“In a world obsessed with genre-splicing and overly-hip categorizing, ‘Mannequin’ focuses squarely on populist, blue-collar guitars and hooks. This isn't indie rock, alterna-bluegrass, alt-folk, or post-black-metal ska-core . . . this is straight-up, '70s/'90s-styled, no-bullshit rock. It's technically a debut album, but these songs betray some long years honing some serious chops.”
Try on some Black and Blue-Collar Rock & Roll!
- Chris Franczek - bass, vocals
- Dean Kesler - vocals
- Katrina Harms - keys, vocals
- Stefan Truesdell - guitar, vocals
- Tony Kille - drums
Known for their high-octane performances and rousing on-stage chemistry, Zeroed Hero has been igniting the local music scene since winning the Madison Area Music Association's 2020 "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" award. The band brings an eclectic palate of influences and miles of experience. From alt-metal to church choir, americana to musical theater, blues to reggae, these musical mixologists pour a potent and entertaining potion.
Zeroed Hero's core sound is undeniable neo-classic rock: sing-along anthems riding the lush layers of '70s rock powered by the passion of '90's grunge. What really propels this troupe is their blue collar songwriting, infectious hooks, and vibrant personalities, making this concoction of rock & roll both accessible and memorable. Whether it's the grooves, the harmonies, or the message, there is sonic sustenance for everyone. Their lyrics are honest, relatable, occasionally inspiring, and somehow reassuring, making their enduring songs resonate with those struggling to make sense of their identity, their relationships, their surroundings, and their country.
Feeding this powerhouse is the diverse musical and life experience they each contribute to the mix, manifested in the meaningful contributions each of them make to the collaborative songwriting. Lead vocalist and lyricist Dean Kesler isn’t just a loudmouth with a loud mouth; his powerful vocals, ferocious energy, and sharp wit make him an unforgettable force on and off the stage. Dean can often be seen sharing a knowing glance or an inside joke with lifelong pal Chris Franczek - likely one that no one else understands. Chris typically responds by channeling that energy into an infectious bass groove locking in with drummer and four-on-the-floor king Tony Kille, the pair transforming in to a single, colossal rhythm section hitting like Mike Tyson and moving like Muhammad Ali. As the band shifts into the hook, Katrina Harms provides the perfect counterpoint lift with emotive keys and captivating vocals. Just when you think they’ve reached cruising altitude, the irrepressible Stefan Truesdell fires the afterburner with his vivacious guitar work and effervescent presence.