The Zero Boys are a hardcore punk quartet from Indianapolis, Indiana fronted by Paul Mahern. Other members include bassist Scott Kellogg, drummer Mark Cutsinger and guitarist Dave Lawson. Their first release, Livin' in the '80s, was a 7" EP released by the band on their home-brew Z-Disc label. While Paul Mayhern provided their unique lyrics, John Mitchell provided the soul, with his inspired bass lines driving their songs to new heights. Their debut full-length album, Vicious Circle, was released in 1982 with its distinctive bright yellow cover on the local label Nimrod Records. Many punk fans nationwide expressed surprise that a band like the Zero Boys originated in the Midwest; their polished intensity suggested the larger and more established scenes in Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City and elsewhere. Indeed, their 1982 "Hell Tour" appearance at The Barn in Torrance, CA (with roadies Gary X Indiana and Marvin Goldstein in tow), on a bill with the Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat, demonstrated that the Zero Boys were a Midwestern punk rock force to be reckoned with.In the last several years, the band has reunited for the occasional gig, including a series of shows at CBGB's designed to raise money to help keep the club open, and a series of shows in 2006 2012 where they performed the entire Vicious Circle album. Paul Mahern went on to form the power pop band the Datura Seeds and has since become a producer in Bloomington, Indiana, where he also teaches yoga and owns the Affirmation Records label.

Re-released on CD with a green cover, this is the classic first album by this important midwestern American band. Co-released with Toxic Shock, these 23 tracks helped define American style hardcore. An important album, which is why it has since been re-released several times in the last twenty odd years, most notable by Lookout Records.

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