Pushing Zero

Pushing Zero

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Pushing Zero's music has a throwback grungy, classic arena rock feel that is whipped to a froth by high energy performances and expert musicality.

Biography

The cold, dark winters of Maine have forged together a collection of musical talent known as Pushing Zero. The inception of this modern rock band begins years earlier in late 2001 when singer/songwriter, George Skala met drummer, Jason Loeb in a studio session. After completing graduate school, Skala returned to Loeb's forgotten, coastal town of Cape Split bringing with him fellow road warrior and Berklee bassist, Andrew Pelczar. Here among jagged cliffs and thunderous waves the trio began work on its epic debut, "The Chosen". This ground-breaking EP, released in May of 2004, launched Pushing Zero rapidly onto the covers of industry trades, "Face" and "Goodtimes" magazines, and sparked radio airplay on numerous rock radio stations within the state of Maine. In June of 2004, Pushing Zero completed its line-up by adding the weilding guitar prodigy, Adam Hauk. This young virtuoso, classically trained since age four, catapulted Pushing Zero into becoming an unreconcileable force. As the band progressed, demand for PZ to play festivals (including the great grass roots Wheeliefest in Pennsylvania) placed them as openers before national and international acts including: American Minor, Ra, Plain White T's, Longwave, Badfish, Steve Pearcy of Ratt, Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Paranoid Social Club, State Radio, Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, The Trews, Steepwater Band, and Foghat. At the beginning of 2005, Pushing Zero workshopped with Emmy award-winning producer/performer/songwriter, and E-Street Band founder, Bill Chinnock. Shortly thereafter, PZ released "Rite of Passage", another five song EP, on June 1st, 2005. With "Rite of Passage", Pushing Zero has acheived great exposure via GarageBand, Ourstage, and Broadjam with their songs receiving countless awards. The band has also marketed to television and film securing both licensing and publishing agreements. In September of 2005 Pushing Zero conquered one of Maine's most popular modern radio station, WCYY, by winning the "Big Break" Contest, enabling them to play at Portland's State Theatre before a full house. Pushing Zero’s songs have been placed into regular rotation on the playlist of America’s largest independent radio station, 104.7 F.M. iRadio L.A. as well as Engage Internet Radio, Indie Rock Show, Indie Limelight Radio, Songwriter's Network, Band Radio, Insomnia Radio, Music4ipods, Under Truth Radio!, Outbound and many others. In November 2006, PZ advanced to the 3rd round of Boston's Bodog Battle of the Bands, in December 2006 to the final round out of 250+ bands at NYC's M.E.A.N.Y. Festival, and in February 2007 won 'The Battle of the Bands' at the University of Maine in Orono. PZ has recently been selected for a compilation CD and the band will also be releasing a track for a compilation to benefit Autism in September 2007. Pushing Zero are currently in the process of recording a debut, full-length CD along with their first music video for the song 'By Your Side'. Pushing Zero has recently been inducted into the Independent Artist Registry; selected among thousands as one of the top 48 independent bands in the USA.

Lyrics

Long Way Down

Written By: George Skala, 2005 (Rite of Passage)

It's a long way down when you stand on the edge,
it's a long way down,
It's a long way down from the top of the ledge,
it's a long way down,
I have walked for miles to be at your doorstep,
I put my life on hold along the way,
To have you close the door before I could make it - it's a long way down,
It's a long way down when you stand on your own,
it's a long way down,
It's a long way down when you climb up alone,
it's a long way down,
have walked for miles to be at your doorstep,
I put my life on hold along the way,
To have you close the door before I could make it -
it's a long way down to the floor
it's a long way down anymore
it's a long way down when you're in love
it's a long way down from above
it's a long way down
it's a long way down to the floor
it's a long way down anymore
it's a long way down when you're in love
it's a long way down from above
it's a long way down

Satellite

Written By: George Skala, 2005 (Rite of Passage)

You sit alone, all by yourself, nobody home, no one could tell how much you hurt, how much you feel, the pain could only help you heal, as time goes on, we learn to keep our fears inside, it's not the future that we hope for, it's just another day of life
Satellite - your always drifting away
Satellite - caught up in outerspace
Satellite - have I lost you in my sight
We've got our life, we got our dreams, we know exactly what it means to sacrifice, but there's another side to see, we cannot lie, we cannot cheat, we cannot walk this lonely street, when there's the guilt that's on your mind, there's another satellite
Satellite - your always drifting away
Satellite - caught up in outerspace
Satellite - have I lost you in my sight

We've got our life, we got our dreams, we know exactly what it means to sacrifice, but there's another side to see, we cannot lie, we cannot cheat, we cannot walk this lonely street, when there's the guilt that's on your mind, there's another satellite
Satellite - your always drifting away
Satellite - caught up in outerspace
Satellite - have I lost you in my sight

Nowhere To Be Found

Written By: George Skala (2006)

In silence we ride
then you look away
I cannot hide
while the rest of me waits
Lie in the river, go with the flow
Stick to your business
Let nobody know
Sometimes I feel beside myself
I need to know if you're with me
I cannot tell
I've got my place
You've got your own
but there I times when I look
and you're nowhere to be found
Your empty chair
Sits in the window by itself
Why aren't you here
Why did you leave me by a shelf
Lie in the river, go with the flow
Stick to your business
Let nobody know
Sometimes I feel beside myself
I need to know if you're with me
I cannot tell
I've got my place
You've got your own
but there I times when I look
and you're nowhere to be found
Sometimes I feel beside myself
I need to know if you're with me
I cannot tell
I've got my place
You've got your own
but there I times when I look
and you're nowhere to be found
Sometimes I feel beside myself
I need to know if you're with me
I cannot tell
I've got my place
You've got your own
but there I times when I look
and you're nowhere to be found
Sometimes I feel beside myself
I need to know if you're with me
I cannot tell
I've got my place
You've got your own
but there I times when I look
and you're nowhere to be found

Discography

"The Chosen" (2004)
"Rite of Passage" (2005)

Also, songs 'Satellite' and 'Long Way Down' have received distribution via internet streaming on iRadio L.A., Engage Internet Radio, Indie Rock Show, Indie Limelight Radio, Songwriter's Network, Band Radio, Insomnia Radio, Music4ipods, Under Truth Radio!, Outbound, and others.

Set List

Set List:
King Of You All, Wage War, Heard It All Before, Take My Name Away, Start The Show, Meaning, Heart's All That Remains, Devil's Driving With Delight, Overcome, Dying Day, You Ain't Worth Suicide, Not Like You, Hello My Heart, Moth, Pain, Day Turns To Night, Forever Again, The End, Machine, Long Way Down, Satellite, Don't Let Me Down, Hang Your Head And Cry, You Mean The World To Me, Nowhere To Be Found, Stars In The Sky, By Your Side, Broken Wings of Mine, Waiting, Steal The Light, Run Away, Night Sky, Luck

Pushing Zero generally plays 45 min to 1hour and 30 min sets depending on the show. The band has a repetoire of cover songs and will generally perform one or two in a set. Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Live, and Led Zeppelin are typically the bands that they will cover.