29
Aug
15

soundtrack of solidarity

We’ll have 10 copies of this CD in our hands shortly … $12.00 (plus postage) gets you a copy (please drop us a line if you’d like us to hold one for you) … a fundraiser done up by RASH-Munchen …  with Brigada Flores Magon, Action Sedition, Spanner, Jeunesse Apatride, Produzenten der Froide, Los Fastidos, Artificial Eyes and more  … here’s their blurb about the disc … :

soundsofsolidarity1SOUNDTRACK OF SOLIDARITY!

Today the Solidarity-Compilation for our friend and comrade Paul get released! The CD will cost 5€, you can give more if you want. All the money we give to Paul that he is able to pay the lawyer. We want to say thanks to all Bands who supported us! You can order the CD vie e-mail (solidaritywithpaul@hushmail.com) or send a message to our facebookpage. How you can pay we tell you in the answer-email.

Soundtrack of Solidarity – 14 Tracks – 5€- Orders to: solidaritywithpaul@hushmail.com or send a message to the RASH München page.

For all who ask now “Who is Paul and why is he in jail?!” Here is the answer:

At the 20th of July Paul was protesting together with more than 1300 antifascists against PEGIDA in Munich. Because he was carrying a flag with him that was “too short” he has been arrested. Since that day he is held in custody. Pressrelease from the 22nd of July: At the 20th of July PEGIDA Munich hosted a manifestation at the Marienplatz where they invited PEGIDA founder Lutz Bachmann to gain momentum for their rascist movement. More than 1300 people where involved against the rascist demonstration. During those protests some people got arrested and some where held in custody. Around 8:30 PM a antifascist was stopped by undercover cops and got arrested for violating the laws of public gatherings. They justyfied this by a flag the activist was carrying wich was “too short” by their understanding. Since then the activist is in detention while awaiting trial. The spokesman of the supporters for people beeing agrieved by repression during the anti- Pegida protests had this to say: “the imprisoment of an activist under filmsy conditions like this is the peak of a wave of unjustified repression against antifascists. Meanwhile convicted right- wing terrorists and neonazis can attack and threat journalists and activists. the nonintervention by the police while right wing soundsofsolidarity2activists attack antifascists and the repression against antifascist can be seen as a strategic move. If the city of Munich wants to fight rascism is debatable. In any case, the police of Munich is doing everything to make the rascist march possible monday for monday. If necessary by deviating antifascist protest.

Against Pegida and repression!
Against the deviation of antifascist protest!

Thanks to Produzenten der Froide Los Fastidios – officialpage Brigada Flores Magon Malasuerte Fi Sud Spanner Action Sédition FFD uguaglianzaARTIFICIAL EYES ZSK Jeunesse Apatride Lumpen Cosenza Oi Total Komplet hors contrôle( page officielle)
Our Solidarity against your repression!

Here is  Action Sedition’s contribution to the CD …

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN

Fascism is back in style
Italy celebrates its Duce
Nothing will erase this sad period.
The Nazi regime is settled in
The army is revolting in Spain.
Following the Italian example
Catholics have sold out
Reactionary forces are united.
No, they will not pass, we will not let them pass
No, we will not back down, we will not back down
The people rise up
To face the fascist threat
They make their dreams reality
Anarchists and socialists
In Catalonia the lands are collectivized
Factories are self-organized
Borders are pushed back
Theory is put into practice
No, they will not pass, we will not let them pass
No, we will not back down, we will not back down (x2)
The fascists are united
German planes mark the skies
They want to put down the popular uprising
Exile in the north becomes necessary
The struggle is international
France is invaded by Hitler
Our experience becomes crucial
The first resistors take root.

13
Aug
15

the strike re-envisioned

 

As previously noted on this blog, The Strike are back and are playing their first show on Sunday, August 16 in Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood, with The Fallout, Strong As One and Come Out Swinging.

Ric Taylor from View Magazine had a chat with drummer “Lucky” Pete Lambert … here’s the article:

STRIKEAUGUST16BOOTSONE-001Hamilton is a glorious place that continues to have worldwide rippling effects on music. Take one “Lukcy” Pete Lambert. The London, Ontario born drummer got his start with bands like NFG during the first wave of punk but in the ’80s explored his musical muse in England with the like of The Trojans and The Angelic Upstarts. Lambert would eventually return to Canada following a more alt-country muse in bands like Cry Baby and Kensington Hillbillies but more recently, he’s made Hamilton his home for the last eight years and been exploring more of his punk roots. Of late, Lambert helps to coordinate the annual Joe Strummer tribute and a few years ago he’d cross the path of one Fergus Mcleod who’d been at the heyday of what was punk, or more specifically, Oi – a working class sub-genre of punk.

“The Strike were a three piece Oi/punk band who formed in 1979 in Inverness, Scotland, lead by Fergus Mcleod on bass and lead vocals, he was also the principal songwriter,” explains Lambert. “Two of their songs, “Skinhead” and “Gang Warfare” appears on the classic album Strength Through Oi in 1981 and gained them a fair bit of notoriety. A couple of subsequent singles were released but no real success was attained. However, through the years, they have become legendary because of the two tracks and in the ’90s a full CD was released with the few already released tracks and a bunch of demos. Such was the ongoing interest that the album was recently reissued on vinyl.”

“In the ’90s, Fergus moved to Canada and formed another well known punk/Oi band called Emergency, in Vancouver, who released self-titled album in 2004,” adds Lambert. “Mcleod eventually ended up in London, Ontario in the late 2000s and that’s where I met him, when he was working in Michael Todd’s Speed City Records. Of course, we ended up talking about my involvement with The Angelic Upstarts and he told me the story of The Strike. He mentioned that The Strike was the only band from the Strength Through Oi album that hadn’t played the annual Rebellion festival in Blackpool, England yet. I suggested that if he ever thought seriously about forming a new line-up, I would be interested in being the drummer, especially if it meant playing Rebellion.”

With Lambert leading the charge, he decided to enlist another Hamiltonian with a long history in punk to help out on reviving The Strike.

“When I went in to [the ] Crash Landing [music store] to speak to Chris Crash about it, he said ‘you strikepiconemean The Strike from the Strength Through Oi album?’ and then proceeded to quote all the lyrics from Skinhead off by heart. Well, was he excited! I knew that we had the perfect combination and the spark to get this thing up and running and so we began rehearsing in March.”

With rehearsals going well, The Strike returns for their first show in some three-plus decades this weekend as a strong punk trio that might not be the Scottish band of old but with it being two-thirds Hamilton punk, they’ll be as purposeful as they ever were.

“There may be a little grey hair involved but there is a certain spirit behind the music that we capture in this incarnation,” notes Lambert. “We’re playing with The Oppressed, a UK band, in Toronto in September and as soon as we’re done these shows we’re going to be working on new material. We’re excited to be playing this music and it’s got a lot of Hamilton in it. It’s good fun music for everybody. It’s what was really going on in the streets, in the reality of people’s lives and that’s what this music is about.”

 

01
Jul
15

catching up with mossin nagant…

As previously promised, and without further ado, here is a bit of an interview with Basque streetpunk band Mossin Nagant. We’ve been listening to their latest self-titled release pretty much non-stop and have copies of it available in our distro.

Check previous blog entries below for more on the band…

Mossin Nagant on Facebook

1) For those of us who are  not familiar with Mossin Nagant, could you please introduce yourselves.  Who and what is Mossin Nagant?

mossingnagantpromoposterbigMossin Nagant is a streetpunk band from Vitoria-Gasteiz, basque country. Since 2003, our band has changed quite a bit during the years.  We founded our band on a marxist, anti-fascist philosophy, which reflects in our lyrics. Since then, we have had gigs in all kinds of political concerts and festivals in the Basque Country and the rest of Europe (Spanish State, Italy, London, …).

2) In 2005 Mossin Nagant released an album called “Redskin Sounds from Euskal Herria.”  Now in 2013 you have released a new album!  It took a long time, but it is well worth the wait!! Please tell us about the new record…

Haha! Because we don’t make a living of our music, there has been some fluctuation of band members – lack of time, work issues, etc. Work kills time for the best things of life. For those reasons it took us a lot of time to record and edit the album although we have been playing some of the new songs live for years. Finally we’re happy with the result: the work we put into it and we managed to release a different, grown sound. We could count on people very committed to our music and we edited the album accordingly to the availability of our means. Big ups to Rusty Knife Records (France) and Rumagna Sgroza (Italy) who produced the CD-Version with us and to Brixton Records (Bilbo), Urban Hell Tattoo (Zaragagoza) and Mai Morirem (Barcelona) who produced the vinyl. The album is titled “Mossin Nagant” and has 9 songs. We hope people like it as much as we do.

3) Mossin Nagant has songs like “R.A.S.H’ and “Red Skins.” Can you tell us what being a red skin or R.A.S.H means to you?
Being skinhead is inherently connected to the working class and its struggles. Music by and for skinheads in our view is the logical consequence and perhaps one of the most honourable forms of cultural expression. Anti-fascim is deeply rooted in our daily life and we try to reflect this in lyrics, attitude, things and acts. Some members of our groups have been active militants of local R.A.S.H. and similar social movements. Our special situation (opression by the Spanish state and living in an occupied country) has taught us to commit to the struggle for independence and to support our political prisoners.

4) On the song Zauri Zaharra you utilize a musical instrument called a txalaparta.  What is a txalaparta and what is it’s significance?      

The Txalaparta is a specialized Basque music device mde of wood or stone. Used, in the past, as a medium of communication between valleys, nowadays it is an important reference of basque folklore. In this song we used the Txalaparta because the lyrics are about the history of our country and the necessity for revolutionary struggle and independence.

5) Are there other redskin/political bands that we should know about or be listening to?

Of course! The basque country is a nest of all kinds of political bands, the skin, hardcore and punk scene is active and growing. We would like to recommend you our brothers ‘Boot Boys’, another streetpunk group from our city and Zartako (unfortunately they don’t play out anymore) from Bilbo.

We would like to send a solidarity salute to all of your people out there in Canada. Hopefully we’ll meet some day in concert!

09
Jun
15

the strike – punk rock matinee – august 16, 2015

As mentioned directly below, THE STRIKE are back and getting ready to play out. We are happy to say that their first show will be happening on Sunday, August 16th in Hamilton!

You can stay up-to-date on the proceedings here at the Facebook Event Page:
THE STRIKE – HAMILTON – AUGUST 16TH

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Here’s a couple classic tunes from the band that should make it into their set!

02
Jun
15

the strike – may 30, 2015

strikethree

Was lucky enough to sit in on the 5th or so practice of the new reformed The Strike a few nights back! As previously mentioned on this blog, Fergus (The Strike, Emergency, The Tranzmitors) on bass/vocals has been joined by Pete (The Trojans, The Angelic Upstarts, KHB) on drums/vocals and Crash (Slander, Hammerboiz, The Steeltown Spoilers) on guitar/vocals…a great mix of tunes from both The Strike and Emergency songbooks and even a Hammerboiz tune!

In the words of Pete: “For the past several months, I have been practicing here in Hamilton with the early 80s Punk band The Strike, originally from Inverness, Scotland but transplanted to Canada when their Bassist, lead singer and songwriter, Fergus McCleod moved here in the 90s. I met Fergus several years ago in London, On. and we have been talking about putting a new version of the Band together for years and now it’s here. We will be starting to play shows in August and will probably take over the world by some time next year. Watch out, us and our Punk Walkers are coming to steal your children.”

A few more practices and they’ll be ready to play out. You’ll be able to see them in Toronto in September opening up for The Oppressed, if not sooner!

Here they are doing When The War Is Over. Camera work is a bit shakey, but the performance ain’t…

18
May
15

mossin nagant – new cd – distro

mossingnagantpromoposterbigMossin Nagant are an Oi band from Eusak Herria (Basque country) in Spain. Back in 2005 they put out a great CD called “Redskin Sounds From Euskal Herria” and they’ve just finally released an excellent new self-titled 9-song CD on Rusty Knife Records (antifa label out of France). The band plays melodic and miltant RASH-inspired streetpunk and songs deal with topics such as anti-fascism, anti-capitalism, class pride and class struggle. Other than than, well, don’t really know much about the band! Maybe we’ll try and do an interview with them. ( Actually, just talked to the band, and we’ll do up a small interview with them…stay tuned…. ) We’re getting a very very limited number of the new CD for distro here in North America. The discs are on their to us as we speak, so, if you would like a copy, please get in touch!

NOTE: the CD is now available at our Rebel Time Records Bandcamp page!

Here’s a couple of tracks from the new album….

MOSSIN NAGANT

Hay una vieja historia que quieren olvidar Con el paso de los anos no han podido ocultar Es algo simpre incomodo que puede rescuitar Seguro que algun dia escucharemos su final

Azote del fascista pesadilla del burgues Esencia de la clase sentimiento de unidad Orgullo por los nuestros razon para luchar Orgullo por los nuestros razon para luchar!! Que vuelvan a temernos que empiecen a temblar Destruyamos con hechos su sensaction de seguridad Es algo necesario es un deber moral Podemos ser nosotros quien escriba su final

Est: Eses es el camino!! luch contra el capital Pueblo organizado!! una rebelion social El proletariado la vanguardia tomara La bandera roja volvera a ondear!!

RED SKINS

Juventud roja, ruda y rebelde, heredera de la cultura de la calle Orgullosa de su origen multiracial, del sentimiento obrero y de su ideologia Mantente firme! Siempre ante el enemigo. Mantente Lejos! De todas sus mentiras Recuerda siempre cual es tu lugar. En que lado te encuentras Cuando hay que luchar

Libertad! Igualdad! Solidaridad!

Caras sucias de la classe obrera. Luchador temerarios de las calles oscuras Persiguen el camino hacia la justicia. Encuentran en su barrio las miseria del mundo Batalla local!! El objetivo es global. Hay una guerra y un historia paraganar Unidos por el mundo no nos podran parar Nuestra ultima victoria sera vuestra final

Here is a brand new review of the CD, from Montreal’s Dure Realitie Webzine :

C’est lors d’un voyage en Espagne qu’un ami m’a fait part d’un groupe des Pays Basques qui venait de sortir un nouvel album et que je devais absolument découvrir. C’est ainsi que je me suis procuré le nouvel album éponyme de Mossin Nagant, groupe de oi! hispanophone. Le nom du groupe fait référence au fusil militaire utilisé par les forces soviétiques durant la seconde guerre mondiale et notamment popularisé par les tireurs d’élites tels que Vassily Zaïtsev, ce qui nous donne certains indices par rapport à l’idéologie politique de Mossin Nagant. On retrouve très peu d’informations sur le groupe, hormis qu’il avait un autre album à son actif, Redskin Sounds From Euskal Herria sorti en 2005 et qu’il se réclame du mouvement Rock Proletario Internacional.

Mossin Nagant2L’album commence en force avec une chanson éponyme suivi de Mr. Sam qui critique l’impérialisme américain. S’en suit 7 autres chansons avec une sonorité unique à la oi! hispanique et abordant les thèmes chers à tous les bons skinheads marxistes-léninistes de cette planète : la vie de la classe ouvrière, l’antifascisme, la lutte des classes et la révolution. Musicalement, on sent l’influence du rock proletario, voix et guitares pesantes avec une batterie aux sonorités plus oi! classique. J’ai particulièrement apprécié les chansons Escoria Traidora et Infierno. Définitivement, Mossin Nagant est un groupe à découvrir!

And…here is the review in English….

It was during a trip to Spain that a friend told me that I absolutely had to check out a band from the Basque country that had just released a new album. It was thus that I came to buy the new self-titled album from spanish-speaking Oi band Mossin Nagant.
Mossin Nagant is named after a rifle used by Soviet forces during World War II; it was popularized particularly by snipers such as Vasily Zaitsev and this gives you some idea of the political ideology of the band.
There’s not a lot of information available about the band, except that they released another album, “Redskin Sounds From Euskal Herria” in 2005 and they are part of the Rock Proletaria Internacional movement.
Mossin Nagant’s second album starts out strong with the title track, followed by “Mr. Sam” which critiques US imperialism. 7 other songs (plus a hidden bonus track) follow with a unique Spanish Oi sound and the songs address themes dear to all good Marxist-Leninist skinheads on this planet: working class life, anti-fascism, class struggle and revolution.
Musically, there is the influence of ‘rock proletario’ with heavy guitars and classic oi vocals and drums.
I especially liked the songs Escoria Traidora and Infierno.
Mossin Nagant is definately a band you should check out!

16
May
15

interview with section 4

Here’s a nice interview with our very own Section 4, done up by the fine folks at Redstar73:

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?

Section 4: Howaya! We’re Section 4 from Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland – Paul (guitar/vocals), Conor, (Drums/vocals), Bob (Bass/vocals). We got together in 2007 with the intention of being a straight up Oi! Band, but before long other influences, especially Reggae and Ska, came into our sound. The name is taken from Section 4 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act under which 2 of us, together with some friends of ours, were arrested one night; the story of that night forms the lyrics to the song “Night In the Cells” off our first album. Needless to say drink was taken…

Redstar73 Blog: You have just released your new album. Tell us more about it.
This album is a little different to our first one in that there’s a little more of the ska and reggae influence compared to tthe first one. Also theres a lot of extra instruments overdubbed here and there – organ, sax, trumpet, acoustic guitar, bodhran…we had quite a few of our mates guesting on it, cheers to all of them! This time around we’ve had a few labels help us out with the release; Jobsworth (Ireland), Rebeltime (Canada) and Infiltrate The System (England). That’ll will help with the promotion and distribution for which we’re very grateful.Due to the lenght of time it took us to get all the overdubbing and mixing done, we are almost ready to go and record again, so watch this space!

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
The DIY idea is great in a lot of ways but I’m not absolutist about it. The sense of community in the scene, the mutual aid, total control over every aspect of your band – all wonderful but it is very hard for DIY bands to survive. We all have to eat somehow so if you are making no money on music you have to work other jobs etc which means you have less time to do music. For every DIY band that can keep going for years there are a thousand great bands who broke up because they couldnt afford what is essentially a very expensive hobby. I would never change one word or one note of a song for money but if a label wanted to give us money to tour, record etc without setting any conditions I’d have no problem with it personally. Not that that’s likely to happen! As for politics, that word means different things to different people. It doesn’t have to mean parties and elections; politics is your values, what kind of a society you want to live in, and what you do to bring about that society. The songs we have about normal working class life, being skint, losing your job etc are just as political as the ones critisising the establishment. As for me, I’m a class struggle anarchist – real change will only come about from those of us on the bottom taking control.Politics is very important, but having the craic is important too! Also,you don’t get through to people by lecturing them;Im a big believer in the old Oi! slogan “having a laugh and having your say”. One last point: we are a 100% antiracist, antifascist band and have zero tolerance for that bullshit or people who take a soft line on it. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about dodgy bands/promoters in the Irish scene but we’re aware of the problem elsewhere.

Redstar73 Blog: What’s up next for the Section 4?
We’re very proud to be playing the Keep The Faith festival in Belfast this May alongside a shitload of great bands. We’re hoping to get a tour of Ireland in during the summer to promote the new album, having already got a few English dates in this year with our German buddies Robinson Krause (hallo lads!).A new recording is on the cards but we’re still debating whether to do an EP/split release or go straight for another full lenght album.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words
Last year we lost our friend and legend of the punk scene, Colin “Riot” McQuillan, singer for Runnin Riot. You couldn’t say enough good things about the man and we will give our all in his memory when we play Belfast in May. Also this year saw the untimely death of Todd Serious,singer for the Rebel Spell, who we had the pleasure of touring with on their previous visits to Ireland. Condolences to everyone affected by the passing of these two absolute gentlemen.
Thanks for your interest in our band, keep an eye on our Facebook for updates! Oi!

Bandcamp: https://section4.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/section4ballina/




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