Escape From The Zoo (featuring Jessie Sendejas from Days N Daze) have signed to Fat Wreck Chords, releasing the first single, “12 Rounds,” from their upcoming album Countin’ Cards, out February 11.

Escape From The Zoo are the louder, faster, punk project that Days N’ Daze’s Jesse Sendejas co-founded with his wife Veronica, with We The Heathens’ Elliot Lozier adding his bass and drum skills to the album, as well as recording it.

Sendejas says:

“I think both of us were sitting at home with not much to do,” recalls Sendejas. “It was probably a really introspective handful of months for everybody, but we both get stuck in our heads a lot. We get hit hard with waves of solipsism, where it feels like we’re the only people on the planet. That’s a weird and scary feeling, and it forces you to look at yourself because that’s the only thing that feels real at the time. So, a lot these songs are Elliot and I sorting through thoughts and feelings and trying to make sense of why we’re having them and what they mean.”

Escape From The Zoo album

All nine tracks on the record are inspiring to a profound degree, but “Learning Curve,” which Sendejas says was him just trying to write himself out of a hole, perhaps best exemplifies what this album is all about —offering solidarity and companionship in a world where it’s all too easy and common to feel lost and alone.

Sendejas says:

“There’s nothing more important to me than when someone shoots us a message and says ‘I was having a shitty time, and I put this song on, and it brightened my whole day.’ That’s how I want people to feel when they listen to this record. I want it to make them feel less alone because they’re not the only ones having these weird awful thoughts run through their heads. It can be really easy to feel that you’re the only person on the planet who is depressed or drinking a handle of vodka at 10 a.m., but you’re not. We’re all sharing the same shit, so if this album can make people feel like they’ve got some friends, even when there’s no one around, that would mean the whole world to us.”

Check out “12 Rounds” below, and preorder Countin’ Cards here.

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