Mesa's reggae/punk outfit Authority Zero has come a long way over the course of its nearly two-decade career. The band quickly moved up from intimate (often free) local shows to playing Warped Tour and, eventually, touring the world. Authority Zero is now a household name in the local scene, an Arizona trademark like Jimmy Eat World and the dearly departed Format.
Authority Zero's future looks even brighter now, as the group will release its sixth studio album, The Tipping Point, on Tuesday, April 2. The album is as fast and furious as ever, and frontman Jason Devore goes as far as to say he hasn't felt this way about an album since A Passage in Time was released. The album is full of energy, occasionally cooling down for mellow reggae songs, all the while emphasizing the band's "stand up for what you believe in and don't let anyone slow you down" ethos.
We had a lengthy phone conversation with Devore to discuss the new album, what keeps the band in Arizona, lineup changes, the local music scene, and how a bad relationship inspired one of the band's catchiest songs.