14
Jun
14

history lessons ep blog

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The Action Sedition/Spanner split 7″ that we’ve talked about so much will be out on July 1st!

We’re so excited about this record that we’ve created a bit of a blog dedicated to it! Head on over HERE and check it out. Music, video, interview, etc…lots of info on both Action Sedition and Spanner!

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24
May
14

download ‘this is not a victory’ for free!

Back in 2010, we released a corker of an album by Cambridge, a great political hardcore outfit from  British Columbia. They have long since broken up and leader singer/guitarist  Jesse LeBourdais has carved out quite a name for himself as a solo act. 

In the spirit of ‘giving the people what they want,’ and due to overwhelming demand, the band has now made all their music available for free download at their Bandcamp page.

Don’t delay, download today!

CambridgeTINAVCoverWEB[1]“These chaps are Canadian. Which is not a bad start. They play a rough-and-ready mix of the more melodic end of hardcore, like a speeded up Jawbreaker, or a furious Hot Water Music, or a slightly more demonic Good Riddance. Save, instead of songs about angst and emo and whatnot, they’re suitably indignant about covert torture programs and coporate malfeasance. As one well might be. Don’t have to be Canadian to pen such gloriously melodic defiance, but apparrently it helps. Apparently this is their second full-length. Good family men (wives and girlfriends are the first on the thanks list), which makes me want to check out their first (and hopefully third) record even more. Though, to be honest, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the rather stupendous Rebel Time Records”  (Maximum Rock N Roll)

“Cambridge released their second full length album this summer on Rebel Time Records. The Vancouver bands new release, titled This is Not a Victory, contains ten tracks of fast-paced, melodic, and politically-charged punk rock. Known for their distinct and complex sound, Cambridge carries forward their own brand of fiery hardcore anthems in This is Not a Victory, while assaulting injustice at every turn. The albums lyrics deal with issues such as torture, war, democracy, corporate greed, and the environmental disaster that is the Albertan tar sands. Pretty heavy stuff. Yet, anyone who has seen Cambridge live can attest that they appear to have a hell of a lot of fun railing against such injustices and, hopefully, inspiring action through their chosen medium, and this comes across in their music. This is Not a Victory is a reminder that punk rock and resistance go together, and that the notion that all punk sounds the same is a fallacy which is ridiculous to the extreme. Favourite tracks: Kubark, Neverending Story, Middle of Nowhere.” 

 

19
May
14

spanner – impossible

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And, here is the song Impossible, the second Spanner tune off of the History Lessons 7″! Lyrics and essay follow. The History Lessons 7″ will be out shortly, featuring songs from Action Sedition and Spanner!

IMPOSSIBLE?

The world we want to live in is too far away
The bad times are here to stay
All hope is gone and there’s nothing we can do
Apathy is everywhere the rebels are too few
No one is listening to the screams and shouts
We’re powerless and we can’t break out
Revolution was just a futile dream
The struggle’s been lost or so it seems

But the only struggle that is lost is the one that’s never fought
so lift your head up high and fight to win
Demand the impossible with a new world in our hearts
Stay solid never give in

Everything has a price and it’s all doomed
to be used, exploited and consumed
A devastated planet pushed over the brink
Millions of species made extinct
So much life annihilated by politics
Toxic air and chemicals keep us sick
Desperate people, ruined lives everywhere
Suffering’s so normal that no one cares
Children learn early on that life is cruel
Violence and domination are what rules
We’ll never know peace or freedom or a life not sold
We’re defeated, beaten, numb and so controlled

There’s many of us having a go
and living our lives against the flow
Remember that you are not alone
and nothing here is set in stone
Recognize our struggles are all linked
and things can change faster than you think
Victories and struggle can be won
The impossible can be done

Spanner weighs in with a few words about the song:

spannercogSurrounded everyday by bleak news, relentless consumerism, routine abuses, daily poverty and violence and “business as usual” ecocide it is easy to see how comrades can loose hope in the modern world. The grip of the state seems ever stronger with social movements enduring surveillance, infiltration, out-right repression and a lack of people getting involved in the fight. Whether it’s apathy, fear or cynicism or just a life of daily struggles to survive there are so many obstacles for people joining the struggle.

So much is designed to keep us apart, isolated as individuals whether it is shitty new contracts where you don’t knowvinyl7_foldover your co-workers or when you will work, the rise of social media and its associated online activism and simply the cost of living increasing not matched by wages brings us all down. The concerted effort by the state to prevent us working together, whether that is through legal avenues such as anti protest laws, or social control is not an accident.

However. There is much we can do to break out of our little boxes, and learning from the lessons of the past we can find ways to work together, and fight to win. We can gain so much inspiration from other struggles and victories, both at home and away. We get strength and inspiration from hearing about the countless ways people find to resist. In the face of so much intended to break our spirits, hope and solidarity their creativity, determination and ingenuity help us carry on. Never give up!

 

17
May
14

spanner – always antifascist – studio version

Here is the studio version of Always Antifascist that will appear on the soon-to-be-released “History Lessons” split 7″ (with Action Sedition), with lyrics and a bit of an essay about the song by the band!

ALWAYS ANTIFASCIST

It’s a tired old story when times are harsh
the fascists and racists go on the march
with twisted faces and ideas
misplaced anger, ignorance and fear

They go for easy targets and never aim high
Believing all the bullshit and swallowing all the lies
yeah they can shout loud but they’ve nothing to say
just the same old bigotry that never goes away
Repackaged as radical, new and improved
but so many times it’s been proved
they’ve got nothing to offer but division and hate
and power and strength to the nation state

Raised fists antifascists help the fightback spread
and the only good fascist is one that is dead
Militants in resistance we know our enemies
and we know that our best weapon is solidarity

Police and fascists march side by side
it’s always been the way, it can’t be denied
waving batons or St George crosses
they’re working for the rich and the same bosses
So there’s plenty of violence to protect “Free speech”
for the fascist scum and the filth they preach
their “right to protest” is always ensured
while antifascists feel the force of the law

Liberals without a clue
trying to tell “the movement” what to do
follow the leaders from a to b
and let’s pretend we got unity
Stirring speeches keep people still
as designated protest pens are filled
miles from the fascists behind police rails
playing it safe and doomed to fail

We know that fighting fascism means sometimes we have to fight
not pacified, dead end demos where everything is so polite
It’s not about being macho, elite or supertough
but a look at the history of fascism should tell us enough
It’s confidence and strength will grow if it is unopposed
so with barricades and whatever it takes we’ll make sure the road is closed
Wherever they start we have to stop them to make sure they have no chance
there’s many ways to beat the fascists and push back their advance
We’ll never accept the rise of the right or fascists on our streets
and we won’t follow leaders on the long road to defeat
In memory of fallen comrades we will never forget
nor do we forgive so our rage is fueled to destroy the fascist threat

And, here’s what Spanner has to say about the song!

These lyrics were written in the context of a resurgent far right worldwide and we feel everyone should be aware of the true character of right wing movements however much they attempt to rebrand themselves in current times.

spannercogIn the UK we have many outspoken fascists and they are regularly in the mainstream media gaining confidence and trying to recruit new members from mass and social media hysteria targeting immigrants. They will use any opportunity and tragedy to exploit community tensions and people’s shitty living and working conditions shifting the blame from the ruling elite to working class immigrant communities. This works quite nicely for bosses and politicians who in times of crisis always fall back on using fascists to do their dirty work, attacking social movements, trade unionists and instigating terrorism and mass murder. Fascism and Racism cannot be separated from the normal requirements and workings of capitalism. Changing all this is not going to be easy! Witness in Greece the huge upsurge of openly fascist Golden Dawn in the face of austerity measures, in Ukraine the right wing take over of the government with brutal murders of political opponents on the streets. They have gained strength with well documented police collusion whilst violently attacking enemies and minorities. Fascists have created an atmosphere of fear and suspicion, blaming working class immigrants for the greed and excesses of the rich. We hate what capitalists and fascists have done to this world.

While our preferred way would be to encourage people to change their views, most fascists don’t and they need to be targeted and stopped fromvinyl7_foldover spreading race hate and violence as a matter of urgency. We honour the history of antifascist fighters from the partisans fighting Mussolini, the Spanish Civil War and the Nazis to the street fighters of today. We also understand that history has shown that physical confrontation is an effective way to stop fascism in its tracks, however we do also support a diversity of tactics and different ways of confronting fascism as we talk about in the song. Whatever your preferred way to fight fascism, if it is not stopped it starts with racist attacks and can escalate further, ending in concentration camps and genocide.

vinyl7_foldoverThe police have a long history of routine protection of free speech for fascists whilst denying it to and physically attacking those who oppose them. Free speech under capitalism is a farce and an illusion and we certainly don’t think it should be applied to those who exploit it to further race hate. If you think the law is going to protect your free speech, think again – neither the law nor free speech will defeat fascism. In the face of overwhelming repression and criminalisation of social movements as we have seen worldwide it is clear that we cannot rely on our basic “civil liberties”. Liberal antifascism with it’s flawed analysis and tactics, misguided faith in mainstream politics and reliance on government to solve these problems is dangerous in the extreme and has contributed to the growth of fascism.

If we’re serious about defeating Capitalism and Fascism we have to use all tools at our disposal, whether its guitars or iron bars ;)

16
May
14

history lessons ep artwork

The ‘History Lessons’ EP (featuring two songs each from Action Sedition and Spanner) is about ready to roll out. Stay tuned for an official release date! Stay tuned for more details!

Just to whet your appetite, here is the outside cover of the EP.

Massive thanks/merci beaucoup to the comrades at Aract QC for generously allowing us to use their art for the cover and inside of the History Lessons ep. Please be sure to check out the ARTACT QC site!

From the Artact QC website:

“The artist who draws the images and writes the texts (my husband) considers his name is not important: the images wouldn’t exist without the militants who inspire them and who are more often than not in the shadows. Remaining nameless is our way to express our solidarity with all these people who care about our rights and freedoms, a more equitable society, the respect of the environment…”

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12
May
14

audio interview with stage bottles!

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 The folks from Equalizing X Distort radio show (out of Toronto) had a chance to interview a couple of members of Stage Bottles a couple of weeks ago…here’s the info and a link to listen to/download the interview.  It’s a great overiew of the history of/story behind the Stage Bottles along with a nice selection of their songs:

Stage Bottles are a great anti-fascist skinhead band from Frankfurt that have been around since 1993. The band has just released two new recordings last year so I thought I would ask about them in the context of the band’s back catalogue. Stage Bottles were in town a few weeks back and we got to speak to the singer Olaf and the guitarist Marcel. You can hear the show on the player above or download an MP3 of the show HERE.

STAGE BOTTLES – We’re not bottling out (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Too Young To Die (Mad Butcher / Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Real Skinhead (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Solidarity (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Young Til I Die (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – A friend killed a friend (Mad Butcher / KOB / Red Star)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Work Together (Mad Butcher / KOB)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – They are watching me (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – All you need is hate (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Dead but not forgiven (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Power of the city (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – You’ll Never Walk Alone (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Here We Go (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Politicians don’t change nothing (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Hooligan (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Good Luck (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist (Mad Butcher)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – You Never Know (Mad Butcher / Insurgence / Kob)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Come Together (Mad Butcher / Insurgence / Kob)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – New Flag (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Punk and Disorderly (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Mr. Punch (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – May I be impolite (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – We are the Rude Crew (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Russia (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Bring Back the Red Bricks (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Sometimes I’m still up for the fight (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – Fair Enough (Insurgence)
STAGE BOTTLES – Interview (CIUT)
STAGE BOTTLES – One World – One World, One Crew (Insurgence)

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10
May
14

all in for ang!

ang As we’ve mentioned on this blog, our good friend Angi Orchard (also the drummer for our own The Rotten) is  undergoing some serious treatments for some serious cancer. As it says on her Don’t Stop Believing website:

“This is about breast cancer – Angi’s breast cancer. For the past four years this gal has been fighting something which is now getting out of hand. After initial hope that a double mastectomy and hysterectomy would work in stemming the spread of the disease, now things are back to square one and we need some help.

There are therapies that can help Angi withstand the worst ravages of the medications and strengthen her body for the battle ahead. These therapies are expensive – way beyond her family’s ability to finance. But Angi had a terminal prognosis – this beautiful young woman has the cards stacked against her.

So guys, let’s give a little here. Please! Let’s all get a life for Angi!”

Ang could use some help raising money for some alternative treatments and you can donate some coin to help her get these treatments HERE

In order to help with fundraising, Rebel Time Records is offering up some of our releases for $10.00 (plus $2.00 per disc shipping in Canada, please get in touch for shipping costs to U.S. and elsewhere) with all monies raised going to Ang’s treatment fund. If you’d like to help out by buying a release (or two!) you please  get in touch with us at rebeltimerecords(at)gmail. com. We’ll get you sorted out!

Here’s what we have:

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It’s amazing when an already impressive band step up their attack another notch. Such is the case with Kitchener, ON-based the Rotten on latest effort Enemy Of The State. While the quartet have always unleashed a caustic, old school approach that few bands equal, on these 13 tracks they have truly amplified and refined everything without losing the spirit that has driven their aggressive punk for a decade. Enemy Of The State is crisply recorded and perfectly performed without detracting from the guttural, abrasive spirit and energy the Rotten continue to unleash. Essentially, this collection of incensed yet catchy tunes is a spirited, powerful blast of rage and aggression yet the actual delivery is the perfect balance of live enthusiasm and studio perfection. The result is a cumulative effect of decades-long listens to D.O.A., Zeke, Ramones, Rancid and Exploited — thick with rage yet mature enough to let it unfold patiently. (Exclaim)

 

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The Brat Attack’s method is a multi-pronged attack: jumping from raucous, straight-up punk, like album opener “Spark,” to the D4-style pop punk of “Hey Harper, You Anti-Choice Homophobe…,” before breaking into a song like “Prison Slave Labour,” which wouldn’t sound out of place on mainstream radio. Still, there’s enough consistency that the album never loses sight of itself. Politics are hard-worn on sleeves with this group and an album insert thick with lyrics and explanations is the result. Luckily for all though, the Brat Attack never bash you over the head with their beliefs, despite the overtly political content of each song. The politics work best when the band put aside the straight-ahead, angry punk for hooks and melodies on tracks like “Lack of Compassion or Just Ignorance,” allowing for the message to come through more clearly and with some substance.  (Exclaim)

 

abzyesterdayyouWest coast politi-punks the Rebel Spell just met their East coast equivalent. Proof positive that the political opinions most crusty/street punk bands strive to instil in their fans don’t go unnoticed, agitated quartet Broadcast Zero blaze forth with their inspired take on the state of the world. Infusing many personal and anecdotal elements into the fold though, they escape the trappings that weigh down their contemporaries, resulting in tunes that are equal parts sincere and informative. More importantly though, the fervour with which Yesterday, You Could Change The World is delivered seems unparalleled. Every track attacks as if it were the last moment these boys will have on the face of the Earth, relegating the aggression acts such as the Casualties or Total Chaos affect somewhat like, well, bullshit. This is the new breed of street-wise punks and their enthusiasm, vigour and dominance are fucking brilliant. (Exclaim)

 

acwkrrrlargecoverThe Class War Kids go straight for the throat with their sophomore release, as each abrasive song rips into the next. Taking notes from Rancid, A Global Threat and Moral Crux, these Newfoundlanders play an energetic and conscious brand of street punk that drips as much passion and anger as defiance. The group prove their relevance by blasting out protest anthems like “The Vegan Avenger Ascends into Legend,” “Policeman” and the fist raising “Disinformation Age,” all of which are prime examples of the group’s politically motivated lyrics and infectiously gritty songwriting. The Class War Kids aren’t shy to point their finger, whichever one it may be, in the direction of greed, injustice and misogyny, revealing that the true problems in our system are often caused by those that run it. Reflection! Rage! Rebellion! is 14 tracks of devoted insubordination that carries its heart on one sleeve and conceals a Molotov cocktail in the other. (Exclaim)

Any help, whether a personal donation or a CD purchase would be greatly appreciated. Let’s help Ang reach her funding goal and help her in her fight!! As Ang recently said: “Please share with your friends. Im on my way to my goal but still have a ways to go. Looking into Gerson Treatment in Mexico with a $15 000 cost but might be an option if I can raise enough.”

Stay strong Ang!!

angio

 




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