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Age of Evil Develop From the Cradle to the Stage

None of the members of Age of Evil are old enough to drink legally in the States, yet the Arizona band is tighter and more intuitive than many rockers twice their age. In part, it’s because, as siblings, the musicians — frontman Jeremy Goldberg, bassist Jacob Goldberg, guitarist Jordan Ziff and drummer Garrett Ziff — have a natural chemistry. But it also has just as much to do with the fact that they’ve been playing together for close to half their lives.

“We’ve all grown up together since we were three or four years old and we were always listening to music,” Jeremy Goldberg told Noisecreep. “We knew that the we were a solid core from the moment we picked up instruments.”

“We were born to play music together,” added Jordan Ziff. “I started playing piano when I was five, and I started guitar at seven. Then [Garrett] starting playing drums, and suddenly we were jamming.”

Jeremy Goldberg may be the band’s focal point these days, but it was actually his brother Jacob who first joined the Ziffs. Over the next four years, the three musicians wrote songs in their basement with a different singer and assumed various names. During this time, they discovered what they liked and how to read each other musically, but it wasn’t until Jeremy Goldberg joined five years ago that the band started to take off, first as Mortuary Tribute, then in 2006 as Age of Evil.

“The name is a reference to our age, especially,” Jeremy said. “Teenage years are reckless and rebellious, so they’re ages of evil.”

“It’s also just a comment on the way the world has always been in an age of evil, where everyone’s fighting for no reason,” added Jordan. “It’s been like that since the beginning of man. Maybe if one day the fighting stops we’ll change our name to Age of Goodness, but I highly doubt that will happen. I challenge the world to stop being stupid.”

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