25 March 2011
Zatopeks are sorry to announce that
we're no longer going to play at the Screeching Weasel 25th anniversary show in
Chicago on 27th May. We apologise especially to anyone with tickets who wanted
to see us play. Let us know: we're happy to make it up by playing in your living
room/garden/local pub next time. Hopefully we will make it back to the US again
In the meantime we have plenty of other shows coming up:
This Saturday (26th March) we're at the CROSSBONE FEST 2011 in Belgium! Chixdiggit (+Kepi), The Real Danger, The Priceduifkes, The Hotlines, The Murderburgers, DeeCracks, The Bat Bites. Good music, good people, good beers = good fun!
To celebrate 10 years of both bands, in early April we're springing round Europe with our Scandinavian brethren, The 20Belows!! Come join the party!!
6/4 Berlin @ Wild At Heart. DE
8/4 Innsbruck @ PMK , AU
9/4 Winterthur @ Widder, CH
10/4 Solothurn @ Kofmehl , CH
11/4 Zurich @ Werk21 , CH
12/4 Cologne @ Sonic Ballroom, DE (w/ Dear Landlord)
13/4 Geel @ Bacchus Cafe , BE
14/4 Düsseldorf @ Rot Kompot, DE (w/ Teenage Bottlerocket & Old Man Markley)
15/4 Utrecht @ DB , NL
16/4 Nordenham @ Eldorado , DE
21 December 2010
I almost forgot we had a website. Sorry about that!
Our main news right now is that we are going to be playing Screeching Weasel's 25th anniversary in Chicago in May. We're playing on the first of 3 nights and the line-up is amazing. We're pretty excited for it!
We'll also be playing the Crossbone Fest in Belgium in March, and I hope to have news of more shows soon too.
5 January 2010
Happy New Year! It's been too long since I'd written anything here, so I thought it was about time for an update! We didn't play a lot of shows towards the end of 2009, but it was definitely a case of quality not quantity. Pete and I took a roadtrip out to meet the others in Berlin for our first show there in over a year at the end of November. In December we played with Dillinger Four in London and then headed over to Rotterdam for the 3rd Monster Zero Mash. All 3 were fantastic shows - a big thank you to everyone who put them on and everyone who came out to see us!
We also spent some time working on new songs for our third full length. There are about 6 or 7 so far, so there's still more work to do, but hopefully there'll be more news on that subject soon...
The first few months of 2010 are looking a bit quiet, but We have some great shows lined for the spring. We're doing 3 shows with Dear Landlord on their first ever UK tour in May, including our first ever show in Wales, and then we're going back to Germany for a couple of shows in June with the Bat-Bites, including playing the Conny's Atomsmasher Fest for the first time. We're also planning some others at the moment which will be posted as soon as they're confirmed. The dates we have so far are:
Fri 14 May - Kingston (UK)
Sat 15 May - Newport (UK)
Sun 16 May - Brighton (UK)
Fri 4 June - Berlin (D)
Sat 5 June - Grossenhaim (D)
And finally, for those of you on Facebook, we also have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zatopeks.
Ok, that's it for now. I'll try not to leave it so long until the next update!
30 March 2009
As we Zatopeks say everyday...Happy New Year!
Spring has Sprung! The clocks went forward this morning and as we all know that means it's sun, fun and bbq's 'till Christmas! Whilst outdoor cullanary festivities and behavioural adaptations to reduce impacts on climate change can be arranged, our raison d'etre of these three phenomena is the fun!!
With this in mind, we're lambing our way through the seasonal rebirth by organising some UK shows in May. Check out here or our Myspace for dates soon!
May is also the time of the Cannes film festival, so it's worth a mention that we're now available in celluloid too! The DVDs of Insubordination Fest '08 in Baltimore are out now! We're yet to hear back from the judging panel, but should you wish to join the jury in viewing our set, order your copy here.
In other news: our amigos from Rotterdam, The Accelerators have just released their debut self-titled full-length on Stardumb Records (NL) / Squinty Joe Records (UK). So when your off to to get on this, remember you can also pick up:
Zatopeks/Accelerators split 7"inch from Squinty Joe Records
Our first album, "Ain't Nobody Left But Us" from Stardumb Records
Ok, that's enough for now. Enjoy the basking of the extended evening glow!!
1 September 2008
Well you've come to our website and so you're either actively looking for a little something extra or our myspace site is blocked on your computer. Either way, you deserve a treat!! So firstly I'd like to complement you on your good looks and conviviality today. Well done, you've really pulled yourself together! I know, I can hear you now, "what's this platitude about, what do you want from me?!?" and "clearly you can't see me and even if you could, I'd question what you're saying". Well, dear reader, via the magical powers of the computer age, misinformation and typing we at Zatopek-central have the powers to view your very souls and frankly we're cheering for you!!
Anyway, as news must...here it is:
We had a great time in the USA earlier this summer and would like to thank everyone involved at the Insubordination Festival, the Deep Sleep in Philadelphia and all the New Yorkers who made our sojourn such a delight. It was distinct pleasure to play with some brilliant bands, eat a truck load of bagels and burgers, meet a great many great folk and catch up with plenty of old friends too!! Thanks to everyone who put us on, put us up and put up with us and a grand "huzzah!" and hi-fives all who came to the shows!! Don't forget to check out some of the photos on the myspace page, should you be visually minded or intrigued.
Next up, back and in-continent (so to speak), with the marvellous assistance of monsieur Monster Zero, we're planning a European tour for October 2008 with the Copyrights (from Carbondale, Illinois, USA). Many of the dates are now confirmed and available for your perusal on the shows page...but in brief, if you’re in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland and even England, we hope to have a date with you!
Until then, it's all about the sell, sell, sell!! There's a new Groovie Ghoulies tribute album out now on Kamikaze Records, which contributed a cover of Graceland to, and of course we have the usual CD's, 7" vinyl’s, T-shirts and other stuff. You can get them direct from us on the Zatopeks webstore from Household Name Records and in the US, from Whoa Oh Records or It's Alive Records. We also now have t-shirts for sale through Monona Merch, which is Ben Weasel's webstore. That's the only place you can get this design online, so go check it out.
15 February 2008
Not too much to report at the moment since Sammie is currently living it up in Australia until the end of March. When he gets back we'll be doing a few UK dates at the beginning of April. The first one is already confirmed for London on 2 April - check the shows page for details and for more to come soon.
The new album has been getting some great reviews lately - it was reviewed in recent issues of Kerrang and Big Cheese (who even picked us for their BC Band Tip of the month!) You can read some quotes on our myspace page. And if you don't have the album, if you're in Europe, you can get it direct from us on the Zatopeks webstore, or from Household Name Records. If you're in the US, then take yourself over to Whoa Oh Records.
Next month sees the release of the Punktastic UnScene 4 compilation, featuring the Zatopeks, among 98 others. It's a tribute to the Short Music compilation that Fat Wreck Chords released a few years ago, and features 99 UK bands playing 30 second songs. Our song is called "7:47", and is a different version of the song "747" from the album. We'll be alongside such other great bands as Sonic Boom Six, Punch Puppet, Pickled Dick and a whole lot more.
I'm also working on more tours for later in the year...more news on which to follow later on!
20 November 2007
First off, the new album "Damn Fool Music" is out now. If you're in Europe, you can get it direct from us on the Zatopeks webstore, or from Household Name Records. If you're in the US, then take yourself over to Whoa Oh Records. They also have a deal where if you buy both our album and the 20belows album you get a discount. Sounds good to me. It is also available from all the usual download sites too. If you haven't already, check out the 2 songs available for download on the sounds page.
We finished our UK tour this weekend. We had a really good time playing over here again for the first time in almost a year. We got to play with lots of great bands and hang out with lots of great people. Thanks to everyone who helped us out in any way on that. We're planning to do some more UK shows in April, so hopefully it won't be too long before we're back.
I was in New York recently visiting the Whoa Oh Records HQ, and while I was there, Jonnie and I recorded a podcast. If you have iTunes, search for Whoa Oh, and download podcast 14 to hear it. If not, go to the Whoa Oh website and you can get it as an mp3 there.
Next up for us is the Monster Zero Mash in Rotterdam punkrockcity #1 which we're all excited about. If you're in the neighbourhood, come on down and see The Apers, Zatopeks, Sonic Dolls, Accelerators, Johnie3, the 20belows and the Priceduifkes. It's going to be the poppunk party of the year!
8 October 2007
We're now back from tour and had an amazing time! We went to so many great places and met so many great people. It was so good to play in Austria, Spain and Sweden for the first time, and also to go back to so many familiar places too. Thanks to everyone who helped us out in any way, by setting up a show, giving us food, drinks or a place to stay, or by coming out to party with us. Special thanks also to our touring buddies, the Parasites, Los Di Maggios and the Hitchcocks.
The release date for the new album 'Damn Fool Music' is confirmed for 12 November on Household Name Records. It will also be available for download at the usual places at the same time. The north American release on Whoa Oh Records should hopefully be at the same time, and I will be able to confirm that soon. You can download 2 songs on the sounds page and hear them on the myspace page.
Some more dates have been added for the UK tour so check those out on the shows page. There should be a few more to come, so keep checking back.
1 September 2007
Lots of news today! First up, I've posted 2 songs from the new album 'Damn Fool Music.' You can download them from the sounds page and also hear them on our myspace page. The first song, Jumble Sale features Jo Mangled from the Hunchbacks on backing vocals and Skokie Venom from the Travoltas on keys.
We're heading out on our biggest tour yet in a few days. We're playing 21 shows all around Europe until the end of September. All the dates are up on the shows page so check them out and if we're playing in your town, come on down! We're really looking forward to it. We unfortunately won't have the new album for sale, but we have all the other releases, and we have new t-shirt designs for the tour.
Following that we will be finally doing a UK tour from 9-18 November. The first few dates are up on the shows page and there are more to come. I hope that we will be doing our first Scottish show on this tour too.
Ok, that's it for now. Hope to see lots of you at the shows over the next few months.
9 June 2007
Well, the new album is almost finished. We spent 2 and a bit weeks holed up in Excess Studios in Rotterdam working on it, and we're now just finishing the final bits of the mixing. Once it's all done, I'll post some mp3s up.
We're also working on a 4 week European tour for September, hopefully taking in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium Holland and Denmark. If you can help us out with a show in your town, please email me at email@example.com We'll be coming to the UK in November, but haven't sorted out the dates for that yet. I'll post news as I have it.
For the Americans amongst you I will be with the Apers for their east coast tour at the end of June/beginning of July. So if you're at one of their shows come and find me behind the merch table and say hello!
Ain't Nobody Left But Us is now available for download on iTunes and other music download sites thanks to Jonnie Whoa Oh at Are You Listening Records. That means that every Zatopeks song ever released is available for download.
31 March 2007
I've finally got around to uploading a whole lot of photos from the tours we did with the Apers in France and Italy at the end of 2006. Check out the photos pages for those.
For the Dutchies amongst you, there are 2 Zatopeks related shows coming up in Rotterdam in the next month. We'll be over there to record our second album, and thought we'd take the opportunity to play a show while we're there. On Thursday 19 April, Will and Sammie will be playing acoustic sets at the Waterfront Cafe. Also playing is our good friend Eva-Louise Williams, who also appeared on a couple of songs on our album.
Then the following week, Pete, Spider and I will join the fray for a full Zatopeks show. We'll be playing with our Swiss buddies the Snotty Cheekbones. Both of the shows are part of the Thunder Days parties, and more info can be found at: www.thunderdays.nl.
We're in the process of getting all our releases available on iTunes and other music downloads thanks to Jonnie Whoa Oh at Are You Listening Records. At the moment, all the 7"s and compilation tracks are available, and the album should be up there soon. Then every Zatopeks song ever released will be available for download.
Finally, there is no longer a guestbook on the website - it expired this week, and we figured that with the advent of myspace there wasn't much point in paying to renew it. So if you need to get in touch with us, you can either do so at www.myspace.com/zatopeks or via email, and my address is below.
22 February 2007
We don't have a lot of shows planned for the first part of 2007, but we made an exception a couple of weeks ago, when we played a really fun show with the McRackins and 20belows in Berlin. Great people and rocking bands...what could be better?
We're also making another exception on Saturday 10 March when we will play our first ever gig in Bristol. Our friends the Griswalds will be along for the party too. Pete is in charge of organising it though, so who knows what will happen on the night!
Not much other news really, we're busy working on new songs, and working on getting more shows for the summer and autumn. More news on those to come.
19 December 2006
We've been back from Italy a couple of weeks now. We had an excellent week there with the Apers. All the shows were great - thanks to Diego from la Skaletta for sorting it out, the Apers, Emily DIY, Paul the Cop and to everyone who put on a show, gave us a place to stay or came out and partied with us! I'll work on getting some photos up soon - I've got lots of them.
Next up is 3 shows in the UK for a change! We start in London on Thursday night, then head up to Birmingham on Friday, and finally on Saturday we play our first ever show in Brighton. We're looking forward to playing in England again, and hope to see lots of you there!
We're also continuing to work on new songs for our next album which we're recording in the spring. We'll be playing a couple of new ones at the next shows, so come and get a sneak preview!
14 November 2006
We just got back from the Red Wine tour in France with the Apers. It lived up to its name, with plenty of red wine, along with good food and good parties. A big thank you to Emily and Remy from Asso DIY for booking it, to the promoters that organised the shows and gave us places to sleep, and to the Apers for rocking out with us every night. It was a lot of fun, and we hope to be back in France soon!
We're off to Italy next, again with the Apers. It'll be our first time in Italy since 2003, and we're excited about it. The dates are on the shows page now, and there may be another one added soon, so keep checking back. Hope to see some of you Italians there.
02 November 2006
Next week the Zatopeks are off to France to rock out with the mighty Apers. We hit Bordeaux, Bayonne and Perigueux. Check out the shows page for all the details. It'll be our first time ever in France, and we're really looking forward to it!
Our new 7" 'Handclaps & Bottlecaps' is also out now. It's a split acoustic 7" with the Copyrights and is on It's Alive Records. You can hear one of our songs, called Death And The Hobo on our myspace page. You can also order it from our online shop at http://zatopeks.bigcartel.com
At the end of November we're off to Italy, again with the Apers. Some dates are up, but there are more to come, so keep checking back!
25 September 2006
The Z-boys were back in action in Holland a couple of weeks ago for the Rotterdam Rumble. It was a great party weekend, and we had brilliant time as ever. Thanks to Stefan and Charlie for organising it all and to everyone that was rocking out with us.
We had a new 7" out on It's Alive Records in June, and now we have another new 7" the same label coming out in the next month. It's going to be a split acoustic 7" with the Copyrights, a great pop-punk band from Carbondale, Illinois. You can hear one of our songs, called Death And The Hobo on our myspace page.
Next up for us is a short tour of France. The confirmed dates are on the website, and there are a couple more to come, so keep checking back for updates.
I've also set up an online shop which you can access here. I'm hoping it will be easier to use than the old one. It seems easier for me to administer anyway, so that's got to be a good thing! I've also reduced the prices of the old t-shirts so go check them out. There are only a few left, and once they're gone we won't be reprinting them.
21 June 2006
Our new 7" is out now on It's Alive Records. It's called Smile Or Move, and has 2 new songs (I Dream I'm Home and Even Zatopeks Cry) and 2 from the album (Turn To Gold Blues and Another Night On The Divide). You can hear I Dream I'm Home on our myspace page. It's available for £3 inc postage from me. I can accept paypal - just email me if you want one.
You can also get the 7" with a CD-R of all the songs with its own artwork if you order direct from the label. Go here for that, which is $4 excluding shipping. The first 50 orders also come with a free Zatopeks patch, but I think those are half gone already.
I've put a link to the new song on the sounds page. I've also updated the song that's available from the 20belows split. Since we re-recorded The Summer I Fell In Love With Jimmy's Girl for the album, I've taken that down, and replaced it with our ode to the former Apers guitar player - I Wanna Blow Jerry Hormone. If you don't have the record, go to the sounds page and download it now. Or even better, you can buy the record!
Our next show is the Rotterdam Rumble at the beginning of September, which we're playing on Thursday 7 September. It's going to be a great party as ever, and it's going to be headlined by Supercharger and the Paul Collins Beat.
We'll be doing more touring in the autumn, when we should also be playing some shows in France for the first time. More details to come when I have them.
We're currently running low on t-shirts but will be getting some more made over the summer.
31 May 2006
17 shows in a month...it's been a blast! We've played in Belgium, Germany, and all round Holland and the UK over the last 4 weeks, and every show has been great.
The last leg of the UK tour went really well. We got to play with some great bands including the King Blues, Punch Puppet, the Griswalds, Jakal and many more. Thanks to everyone who sorted a show out for us, and who came to party with us.
I've put up some photos on the 'live' and 'other' pages. There's more to come too, so keep checking back.
We don't have any shows planned over the summer, the next is the Rotterdam Rumble at the beginning of September. It's going to be a great party as ever, and Stefan Stardumb has even managed to persuade Supercharger to reform and come and play it!
We'll be doing more touring in the autumn, when we should also be playing some shows in France for the first time. More details to come when I have them.
15 May 2006
The first leg of our UK tour is over now, and it went really well. Our first time at the Underworld in London on Thursday was brilliant. We were excited to play there, and it was a lot of fun. We then headed to Torquay on Friday to play a really hot show at the Townhouse there. Then on Saturday we drove up to Birmingham for Woganfest. On the way we stopped off for the first 3 1/2 Inch Floppy practice in 3 years. We just about remembered the songs well enough to bring Jo Mangled and Davey Hunchback onstage with us at the Market Tavern that evening to play a couple of songs too. It was great to play them again!
There has been a change of venue and showtime for the Liverpool show on Saturday 27 May. We're now playing at 1:30pm in the Cavern Club. If you're planning to come to that, you'll need to be there early.
09 May 2006
I'm back in London now after our tour over the last 9 days. We had an amazing time - 9 shows in a row with no days off, which is a Zatopek record. 8 of those were with Retarded who rocked hard and partied hard every night and were great guys to tour with. For the last 4 shows, we joined up with the Apers who were celebrating their 10th anniversary, which meant we got to play with 2 fantastic bands each night. I'll be putting up some photos from the shows soon, so stay tuned for that. Every show was a pleasure to play, even though I got a bit carried away during our set in Deurne and cut my hand on a broken bottle and needed stitches. Luckily I could still play guitar for the last 2 shows!
Thanks to the Apers for having us along to celebrate with them, to Retarded for being great, Stefan and Youri for playing rockin' records each night, and to everyone who partied with us, sorted out shows for us, and gave us a place to stay. You all rule, and we'll see you all again soon!
On Thursday, the Apers tribute compilation 'The Punkrock Don't Stop' was released, and has the Zatopeks covering 'Only The Grim Reaper' on it alongside 17 other great punk rock bands from around the world. Check the Apers site for details.
Next up for us is 6 shows around the UK. Check the shows page for all the dates.
28 April 2006
We're all set now to head off to Holland tomorrow morning to start our tour. First stop Utrecht, then check the shows page for all the dates.
The UK dates have been coming together, again check the shows page for details.
See you on the road!
9 April 2006
Firstly, for the Londoners among you, we have our first ever show at the Underworld. It's on Thursday 11 May and we're supporting Bullets to Broadway who are the new band of Matt, Heather and Kevin from the Teen Idols. They're currently supporting Less Than Jake in the UK. It should be a great show so it would be good to see as many of you as possible there!
After that show, we need some help with the rest of our UK tour. The Underworld show is the first date, and we then need shows for the next week. The planned dates are on the shows page (the dates we need are 12-20 May), and if you can help us fill any of them, then please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org We need as many shows as possible!
All the dates for our Dutch/Belgian/German tour at the beginning of May are now sorted - again, check the shows page for details.
We have a new 7" due out in June too on It's Alive Records. It's going to have 2 new songs on it, and 2 songs from the album released on vinyl for the first time. It will be released in time for the Insubordination Records fest in Baltimore in mid-June (which I will also be attending). Mp3s and artwork to come soon.
Also if you're in London, then I'll see you at the Griswalds 10th anniversary show at the Windmill tonight...it's going to be great, and there are no excuses for not going!
21 March 2006
Quick update for today - new shows up, and we've sold out of the Buddy Holly's grandchildren logo t-shirts in large. YL, S and M only left now.
19 February 2006
I've done quite a big update of the website this time. I've put up a couple of interviews we did last year. I've also overhauled the links page. Some of the links were pretty old and out of date. They've been removed, and replaced by all-new ones.
I've added our newer t-shirt designs to the merchandise page and updated the sizes and colours of what we've got left. But the biggest news is that I've added an online shop so you can buy any or all of our merchandise, online either using your paypal account if you have one, or credit/debit card details if not. Go to the merchandise page to check it out.
We're running very low on the old Buddy Holly's grandchildren design t-shirts so if you want one of those you'd better get in quick. We have a few left in blue and white, but we're down to the last 2 of them in black - we have one in YL and one in M left. We also only have one left of the girlie monobrow monster t-shirts in small. Same goes for those. Email me if you want one of those (they're not included as options on the merchandise page). When they're gone, they're gone. We won't be reprinting them!
There are a lot of new shows up too, mainly in Holland, with one each in Belgium and Germany, and a couple in the UK too. We're playing several shows with Retarded and the Apers in early May. It's gonna be a great week of poppunk! And we're also very excited about getting to play the Sonic Ballroom (immortalised in song by the Backwood Creatures), in Cologne for the first time.
There's also details of another compilation we were featured on last year - the Interpunk Local 2006 compilation. We're on there alongside such bands as Retarded, Manda and the Marbles, Caffeine, The Vapids, and Inspect Her Gadget.
We'll also be making a return visit to the International Pop Overthrow festival in Liverpool. Dates are on the shows page. The festival line-up isn't confirmed yet, but one show will be at the Cavern Club, and the other at another pub on the same street.
We're working on some new things for the website too, so stay tuned for more!
7 February 2006
Well we just got back from playing with Even In Blackouts in Berlin this weekend. It was a brilliant show, and we had so much fun. Thanks to everyone who came out to party with us.
We have some Dutch shows lined up for the end of April/beginning of May. First up is the Queensday party in Venlo. Will, Sam and I had a great time there last year, so we're really looking forward to going back to play this time round.
The following weekend we've been asked by the Apers to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary. We will be playing 4 shows with them and the Retarded around Holland, and it's gonna be a great party for sure!
We have a couple of 7" records planned for this year too, and some more touring later in the year too. More details to follow on both of those.
I found out from Jonnie Whoa Oh recently that the International Language of Love compilation is very nearly sold out. We have a few copies left, so if you want one, then get in touch soon! It's a great comp and is also the first Zatopeks release. It also features the 20belows, the Apers and Twentyearsold.
We also have an interview in the latest issue of Everything You Hate! fanzine. The Apers are also interviewed, and there's a report from the Rotterdam Rumble 2005. If you want a copy, then get in touch with them here.
3 January 2006
Happy New Year to you all!
We played upstairs at the Garage in London just before Christmas which went really well. There were a lot more people there than we expected which was pretty nice. Thanks to Jacob for organising it and to everyone that came out.
Next up for the Zatopeks is opening for Even In Blackouts in Berlin in February which we're excited about. And also for the Germans, there is an interview with us in the new issue of Ox fanzine (#63).
Hope you all have a great 2006. I'm getting it off to a good start this weekend by going to see the Juicy Zooters, Random Heroes and Hunchbacks on Friday, and then flying over to Rotterdam to see the mighty Teenage Bottlerocket on Saturday. It's gonna be a great pop-punk weekend!
1 December 2005
It's been a while, but I'm back now! We played 2 fun shows last month up in the north of England. Will couldn't make it back from Berlin so we kept it old-school as a 4-piece, but with the Giant on lead vocals. We played Spider's brother's 21st birthday party up in Bury on the Friday night, which was the first time we'd played together in 6 weeks or so. We even had guest bass playing from Spider's Uncle John for one song.
The next day we spent rehearsing in Bolton, and then back to Pete's Dad's house for a quiet night before heading to Liverpool the next day for the Swing Ball. There were 8 bands playing, all of them good, and we were on last. The venue was a brand new bar called Roadkill filled with old car seats. Among the bands were our Brummie mates the Klopeks, and the Liverpool Uni Big Band who were fantastic. By the time we took to the stage it was quite late, and we'd had a lot to drink. We were sloppy as usual, but it was a lot of fun.
Next show for us is just before Christmas - on Thursday 22 December upstairs at the Garage. Details are on the flyer opposite. We'll be back in full-strength for our first proper London show since May.
The new issue of Ox fanzine (#63) is out today, and has an interview with us in it, so if you're in Germany or speak German, then pick up a copy to check that out.
I've put a load of live photos from the tour in the summer, and a couple from the show in Bury too, so go check them out.
We have also managed to get a support slot with Even in Blackouts in Berlin in February. We're excited about that one, especially as we get to play the Wild At Heart again. We'll be scheduling a couple of other German shows around that too, so keep checking back here for news on those.
I'm also going to work on getting an online shop thing sorted for the website, so you can buy our merchandise directly from the site, so hopefully that will be up shortly.
5 October 2005
Just a quick update. I've added 2 new shows, in Liverpool and London. We're working on one for Birmingham too, but it's not yet confirmed.
I've also added an interview we did recently for Frantic Sound webzine in Denmark. Check it out on the interviews page.
I'm not going to have internet access at home for the rest of the month, so there probably won't be any updates on here for a while, but I'll keep our myspace page updated with show details and all that.
6 September 2005
We had an amazing time on tour, and just got back home this weekend. We started off in Denmark where we played 4 shows with the Groovie Ghoulies and every one was great! The 20belows also played the first show, and it was a pleasure as always to share a stage with them.
After Denmark, we had an off-day so went to Hamburg and managed to convince the owner of a bar on the Reeperbahn to let us play there that night in exchange for a crate of beer. It turned out to be a great night, and we ended up playing 3 sets of 20 minutes each!
We played a really fun show in Hannover with a Brazilian sXe hardcore band called Confronto who were great guys, and gave us their free beers! Then it was back to Will, Sammie and Spider's base in Berlin where we played one of the finest rock clubs in Europe - Wild At Heart.
To round off the tour, we drove for 8 hours to Rotterdam for the Rotterdam Rumble. It was a brilliant party as always, and we got to play with some great bands and party with all our Dutch friends again.
Thanks go to Manny Teenage Head, Kilian, and Thomas and Mads in Aarhus for booking the shows, the Groovie Ghoulies and Andre for putting up with us for 4 days, all our Danish friends who came out and partied with us, Daz and Rich for flying out to see us in Aarhus, Stefan and Charlie for organising the Rotterdam Rumble, and everyone who came along to the shows, gave us a place to stay, bought us a beer or were generally nice to us. We had a great time and can't wait to get back out on the road again.
We're working on sorting out some more shows for the rest of the year. We hope to be playing in the UK in a couple of months, and to be back in Germany before the end of the year. We also plan to be touring a lot next year!
18 August 2005
I'm just checking in with a quick update before we go off on tour next week. I'm heading off on Monday night with Pete to pick up our rental van in Holland and meet up with our part time Berliner bandmates in their new flat. The tour starts in Denmark next Wednesday, and we have 4 shows there with the Groovie Ghoulies, which we're excited about. The first night is also with the 20belows, so that's gonna be a great party for sure! We then go back to Germany, and end up in Rotterdam for the Rotterdam Rumble being organised by Stardumb Records and the Waterfront.
The Rumble is going to be a fun weekend. Lots of great bands from across the world, friendly people, beer and rock'n'roll. What more can you ask for?
We finished recording 2 acoustic songs a couple of weeks ago, with our friend Mick Castro. They turned out pretty good, and they will be on split acoustic release later in the year. More information on that to come later.
The Punktastic Recordings compilation is out now with an exclusive Zatopeks song. Check out their website for full details.
Hope to see some of you on the road!
13 July 2005
It's been a long time since the last update...sorry about that! We've played a few shows since then, had a new compilation out, and have a tour coming up too, so here we go.
At the end of May, we played 4 shows over the bank holiday weekend, which went really well. We started off in London which was good even though it meant missing the Spazzys. Lucy Spazzy came down to see us after they'd finished though, so that was cool. Next stop was Coventry, where Paul Raggity sorted us out at the Jailhouse. After that, we kept on heading north up to Liverpool for a 2 night stint at the International Pop Overthrow festival. Our first show was on the Sunday night in the front room of the Cavern Club. It was really amazing to play such a great venue, and we were on pretty late so it was really busy when we played. Spider even managed to get a wall of death going which was pretty impressive. We then did an afternoon show down the road the following day, before heading back home. Thanks to David Bash for putting us on, and to everyone that travelled to see us.
The Punktastic Recordings compilation, Punktastic Un-Scene 2 is ready for pre-order now. Visit their website to find out how to order it. It contains 16 unreleased songs from a wide range of bands from the UK. Our song about the Spazzys (We Wanna Cruise Around With You) is our contribution to it. It's going to be a limited edition of 500 copies, and costs £6. The last edition (Un-Scene 1) sold well over 1,000 copies, so this is likely to sell out fast.
We're also working on recording some acoustic songs at the moment for a release later in the year. More details to come on that later!
Next up for us is another trip over to the continent next month. We're playing 4 shows in Denmark, including 3 with the Groovie Ghoulies, and then Berlin, and Rotterdam for the 2005 Rotterdam Rumble. Check out the shows page for all the details.
11 May 2005
Last weekend we returned to play a show in Birmingham, the birthplace of the Zatopeks. It was our first Birmingham show for 5 months and was a lot of fun. All the bands were great, and there were a lot of people having a good time. Thanks to Mapatazi Bob for organising the whole thing, and The Blunts, King Monkey and the 'Bob for playing and everyone who came down to party with us. Hopefully we'll be back soon.
Next up is 4 shows over the bank holiday weekend. We'll be hitting London, Coventry and Liverpool (twice!). So if you're near those places, come along and see us.
We have news of an exciting new release - our song about the Spazzys (We Wanna Cruise Around With You) is going to be included on Un-Scene 2, the new compilation on Punktastic Recordings. It will be out at the end of June, and there'll be more news soon.
And finally, just to remind people that the Guildford show on 13 May has been postponed. More info on a rescheduled date to follow.
27 April 2005
First off, apologies for the lack of updates, but I just moved house, and I still don't have internet access at home yet.
We've played 2 shows since the Rumble - one with Toys That Kill in Brixton, and one last week with the Hunchbacks in Bristol. Unfortunately I missed the first one as I was ill, and in bed. But I heard it went well, and the show with the Hunchbacks was a lot of fun.
I've added the new album to the merchandise page, and a link to where you can buy it on Interpunk. If you want to get it direct from us, email me. It's £10 including postage.
Next up is our first Birmingham show for 5 months! We're playing at the Flapper & Firkin on Saturday 7 May. I think this one should be our unofficial Birmingham album release party.
I've also added the venues and times for the Liverpool shows at the end of next month. We're going to be playing at the Cavern Club on Sunday 29 May, which we're really looking forward to.
21 March 2005
We got back from Belgium last night, and had a great time. From what I hear, the shows I missed went really well, including the interview on Radio Mortale. I rejoined them in Amsterdam to play Cafe Winston with the Accelerators. It took me 12 hours to get there from home, but I made it in time and the show was really fun.
Then it was on to Belgium for the Winter Rumble. It was an amazing weekend! So many great bands and so many friends. It was just a shame there weren't more people there, but we certainly had a really good time. A big thank you to Stefan and Manny for organising the whole thing, and to everyone else who helped out.
We've got a last minute show next Monday 28th (bank holiday) in London with Toys That Kill. It's at the Windmill and Brixton, and I believe it starts around 4pm. Toys That Kill blew me away at the Rumble, so it should be a great night.
And again, please check out the mp3s from the new album on the sounds page if you haven't heard them yet!
15 March 2005
The album is out now! The release party in Rotterdam on Saturday was a blast, and the CDs have turned out really well. It was nearly a disaster when my car broke down just outside Dover, and the AA man said I might need a new engine! We got a replacement car though and made it to het Poortgebouw just in time to soundcheck. Thanks to Stefan for organising it, Disturbance for playing and lending us equipment, and everyone for showing up and partying with us.
The rest of the band are touring round Holland this week, but I had to come back home for a few days and leave them to it. I'll be back over in 2 days to join them for the Amsterdam show and the Winter Rumble next weekend.
There are 2 mp3s from the album on the sounds page, so if you haven't heard them yet, go check them out!
Oh, and some exciting news that I nearly forgot - Steve Lamacq played us on Radio 1 a couple of weeks ago which was pretty amazing!
27 February 2005
The album is finally finished! The artwork has been finished too, and Stefan has done a great job. It's at the pressing plant at the moment, and we'll have the finished copies for the release party on Saturday 12 March in Rotterdam.
There are 2 mp3s from the new album on the sounds page, so check them out and let us know what you think! They're also available on our myspace page - www.myspace.com/zatopeks and purevolume - www.purevolume.com/zatopeks.
The tour for the album is complete now - see the shows page for all the details. We've also added a London show for May at the Dirty Water Club in Tuffnell Park.
Hope you like the new songs!
16 February 2005
More album news for you all. The mixing is now all complete, and we're giving it to Vince from the Travoltas to master it at the end of the week. We're really happy with how it's turning out, and we can't wait for it to be released!
We've had a change of plan regarding the title, and it's now going to be called 'Ain't Nobody Left But Us.' It's going to be released on Saturday 12 March at het Poortgebouw in Rotterdam. We'll be following that up with a few shows and a radio appearance in the week after. And then we'll finish up at the Winter Rumble in Belgium. You can see the poster for that on the left. We'll be playing alongside some great bands, and if the previous Winter Rumbles are anything to by, it's going to be a brilliant party.
Although I haven't seen it yet, I am informed that the AMP pop-punk compilation is now available. We're featured alongside The Apers, Groovie Ghoulies, Manges, Methadones, Mr T Experience, The Queers, Retarded, Travoltas, Unlovables and lots more. Check out the releases page for more details.
We had a photoshoot for the album a few weeks back, so I'll put up a few of the photos soon.
29 January 2005
First update of 2005, a bit later than expected, but anyway here we go.
We had another delay with the album recording when our producer fell ill before Christmas. The vocals and mixing will now be done over the next couple of weeks, and should be finished by the middle of February. We're aiming for it to be released for the Winter Rumble on 18/19 March in Belgium.
During the vocal recordings, Will's going to play a solo acoustic show at the Waterfront in Rotterdam on Thursday 3 February, so if you're around, then go check him out!
As for the album, the title is Up At Rebel Rock, and some of the new songs we've recorded for it are: Turkish Bread Chronicle, The Night Spider Earned His Colours, Turn To Gold Blues, Even Zatopeks Cry, and The Boy Done Good.
We also have another release in February. We're featured on the Vol 4 of the AMP Magazine's series of themed compilations. This one is on pop-punk, and some of the other bands are The Apers, Groovie Ghoulies, Manges, Methadones, Mr T Experience, The Queers, Retarded, Travoltas, Unlovables and lots more. We're very excited to be on a compilation with so many great bands! Check out the releases page for more details, and you'll be able to buy it on Interpunk from 22 February.
Right, I'm off to see Green Day tonight. More news soon, once the album is finished!
10 December 2004
First off, apologies for the lack of updates, but we've been pretty busy the last few weeks!
We spent 10 days at the end of last month at Excess Studios Rotterdam recording our album. It went really well, but took longer than planned, so we didn't get to do the vocals or mixing. Will, Sam and Pete are going to return for 4 days before Christmas to get it all finished off. But we're already really happy with how the unmixed songs are sounding. We're all pretty excited to get the finished version of the album!
While over in Rotterdam, we got to play a last minute show at het Poortgebouw! We were all heading down anyway to see the Juicy Zooters and DMT, and it turned out they needed third band, so the Z-boys were only to happy to take up our place on the bill! It was a really fun show, and after spending so long in the studio going over all the songs in minute detail, it was great to be able to rock out onstage! Thanks to Youri and Stefan for organising that for us!
A week after we got back, we played the first show of Richie Capone and Mithy's monthly club night at the Royal George here in Birmingham. We played alongside the Klopeks, the Capones and Headcleaner. Will didn't make it to the show as he was up in Leeds for school, so Sammie took up vocal duties...and did a great job!
We're now taking a bit of a break. The next confirmed show is the Stardumb Records/Teenage Head Winter Rumble at the end of March, together with some great bands from across Europe and the USA. I'm sure there'll be some more before that though, so I'll keep you posted when anything gets booked.
15 November 2004
We've had a busy couple of weeks! We played 3 great shows last week with the Snotty Cheekbones from Switzerland. We got to play Burgess Hill for the first time, which we really enjoyed, and also had fun shows in London and Birmingham. The Birmingham show coincided with the Apers' return to the UK, and a great party it was too.
The day after the Snotty Cheekbones returned to the land of cheese, we headed to the Jailhouse in Coventry to play with the Apers again. The Spazzys also made it up to Coventry as they were in the UK for a few days, and we persuaded them to play a few songs too. The sound was awful but it was a lot of fun!
Thanks to Mark Random, Pippa Girlscout, Pickle and Paul Raggity for putting the shows on; the Snotty Cheekbones, the Random Heroes, The Apers, the Hunchbacks, Johnny Action Finger and Ska Gal for playing with us and lending us equipment (including the other band in Burgess Hill whose name I can't remember..sorry!); and everyone that came out to the shows!
On Wednesday evening we load up the Zatmobile and head to Harwich to take the overnight ferry to Holland. We then start recording our first ever album in Rotterdam Punkrockcity #1 on Thursday morning! We'll be there for 9 days...and we're hoping it's gonna turn out well! I'll let you know how it went when we get back!
1 November 2004
We just played the Klopeks album release party/Halloween show at Eddies in Birmingham last night, and it was so much fun. Thanks to all the bands that played, lent us equipment, and everyone that came out! If you did make it, you'd have had the pleasure of seeing the monobrow brothers rocking the stage wearing dresses. If you didn't make it, I'm sure there'll be photos up soon!
We've been busy rehearsing for the last month or so, and we have a bunch of new songs ready for our first album which we start recording in less than 3 weeks now! We're really looking forward to it, and we also get another trip to Rotterdam since we're recording at Excess Studios, Punkrockcity #1.
But before we come to recording, there's the business of playing shows to get on with. The Snotty Cheekbones, our friends from the land of cheese, are heading over to our island to rock out with us this week! We'll be hitting the stage together in Burgess Hill, London, and Birmingham. The Birmingham show is also with the Apers...so you know that's gonna be a great party!
What else? The split 7" is doing well, if you want a copy of that, then email me. The girlie t-shirts have also been popular, so if you want one, you better get in quick!
14 September 2004
LIke I said on the last update...what a weekend!! On Friday night we played with the Groovie Ghoulies. Atoms and Dangerfields in Nottingham. It was nearly a disaster when the Zatmobile broke down on the way, stranding me and Spider by the side of the motorway. Luckily a kindly AA repairman gave us a a lift to the gig, with all our equipment! We arrived 10 minutes before showtime, set up the amps, and hit the stage! The show went really well, and all the other bands rocked. Thanks to everyone that came along to party with us!
The next day, I went to pick up my new car, then headed to London with Will and the Giant to catch the next Ghoulies show (Spider and Pete had wimped out at this point, and went home!) It was another brilliant night. We unfortunately missed Effervescent this time. but the Griswalds, Dangerfields and Ghoulies rocked hard! Thanks to Manny and the Ghoulies for a great weekend...and the free beer too :-)
Unfortunately, along with the good news, there is some bad news too. The Queers have postponed their European tour until February, so we won't be playing with them next month. We hope Joe gets better soon, and we get to rock with them next year! Also, we had to pull out of the International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool next month, as Pete didn't tell me he was touring Germany with the Hunchbacks at the same time! It's a shame, as we were really looking forward to playing the Cavern Club. Anyway, hopefully we'll get to play Liverpool again soon though.
One other piece of possible good news is that we might be playing in London next Saturday. The Ritalins have pulled out of their show at Ryan's Bar, Stoke Newington, and if we can get hold of our drummer, then we might be able to replace them! (Pete - if you read this....call me!)
Finally, the girlie t-shirts have been selling well! You can see Bart Brainless' great design on the merchandise page and if you want one, then just email me.
1 September 2004
What a weekend!! The Rotterdam Rumble was so much fun! We had a great time over in Holland, partying with so many friends from across Europe, and meeting lots of new people too. It was brilliant to play with so many great bands too. Photos should be up on the site soon. Thanks to Stefan Stardumb and Charlie from the Waterfront for organising the whole thing. We're looking forward to next year already!
Sammie, Spider, Pete and me got to play an extra set on Saturday night, as we were Dr Frank's backing band the Shiny Robot Monkeys! It was very hard keeping that a secret, but I think we just about managed it! It was great fun to play too.
Will also played his first ever solo show on the Thursday before the Rumble. It was at a skate park in Solingen supporting Dr Frank, and went very well. He played some new Zatopeks songs, and some old 3 1/2 Inch Floppy songs, and even managed to squeeze in an acoustic Cocksparrer cover!
After the rumble we headed to Amsterdam to play the Pits Cafe with Uit de Sloot. The crowd was much smaller than the previous nights, but we had a brilliant time there, and hope to play there again next time. Thanks to Jack for organising that one.
We got back to the UK on Monday night, and then played at the Verge in Camden last night with the Dakinis, the Neds, the Outer Limits and Beyond Repair. Charlie from the Swallows also did a great solo set of acoustic pop-punk covers. The show was a lot of fun, and rounded off the weekend nicely! Thanks to Jacob for organising it, and for everyone that came down and partied with us.
Next up for us is playing with the Groovie Ghoulies in Nottingham. It's always a great show when the Ghoulies are playing, so we're really looking forward to that! The Atoms and Dangerfields are also playing, so it's a great line-up.
In other news, we've finally got girlie t-shirts! Bart Brainless came up with a great design for us, which you can see on the merchandise page. If you want one, then just email me.
8 August 2004
Well, unfortunately the show at the Poison Club last week was cancelled. I've heard conflicting reasons - a fire in the building next door, and a drugs bust. Anyway it ended up with the venue being closed down the night before the show. It meant it was too short notice to find anywhere else, and also to let people know. So apologies to anyone who turned up expecting to see us. We managed to get the Accelerators onto the bill at the South London punks' picnic so at least they didn't have a wasted trip over from Holland. They put on a great show, and it was followed by a party back at Will and Sammie's. So Plan B ended up being a good night anyway.
Preparations for the Rumble are coming on well. We've been working on a couple of new songs, so hopefully we'll be able to introduce them into the set. It's gonna be a great weekend, and we're really excited!
I've added a couple more shows too. We're playing in London on 31 August at the Verge in Camden with some great bands including the Dakinis, Swallows and Neds. Also, we're playing with the mighty Queers in Coventry on 13 October!
25 June 2004
It's finally here!! The 20belows/Zatopeks split 7" on All-Nite Records is on sale now. We've been waiting a long time for this, but it's been worth the wait! Featuring 3 songs from each band, on white vinyl, and with artwork from Stefan Stardumb. You can order a copy direct from me, just drop me an email. It's priced £3/EUR5/$5 including postage. It will also be on sale at Interpunk soon.
There's a website set up for the Stardumb Rotterdam Rumble now. Check it out for details of the show, and mp3s of all the bands playing.
In November we're gonna be playing a few shows with the Snotty Cheekbones from Switzerland. There's 2 shows confirmed so far, and I'm working on a third one too.
31 May 2004
Well Friday night was a lot of fun. All the bands rocked, and lots of beer and Jaegermeister was drunk,. Oh, and Will got naked onstage...I guess normal service is resumed with the Zatopeks! Thanks to Davey Hunchback for organising it all, and to everyone that came out to party with us.
The other big news is that we're heading back over to Holland at the end of the summer to play the Stardumb Rotterdam Rumble. It's at the Waterfront, Rotterdam on 27/28 August. We play on the Friday with bands such as the Groovie Ghoulies, the Apers, and the Dirtshakes. It's gonna be a great weekend. There's a website coming soon with more info on the event. Check the shows page for that. We're gonna work on getting some more shows while we're over there...more news on that to come soon.
There's also gonna be a big pop-punk party in London on 31 July. Davey Hunchback's organising this one as well. It's going to be at the Poison Club in London, and it'll be totally free!! It promises to be a great day. Check the shows page for all the bands that'll be playing, and I'll post more info when I get it.
4 May 2004
I think it's about time I updated this website! We haven't played any shows since the last update because Will's been staying in Rotterdam since the beginning of March. He's back at the end of this month though, and the Zatopeks are preparing to hit the stage again on his return. We'll be playing with our friends the Hunchbacks at the Royal George on Friday 28 May, which should be a fun party. I'm especially excited because I've got a new guitar to try out!
In August we're playing a festival that Spider is organising in a field somewhere in Yorkshire. I'm told it's near a village called West Scrafton. It's pretty exciting...the first time the Zatopeks will play a show outside!
We also have a show with the Groovie Ghoulies when they come over to the UK in September. That'll be at Junktion 7 in Nottingham on Friday 10 September. The Atoms are playing that show too, so it's gonna be a big pop-punk party in Nottingham.
So what have we been up to? Well Sammie's been away filling in on second guitar for the Hunchbacks in Holland this weekend. From what I hear he did pretty well too! While the rest of the band partied in Holland, me and Spider went to a 12 hour punk festival here in Birmingham which was a lot of fun. We got to see the Undertones, the Buzzcocks, the Damned, the Beat and loads more too.
As far as releases go, I've been having problems with the
20belows split. I sent it off to the pressing plant 3 months ago, and it seems
as if they've lost the order. I'm trying to get my
money back now, and then I'll send it off again. So I guess there's another
slight delay for this record. It will be released soon, I promise!! We have
quite a few new songs for the album too which we're planning to record later
this year. Although I should say Will's written quite a few new songs...we
haven't actually started rehearsing them yet. We will soon though, once he gets
back in the country.
Okay I think that's it for now. Stay tuned for more updates.
1 March 2004
Last week we returned from playing the Stardumb Records/Teenage Head Winter Rumble in Gierle, Belgium. We had a lot of fun during the show, and there were a lot of cool people and bands around for both days! Thanks to Stefan and Manny for making the whole thing happen, and to everyone else for the great party! Also thanks to the guy who was playing System Of A Down in his car who picked The Giant, Spider and I up in his car in the Belgian countryside! I wouldn't have stopped for people, if they were lookin' like we did...
Then on Monday we were back to our (technical) hometown of Birmingham to rock with The Real McKenzies from Canada, and local punks Skatch. The night was inevitably more subdued than the Rumble, but a lot fun nonetheless. It must've been okay, because my kneecap still bloody hurts! Thanks Skatch for the drums, and Real McKenzies for the beer! A good night.
On Friday, we played a show at the Poison Club in London with the Dangerfields and Swallows. It was a really fun night...thanks to Jacob for putting the show on, and everyone for coming along.
The Zatopeks have no plans for a while right now. I'm continuing to write songs for the forthcoming album, and hopefully some of those will start to work their way into the live set soon.
That's just about all the news for now, so stay tuned for more developments in the Zatopek calendar!
Will DeNiro & Sebby Zatopek
30 December 2003
The Zatopeks have been busy for a change! We spent a weekend in Germany before Christmas, and played 3 shows in Kassel, Dresden and Berlin. 2 of those were with the mighty Backwood Creatures from Koln, and all were a lot of fun. The shows were really good, and we met so many cool people. Thanks to Dennis, the Backwood Creatures, Chrissy Battledyke, Matthias, and Max for organising things and partying with us! Thanks also to everyone who gave us a place to stay. We hope to go back and do it all again sometime next year.
The next event for the Z-boys is the Stardumb Records/Teenage Head Winter Rumble in Gierle, Belgium. We're playing on Valentine's Day with some great bands including the Backwood Creatures and Retarded. We can't wait for it, and are busy practicing now.
Our new guitar player, Simon the Spider, is settling in well, and has even stopped protesting about the nickname we've given him! You can see some photos of the Spider himself on the photos page. There should also be more photos from Germany up soon.
I've added a merchandise page to this site, and you can buy stuff directly from us now via Paypal. I'll work on it a bit more soon, but at least you can see what we've got for sale now. There's also talk of getting some girlie t-shirts with a new design in time for the Winter Rumble.
I'm starting to organise some shows for the New Year, so stay tuned for updates!
See you all soon
17 November 2003
Well, we played at the Rocket to Gaswerk festival last Saturday and had a great weekend partying in the beautiful town of Winterthur in Switzerland. It was our first gig outside England with the new permanent line-up which includes Simon the Spider on guitar, and was a lot of fun! The second night was sold out, and we got to watch lots of great bands and hang out with cool people from all over Europe, Japan and the USA! Special thanks to Yves Cheekbone for getting us the show and organising the festival, and C-Stoph for the cool poster when we arrived! Check out the Photos page to see some live pictures, and some photos of the party.
Our next shows are going to be a few days before Christmas in Germany with the excellent Backwood Creatures from Köln. Click on the Shows page for the two dates already confirmed, with maybe one more to be added! [Third show in Berlin now added! -Sebby] Then there's the Stardumb Rumble in Gierle, Belgium in February 2004, but we will hopefully have more shows before that date in case you wanna catch a live slice of the monobrow punk rock action. We'll keep you posted!
The other band news is that I'm currently writing songs for the first Zatopeks album. It probably won't be recorded until some time into 2004, but there's already 10 new tunes I'm really happy with and we'll be working on them in the practice room very soon. So hopefully there'll be some new material at the live shows coming up, too!
Hope to see you soon, whoever you are...
1 November 2003
Well Davey Hunchback's birthday party at the Royal George was a lot of fun. It was a really good night, and all the bands rocked. Davey and me are planning regular pop-punk shows at the Royal George so hopefully we can do it all again soon!
Next up for the Z-boys is the Rocket to Gaswerk festival in Winterthur, Switzerland on Saturday 8 November. It's gonna be a great weekend of rock'n'roll. For more details on this show, go to: www.rocket2gaswerk.com
More exciting news is that we're going over to Germany in December to play a few shows with the Backwood Creatures. There's 2 shows so far, and hopefully more to come. Check the shows page for more details.
Finally, we did an interview for the Stardumb fanzine earlier this year, for the European Poppunk Virus special issue. This issue never came out, but you can now read the interview over at the Stardumb Records website.
Okay, that's it for now...see you soon!
20 September 2003
26 August 2003
We just got back from playing the Faye and Livy Show in Holland. We had a great night playing with the Hunchbacks, the Highschool Dropouts and the mighty Peawees. It was also our first show as a 5-piece. For the last few shows, Will hasn't been playing guitar...just singing, and it's been a lot of fun. We prefer to play with 2 guitars though, so we brought in a special guest guitar player for this show, Marien Nicotine from the Apers. It went very well, and we had a lot of fun. Thanks to Faye and Livy for organising the show, Stefan for putting us up and of course Marino for playing with us.
Next up for the Z-boys is 4 shows with the Apers on their UK tour in September. You can find the dates on the shows page, and anyone nearby should definitely come along...the shows should be a lot of fun!
I've updated the releases with the front-cover artwork designed by Stefan Stardumb. I think you'll agree that it looks pretty swell! As I always say in these updates...this record should be out soon...honest! There's also some new live photos from our show at Skaletta Rock Club, La Spezia on our tour in June.
See you soon
21 July 2003
Well, we just finished recording six new tunes (check the Sounds section for one of them) at Rich Bitch Studios in Birmingham with Simon Sidhu-Bishop, who's produced all the Zatopek (and 3 1/2 Inch Floppy) recordings so far. Maybe this new stuff is a little bit angrier, but (just like every band says) it's the best music we've recorded so far, and we're very proud of it. We're hoping to release it as an EP, but we don't know yet which label it will be on. Keep watching this site for details.
Last night we played a punk rock prom in Southampton. The dress-code was suits and chucks. Very 1950's. It was my first gig in England in nearly six months (the others played there in March with the Giant on vocals, but I was too busy having fun in hospital). It was rockin'! They have a really good scene down there. Unfortunately it was at quite a yuppie pub, and the manager cut us off when the crowd started dancing around and having fun, and three pint glasses were broken when somebody kicked over a table. Oh well, the party was swingin' and hopefully we'll be back on the South Coast soon. It was fun while it lasted!
Next up is the Faye & Livy Show 3 in Holland (check the flyer for details), with The Hunchbacks, Highschool Dropouts and Peawees. Should be swell! After that, in September, we'll be playing a few shows with The Apers for their UK Tour. Again, the Shows section has all the info you UK punks need.
See you soon, maybe...
2 July 2003
We made it back from our first ever tour! We went all over Europe for 2 weeks, playing shows in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. There were some great parties including limbo dancing through the night with the 20belows and the Peachy Keens in Denmark! We had so much fun and can't wait to do it again! We met so many cool people, and played with so many great bands from so many different places that there's too many to mention, but thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us and to everyone who organised a show for us and gave us a place to stay...we appreciate it.
The only bad thing was that my guitar didn't come back with us, because Ryanair managed to lose it for me! So now I have to go and buy a new one in time for our recording next week...which brings me onto the next piece of news! We're recording 6 new songs next week. I don't know yet what label these are gonna be released on, or when, but hopefully we'll arrange something soon, and let you know.
We have lots of different t-shirts for sale in light blue, white and black and in all different sizes, so email me if you want one. Price £6/10euro/$10. We've got stickers and buttons too...just get in touch if you want any of those.
Our next show is the Punk Rock Prom in Southampton on 19 July. Dress code: Suits and Chucks! After that, we head back to Holland in August to play the Faye & Livy Show with 3 other great European bands. Then we have 3 shows with the Apers in September on their second UK tour, so everyone in the UK...make sure you come along!
I think that's about it for now. Will's writing a tour diary as I speak (or I hope he is anyway) so check back soon, and hopefully that'll be up for you to read.
31 May 2003
9 April 2003
The Zatopeks played a show without Will last week! He was taken ill and had to go to hospital, so the Z-Boys were reduced to a 3-piece for our first show in Southampton. The Giant did a great job on vocals though, and it was a fun show.
Both our releases are now available online from Interpunk, so if you haven't already done so, click on the links to head over and pick them up! The International Language of Love * The European Poppunk Virus Vol2
The plans for our European tour are going well. There are still some gaps so if anyone can help us out with a show somewhere, that would be cool, please get in touch with us. There's some confirmed dates up on the shows page, and there's some more that we're working on. I'll post the dates as they get confirmed, but the plan is to start off in Holland, then head up to Denmark to hook up with the 20belows, then head south through Germany and Italy, then back through Switzerland and Belgium.
We're also heading over to Belgium at the end of May to hook up with the Groovie Ghoulies and the Lulabelles at the Pit's in Kortrijk. That should be a really fun show...we're excited about it!
10 March 2003
Sorry for the late update...the Z-boys have been pretty busy in the last couple of weeks. Will's been promising me an update for the site for a while now, but I haven't got anything from him yet, so I figured I should just do it myself!
We've played a lot of fun shows in the last few weeks. We did 3 with the Groovie Ghoulies and made our first trip up north to play the hometown of the Beatles. Cheers to Col and the Inadequates for letting us play that one. The last show of their tour was a great party in London, with lots of cool bands and was a really fun night. Thanks to the Mutant Highschool League for organising that. There's a photo from that show up on the photos page too. We also played our first sold-out show supporting Tuuli in Nuneaton to 300 people. That was a strange night, but a lot of fun.
We have some other big news too, in the space of 1 month we have now got 2 releases out! The first is the International Language of Love. This is a split CD with the Apers, the 20belows and Twentyearsold, and is released on Whoa Oh Records. You can buy it direct from them with Paypal now. Also, the European Poppunk Virus Volume 2 on Stardumb Reords has also now been released. This is a great compilation featuring 28 bands from across Europe, and all the songs are previously unreleased. You can get that direct from them, or from Interpunk. Also, you can get either release from me...just send me an email.
We're currently planning a European tour for 14 - 28 June. If anyone can help us out with a show somewhere, that would be cool, please get in touch with us. I'll post the dates as they're confirmed, but at the moment we're planning to start off in Holland, then head up to Denmark to hook up with the 20belows, then head south through Germany and Italy, then back through Switzerland and Belgium.
We've currently sold out of t-shirts, but we're ordering some more soon, so if you want one, then email me. Check out the link below if you want to see Pete modelling one for you!
26 January 2003
Well we were supposed to have 2 show this week, but the Travoltas pulled out of their whole UK tour, so we didn't get to play with them. We had a fun show on Thursday though with King Monkey and the mighty Spatchbox.
On the releases front, The International Language of Love should be out very soon. The artwork is now done, and it looks great. You can check it out here. The split with The 20belows has been delayed cause we're waiting for some new songs from them. As soon as we get those, then it'll be released. There is also a website for my label, All-Nite Records now, so go check that out.
We've got some great shows coming up in the next month, including 3 with the Groovie Ghoulies and 2 with Tuuli. But before that, we'll be heading over to Belgium to party with the best European pop-punk and rock'n'roll bands at the Stardumb Winter Rumble...it's gonna be a great weekend!
At the Winter Rumble, the European Poppunk Virus Vol 2 will be released, featuring our song Devil In A '55, alongside 27 other great European bands. Issue #8 of the Stardumb fanzine will be released at the same time and will feature interviews with each band from the compilation, so check out our interview in that next month.
"Well this is a story all about how my life got twist-turned upside down, so
I'd you to take a minute just sit right there I'll how I became a member of
Zatopeks , for an evening. (This doesn't rhyme as well as I thought it might
do). So there I was, hanging out in the diner downtown, just sipping on a
cherry coke hoping some girls would notice me when I hears a loud commotion
out in the parking lot. Some clever guys had parked their 55 Chevrolet (is
this a car?) in Jimmy's spot. Uh oh, this meant trouble for sure. I scooted
outside to see what was goin' on- those darned Zatopek boys had caused a scene
as Jimmy's girl was screaming that they couldn't park there and that Jimmy and
the Vipers were heading across town now and that there'd be bloodshed for sure
if they didn't get on out of there. (She seemed to have a particular soft spot
for the dude in the Buddy specs- rumours had been flying for a while now and
it looked to me as if they weren't just rumours). Suddenly, in a cloud of dust
and testosterone Jimmy and the Vipers screeched up to the scene, and sure as
chips is chips there was gonna be a showdown. Gee, I couldn't just stand there
and let these uninformed greasers get pummelled by the town bully, so as the
action unfolded I waded in and saved those poor boys asses.
As the paramedics carried off Jimmy to a life of eating mush through a straw, I turned to get back to that 3 dime cherry coke that was waiting for me but was stopped by a voice behind me. 'Hey, how do you fancy riding with the Zatopeks tonight?' As I was at a loose end I turned back around and replied 'Yeah that'd be swell'. And so that's how me and the Zatopeks met, and since that day I've never looked back."
24 December 2002
7 December 2002
Well we're just preparing now to head over to Holland next week for the Faye and Livy show. It's gonna be a great night, and we're excited to be playing with the Backwood Creatures and the Sonic Dolls.
We've done a couple of shows since the last update. One in Leicester, and one in Birmingham. The Leicester one was fun, and the Birmingham one...I dunno, I wasn't there! I couldn't make that show, so Si from Spatchbox filled in on guitar for me. From what I heard, he did a great job too...(I hope not too great though!)
We've also got some new t-shirts, as we sold out of the last lot. If you wanna get one, then email me. The design is the same as the last one, except it has the All-Nite Records logo on the back. Check out Pete modelling it here. We should also have some new buttons and stickers soon too.
Hopefully we'll have a record out soon too! I think the first release featuring the Zatopeks will be the new Stardumb compilation, which is due out before Christmas...I'll keep you posted. We're also going to be on another compilation, this time for Weasel Squeeze Records, who are releasing the Travoltas album in the UK.
We've also done an interview for the new issue of Jellybrain fanzine, which is up on the interviews page, and one for the Faye and Livy show fanzine which will be up soon..
We've got a few shows lined up for next year that we're very excited about: firstly, we're playing with the Travoltas in Birmingham, and also we're playing maybe 3 shows with the Groovie Ghoulies on the UK tour in February! Check out the shows page for details on those.
Okay, I think that's about it for now
3 November 2002