Zero Down was a punk rock trio formed by former Strung Out bassist Jim Cherry, former Down by Law drummer Milo Todesco and
former War Called Peace guitarist John McCree. Frontman Cherry (who was also guitarist and songwriter for Epitaph Records band
Pulley) enlisted the support of Fat Wreck Chords owner Fat Mike, who released the band's first (and only) album, With a Lifetime to Pay
in 2001. The music was a throwback to mid-90s melodic skate punk (no surprise given the pedigree of Zero Down's members), and
was well-received. The band added a fourth member in August 2001, ex-Lagwagon guitarist Shawn Dewey. However, Zero Down came
to a premature demise on July 7, 2002, with the death of Jim Cherry from a life-long heart condition.