came together in San Francisco in 1984 as the brainchild of guitarist Steve Kimock
and drummer Greg Anton
. Both accomplished musicians, the two met while playing together in the Heart of Gold Band
which later evolved into Ghosts
. In the early years, Zero
's lineup was rather fluid but the group still managed to release a few independent albums: their debut in 1987, Here Goes Nothin'
, the sophomore effort in 1990, Nothin' Goes Here
, and their live album in 1991, Live: Go Hear Nothin'
. In these early years their main focus was extended instrumental jam-oriented songs.
In 1992 the band took a bit of a different musical direction by teaming up with legendary Grateful Dead
songwriter Robert Hunter
. To sing his lyrics the group brought in local Bay Area blues singer Judge Murphy
. The band quickly began a more intense collaboration and in the process managed to put together a more stable lineup. This resulted in their 1994 major label debut, Chance in a Million
, a live album recorded in the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The collaboration with Hunter
continued and in 1997 the band released a self-titled studio album. This was followed with another live album Nothin' Lasts Forever