Thursday, February 13, 2014

Top 100 Punk Albums of All Time

I think most people cringe when they see top whatever list. I tend to assume that it's someone's opinion and they had no clue, but I know what the top of whatever is. I have seen a ton of these and some actually have some awesome songs or albums, but some are lacking. If I decide to read a list I go into knowing that it's just one person's idea of what they like. I think I cringe more at that the comments. Where it seems they everyone else know's more and has better knowledge of whatever is listed. I can't say that I hate friendly discourse about subjects, but that's just it. Keep it friendly. No need to just tear someone a new ass. If you don't like their choices create your own. As I am doing right now.
It's been almost a year since I updated blog. Where have I been? What have I been doing? Truth. I have had a lot of health issues and for the most part, people don't wanna do email interviews. I have about 300 hours of digital interviews, but with health issues and with trying to run our in house label, B.H.J. Records, also trying to keep the radio station up to date, my time is all over the map.
I love punk music, the people, the message, the 'lifestyle'. Like the song 'the list' by Filth, punk is that never ending roller coaster we you start seeing things happen and fall apart and then happen again. The last ten years were not like that, in some respects. Everyone wanted to be Nirvana in the 90's and then they found out you invest money, time and sometimes family and relationships suffer, so you just walk away. Things have changed. Tattoos and over-sized earlobes are the norm, now that we have survived 2012 and our impending doom. We are no longer a third-world global economy, we are a world of people that wanna be different and try new and different things. Bands, venues, etc. The only real thing we have lost besides the metal bars, are our record stores. You rarely see a record store anymore. If you do, they sell everything from books to DVDs, music to video games and systems.
Last year, I went to buy a gift for X-mas for a friend, I went to all the places people go to buy such a thing and I was surrounded by $25 systems for N.E.S. and Atari games and USB record players. Records and Pitfall cartridges as far as the eye could see. Every record that used to litter thrift stores were now being sold in nice neat frames with the ability to remove and burn to mp3 and then place on the wall as modern art. I don't wanna think of music as modern art to be cheaply displayed as tacky wall coverings. I wanna remember the good times. The feeling when you go to the record store and ask who are these guys? Then you race to open the neatly waxed plastic, like a gift on X-mas day and then read all the liner notes, about all the people that the band had a beer with while putting the album together and then the moment of playing the album over and over until you have it carved into your brain.
So, I decided what is your list of the best 100 of these moments? 100 stories of record store glory and maybe just maybe that one or more times you were let down by a band you liked, a record store owner that thought this was the next Black Flag, etc.
Please fill the comments, here is my list....


100 Skankin Pickle - Skafunkrastapunk

Mike Park and his band of misfit college friends must either be the most fun group of people on the planet or just have had too much free time. This album was hilarious. I had this on cassette and I think I played it so much the tape I used to hold the tape together was all that was left after two Walkmen (you remember those over weight beasts that played tapes and struggled to get FM radio) all I had left was just scotch tape.


99 D.I. - Team Goon

This was originally released as a self-titled 4 or 6 song EP and then more songs were added and at some point it was released with more songs as Richard Hung Himself. This was one tape I had, that I played until there was maybe 30 seconds of a song on the tape. One of the first songs I got on a mixed tape was Richard Hung Himself, so I raced to the store and bought the tape. Lots of memories from this tape, including the first time I got jumped. Told that story to Casey at Club Red in Tempe right before they played, I always wonder if people remember that, you know, when folks walk up and tell some story of this album or that album. Kind of like a folk tale of the album.


98 Bad Brains - Self-titled

This is the first punk cassette I have ever owned. I think like most people I was shocked that 4 black guys could produce such a large robust shred of punk, ska and reggae music. Hardcore to the H, my friends. Just completely blew up my speakers. 100% ear candy. I think like most of my punk cassette this tape was a victim of Walkmen. In the end it was scotch tape with a thin spread of cassette that require a No. 2 pencil to navigate.


97 Circle Jerks - Wild In The Streets

Again, like most of  my first punk cassettes, this was drawn down to just slivers of actual cassette and a mile of scotch tape before it was retired. I always liked Keith Morris's lyrical style, maybe not so much him as a person. This album is by far the cornerstone of my collection, which rests mainly on my computer but, also in CD format. I still like to go through and read the liner notes from time to time. Just plain powerful '80's punk. We called it hardcore, which by today's standard has changed. This is simply fast 3-chord music with powerful and sometimes political lyrics. I like the fact that Keith is very republican in ideals, but maintains a strong distance from it's members and religious overtones.


96 The Vandals - Peace Thru Vandalism/When In Rome Do As The Vandals Do

Still going through my original first punk cassettes. This is by far the best Vandals album and just plain awesome. I doubt anyone ever got the irony that a group of Germans known as the Vandals destroyed Rome in less than 24 hours, thus, the phrase vandal was created. Still an awesome name for a punk band and the reason skateboarding almost became a crime. Silly, yet a great satire on American life and culture of the 80's.


95 The Freeze - Land Of The Lost

OK. OK. The first actual punk CD I ever owned. This classic gem is by far one of if not the best of the band's releases and top of the list of 80's Hardcore punk from the east coast. I currently manage the band and go to every practice, every time Cliff gets to the chorus on American Town my heart skips a beat. Very political at times, but with a personal spin from Cliff and Bill Close's personal lives. This probably the most political of their albums.

To be continued....

Monday, August 26, 2013

Indian Burn ***New Interview***

Indian Burn is another great band punk band out of the O.C. they have a great following now that they have teamed up the Civil. They have played some really great shows in So. Cal. They also have released an awesome EP. I got Mark to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Hello,  this is Mark.  I'm the leader of our group.

How did the band start?
Eric Noble our bassist is a music/theatre graduate from Yale, and I myself have a BS is Environmental Science and  Master's Degree in Education. Our drummer Peter Mariscal is also a professionally trained musician. We started this project a year and a half ago founded around the idea of
making raw heavy metal/hardcore punk.

How did you come up with the name?
As our popularity grew in Orange County I incorporated the band under the name Indian-Burn Inc.
I run our band entirly DIY using our website as our main medium of distribution our music.

Who would you say are your influences?
My influences come from a few different places. I am heavily influenced by the Oakland crust scene from bands like Dystopia, Grimple, Ojorojo, and Econochrist. My other main influences are
Sepultura/Soulfly, Dead Kenndys, Bad Religion, and Guttermouth who were my neighbors growing up.

What is the punk scene like in Brea?
Brea is a small suburban city in Orange County. The scene in Orange County is looking bright for the first time since the 90's. Much of this has to do with the shows thrown by Peter Meriscal and Troy from the Uncivil. There simply were no good shows in the area so we decided to join forces with the Uncivil and start throwning shows ourselves. A great new all ages venue called the Can just opened up in Little Sigon in Westminister. This is definatly my favorite place to play.

What have you released?
We have released and EP called "Ancient Songs From the Future" and are releasing our first full length album towards the end of spring called "Sofa King Cool", So fucking cool!

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
We will play anywhere at anytime regardless of the crowd size. Some of our best shows have been in front of 20 or 30 die hard fans. I think we all enjoy rehearsing together as much as playing shows.  It's all about the music for us. We play first and foremost for ourselves as a cathartic release of anger, pain, and aggression.

Have you toured?
As soon as it becomes economically viable for us to tour without loosing money we will. We have been invited on tours but cannot afford to lose any money right now. We are all ready to go in a
second if the opportunity arises.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Our favorite band to do shows with are the Uncivil from San Clemente. They are a hardcore punk band that has true punk values.  They were the ones that gave us our initial opportunies to play shows to their crowds. We are like family.

What do you see is the future of Indian-Burn?
The future for Indian-Burn is as high as the sky. I do this as a full time job now and feel that I am only limited by my imagination and determination. Our popularity in Orange County is growing like
wildfire and we are receiving music sales in large numbers from the India, Pakistan, China.  Only 19 percent of our music sales come from the united states right now.

How can people contact the band?
Before now, there has been no real way for anyone to contact our band.  Until we became established in Orange County we worked with others in person or over the phone.  This has enabled us to have a
strong network of bands and friends that are all cooperative.  As a team we are much stronger than any selfish band.  We believe that there is room for everyone and any Metal or Punk band that has success
is good for us.  Soulfly just played the Viper Room which is the most mainstream club in hollywood.  This was the first time that a hardcore metal show was thrown there and everyone went nuts.  If it wasn't for bands like Soulfly, Slayer, Metallica, and Slipknot breaking people in, there would be no room for us in Mainstream Music.  Our mainstream popularity is what surprises me the most.
         Indian-Burn is my personal road to salvation, and the fact that we are receiving so much support worldwide is just a nice side effect.  I would play if we didn't make a dime.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rapegoat ***New Interview***

In the last year, a lot has been said about Anti-seen, 30 years of well wild and crazy stuff that even made the name G.G. Allin a named to be feared. Rapegoat are the new kids of terror, strangeness and bizarre attitude. Out of the really back back woods of North Carolina. These guys took everything that Meatmen, Anti-seen, GG Allin, the Mentors and the Melvins have recorded in 30 years, mixed in some more guitar and created the band. Having only one CD and only playing a few shows a year. I now ask, i the world ready for Rapegoat. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself . . .
Rapegoat is John the Baptist- vocals, Matt- drums, CJ aka “Angus Hung”- guitar, KR15-bass.

How did the band start?
John:  In winter 2007 I started writing song lyrics influenced by a lot of death metal and porno-grind bands I was listening to at the time. You know, songs about Satan, murder and perversion…classic metal themes that never go out of style. I had a notebook with about a dozen songs, but no band. I had never been in a band or even considered being a band. In late February 2008 my wife and I went on a road trip to see a couple of ANTiSEEN shows one weekend. I had been listening to them for a couple years and had seen Jeff Clayton perform with the Murder Junkies, but I had never experienced ANTiSEEN live. They absolutely blew me away. It was life changing, a total paradigm shift for me. They made me realize it was possible for regular guys to be in a kick ass band. Suddenly it was just, “I can be in a band. I WILL be in a band!” As soon as I got home I called my friend Josh, who I thought played bass, and asked him if he knew any guitar players so we could start a band. Turned out he didn’t play, but luckily he got me together with Matt.
Matt: John and I had hung out a few times with our mutual friend, Josh. One day Josh called me and told me John was looking for somebody to start a band with. Josh was going to play bass and they wanted to start a blackened thrash metal band. I didn’t even know what the fuck that meant, but we just started getting together to party and talking about music. It was pretty clear from the start none of us were skilled enough to play decent metal, but I demoed some guitar riffs . . .
John: Matt gave me a CD with 5 guitar demos. He said, “I can’t play metal. This is what I can do.” It was fast and dirty hardcore! I matched up lyrics from my notebook and by the end of our first practice we had “Lightbringer” and “Lies.” At that point Rapegoat was born. It was pretty much just Matt and I for over a year. We would get drunk and run guitar and vocals through little practice amps and put songs together. We live in a highly religious rural area and no one would play with us because we sang songs about Satan and Christian hypocrisy. Finally we got CJ to come jam with us on guitar, Nick started on bass, and Matt moved to drums.

How did you come up with the name?
John: Rapegoat was one of the first songs I wrote back in 2007 before the band even started. It’s about an angry evil creature that was the result of the Devil making love to a goat. The name is a play on the concept of a scapegoat. Instead of taking blame and punishment, Rapegoat dishes it out. As soon as I wrote the song, I knew it was the perfect name for a band.

Who would you say are your influences?
Matt: Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Poison Idea, Self Made Monsters, ANTiSEEN, Deep Purple . . . George Thorogood is pretty damn good.
John: The two bands responsible for the inception of Rapegoat are Nunslaughter and ANTiSEEN. Without the influence of those two bands there would never have been a Rapegoat. That, and the juxtaposition of growing up in the Bible Belt stuck between Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Sodom, Venom, and Black Sabbath. Also of course Ramones, the Stooges, Minor Threat. . . nothing like getting shitfaced on Jim Beam and screaming along with “Straight Edge.”
What is the punk scene like in North Carolina?

Matt: There is a punk scene in NC?
John: Yeah, I don’t know much about that. We live out in the backwoods and aren’t directly involved with a lot of what is going on around. There have been and are some great bands here though: Self Made Monsters, Sister Fister, The Dead Kings, Biggy Stardust and His Wretched Hive, King-Sized Killers, Mad Brother Ward, 25 Minutes To Go, Knowledge is For Fools. There is a band of really young kids around Charlotte right now called The Stems that have a great punk spirit. I think the most exciting thing going on right now is the banding together of punk bands and underground metal bands like Speedboozer, Nemesis and some others. There have been a few Punk vs. Metal shows that are bringing out good crowds. It all about people who love no-bullshit, aggressive music cooperating to survive in the underground.

Describe the song writing process...
Matt: Smoke a bowl, drink some beers, and paint with all the colors of the wind. That’s my process. I write riffs I want to hear and don’t worry whether other people will like it or not.
John: Usually Matt writes songs and I write lyrics separately then we get together and see what fits. We work out the arrangement and then present it to the band at rehearsal. Sometimes music or lyrics wait around for a long time until the right pairing comes along. Matt has riffs demoed from back in 2008 we have never gotten around to. I have lyrics in my notebook that are just as old. Other times we write songs on the spot. Recently the two of us were just hanging out and I said, “I’ve got an idea. Play something that feels like standing on the hood of a car going 70 mph.” Matt started trying out some riffs and I started scribbling away. Twenty minutes later we had a new song.

You first released 'Man Cannot Be Saved', tell us about the album...
John: Man Cannot Be Saved is ten originals and a Ramones cover. We recorded it in late 2009. It’s eleven songs in about twelve minutes, but I consider it to be a complete album as opposed to an EP or something. It is a complete statement of what we were doing at that time. Short, fast, and nasty songs with plenty of humor and blasphemy. We recorded in the back bedroom of Matt’s trailer with Jon Bowman of ANTiSEEN at the controls. It is a credit to Jon’s skill as an engineer that most people would never imagine it was a bedroom/hallway recording based on the final sound of the album. I think the record has an excellent raw quality that embodies Rapegoat perfectly, but does not suffer in clarity. It has been very well received, both by reviewers and by the public, so we must have done something right. Jon Bowman and I used the Man Cannot Be Saved CD to launch our label, Mystery School Records. Currently it is only available on CD and digitally online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, et. al. If anyone is interested in doing a 7” release of this album, get in touch!

What else have you released?
John: So far our only release is the Man Cannot Be Saved CD, but we recently recorded one original and a cover for a ‘80s thrash/metal/punk tribute compilation to be released on Zodiac Killer Records.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
John: We have played with King-Sized Killers, Knowledge Is For Fools, Bad Idea, The Letdowns, Gloominous Doom. We played our CD release show in 2010 opening for ANTiSEEN which was a huge honor for us. We were supposed to open for Weedeater, but it was right about the time Dave Collins shot off his toe, so they had to cancel. Still, the show went on and we played with 2013 Wolves that night who are one of our favorite bands in Charlotte.

Have you toured?
John: Hahahahahahahahahaha.
Matt: Absolutely not. America is not ready for the fury that is Rapegoat.
John: In the four years we have existed we have played fewer than 10 shows and only in NC and SC. Rapegoat is my only band, but other members have been in other bands that were more active live. CJ and KR15 also work in the “real” music business as stage managers and/or road crew for successful bands you have definitely heard of. This keeps them travelling the globe and away for long periods of time. This helps get out name out there, but makes doing live dates difficult. We have been offered shows up into the Northeast and Midwest as well as a tour of Italy. Hopefully some day we can bring Rapegoat to the people.
Is there a favorite place you like to do shows?
Matt: Absolutely. We love doing shows at the Milestone Club in Charlotte, NC.
John: It is small and intimate and has a long history as a rock club. Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Black Flag and tons of others played there in the glory days of hardcore. They still have killer shows there and the whole place embodies the DIY rock n roll spirit. They have graffiti there older than most everyone in our band. The Milestone is my favorite place in the world to see a band, play a show, or just party with other weirdoes.

What do you see in the future of Rapegoat?
Matt: In 2012, another full length,  maybe a 7” EP later in the year, and a handful of shows.
John: Yeah, 2012 is definitely going to be the year of the Rapegoat. We are recording for our second album, probably in April, and we already have close to a dozen songs in the works for after that. Matt seems to have an endless supply of kick-ass riffs and I will keep on writing blasphemous songs as long as preachers keep on saying stupid things, so I don’t see the end in sight anytime soon.

How can people contact the band?
John: Email us at rapegoat69@yahoo.com. We are also on Facebook. We do have a myspace page, but we never check it, so that would not be advisable. You can also check out my/our label at www.mysteryschoolrecords.com.

Good Friend ***New Interview***

From Newcastle via Coleraine, Good Friend is just that. It's good to have friends, but in the end most of the time music is your only best friend and Good Friend has a style that is just that. They might be the English answer to the Dillinger 4, but sometimes that is just alright. Fairly new as band, but this is not their first rodeo, as they say. I got Adam to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Hey, I'm Adam Carroll and I Yell in a gruff like manner and slappah the bass for Good Friend.

How did the band start?
The band started after Jake Woods and I's previous project 'under stars and gutters' broke up the day that we were supposed to record our debut album. Not willing to walk away with our tail between our legs we were joined by our good friend, excuse the pun, Clive Kennedy  and we used the studio time to record the 'Good Friend' EP.

How did you come up with the name?
The name came from a status our drummer in Under Stars and Gutters Placed on Facebook announcing that he had left the band and we would be recording with his 'good friend, Clive kennedy.'

Who would you say are your influences?
We have many influences that span across the musical spectrum but obviously our foundations are and will always be punk rock. For myself the majority of my time is spent listening to bands like Stiff Little Fingers, Hot Water Music, The Clash, the Lawrence Arms, The Gaslight Anthem, The Flatliners, Dillinger 4 amongst others

What is the punk scene like in Coleraine?
The punk scene in Coleraine has been constantly changing For many years. When I was growing up and starting to play shows there were barely any punk bands around and we usually ended up playing with metal or indie bands. We felt as if we were out there on our own but luckily we were not. We met our best friends through the punk scene and more and more bands came out of the woodwork. Coleraine is a small town and it is kind of funny that we had to head to a hamlet called Ballintoy to start our own scene. There were around 50 people that lived there but every Friday night 300 odd kids that were under 18, including myself, would go to drink, listen to bands and make new friends. It was really a special time for everyone that went there. Now most of the Coleraine venues have closed and most bands in our area have now moved to Belfast and become part of their scene whereas we have taken off completely and have moved to Newcastle in England.

Describe the song writing process...
Our song writing process has changed since we started the band. We used to just jam the songs out in our rehearsal room and that was it. Now we demo every idea, dissect it over and over again until we can't improve it any more. We have built a home studio in our house where we live and are continuing to build upon it.

What have you released?
We have recently released our debut EP on the 1st of May. Recorded and produced by Patrick Trolan in a Kitchen of a holiday home in Portstewart(no, I'm not joking...the weather was horrible) then it was mastered by Steve Rizun of drive studios in Toronto who has worked with some of our favourite bands including The Flatliners. It's available to stream or buy @ http://goodfriendband.bandcamp.com or you can download it for free from a Northern Irish music website called Chordblossom www.chordblossom.com through the 'tweet for an EP' section.

Have you toured?
We are planning to tour the UK, Ireland and Europe by the end of the year with plans to play our first show in France.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
In previous bands we've played shows with the Lawrence arms, the flatliners, axis of and empty lungs. These are probably the 4 bands we have enjoyed playing shows with the most and all of the guys are a great laugh and a good time.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
I prefer to play small venues with low ceilings. I feel like an atmosphere of a show can be lost in huge venues.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We loved the Barfly in Cardiff but I hear it has shut down. The cavern in Exeter, ma Kelly's in ballymoney, joiners in Southampton, the boiler room in Guildford and of course the peel in Kingston, nothing beats a venue paired with a strip bar.

What do you see is the future of Good Friend?
I see a lot of good times, a lot of tour tracks under our belt and hopefully we get to see a good chunk of the planet we live on and get to see a bunch of great bands and meet new friends along the way. We also aim to party rather hard along the way.

How can people contact the band?
You can contact us on twitter @goodfriendband and on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/goodfriendband or via email goodfriendband@gmail.com

Clepomaniacos ***New Interview***

In Brazil there is rumbling, not just that of the cars in the country known to have some of the worst traffic jams in the world, but on the street. The kids are angry and full of the punk rock spirit. Crust, street punk and hardcore are taking over. Cleptomsniacos is one of the better bands filling the void of good punk rock in Brazil. They are full of drive and excited to hit the ground running and get out there in the music scene. These guys have played a ton of shows, making some of the veteran bands here in the US lazy in contrast. I got China to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Felipe'm better known as "china" guitarist and founder of the band along with vocalist Ramon.

How did the band start?
the band started in a garage dirty and without light in a city that is in the area Ois the state of Sao Paulo (Brazil) a city marked by violence and corruption give young people appeared resigned to the current situation of Brazilian society and politics come together to show all hardocore rage and discontent in the beginning was very hard because we had no money for our test equipment are extremely precarious played in dire conditions but always with great energy and desire to evolve musically.

How did you come up with the name?
The band's name came out of nowhere we were deciding on what name would be better to have spoken Cleptomaniacos meaning person who compulsively steals what actually happens in the politics of the country the song "Fogo" exemplifies this

Who would you say are your influences?
Basically, the influences are hardcore of Brazil to the grindcore bands like rats ratos de porão, olho seco, ação direta, garotos podres and terrorizer, napalm death, extreme noise terror and among other.

What is the punk scene like in Brazil?
The punk scene in Brazil is very strong as many shows happening many good bands playing attractions of other countries are often present in the country which brings an increase in public scene tends to grow more because Momente is good.

Describe the song writing process...
The process of writing the letters is left to the singer Ramon that depicts exactly what happens in everyday life full of violence, misery, hunger and corruption.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We already do many shows with great bands worth mentioning DZK, Odio Social, Open Beer, resto de lixo debris.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
My preference is always for show rather small and tight like playing around with many people also prefer the stage of clubs without the energy to feel better environment.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
No doubt there are many bands that I like to play among them stands out ratos de porão,ação direta e garotos podres.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
The place I wanted to do a show at least before you die is the CBGB stage there is no more legendary than this, several important punk rock bands already gone through it.

What do you see is the future of Cleptomaniacos?
The future of Cleptomaniacos. Hope to do a tour all over Brazil and if possible some countries in South America.

How can people contact the band?
Contacts
http://www.myspace.com/cleptomaniacoshc
http://pt-br.facebook.com/pages/Cleptomaniacos-HxCx/129032633870325
http://soundcloud.com/cleptomaniacoshc
http://www.youtube.com/user/MrJoeyramonera/videos

Five-0 ***New Interview***

Five-O is a fun punk band out of Oregon. Not sure of they like cops or just have fun with the idea of them, but these guys are alot of fun. If you like the old school punk of the 80s and maybe a little of what we call middle school or 90s punk, these guys will knock you out and steal the socks their sound just blew off your feet. Oh, yeah they have two albums out. They did a tour of downtown Seattle. They also have played shows with just about evey punk band in Oregon. I got the band to explain their story...

Introduce yourself…
We are five-0. We are a punk rock band against police brutality, but we have a different angle. We write the songs from the perspective of the bad cops. We often harass and assaullt to the crowd to try and open their minds. We really need to stand up to these bad cops out there. Just last year there was so many stories of bad cops that inspired new songs. For example the new song backyard baby is about the cop who flashed his badge to this chick and dragged her behind a house and raped her.

How did the band start?
The band started in 2006 When Chris aka Major Grody Bludflough wanted to do something to get the word out that we can stand up against these bad cops who are drunk with power and often very corrupt.
How did you come up with the name?The original name was the cops but some band out of washington was already using the name. Chris changed it to five-0. There was some issues with warner brothers and a popular tv show from Hawaii. He fought the case and won. As long as we dont quote the tv show we are good. I joined last year after my last band split. Chris was having a hard time finding musicians that arent flakes. We have had our drummer Cavit E. SearcHer joined in november after our last drummer broke his collar bone.

Who would you say are your influences?
We all love the Dead Kennedys. Jello biafra was and still is a very smart guy. lets see other bands that influenced us? Um Black flag, The Cramps, Sex Pistols, DRI, Operation ivy... That's enough right? I could go on an on...

What is the punk scene like in Oregon?
Not so great. All the venues want to use us to get people there buying drinks. They refuse to even pay us gas money. What they don't understand is being in a band is expensive. The house shows in the punk scene are great. I'd rather play a house show than getting screwed by the venues.

Describe the song writing process...
It usually starts with a riff idea that one of us comes up with outside of practice. Then we jam on that riff, and one of us adds more and it goes from there. Then we pick a topic off our police brutality dry erase board. Lyrics are written to fit the topic.

What have you released?
2 full length cds. Get down, and Tazer crazy. You can buy Tazer Crazy at cdbaby.com and interpunk.com. Also a few music videos that are on youtube. Swat and Tazer crazy off the latest cd tazer crazy. A video for boot camp is coming very soon

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Mostly Portland local bands... Rum rebellion, Clackamas baby killers, dead in a ditch, mouthwash enema, skatter bomb, drunken debauchery, Amerikan overdose, cuntagious. They don't seem to want us to open for a national act maybe because our message is too offensive for people...

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
I prefer house shows. I like being right on the floor with all the crowd. Sometimes one of the kids in the circle pit gets hit just right and they fly into you ha

Have you toured?
We went up to Seattle for a mini tour. that was a crazy trip. So leaving Portland we are 5 minutes out from the practice space and the truck dies. We coast into a gas station parking lot. Pop the hood and find out the battery died. We call up a friend and he gives one of us a ride to get a new battery. We wasted about an hour there. The truck runs great till we get to downtown Seattle around 4 p.m.. The truck dies again in Seattle rush hour traffic on about 4th and Senica street about a mile from the venue. We called up a tow truck and got towed to the venue... There's pictures check my facebook page...( det Larry Mckiddykilla)... Anyway the show went great we got the truck fixed in the morning. Turns out the new battery fried the distributer coil and ignition switch. The next night we were supposed to play this little bar also in Seattle. We wait all night pretty much till 1 a.m. at this time the bar was empty. We are loading in and lifting my bass cab up on stage which isn't that big just a 6x10 and the sound guy has the balls to say you can't use this cab here. I replied with well there is something called a volume knob. He still had his attitude so we said alright loaded back out and left. Soon after we found out our show for the next night was cancelled. It was a big outdoor festival that got rescheduled a month later. Yeah That was a fun tour ha.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
I love doing shows with my buddy's band Clackamas baby killers. I went to high school with them and was the first bass player to try out for their band.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We don't have a favorite venue yet ever since the satryicon closed. Its so sad to see your favorite venue close and get demolished.

What do you see is the future of Five-0?
We are all motivated and plan to get the music out there. Which is why I got a hold of you. We just need to get people listening which is harder than it sounds.

How can people contact the band?
You can get ahold of us individually on facebook or on the band page.. Search Grody Bludflough, Cavit E. SearcHer, or Det Larry Mckiddykilla... or go here http://www.facebook.com/FiVE0music Theres also email : five0booking@yahoo.com.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

the Strikers ***New Interview***

The Strikers are another yet awesome band from San Diego. They actually mix up a little punk, psychobilly and rockabilly into a unique sound. For band with two full albums and some rough demos they have really put alot into their work and it shows. They have an endless list of bands that they have shared the stage and like their music it is really a neat list of different styles of music. Don't confuse them with the band from Korea who have a Rancid style. These guys strive to just put out good music and to enjoy the scene down in San Diego. I got Joey to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
    My name is Joey, I play guitar and vocals in The Strikers.

How did the band start?
    Donovan (our drummer) and I have known each other since grade-school. We had been in a ton of bands, but never in a band with each other. Donovan and I were hanging out, talking about music and bands, when it came to us to start a band together. We decided that we wanted to just play "Rock" music and that we wouldn't limit our song writing to any specific formulas. The upright bass was not originally apart of our plan, but once we heard what it could do we were hooked. Rob (our bassist) was an old friend that we randomly ran into at a Motorhead show, and he was looking for a band. The chemistry was pretty much built in.

How did you come up with the name?
    We wrote pages of names. "The Strikers" just kinda stuck out, and our friends seemed to like it.

Who would you say are your influences?
    As a band Motorhead, and The Misfits/Danzig. But all three of us listen to a number of different styles that help round us out. We're all into Metal, Punk, original Country (Cash, Hank Sr.), old Rock and Roll, and Psychobilly. Personally I can't get enough of Napalm Death, Metallica, Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and anything Danzig.

What is the punk scene like in San Diego?
    The scene is alive and kickin'. There are great bars, bands, and fans that just want good music without the "rock star" attitude. And I think the attitude is what kills scenes and makes people look for something else. Pretty much 7 nights a week there are great shows. And there are also great bars like the Shakedown, that when there isn't a show just spins great music with cheap booze. What else does anyone need?

Describe the song writing process...
    Generally the music is written by myself or Donovan. We will write the riffs, and give a basic song structure, then present it to the band as a whole. The lyrics are usually written well after the songs music is set. I have a much harder time writing lyrics then I do music, I don't know if its being more comfortable behind the guitar, or being less confident behind the pen. Often Rob will come to me with lyrics he has written as-well. He seems to know when I've hit my block and shows up with lyrics that fit perfect into that song I've been struggling with.

What have you released?
    We've put out two full-length albums "No Return" and "Out for Blood". Before that we released about 3 demo CD's that we recorded ourselves, so maybe pretend I didn't mention those.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
    We've done shows with a huge variety of bands. The Dwarves, Mad Sin, As I Lay Dying, Head Cat, Nekromantix, to keep it short. And we have shows coming up with Devils Brigade (Matt Freeman's band) and The English Dogs, Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, and Havok.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
    There is something about a huge stage with a great PA. But nothing beats a cramped dive where you can smell you fans and you have to watch the pit to make sure you're not going to get a mic smashed into your face and your guitar busted. The close quarters seem to amplify the energy of the room, which makes the show better for everyone.

Have you toured?
    Yeah, we've done two full US tours which were 5 and 6 1/2 weeks. And there have been a bunch of shorter, more focused, runs where we hit an area for one to three weeks.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
    The Chop Tops are a band that we opened for locally when we were getting started. Now, however many years later, we are still playing shows and doing tours with them, which is easy because they are amazing people and musicians.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
    Here in San Diego we love to play The Shakedown Bar and Brick by Brick. I think outside of San Diego we feel very at home in New York City and can't wait to make it back to the east coast.

What do you see is the future of the Strikers?
    Right now we are recording two songs for a 7", and we are also writing for our next full-length album too. There are afew short tour runs in the works as-well-as another full US tour. I would love to see Canada, Australia, and Europe in our future as-well, though nothing is planned. So basically alot of fun and hard work is in our future which keeps me going strong.


How can people contact the band?
    Facebook should be obvious now adays. booking@thestrikers.net hits all three of us, and there is also individual emails at our website www.thestrikers.net.

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