The Zips – HUH!? Album Launch Night Review.

To say punk-rock aficionado’s, The Zips are a uniquely transcending band would be an understatement as their creative radar seems to have embedded itself amongst the pulse of the people, rising and falling throughout the unfolding years, essentially placing their musical expression exactly where it needs to be directed, within a vastly complex fluctuating societal landscape where the sense of urgency amongst the people to project justice and truth  is ceaseless, carrying the spirit of the band ever forward to carve a deeply sincere impression into the hearts and minds of all who embrace The Zips music.

From the birth of punk in the 70’s, The Zips are primarily one of the first punk-rock outfits to come out of the impulsively edgy, Glasgow city, embossing their name into the narrative of punk rock history as one of the most authentic socio-political bands who has etched an indelible mark with their humanity driven, punchy, confrontational music.  

The Zips first release, limited edition singles are highly sought after, little did they realise how their D.I.Y ethos would provide them with such an unwavering longevity of interest, a resolute, do-it-yourself approach that they still firmly affix to this day, continuously making their release material highly distinctive and genuine in its collaborative intricates, from artwork to production, studio location to collective folds within the punk community.

I had the undivided attention and pleasure of spending time with lead protagonist, Jon Zip McNeil for a, soon to be published, detailed interview for Louderthanwar UK entertainments Magazine/Website before the album launch show at the bands most celebrated Glasgow venue, McChuills, a venue he referred to as, The Zips HQ.

Certainly, the band feels most content amongst their devoted Glasgow tribe, an undisputed zenith in conjuring atmosphere and utterly devoted appreciation towards the band’s music which was indisputably demonstrated throughout the night as it emerged. I was struck by Jon’s attentive, creatively passionate and caring nature, his conversation flowed with heart, in fine detail about the construction of their 4th studio album titled HUH!? Unconditionally attentive in showing unwavering support of every facet within the craftmanship of the album’s creation, making sure to cover each and every inspiration of place and person who has contributed to the album’s completion.

I felt inspired by Jon’s passion and enthusiasm for being out on the road, traveling across Europe with his comrades and mentioning his fondness of Berlin, a city where they recorded part of their current album, between there and Glasgow’s Barrhead! For more nuanced detail please keep an eye over on Louder for this supremely fascinating interview with Jon in the coming weeks ahead.

The exceptionally talented local artist, Stephen Scott has provided a powerful eye-catching artwork of one lone figure standing head-on before a military tank, an emotion stirring image of defiance and determination, The Zips have stuck to retro style within the inlay cover and actual CD pressing is a take on a vinyl pressing, making the album look, feel and sound tailored, original and bona fide in nature. As a photographer I was completely in my element capturing the raw energy of the people, McChuills was absolutely rammed and the intoxicating atmosphere of the night was electric making me came away with a mound of intimately intense people shots.

The Zips where on their best form, super charged with ferocity throughout an unremitted projection of the new album, hurtling through their songs at heart pounding pace from start to finish. Their new album material is exceptionally strong, rife with infectious hooks, burly rumbling rock n’ roll baselines and lyrics that pack a mean punch. The Zips always have a powerful narrative to tell within their music, always pushing the boundaries with their vehement delivery and sharp musical intellect, whether the songs are played stripped down or in full construct.

The band then proceeded in taking special requests from the eager, high octane audience. On the night the band had a collecting can for Bread Over Bombs, a charity who assist local food banks, in the end the generosity of the people contributed £65 on the night, all of which will be delivered to a food bank in the area. This was by far one of the best, most memorable punk nights I have attended in a long time. If you wish to view the entire batch of photos from this event night please click the following Gobophotography/Revel Rousers link –

If you wish to lay heart and mind on the new album it is available from, Love Music record shop in Glasgow, you can also order it online through the Love Music website, via EBay, All Ages Records in London, or just simply private message Jonzip direct.

Keep up to date with the legends of punk on the links below to follow their forthcoming creative endeavours and up-and-coming tour dates.

A Band Not To Be Missed Live!

Author: Miff Morris

In many senses, I am still discovering myself through the complex tapestry in which life continues to weave, gaining unique physical experience in order to aid the progression of my precious spirit, this will continue for the rest of my fated days and my understanding of who I am shall be determined through how I learn to react, act and adapt towards the circumstances I face. I do sincerely hope the span of this life is enough to fully come to terms with the potential of my unique existence, through deep-rooted understanding, compassion, and love, and that I may fully acknowledge the absolute full potential of my existence through the network of others. Thus far the core of my being has learned through unique experience and individual perspective that I am most certainly a creative soul who takes solace in the truth & liberty of artistic expression. Freedom lays behind the eyes within the evocative realm of one's imagination, transforming originality through individual perspective, this is when my art becomes yours. Inspiring, motivating different modes of expression to overall influence and shape a better world, to help elevate to a higher consciousness. We are part of the great web of life and in this way each and every one of us are interconnected, to create a major shift in consciousness. We must wholeheartedly start to believe in what can be created for the greater good of this world, in my view it is most certainly the power of thought and intention which connect us, no matter how near or how far. Being understood has always been of paramount importance to me, self-expression is something I have been aware of from a very young age. From my point of view, artistic expression has always been the most liberating and uniting mode. When I am not caught up in life's cogs I love to write poetry, short stories, and shoot photographs. I adore and feed off music, so I highly enjoy capturing the live music scene in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. I also enjoy writing for Uk Entertainments website, Louder than War, as well as run my own music blog www.Revel, Amalgamating my love of music, writing, as well as photographic expression (Music, Landscape, Street, Wedding), which gives me a great sense of creative release, therefore forging a strong sense of purpose in the way of documenting life's remarkable moments. I find working with creatives within the music industry is wholly inspiring even though at times it can be quite challenging, after all, the greatest realizations and lessons learned are born out of challenges. I figured, seeing as I have a platform for my music reviews, interviews and photography I thought it would be time to create a platform for my creative writing and poetry.....It takes courage to expose oneself through the intimacy of poetry, However, that is how we truly unite and grow in compassion and understanding of each other's true essence. I am a deep thinker, I understand the power of words and their meanings. I also understand how empowering artistic expression can be. There is a raw truth buried within each original idea combined with a power to help change the world. Artistic expression is forever transforming through interpretation, that is what I mean when I say "When My Art Becomes Yours" My philosophy is to understand more, in order to love more....... Love ~M~

One thought on “The Zips – HUH!? Album Launch Night Review.”

  1. Excellent stuff Miff. 🎶❤️ If you’re around the west end 2mro 3rd November check out my sons band The plastic youth in Oran mor @ 2.30. Not punk but a great band. 👍🎶


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