Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Chosen Ones ***New Interview***

Blasting out of New York, The Chosen Ones have brought back Oi! and hardcore into a great fusion of punk that will blow the lid off your mp3 player. The band itself is a tribute to the 77 spirit and the NYHC scene, with a taste of 50s Ska and soul. This is one band you do not wanna miss live. I make Ruben late for work so he could tell their story...


Introduce yourself...

I'm Ruben from Chosen Ones

How did the band start?

The band started in the summer of 2008 because Benny needed to do laundry, so he came over and we started jamming to kill some time.

How you come up with the name?

I am a big fan of The young ones and I'm also Jewish so it made sense. People read too much into it though I think.





Who would you say your influences are?

As a band they are all over the place. I grew up on punk rock and NYHC. That will always be my first love. These days I mostly listen to Reggae and Soul, Motown, Stax, Chess, Atlantic Records. I love all the old Trojan stuff

You guys have an ep on reaper records, tell us about the EP...

The EP is 3 originals and a Stiff Little Fingers cover. It's our 1st real release aside from self produced demos. It's available through Reaper Records and Itunes. Reaper has been very good to us so far!





Have you guys toured?

Not yet, we try and do as many out of town weekends as possible. We are currently writing for our debut full length which will also be out on Reaper. When the record is out we will do a proper tour
We have been very lucky to get on some great shows already though!

Who are some of the bands you have played shows with?

The Business, Skarhead, Iron Cross, G.B.H., Murphy's Law, H20, Street Dogs, Big D and the kids table, H8 Inc and House of Pain!



What is your local scene like?

Buffalo is great!!! We have some really cool venues like Mohawk Place, The Funeral Home and Town Ballroom!!!

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?

My favorite place to play is Bogies in Albany and The Hard Luck Bar in Toronto.



What do you see in the future of the Chosen Ones?

This summer we are playing...
Providence, Boston, Brooklyn, Albany...Were doing 5 shows in August with Roger Miret and The Disasters and Stigma! also we are playing day 2 of 2,000 tons of TnT fest which I am very excited for!!!

How can people contact the band?

Hit us up at our Facebook page or myspace.com/chosenonesny

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Unemployed

The Unemployed were a great power-pop band back in the old Mp3.com days. The band played some get shows and released an E.P. I got Brian to tell their story...



Introduce Yourself...

Hey I'm Brian and I play guitar and sing... Well I try to sing anyways. Due to the lack of dedication from the rest of the members, I also play the drums and bass in all the recordings.

How long has the band been together?

We were together for a year and then the bassist and drummer decided to form a Creed type band. So I never want to fuckin' speak to them again! YUCK!

How did it start?

I met the drummer in a chat room and I met the bassist in school.

How do you come up with the name?

Well I think I wrote my best songs when I was alone and unemployed. So it just seemed to fit perfect. That and I always wanted a THE in my bands name, like THE Beatles or THE Ventures.

Describe your music..

It's speed metal! (laugh) No, I guess you could call it power-pop/punk.

Who are your influences?

The Beatles and Nirvana first. Then I like The Wonders, Josie and the Pussycats, The Rentals, Marcy Playground, Hagfish, Redfive, The Beach Boys and Weezer (R.I.P. 1994-1997).

Describe the song writing process...

I meet girls who like to play mind games and fuck with me and then when I'm finished crying, I go to the basement to write a song. So basically I haven't really had a shortage in song inspiration.

What have you recorded?

Back in 1999 I made an album with 15 songs called "Invalids Need Love Too." It was more of a joke than anything but I found that nobody else really thought it was funny. Then in 2000 I started to get serious as a musician and formed a band with my buddy called Gladhand. We were awesome friends but horrible bandmates. We'd beat each other up over our creative differences. It lasted for a year but I ended up with a few cool demos. Now I'm just concentrating on an E.P. that will be finished by May and the full length by Christmas '02.

Have you guys toured?

No but I plan to in 2003. By then I should have finished a full length album with songs that I've written over two years ago. So I'm very anxious. In the mean time I'll just be recording and searching Chicago for a new drummer and bassist.

Who have you guys played with?

Gladhand, The Cancer Merchants, Hello Operator and R.U.R.

Is there a favorite band you like to play with?

Gladhand because they are so so much fun to play with...both sexually and shows too. Their just a bunch of drunks on stage.

Is there a favorite place you like to play?

Ummm, no not really. We've been privileged to the shit hole dive bars of Chicago. We didn't care though, we really love all the places we've played. You know, just as long as we got to play our rock'n'roll for all the people.

What is the local scene like?

I hate to say this, but I really don't know because it seems like everyone around here wouldn't even give us the time of day. I've written letters to so many bands, friendly asking if they'd like to simply exchange website links. I usually get ignored. Only if I write a letter asking," Where can I pick up your latest album?" do I then get a responce. It's real frustrating.

What is the future of the Unemployed?

To finish the full length album before the end of this year is #1. Like I said, I wrote most of these songs two years ago and their really personal. So it'd be great to get that off my chest. #2 is to pass out as many copies of this little 5 song E.P. I'll finish in May. #3 is to find some musicians to complete my band and play shows and have fun.

How can people contact you guys?

For now they can email me at theunemployed@yahoo.com and if they'd like, send their name and home address so I could send them a bunch free stuff like CDs and T-shirts. They can also check us out at http://mp3.com/theunemployed -or- http://geocities. com/theunemployed.


Monday, May 23, 2011

the Derita Sisters

The Derita Sisters were a great band in the old MP3.com days. Featuring one of the UK Subs, the band  tore up the west coast of the U.S. and then western Europe. I got Mark to tell their story..



WE ARE THE DERITA SISTERS. Mark Gilman, guitar and vocals, Dag Midtskog, bass, Gizz Navarro, Drums, Jay Smith, guitar and vocals.
How long has the band been together?
Jay and I (Mark) started the band in 1992, when punk rock was starting to make a big comeback. There wasn't much to listen to so we started playing just for ourselves, just to have a good time.
How did it start?
We weren't really planning on becoming a working band, but one thing lead to another and we recorded our first album, then ended up pressing it ourselves. We didn't know how to sell them cuz we hadn't played any gigs. So we just gave them all away to the music press and college radio stations and to our surprise started getting really good reviews and some airplay. So Jay and I continued writing songs and kept recording with different bassists and drummers. Whoever would play with us. We did three CDs on our own label then got a one-off deal with Incognito Records in Germany who did a 10" picture disc. That put us on the map in Germany and we signed a three CD deal with High Society International Records in Hamburg. We did the three CDs with them, then two live CDs, and more recently we just did our new CD with Plastic Bomb Records from Duisburg Germany. They are a bigger label with better distro and they are backing our new tour. We've put out 15 CDs in ten years.

How do you come up with the name?

The name was stolen from an old 1920s vaudeville team called The DeRita Sisters And Junior. Junior was actually Curly Joe DeRita who joined the final incarnation of The Three Stooges comedy team in the 1960s. The fat unfunny guy. It was a joke band at the time and we thought it was funny, but nobody else got the joke. Eventually we just shortened the name to The DeRita Sisters.
Describe your music...

Basic old school punk rock. Three chords, one minute, stupid lyrics.
Who are your influences?

Personally my influences are 1977 British punk rock. That was my era. I love all those old bands like The Damned, Lurkers, Buzzcocks, Sham 69, X-Ray Spex, Adverts and I liked The Ramones a lot too.

Describe the song writing process...

I write most of the songs. Generally I always write lyrics first and then sit in front of my 16 track machine and turn on the drum machine and start jamming on my guitar and see what fits. I usually write nearly 50-60 songs for each CD and edit it down to the 20 best. Gizz, our drummer and I just wrote together for the first time. We knocked out 13 songs in three hours and demo'd them in our studio. We're recording a new CD in Germany after our tour.

Have you guys toured?

We've toured Germany three times and we're getting ready to leave on our fourth Euro tour starting February 8th which will include Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. We are very well received over there and it's a pleasure touring Europe because they treat us so well. We actually get paid, they feed us good food, all the beer we can drink and most of the time a nice place to sleep. We've never toured the States, there's just no interest, no demand. The type of punk we play was never that popular here and America is just too big.

What have you recorded?

15 CDs, most recently "My Bad. . ." for Plastic Bomb Records, "Whore Stories" for Big Lizard Records in Las Vegas, "Freak In The Middle Of Town," "Syllagomania," and "Abusement Park" for High Society Records, Germany and "United States Of The World," for Incognito Records also in Germany. A bunch of other CDs, over 20 comps, singles, etc.

Who have you guys done shows with?

Nobody really famous. We backed up Monkey, the singer for The Adicts on three shows, that was fun. We opened for the reformed Dead Kennedys. We played with The Stitches, The Skulls, TSOL, Real McKenzies, Snap Her, Dead Man's Choir, Bladder Bladder Bladder, tons of other bands both known and unknown. Our drummer Gizz played with The UK Subs and Badtown Boys though. He's a celebrity.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?

We always liked playing with Bladder Bladder Bladder because they were British and had a great 77 sound and were fun guys to hang out with.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows?

We'll play anywhere. I really enjoyed playing The Key Club in Hollywood with The Dead Kennedys because it was a professional venue with a huge stage and great monitors. But I also like playing in little shithole dives where it's more intimate. We'll play anywhere really.

What is the local scene like?

There isn't one anymore. I live in Santa Barbara but the band is based in LA. There's all kinds of music, but no real punkrock scene. There's punk shows from time to time, but not many punks left. There's a lot of Skate Punk, like Blink 182 kinda shit and this new breed of hardcore, but it ain't like it was back in the day.

What do you see is the future of the Derita Sisters?

We've been together 10 years, and we've been sustained by our fans in Germany. If they want to keep hearing us, we'll keep playing. There's not much left for us here so we don't really do anything. We have our own studio so we record off and on and play the odd show or two, but mostly we look forward to touring in Europe where they appreciate our genius.

How can people contact you guys?

You can email us at deritasisters@hotmail.com or check our website at www.deritasisters.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rex84 ***New Interview***

Straight out of Kenntucky, Rex84 are a great hardcore band. Bringing punk rock back to it's roots, the band runs it's own DIY label. I got Stevie to tell their story...




Introduce Yourself....
Well I'm Stevie from REx84 i play guitar and make a general nuisance of myself..

How did the band start?
we got together about 6 months ago, j.p. our singer and carl our bassist were playing in another band , and we started talking and whamo! chris came into the group about a month later on drums..
I'd been in punk bands since the late 80s off and on.



How did you come up with the name?
Rex84 is a program that the goverment has to round up and "deal " with dissidents and other threats.. We all had an interest in writing socially active music and it just seemed to fit beautifully...

Who are your influences?
Wow thats a list... For me I'd say punk wise. Black Flag, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Black Sabbath. For the others a lot of European stuff like Sham 69, Stiff Little Fingers, the Clash, X. But we like all kinds of stuff not just punk.lots of old heavy metal, some blues, country, etc. Anything that has a good groove to it..



Describe the song writing process....
For me it hits me. Like a verse or subject matter. Maybe it's something I read that sets me off. More often or not I'll write a song and have a riff for it. Then carl who is a real musician might really sit down and work on a song, I like it raw feeling. I think J.P. does it that way too. Im just a three chord whore but I'm cool with that. I think it's a good balance since J.P., Carl, and I all sing different songs in differing styles. We can have different sounding tunes... It's cool. Were not take a year on a album, more like the old discord way, a mike to sing in one on drums and one on the floor 123 and go!



What is the punk scene like in Kentucky?
It's a hit and miss deal. Places like Louisville and Lexington have pretty happening scenes. The kids in Paducah are still slugging it out. Just not many places to play there.. Hopefully that's changing soon..

What have you released?
mainly demo stuff. Were releasing under our own label overlook recordings.. We have 'Declaration of Intent' and coming out soon is 'States of Fear'... We believe in the whole DIY thing.. Most bands sell t-shirts and stuff but we just spray paint ours. We tell the kids if you dig us make your own... Fuck capitalism... Most of our songs are free on our Revebnation site go get them!



Tell us about Overlook Recordings...
Its like any baby label... Right now you got REX84, Subdued Animosity, and were getting ready to record our buds the God Awfuls me and their singer were in an old band called the Fed Heds years ago... We want the bands no one will touch, we like mutts.. We don't plan on getting rich doing this, its all for love of the music..

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Mostly local guys Leonard the band are cool. Kinda Allman Brothers sounding stuff. Was going to have a show with the God Awfuls but their drummer broke his foot!.. No good, no good at all, lol. We are just now getting to do live shows regular mainly in Paducah coming up June 10th. Were pretty hardcore and sometimes it's hard to get gig on shows with guys doing bubble gum pop punk. We very much want to foster a scene here and welcome any and all comers.



Have you guys toured?
Not as of yet... The great all mighty oil czars have really made it hard to do much out of a hundred mile limit... But wed love to do more live shows. We are lucky enough to have guys like at PoDunk radio to help get our name out there. But anyone willing to put up with us we are down with a tour no doubt.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows?
Right now all the paducah shows are different spots... But the Muse and the End in Nashville, TN are in the site soon. But I have to say the Paducah kids have been great trying to get us out there! We don't care if it's a basement we will play it!

What do you see is the future of Rex84?
Hopefully more and bigger shows, getting the message out, showing people not to be a sheep, and to question everything don't just take it at face value and maybe do a national tour... Make a difference in some positive way. Hope for peace but prepare for war... Ya dig?...



How can people contact the band?
Well we have a Facebook, a Myspace and a Twitter page, and a Youtube page under rex84music too... We are also on Reverbnation. http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/fb_share/1204499 here's that link.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Leather Zoo ***New Interview***

As a punk band Leather Zoo has been around for a while. They have put on great shows all over Europe and have an EP and an album out. Hailing from England they have a great live show and bring a lot of energy to the stage. I got Mel to tell their story...
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Introduce yourself…
Mel. Singer in 'Leather Zoo' from Sheffield UK
How did the band start?
We formed in 2004 after Biff and I got fed up of trying to use backing from a computer and synth. We played mainly in Austria as we were working as ski instructors there. We found the perfect bass player JK who used to be a classical guitarist but he can't play a classical guitar when he's drinking vodka. We have had over 15 drummers along the way. We stopped counting about two years ago as its getting embarrassing now! We have settled down now with Monty who is a self taught naturally talented young chap with very few complications.
How did you come up with the name?
We have made up so much bullshit about the name that we have forgot where it came from now!!
Who would you say are your influences?
Transit vans, Cornford Amps, Trace Elliott, Gibson, Mini Skirts, Beer (German), Computers, Logic Pro. Air raid sirens. I guess..ask Biff!

What is the punk scene like in the UK?
I honestly cannot say that I or anyone in our band qualify to answer that question with any authority. We are not trying to be punk but it terms of a music 'genre' we can successfully cross into it. Real punk, where bands were turning record contracts down and having any real effect on the establishment, was all over by 1980 wasn't it? When they geared up to fight back with VJ's on 'Music Television'. I think maybe the Punk genre in the UK is quiet different to the U.S. and if we were based in the US then I would say with more certainty that we are a 'Punk' Band. Overall though the scene is still kicking fairly strong here at an underground level. I would say that you would not struggle to find a punk gig in the midweek and one at the week end pretty much year round to visit.  They would not all be very well attended though and only the ones promoted well by established promoters would be busy. There is a regular strong following that we often see of great people though that really love it and are great support. But there is nothing at all in the mainstream that resembles anything like punk.
Describe the song writing process...
Biff writes stuff, riffs and lyrics that just me and him try to make work just acoustically then we go to a full band practice and every one has an input. Sometimes it get thrown out right then, sometimes we make a lot of changes and it works and then sometimes it runs straight out of the box!
Your first release was the 'Welcome to the Zoo' EP, tell us about the EP…
We were signed by a small label called DMMG in 2007 who paid for our first 5 Track EP. It was recorded in Halifax by Matt Slaydon, who did some singing for 'The Streets' on 'Dry your eyes'. It was mastered by May Matt Elliss at Axis in Doncaster. DMMG went bust shortly after and we were lucky to inherit back our recordings. We have had some great exposure with it. Two tracks ‘Stranger’ and ‘Belliss Coldwine’ featured on a Pillay-Evans film, ‘Tattoos: A Scarred History’ which had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009. It's a pretty hard core look at famous folks and tattoos. The new Harry Sparks film 'Rotk├Ąppchen: The Blood Of Red Riding Hood' has also included 'Stranger' in the film and on the soundtrack and was released in September 2009
Last year you released your first album 'Naked Feedback', tell us about the album...
We just recorded five more tracks and put them out with the EP tracks as this was totally self funded and we were desperate to get an album done. We recorded everything with Matt Elliss in Doncaster and was was really great to work with. We have been really lucky by having so far four labels help us to release this, STP Records (England), Deadlamb Records (Ireland), Dead Earnest (Scotland and Death Cap Records (Internet) ...bit of a worrying DEATH theme!! We have Pug records now in Australia now also shouting for us and are looking for a US and mainland EU label still.
Have you guys released anything else?
No
Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We have played with Vice Squad and The Vibrators who were both really good. Also Eddie and the Hotrods who were outstanding at the Nice n Sleazy Festival last year. We were booked to go on tour with them and 'Prima Donna' from the States last year but it was cancelled and we were gutted.    Outside the UK our favourite bands are 'In the Boondocks' from Munich and Lesoir from Maastricht. Not very punk but very good and really cool people.
Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
We prefer to play at open air festivals the most and thats why we travel to Germany a lot. They have a lot of small to medium sized festivals and they have a great community spirit to run them. Otherwise I would say on the whole we would prefer a smaller friendly venue that really wants to look after bands and has built up a clientele of punters that trusts them to put good stuff on. For example a real highlight event for us was the Rocktreff held in the Volkspark Football Stadium in Berlin with over 15000 people and light show that Pink Floyd would be happy with. But then my favourite fun gig ever was outside the Hauptquartier in the streets of Aachen Germany. It was an officially licensed protest gig as the really cool owner, Dieter, had his live music license revoked. Around 30 police turned up and their main role was to protect us!!! After the gig they took me to the local gay bar. They were really cool coppers.
Where have you toured?
So far we have played in England, Scotland, Germany. Holland, Belgium, Austria. We are trying to get to Ireland some time this year and Stu Taylor was also looking at opportunities in the U.S. on the west Coast for us later this year. We really would love to go to the States.
Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
We are going through a seemingly long stage of Headlining small events and would love to go on tour with a more established band like Eddie and the Hot Rods. We dont regularly play with any one. At the moment though we really like a group of like minded rockers called  the Mardigrass Bombers. Great band and really good lads.
Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We have been really lucky to get some attention from Stu Taylor and Fungalpunk Dave this year. It makes a big difference when people like this get behind you and although nothing happens over night we have had a steady improvement in the events we play here in the UK. We had almost given up playing here apart from one or two venues that really look after bands. I think we were becoming a bit spoilt by playing in mainland Europe so much.     
What do you see is the future of Leather Zoo?
We dont have any rock star delusions. We would like to record more albums and get on the road more. We would love to travel a bit further afield, US, Australia, Japan and Malasia being the most attractive to us. We really like playing live and folks generally really like to hear us so it Should work??!! We have great support from our small labels which really suits us and we are looking for ways to fund another album perhaps later this year. We are still looking for a label in the States and possibly Germany to join in with spreading the word. We keep getting a little help and a push further to the front from folks like yourself Harvey so we want to thank you and every one else that does this for us. It really means a lot to us.

How can people contact the band?



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Exposed ***New Interview***

The Exposed are a great band from the UK. They have released an EP and an album and have done a ton of shows. I got tony from the band to tell their story...



Introduce yourself…

Hey, I'm Tony and am the singer and bassist for the Portsmouth (UK) based Punk Rock band, The Exposed.

How did the band start?

The band started back in 2005 when Mark, Sim and our original drummer Stu were looking for a new bassist in a band they were playing in. I had previously played guitar for a band, but was willing to do pretty much anything to get into another band playing the style of music we were all into, so I borrowed a bass and we started rehearsing together. As the vocalist of my previous band, I took on the role of singing and that was the original line up set!

How did you come up with the name?

As most bands, we struggled for months to find a name we were happy with, going through a range of names that lasted a few days at a time, or were already used by someone else..
Myself and Mark were watching a documentary and the word EXPOSED flashed up on the screen. We pretty much set on that with no discussion and to our surprise, there didn't seem to be any established bands with the same name, so it stuck.
I'm pleased we didn't stick with some of the shitty names we originally thought of.. i'm pretty sure they wouldn't have still been funny 6 years on..

Who would you say are your influences?

Our influences range throughout the band, but a lot of our influences come from the Punk and Reggae scenes.
Especially with Punk, we are influenced from both old school and the new wave of bands from our generation. The Clash have influenced us in a big way for paving the way to mix various elements of different genres into the music, whilst still maintaining the Punk Rock roots.
A lot of current Punk Rock bands have really influenced our live shows, with the amount of energy and work that a lot of bands in this scene put into live performances.
Shows are the best when they're spontaneous and take it to the limits, but to play well at the same time is something that really makes a live show amazing.

What is the punk scene like in the UK?

The scene in the UK is.. well it's not how it was. I think in a way, people are surrounded by so many shows, that attendance at shows is getting smaller, even for bands like Rancid.
There are places in the UK that still know how to tear it up at a Punk Rock show, but in some places, it really is suffering. The music scene in general changes quickly, with styles of music having a year or so of being the big thing, until someone comes along and brings in the next craze. Luckily, Punk Rock seems to maintain a loyal following.

What is the song writing process?

We have different methods we use, but usually, Sim (Guitar) will write the music for a song and bring it into the practice studio, where we all add our own instruments into the mix. When we have the music down, i'll write a vocal melody over the top and if it lends itself to slight adjustments in the music then we'll make these changes. Then comes the lyrics, although the themes and some key lyrics, are often written in the practice studio, as you can get a good feel for a song the first time you improvise vocals over the top.

In 2009, you released the ‘Welcome to Rebel City’ EP, tell us about the EP…

After Owen joined the band at the end of 2008, we wanted to put out some of the new material we had written with him, and essentially give the sound a bit of an overhaul and make some changes to the direction we took.
The "Welcome to Rebel City" EP featured some of the tracks we wrote in the first months of Owen joining the band, and gave us a chance to have something available, whilst really letting the new line up and dynamic of the band settle, without rushing in to writing a full length album. Some of the tracks from the EP made it onto the album that was released a year later.

In 2010, you released your first album ‘In the Face of Resistance’, tell us about the album…

At the beginning of 2010, we took a little time out from touring to write an album we were really happy with. A lot had happened with the band in a year, and we felt we were ready to put together a collection of songs that represented our own sound with Owen in the band.
The album is a collection of songs about travelling, touring and the struggles we faced and sacrifices made dedicating our lives to music.

Tell us about the lineup…

The Exposed consists of:
Tony Corrales - Vocals/Bass
Sim Williams - Guitar/Vocals
Dark Mevitt - Guitar/Vocals
Owen Paulls - Drums


Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?

We've been lucky enough to do some shows with awesome bands. Some of our favorite bands we've played with are, Rancid, Alkaline Trio, The Bouncing Souls and Cock Sparrer.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?

It's nice to play both for different reasons. It's great to play a big stage with a shit load of people out there watching. But to play a small club with everyone singing along and there because they're into your band, and the high energy up close intimate shows, are definitely some of the best.

Have you toured?

We've done various tours around the UK and Europe, and this summer we will be heading to America for a 2 month tour as part of the legendary Vans Warped Tour.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?

Any Punk Rock band who are up for a laugh! Waiting to play shows, and soundcheck, sitting around in venues all day can drag, so it's great to play with anyone who's up for hanging out and having fun.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?

The 12 Bar Club in London is an awesome place to play. The stage is fucking tiny and the venue is small, but that place has more atmosphere than anywhere else i've played, or even seen a show.






What do you see is the future of the Exposed?

In the near future, plans are to tour consistently in the UK, Europe and the US, with a new album scheduled for release in the first half of 2012.
Looking further into the future, we hope to be a band that can always be on the road, and expand on our loyal following. We aren't interested in becoming a fad or a band that comes and goes overnight. We're here to stay!

How can people contact the band?

For general information, check out www.theexposedfacebook.com www.theexposed.co.uk or e-mail us on exposeduk@hotmail.co.uk
For booking enquiries, please get in touch with info@hiddentalentbooking.com and for any press related enquiries, press@upandatomrecords.com

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Kingcrows ***New Interview***

The Kingcrows are another great band from the UK underdog scene. They have been  playing shows for over 6 years and have put out an album and an EP. I got Ratbag to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
How do! I'm Ratbag, and I'm the drummer from Leeds's scuzziest punk 'n' roll bastards The Kingcrows.
How did the band start?
In 2005 I'd been trying to put together a band to play some material I'd written. The band was called Casanova Frankenstein; unfortunately it fell apart before it really got going, and I was a bit demoralised with the whole band thing. I'd been gigging since '91 in various bands, but I was seriously thinking of jacking it in altogether. Anyway, in November I went to an Alice Cooper gig in Sheffield, and while I was queueing up for the bogs in the interval I bumped into my old mate Lee J. I've known Lee since we were kids, we'd been in a few bands together over the years and so on. Turned out that after a few years of being off the scene he was looking to dust off the guitar and get something going again, so we arranged to get together and make some noises and see how it turned out. It all kinda spiralled from there...
We knew wanted to do something a bit different from what everybody else seemed to be doing; all the other bands round here were miserable angsty indie or post-grunge types, more interested in showing everybody how emotionally fucked up they are than getting up and making a racket and having a laugh. We didn't want to just be a straightforward punk band either, we wanted to do a kind of hybrid between garagey punk and glam rock - lots of energy, good tunes, big choruses, and a bit of visual in the live show. When we were looking for musicians for the band we knocked back several people because they weren't interested in making an effort to look the part on stage. We were never gonna be a "band shirt, jeans and trainers" sort of act. It took about a year to get to a gigging state, and we went out for the first time just before Christmas 2006. From there we went through a lot of gigs and more than a few lineup changes to get to the position we're at now... 
How did you come up with the name?
I'd been trying to think of a name for a while during the long-drawn-out process of finding people for the band, but hadn't come up with anything decent. I knew I wanted a "THE" name, but couldn't think of anything that didn't sound rubbish. Anyway, one day I was driving up the road near my house with the wife, and we passed a field with a load of crows sitting in the middle of it. These crows were huge, biggest I've ever seen, and I said to our lass, "Look at the size of them f'king crows!". A little light went on in my head - THE KINGCROWS - and I suggested it at the next practice. Everybody loved it straight away.
Who would you say are your influences?
There are so many, we all listen to a lot of different stuff - not just punk, but old metal, glam, goth, rockabilly, even bits of prog. The three main influences we had in mind early on were Motorhead, the Damned and Hanoi Rocks. Then there's stuff like the Adicts, the Dead Boys, Dogs D'Amour, the Vibrators, UK Subs, Soho Roses, Slaughter & The Dogs, the Stooges, Lords of the New Church, New York Dolls...rough-arsed scuzzy rock 'n' roll of all kinds, really.
Tell us about the lineup…
Phil E. Stine - vocals (ex-Assassination Bureau and Guttersluts UK)
Lee J - guitar/vocals (ex-Cheap Shot and Dead Bard's Ghost)
Rocco - bass/vocals (ex-No Thrills and Bubblehouse)
Ratbag - drums/vocals (ex-Sticky Fingers, Assassination Bureau, Dead Bard's Ghost, Apocalypso, Astrozombies, the Poison Hearts, Casanova Frankenstein...)
What is the punk scene like in the UK?
Depends on your point of view - band-wise there's a hell of a lot of great stuff around, especially around here in the North of England. Trouble is, a lot of the venues are struggling to stay afloat; people don't have much money at the moment so going out on the lash and seeing bands is the first thing that suffers - the smoking ban didn't help matters there either. We seem to have a situation here where there's a lot of stuff going on, but the crowds are usually a bit sparse. There are more gigs happening than there are punters to support 'em. It can be a bit disheartening when you set up a bill of three or four really good bands and less than ten people make the effort to come to the show. Mind, the ones who do make the effort are proper fanatics, they do all they can to get to as many gigs as they can manage. You go to shows all over the area, and you see a lot of the same faces all the time. They're the ones keeping the scene going.
Describe the song writing process…
It varies. When the band first started, 60% of the songs were purely mine, 40% were purely Lee's. As we got to be more of a unit though, we started collaborating a lot more, and we all write now. Sometimes someone will bring in a complete song and we'll bash it into shape as a band, sometimes one of us will come up with a tune and someone else will come up with a set of words, and sometimes a song will grow out of nothing in the rehearsal room - a riff here, a rhythm there, a bassline somewhere else, some spontaneous words over the top of it all. Some of our best stuff has developed that way. Everything we write is credited as a straight four-way split because we all contribute something to every single song. 
Your first album was ‘Carrion Regardless’, tell us about the album…
Best summed up as a year-long run of bad luck, really. Started recording it in May 2007, finally put it out in June 2008. We recorded it in a piecemeal way, just doing occasional sessions when we could fit them in, and I think it suffered from a lack of focus as a result. On the morning of the very first session I got a message from Bob, our bassist at the time, to say that he was leaving the band with immediate effect cos his wife had fallen seriously ill and he had to look after her. We dragged in our mate Rusty (ex-Poison Hearts and the bassist/vocalist from the very first Kingcrows lineup) to record the bass parts while we were looking for a permanent replacement; Rocco eventually joined the band near the end of the recording process, in time to do backing vocals but not to play bass. Further down the line, we had to part company with Tony, the singer, because he was also in a covers band (Last Gang In Town) who were getting a lot more work than we were. LGIT were getting gigs lined up months in advance and it was getting really awkward to fit Kingcrows gigs inbetween Tony's other commitments, and something had to give. After that I got on the phone to Phil, who I'd been in Assassination Bureau with for five years, and he jumped at the chance. Trouble was, when he recorded the vocals he hadn't really had chance to properly get to grips with the songs, and the results weren't as good as they should have been. Once the thing was finished, I think we all felt a bit "is that it?" about it; we felt we could do a lot better.
Last year we decided to let Carrion Regardless go out of print - of the seven songs on the CD, only three were still in the live set, and our sound had changed drastically too; when we did the recordings we were a five piece band with a shreddy lead guitarist, but once he left we sounded very different, so the CD didn't really represent us any more. With that in mind we re-recorded "Magdelene", "Insult & Injury" and "In For The Kill" and stuck them out as a single. That came out much better, the songs finally sounded how they were intended to! My main regret about Carrion Regardless was that I still like the title and I wish I hadn't wasted it...
You guys followed that up with the ‘A Murder Most Foul’ EP, tell us about the EP…
That was really our first "proper" recording (May 2009), and a new start for the Kingcrows. Carrion Regardless was produced by a mate of ours with mobile equipment and recorded in rehearsal rooms, bedrooms, decommissioned mills, anywhere we could get space really. A Murder Most Foul was our first time in a real studio, recorded in four days flat with the four-piece lineup. It came out brilliantly, we couldn't have been any happier with it. It was originally supposed to just be six songs, but it went so well that we had time to record an extra acoustic song - that was a reworked version of one of the songs on Carrion Regardless. Lee and Rocco pulled the arrangement for that out of thin air in the space of about half an hour. That, really, was the start of us as proper serious band. It was great fun to make that CD, we were on a really hot streak at that time.
Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Spear Of Destiny, UK Subs twice (third time coming up in April), the Anti Nowhere League twice, the Vibrators, Tokyo Dragons, Adam Bomb, Red Alert, Peter and the Test Tube Babies...we did the Nice 'N' Sleazy festival in Morecambe last year with Goldblade and Eddie & the Hot Rods, and we're playing it again this year when the Boomtown Rats are headlining, and there's an all-dayer with GBH coming up before that. And of course, we've played with loads of the lesser-known bands just like us, slogging their guts out round the pub circuit for no better reason than that it's bloody good fun!
Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Big places are impressive and big stages are good for the ego, but smaller places invariably have a better atmosphere. Can't beat playing a little sweat-box pub with the audience bouncing off the mic stands!
Have you toured?
Not as such - it's hard for an unknown band with no backing to get enough interest from promoters and venues to put together a real tour, and we can't afford to do it on our own backs. Times are real hard. We do as many one-off gigs as we can though, and we want to get to as many different places as we can. It all depends on whether someone will take the chance to book us, and whether we can get there and back on the money we get offered. We've never been a money-oriented band, but none of us have much, and diesel isn't getting any cheaper so we can't afford to drive two hundred miles to play for free, as much as we'd like to.
Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
It's always nice to play with the UK Subs, they rule. The Anti Nowhere League were top blokes too. On the underground scene, we play a lot with guys like Steroid Freak Pussy, the Mardigras Bombers, Zombie Headhunters, St Tantrums, the Idol Dead, the Drastics, Hospital Food, Acid Drop and Psychobabylon. All great bands and good mates. We're currently doing a series of dates with the Mardigras Bombers, Zombie Headhunters and St Tantrums, four gigs in four different areas and rotating the bill so we all headline one show and everybody plays at every place in the running order. We did the first one in Bradford last night, it went really well. It's a good strong bill, four compatible but still very distinct acts, and we all get on great too.
Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Got a few favourite venues - the Snooty Fox in Wakefield, Zuu Bar in Bradford, the Shakespeare in Southport, the Witchwood in Ashton Under Lyne. Anywhere that's fun, really, where the audiences are into their rock 'n' roll!
What do you see is the future of the Kingcrows?
Some good gigs already lined up this year, and next month we're going into The Loom studios with our regular producer Grant Henderson to record another 7-track mini-album. The title, in keeping with our tradition of crow puns, will be Up Before The Beak. We're practising like hell to try and make this our best release yet. Like A Murder Most Foul and the "Magdelene" single, it'll be available on CD direct from us, either online or at our gigs, and it'll be up for download on iTunes, Amazon, Play.com and all those places.
Beyond that, who knows? Probably we'll just keep playing round the UK pub circuit and recording an EP whenever we can afford to. There's no great overall plan to this, we only do it for the fun of it anyway - fuck it, we're never gonna be pop stars, but we don't give a shit. We do it cos we love playing, traveling, meeting new people and making their ears bleed.... 
How can people contact the band?
Via our website (www.kingcrows.com) or MySpace (www.myspace.com/kingcrows), or email us at kingcrows@tiscali.co.uk. Or come and see us at a gig! Cheers!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shag Nasty ***New Interview***


Shag Nasty are great UK band. They have been playing shows since the clash were still an opening act. The split up in 1979 and were lost to the eighties. In 2008, the band reformed and have been playing shows all over the UK. I got Riff to tell their story...



Introduce yourself…
Hi, this is Riff Starr, lead guitarist, vocals and songwriter from Shag Nasty.

How did the band start?
It started off when I was about 14. It was just my best friend, Lesley Reynolds and I plus a non band member, another best friend, Honda. We'd hang out round each others, listening to T-Rex, Faces, David Bowie and Mott the Hoople, Lesley singing, me trying to play along on guitar. Another good friend of mine called Gary Sharp (a-roundabout 1975), used to work in the London opera house, with a friend of his, called Joe Strummer. Who he introduced me to. Joe Strummer was in a band called The One-O-Oners that Gary and I would go to see play regular. He became a good friend and when he joined The Clash he asked Gary and I to get our own band together. I laughed and said "I can only play 3 chords on me guitar!" He replied "That's all ya need." At the same sorta time he had got a record contract with CBS records and one night when Gary and I met him in the Roxy, he gave us £500 to get our instruments and we advertised for other musicians to join the band. In response to our advertising along came our bass player "Tosh" and our drummer "BP". BP - went on to join the X Ray Spex (with Poly styrene - and some years later formed the influential Classic Nouveaux). With the band formed, we were rehearsing in Rehearsal Rehearsal at The Clash camp in Camden.

How did you come up with the name?
My best friend Lesley Reynolds came up with the name.







Tell us about the Roxy between 1976 – 1980…
The Roxy was the first punk venue I ventured into. It was the only place all the punks could go to, to get together. People such as Johnny Rotten, Souixsie, Jimmy Pursey, Jordan, Joe Strummer, Malcolm McClaren, etc. It certainly was no fun queueing up at this venue to get in sometimes, if you were unfortunate enough to be at the back of the long queue, the teddy boys would come along and drag you off and give you a good kicking. No fun.
 

You self released on single ‘No Bullshit Just Rock ‘n’ Roll’, tell us about the single…
We went to Virgin Records, tiny office somewhere in Nottinghill Gate with our demo tape and I was called to one side and they said "Do you realise that there is a new scene called power pop or new wave coming and if you get rid of your singer,( my friend Gary) we can sort some deal out." I replied "F**k Off!" which I regret now but we went away and wrote this song in response to that because we wanted to do our own thing and still do now. We then took this record to John Peel who was DJ for radio 1 at the time. He liked the b-side "Looking for Love" which he played quiet frequently on his shows.
 

What caused the band to split in 1979?
Our last gig was at Ronny Scotts that we were headlining. There were many friends of mine from other bands such as Joe Strummer, Polystyrene, Ian Stewart from Screwdriver, etc there. I felt punk was coming to an end and things were changing for the worst. whilst on stage playing I said "I can't carry on no more cos punk rock to me is dying and like the record company said to me there is a new scene coming in called power pop or new wave which I don't wanna be part of!" I jumped off stage and hit someone with my guitar who'd been winding me up all evening and that was the end..





Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Back in the day The Clash and X-Ray Spex were favourites. These days its got to be Sham 69 because Tim is a very good friend. All the guys are helpful and we have a laugh. We like to warm em up..

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Back in the day "Man in the Moon" which had a really good punk scene in the Kings Road. But now The Gaff in Holloway Road. It's a shame the venue is closing down. There is a real problem out there at the moment with good live punk music venues.




How can people contact the band?
Shag Nasty UK on Facebook,, MySpace and Twitter.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

All or Nothing HC ***New Interview***

All or Nothing HC is a great band out of California. They have put on a lot of great shows, had some great recordings and have toured Europe. I recently got the band to tell their story...



Introduce yourself…

AONHC: Renae Bryant-vocals/words
                Jared Schweitzer-bass/vocals
                Ryan Doria-guitar/vocals
                Eli Deluna-drums/vocals
                Chris Campbell-guitar

How did the band start? How did you come up with the name?

AONHC: The band has gone through many line-up changes, but All or Nothing HC played its first show in late 1998 with Poison Idea and Dr. Know at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA.  After the demise of my [Renae’s] first real band, He’s Dead Jim, in 1997I put together another band that started out with the name Bliss then was named All or Nothing (after another band named Bliss, with a female singer, showed up at our show).  An old school punk named Papa Smurf had “all or nothing” tattooed at the base of his neck.  He suggested that we use it.  We thought of “Penalty Box” too…but thought all or nothing was a better fit.  Then we found out in 1999 (East Los Angeles line up) that there was a pop punk band with the name all or nothing signed to Volcom’s Stoned Records.  We decided to add the “H.C.” so people would know which band was which. J

Who would you say are your influences are?
AONHC: Here is a list of as many early musical influences as we can think of in no particular order:  Minor Threat, Sick of It All, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, CRASS, Vice Squad, 45 Grave, Circle Jerks, The Dickies, Poison Idea, Toxic Narcotic, MDC, Conflict, Nerve Agents, Ramones, The Avengers, Bad Religion, Cause for Alarm, Youth of Today, 7 Seconds, Uniform Choice, The Cramps, D.I., D.O.A., Bikini Kill, Gorilla Biscuits, Misfits, Los Crudos, Youth Brigade, Naked Aggression, Good Riddance and many more…



What is the punk scene like in 1999?
AONHC:  The punk scene in any year is what you make it.  In 1999 it was particularly excellent.  Locally we had an all ages club in every major city for local and touring bands to play.  Punk was still “popular” with the “mainstream” (like indie music is popular with the mainstream now).  The Troubadour (famous all ages venue in Los Angeles) still did punk shows regularly.  Now you are lucky if they have one punk show a month.  As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  So, now that punk isn’t the “flavor of the month,” the d.i.y. (do it yourself) spirit is back full force.  If we want to play an all ages show in Riverside; we have to put the show on.  There are no more all ages punk venues in the Corona/Riverside area.  So, if we want to do a big all ages punk show, we find a venue, work out a deal, bring our own p.a. and do the show.  That was the same way all the bands we are influenced had to do it.  It’s nothing new.  In 1999 I [Reane] booked All or Nothing H.C.’s first U.S. tour.  That was awesome. D.I.Y. in an Astro Van with trailer.

How do you feel it has changed?
AONHC: When I [Renae] first discovered punk it was through “gateway punk bands” like Blondie, Devo, Souxie and the Banshees, Sex Pistols, etc.  The first punk album I bought with my own money was 45 Graves’ “Sleep in Safety.”  The next one was The Nuns self-titled record.  I knew I wanted to sing in a band and was desperate to find other female punk singers.   The first punk show I went to was 7 Seconds and Uniform Choice in a park hall in Riverside off La Sierra.  There was no internet, so you had to go to the record stores to pick up flyers for the shows.  Then you went to the shows to get the next set of flyers for the next group of shows.  There were a lot of back yard shows then.  Things have changed a lot.  Punk was co-opted when Nirvana went platinum.  From 1994-2001 punk was the exploited seen.
Now the merchandising of punk has changed…in 1999 Hot Topic was a punk store.  So when kids went to the mall they found this gateway to punk called Hot Topic.  There were stores like that for me as a teen too (Mad Platter Records and Thrash Clothing Store).  Now Hot Topic carries a lot of indie, emo, and pop stuff, so kids are missing an easy gateway to punk that used to exist.  Now it is like when I was a teen, and you had to go out of your way to discover punk bands.  It’s easier because of the internet, but kids still have to find out about the bands from their older siblings (and now their parents or teachers).  Punk is a unique genre, because it is inherently anti-establishment.  Older people always say they had to suffer to be punk back in the day…I think all kids suffer when they decide to be different from the mainstream. Punk is not mainstream, so the kids still suffer.  There are many different sub-genres of punk, but it all comes down to making a connection lyrically and musically with people.  You will never find the energy of a punk show anywhere but a punk show (or maybe a good protest rally…).

Describe the song writing process…
AONHC: Usually the band will write the music.  I often have themes and current events that I am being inspired by.  These turn into bits of choruses.  Then I sit and listen to the music over and over again until the lyrics come together in my head.  Then it’s like the music and lyrics were always meant to be. J

Tell us about your first full length, “Sacrifice, Disciple, Bliss”…
AONHC: Yikes…This was aonhc’s first cd.  I am proud of the lyrics.  It was a young version of the band, and we definitely had some growing to do.  It was my [Renae] first year as a full time fifth grade sheltered English immersion teacher.  I was driving to East LA twice a week to rehearse.  I really loved that line-up.  I gained a lot of confidence to do things myself (book my own shows, throw shows, book a tour, buy a van for touring, etc.).  We had some misunderstandings and miscommunications, but it just wasn’t meant to last with that line-up.  It’s too bad we were all so stubborn. 



How does “Search for Strength” differ?
AONHC:  “Search for the Strength” is an entire different line-up, and you can hear it in the music.  We had a guitarist, Paul Gonzales, who came in and really cleaned things up for us.  We recorded the album with Eddie Casillas from Dogrun Studios and VoodooGlowSkulls.  That is the album that really broke things for us and opened up doors for us.  That album wouldn’t have been possible without Ryan Hemond’s (new guitarist that joined when Paul left) help too.  We toured in support of this cd, and I remember it being a blast.  It was the first tour for all the members except for me, so that was fun.

You guys also appeared on a 4 way split, tell us more about that…
AONHC: The split “Don’t Fuck with Her” was originally going to be a two band split of Riot This and Bruise Violet.  The bands were taking their time, so I suggested that we add aonhc and Gruk.  I love this project.  It was kind of rushed but it served it’s purpose…which was to spot light four female fronted punk/hardcore bands from California.  We only pressed 1,000 and give it away now with any purchase of a cd or t-shirt at www.ontherag.net.

You also released “What Doesn’t Kill You,” tell us about the album…
AONHC:  This is yet another line-up.  It was also recorded with Eddie Casillas. We had hooked up with Jeff, drummer for the Midnight Creeps.  He helped us book another U.S. tour.  We played with Toxic Narcotic again.  Bill Toxic said he wanted to put us out on Rodent Popsicle.  So, we did a split release between On the Rag and Rodent Popsicle Records.  It was cool to me because it was a label from both sides of the U.S.  Being on Rodent Popsicle was great.  We love Toxic Narcotic, so it was fantastic to be able to play with them so much.  Bill really supports and respects strong females, so that was nice too.  We got to play with the Midnight Creeps and The Profits a few times in support of this release.  This release is also a tad harder than the other releases.  Josh was our guitarist then and really took us to the hardcore part of our name.  Some classic aonhc songs came from this release…many sing-alongs.  This was also the release in which Jared joined the band and played on.  That was 2003 that he joined; we [Renae and Jared] got married in 2005.

Your next release was a 7 inch record called “All of These Are Days of the Dead,” tell us about it…
AONHC:  We recorded this in 2007 with Paul Miner (ex-Death By Stereo).  Paul is amazing and has a lot of experience recording hardcore bands, so he was really the “one” for us.  We recorded six songs.  These songs moved us even further down the hardcore spectrum.  Where I was still singing on “Search for the Strength,” now I [Renae] was definitely in that place vocally between f-minus and sick of it all.  The vocals were much more aggressive.  We knew we were going to tour Europe in January of 2008, so we wanted to be sure we had vinyl.  I contacted Jenni, from emancypunx records in Poland, to see if she would be willing to co-release it.  Not only was she willing, but she also booked a few of our European tour dates and went on tour with us for a week and a half.  Jenni is a friend for life.  She and I are like sisters separated at birth.  She runs a label that puts out gal fronted band…so do I…she is a hardcore feminist…so am I.  I love her.  The tour was a success and so was the 7 inch.


Your last album was “California Bleeding,” tell us about the album...
AONHC:  Every album should be better than the last.  Each new album should be your favorite.  This is definitely my favorite aonhc album, so far.  It took a long time to come out, but I love it!  We returned to Paul Miner.  We had a new line-up.  It had been a while since I had written lyrics…so I was ready to write.  I was really angry about a lot of shit and you can hear it and read it in the lyrics.  I am so proud of this record.  Our guitarist, Ryan and bassist, Jared wrote great songs.  Eli, our current drummer, played on this release and it’s very drum-solid.  When we did our East Coast tour in support of this release we drove home from NY, after playing ABC No Rio, in three days (go Chevrolet Traverse with trailer).

Do you prefer to do shows at small venues or small clubs?
AONHC: Our only preference is for all ages venues/clubs.  We do a lot of benefit shows and once a year we put on a free show at Electric Chair in Riverside (as a way to raise food donations for Food Not Bombs and to thank our friends and fans for supporting us the rest of the year).  I also love basement shows.  Those shows are some of the sweatiest, bruised, mess of the best.  Riverside has a place in downtown called Back to the Grind that has a basement where we throw shows a couple times a year.  It’s sick ass crazy hot packed…but so super fun.  Every time I throw a show, I say that I will never do it again.  I always do…I can’t resist…plus there is always a super cool touring band that needs a show and I want to help them…

Where have you toured?
AONHC:  We have toured the U.S. multiple times since 1999. We toured parts of Europe (Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Czech, and Poland) in 2008.  We use a booking agent when we tour Europe, but it’s still very d.i.y on his end.  Naked Aggression hooked us up with Timo, from Alerta-Antifascista/www.no-pasaran.org out of Germany.  We love touring.  Jared and I are both public school teachers on a traditional school schedule, so now we can only tour in the summer.  We used to be on a year round schedule that allowed us to tour in September, January and May.  It was the best.   We miss that schedule.  Now we have to squeeze in all of our big tours in the summer (when everyone else and their brother’s band is touring).

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
AONHC: We have been pretty fortunate in that we have been able to play with many of the bands we admire: Poison Idea, Dr. Know, MDC, Toxic Narcotic, Vice Squad, The Avengers, Cause for Alarm, The Dickies, D.I., Youth Brigade, Leftover Crack, The Pist, Union 13, Armistice, Kill Your Idols, U.K. Subs, Strike Anywhere, Ignite, Naked Aggression, Retching Red, Common Enemy, Midnight Creeps, The Voids, Resist and Exist, U.S. Bombs, VoodooGlowSkulls, Aggression, 46 Short, Decry, Anima Mundi, Disaster Strikes, Forward to Death, Demob, Black Fag (yes, I said Fag…), Lower Class Brats, Death By Stereo, Narcoleptic Youth, Horror Squad, Krum Bumbs, ODP, Gruk, Bruise Violet, Condenada, and more…

On March 19th we are going to open for Steve Ignorant for The Last Supper tour.  In my early 20’s I was turned on to CRASS by a anarchist prison pen pal.  You would have had a hard time getting CRASS out of my cd player.  It is so impressive that CRASS were making that music at the same time all that disco, progressive rock and new wave was popular.  All punk bands owe a huge debt to CRASS.  Of course “Penis Envy” is my favorite…but “The Feeding of the 5,000” comes in close second.



Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
AONHC:  Renae: 7 Seconds, Sick of it All, Los Crudos, The Refused, Limp Wrist; Jared: Good Riddance, Champion, Nerve Agents; Ryan: Adicts, None More Black, Bane Eli: Comeback Kid, Madball, Cro-Mags, Chris: CRASS, Conflict,

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
AONHC: We have some great memories of playing shows at: Showcase Theatre (Corona, CA), Back to the Grind (Riverside, CA), Troubadour (LA, CA), Glasshouse (Pomona, CA), 924 Gilman (Berkeley, CA), The Vault (Temecula, CA), ABC No Rio (NY), CBGBs (NY), basements all over the U.S. and squats and small clubs all over Europe.

What do you see is the future of All or Nothing H.C.?
AONHC:  We have a lot happening right now.  We are releasing a split release with All or Nothing H.C. and Naked Aggression, called “Bring Me the Head...” On the Rag and Rodent Popsicle Records are releasing the cd; Emancypunx is doing the vinyl. We will be doing a lot of local show in California in support of the split before we leave for Europe in June.  We tour Europe from June 7-29, 2011.

 How can people contact the band?
Everyone can contact us through these various addresses:

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