisy shite from guys who like to pose and posture and do it probably better than any other band in the surrounds, but when you dig down ... they're talkin' 'bout caverns in the Nevada desert 5 miles deep, where you and I will NOT be invited to take tea with George and his cronies on the Last Day. The silent helicopters, the mysterious piles of mountain goats and farmers cattle; their body parts perfectly lasered away in the endless mystery of new weapons, new technologies (alien borrowed?) and new psych-ops designs for controlling the population. The track "Lights in the Sky" an homage to the clandestine perestroika between US Gov earthlings and our alien ancestors/gene relations/visitors/friends. There's so much more in the lyrics and, once again, the cover is 'to die for.'

While the sun bakes it's way mercilessly deep into the Nevada desert... at the point where the horizon meets the sky... the driver of a 1960's Camaro is throwing back a bottle of Jack, listening to the Z28's and pushin' the pedal to the metal as he white-lines off into infinity.

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By Lowcut Fanzine

Scottish redneck punk? As absurd as it sounds these cowboy highlanders pull it off perfectly with their awesome Johnny Cash/Nine Pound Hammer/The Clash/New Bomb Turks hotrod tunes. With tongue firmly in cheek Z/28 rages through 14 country fried punkrock tales of guns, FBI, cars, UFOs, girls etc. It´s only fitting they do a hilarious cover of Waylon Jennings´ "Dukes Of Hazzard" theme. I´d give anything to see these wackos kick some hillbilly ass in Nashville´s clean cut C&W circuits, all the good ole boys´d take a dump in their Stetson hats from fright! YEE fuckin´ HAW!! Probably the best band from Scotland I´ve heard since Rezillos/Revillos.

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By Ted Kane - SPONIC magazine

A white-trash worshiping rockabilly band from Scotland? Well, why not? The UK has given us a lot of authentic blues and punk artists through the years, so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Z/28 pulls off that down and dirty hillbilly sound as well as they do. Still and no disrespect intended to Waylon Jennings I find the group’s cover of “Dukes of Hazzard” a bit disconcerting. Is that what McLuhan’s “Global Village” has led us to? Satellite broadcasts of inane American TV shows through billion-dollar satellite networks to Scotland? But, on the other hand, didn’t Ringo marry Daisy Duke? Surely Z/28’s two minute rave-up on the show’s theme (its best part, Daisy´s cut-offs, notwithstanding) is less of a travesty than Caveman. Anyway, I digress. Wrecks from the Highway is a short burst of high-octane punkabilly that holds its own with the records of that type made on this side of the Atlantic. Like the Stones’ infatuation with Americana expressed in songs like “Parachute Woman,” Z/28 (as in the vintage Camaro model) cooks up a lyrical stew of guns, girls, UFO and car cultures that shows the bands love for aspects of American culture that must seem greener when viewed from the other side. Each of the CD’s 14 tracks is framed by an excerpt from a B-movie, a gimmick that gets old as the album runs its course. But the songs themselves all have a good driving beat and an earnestness about them that few bands can match. If you are the type of fan who spells the word out r-a-w-k, you’ll enjoy this one.

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By Punk and OI in the UK Website

Take King Kurt or the Meteors give them a louder amplifier and a bucket full of speed and a splash of Green Day, light blue touch paper and stand well back. Well not quite but this is another cracking album. Psychobilly meets pop-punk. You simply have to get for the cover on here it´s a cover of the ´Dukes Of Hazard´ theme tune.

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By Gildas Dig It! Fanzine issue 28

"La Camaro Z-28 est un modèle musclé de chez Chevrolet. Z-28 est un groupe ecosse qui voue aux muscle-cars une passion sans bornes, du genre à empiler soigneusementles numéros de Gearhead Mag à côtés des exemplaires 70´s de Chromes & Flammes dégottés aux puces. Le groupe (formé en 96) pratique un rock´n´roll autant influencé par les doubles carbus que la country (ils reprennent le "Dukes Of Hazzard" (Cours après moi Shériff !) de Waylon Jennings, braconnent sur des terres laissées en friche par Nine Pound Hammer et la voix du chanteur a souvent des accents Lux Interior/Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Ajoutez-y une touche de garage attitude, quelques riffs 70´s, une louchée de 50´s Roll, des bruits de bolides au démarrage, la pincée d´humour indispensable à ce genre d´entreprise, une giclée de Southern rock, des solos barbelés et quelques notes de banjo, secouez énergiquement le tout et voilà. Le résultat s´appelle Wrecks From The Highway et s´avale d´un trait. Le cauchemar de la prévention routière recommence...

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By rockhardplace lucky 13th May

From the UK comes the rowdy, raucous sounds of Z-28. They´re play a version of Cowboy Punk/Rock N´ Roll with a great sense of humour. The guitars are smokin´ the vocals are raw and dirty and the songs remind one of Johnny Cash meets The Sex Pistols. I don´t think this CD does the band justice, I imagine this material would sound great live in a pub with a few to many beers in ya. It´s worth picking up this record just for the version of Waylon Jennings´ "Dukes Of Hazard". "Girl Crazy" is (and I don´t know why) laced with cartoon sound effects. It´s actually pretty damn funny, but again, I´m not sure why. They shine on tracks like "Kick My Amp" which is borderline out of control, but it´s so raw and real you can´t help but appreciate what they´re doing. Hopefully they can improve a bit on the overall production, the bass is pretty weak on the album as are the drums. If this happens, I think they´ll really be onto something. They do have a certain charm to them, even if it´s not your style, you´ll like this band.

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By Back Street Heroes #229 (BLUE) ALBUM of the MONTH - 5 Choppers awarded

Somewhere just outside Las Vegas, where the land meets the sky and the desert gets kind of out of focus, there is a parallel universe, and a hotel of the fifth dimension with a flashing neon light that’s on the blink. The car park is full of road grimed hotrods, Cadillacs with huge fins, and the occasional casually-parked UFO. Inside the bar the guys all have cool haircuts and cooler stares and the girls all look like Betty Page and have long red fingernails and everyone wears leopardskin. In this hotel off the highway to nowhere, the z/28s would be the house band. This is the first album from the z/28 (Who hail from Scotland, not Nevada or Oklahoma) and from the first track, ‘Nitro’, I was smitten, then again I grew up on the Cramps and the Meteors and Elvis and Johnny Cash, some of the zees’ influences, which probably means we’re second cousins or something. Most of the tracks are played at breakneck, tooling-along-the-highway speed, which might account for why, of fourteen tracks, only two are over three minutes. Only a couple of songs don’t work, the slower (‘slower’ being a relative term here) track, ‘My Friend Scott’, which is on the bland side, and ‘Gun Girl Crazy’ which is just annoying. There’s a good song under there, but while they were in the studio the band found the ‘Cartoon Sound Effects’ tape . . . Only two songs are covers; ‘Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash’ is a manic reworking of the old 1954 Clovers hit, while Waylon Jennings’ ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ needs no introduction, gets none, and still weighs in at under two minutes. Although the whole album is less than thirty minutes long, you’re exhausted by the end of it! Utterly brilliant. Available for a measly £6

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By therawk (Mark Anthony)

Hot rod punk ´n´ roll from scotland? yep and these guys have a nice feel to their rawk too. describing this is hard cuz the sound changes throughout from supersuckers grease to replacements shuffle to clash-ish clang to cranked up rockabilly to stones-y roots...and sometimes more than once at a time. this is one of the funnest things i´ve heard in awhile and the cool between song soundbites (and the in-song cartoon f/x on "gun girl crazy") just add to it. the cover of waylon´s "duke´s of hazzard" theme song only adds to the misplacement of these dudes! this is cool shit!! the best i´ve heard from scotland since the first undertones record...and a great sexy cover too!!

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By Savagemagazine (Thomas)

These guys are totally into the hot rod rock’n’roll thingee. Not only hot rods though, probably horror flicks and the whole 50’s shebang. Soundwise it’s like a mix of Nine Pound Hammer, the X-rays and a few more loud rockers + mix in some 70’s hardrock. Not bad!

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By Sugarbuzz Magazine

High octane, fuel injected, hot roddin’ country pop punk good time rock is just one of the ways to attempt to describe Z/28’s music from their incredible new album “Wrecks From The Highway”. Well to be honest, this stuff is nothing like music I have experienced before. This CD is a fucking mind blower. From the opening “Nitro” to the last notes of “Kicking My Amp” the songs are chock full of funny car, alien, fuck the pit stop, non-stop mayhem. Songs like “ Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash”, “Never”, “Shut Down”, and “Dukes Of Hazzard” leave you grinnin’ and a droolin’. This CD should have come with an advisory claiming “Seat Belts Required While Listening.”

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By Inside Knowledge Magazine Martijn Welzen

Why does everybody keep saying Elvis died? He keeps on popping up in various rock n roll and punkrock bands across the globe. He’s got to earn a living too, now he gave up singing in Vegas, right? Z/28 combine spicy rock n roll, with punk and of course the king on vocals. Good, fast barbecue rock! Slap a burger on the fire first and have a couple of beers, and a huge party. Get behind the wheel, totally drunk, put the stereo to maximum and become a wreck on the highway. The Dukes of Hazzard tune got covered go figure. Martijn Welzen

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By Smashin Transistors - Benny Brylcreem

Cars, women, aliens and red necks is what this is all about, these boys know their southern Rock & Roll. But wait what’s that you say? They’re from Scotland! Well they certainly studied their Elvis and Billy Lee Riley with some X-Files thrown in for good measure. I had to look outside to check and make sure there was still snow on the ground cause this CD made me think I was crusin’ on a summer day with the top down and a case of PBR in the cooler on the back seat with a couple of big tittied Martian girls in front gettin’ freaky. This album is a Rock & Roll must on the car radio while crusin’ the back roads of Venus. Excellent combinations of attitude filled 50´s Rock-a-billy and good old fashioned Punk Rock blazin’ guitar work make this a summertime crusin’ classic (now we just need summertime and our drivers licences back).

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By Full Moon Fanzine - Cousin Fritz

Gee, Elmer, I felt I should warn y´all, and yer kin too, ´bout some shit-kickin´ hot-roddin no-goodniks that are kickin´ ass hereabouts. They´ve got this album, "Wrecks From The Highway" that they´re peddlin´ to the local merchants. Don´t let Billy-Bob hear about it, you know what he was like when he listened to The Cramps; if he hears this he´ll start building a flying saucer in a crop circle. If a bit of moonshine-tinged rockabilly can have him digging up Uncle Esther under a full moon, this album will have him fornicating buck-naked on top of a hot-rod! All them songs about vampires, U.F.O.´s, guns´n´girls, the F.B.I. (say hello to Cousin Franklin), and all sortsashit; goddammit, they´re weirdos! They´ve been listening to them no-good Rezillos and that dog-darned Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and someone give them some ´go-blind-for-a-day´ moonshine. Then they let them in one of them new-fangled re-cording studios, and the next thing ya know, we´ve another god-danged elvis thang on our hands. And you know what happened last time. This is the devil´s music, and we should buy every copy from every store, and burn them all on a big bonfire.I mean, just look at their songs, all about ´lights in the sky´ and all that mumbo-jumbo, The Good Lord never wanted us to rock´n´roll, we should be in church right now! But they´re in a deserted barn, surrounded by hot-rods, watching B-movies like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes", drinking moonshine, and havin´ a hoedown with Gene Vincent and Sid Vicious. They even sample Wolfman Jack, ferchrissakes! Ah´m tellin´ ya, boy, when I see yer Mom (or yer Aunt, yer sister, whatever....), Ah´m gonna get her ta get her fat , lazy ass ta round up every copy of this offence against The Good Lord, and burn ´em all in a huge holy bonfire. Once her tush is outta the trailer, we´ll round up every copy of this re-cording, before it corrupts every God fearing, goat-fuckin´, cousin-marrying, shit-kickin, red-necked football scholar-ship-riding country boy in yhe whole damn county. Hey, maybe Jerry Springer´ll do a special on it! Cousin Fritz

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By Organart - Webzine

Low slung garaged up Chevy-with-fins flavoured rock and roll that comes dressed in leopard skin print and splattered with punk rock oil. There´s a cover Waylon Jennings´ Dukes Of Hazard - imagine if you will a wrecked and splattered General Lee after a motorway ruck with the Yo-Yo´s or Dog Toffee..... punk wreck and roll indeed.

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By ARTCORE Fanzine #18 - Welly

These be rockin’ garage psyched-out damaged Scottish loons, all fried up with on some Yankified 50’s freeway desert U.F.O. kinda trip. This sounds like a cross between JOHNNY X AND THE CONSPIRACY, THE CRAMPS, JOHNNY CASH and THE GOOD TIME CHARLIES playing back up to some shitkickin’ sour mash cock-fight in Louisiana in 1963. All I can say is; ‘you’re gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn-on-the-cob with no fucking teeth!’

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By Part Time Punk Zine

This CD is a quite neat fusing of Garage Punk and Country and Western, with a hit of straightforward Rock and Roll thrown into the mix. The vocalist has the kind of nerdy-but threatening voice that lends itself well to the material. Z/28 even do a cover of the “Dukes Of Hazzard” theme! They are from Scotland, a country that has for some reason always taken C”n”W to its heart….why is that? (It's cause the Scots took thier music to America and it became the essential building block of Country music in case ya want to know - RRB) Sometimes Z/28 do kind of resemble a Texan Rezillos, which is not a bad direction to go in. My favourite tracks are “Outrageous” and “Shut Down” on this on the whole promising and original !

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By Summer of Hate

I like EDDIE COCHRAN. I like AC/DC. I like Punk Rock. I imagine Z/28 do too. Sure sounds like it. This is really good stuff. Party music. Party as in excessive drinking. As in having your hand up a teenage girl´s skirt. As in watching your best mate fall out the window. Good, good stuff. Of course the band is from Scotland, and probably have a limited experience of FBI Men and all that. Are there any highways in Scotland? I don´t know, and I don´t care. This is fucking great. Here´s the deal: If you like BETTY PAGE, street car racing, loud guitars, JACK HILL movies, high energy, TURA SATANA and having fun this is for you. No dull 70´s rock, don´t let the Hot Rod/Pin-up thing scare you, this ain´t more of that fake Action Rock we´re all bored with. This is for real. Banjos and all. I don´t give a fuck if you buy this record or not; I´ve got it and I´m gonna play it. That´s all I need to know. I could go on about this, but I´m gonna turn it up and have a drink instead. As BON SCOTT put it: there´s gonna be some rockin´ at the show tonight.

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By Blackpool Evening Gazette - Robin Duke

They inherit a musical world somewhere between the Ramones and the Cramps, and rarely top the three minute mark with anything they sing. Z/28 put punk into Charlie Calhoun’s 1954 gem your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash and know a thing or two about when to yee-haw on Waylon Jennings’ Dukes of Hazzard. Elsewhere it’s all their own work and no wonder The Spacequeen finds it difficult to keep drumming at their speed – but it’s hard to turn off this set of 14 mini-masterpieces. We don’t know the cost, but whatever it is it’s worth it !! Robin Duke



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