Zachary Lipez

Talkhouse Contributing Writer Zachary Lipez is the former singer for Freshkills and the current singer of Publicist UK. He writes the “Adult Problems” column for Noisey/VICE. He also contributes to Hazlitt, MySpace, and Vol.1 Brooklyn. His most recent book, with Nick Zinner and Stacey Wakefield, is Please Take Me Off the Guest List (Akashic Books, 2010). He tends bar at 124 Rabbit Club. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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Bio

Freshkills is comprised of vocalist Zachary Lipez, guitarists Johnny Rauberts and Timothy Murray, bassist Mishka Shubaly and drummer Jim Paradise. The influences most at work are Nation of Ulysses and Drive Like Jehu, as the band combines the lyrical flair of the former and the chops of the latter. Lipez’s red-lining vocals are infused with paranoia, aggravation and twisted vulnerability. The rhythms – though rarely slow – are controlled, ominous and sometimes hypnotic. The twin-guitar work is droning and breathtaking, and leads are rare. The band’s second album, self-titled and self-released in September 2008, was produced by Alex Newport (AT THE DRIVE-IN, THE LOCUST, TWO GALLANTS). It delivers emphasizing hooks and streamlined song structures, without sacrificing any of their dissonance, dark sarcasm, or cutting social commentary. The effect is brand new material that is immediate, unsettling and lasting. Winter 2009/10 Freshkills is recording their 3rd full length, this time produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Vanity Set). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

BarRoom Blitz: What to Play in the Bar When the World Makes You Mad

By Zachary Lipez | January 30, 2017

BarRoom Blitz: What to Play in the Bar When the World Makes You Mad

Zachary Lipez (Publicist UK) stops looking at his phone long enough to play some music that he loves.

BarRoom Blitz: What One Brave Bartender Has Been Playing this Summer While You’ve Been Outside

By Zachary Lipez | July 26, 2016

BarRoom Blitz: What One Brave Bartender Has Been Playing this Summer While You’ve Been Outside

Musician/bartender Zachary Lipez has been spinning Nothing, Kristin Kontrol and more while you’ve been getting skin cancer.

BarRoom Blitz: How are Free Drinks the Same as Music Business Nepotism?

By Zachary Lipez | June 3, 2016

BarRoom Blitz: How are Free Drinks the Same as Music Business Nepotism?

Musician/bartender Zachary Lipez probably won’t give you a free beer, but he might play your band at his bar.

BarRoom Blitz: Here’s What One New York Bartender Has Been Playing During Your Tinder Dates

By Zachary Lipez | May 3, 2016

BarRoom Blitz: Here’s What One New York Bartender Has Been Playing During Your Tinder Dates

Musician/bartender Zachary Lipez plays Museum Mouth, Primitive Weapons, VUM and more while you’re making bad decisions.

BarRoom Blitz: One Bartender/Musician Shares His Playlist Secrets

By Zachary Lipez | April 4, 2016

BarRoom Blitz: One Bartender/Musician Shares His Playlist Secrets

Zachary Lipez talks TEEN, PWR BTTM and more.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Meat Wave’s Delusion Moon

By Zachary Lipez | October 7, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Meat Wave’s Delusion Moon

Our writer loathes ’90s revivalism, but this record made him change his foolishly consistent mind.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Flesh World’s The Wild Animals in My Life

By Zachary Lipez | September 11, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Flesh World’s The Wild Animals in My Life

Noise? Queercore? Shoegaze? Flesh World’s new album defies such easy classification — which makes it way more fun to talk about at parties.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Fist City’s Everything Is a Mess

By Zachary Lipez | July 30, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Fist City’s Everything Is a Mess

These down times desperately need Fist City's noise-surf anthems. Our writer apologizes for not giving them the attention they deserve.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks The Pre New’s The Male Eunuch

By Zachary Lipez | July 14, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks The Pre New’s The Male Eunuch

No longer angry young men, but still on the right side of the misanthropic line, the Pre New have created an album of streamlined, joyous contempt.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Wand’s Golem

By Zachary Lipez | May 13, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Wand’s Golem

Rock is dead? Great. Zachary Lipez can have Wand all to himself.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks 311’s Stereolithic

By Zachary Lipez | April 24, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks 311’s Stereolithic

The human soul is invisible, but the sound it makes when it leaves the body, even if it leaves before the body dies, just forced out or fleeing...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Lasher Keen’s The Middle Kingdom

By Zachary Lipez | April 16, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Lasher Keen’s The Middle Kingdom

Zachary Lipez thinks the new album from myth-rocket Lasher Keen is worthy, but not a (chaotic) good place for new fans to start.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Turnstile’s Nonstop Feeling

By Zachary Lipez | January 14, 2015

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Turnstile’s Nonstop Feeling

Hardcore continues to love itself. And Zachary Lipez continues to love hardcore, especially the new release from Turnstile.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Rancid’s …Honor Is All We Know

By Zachary Lipez | December 2, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Rancid’s …Honor Is All We Know

They could stand to be a bit more specific, but Rancid still loves all the right things, and Zachary Lipez still loves Rancid.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Iceage’s Plowing Into the Field of Love

By Zachary Lipez | October 31, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Iceage’s Plowing Into the Field of Love

Zachary Lipez only teases Iceage out of love. Mad, mad love.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Madden Brothers’ Greetings from California

By Zachary Lipez | October 10, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Madden Brothers’ Greetings from California

Joel Madden, if you’re reading, none of this is personal.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Appeal of the Pretty Good Band

By Zachary Lipez | September 13, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Appeal of the Pretty Good Band

The Freshkills’ former frontman likes his bands to be not too terrible, and not too great.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Kix’s Rock Your Face Off

By Zachary Lipez | August 20, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Kix’s Rock Your Face Off

Zachary Lipez tried his best to love the bubblegum metal jams of Kix.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Downtown Boys’ “Slumlord Sal”

By Zachary Lipez | August 7, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Downtown Boys’ “Slumlord Sal”

Summer may be pointless, but Downtown Boys’ kiss-off to a landlord is anything but.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Cold Beat’s Over Me

By Zachary Lipez | July 10, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Cold Beat’s Over Me

First of all, thank fucking Christ this album is tough. It's not "summery" or "soaring" or "shimmering" or any of that other shit that bands with...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Gold-Bears’ Dalliance

By Zachary Lipez | June 19, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Gold-Bears’ Dalliance

If the lyrics to the new Gold-Bears album Dalliance are fiction, then Jeremy Underwood is a genius, because halfway through I wanted to...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Estranged’s The Estranged

By Zachary Lipez | May 23, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Estranged’s The Estranged

There are few kinds of music reviews I detest more than the review that offers advice to the musician. It comes from the demonstrably false premise...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Wovenhand’s Refractory Obdurate

By Zachary Lipez | April 18, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Wovenhand’s Refractory Obdurate

Being, by reasonable standards of measurement, as adrift as the next motherfucker, I think about God all the time. I wake up, give praise, fear...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Dead Rider’s Chills on Glass

By Zachary Lipez | March 27, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Dead Rider’s Chills on Glass

God loves all his/her creatures, great and small, sure, but God loves some of his/her creatures more than he/she loves chumps like you and me.

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Enjoying SXSW Without Any Illusions

By Zachary Lipez | March 8, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Enjoying SXSW Without Any Illusions

The best thing about the South by Southwest festival and conference is the life-size animatronic LBJ that you can find at the Lyndon B. Johnson...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks PYPY’s Pagan Days

By Zachary Lipez | February 12, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks PYPY’s Pagan Days

I had to stop thinking about garage-rock for a spell; the sunglasses and shorts were bringing me down. As someone who has been reviewed poorly and...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Vex Ruffin’s Vex Ruffin

By Zachary Lipez | January 10, 2014

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Vex Ruffin’s Vex Ruffin

There are two directions you can go in this world if you're choosing to live your life as an early '80s synth-pop band (which, for the purposes of...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs

By Zachary Lipez | December 2, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs

Bad Religion has been a punk band since, roughly, the beginning of existence. In Gnostic religions when the Monad, the mind of God, first became...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Love Triangle’s Clever Clever

By Zachary Lipez | November 22, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks the Love Triangle’s Clever Clever

Is there a genre of music more beautiful and widely detested than pop-punk? Sentimental, sappy and often sexist, pop-punk is power-pop for...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Black Flag, Flag and Chuck Dukowski, National Treasure

By Zachary Lipez | September 28, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Black Flag, Flag and Chuck Dukowski, National Treasure

We start with the proposition that nothing is sacred, and that's pretty good. No gods, no masters, because really, gods and masters, what have you...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Cairo Pythian’s Unity Mitford

By Zachary Lipez | August 30, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Cairo Pythian’s Unity Mitford

I write fan letters to record labels. In the way that my pal Sean Doyle writes to poets and essayists he admires, just to let them know that they...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Kirin J. Callinan’s “Embracism”

By Zachary Lipez | August 2, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Kirin J. Callinan’s “Embracism”

Kirin J. Callinan’s “Embracism” isn’t my song of the summer yet, but it will be. This song, this lurching life-dirge of Frank Tovey covering...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Hawthorne Heights’ Zero

By Zachary Lipez | July 4, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks Hawthorne Heights’ Zero

In my previous band’s occasional forays into cross-country touring, we’d usually play small clubs with audiences made up of the local ex-hardcore...

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks About Playing In a Band No One Likes

By Zachary Lipez | May 18, 2013

Zachary Lipez (Freshkills, Publicist UK) Talks About Playing In a Band No One Likes

I was in a band for nine years. We put out three records, two of them financially backed by small labels. We sold, approximately, a thousand copies...