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Review: J'aime Rachelle - At the end of the rainbow EP!

As you all know, punk is a big deal in the world right now.

We have the really fast and angry punk,But also the softer, pure and more melodic punk. 

So now I want you all to imagine this new genere: Sparkly Pink Unicorn Punk! 

And yes,it excists! 

An amazing artist from Belfast, Nothern Ireland, has really taken the punk scene by storm. With her amazing, uniqe voice, and sugarcute punkrock image.

She played Rebellion this year and will be playing at the Rebellion Festival next year as well! 

So let me get to the gold here.

Her name is J'aime Rachelle and is 20 years old. She playes her sets motlys akustisk,both has also used her pink el-guitar. 

She has released an selfmade EP called "At The End Of The Rainbow" 

The artwork is truly amazing, and her lyrics are wide. Its all from mental health,feminism and animal rights. 

You can really feel her pain in the song " pay as you go"

Everyone who knows her, or follow her social medias, know the struggle She has had these last years. So its so amazing that she shares with everyone, that they are not alone with all these struggles with mental health and eating disorders.

I recomend you all to go to her band camp: https://jaimerachelleofficial.bandcamp.com/releases  and buy and dowload all 4 amazing songs! 😁

 

*pictures taken from J'aime Rachelle 's official Facebook & Instagram. 

Fuck Frankie - In The Center!


 

Bad Cop Bad Cop - Warriors vinyls!



Got my hands on these awesome Bad Cop Bad Cop Warriors vinyls! 

This album is so amazing!  

It kicks ass from start to finnish!

 

 

Interview with Riotgrrrl : Isis Queen From Barb Wire Dolls!

Name: Isis Queen
From: Greece
Age? Depends on the day and the outfit I wear.


 

Isis Queen is the leadsinger of the Greek punk band Barb Wire Dolls.

Shes known for her exellent stage performances and great vocals.

With her blonde hair , blood red lipstick  and punkrock image , Isis is a riot girl with a big R!

So heres the interview!

 

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

My mother introduced me to The Doors when I was very little and I always remembered that. But growing up I always loved listening to old Motown albums and compilations from the 50`s. I have no idea where I got this music from but me and my sister had a slight obsession for it.

 

What made you  start playing music ? 
 

When I met Pyn Doll our guitarist, he introduced me to a lot of music that eventually would influence me enough to want to start a band together.

 

What made you sing in the style you do?

Two bands had the biggest influence on me to start Barb Wire Dolls. After moving to "The Ikarus" (an artist commune in Crete Greece; I ended up watching "The Song Remains The Same" a music documentary on Led Zeppelin. I was so enthralled with this 2 hr movie that I ended up watching it 3 times in a row which made me want to start a band. But it was being introduced to The Sex Pistols music that made that dream of starting a band a reality. If they could do it, so could I!  Zeppelin gave me the dream and the Pistols gave me the reality to do it.

 

How did you learn how to sing? 

By listening and singing along to the other singer/songwriters staying at "The Ikarus". I would sing along to Pyn Doll`s songs every week at the parties and eventually would learn them. He asked if I wanted to start a band together and that`s how we started collaborating.


 

Do you  remember the first song you learned to sing to?

The first album I clearly remember playing continuously was a tape of David Bowie. I don?t know what album it was but it was Bowie in a suit looking handsome with a light blue background. The way he looked was just as important as his music because I would sing and dance while holding the cassette cover pretending I was dancing and singing with him.

 

Which musicians has had the most impact on you ? 

It has varied throughout my existence but the main influence for the band has been the first wave of Punk from the 70`s. We even named the band after the idea and controversy of the New York Dolls.

 

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

The first wave of Punk from the 70`s is so important for me. Those bands were all so different from each other and they stated that you can create your own style and not apologize for it. You can find other people that are like minded and change  the way things are.

 

What does playing music means to you?

Freedom. Magic. Love. Expression. Sex. 

 

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument, and what it ment to you?

My grandfather was a priest so even though I did not grow up in a musical family there was singing. Though I had no idea how to sing in tune for many years, I think those first memories going to church and having music be based on vocal melody only, influenced me to want to sing in a band.

 

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes? 

Unfortunately I do not care for the music of my generation and so I confide in old records and tapes to hear the music that inspires me.

 

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

I am bored and disgusted by the state of music today. So my response to the neglect of real rock n roll is to start my own band. Barb Wire Dolls is exactly the sound, image and songwriting that I love. It truly is our real expression as a collective.

 

How  did you get your band together?

While living in at "The Ikarus" me and Pyn Doll would travel the 9hr boat ride to Athens every weekend to play shows because no one would book us in Crete coz they didn`t like the fact that we were a loud punk band. In Athens we met our drummer Krash Doll and the band really took off from there. We would put on free shows that we called "Punk Rock Matinees" every Sunday and eventually a scene started from there. Our name and demo reached a legendary rock DJ by the name of Rodney Bingenheimer who started playing our demo non stop on his show in Los Angeles on the biggest rock radio station in the world; KROQ. Since that was the biggest opportunity a Greek band had ever gotten, we sold everything we had and bought the tickets to LA where we ended up becoming the first rock band from Greece to play the U.S. 



 

Which bands have you played in / Are you  playing in?

Barb Wire Dolls is my first and only band.

 

How would you describe your music style to other people?

LOUD and unconventional

 

I know you have played alot of gigs , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?

Rarely. I do not feel like I have something to prove when I get on stage so I don`t get nervous. 

 

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

Do it for the love of the music you have inside of you. Don`t follow anyone elses rules or advise. Be spontaneous.

 

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

It is rare that I go to concerts because I don`t want to see the older bands that I like because either they are doing reunion tours (and don`t really care about creating new music) or the younger bands are playing music that I don`t care for and has no well of artistic energy.

 

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play? 

No, but most venues book us because we are different and loud.

 

As a girl , have you experienced being underestimated musically?

No, but I don`t think of myself as different from anyone else so I don`t put out that energy. I love who I am and feel confident that that is all that matters.

 

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

I don`t have a personal life so that is not a problem. My life revolves around the band and surfing. Yes, it is sometimes difficult to surf when you are on tour, but I only think about it if I see surf on the way to the venue.



 

What is your best music related memory?

Playing to over 45,000 people at a festival we were one of the headliners for in Spain. I did everything I thought of doing on stage naturally and the crowd was going ballistic in return! 

 

Listening to your  records (Barb Wire Dolls)  , i can hear you have your own vocal sound  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

No, not at all. I am not musically trained. Neither is the rest of the band. We are all self taught so it all comes out with no thought only through radical expression.

 

As mentioned earlier , you  are the lead singer in the band Barb Wire Dolls , how is that experience for you?

You have the power inside of each and every one of you to create the life experiences that you believe you are worthy of. Being in this band for me is the example of that. 



 

And last but not least , what  goals do you want to reach with your music?

I find myself every time I play music. I realize my potentials and my abilities. It has opened and world of confidence and beauty that I now live my life by. There should be no excuses or compromising when choosing life goals. Everything is possible. Do not look to the outside world to find acceptance, you have it at all times inside of you. You will find the people you need to connect and bring your reality to the next level. Join us at a show and know that music can inspire and fulfil your senses.
 

Thanks to Isis for this interview!

Be sure to check out her band`s music here:

www.barbwiredolls.com

 

Review: The Yum Yuckers - A Tragic History ( Vinyl)

The bands guitarist Mande sent me this beauty after me begging for a purple version for like ever! :D

If you havent heard of this amazing band ,you really should givem a listen : https://yum-yuckers.bandcamp.com



First of all , just LOOK at that vinylcolor and coverdesign.
It grabs your attention and gives you an urge to buy and listen to it!

Roy,the vocalist, has a captivating voice and brings the lyrics forth in one hell of a way!
His voice is a mix between Jim Lindbergh and Glen Danzig ,and its a perfect match!

Mande , the Guitarist, brings the mood to the songs with her great guitarsound.
She`s riffin her way trough the songs , and you cant help yourself from starting a moshpit!

Joe,the bassist, has the heaviest but still mentally charging bassound , wich makes the songs a total brainparty.

Sean,the drummer, matches it all with his spot on drumming. Every song has perfectly matched drumbeats!


Favourite song must be Populist Morality , for its agressiveness and hard sound.


You should totally buy this record , its pure gold! Or should I say Purple? >:D
You can get your copy here:
https://yum-yuckers.bandcamp.com/

My style , My Statement! : Rockabilly Fashion With Stament From: Rakel Haugen!

We have all had that fascination of the clothing styles that has been in past , right?
All from the 50s swing Dress to the mordern Rockabilly  Pinup Dresses and fashion.

The 50s styled clothing is easily recognized by the polkadots and swingskirts!

Fabulous from start to end,and with all the amazing accessories to compliment your outfit , WOW!*



Photo : Lill v/Kvernberget fotostudio

Theres only ONE Rockabilly Chick I know , that would be perfect to get a My Style ,My statment from : Rakel Haugen

When my interest for the pinup rockabilly style started, I'm not entirely sure,
but it has only increased in recent years. It has always been important for me to have an individual style,
I love the feminine and rock style. In the pinup rockabilly style, you have big variations and I like to vary according to the way I feel every day. The 40-50's clothes are made to fit all types of bodies and I feel comfortable in the clothes of this era. Makeup and hair takes some time and requires exercise, sweating,
hairpins and hairspray, but it's fun when you finally get it !! Pinup rockabilly is
"body positivity" and fabulous fashion , all in one 👍 - Rakel Haugen



Photo : Lill v/Kvernberget fotostudio



Photo: Rakel Haugen
And lets not forget the amazing polkadots! They come in all shapes and sizes!


Photo : Rakel Haugen
Leopard print is a big Rockabilly Fashion Pattern! 


And ofcourse , the Punup Fringe! Huge trademark!


Photo: Sigve Torland



Photo: Rakel Haugen


Thanks to Rakel for her style and statement !

Interview with Riotgrrrl Rosalyn Mazzola AKA Casper Rose From The Distillers and PrettyLittleShindig!

Rosalyn Mazzola AKA Casper Rose
USA



 

Rosalyn is the vocalist of the brand new and upcoming band PrettyLittleShindig!
You may also know her as Casper Rose from the punkband The Distillers!

Her new musical style is quite different from her time in the Distillers. Instead of her guttural , raspy screams , shes now got a soft and soothing voice, wich is a really divine experince listening to.

You can clearly hear her pain and anger , but the way she brings it all together trough her music is amazing.
The guitarsound is pure awesomeness!

Her ep Songs from rehab tells a story of addiction , struggle and survival. She`s just as big a idol now as she was for all the teens back in the 2000s.

And now, after 10 years , shes back to kick some musical ass , once again!

 

 

Heres the interview!

 

 

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

 

- Well most of my family on my mom and Dad side are musicians so I grew up with rock n roll. I can tell you my first concert I was ever takin to and actually remember was The Cramps in 1987 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre by my aunt Diane. I was 5! All I remember was Lux starting to take his pants off and grab his dick and then my aunt Diane's hands going over my eyes haha. So it's not like I just started out of the blue becoming interested in music ya know I was just thrown into it growing up in my family. My aunt Diane gave me my first hardcore punk mixed tapes her and her friends made in the 80's for Xmas one when i was like 13-14 yrs old. One of the tapes was the Flex your head comp that just fucking blew my mind cuz  before that i was just starting to listen to The Sex Pistols,The Clash,Subhumans,The Jam....and i thought " geeez,this is punk rock?" and was unsatisfied! So when i heard S.O.A and fucking Youth Brigade for the first time i was like fuck yea that's more like it!



What made you choose the instruments you play? 

 

- I have 5 uncles that play guitar and my father so me playing guitar just happened? 

 

or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?

 

- I don't know how to answer that question. Like I sing how I sing because that's what it sounds like when it comes out of my mouth I guess. 
 



 

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

 

- my Dad taught me how to play guitar. My mom sings so I don't know I guess I just ended up singing too.

 

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?

Wich one was it?

 

- oh shit It was About a girl by Nirvana and then every other nirvana song after that.

 


Which musicians has had the most impact on you ? 

Why?

 

-  Kurt Cobain. I was 11 when he died and It really affected me because I fucking loved nirvana. It was the first band to ever make me feel something. Like feel feel and that led to wonder of you was writing these songs. Kurt was the first person I had ever heard of who did heroin. So when he killed him self I had to know why. And so my obsession with heroin started many many years before I had ever tried it. I loved the way he played guitar his voice. They were just real to me.

 

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

 

- Like actually learned from? My dad. I learn from him everyday.

 

What does playing music means to you?

 

 

-music to me is Unconditional. its something that's in me and that I has to come out. if its not able to come out of me then I feel suppressed and void. its a magical thing when you have the natural ability to recreate something you've created inside yourself.

 

 

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?

 

- it was a white fender squier. I covered it with skate stickers. Independent,Spitfire... I saw Kurt Cobain playing one but his was a Strat. So then I had to have one haha. I'd never play a fender these days tho I just dislike their sound. it was exciting as fuck though having that first guitar and learning to lay. I actually had something that was mine and all mine that I cared about and that fucking meant something to me.

 

 



 

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes? 

 

-Of course. the first "old" music I heard besides like The Stooges and Mc5 was really really fuckin old music that my dad had 45's and  cassette tapes of in my teens. They were old out of tune blues such as Skip James,R,L Burnside,Willie Mctell,Elizabeth Cotton....I remember just falling in love with this music because it was recorded so shitty and the guitars were so out of tune and these beautiful emotional vocals painfully singing about the devil and women and traveling and sorrow and losing loved ones... just made my heart stop.

 

 

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

 

- The minute I picked up a guitar and learned to play when I was 11.

 

 

How and when did you get your band together?

 

- ive been writing and recording songs for ever but have never put the songs out so this is just me finally getting my shit together and getting the shit out there.

 

which band have & are you in?

 

-The Distillers
-Prettylittleshindig

 

How would you describe your music style to other people?

 

- I can't really answer that,man. 

 

 



 

I know you have played  live  , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?

 

I never stopped getting nervous before a show! I felt like i was going to die and puke on my probably already puked on pants before shows.That's why id drink and get as fucked up as possible before shows. The minute id get on stage though the nervousness went away.The few shows that i played sober though,man, were the best shows and also i remember shows that i had to play dope sick as fuck and those too were the best shows. Its like i was forced to sweat all that sickness out of me up in stage.

 

 

 

 What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

 

- uh don't do drugs.mmmk. Seriously. Find cool people that play cool things that you get along with musically and personally. And don't do fucking drugs.

 

 

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

 

-I haven't been to a show  for over a year since ive been clean. i don't want to be around all the drunk people yet haha

 

 


 

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

No

 

As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

 

- No I have not. Ever

 

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

 

- Yes very. My boyfriend and i both have kids. He has 3 and i have 1 and he owns a painting company and i work full time with him painting and its awesome and busy. I just am really digging this normal kind of life. its feels great and i don't want to rush my music career to push my family aside.  i write music every spare moment i have and that's all i can do. I'm not trying to make a big thing out of my music. like i said i just want it to be heard.


 

Rosalyn has just released her bands first EP "Songs from Rehab"! You can listen and buy the EP here:itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-rehab-ep/id1213057333

 

 

Listening to your  recordings (The Distillers / PrettyLittleShindig), I can hear you have your own sound. Both hard and brutal to soft and clean vocals.  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

 

-I don't know,man, its just how i play. The music i write now and other solo stuff ive done in the past is not something i work at doing. Its just what comes out,ya know? But i can tell you that the way i screamed in The Distillers was something i worked at. I didn't want to sound pretty or to be pretty. I wanted to be brutal and for people to think i was brutal and that took effort cuz really I was and am anything but brutal haha

 

 

Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

 

- things I've experienced. I don't like writing about shit I don't know about and I don't write about things that don't matter to me. Like poetry filled with just words that look pretty together or sound good together and have no substance I don't dig that.

 

I know you played the guitar and sang in The Distillers back in the 2000`s.
How was that experience for you?

 

- This is a really hard question for me to answer. Oi vey. I mean it was truly exciting for me to tour the world and play shows and play on 2 albums but it was also the start of a downward spiral for me. i just wanted to hang out with boys and wanted/needed to get fucked up and when i wasn't i was sick and miserable. I think back then I was very ungrateful for everything that Brody had invested so much of her heart into and also Tony for absolutely taking care off me on and off stage. He had to put up with a lot from me and that wasn't fair to him. id change everthing back then if i could. But I'm here now and alive and lived that life soooooo....  
 



 

And how do you see the future for your new band PrettyLittleShindig?

 

- Honestly i just want to write and record music. I'm not to interested in touring or playing a lot of shows. I am currently writing songs for an album.

 

 

Last but not least , what  goals do you wanna reach with your music?

 

- I just want to get the music out there for people who dig it is all.



Thanks to Rosalyn for this interview!

Check out her music here: http://www.facebook.com/prettylittleshindig

Interview with Riotgrrrl :Puss Johnson From Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons!

Puss Johnson
UK
Age 34


Photo : Paul Boyling

Puss «Pussycat» Johnson is the famous Feline looking vocalist of the horrorpunk/Rockabilly band Pussycat and the dirty Johnsons.
Shes the feamle punk rock version Elvis, and her attitude hits you straight in the face! Puss`s live perormances is something you will remember for life.
I saw her live at Rebellion 2016. She had the flu , and was burning up with a fever. She still delivered the best damn liveshow I`ve ever seen!
Her voice is a mix of everything! All from clean to raspy screams. Shes a real champion and I cant WAIT to hear their new upcoming album.
She`s seductive and ferousious at the same time,just like a cat. She could just be playing with you , but also bite your head off if you are a rude sexist little tool. Believe me , Ive seen her live. She will take no shit!
Besides her voice, her stage outfit is her trademark . She wears a tight leopard printed leotard , with a leopard tail , some awesome boots and for kitty ears? Her hair! And the handpainted leopard makeup completes the whole outfit. She also have her own clothing line: Puss Johnson Apparel : www.facebook.com/PussJohnsonApparel
Everything about this girl is pure purrrfection. One can tell this is her mission in life.

This riotgrrrl will be dominating the punkrock scene for a loooong time , so you better get used to it!

 

Heres the interview!

 

 

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

I've always been around music, when I was a kid my dad was always listening to old blues, jazz and 50's rock'n'roll records... and my eldest brother played guitar and was really into Jimi Hendrix, 60s R&B and Mod revival stuff. So I had a good start!

What made you choose the instruments you play?

Well, who wouldn't look at Jimi Hendrix and think 'I want to play guitar like that!' Unfortunately I can't though but I think I just about get by ok ha!


How did you learn to play your instrument/sing like you do?

My brother taught me a few basic chords on the guitar and I taught myself from there. I can't say how I learnt to sing really, just happened!
 

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?

It was probably House of The Rising Sun, standard...!
 

Which musicians have had the most impact on you ?

There are probably too many to mention as I am into lots of different types of music... But I guess the main ones would be James Brown, Elvis, David Bowie, Captain Beefheart and Iggy Pop. Jon Spencer has also had a big impact on me, amazing performer. Grace Jones as an icon made a big impression on me, I'm not into everything she's done musically but her style and fierceness is inimitable, I find her fascinating.



 

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

I learn from everything I listen to.

 

What does playing music mean to you?

I don't know what I would do without music, playing in a band is my therapy. I'd be completely lost without it.

 

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?

I had a little spanish guitar, I went with my brother and my dad to pick it up from whoever they bought it from, for £5! I covered the front in leopard print paper. I still have it actually, although it is all bent out of shape now, I keep it on my shelf as a memento.

 

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?

All the time! Well not tapes.. don't think I've listened to a cassette tape for about 10 years!

 

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

I think when I started writing my own songs and realised that I could express myself in a way that I found impossible to express in any other way.

 

How and when did you get your band together?

This band in the current lineup has been going for about 5 years but I've been playing in bands with Dirty Jake for about 13 years. No

exciting story really, he and his band at the time asked me if I wanted to tryout as the singer and I got in!

 

Which band have & are you in?

Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons!

 

How would you describe your music style to other people?

This is always a difficult question, I guess essentially we're a trashy-punk-rock'n'roll band.

 

 

I know you have had alot of live shows, does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?

I don't get nervous before playing, I actually find performing much easier than things other people consider normal, like talking to people!

 


Photo : Debbie Atwell
 

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

Do it because you enjoy it, not to get famous. Anything on top of the enjoyment is a bonus. Also, don't become a self-important jerk.

 

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

I most enjoy going to see Jon Spencer's bands ? The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash and his wife Cristina's band Boss Hog. I don't have much money to go and see bands but I never miss those bands if they're playing somewhere I can get to. Where I live there isn't much going on that is my bag, so I have to travel up to London if I want to see the bands I like. I enjoy seeing bands that are noisy and weird. I don't like going to see bands in huge venues because I like to be able to get top the front so I can be up close to the band and see everything.

 

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

I can't think we've been ever been rejected but I'm sure I've been reprimanded for climbing on things, health and safety first ha!

 

As a girl, have you experienced beeing underestimated musically?

All the time! I doubt there's many female musicians who haven't been to be honest, unfortunately... A common thing I have experienced is the sound man doesn't bother putting my guitar through the pa system, or doesn't have my volume up very loud. I only find out when I see Youtube videos and I'm playing but you can't hear my guitar at all.

 

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

As I said before I don't have much money, and there's not much going on where I live, so I don't get out much. I pretty much just stay at home doing art for my Puss Johnson Apparel stuff. Gigging gets me out and about!

 


 

What is your best music related memory?

Supporting The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion! Life goal.
 

Puss is currently working on her bands new album. Could you give us some info about it?:)

It kicks arse!

 

Listening to your recordings (Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons),
I can hear you have your own vocal sound.Is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

Not really, I just like to sing and that's how it comes out.


Photo : Diver & Aguilar.
 

Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

Whetever I feel passionate about, what makes me angry, things that amuse me...

 

I know you have toured alot with Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons.
Whats the best memories/ experiences you have traveling around with your band?

I don't sleep very well so all the getting up early to leave hotel rooms and travelling really takes it out of me. But the bit where I get to perform more than makes up for it. I twisted both my ankles badly on one tour, and there have been a few moments where I have diced with death, most recently I was very high up on the drum kit (which was on a huge drum riser), I went to jump off but realised that my big clumpy boot was stuck. I had to just go for it... and thankfully, cats always land on their feet.

 


Photo: Steven Tagg-Randall.

And how do you see the future for your band?

We'll just keep doing what we're doing, and enjoying it.

 

Last but not least , what goals do you wanna reach with your music?

Just for people to keep listening and coming to gigs, anything on top of that is a bonus. ;-)



Thanks to Puss for this interview!

Check out her music and clothingline here: 


http://thedirtyjohnsons.com/
http://www.pussjohnson.com/

New Vinyls: Spinnerette!

Finally got my hands on these gems!



Spinnerette Baptized By Fire Strictly limited vinyl , only sold on their website:D

Baptized By Fire red Version, limited edition.


Spinnerette Limited Pink Vinyl.

Spinnerette Unofficial Blue Vinyl 

 

Interview with Riotgrrrl Louise Distras !

Louise Distras
UK


Photo: Louise Distras/ Kerrang

Louise Distras is the amazing girl behind the band Louise Distras. 
Her raspy but still clean voice is pure awsomeness. She has the most mindblowing lyrics, and her musicvideos are gold.

When she starts to play her guitar, all eyes are on her. 
I was lucky both to see her live and meet her at Rebellion this year, and let me tell you people: This is a star, and we 
need to spread her message to everyone! 
Her musical message is an important one, and her speach about 
punk is what you make it, its just so important for people to hear. 
With her black smokey eyes, and bloody red lips, shes 
a killer riotgrrrl. 

So heres the interview!


Can you remember when your interest for music started?

It was very early on in my childhood. 
Aside from writing my own music, I've always been a massive fan of listening to 
other peoples music. So music has always been there, I can't really remember a 
time in my life where music hasn't been the centre of my universe.

What made you decide to start playing music?

Because it's fun and expressive and liberating!

What made you choose the instruments you play and what made you want to sing in the style that you do?

up until I was around thirteen, I played a few different instruments but it was
hearing Nirvana's first album 'Bleach' that was my biggest inspiration for picking up 
a guitar and starting to write my own songs. 

How did you learn to play guitar and sing like you do?

My friends showed me how to play some chords and my voice just 
came out this way, the rest I taught myself. I don't really class myself as a 
good singer or guitar player, I just kind of do what I do and hope for the best, haha!

Do you remember the first song you learned to play? Which one was it?

I think it was 'About A Girl' by Nirvana. Probably because it's the easiest one to learn!

Which musicians have had the most impact on you? Why?

Kurt Cobain.
His music and words made me feel like I wasn't alone, and helped me to realise that 
there was a world out there that I could create for myself on my own terms.

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

Yes, Steve Whale from The Business is my producer and mentor. He is someone 
who I admire and respect very much. He has taught me alot about music and life in general.

What does playing music means to you?

To me, music means freedom.

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument and what it meant to you?

Yes, it was a Yamaha recorder. If I hadn't picked it up, I wouldn't be 
here talking to you today. 


Photo: Louise Distras

Are you ever influenced by old records and tapes? 

Yes, I love old music and old school recording techniques. I enjoy listening to music from the past 
much more than the music that's on the radio right now. It's just got alot more soul.

Who are your favorite musicians? 

Nirvana, The Beatles, Queen, REM, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, 
Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Linda Perry, Roky Erickson, The Who, Iggy Pop, Pink, Nick Cave, Sting and The Police,
Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, ELO, Sex Pistols, Abba, The Clash, Courtney Love and Bee Gees.
Some unsigned musicians I really like at the moment are Colter Wall, Shabsi Mann and Brandy Row 
- check them out! 

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?


Well I come from a very poor single parent family and when I was a child, bullies made my life a misery. 
I used to goto school everyday feeling like there must be more to life than this, 
but music was the only thing in my life that made sense to me, so that's where it all began.

How and when did you get your band together?


I released my first solo album 'Dreams from the Factory Floor' in late 2013 and have 
been touring solo around the world with my acoustic guitar ever since. 
Around a year ago, it felt like it was the right time to start playing these 
songs with a band, so I started working with some great musicians.
Recently me and my band played on the mainstage at the Rebellion Festival here in the UK,
and after the summer we will be touring the UK and mainland Europe to promote my new single 'Aileen' 
which comes out on the 30 September.

How would you describe your music style to other people?


Punk rock guitar pop!  


Photo: Louise Distras
 

I know you have played alot of gigs, does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?


Yes I get nervous before every show. 
Earlier this summer I toured the USA, and the day after I flew back from Los Angeles
I was playing a festival in London called 'Camden Rocks'. I was so jetlagged and nervous 
I was puking in the bathroom five minutes before the show. It happens alot, haha!

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?


I would say don't start playing music with the intention of having a 'career'.
If you want a 'career' it's probably best to go work in a bank!  
If your music is good then people will come to you. First and foremost it should 
always be about having fun and expressing yourself, anything else is just a bonus or a by product.

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?


Unfortunately I don't have much time to go to concerts, 
but when I am not on the road I enjoy going to see my friends play shows.
Allusondrugs, Narcs, Fizzy Blood and Forever Cult are all bands I enjoy going to see, and 
I highly recommend checking them out. Their music is really good.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?


...Not because of the music I play, but I have been banned from venues for other reasons. Haha! 

As a girl, have you experienced being underestimated musically?


Yes definitely, people underestimate me all the time.
I experience sexism within the music industry every single day. When I first started touring it used to 
upset me, but now I have developed my own ways of dealing with it in order to take care 
of myself. This is one of the reasons I wrote my first single 'The Hand You Hold'.
It's about not taking shit from people and living your own truth. 


Photo: Sponge Pix

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?


The answer is, I have no personal life! But I love what I do, so there's no sacrifices to be made
in order for me to continue on this path. I'm very lucky and very grateful for 
the opportunity to play music.

What is your best music related memory?


There's so many I don't know where to start!

Listening to your recordings (Dreams from the Factory Floor), I can hear you have your own sound.
Is this something you have worked hard on to achieve? 


Well every musician naturally has their own sound and I think that making a great record is 
all about capturing a vibe. 'Dreams...' definitely has a certain vibe because it was written about personal 
struggles from my working class perspective. At the moment I'm writing my second album, and because 
I've grown as a person and an artist, it has a completely different vibe altogether. I'm really 
excited about it and can't wait to go into the studio to record it!


What is the best part about playing music?

I love everything about playing music, but I think the best feeling is when other people 
connect with it and tell you that your music makes their day a little bit better. 
Knowing that you can make a positive difference is the best feeling in the world.


Photo Louise Distras

And how do you see the future for your music?


On the 30th September I will be releasing my new single 'Aileen' and a film 
I made called 'Real Outlaw - A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement'.
The film is free to watch and available via scanning the QR code that's printed on the back 
of the 'Aileen' CD and tour posters across the UK and EU. 
After the release of my single and the film I'll be touring the UK and EU with my band, so come see us at the shows! 
Then afterwards I'm hoping to go into the studio to record my second album, which I hope to 
release sometime next year. I will be posting more news on that soon on my Facebook page 
and website, so stay tuned! 

 

Thank to Louise  for the interview!

You can check out her music here: https://www.louisedistras.co.uk/

www.louisedistras.co.uk
www.facebook.com/louisedistras 
Twitter @LouiseDistras
Instagram @LouiseDistras 

Review : Fuck Frankie - TwoBeat Continued !

Its finally here! Fuck Frankies FIRST vinyl!
I`ve been waiting for this vinyl for ages, and let me tell you , it was worth the wait!


Everything is perfect on this record.
Their sound is harder: with a hint of SKA, hardcore and softer punk.
The coverart, lyrics , even the black vinyl seems more black than the usual.

With the record comes this amazing handmade lyricsheet made by the band. 

The drawings are by the bands guitarist , Lisa Bäckström.
She also has her own cartoon magazine: http://backstromlisa.tictail.com/​

Photos in the sheet are by the band , Camille Polsk and Bjørn Petterson.

The total impact of Mathilda`s raw vocals , Lisa`s argressive riff`s , Orri`s genius solos ,
Jovan`s insane beats and Gustav`s badass basslines is a just what the punkrock musicscene needs.

Take a listen to the song "All Night Long and you" .Funny lyrics and exceptional music!

And when you first start to spin it , you cant stop flippin` it!

I dont know how many times this has been played at my turntable , but I needed to change the needle .
Might have to buy another record as well !


It has 12 awesome tracks wich varies in both style and speed, but all just at brilliant as the first.

The hard and angry song "Hate parade" is just amazingly brutal , it gives you the punch in the face you totally need  to stay awake in this fucked up society.

My favorite track "In The Center" has been stuck on repeat in my head since the day the band posted a teaser video on instagram .
It will NOT leave your mind.
Its catchy , happy , sad and kickass at the same time. PURE BRILLIANCE!


You know that feeling when you tought the world no longer offered you any music that could make you feel alive again?
Thats what Fuck Frankie did for me in 2012. I was revived!

So to have this vinyl in my hands is a true sign ,  this band aint going nowhere but up and forward!

Twobeat Continued is one of this years greatest punk albums!
Get your copy now , before they are gone!

You can find yours here: http://fuckfrankie.tictail.com/product/pre-order-12-vinyl-twobeat-continued


Instagram: @fuckfrankie
Homepage: http://fuckfrankiesthlm.com/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/pg/Frankiesthlm

Interview with :TILT!

TILT consists of : 
Vocals: Cinder Block




Guitar: Jeffery Bischoff


Bass: Pete Rypins


Drums: J. Vincent Camacho

Tilt is an American  punk band from the East Bay USA.
They formed in 1992. Their debut studio album, Play Cell, was released  in 1993. Soon after they got signed to Fat Wreck Chords.
Tilt had  a reunion show in 2015 and then again in January 2017.

Discography

  • Play Cell (1993)
  • `Til It KIlls (1995)
  • Collect `Em All (1998)
  • Viewers Like You (1999) 
  • Been Where? Did Whgat?(2001)


Where are you all from?

I'm from Lincoln Nebraska (see the movie "Boys Don't Cry"), Jeffery is from Detroit Michigan. Pete and Vince are both from the Bay Area, East Bay to be more exact. There's a lot of towns in the East Bay that grew together. Vince went to Berkeley High I think. We used to call it "Commie High."

 

What year was the band started and how did you meet?

My memory of 24 years ago is a little fuzzy but overall we just found each other through the Gilman punk scene. Jeffery and I lived in a huge artist warehouse in West Oakland called Phoenix Iron Works. A lot of punks lived down there. Bands like Attitude Adjustment, Verbal Abuse, Fang, Special Forces and others lived within a mile of us. It was a crazy neighborhood. My warehouse used to illegally barricade the street and have huge parties with not much interest from the cops. We even had a giant Tesla Coil shooting lightning 50 feet in the air and the cops just drove by mildly amused. It was the wild west down there. We had Jessie Jackson fund raisers in '88 and when Gilman shut down for a while (because of being sued) we had shows there so the touring bands who had been booked didn't have to cancel shows. I remember Gwar played my house one Halloween because of this. And Gilman was in full swing, the East bay was filled with a lot of small lables, 'zines, warehouse parties. My T-shirt company Cinder Block Inc,. and my neighbor's company Punk's With Presses popped up around this time. We were all making shit happen and Tilt came out of that. One day when we were practicing our youngest roommate, Scotty, popped his head in the band room and said "You guys should come down the street and check out this rad band "Green Day." They're playing right now. Of course we were hard at work so we stayed and wrote our first song "Siberia." That song never made it onto one of our records but I've heard that Green Day may have gone places.



 

Have any of you played in any previous bands?

Pete was in Crimpshrine which was an influential band in the mid to late 80s. They had many stellar players over the years - Aaron Cometbus, Jeff Ott , Jesse Michaels & Tim Armstrong to name a few.

 

Vince played drums in a band called Basic Radio which was Matt and Tim's band before Op Ivy and Rancid. (see Basic Radio - 'sixpack in fairyland' - 1987 ) That's Tilt's future drummer Vince in back! By the way Fairyland refers to a kid's amusement park in Oakland where adults are not allowed without a kid, so drinking a six pack or smoking there is taboo.

 

Jeffery had been into punk as a vagabond street kid in Ann Arbor Michigan and in Boston MA. Jeffery's older brother was an original "White Panther" and hung out with MC5 and Iggy Pop back in the 70s. So Jeffery was exposed to a lot of really great music, the kind that was punk before punk. But Jeffery, being a man of integrity, got bored with electric guitars and disavowed all but acoustic instruments in the late 80s. He formed a few bands, the most successful being "Phoenix Iron Works" named after the warehouse where we lived. I'd hooked up with Jeffery about the same time and it wasn't long before I joined his band. Jeffery managed to get us some pretty big gigs like opening for Penelope Houston - she had formed an acoustic band after The Avengers. Phoenix Iron Works tried to find a place in the post-punk acoustic scene in San Francisco but we were not intricate musicians and didn't get much acceptance in that very musically proficient scene. We were just punks who picked up acoustic instruments, which came in handy playing on the street or when the bar manager pulled the plug. So we gained more acceptance in the punk scene. We even played the Anarchy Convention in 1989 at Gilman Street with Capital Punishment. I played the scrub board, we had a tub bass which was fashioned out of an old tin wash-tub and a day-glo orange dinosaur rib bone our mohawked bass player had made by himself. We also had mandolin, fiddle, a giant Chinese kettle drum and a dog who sat next to the piano player. We played live on KALX a couple of times, I have photos of us carrying an upright piano down a tiny stairway to the basement KALX studio.
 

I ,Cinder ,  had been in a couple punk bands before Phoenix Iron Works including a band I'd formed in Nebraska called "The Spam Grenades". That band could be described as "punk-metal" but there were definitely shades of pop punk in the mix. I really didn't gel as a vocalist till I joined Tilt. Phoenix Iron Works was a great band to work on singing harmonies with other singers but originally I started out in theatre. I had acted and directed in College and I even wrote a punk opera in 1985 called "Hubris." The guitar player of The Spam Grenades helped me write the songs in one sitting - the punk way! The musical was performed at the University of Nebraska shortly after I moved to California but I have a video tape of the performance. I borrowed the ancient Greek myth of Agamemnon and set it in modern day LA amongst warring punk "gangs". It was really very silly but it was fun to see our songs performed in a real stage setting. I can see why successful musicians sometimes get the itch to foray into the musical theatre genre. Anyway that's just a little taste of my musical gestation. I could really write a book. Makes me think I should dig up those "Hubris" songs and cover them, never tried that before. I think I stole lyrics directly from Aeschylus' play.

 

How would you describe your music ?

Well, to describe Tilt's music you'd have to consider the times in which Tilt came to be.  If you took what I just said about Tilt's member's former bands and tossed it into a big salad then added a whollop of Gilman Street vinaigrette that would be Tilt's music. In 1992 we all had a hangover from metal and hardcore so it was kind of a natural progression for pop punk to appear. The Gilman scene had a lot of bands who were either on Lookout! Records or were putting out their own 7" records. There was a huge ground-swell of fans who supported Op Ivy and later Green Day but there were also many other hugely influential bands who had grown out of hardcore to a more immediately accessible sound with catchy hooks like Samiam, The Queers, The Vandals and Mr. T Experience. I think people were just growing tired of the monotone nature of hardcore punk and wanted to have fun. Also, Clinton had been elected and the horrible Regan years were subsiding so people had more hope. Berkeley and Oakland has always been a hotbed of forward thinking people. As I mentioned before a lot of DIY ventures were popping up. More and more women were taking ownership of punk rock. I personally didn't like the sexist attitudes of metal and hardcore but I liked the power of the music. I also love singing and melodic styles of music allow a boarder use of one's vocal range. I have always tried to use my training in acting and directing to guide my vocal style for each song. I don't know if that's always come across but I've tried. It's always really hard describe your own style but I hope that gives you a little bit of an idea. Overall I'd say it's powerful, driving, basic punk-rock / rock & roll, without the wanking guitar solos but with catchy bass hooks, ballsy tom-driven percussion with Latin undertones, dark yet humorous lyrics with a political bent sung by a female vocalist who strives to the shatter glass of the driers in the Cincinnati, Ohio laundromat where the band is playing (Sudsy Malone's.) 
 



 

What inspires you to do music?

To me, writing is the biggest part of the craft. Anyone can get on the mic and do a stream of consciousness, and sometimes you can get lucky writing songs that way. But I feel that it's a sacred opportunity to be able to sing my own words so I'd better be saying something good. Something well thought out yet dealing with things about which I am passionate.

 

Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

Life in general. The bigger mysteries as well as the every day challenges. I have to write about my own experience. It's a challenge just dealing with the human condition in general let alone being a woman in a society that disregards women then at a certain age completely throws them away. Even the "enlightened" youth culture apes these moronic societal norms. If I didn't write about that I'd be an asshole. Then there are the larger issues of our species not being able to evolve away form war - nationalism, religion, greed. We, as a species, are still in our emotional infancy. I wish I could come back in 3,000 and see if we managed to figure ANYTHING out.



What advice would you give to other bands and artists out trying to get noticed?

I would just work very hard at your craft. Develop your ideas because a sound or a look or youthful energy & sexiness will only lure people in on the surface. People wont stick around if you have no substance of ideas or if you aren't trying to play music in a new and interesting way which also supports your ideas.

 

Do you have any plans for going in the studio and make a record?

I would love to make another record with Tilt. We've written a couple of new songs.
I think most of us are busy with other projects and life in general.
 

Did/do you ever expirience difficulties getting booked due to musical genre or on the stereotypes of how punk is portraited in the media?

I don't know about that. I never paid attention. I had to just keep concentrating on writing and singing. I was lucky enough to have been able to leave the headache of booking and positioning to more strategically talented people. Jeffery acted as our manager for some years and I believe that a lot of our success was because of his entrepreneurial talent.

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Any words for your fans out there?

Just to say thank you, thank you, thank you! Tilt fans are the best most brilliant amazing people ever. We couldn't have done any of it without the support of people who were courageous enough to like a band like Tilt. I've really appreciated all the kind words from our fans all over the world.



Thanks to Cinder for the answers! 

You can find their music here:
 http://www.facebook.com/cinderblock4real

And Cinder`s new band The Pathogens , here:http://www.facebook.com/thepathogens

Interview with Gustav Wadman From Fuck Frankie!

Gustav Wadman
Age 35
Solna, Sweden




 
Gustav is the insanely good bassist in the Swedish punkband Fuck Frankie!
He lives in Solna with his punkrocking chihuahua Nemo, and his band has just released their first ever vinyl!
 
So heres the interview!

 
Can you remember when your interest for music started?
and what made you wanna start playing music/sing?

 
I have always been intrested in music and I started play when I was six years old. They had a open house at the kommunala musikskolan where I heard a cello for the first time and I absolutely loved the sound of it. So I signed up for lessons.


What made you choose the instruments you play?
 
I played cello for a long time, but as i got older I got more intrested i rock and wanted to learn a instrument more suited for that type of music. Bass was a natural choice.
 
How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?
 
On bass I,m mostely self-taught.
 
Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?
Which one was it?

 
The first song I learnd was some simpel song .

Which  musicians has had the most impact on you ?
Why?


When I was a kid I loved 50`s rock n` roll and outlaw country (and I still do), but as I became a teenager I started to feel depressed and angry with the world and I started to listen to darker and more aggresive music. The first bands I got really obsessed with were Black Sabbath, Venom, White Zombie and Marilyn Manson. Their music gave me a sence of belonging and an outlet for all the feelings I had pent up. So I have to say those four bands.


 
Do you have any musicians you have learned from?
 
The musicians I have learnt the most from is the rest of Fuck Frankie.
 
What does playing music means to you?
 
For me playing is a way to handle all the crap of everyday life. No matter how stressed out, pissed off or down I may be, when I play, everything feels just fine.
 
Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?
And what it ment to you?

 
The first instrument that was my own, that i did`nt borrow, was a Fender Musicmaster bass. It had been a loaner at a blues bar and was in a terrible condition. I hade a love/hate reletionship with that bass. The electronics worked when it wanted to and the tuning pegs were quite rusty and almost impossible to get in tune.  But despite all that i thought it was the coolest instrumet in the world.
I still have that bass and when Fuck Frankie started I had it fixed up and used it for a year or so.
 
Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?
 
Of course I am. I listen to music all the time and when I hear something I like I try to figure out how it`s built up and how it works.
 
Who are your favorite musicians?
 
Oh, there are so many, but the ones I always come back to are Johnny Cash, Black Sabbath, Elvis, Fields of the Nephilim and Motorhead.



 
How and when did you get your band together?
 
It was Lisa and Jøsses who put the band together. They asked me if I wanted to join and I said yes. Then I did`nt hear anything for a couple of weeks and I started to think it was just talk. Then all of a sudden they asked me why the hell I missed the first rehearsal and that I better start to show up. So I did.
A few weeks later Mathilda joined us and after a string of guitarist we found Orri.
 
Which bands have you played in / Are you  playing in?

In the late 90`s I played in a band called Teen Slut Wonderland. We had a couple of good songs and recorded a crappy demo. After that I played in a lot of nameless bands, whitch mostly ended up being excuses for drinking beer.
For the last five years I have been playing in Fuck Frankie more or less exclusively.
 
How would you describe your musicstyle to other people?
 
Loud, fast and really good.

I know you have played alot of gigs , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?
 
I`m always a little bit nervous before a gig, but I think thats a positive thing.
 
What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?
 
Choose a instrument you like the sound of, you gonna hear a lot of it.
 
What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?
 
I prefer smaller venues where you are close to the band thats playing.
 
Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?
 
Probably, but I can`t remember any specifc incident right now.

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?
 
Not really. My personal life is my dog and he thinks everything I do is awesome.
 
What is your best music related memory?
 
When I was 11 years old I saw Johnny Cash. The moment he enterd the stage the energy of the entire room just changed. It was amazing.
 
Listening to your  records (Fuck Frankie)  , I can hear you have your own bass sound  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?
 
No. I play the way that feels natural to me.

And last but not least , what  goals do you wanna reach with your music?
 
I just want to keep playing music and hopefully make some people happy and entertained along the way.

 
Thanks to Gustav for the interview!

You can check out his music here:
 http://fuckfrankiesthlm.com

Recent vinyl shopping!

As the vinyl addict I Am,  I Just have to show you some of my newest additions 😁

 


Hole - Violet UK Edition :D

The Devotchkas - Annihilation EP Black and Yellow version :D



Babes In Toyland vinyls :D

Manix Green and White version.



Die Hunns - Time Has Come Today vinyls :D




Bad Cop Bad Cop vinyls :D

 

 

 

Interview with Riot Girl: Beki Bondage From Vice Squad!

Beki Bondage
UK



Photo: Beki Bondage

Beki is the famous singer and guitarist from the  punk band Vice Squad!

Her live performances are legandary and her vocals are killer!

Shes a veterean in the punk scene , and is a big reason so many riotgrrrls have started their bands.

Beki has shown everyone that girls can kick as much ass as boys can , and she is still proving it till this day!

Her style is as punkrock as it gets.  With her colourfull hair and ripped clothes shes a true riotgrrrl 

So heres the interview!

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

Beki: Probably in the womb! I loved music from a very early age and can clearly remember watching ?Top of the pops? whilst strumming my dad?s guitar as it lay in it?s case, I was about 2 years old at the time.

 When/what  did/made you deside to start playing/singing music ?

Beki: I was in a ?band? or rather a singing group, when I was at junior school aged 9 so I was on the road to ruin pretty early! I just adored music, particularly electric guitar based music, so it was a mixture of love for the art and naivety about the music industry that led to me doing it for a living as a teenager.

What made you choose the instruments you play? 

or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?

Beki: I was fascinated by electric guitars from a very early age, I loved the overdriven sound and the squeal of lead guitar. When I heard singers with similar sounds to their voices, like Little Richard and Tina Turner, I wanted to sing like that, i.e passionately at full throttle.


Photo Beki Bondage

 

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

Beki: I think the jury is still out on whether I can play my instrument, as far as guitar is concerned I have hands like feet!!! I?m able to compose songs on guitar which is very useful. I basically learned guitar by getting Paul (VS lead guitarist) to write out the chords for some of our songs and learning the chord shapes.

I could always sing a bit, I was in the choir at junior school and my Dad was a guitarist so I would sing along while he played guitar. I really learned to sing by gigging 3 or 4 nights a week in little pubs and clubs with the Bombshells. We had to do some covers to get gigs and I found I could sing Led Zeppelin, Little Richard etc pretty easily and I developed ?distortion? in my voice. I don?t use it very much for Vice Squad, I tend to keep my voice quite ?clean? for the VS set so the lyrics can be heard.

What does playing music mean to you?

Beki: The world.

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?

And what it meant to you

Beki: The first instrument you use is your voice, after that the first instrument I learned to play was the Descant Recorder, and I became quite proficient and could play a mean bit of Purcell pretty quickly, ?Baroque and Roll? I guess! I then learned Treble, which is a different fingering, and then progressed to Tenor and Bass. The Bass seemed huge and I remember playing it at the school Christmas concert and my 10 year old fingers could barely reach the notes. Of course the instrument I really wanted to play was the guitar, and my Dad bought me a jumbo acoustic as it was all we could afford at the time, but I struggled to form barre chords on it.


Photo Beki Bondage

 

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes? 

Beki:  Of course

which band have you played in / Are you  playing in?

Beki:  I play in Vice Squad

I know you have played alot of gigs , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?

Beki: Yes, I often get nervous several days before a big show and it?s not a pretty sight! We don?t have a manager so I have to do all the day to day running of the band and I get very stressed by it sometimes as it?s hard to be the front person, songwriter, logistics manager,PR person, accountant and lawyer etc.

 What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

Beki: Don?t do it! But seriously, have something else as well. I made the big mistake of making music my one and only and it can be very, very difficult to make any kind of living from it.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

Beki: Yes, early VS were banned from every venue in the Bristol area of the UK in the early eighties.

As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

Beki: Yes, usually by deaf provincial sound engineers and arrogant musicians. The bigger the head the smaller the talent?!!!!


Photo Beki Bondage

 

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

Beki: No, even my personal life is musical!!!

Listening to your  recordings ( Vice Squad) , i can hear you have your own  sound  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

Beki: No, it?s something you just develop over the years, and it evolves all the time as your knowledge of the recording process grows and improvements to music technology take place.

What is the best part about playing music?

Beki: Playing music is cathartic, it allows you to express yourself and relieve stress while entertaining other people and making them feel good/inspired/angry.



Thanks to Beki for this interview!

Be sure to check out her band , Vice Squad , here: 

https://www.facebook.com/vicesquaduk

Interview with Riot girl: J'aime from J'aime Rachelle band!

J'aime Rachelle 
Ireland
Age 19



Photo by Stan Forsythe 

J'aime is a one-girl acuostic riotgrrrl band! She is a singer and guitarist, and her voice is as soft as velvet, but it still has that raspiness to it.
She looks like a colourfull punkrock princess with her duo-colour hair and pastel coloured outfits.
Her guitar skills are amazing, and her songs are mesmirizing
This Irish unicorn riotgrrrl will blow your mind!

So heres the interview!


Can you remember when your interest for music started?


A: it was probably when I was like a baby or something. My earliest memories are me and my dad listening to records and CD's and he was always giving me Green Day and Kaiser Chiefs and the Killers and stuff like that on CD which probably sparked my interest in alternative music. 

 When did you decide to start playing/singing music?


A: I think I was about 9 when I started writing little songs! I've only been playing live since I was 16 though. I've always been so shy and nervous about playing in front of people so even now I don't perform much in front of people. 

What made you choose the instruments you play? 

A: my dad got me a beginners acoustic guitar for my 10th birthday which I named Slash, and he sat in my wardrobe for a couple of years until I was about 12. 

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?


A: I had some lessons when I was in secondary school about age 12 until 15 but they weren't very often and I always missed my lessons. As for singing that's all self-taught! Which is probably why I don't sound like most singers out there, when I sing it's coming straight from inside me and it's pretty raw. 

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?


A: I think it was Wonderwall by Oasis...

Which musicians have had the most impact on you ? 

A: I think my biggest inspirations would be Kathleen Hanna, Beki Bondage and Lady Gaga. They all just do their own thing and don't give a fuck about what people think of them and I really admire that, especially being female artists where they're already at a disadvantage, they've definitely proved themselves and showed gender doesn't define how well you can rock. 



Photo by Stan Forsythe 

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

A: I think recently, Lauren Tate from Hands Off Gretel has been a big kick in the right direction for me to just go for it when it comes to music and not let my age and past hold me back. She is super talented and I have a lot of respect for her and what HOG are doing right now, I also love that she is so unapologetic when it comes to talking about being vegan and standing up for animal rights. She's just awesome. I think I wanna be your best friend yeah!!! 

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?

And what it meant to you
A: my first instrument was Slash. He's covered in half-smudged Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Green Day lyrics and bits of chipped off paint now and he's pretty broken, but I still have him even though I don't play him any more. He still holds so many memories for me

Who are your favorite musicians? 

A: my favourite musicians are John Frusciante, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Paul Weller and Kurt Cobain probably. I have loads of favourite artists but these ones have been kinda solid throughout my musical journey!

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

A: I guess it was always my goal to be a famous rock star but I never told anyone because I was afraid of being told to shut up and that its a stupid idea. But it really clicked with me I suppose when I was about 16 and I had almost died. I took it as a sign that I survived that I was meant to do something with my life and that I should be myself and not let other people's opinions get me down, that this is my life and nobody else's and that if I wanna do something that will make me happy from now on I will do it! 
I guess ever since then I've been trying my best to just do my music and not let anything hold me back and it's been so worthwhile. People from all over the world are listening to me now and taking something from my songs that can help them get through depression or something they're struggling with and it just gives me such an amazing feeling. 

How would you describe your music style to other people?

A: I guess it's just alternative acoustic, I don't really know what genre it would be, but I've got a wee angely voice that's also kinda croaky and I sing and play my acoustic guitar. I guess there's not really a genre for it. I sing about prostitution, depression, animal rights and self harm and all that shit.. Stuff people don't wanna talk about. I guess that's why punks love it even though it's not typical punk with electric guitar and loads of drums and bass and stuff. It's very raw and honest and I think you can tell how much time and effort I put into the lyrics and melodies even after hearing one or two songs. 

I know you have played alot of gigs, does it  ever happen that you get nervous before a show?

A: I actually have real bad anxiety, so before every time I perform I get very worked up and sweat loads and freak out, during my performances I get kinda shaky and scared too, but afterwards it's always such a relief and I love hearing people's feedback and reassurance that I did okay. 

 What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

A: honestly just don't fuckin copy other people. It's so obvious seeing bands out there that are just trying to be other bands. It's just cringey! Be yourself and write about what you wanna write about, sing songs that have some kinda meaning to you. 

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

A: I love going to metal, punk, ska and mod gigs. I've a big range of music taste so I just go to whatever I feel like. One night I could be at a northern soul disco and the next night I'm at a thrash gig in the Warzone. I don't like limiting myself to one certain style or genre!


 

As a girl , have you experienced being underestimated musically?

A: absolutely, most of the time when I play gigs I'm one of the only girls playing or the only girl. There's a local singer from Belfast that I know called Dolores Gallagher who's always kicked ass at open mics, showing guys that it makes no difference what's in your pants, she does acoustic soul but also raps and shit. She's just so badass and I admire her so much! but it's awesome to see other girls starting to play now too like Cushla Gillespie from Doghouse Ska band, who is now doing her own acoustic sets which is lethal!!

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

A: I guess I'm now at a point in my life where I have no job and my own flat and stuff, and I don't have any responsibilities really. So it's pretty much only one of the things I do now which is a great thing for me and for my mood just writing music and listening to other artists. 

As mentioned earlier, you are a one-girl band.
How is that experience for you? What is the best part about it?

A: I like doing music by myself because then I can be in control of how it sounds, and i can work on my own terms and not have to answer to anyone. I'm pretty hard to work with!

And how do you see the future for your music?

A: I guess at some point I would love to have a band behind me to push my songs further and give them their full potential. But I'm in no rush. I don't really mind what direction I end up going with music as long as it's always true to who I am and I'm always writing about things I feel passionately about. 



 

and last but not least , what  goals do you wanna reach with your music?

A: I don't have any big goals. I mean I guess every artist wants to fill stadiums and have screaming fans and have changed people's lives but I know that doesn't happen to everyone. To be honest the best feeling for me is when I have finished a set at a gig and I know that despite how much I've went through and all the shit I've had thrown at me in my life, I can still go up on stage and for half an hour everyone is watching me and listening to my own words and that's amazing. And even if that's what I'm always doing until I'm old and wrinkly that's fine by me because it's what makes me happy!

Thanks to J'aime for this interview! 

Check out her music here: https://www.facebook.com/jaimerachelleofficial/

 

Book Review : Blister: A Punk Rock Memoir

Ever wondered how a  touring punk band of 2 people is like? 

Blister is a beautiful memoir about two punkrockfriends , sometimes not so good friends , who are  trying to make it in the big punkmusic buisness. With hopes held high , and a muscal talent only us regular people can dream of, they start their journey trough giggs, dodgy people,crushes,love drama and of course dressing up as dinosaurs!


Author: Herbert Brixley & Eric J . Cockrell.


So here is my review of this punkrock memoir; 

  • Who was your favourite character, and why?

    My favorite character must be Bert aka Blister! His way of handling difficult times and trubled friends are amazing. And he is always there for his pal Harv, despite Harvs misbehavior.
     
  • Did the characters feel real to you?

    Yes !,Especially the character Rebecca. The way the author describes her in her enteringscene is fabulous.
     
  • Did the story keep you guessing?

    Yes , the whole story left clues troghout , wich made you read on to know the full story.
     
  • What was your favourite part of the book?

    The part where Berts aka Blister dad tells Bert he dont need his money back ( After their messed up gigg) and he saw it as an investment. That was an really awesome part to read. As some punkrockers dont have parents supporting them like that.
     
  • Were certain types of scene written particularly well ?

    Yes , the part where Rebeccas dad  calls Bert over and eventually breaks down in tears , and tells Bert , his crush and childhood bestie, Rebecca , has had cancer for several years ,and had now passed away. That was a very emotinal scene.*Tries not to cry*
     
  • Did the book make you laugh or cry?

    It made me bipolar! When things start to go good , they turn bad , and then back again. But this book delivers a whole spectre of emotional rollercoasting. Its brilliant author work!
     
  • Did the story grip you and keep you turning the pages?

    Totally! I was amazed reading about Bert and Harvs relationship. Bestfriends but still mortal enimes. Such a great book. It mentions the struggle of being a upcoming punkband , with all the problems and victories that includes.
     

I would really recommend this book to all music interested people out there! Everyone can relate to what this book is telling.



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Interview with Riot Girl : Mai Mai from Red Dogs !

MAI MAI
Age: I' a half cat, so the age? Who knows?.
Japan






Mai Mai is the guitarist and backup-vocalist in the Japanese all-girl punk band Red Dogs!


Can you remember when your interest for music started?

I liked the sound of the music box when I was a baby. I cried together with the music.
 

When/what did/made you decide to start playing/singing music ?
 

I felt like knowing music more deeply after I heard the music of The Beatles.
 

What made you choose the instruments you play? or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?
 

All heroes of rock have a guitar. And everyone wants to do the same. don't you?
 

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?
 

I learned a guitar by myself. I often played Jimmy Page.
 

.Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to? Which one was it?

I saw her standing there.E7,A7,B7...
 

Which musicians has had the most impact on you ? Why?

John Lennon/He taught a meaning of the freedom. He is punk.

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?
 

Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix ,Pete Townshend, Robert Fripp, Crispin Gray, Buzzcocks... I'm learning from those many favourite guitarists. And the guitarist in which I'm very influential at present is Shinji Wajima of a band [ningenisu].
 

What does playing music means to you?

When a star dies, I think it's very similar to the feeling to explode . and The star is reborn shine again. =Supernova

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument? And what it ment to you?

Harmonica? and I was learning to play the piano.

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?
 

I like records and tapes.

Who are your favourite musicians?
 

The Beatles is my God. Shinji Wajima is my guitar hero now. and Band of progressive rock.
 

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?
 

I also liked drawing a picture, but it take everything at the heart out too much. Music was  my relief and balance.
 

How and when did you get your band together?
 

It connected with BIBIBI by a radio wave of a net.
 

How would you describe your music style to other people?

Coolness and passion and cat. Meow.
 

I know you have played alot of gigs, does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?
 

I don't become too nervous recently. Is it a good thing?
 

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?
 

An important one is the first impulse. Continuing having it all the time.
 

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?
 

Progressive rock of change of rhythm.
 

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

There were no such things.
 

As a girl, have you experienced being underestimate musically?

Maybe, but when seeing our live, prejudice disappears.
 

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?
 

Isn't that time to work?
 

What is your best music related memory?
 

LOVE/John Lennon What is love?

What goals do you want to reach with your music?
 

Thank you for listening!! I'd like to make an effort more so that it'll be a cool guitar!

I'm wishing that everyone who listened to music of Red Dogs becomes happy and enjoy. I'm aiming to complete the sound I seek.


Thanks to Mai Mai for this interview! Check out her band and music here!: https://www.facebook.com/Red-Dogs-867099383355920/?fref=ts

Interview with: Vulpynes!




Vulpynes consists of:
 
Vocals & Guitar: Maeve Molly


Drums: Kaz


The Vulpynes are an all-girl punkrock band from Dublin , Ireland!
They are planing on releasing a single  , but in the meantime , you can have a listen at
https://soundcloud.com/vulpynes ! 

 
Where are you all from?
 
We're both from Dublin, Ireland!
 
What year was the band started and how did you meet?
 
Less than a year, we work fast! 
 
Kaz: We met through www.boards.ie on a Muscian's wanted page. I put up an advert
looking for a vocalist to jam with and Maeve replied first.
 
Maeve: I was looking for a band for ages and I hadn't seen any adverts that jumped out at me. Kaz's advert listed
musical influences that screamed REPLY TO ME NOW and I'm so glad I did.


 
Have any of you played in any previous bands?
in that case , which ones?

 
Kaz: I was in a few different bands in college, lots of different genres. Never anything serious.
 
Maeve: I haven't been in any other bands, I was playing on my own for ages then decided it was time to find a band
because playing on your own is only fun for a while.
 
How would you describe you music ?
 
Raw, energetic, gritty, lots of overdrive!
 
What inspires you to do music?
 
We have to play music, once we get something into our heads, it has to be done. We're so on the
same page, which is why we work so well as a 2 piece and it doesn't feel like anything is missing.
 
Do you only play your own songs or do you have som coversongs ?
 
We tried to play some covers but the feeling just wasn't there. It's so much more exciting to play our own stuff, something
we have created ourselves.

 
What language are you singing in?
 
English so far, but who knows what future songs will bring ! ;)
 
Is the music scene in your city/country accepting to the kind of music you are playing?
 
Dublin is a fantastic city for music. It is very accepting of all genres, no matter what music a band plays, there is a place/venue/audience
to cater for it. 
 
Vulpynes is by far the most  awesome duo punkrock band I have heard in a while .
Vocalist and guitarist Maeve delivers a series of addictive guitar riffs ,and with her raspy , deep voice , she brings a whole lotta soul to the band. And Kaz , the amazing drummer  , gives the true feelings of anger and  kicks your minds ass with her majestic drum beats.
Vulpynes have a forthcoming single release 'Terry Said', which is out on July 28th on Spotify and iTunes.
 
Do you have any plans for going in the studio and make a  record?
 
We are constantly writing new music and have written an album's worth of material in a very short space of time. We would
love to record an album and definitely will at some point. For now we are focusing on our live performance and single launch.
Watch this space!


 
Does Vulpynes have any concerts/tours booked for this year?
 
We have some local gigs confirmed, and more be to confirmed.
We're playing Fibbers on the 28th of July, which is the date of our single launch.
We are also supporting Dublin band Glimmermen in Tullamore on the 13th of August which we are delighted about!
 
Any words for your fans out there?
 
We have fans?! Jaysus thanks for listening :-)


Thanks to Vulpynes for this interview! Check out their  music here! :https://www.facebook.com/vulpynes

Interview with: Red Dogs!



Red Dogs are a All-girl punkband from Osaka , Japan!
They have so far released a demo ,and have thei songs avaible for download at their bandcamp!


Where are you all from?

Osaka in Japan.

What year was the band started and how did you meet?

Haruka and Kazumi formed the band Red Dogs in 2012. In 2014 Maimai joined.

Have any of you played in any previous bands?

All previously has a different band.

How would you describe you music?

Captivate Hard Rock.

What inspires you to do music?

Kazumi :Drink after the live is over beer.

Haruka:Peaceful daily life or busy daily life.

 

Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

Oneself touches it and feels it and thinks

 

Does Red Dogs have any bands/artists it has gotten influences from?

Red Dogs do not have a major music that have been affected.

What language are you singing in?

I do not speak only Japanese.

Which bands inspires you, individually, to make music?

MaiMai :The Beatles

Kazumi:hurry scuary,The easy walkers

Is the music scene in your city/country accepting to the kind of music you are playing?

They are very happily accepting our songs!

What advice would you give to other bands and artists out trying to get noticed?

Red Dogs does its best hard.

RedDogs have so far released a self titled demo and 1 album. Do you have any plans for going in the studio and make a record?

Yes we do. We have plans to make a new album! But time is pending.

On the demo you have the song Tricky Girl what inspired you to write /make that song/video?

The tricky girl is us. The person who listened to a CD imaged the figure which became a captive of Red Dogs

Red Dogs have been playing concerts regularly, but did/do you ever experience difficulties getting booked due to musical genre or on the stereotypes of how punk is portrayed in the media?

We are okay because they appeared to live in a variety of booking without regard to genre.


Does Red Dogs have any concerts/tours booked for this year next year?

Yes, We also plan to do a concert in the U.K in 2017.

Any last words for your fans out there?

Thank you for support! Please try to check it you can download our songs from band camp.


Thanks to Red Dogs for this interview! Check out their music here
!:http://www.facebook.com/Red-Dogs-867099383355920

 

Interview with Riot Girl: Kaz Millar from The Vulpynes!

Kaz Millar 
Ireland


Photo : Kaz Millar


Kaz is the hard-hitting drummergirl of the Irish punkrockband  Vulpynes!
Her beats are fenomenal , and she drums with emotion.
Kaz will deliver you one hell of a show , not just cause of her drumming ,
but her stage presence is mesmerizing.





Can you remember when your interest for music started?

- I can't remember ever not having an interest in music! I was always writing, singing or tapping away on something growing up. My sisters are very musical, so it was constantly around me when I was young.

What made you choose the instruments you play?

- I have a love of all instruments. Love guitar, love bass, love singing, every instrument excites me! When I gave drums a go, I found it came the most natural to me and something just clicked.

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

- I've played drums on and off for years. My older sister is a drummer, so she introduced me to them when I was about 10 years old. I did a few lessons when I was about 21, then I picked them back up at 26 to go to study music in college. Playing in a few different types of bands is brilliant for figuring out what kind of sound you want to play and what suits your drumming.

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?
Wich one was it?


- I do! My first song I learned on the drums was Strange Currencies by R.E.M. My sister taught me aged 10. And what's lovely, is I got to perform the song at my sister's wedding last year! Was a really cool moment!

Which musicians has had the most impact on you ?
Why?


- There are so many. Manic Street Preachers, Alice In Chains, Hole, Garbage, to name a few off the top of my head! I love all types of music really, so everything influences me.

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

- Everyone I have ever played with has taught me something I believe. I try to stay open-minded and soak up any new information I can!

What does playing music means to you?

- Everything!! Music is so amazing, it can heal you and help you out in the most trying times. I just love to play and to be a part of creating something new gives me a fire in my belly I don't get doing anything else!

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?
And what it ment to you?


- I guess my very very first instrument would have been out old piano in our house. Loved to come home from school and make up little songs on it.


Photo : Kaz Millar

Who are your favorite musicians?

- I have so many. Again, just the bands above that have had impact on me I guess. I've seen Alice In Chains live, and was just blown away. Jerry Cantrell is a god! Manic Street Preachers earlier albums are amazing! Joey Jordison, drummer of Slipknot blows me away live too. I have so many that I love and have meant something to me at different times.

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

- Always! It's never not been there in my head! I've tried to do other things, but music has a way of dragging you back, thankfully!

How and when did you get your band together?

- Vulpynes started when I was feeling pretty low, and after a break from music, decided to start up a band again last year. I put an ad up looking for musicians on www.Boards.ie, and Maeve, the singer of Vulpynes, was the first to reply! Something from the very start of this band felt right. So we've just been practicing and writing our asses off since!

which band have you played in / Are you playing in?

- Vulpynes :)

How would you describe your music style to other people?

- This is a tough one. Some people have called us alternative rock, punk, garage...maybe a bit of all those rolled into one!

I know you have played live , does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?

- Yes! I try to turn all the nerves into excitement, and rehearsing your ass off before a gig and knowing that you know your shit usually helps !

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

- I see myself as a total beginner, so I guess the only advice would be to practice loads and loads and do it if it makes you happy!

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

- Mostly rock, I've seen so many amazing bands live over the years, I can't keep count! But I can find something to enjoy in pretty much any gig.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

- We haven't experienced that yet, and hopefully won't!

As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

- I've had nothing but support, respect and help so far from both males and females so that's been brilliant.

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

-So far, it's been fine, The band is always number 1 priority for me in my head

What is your best music related memory?

- First gig with Vulpynes!

Listening to your recordings (vulpynes) , i can hear you have your own sound , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

- I think we just play and write the music we like. If other's like it, great, if they don't, we don't care. We don't try to follow any trends, we just play what feels right to us and have fun doing it!

Photo : Kaz Millar

And how do you see the future for you band vulpynes?

- Hopefully very good! We just love playing music, so will take the band as far as we can. We're pretty passionate about it!

and last but not least , what goals do you wanna reach with your music?

- Any and every goal we can! More gigs, more recordings, more writing, and hopefully people liking our music :)

Thank you for the interview!! :) cheers! - KaZ


Thanks to Kaz for the interview! check out her band here! :
https://www.facebook.com/vulpynes

Interview with Riot Girl: Maeve Molly From Vulpynes!

Maeve Molly Vulpynes
Ireland




Maeve is the singer and guitarist in the Irish punkrock band vulpynes!
Shes got a distinct sound in her voice , wich makes it a dream to listen to.
Her guitarplaying gives you goosebumps and gets you in a real happy camper mood.
So much feeling and rawness are a perfect add to her band Vulpynes !
This Irish Riot Girl has much to delliver , so stay tuned!

Can you remember when your interest for music started?


Day one! I grew up in a music loving home. My parents had (and still have) the most amazing taste in music.
I was exposed to so many different styles.
I grew up on Metallica, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, REM, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the blues.
As a family we spent every weekend in music stores buying CDs and tapes. I was very lucky.
My Mam gave me a copy of Nevermind the Bollocks when I was 13. I didn`t realise it at the time,
but that was the most amazing thing ever.

What made you choose the instruments you play?

My Dad taught me how to play guitar when I was very young. I used to love reading his Total
Guitar magazines and we would play whatever parts I wanted to learn together.

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

I played guitar for years then took a break.
During that break I started learning to play the violin. It was then that I realised I missed playing the guitar loads.
The second I got back into it I couldn`t remember why I stopped.
So I started writing music, lyrics and singing and I started to take it more seriously.
I never saw myself as a singer, I only started so I could sing the songs I was writing haha.

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?
Which one was it?


The first stuff I learned to play on the guitar were blues riffs that my Dad taught me.
After that I learned to play every song off R.E.M's 'Out of Time' because
the tab book was knocking around my house as a kid.


Photo: Vulpynes

Which musicians has had the most impact on you ?
Why?


Oh I've loads, but I'll narrow it done as much as I can!
First there is Darkthrone. I listen to a lot of metal and their music has had the greatest impact
on me by far, they're so authentic.
I named my ESP guitar Ted after their guitarist. When I'm power walking around Dublin,
listening to Darkthrone will get me to my destination faster than any other metal band, fact.

Brody Dalle has had a huge impact on me. I'm really in awe of her.
She nails it, you really feel the raw passion on everything she touches.
Coral Fang by the Distillers is one of the most
perfect albums and I've listened to it more than 3 times a week every week for 13 years now haha.

Mark Lanegan for being one of the most powerful performers I?ve ever seen live,
there`s no problem in this world a cup of peppermint tea and a Mark Lanegan album can`t sort!

What does playing music means to you?

It`s the best way to spend time, it`s so therapeutic.
There's no better feeling than writing and playing music.

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?
And what it ment to you?


It was a Spanish style acoustic guitar that my parents gave me.
I sadly don't have it anymore, but I have one very like it. As much as I love electric guitar
I write most of my guitar parts on the acoustic.

Who are your favorite musicians?

Phil Anselmo, Jerry Cantrell, Brody Dalle, PJ Harvey, Jack White, Kat Bjelland,
Kvelertak, Enya. To name a few ;)

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

Always, it's something I've always been involved in and I'll never give it up.


Photo: Vulpynes

How and when did you get your band together?

I replied to Kaz's advert cos she was looking for a singer to jam with,
I knew from her first few messages that she was deadly and we instantly clicked.

which band have you played in / Are you playing in?

Vulpynes! :) It's my baby!

How would you describe your music style to other people?

As a safe bet I usually say 'punk rock/grunge', I think we fit in there somewhere ;)

I know you have played live ,
does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?


I don't really get nervous. We rehearse a lot and if we have a gig we
make sure we have our shit together which I guess helps with the nerves.

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

It's never too late, get stuck in and do it!

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

I'm a serial gig attender and merchandise purchaser!
The last gig I went to was Mark Lanegan, he completely blew me out of the water.
I go to a lot of metal gigs too.
I'm going to see L7 play in the UK after the summer which I'm very excited about,
I don't mind traveling to see a good band. It's always worth it!

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

Thankfully not, I'd probably start flipping tables or not be playing there in the first place haha.

As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

Not at all, we've had fantastic encouragement so far.
I wouldn't be too concerned if someone's reason for under-estimating us is because we are female,
I think that would say more about the sort of person they are. And I'd
be scarlet for them haha.

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

Not a problem at the moment thankfully, music comes first and
everything else falls into place around it ;)

What is your best music related memory?

Vulpynes first gig! We were given a support slot by Dublin band Long Tail and it really gave us
the kick up the arse we needed to start being more serious about things.
It was deadly and we were really grateful for the opportunity.

Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

My lyrics are always true stories and often a lot of the content is very tongue in cheek.
I like a bit of balance.
We definitely have some very fiery numbers, but I like a bit of humour too.


Photo: Vulpynes

Your first single out the end of July is called Terry said,
what inspired you to write/ that song?


If I told you I'd have to kill you....!! That song is about putting a semi
fictional character on a pedastal and obsessing over how great they are,
but you're not really sure if they are real.

Listening to your recordings (vulpynes) , i can hear you have your own sound ,
is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?


Thank you! I don't think we've worked to achieve a particular sound,
when we play together it just clicks. I'm really thankful we work so well together.
There's only 2 of us, so it is important we do ha.

And how do you see the future for you band vulpynes?

As long as we're still enjoying writing and playing music, I'm happy!

Last but not least , what goals do you wanna reach with your music?

Keep playing gigs, keep writing and enjoying what we're doing!
Oh and a few double albums and a world tour ;)



Thanks to Maeve for this interview!

Check out her band here!
:

https://www.facebook.com/vulpynes

Review :The Last Gang : The Split Album (TEASER)!

Folks! Prepare yourself for a awesomeness of an split album!


The Last Gang delivers a bomb of a punkrock split album , and gives us 2 bright new songs!

Their tracklist is : 

Belive in the poet

Identity 

 

I have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of this beauty!
And you guys have alot to look forward to, thats for sure!

The song "Identity" gives you that kickass happy feeling wich The Last Gang allways gives you when listening to their music.
Their sound on their song "Belive in the poet",is heavier than their earlier songs . But let me tell you one thing : its MINDBLOWING.

Brenna`s vocals are raw of emotions and gives you goosebumps , of the good kind! And her guitar riffs are addictive.
Her voice reminds me of a mix of Gregg Graffin , Brody Dalle , Mathilda Sundin and Otep . But its still her own ,you would recognize it immediately and its the most astonishing thing you`ll ever hear .

Sean brings the pulse to this album . His bass-sound brings it all together , and its a joy to listen to.

The albums heartbeats from the epic drummer Robby triggers that punkrock feeling in you , and gives you a rush of pure energy.

Everything on this album is exactly what the world needs, not just the punks , but every music loving being on this planet.

The Last Gang`s split-album will be released the 19th of july , and can be bought at their webstore: www.thelastgang.com/store !




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Review of Bristol to memory coming shortly.

Interview with : The Yum Yuckers!




The Yum Yuckers consists of:

Vocals: Roy 

Photo by Roy

Guitar:Mande

Photo by Mande.
Bass:Joe

Photo by The Yum Yuckers

Drums:Paulie


Photo by The Yum Yuckers

Where are you all from?

Long Island, New York

 

What year was the band started and how did you meet?

ROY:Uhhhhh.

MANDE: Yum-Yuckers was formed about 3 years ago.  Joe, me and Yum-Yuckers original drummer Sean were in a band called Coffin' Fit, our singer moved so we formed the Yum-Yuckers with Roy singing. Then Sean moved and Paulie started playing drums.  We've all been friends for years.  I've known Roy since I was about 18yrs old, so for many many many years!  We've all been involved in the local punk scene since we were young.

PAULIE: I've been in the band since May 2015.

 

Have any of you played in any previous bands? 

 

ROY: All of us have at some point,  generally in the same roles.

 

in that case , wich ones?

JOE:  mande, sean and I,  were previously in coffin' fit before this band. I
also played in Pretty Bullshit, we put out a split 7" and a couple of
tapes. before that was a short lived band called fat lizzy. we were pretty
bad. before that me and sean were in a hardcore band called Totally Fucked.
thats the band i learned how to play bass in.

 

ROY:Donald Dick, Your Arsenal, Halfway to Hell Club.

 

MANDE: The Devotchkas, The Auxiliary 

 

How would you describe you music ?

 

ROY:Mid-tempo punk rock with elements of hardcore and horror punk.

 

MANDE:  I'm really bad at describing our music but I would say we have a grungy/rock/punk based sound.  If that makes any sense!

 

 What inspires you to do music?

 

ROY:I guess simply put the answer for me is music.In spite of what may seem like a finite number of notes, time signatures and words, there's always room for your own take on it. I've always been astounded by how different people's output can be using the same instruments. 

 

JOE:i don't really know what inspires me. probably just dealing with real

life like work and bills and adult bullshit like that. i look forward to
having band practice and playing shows. this is the shit that keeps me sane.

 

MANDE: The ability to get together with your friends and piece together songs is the best feeling in the world!  Music has always been a way to relate to people who have similar interests and views.  It provides a channel, a chance to be creative and express yourself in way that breaks up your every day life.  Playing in a band allows me to break away, and gives me something to focus on.  I've always loved music and there is nothing like being able to collectively create your own music with your band members.  


Photo by The Yum Yuckers

Wich topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

 

ROY:I grew up as a fan of both horror films & novels and always appreciated how many of the stories served as allegories for the issues of the day. In my own way I attempt to do that lyrically. On our most recent recording the most prevelant theme lyrically was the dangerous nature of populism and groupthink. I fear both those things, not only because they often subvert the will of the individual, but because it almost always leads to authoritarianism. Here in America we're seeing evidence of that, even if it's in its nascent stages, in Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. The caveat being that I don't think that those tendencies lie only on one side of the political spectrum. There's a reason that horseshoe theory exists. 

JOE: for me playing music is totally therapeutic. its my outlet for
creativity. when I'm home I'm usually fucking around on my bass. i haven't
written lyrics or words down in a while, probably since my last band. but i
really enjoyed that. it was a great way to release frustration. now i just
bottle up and cry in taco bell parking lots.

 

Does The Yum Yuckers have any bands/ artists it has gotten influenses from?

 

ROY:We generally draw comparisons to early Misfits, which I can say is obviously an influence on us. As individuals, we're each into a litany of bands that perhaps everyone else isn't but I think there's a certain degree of commonality in our love for predominantly early punk. 

 

JOE:as a group we have varied tastes. from new wave to crust. i personally
can say that ramones, murder  city devils, nervosas and masshysteri kind of
rule my turntable.

 

 

Do the band only play their own songs or do they have som coversongs in their setlist ?

ROY:Currently we only play our own songs but we have done covers in the past and have discussed doing another more in the future.

 

 

What language are you singing in?

ROY:English. Although Joe might dispute that.

 

Which bands inspires you ,induvidually ,to make music?

ROY:Too many to name. I listen to everything from Johnny Cash to Emperor and each band in its own has had its influence on me.

 

MANDE: My inspiration comes from a mix of bands, from a mix of genres!  I think because we have such a wide range of influences it has allowed us to create our own sound.  

 

PAULIE: Graveyard, Black Sabbath, Misfits, Thrash Metal, Old school Metallica.

 

Is the musicscene in your city/country accepting to the kind of music you are playing?

ROY:The punk scene both locally and in other states, at least in our experience, has been incredibly supportive and accepting even if the style we play doesn't fall into the same genre or sub-genre as the other bands we play with.

 

PAULIE: There is a strong Punk Rock scene still thriving in the NYC area.

 

 

What advice would you give to other bands and artists out trying to get noticed?

ROY:Everything starts locally. If you're not part of the local scene you will find it incredibly hard to do anything, including playing shows. If you're playing a style of music, then it's generally safe to assume that it's one that you enjoy. Get out there and see some local bands, get to know them and support them. No one wants to help out someone who they feel is simply there for themselves. 

 

JOE: were not the band to really ask about how to get noticed. were not very
well know n even in our own scene. but i really don't care. we love what we
do and have a lot of fun and that is the most important thing. we don't
have big plans like 2 month tours or anything. but if thats what ya want.
just devote yourself. try. the one thing i see a lot now a days is bands
wanting things to come easy and not putting in the effort. bands starting
kick starters and shit to pay for recording and releasing cd's or getting a
van. theres usually at least 3 people in a band. if ya want something, work
for it. pool your money together and make some real effort and sacrifice. i
alone put out our 7". it costs a lot of money. i didn't ask for help. i
worked my ass off and put money aside for it. i don't wanna sound like the
old grump i am but.. "THESE KIDS THESE DAYS!!!!" so fucking lazy

 

MANDE:  Just get out there and do it!  Self promotion is the only way to get known, even at a local level.  You have to put in time and effort order to get noticed. Become involved in your local scene and take it from there! 

 

The Yum Yuckers has a heavy, calming sound , and with the amazing vocals from their leadsinger Roy , this band is a easy  choice to listen to if you like punk or metal !The Yum Yuckers  have a  EP called <a tragic history> , which you as a metal or punk fan should really take a listen to, you will not be dissaponted. 

 

Do you have any plans for going in the studio and make a new record?

 

ROY:We're currently in the process of writing new material. We took a brief self-imposed haitus when our original drummer Sean moved to California and we started looking for a replacement. Sean's currently playing with a band called Much Better and we still love the guy. 

JOE: we are always jamming on new songs.

PAULIE: Yes! Can't wait to lay down some sick ass drumbeats!

 

 

On the EP you have the song <Map To Nowhere >, what inspired you to write that song?

ROY:At it's core it's about fruitless relationships and the poor decisions that often follow. When I say relationships I don't specifically mean ones that are romantic in nature. It's basically about being let down. 

 

On your EP  < A Tragic History> you have a Grunge/Punk/metal sound  , is this something that will continue on to your next record? 

 

ROY: Absolutely. I sincerely doubt that we will ever stray too far from what we currently play. I don't think any of us is looking to become a bluegrass band. Although Joe might dispute that.

 

MANDE: This is the sound that we've collectively created and I don't see us straying from it.  There's no effort in trying to make a specific sound, we write what we like and what comes naturally to us.

 

PAULIE: We want to maintain our unique sound throughout our recording career.




Photo by The Yum Yuckers

The Yum Yuckers have been playing concerts lately  , but did/do you ever expirience difficulties getting booked due to musical genre or on the steriotypes of how punk is portraited in the media?

 

ROY:Locally there's a pretty solid number of venues that bands have established good relationships with that allow us to have shows pretty regularly. It was by no means a process that happened overnight. We've lost plenty of venues over the years because of some of the antics that have taken place at shows but at this point that doesn't seem to be too much of a concern. In that regard, we're very lucky.

 

MANDE:  I think the venues that hold shows out here are pretty familiar with the genres they are booking.  We mostly play the same places, which is lucky for out scene, because we have established venues where shows are booked quite often. 

 

PAULIE: NYC, and specifically Long Island, is very open to local music and supporting bands.

 

Does the Yum Yuckers have any concerts/tours booked for this year?

 

ROY:We're playing locally a lot through the next few months. At this point we've discussed touring but there's nothing that's been solidly laid out. 

 

PAULIE: Yeah! Mandy shows booked for the year and we keep booking more.

 

Any words for your fans out there?

ROY:Yes. I know I sound like Danzig.

PAULIE: Thanks for all the love and support, we rock for you!

 

 

Thanks to The Yum Yuckers for this interview!


Check out their music at : http://www.facebook.com/yuckyyumyums

Review: Wraths - Wraths

Do you miss that 80's raw,powerfull and in-your-face punkrock music in your life? Look no further! 

Wraths is a great new punkband, wich also just released their debut in April. 

Their bloodred 200copies limited vinyl is a must-have for all punkmusic fans out there! (wich includes free mp3 download of the album) .



The debutalbum will soon be available on CD format. 

Here you can buy their music :https://birdattackrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wraths

As soon as you start the record you get that 80's punkrock feeling.
With influences like Descendents, t.s.o.l,black flag,circle jerks and the vocalists band Pennywise,
you know this is gonna be the most powerfull album of the year! 
 

Jim Lindberg delivers mindblowingly good vocals as always, and he also shows you his madskill screams.
The feelings he expresses trough his voice is amazing and the lyrics become addictive to sing along to.
 

The guitarist Steve McCall brings you moshpit triggering riffs.
And even if you hadent planned on joining the massive whirlpool of punks, you cant resist. 

Andrew Tyler Murphy's drumms are hardhitting and turns your brain into a full on mindriot.
Exellent rythm makes you a happy camper! 

Genius basslines provided by Chris Kranes invites your head to a headbaning you will not forget anytime soon. 

 

I absolutely love this album and cant stop listening to it.Best debut album of the year for sure! 

 

Favorite song: I`m A Target.
Why: Great lyrics , Awesome vocals , kickass drumming , insane basslines and killer guitar riffs!


You need to check this band out!

https://www.facebook.com/wrathsmusic/

http://www.wrathsband.com/

https://soundcloud.com/wraths

http://www.instagram.com/wrathsband

 

 

Interview with Riot Girl: Cinder Block From Tilt , Retching Red And The Pathogens!

Cinder Block
U.S
Age:
 I am a timeless classic. I was born in 1961, you do the math.
I'll always be two inches taller and two years younger than Madonna!




Cinder is the legendary singer of the punk bands Tilt ,Retching Red and The Pathogens!
Shes also been in the band Fabulous Disaster.
And shes currently in the making of a new band , so we all have something good coming!
Cinders voice is a legend and is one of the most recognizable voices in the female punk music scene.
Her style is as awesome as herself ,  with her white blonde hair and blood-red lipstick , shes brilliant!

By the way my natural hair color is red. Even at my age it's still growing out bright red!


Can you remember when your interest for music started?

I am so old I remember the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I was a toddler running around singing "I wanna hold your hand" driving my mom nuts and telling her I wanted to marry John Lennon. Later my older brother introduced me to Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, The Fugs, Deep Purple, Iggy Pop, MC5 etc. he was the first FM radio DJ in our town and introduced big shows at the local auditorium. I saw 10 Years After when I was 8 years old.
and what made you wanna start playing music/sing? The Amercian dream of becoming a rock star was implanted in my head at a young age, to the horror of my dad! But seriously, I was a writer and I wanted to write and perform my own words. You can do that in the theatre but you have to have a lot of financial backing. I loved to sing so it was a no brain-er to start a band. You don't need much money to do that. You just have to have the drive and ambition to make it happen. Not that it's easy, but it's more feasible than starting a theatre company.


 

What made you choose the instruments you play? 

I just always sang. I have a picture of Jeffery with a guitar at 5 years old and there's a home movie of him at that age pretending to be Elvis, playing guitar and wearing a blue shirt & sunglasses.


Which  musicians has had the most impact on you ? 

I really loved the theatrical stage show of Alice Cooper. My mom took me to see Alice Cooper when he was on the Billion Dollar Babies tour. He chased a big tooth around the stage, battling it with a giant toothbrush. Female vocalists I loved were of course Janis Joplin, Grace Slick. Then later Poly Styrene, Patti Smith, Exene and Penelope Houston. Even later I admired Mia Zappata of the Gits. I even like Lady Gaga! I got into Patti Smith pretty hard in my late teens because she didn't care if her voice was technically good, it was the poetry of her words that drove her. She doesn't care about glamour or sounding pretty or even brushing her hair. She's still just a fucking rad queen bitch poetess for the ages. Plus she fuckin' had Fred Sonic Smith's kids! That's rad.

 

What does playing music means to you?

It is to me like I suppose religion is to other people. Or should I say spirituality. Singing is the closest thing I do to be spiritual. You use your body, your voice, your thoughts, your words. It's like crying out your love and hatred for the human experience all the same time. Like a tirade of anger but an orgasmic yelp and a beatific praise all at once - a hymn to worship and tear down this world all at once. And I'll sing and write till I die - it's not just some sort of career scheme to strike it rich and enthrall a generation of allowance spending teenagers. To me I have to sing and write to make sense of the confusing world around me. Punk rock, rock & roll is not just the sole possession of a youth market which will gobble it up and shit it out twice as fast. It's a gun-like force you can use as your medium for expression anytime you have the guts to pick it up and shoot a few rounds.

 

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?

Ha ha!  think I played the recorder in 3rd grade. 


 

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?

I like to paw through my record collection every now and then. But Youtube is pretty amazing because anytime you think of a song you can just look it up and you can usually even find a vintage video or live performance that transports you back in time immediately. It's good to continually study music and find out things about the pioneers of whatever genre you are into at the moment. That's one wonderful thing about the free open internet - you can look this stuff up for free. Young people need to vote. And I mean in the mid-term elections as well as the general elections. We came really close to having the asshole conservatives take away free internet. Those same young people who don't vote will be the ones crying the loudest when they don't have access to their music and games anymore and they have to pay ridiculous amounts for internet access.

 

Which band have you played in / Are you  playing in?

Aside from Tilt I play a country acoustic set with Bill Collins. We play around the Bay Area. I'm also in a new band,The Pathogens, co-fronting with Jesse Luscious. We will debut April 3rd at the Golden Bull in Oakland. Punk-fucking-rock!

 

 

I know you have played alot of gigs , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?

I sometimes get nervous right before I go onstage but it doesn't last very long. It depends on how large the crowd is. I got pretty nervous when I played F.O.D. at the Dookie Tribute show on Feb 19th at Oakland's historic Fox Theater. It was a packed house but also, I was performing with an Orchestra so I didn't know if I could pull it off. But I did ok and people liked it. It was an amazing thing to play with an orchestra - they are called Awesome Orchestra and they were just that - awesome! Bill Collins sat in on guitar and Pete Rypins played bass to represent Tilt.

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Video by : Philip Gangi

 

 What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

Just stick you your guns and don't try to just copy other people. Come up with something new, interesting and make it your own.

 

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

I like all kinds of music but I mainly go to small punk shows because I can usually get in free. I'd go to fancier events if someone would pay my way (wink.)

 

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

No, but we've had venues turn off the power because we were too loud.


 

Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

It's the same thing really. I don't have kids so I don't have child rearing as a responsibility. I am lucky right now because I can devote a lot of time to music.

 

What is your best music related memory?

Starting out on a Tilt tour, driving down the freeway and our van ran into a cloud of money. We all jumped out and picked it up without even having to coordinate our movements. We just jumped back in and split up the proceeds and never found whose cash it was. We did talk about handing it over to the authorities but by the time our debate ended we were too far down the road to do anything that silly. I will never forget that. There was also the time in London when the promoter was smoking crack onstage and the ensuing fight between the bands and the club staff poured out onto the street. I could mention a couple of other things but I plead the 5th! Those were fun times.

 

Listening to your  records (Tilt / Retching Red)  , I can hear you have your own vocal  sound , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

I never consciously tried to create a vocal style. I just developed one organicall. I did try to polish certain aspects like having better vocal projection - directing a column of air from my diaphragm rather than pinching my throat. I also just learned how to sing in that gruff growl thing without hurting my throat. But if I had to teach that to someone else how to do that I wouldn't be able to do it. It's just something I learned by doing. Also, I've had some good recording engineers who ended up being more producers than just engineers. They helped me to recognize tone, pitch and tuning issues I had so I could work on them.


Photo by : Cinder block

As mentioned earlier , you  where/are the vocaliast in Tilt and Retching Red  .
How was/is that experience for you ? What was/is the best part about it?


I guess I really like having a solid band of hard rocking individuals behind me so we can tear the place down. There's nothing like the feeling when you know you are ripping it up with your buds.


Whats  the story about your new band The Pathogens?
How it was started ,whos in it ,genre etc?:)

Vocals : Jesse Luscious- Blatz, The G'rups, The Criminals and The Frisk

Vocals: Me

Drums: Markley Hart - Econochrist, Strichnine

Guitar: Sebastain Stewart - U.S. Bombs, The Divvys, The Undead Boys, The Twots

Guitar: Ronnie Shivers - Teenage Brain, Junk Merchants

Bass: Jovino Bunny - Man of Mystery

 

We just found each other within the scene. The time was right for a new hard rocking project. I've always wanted to sing with Jesse Luscious!


 

And how do you see the future for your new band that you are working on?


Hopefully we'll record, tour, do all that stuff.

Thanks to Cinder for this interview!

Check out her bands here! :


Tilt:https://www.facebook.com/TILT-163295647020817
Retching Red :https://www.facebook.com/Retching-Red-164228873589964
The Pathogens :https://www.facebook.com/thepathogens

Interview with Riot Girl: Peppels From Stahlschwester and Perlen An Die Säue !

Peppels
Age:26
Germany

Photo: Peppels

Peppels is the singer in the German punkband Stahlschwester!
Some of you may also know her from the all girl punkband Perlen An Die Säue.
Shes a killer on stage!
With her screams and bleached blonde hair she delivers a kick-ass liveshow.
So if you ever visit Germany , check out the punk venues gig lists ,
Its almost for certain that this German riot girl is on it!
So heres the interview!

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

Music has alsways been a big part of life. always felt normal and good to sing, play guitar or piano.
As a kid or now, doesnt matter. I remember my big struggles back in the days when i was 7.
The spicegirls were a big thing for me!!
I mean can you imagine! such alot of power girls on stage.
I guess thats why our Perlen An Die Säue opener has been "I tell you want you want" for a long time.
But i was 13 years old when i discovered:" Hey, theres something more than Pop, better than
mainstream, something faster, with more heart, spirit, Base and agression.
Something simple and unique. It was the first time i felt understood, and not like an alien anymore.
It opend a door. It was Punk
and what made you wanna start playing music/sing?

It was just the idea of "I do have something to say too, cause this and that is pissing me of and
yeah i can play that ramones song "KKK" so we can have a band.
Cause with this song i am able to play 3 chords which gives me such amount of variety for new songs.
so everything i need was already set up .And we didnt care about profession so we can play guitare
and bass and drums. It was that simple and that easy.3 girls, punk !

Photo: Peppels

When/what did/made you deside to start playing/singing music ?

I didnt deside it. I did it. I had no idea of anything.
I noticed that it feels good to communicate with music, so this was my way.
The impact of that Output being on stage screaming, shouting, singing or whatever you wana
call it, is fucking great.

What made you choose the instruments you play?

Guitar is an pretty handy instrument. To play and sing at the same time is a lot of fun.
When we started our band "stahlschwester" I only had my voice. so I was able to take it to
the top and I fucking crashed it.
My voice was broken and I needed to take courses to learn how to use it in a right way.
So,it took me almost 10 years to realise "voice" is an instrument too.
And this instrument is awsome but sensitive! So be careful :-)

or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?

I love powerful female voices. And I always need to loose energy otherwise I cant sleep.
So singing is a good way I can use my power.
Voice is an really personal instrument. Everyone knows how awkward and how ashamed
you could feel like if your voice sounds strange.
Its not the same as if youre accidantly playing some wrong chords on guitar.
I love the fact that it depends on the singer himselfe , how a song sounds like.
It usually depends on emotion and feelings.
An that makes it even better.
How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?
I grabbed the mic and started. But it was always sooo excausting!!
I lost my voice so many times.
Unfortunatly I realised pretty late " voice=instrument"
Right now Im taking lessons. It was the best decission ever.
When you know how to use and play your instruments it makes everything
soo much easyier and more fun.
Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?
Which one was it?

Yeah it was the Ramones " KKK took my baby away"
Which musicians has had the most impact on you ?
Why?

I love the oldscool german punk (Deutschpunk) from the 80th. That was a big thing!
Vorkriegsjugend, Schleimkeim, ChaosZ, A+P,
I was never good with Bandnames. I usually listend to a song,
I looked up the lyrics and made a big mixtape.
So I still have situations like recently with a band of my friend.
I was at their show and all of a sudden they played this one song DOSENBIER.
It was my favorite "lets hang out in the park and drink beer"song from when I was 15.
And my friends were playing this song, because its their song! So that was a big surprise :-)
And all these years, I had no idea!!!
I need to get better with names, I guess.

Photo: Peppels

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

Once the singer, Karl Nagel, of the german bad brains coverband called "kein hass da" was
sitting in our kitchen. We were talking about different things and all of the sudden he started singing.
It was so loud and so fucking intense! I was standing in the middle of my kitchen, starring at him
while he was sitting there, totally relaxed but still singing with his powerfull voice and I was about to
cover my poor ears... and I had this impressed "Damn, I want to have this powerfull voice" inside of
my head..."
So we catched up someday and he showed me some good warm up songs from melissa cross.
Shes a genius!!
After that I started to work on my voice. Beause I discovered there is a way less excausting for the
hole body to use it. That was interesting.
What does playing music means to you?

Its fun! Its emotion, its punk, its hanging out with friends. Its simply music.
It means everything! i couldnt live without it.
Music is what feeling sounds like!
Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?
And what it ment to you?

I started with piano. Piano is an awsome intrument!
you can play a melody with one hand and you can do the bassline with your left hand
and if you want to go crazy you can sing at the same time.
And you create a band. simply and only by yourselfe and your piano!
That blowed my mind. My mother wasnt really into it. she couldnt stand I was hammering
the tones for houres. I was supposed to play
not that loud anymore... and I guess that was the end.
But still if theres a piano somewhere arround I still feel alot for this instrument!

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?

When I started with this punk rock scene stuff I loved all these very old records and mix tapes.
I loved this destroyed sound. this kinda diy "we recorded in a garage" sound.
That was real! That was real music for me. I think I felt understood. Cause my first band recorded
in a gym for excample too. And I loved the fact of this simple way. its not about glitter, glamour
sunshine,
intensly sparkly special effects , but people like you and me recorded in the 80th music,
cause they felt like it.
Who are your favorite musicians?

I am a big fan of "Beyond pink", the very new band "neurotic excistence"
They blew my mind a few month ago! crazy awsome powerful sound, "the Aftermath"
I cant wait for their new recordings,
"Chorea Huntigton" and of course "Upper crust" and since tommy plays the bass "
Instinct of survival"
But im also a big fan of some EDM musicians like "Gnucci", "Cocorosie", "Whipped Cream"...
Last but not least! "AMANDA PALMER" über alles!

Photo: Peppels

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

This moment never happend to me. I kinda grew into it. music always felt good so i never stopped.
But when i was in canada that was 2014, I discovered how important it is. half a year without
my band... that was shitty!

How and when did you get your band together?

Tommy and I met when i was recording with my first band "Perlen An Die Säue".
I wanted to start something new. So i asked him if we wanted to jam a bit.
He asked some friends too and voila :-)
Which bands have you played in / Are you playing in?

Only in Perlen An Die Säue and StahlSchwester, I started a new girls project but there
wasnt enough time and no one for the drums... but we will see. ;-)
How would you describe your music style to other people?

Loud, fast kinda 80 oldschool german punk.
I know you have played alot of gigs ,
does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?

Well this question is cute! haha, "does it ever happen"... Im always nervous!! like literally ALWAYS!
What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

If you love music go for it! Ask some friends or people you know and you like,
with the same kind of music interests and start!
Theres no better way to start, than simply just to start!
Jam a bit, write your first songs, record them (mobilephone, mp3player...)
organise a little concerts for friends and others... I guess this is a good way.
step by step!

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

I love shows with some bands I allready know. like bands of friends. thats always a fun time.
Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

No.
As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?

No, but the fact of sexism in the punkscene is making me sick. still after all these years!
Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

Music is a part of my life. its not a career, im not earning money with it and i dont want
to feel any pressure coming up from this.
Music is for fun. So i only need to make shure to have enough time for this.
But you always have the emount of time for things you allow yourselfe to have.
What is your best music related memory?

We had a concert in Mühlheim with Stahlschwester.
It was our last concert before our one year time out.
It almost took forever to get there. Its actually not that far, but sitting in our car driving for ours
and asking my drummer when we will finally get there, we didnt even make the half of the way.
I was so bored i put on my warm up Lalalala music. So in the end with these never ending 10
minutes of mi mi mis and lalalas .
We made it to Mühlheim and the festival "Frostpunks" We jumped of the car and diractly on
stage and started with our show. this never happend before...
300 people were going crazy. From stage it looked like the ocean with massive waves.
And a friend told me he was so happy to actually see this too, cause back in Hamburg he
would never believe me if i would tell him about this.

Photo: Peppels

Listening to your records (Perlen An Die Säue , Stahlschwester) ,
i can hear you have your own vocal sound ,
is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

Well, I started to sing and then i smashed my voice after a couple years.
Now at this time im taking lessons because i understand my voice as an inner
instrument and i really want to learn how to use it without destroying it.
So maybe I will discover something new now. Who knows.
As mentioned earlier , you where the vocalist in Perlen An Die Säue .
How was that experience for you ? What was the best part about it?

The best part was the fact of 3 girls making music and touring at the age of 14-18.
That was crazy!I had so many situations with people who were asking me how we do this.
And usually my answer was: well, we just do it! I mean we were so young...
At the same time everything felt so normal for us.
The head of our school allowed us to use the basement of our school.
So we painted the walls of our own bandsession room with fancy patterns
and ...yeah... we were so proud!!
At the grand opening of this big hall,our new gym it was us playing on stage
. I mean can you imagine?
Kids 10 years old and the older students were starring at us.
These 3 girls with this Crazy loud sound singing about the fucked up society.
They all couldnt get it.
I even cant get it anymore when i think about what happend there :-)
We were not afraid of anything. We didnt give a shit about people like
"they dont know how to play but they are girl so we need to see them".
It was such an awsome time. It was so simple and it felt so good.

Photo: Peppels

And how do you see the future for you new band Stahlschwester?

So after 8 years we decided to use the cold winter days to recored new songs and
work on a new vinyl. I want to create some new merchandise like shirts and patches.
Hopefully we can have a tour somewehere soon. that would be great.

And last but not least , what goals do you want to reach with your music?

i would love to start a new project too. maybe a girls thing again or... well. I would also be
interested to mix some bouncy edm with punk... but I dont know how that would sound like.
we will see. This year I will get a piano again! its time!!!

Thanks for the interview!
Check out her band !
http://​https://www.facebook.com/Stahlschwester-508748849148466/
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Interview with: Luta Armada !



Luta Armada consists of

 
Vocals/Guitar: Jaaka 

Bass/Vocals:Marsha


Drums:Gordinho




Luta Armada is a well known raw street punk band from Brazil!

 
Where are you all from?
 
We are from S'ao Paulo, Brazil
 
What year was the band started and how did you meet?
 
We had several line up changes over the years, Jaaka (screams and guitars) was the only member from the first line up, Marsha (bass and screams) joined the band in 1999 and Gordinho, our last drummer, joined us in 2009.
We were formed in 1996. First line up was Jaaka, Renato and Luis and we were basically 3 kids with a lot of will and no resources trying to play some hardcore punk music. 
 
Have any of you played in any previous bands?
in that case , which ones?

 
Marsha formed Pós-Guerra in 1994 and still plays in the band/ She has also played in Vala Negra, Boots and Bristles, Two Cents and a couple of others. Jaaka has played in Atrocidade, Dislove, Two Cents, Sob Conflito and a couple of non punk projects as well. Gordinho has played in Estado de Guerra just before joining us.
 
How would you describe you music ?
 
We call it Rawpunk. It makes sense to us... It`s a band, playing hardcore like punk bands used to do, dressing like punx used to be and talking about stuff punx used to care about, so yeah... as raw as it gets haha

What inspires you to do music?


Photo : Luta Armada
 
Art, and that`s all. We do care about politics, we do care about punk culture but despite what we say in our lyrics, we do music for art, to express something we want.

 
Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?
 
First of all we talk about punk - as a culture, phisolophy, a way of life. Politics is also an important subject to us and yeah anything else we might want to talk about. sometimes a true story of one of us or one of our friends became a song.
 
Does Luta Armada have any bands/ artists it has gotten influenses from?
 
We were heavily influenced by 80's hardcore punk, mostly scandinavian but not only. Bands like Shitlickers, Kaaos, Moderat Likvidation, Disarm, Anti-Cimex, Tampere SS, Cruel Maniax, Indigesti, Eu`s Arse, Olho Seco and so on...
 
Do you only play your own songs or do you have som coversongs in your setlist ?
 
Hiroshima (Moderat Likvidation) was recorded in one of our full lenghts and became part of the set list. We also recorded Human Rights (Cruel Maniax), Natsit Ja Kommunistit (Kaaos), Set me free (Anti-Cimex) and Dömd (Disarm) in different occasions. As for live shows, it is hard to remember em all but we would sometimes have a cover or two on the set list.
 
What language are you singing in?
 
English, portuguese, sometimes italian, swedish... We never really cared about the language, english was just a shortcut for people worldwide to understand our lyrics

Which bands inspires you ,induvidually ,to make music?
 
Shitlickers, Kaaos, Moderat Likvidation, Disarm, Anti-Cimex, Tampere SS, Cruel Maniax, Indigesti, Eu`s Arse, Olho Seco etc.

Photo : Luta Armada
 
Is the musicscene in your city/country accepting to the kind of music you are playing?
 
São Paulo is pretty big city and there is enough space for any musical genre, the punk scene produces a lot and there are always several places to play. We never wanted to go mainstream or shit like that, instead we became heavier and meaner as the time passed but the underground/punk scene has never let us down.
 
What advice would you give to other bands and artists out there trying to get a music-career?
 
Open your hearts to music, don`t do music for any reason other than music itself, don`t be a punk for any reason other than punk itself. You gotta love your culture, be true to yourself.


Photo : Luta Armada
 
Luta Armada has a sound so rawpunk  that they are easly recognized .
Screeching guitars , growly vocals and with a tempo which could out-run the devil himself.
The band have a fulllength album called < Rawpunk 4 Life>

Do you have any plans for going in the studio and make a new record?

 
The band broke up 5 months ago so unfortunatelly we won't be recording anymore. Maybe a full discography in the future or one of our live presentations can become a record but we haven`t talked about that yet. Marsha and Gordinho are actually playing in Pós-Guerra and Jaaka is already involved with different musical projects as well as a new "luta armada style" rawpunk band, but it has no name yet. 
 
On the album you have the song <Dust and Ruins> , what inspired you to write that song?
 
Dust and Ruins was about global warming and globalization... the side effects of forced evolution, that sort of thing. 
 
Luta Armada have played concerts , but did/do you ever expirience difficulties getting booked due to musical genres or on the stereotypes of how punk is portraited in the media?
 
We did have problems with the police here and there, unfortunatelly the local punk scene can become violent at times and that reflects directly onto the shows. As for the stereotypes or media, well we never really cared about that... We always played for punx, if the mainstream media doesn`t like us, so be it. 
 
Does Luta Armada have any concerts/tours booked for this year?
 
No, we broke up, sorry. We may consider a return concert here and there in the future like all the old dudes do (haha) but we haven`t talked about that yet.

Photo : Luta Armada
 
Any  words for your fans out there?
 
 
Luta Armada lasted for 20 years, we are glad for the experiences, for the opportunities we had to keep punk real, and glad we have influenced a good amount of punx to think about their culture, to resist... to stay punk! That`s what its a all about, resisting, staying true! Luta Armada may have ended but Rawpunk is for life!

Thanx a lot for the interview and support!


 

Interview with : Beistulf`s Bastards!




Beistulf`s Bastards consists of

Vocals: Sigve Torland

Guitar: Ken Andre Lyngvær

Bass: Kjetil Jakobsen

Drums: Espen "Beist" Antonsen

Where are you all from?

Kristiansund Rock City

What year was the band started and how did you meet?

Espen: Beistulf's Bastards was just a bad idea waiting to happend(blame beer), and earlier in 2016 it actually took physical form.

Sigve: We met a long tima ago in a galaxy far far away. Upon the creation of the earth and the destuction of the sun stood one creature, and this creature named itself BEIST. The creature looked at all the destruction and said this is my handiwork an I shall recruit three bastards to help me keep things this messy! Ant thus rose the Bastards of Beistulf from the remains of a once prosperous world. The goal: Domination and destruction! On the serious side of things: We have all played together in different bands through the years. In 2009 Sigve joined Espen in the Sickening, and they have played together under different collaborations ever since. Ken and Sigve also both play in a death metal band called Illsint. Ken, Espen and Sigve also play together in the GrindCore band GroaD. Ken and Espen collaborate on numerous different projects, and Kjetil and Sigve play together in Villrosa. Add this up and the sum is Beistulf's Bastards.

Have any of you played in any previous bands? in that case , which ones?

Espen: Chapter of Hate and The Sickening to name a few. Sigve and Kjetil are also in Villrosa together, and Kjetil used to play bass in Riot Ritual and Inner killer, if I'm not mistaken!? ;)

Sigve: Chapter of Hate, The Sickening, Riot Ritual, Grotesque Hysterectomy, GroaD, Slagmark, Villrosa, Illsint, Gigas Librorum, Biggus Dickus amongst others...

How would you describe you music ?

Espen:We're mainly a punk coverband, as for now anyways. It's pretty self explanatory, we cover the "classics" if such a term is allowed to describe punk.

What inspires you to do music?

Espen: Oh..too much to mention really. Also dependable on the various genres we do, but in general it's a great way to express ourselves and especially certain topics that can't be expressed otherwise(no need to go into that, I guess..)You know, when we first began doing this punk/metal music all those years back, we wanted to rebell and provoke. However, times change, and today it's not the music or the images that provokes people no more(atleast that's what it seems like to me), but your personal opinions on the other hand, that's very much everybodys business these days. It's never the less the freedom to create and to perform that is the main drive for me personally.

Sigve: Society and this one guy called Kylo Ren.


Photo: Marlene Hansen

Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?

Espen : Being a coverband it's not an issue for Beistulf's Bastards..yet. However, we've all written lyrics at some point for other bands/projects. It's a pretty individual thing, but for my part I tend to get straigt to the point. No cryptic messages, just brute honesty..or to be honest, just brutality ;) check out the works by the before mentioned bands!

Sigve: In BB we mostly play other peoples songs, so we look for the songs that makes sence to us and that has been a part of our lives up through the years.

Does Beistulf`s Bastards have any bands/ artists it has gotten influenses from?

Espen
: Lots of..yeah like, Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Sex Pistols and the list goes on and on.

Sigve: All and everyone, but mainly Max Rebo Band.

What language are you singing in? English now, Norwegian later

Which bands inspires you ,induvidually ,to make music?

Espen: Personally I've always been inspired by the various extreme metal scenes around the world, but it was bands like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide and the likes from the early 90's american death metal scene that got me going. I was also very much inspired by the Scandinavian black metal scene, especially here in Norway and the Swedish scene(Mayhem, Immortal, Dark Funeral and Marduk to name a few). It's always been a drive for me both physically and mental to push for the extreme, and that goes for writing lyrics as well as my drumming. I'm always aiming to improve myself, and the goal is going faster, getting more technical etc.. in general, create as brutal an expression as I possibly can.

Sigve: Jethro Tull, Napalm Death and max Rebo Band.


Photo: Marlene Hansen

Is the musicscene in your city/country accepting to the kind of music you are playing?

Sigve: Absoulutely. Ksu has a huge acceptance when it comes to different genres of music.

Espen: Well..both yes and no. It's gotten better no doubt..the bigger the city, the bigger the crowd ofcourse, they've got this sorted out with genre based fests and all, but locally it's the pub or nothing. The major venues and festivals up here still ain't having any of it.

What advice would you give to other bands and artists out trying to get noticed?

Espen: Uhm, eh.. well It sounds a little clich´e like "Never give up", but in fact you do need a great deal of luck as well. You can do like me (I hate to brag), but you can rehearse till you're better than most, and people still won't give a fuck about it.. The only advise I've got is; don't quit your job or school, just keep on going and never stop dreaming..then maybe, you'll get lucky some day!

Sigve : Play Play Play. Get out and play live, don't be the next youtube fab, but be alive and show people that you really mean it!

Beistulf`s Bastards havent released anything yet, do you have any plans for going in the studio and make a record?

Espen: I don't know yet. Might do so, if we ever take it as far as writing enough material of our own.. You never know, expect anything!

Sigve: Not at the moment. First we need to get our act together and actually create some songs of our own...

They have a great collection of livevideos on their Facebook page , check them out!

THANK YOU!!


Photo: Marlene Hansen

Beistulf`s Bastards have been playing concerts reguraly , but did/do you ever expirience difficulties getting booked due to musical genre or on the stereotypes of how punk is portraited in the media?

Sigve: Not at all. Punk is protest and protest in what life seems to be about these days.

Espen: Nope, or I don't know..haven't experienced any difficulties as of yet. It's either yes or no. Like I said before, the bigger commercial fests ain't exactly running us down with requests to fill slots, and everybody else is more concerned with how much, or if they have to pay us at all..So, nothing other than the usual crap!

Does Beistulf`s Bastards have any concerts/tours booked for this year?

Sigve: We have some miscelaneous consert plans, but nothing big. Hopefully we will get a spot at PøbelRock happening at UFFA in Trondheim in may.

Espen: Some events are up for discussion, but nothing is settled yet.


Photo: Marlene Hansen

Any words for your fans out there?

Sigve : Life is music, music is life, consume it and if you havent checked out Max rebo band yet, do it!

Espen: It's a rotten biz, support the bands, and check us out on Facebook! www.facebook.com/beistulfsbastards



Thanks to Beistulf`s Bastards for this interview!

Check them out!


www.facebook.com/beistulfsbastards

Concert : Roffy`s Hule @ Fasting Kjeller`n 26.03.16!

Let me just start off saying , this is a GREAT liveband!

With coversongs of Ramones , Jokke , Raga Rockers and Motorhead , they really got the crowd going!

Insane vocals delivered by Rolf "Roffy" Wollan , killer basslines by Hans Ivar Wik , moshpit triggering drums by Stian Aune and mindblowing guitar riffs and solos from Stig Allan Hansen.

This band has been a part the musicscene i KSU for many years , and have earned themselfes a good reputation as a good live music experience.

I hope you will enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them!

There`s also a LIVE VIDEO at the end of this post:)








Rolf Wollan



Hans ivar Wik





Stian Aune





Stig Allan Hansen











 

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