Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Czech Republic - Brno 2

Czech Republic - Brno 1

“There are some nice things going on...

With my band Festa Desperato we're soon gonna have a new LP out on Insane Society Recs. You can listen to some of the new songs.

The same with Evidence Smrti (metallic crust with people from Risposta, Festa Desperato) - their 2008 Demo was re-released on vinyl by Insane Society and their new LP is also coming out this year.

Risposta (damn original crustcore) have a new self-released split EP out with DEFY from Brasil.

There are some new bands as well…

S.U.M.O. (crazy raw punk hardcore)

I put out a third issue of Drunk Nach Osten zine, only in Czech so far, but the English version will get done as soon as I finish my exams...

I work in the Voltage shop now, which I quite enjoy I must say... local punk/hardcore record shop.

The Vegalite Bar has moved to a new place - more vegan food, more activist evenings, more shows!

Take care!"


Sunday, 23 January 2011

Russia - Saratov

"I live in Saratov city. Here in Saratov there are very small number of bands...

Facecontrol (oi/hardcore, all SHARPs)

Balls of Justice (thrashcore)

Brigitte Sans Bardotte (screamo). By the way I play guitar. We are tryin' to play music in vein of such bands like Daitro, Amanda Woodward, Saetia, Raeen etc

But what about the whole scene of Russia, the most known bands are:

What We Feel (check this band man, one ofmy favourite)

Enagage At Will (in vein of NY hardcore )

Villainz United (in vein of NY hardcore )

Next Round (in vein of NY hardcore)

Optimus Prime (screamo)

Marschak (screamo)

Argument 5.45 (damn good, Kurt Ballou from Converge was a producer of their album)

Turbo Lax (street punk/hardcore)

Cut'n Run (youth crew)


Flawless Victory RIP

Проверочная Линейка

As u see, the most popular styles of hXc in Russia are NY hXc and screamo."

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Hungary - East/Békés, Csongrád, Bihar county

"I live in a small town in the Great Plain (South East Hungary) called Békés. This is a quiet and boring town, but I like it. There is no scene here, just a few hardcorepunk guys and very few shows. But nearby my hometown there are a couple of cities where the situation is a little bit better. Szeged, Szentes once had nice scenes. And the most famous hungarian punk band in the eighteens called CPG was formed in Szeged. But nowadays the situation is embittering.


Another Way (Békés)
One of my favourite bands. Very special mix of punk, hardcore and grind.

Level Up (Békés)
This is my band. I try to play oldschool hardcore with my best friends.

Libido Wins (Kunszentmárton)
Finest screamo punk band. I don't listen to much of this kind of music, but I really like them.

Puszta (Kunszentmárton)
Fast, raw punk with Libido Wins members and a crazy vocalist called Zoli.


Disturbance Booking
Very nice punk/Oi/hardcore booking in Szeged, Szentes, Csongrád area. Alex (promoter) is a very posi face, who helps everyone to organize shows, tours, but he is having a break now, I think.

Streetwise Man Collective


This is my hardcorepunk fanzine. Not so good, but I like to do it.

The other scene that I know well is the scene of Debrecen (Hajdu-Bihar county). It is a young, but developing scene. There are increasingly more concerts and there are many people coming to the shows. It's very positive, I think. The local guys (mainly Hanoi and Beholder members and their friends) are doing a lot for underground music in Debrecen.


Hanoi (Debrecen)
Melodic punkhardcore. They recorded their first ep this summer. Nice stuff.

Outrage (Debrecen)
Young punkobilly band from Bihar county. Not bad, but not my style.

Hands Off (Debrecen)
Raw/Trash punk. I play drums in this band.

Beholder (Debrecen)
Old hungarian hardcore in the vein of AMD, Leukémia with old Necropsia members.

This is Bihar Webzine (Debrecen)
News from East Hungary's undergrond life and shows.

Orange Mustache Records (Nyíregyháza)
I don't know much about this new one person-label, but I like what it's about. Many cool releases and 100% DIY attitude."

Zine - Artcore

"Who are you, where are you from and how/when did you get into punk/hardcore?

I’m Welly, I’m from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales in the United Kingdom. I got into hardcore kind of late circa 1983, but I didn’t know anyone else into punk. I liked what I heard in the 70’s, like the Clash and Dickies, but it was banned in my house, so when I got into music, I got into the burgeoning 2-Tone scene in 1979, and even this was a fight in my house. After the 2-Tone bands went pop or split up, my rude boy friends started listening to Oi! and I realized where that was heading and got out of it immediately. The kids who were into punk listened to The Exploited, and I thought that punk was all heading in that direction and didn't bother with that UK '82 stuff.

After this, I got into The Jam for a while, then they split, and I knew there was something I was looking for that I hadn't found yet. So, I asked an older school friend if he could ask his even older brother if he knew any music that was ‘more powerful, more political,' and he came back with two LP’s for me to borrow; ‘Inflammable Material’ by Stiff Little Fingers, and ‘Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables’ by Dead Kennedys.

I thought the SLF record was great, but the DK album literally changed everything. From that point on, I sought out all their stuff, collected all their records and picked up this little book called ‘Dead Kennedys: Unauthorized Biography’ which had a discography in the back with all the compilations. It felt like years at the time, but after a few months, I found some compilations, the big one being ‘Let Them Eat Jellybeans.'

I couldn’t believe that there were all these bands I’d never heard of, and I went about trying to find stuff by Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Flipper, Bad Brains and the like. I was walking through town one day with my school pal Jon and I was going on and on about not being able to find Black Flag records. He was telling me to ask in the record shop, and I was like 'there’s no way they’re going to have any.' So he asked, and they dusted off this box under the counter and pulled out the Nervous Breakdown 7”. I couldn’t believe it. The same day we asked in another place and they dug out Six Pack.

I started collecting Alternative Tentacles and picked up ‘Flex Your Head.' This sent me reeling into Dischord territory, and I still remember vividly finding the Minor Threat 12” and Government Issue’s ‘Boycott Stabb.' The whole thing just became an obsession. My friends in school had no idea what this music was I was listening to. I hadn’t and never have since, heard music that has the same effect on me.

How and when did Artcore start and what was the basic premise behind it?

Fast forward a couple of years, and I started work on the first issue between Xmas and New Year's in 1985, and put it out in January 1986. I was inspired by reading Maximum Rock’n’Roll. I’d never taken much notice of it, as I thought it was some kind of political paper, as it was behind the counter of my local record store (Spillers Records, the oldest in the world), but one day I asked to look at a copy, and realized that it was a hardcore zine. Which I’d never seen before. I took it home and read it from cover to cover. That was the first time I ordered DIY style too.

I spent all my Xmas money changing it into money to send to the U.S. I got back the first Rest In Pieces 7”, Psycho 7” and tape and the Lookouts and Against The Grain demo. When I read the ‘Between The Lions’ zine reviews at the back, I figured out that anyone could do it, and set about making a zine. I had no idea what I was doing. The premise was that I was into hardcore and art, and wanted to give it an art/design edge. I was big into art in school and all my work was basically hardcore stuff pretending to be projects.

The first couple of issues were a real mess. I was finding my feet big-time. I borrowed my mother’s typewriter and undertook a steep learning curve at the local copy/xerox shop. Back then, I had no idea about design and print, and even photocopying was like some kind of alchemy. The buzz I got out of it made me realize that it was this is what I wanted to do. The school careers guy asked me what I wanted to do, when I said ‘something to do with art,' he said ‘don’t bother.' In retrospect, as a career choice, he was right, ha ha. But I ended up doing four years of graphic design at art college, and I still make the zine and do graphic design all the time all these years later.

As soon as I sent the zine off to MRR and got it listed, I started hearing from people all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and U.K. and traded zines, letters, tapes and records. I’d wait each day for the mail to arrive and there was nothing like the thrill of getting a letter from a far-off like-minded person, and gaze in amazement at the flyer the letter was written on the back of. If I had a no mail day, it was ruined. Hardcore was my education about the world. It blew a hole wide open in reality for me. I didn’t learn as much from school and TV.

Hardcore was my geography, history, social and political lesson all rolled into one. I was 17 when I started the zine, and about 14-15 when I discovered it, and everything was different after that.

Give us some highlights from past issues, some of your favorite interviews, articles, etc.

Well some of the best stuff is from the issues that have come with music, like the new issue. The last issue, which came with the House Of Commons CD, the one before that with the Beef People 7”, and the 20 year anniversary, which was the America’s Unknown compilation tape from the 80’s put onto LP. Interview wise, in the early days I interviewed Rites Of Spring, Maggot Sandwich, Instigators, Rest In Pieces, Freeze, Psycho, Adrenalin OD, Corrosion Of Conformity, Urgent Fury, Cowboy Killers, Spermbirds, th’Inbred, HDQ, which were great bands to have looking back.

There were a few years in the 90’s where I was broke and had some long breaks between issues, but circa 1998 I hit upon the idea of writing about old bands, as nobody else was doing it at that time. I called it Vaultage and have since had indepth biographies or articles on bands like Code Of Honor, Kraut, CH3, Dangerhouse, Upright Citizens, Reagan Youth, Really Red, Accused, MIA, Toxic Reasons, Effigies, Big Boys, Adolescents, Rattus, Avengers, Subhumans (Canada), Offenders, FU’s, Dr. Know, JFA, Battalion of Saints, Moving Targets, Gang Green, Social Unrest, Negazione, Bad Posture, State, Jerry’s Kids, Meatmen, TSOL, Nuns, Ripcord, Angry Samoans, Cramps, N.O.T.A., Die Kreuzen, Poison Idea, Dickies, Saints.

We’ve had previously unpublished interviews with Black Flag and Corey Rusk of Touch and Go and the Necros. Articles on X-Claim!, Posh Boy, Bemisbrain, Mystic, Smoke 7 and SST Records. And of course the art of Vince Ransid, Mad Marc Rude, Shawn Kerri, Brian Walsby, Jeff Nelson and John Yates. The list goes on. It’s a pleasure to have all of that stuff.

And from that I’ve luckily gone onto have some of it used as liner notes for re-issues and even done some of the design work too (see th’Inbred reissues on Alternative Tentacles). What an honor!

What issue are you up to now? Give us some details on your most current issue and where we can order it.

The new issue is out now and is the 25 year anniversary issue. It’s an LP – the lost Wardance Records compilation ‘Fuck Rock’ from 1991 with Citizens Arrest, Born Against, Rorschach, Go!, Animal Crackers, Warning, Inflatable Children, Antiem and Huasipungo. The zine comes inside with a large insert, and it’s on green vinyl. The zine has interviews and articles on D.O.A., Knuste Ruter, Southport, 40 Hells, Class War Kids and This System Kills, as well as the Vaultage section, which has a huge interview with Doug Moody of Mystic Records, as well as Die Kreuzen, Poison Idea, The Saints and The Dickies.

There’s also the art of Squeal (most known for Icons Of Filth art) and a pile of other stuff. It’s only been out two months, and is already almost sold out, so get your skates on if you’re interested, it’ll be gone very soon. The easiest place to find it is www.artcorefanzine.co.uk but if I’m all out, you may find it at www.bosstuneage.com as he split financed the project with me and we had half each."

Reblogged from Double Cross

Friday, 7 January 2011

Zine - Ont Road #15

"DIY Punk & Travel Zine - OUT NOW!

Another 20,000 word bumper issue featuring travels in Romania (Bucharest & Brasov), Mallorca (Spain), Czech Republic (Fluff Fest & Prague), USA (Vancouver, Los Angeles, Warped Tour, Las Vegas, Summerslam, Bay Area, Weed, Portland area), as well as articles on the infamous Concrete Sox bodged euro tour, Lady Gaga, Accidents in punk-rock, Manic Street Preachers, Bad Religions 30th anniversary tour, and a short history of the 1 in 12 club darts tournament in Bradford.

Copies are £1 in person (and gigs), £1.50p postage paid, or 50p to distros (5 copies or more, get in touch first).
Paypal/contact: ska1ska@yahoo.com
Postal: 14 Hessle Mount,Leeds, LS6 1EP, UK. International orders email first for postage information. Trades welcome but get in touch first.

Back issues:
Ont Road #14 (150 copies remaining) A bumper 20,000 word issue about a 2 month trip I made on the West Coast/Deep South of the USA, taking in Seattle, Portland, Bay Area, Los Angles, and Houston. It features the usual tales of drunken debauchery, punk-rock gigs, wrestling, and amusing anecdotes of things that I have experienced on the road. Available at the rates above.

Back issues:
Ont Road #13 / Go Fuck Yourself #1 - Split zine - Sold Out
Ont Road #12 - Sold Out
Ont Road #11 - Sold Out

Available for free at Punk Is Hippies."