Piss and Vinegar

String Zebrahead up, they still won't die

The song itself places him in Japan on tour. "I broke down on a Japanese street/Words unsaid they scar so deep," it begins. It goes on to tell the story of a hellish night on tour when the narrator, fueled by a mixture of too many substances, does a bunch of stupid isolating stuff that he, to this day, feels stupid about. But Tabatabaee won't say just what it is that went down. Maybe he just took a bunch of drugs and morphed into a total asshole. Maybe he was being an asshole about the drugs. Maybe he didn't take these drugs, but instead the drugs are metaphorical. Something about drugs, it seems. "You know how you just let things go for awhile, and then they build up and build up, and you get drunk, and it all comes to a head?" he asks, trying to explain the song.

Elsewhere on the album, he vents his frustrations over the end of a destructive relationship. "And I swear you drive me crazy mad/'Cause you get high every time that I try to get out/And you cry every time that I try to get out/And I die every time that I try to get out/So goodbye 'cause this time I got to get out," he raps at the end of "Over the Edge."

Zebrahead are full of piss and vinegar and ready to punch your fucking lights out. And it's a welcome return.

ZEBRAHEAD PERFORM WITH THE MATCHES AND JOHNNY WAS AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES, 1530 S. DISNEYLAND DR., ANAHEIM, (714) 778-2583. TUES., 7:30 P.M. $15. ALL AGES; 16 AND UNDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY GUARDIAN.

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