15
May
16

Interview with Les Trois Huit: “We want to recharge our audience’s batteries.”

LTHGroupPicWithout further ado, here’s another interview with France’s Les Trois Huit (you’ll find an earlier interview with the band below…), this one from February 2016 and published by Alternative Libertaire in France. English translation by Mathieu of the crucial Sous Pression radio show…

Of course, we’re excited to be hosting  Les Trois Huit for a couple of their Canadian shows in July…July 29th in Hamilton and July 30th in Toronto…and, we are equally excited to be one of the labels helping to release the Les Trois Huit / Les Partisans split 7″

LES TROIS HUIT: WE WANT TO RECHARGE OUR AUDIENCE’S BATTERIES

lthcantourposterLes Trois Huit (LTH) are five guys who got together to play some antifascist street-punk/oi! for the working class, and to struggle for a world without oppression. They’re new album was released in November, and here is our interview:

Alternative libertaire: Could you introduce yourselves to our readers?

Les Trois Huit : The band was created in 2013 in Grenoble, originally with four friends. We already knew each other from protests or other collectives. Our first practice was in a squat in Grenoble called Le Greta. We just picked it up as we went along. We didn’t really know how to play our instruments, let alone play together. So the past two years were spent playing a lot of shows, and then we released an album in November. It took us about a year to put it together.

Can you tell us about the album?

The band members put the entire thing together, so it’s totally self-produced. We found a LTHLogo3space, and renovated it to create a studio that we’re calling le Stud’Oï!. We recorded everything ourselves, but the mixing and mastering was done by a comrade, Manu Akaes, an old member of Ya Basta. We looked for people who could help us put the album out distribute it. We found people that we have absolute trust in, people from the same militant circles. In exchange for their help, we gave them copies of our CD and LP, and we manage to remain independent. For the album, we worked with labels like Fire and Flames, which Is German, Dure Réalité from Québec, some French labels like Générale Strike, FFC Productions, and Rusty Knife, who are credited on the album. They have a DIY ethic and aren’t there to make money.

You say that play street-punk/oi. How important is it for you to play music with a political tradition?

Yes, for us, our music is completely political. We don’t identify as redskins or anything like that, we don’t like to give ourselves specific labels. People can just listen to the lyrics to get an idea of what side we’re on. We’re in a struggle against all forms of oppression and discrimination that people might face, whether it be at work, based on their origins, their sexual orientation, their gender, etc.

What are you biggest musical influences?

There are the big names in the genre, like Brigada Flores Magon, Opcio K, Non Servium, Stage Bottles, Caméra Silens, but also bands from other musical styles, like Ya Basta, Guarapita, Bolchoï, or Los Tres Puntos. Lots of rap too… And depending on the musicians, there is a lot of ska and hardcore influence too….We have a pretty eclectic mix of influences!

july30One-001You’ve played in a lot of independent spaces, like squats. Is it important for you to place in these spaces?

Since day one, we’ve played in spaces that we support, and some of these spaces are like homes for us. We’ve squatted them, we’ve seen concerts in these spaces, and we’ve met friends there. In these kinds of spaces, you give what you can: give a few bucks and you get to see a great show. That’s what’s important for us. Our shows are also opportunities to meet friends and militant, antifascist, syndicalist, anarchist, and communist tcomrades.
Supporting these spaces is important, especially when we can see mnicipal governments, including in Grenoble with Éric Piolle and the EELV/PG team* who told us, just before they were elected, “Yeah we’ll support the squats” but now that they’ve been elected, there are evictions in Grenoble, especially targeting Roma people. These inhumane practices disgust us, and our way of fighting it is by supporting squats.
[*Translator’s note: Éric Piolle was elected Mayor of Grenoble in 2014. He was supported by a team of local leftists and environmentalists.]

What message do you want to share in your lyrics, and who are you sharing it with?

The lyrics are written on part at a time. It’s pretty spontaneous. We didn’t try to write an album on a single subject, but instead lyrics on a subject that was important to us. When we want to talk about a topic, we talk about it, and we also write lyrics about it. We’d like to talk to everyone in the public. Some of subjects we talk about include antifascism, anti-capitalism, anti-sexism, and other subjects in our lyrics. The subject of migrants is also important. Given the police violence happening at the moment, we wanted to write a song about cops. We also want to write about some more usual topics. We have plenty of ideas, but they’ll have to wait for the second album.

On the subject of migrants, there’s a beautiful song on the album called Au Fond Des Yeux…

That song was written by our bassist, Riad. When the media talks about refugees, they spread a lot of misinformation, or at least, the subject is completely dehumanized. They lthgroup2talk to us about numbers, quotas, selecting what type of migrants we want, and we wanted to give that tragedy a human face. The song tells the story of a female migrant fleeing war and misery, who has plenty of hope of making it to France, and like many like her, doesn’t make it. It’s a bit of a sad song, and a story of young woman who could be any of our sisters.

Do you think that music can serve a purpose in a political project?

Music, for us, is a uniter. Obviously we usually play in spaces where the crowd shares a lot of the same ideas, so in that case singing together and listening to some good punk sounds can be pretty invigorating. We aren’t convinced that music can have a real impact on people though. LTH isn’t a band that will change peoples’ opinions. We’re there to recharge our audience’s batteries, and make sure they leave knowing that they aren’t alone. In every case, we try to make sure that it’s uniting, but that isn’t enough. We believe that things need to happen outside of music, and that we should struggle directly against oppression. Music, though, does allow us to express our anger, to go a bit wild. That’s what our music does for us. After that, the audience can choose to like it or not, but good for them if it they get motivated!
A show is one night. The struggle is every day. When you’re on stage, you aren’t the same person: you’re playing, you’re comfortable. But when you’re an activist, you’re involved in a real life, direct and concrete struggle. So it’s best to distinguish between of those things.

july29ZZ-001It works out well that the music that allows you to go a bit wild is also a means of expressing your convictions, your rage, and your solidarity.

Definitely. We also can’t forget that a lot of activists need those lighter, celebratory moments together. We need to know how to let loose a little, especially in a context where it’s easier to be pessimistic. So when we play a show and see a lot of excited people, it’s a huge pleasure for us. We sometimes see fewer and fewer people show up to demos, but we want to make sure that that optimism isn’t lost.

Where did you get the name for the band?

Riad suggested it. It’s a reference to the 3-8 system of work, and refers to the working class. Even though none of the band’s members work under this system, we’ve pretty much al done it and know what it’s like. We wanted to serve as an homage to those who work under this regime.

Interview by AL Grenoble

Here a song off of the upcoming Les Trois Huit /  Les Partisans split 7″:

17
Apr
16

curasbun – “you have to live rebellion within your regular daily life”

CURASBUN:  “YOU HAVE TO LIVE REBELLION WITHIN YOUR REGULAR, DAILY LIFE”

UPDATE: Take a listen to the new album!

 

You can also download the album, for free, right here!

 

 Long-running Chilean Oi band Curasbun are heading out shortly on a tour that will take them across South and North America in May / June 2016 … look for a few Canadian show too! Stay tuned for tour dates!

Here’s an interview with the band, from Chilean publication Rockaxis, done up in March 2016. Translated from Spanish by Issac D. Thanks!!

curasbuntourposterMore than 20 years of an unbreakable message

20 years after starting their career, Curasbun sees the fruits of their incessant, sacrificed work.  Always in the periphery of being a massively well-known band, the national five-piece went on a trip to Argentina and Uruguay, strengthening relations with the respective antifascist punks there.

Manuel “Misfits” Vargas, guitar player, tells us about the current activity of this emblematic Chilean Oi  Band, denouncing the vices of a country that needs an urgent cleansing on an institutional level, and a social turnabout, with rebellion as a valid vehicle.  “Inmortales” (Immortals) is their latest record, and a battle call.

Q: First of all, why did you take so long between “Un solo crew” (Just one crew), and “Inmortales”?

A: Basically because a great part of our time is taken up by our jobs and families.  In this country, work shifts are long, transportation is a sham, and out of that there are few hours and energy left to invest in other activities.  We don’t live from the band, and have to bust our ass working from 8 to 7 just like any other mortal.  The Chilean musical industry is many times slow because of these kinds of factors, very few have the time necessary to generate good material in a short time, many of us have to do other activities in order to pay our bills, and get to the end of the month with ease.

Q: You needed this long break, considering that you have played live anyway?

A: During these 11 years between records, we haven’t stopped.  We’ve recorded demos and studio material, but we’ve had complications with finishing the record due to the aforementioned.  We’ve been going at it, step by step, slowly but surely.  We don’t consider this a break. Its a slow process but the objective is to have quality work.  On the other hand, this has been interesting, its as if we’ve rescued songs that have been forgotten due to the excess of information in this era.  Our new songs go from events that happened years ago, such as the death of “Mauri the Punk”, and more current ones such as the SQM and Caval cases.

Q:  How was the tour of Argentina and Uruguay?curasbunlogoposter

A: Very good.  We were received well by all the people involved in having us play there: fans, producers, and bands.  In Argentina, the Oi  Scene is huge, and so we filled 2 shows.  In Uruguay, its more across the board, there were a lot of skins, punks, and rockers in general at our shows.  We liked it  a lot that it wasn’t sectarian, and that Antifascist ideas surpass subcultures.

Q: How did it happen that you guys got to go play abroad?

A: They contacted us via inbox and mail.  In Argentina, they were celebrating the 20th Anniversary of SHARP there, and they did it really big.  They’re very organized, and handle their shows very well, so much so that they invited bands like the Oppressed, Red Alert, Hard Skin, and us.  In Uruguay, we played a proletarian festival with other bands with ideas close to ours.

Q: Is there any argument, idea, or conceptual thread around your latest record “Inmortales”?

curasbuncrewphotoA:  What gave the name to this record are all the people that are involved in the punk and skinhead subcultures, also LGBTQ, workers, and wimmin who have died under any circumstance.  These are people who live in a state of danger, and of constant battle with reality.  They die at the hands of power, of the oppressor, patriarchy, xenophobes, and racists.  We believe that we have to broaden our spectrum of struggle much more than workers’, and antifascist struggles.  We must fight against anything that makes difficult the lives of any human, of any mortal.  The flesh dies but the voices will not remain silent.  Bodies are mortal, but not ideas.  That’s the concept of “Immortals”.

Q: What are the changes that we see in Curasbun, version 2016?

A: We’re still the same, but a bit fatter, older, and uglier.  Everything else is the same.  We keep playing and screaming with the energy that only rage and nonconformity can give us. We’re resentful and intolerant, and it will always be that way.  Faces and places may change, but corruption, double morality, segregation (and a long etc.) will always exist.  The “who” changes, but never the “why”, and if that doesn’t change, we won’t either.  Our music in essence remains the same, but we’re putting in more arrangements and solos.  We’ve kept on for 20 years trying to make good sounds out of our instruments, and seemingly its working now.

Q: Your story is long, constant, and with a great effort.  What feedback have you gotten through your music?

A: Countless.  Along the way, we’ve made many friends and enemies. It has been a radical experience since we’ve lived to the extreme many times.  A total religious experience.

Q: Since the political and street message is so strong in your songs, how do you see the current social outlook?

A: Its interesting.  People massively go in the metro without paying, feminist marches, and many artists with a social message.  Comedians make fun of the political class, and curasbunantifaphotowriters talk about the working class, and the aspirations of the middle and lower classes of this country.  This is something that we value a lot, that artists have an opinion, that they talk about reality, daily life, of the streets and barrios.  Its an incredible phenomenon, there are many platforms around, and it makes us happy that we’re all going on the same direction, from different trenches, for example Ana Tijoux, (My name is) Sebastian, and Portavoz (Chilean collectives).  Even though this makes us happy, there is something that’s being left out. Its NOT enough to identify with these ideas and “pamphlets”.  The struggle can never be apart from the streets because that’s where things happen.  You have to live rebellion within your regular, daily life.  A week ago, we had to wreck these fuckers that were grabbing a girl’s butt.  That’s what were talking about when we say that things have to be changed from the streets, and within your daily life.  Sometimes this could mean punches and kicks, fucking up some assholes.  As one of our lyrics says: “Some already tried with peace, now we gotta try with violence.”

Q: What are Curabun’s next plans?

A: We’re in the middle of our “Inmortales” tour.  In May and June, we’re gonna play  Peru, Mexico, U.S., Canada, El Salvador, and Cuba.  That’s our focus for the next months.  I couldn’t tell you more plans, we never think much about the future.

16
Apr
16

les trois huit – jeunesse fichee

We’ve talked about Les Trois Huit before on this blog … they’ll be in Quebec and Ontario for a few shows in July 2016, and Rebel Time Records is collaborating with a few other fine labels to release a split 7″ with a song each from Les Trois Huit and Les Partisans …

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The band has just released the song “Jeunesse Fichee” as a pay-what-you-can download from their website. Any funds raised will go to folks in France who have faced police and state repression in recent days … folks need to pay lawyer fees, hospital fees and fines …

Here’s a brand new video for the song … it should be noted that this song will indeed be on the aforementioned split 7″ …

Great song, great video, great sentiment, great cause …

Solidarity Is A Weapon!

06
Apr
16

The Rebel Beat Podcast 056 – Rebel Music for Rebel Times

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Click here to download this podcast

Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!

First off, yes, we know that there are a few glitchy errors with the podcast audio this week. There was a temporary problem with CKUT’s online archives, so you’ll hear a few blips here and there, but rest assured, it won’t ruin your enjoyment of this week’s show (and it’s only in the first 10 minutes).

On the show this week, we continue a series we started back in January, looking at radical record labels. The first in this series was a retrospective on G7 Welcoming Committee records (Episode 044). This time around, our focus is Rebel Time records, an amazing punk label out of Hamilton, ON. They’ve put out some of the most important Canadian and Quebecois political punk releases over the last decade, from bands like Broadcast Zero, Action Sédition, and The Class Assassins. And they’ve even started to look across the pond, bringing amazing bands over here from France, England, and Ireland.0004273349_10

We spoke here with Randy, one of the co-founders of the label, about everything from combatting sexism in the punk scene to the tragic death of Todd Serious from The Rebel Spell last year.

Also on the show, we speak about the ongoing Black Lives Matter-Toronto camp-out in front of Toronto Police headquarters, and play a couple tunes from their amazing new mixtape!

And finally, if you want to show your love for The Rebel Beat and our mothership at CKUT radio, please take a minute to vote for us as best radio show, best podcast, and best radio station in the Best of Montreal 2016 poll!

Enjoy this week’s show! As always, send us your feedback at rebel@ckut.ca, and tell your friends to subscribe to the podcast!

 

Playlist – March 30, 2016

Jurassic 5 – Freedom

2 Pac – Panther power

Dilated Peoples – Neighbourhood watch

Marshia Celina – It’s up to you

Se7ens feat. New Breed MC – The system

The Steel Town Spoilers – Hamilton as fuck

Spanner – Crisis

Broadcast Zero – Battle on

Interview with Randy of Rebel Time Records

The Rebel Spell – Feel the same

Action Sédition – Classe contre classe

Jeunesse Apatride – Silence de mort

The Class Assassins – The addiction

Cambridge – Hole in the ground

Propagandhi – I am a rifle

The Rebel Spell – The world turned upside down

Section 4 – Take down yer fuckin’ posters

Leftover Crack – Poliamor fiesta crack!

Agnostic Front – Police violence

Di Nigunim – Solidarity

Brother Ali – Uncle Sam Goddam

02
Apr
16

“Canadian street punk band Action Sedition release music video featuring Asian punks”

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From the Unite Asia music blog:

Love knowing that this website has gone fully global…today a Cambodian member of a Canadian anti-facist street punk band called Action Sedition sent in a new music video that his band put out featuring some Asian punk rock kids. Check out his description below:

“Here is a clip of a streetpunk band from Montreal, Canada: Action Sedition. The video tells the story of a young asian antifascist skinhead who was drowning in problems of all kinds; fighting, burglary and urban rivalry especially against fascists in their neighborhood. Lost and disenfranchised, he built his identity through bad decisions. Offenses after offenses, he accumulates severals repercussions. In the end, his friends brought him back to order by straight talking.

Greatly influenced by the French film of the same name : « La haine ». I suggest you read the story in subtitle and the lyrics.

It’s talking about how difficult immigrant children from harsh neighbourhoods in America live there frustration and often sell drugs and commit crimes as there only way out. Very sad reality that some of us have to get through. Racism and poverty doesn’t help either! Thanks for your time!

La haine (hatred)

Every day, the same story, the same thing
It’s been a while, you cease to believe, it’s morose
Your parents settled in this country
Misery makes them forget all the dreams they wished
At school, you are bored, you search yourself
Looking for a job to get you out of trouble but nothing’s there
Discriminate because of your name, they don’t hires you
How live in this prison? In your blood hatred infused
When you see what is happening here
You have the Hate
Hate of this society which is denying you
You’re not part of their plan, they say that you disturb
Oooh Oooh You have the hate!
How many times people told you
Go back to your country you dirty foreigners
The media and the news portraits that you’re nothing good
You came with your family, steal their Paradise
Rejected from all, what you have? …Your friends
So the same struggles unites you
Drugs, violence, burglary, it is all you have
You have learned from your young age, at the bottom of society
When you see what is happening here
You have the Hate
Hate of this society which is denying you
You’re not part of their plan, they say that you disturb
Oooh Oooh You have the hate!
The well-have believe that so far everything’s fine
The pigs protect their achievements like Dogs
Yesterday a youth from the neighborhood as died
From the hand of the police, you decide to revolt”

27
Jan
16

the rebel spell – november 9, 2014 – this ain’t hollywood – hamilton

bittersweet …

24
Jan
16

interview – les trois huit

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TorontoJuly304UPDATE (March 12, 2016): Les Trois Huit will in Quebec / Ontario in July 2016 … Rebel Time Records is chuffed to be presenting their two Ontario shows …  Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood on July 29th and Coalition in Toronto on July 30th … also on the bill(s) will be The Strike and The Fallout, Final Four and at least a couple of other top-shelf street-punk outfits…

And, as well, Rebel Time Records is pleased as pie to be releasing, in conjunction with some other boss labels like Dure Realitie, Rusty Knife, Aggro Beat and Rumagna Sgroza, a split 7″ featuring Les Trois Huit and Les Partisans!

 

LTHCANUCKTOURPOSTEROne of the highlights of 2015 was coming across this great militant antifa streetpunk band from Grenoble, France. Thanks to the Action Sedition crew for bringing Les Trois Huit to our ears and attention!

What follows is an interview with Les Trois Huit that was done very recently by the folks at Dure Realitie zine/label out of Quebec.

Huge thanks to Mathieu (host of Sous Pression) for the translation…Sous Pression radio highlights some of the best in francophone punk, ska, hardcore, and oi! from every corner of the french-speaking world…well worth a listen…

Hopefully we’ll have another interview or two from LTH before they make their way over here…

FYI: you can download the band’s new album for FREE at the Les Trois Huit website!

 

Here’s a short interview with a band that Dure Realitie is working with to distribute their self-titled album. Les Trois Huit, an antifascist Oi! and streetpunk band from Grenoble (France). Enjoy!

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First of all, for the sake of those who might not have heard of you yet, could you introduce the band and its members?

Well first of all, hello to everyone!

We are Les Trois Huit, or LTH, from Grenoble. We play a a mix of streetpunk and oi!. We are an activist group fighting for a society free from oppression, for a mixed and popular society. We’re active through our lyrics, through our DIY and egalitarian approach, and through our own activist activities.

The band formed three years ago without really know how to play our instruments, but we tried to take things slow, did our best, and stayed true to ourselves, and now we just released our first album.

As for the band members, there’s Rubz on vocals, Riad on bass, Numa on guitar, Polo on rhythm, Rouk on drums, and Rémi is the sound engineer.

What does your band name, Les Trois Huit, mean?

In France, Les Trois Huit is a rhythm of work in a lot of factories and stores. There are three teams that work 8 hours each: from 5am to 1pm, then from 1pm to 9pm, and thenLTHLogo3 from 9pm to 5am. You have a team and you work from one week to another.
It’s a rhythm of work that throws you off completely, that fucks with your social life and you family life…

Even if none of us work under this regime of work anymore, it’s something we’ve experienced that we wanted to give nod to our working-class roots. We’re also proud of that part of our lives, and we’re showing it through our name.

On top of that, it’s the number of the département we live in, of our city Grenoble, and its surrounding areas. [Translators Note: A département in France is similar to a province or state. Each département has both a name, and a regional number.]

What are some of your influences?

Well, in LTH, some of our members come from different musical backgrounds. Numa and Rubz are from a more urban background, more Hip Hop, Riad is more ska, Polo only listens to oi!, and Rouk comes more from the hardcore punk scene. Every member comes with their own baggage, which is what makes LTH. If we had to list some bands that have influences us, we’d have to say that it went from Brigada Flores Magon to Bad Manners, but also Singe Des Rues, Bull Brigade, Les Partisans, Molodoï, Non Servium, Hors Contrôle, Los Foiros, Bolchoï, Nabat…

But seriously, the guys in the band really listen to just about everything, so obviously we’re influenced by a lot of things.

What have some of the band’s memorable moments?

LTHLogo2There have been a lot of memorable moments. Well, for one our first practice sessions were a disaster. Some of us have shared overnight stays in jail, our old guitarist Tonton leaving the band, working overnight to build our practice space, and lately, the release of our album in Grenoble, which was for us a really great moment with lots of friends.

Your lyrics are clearly political Are you also active with any activist collectives of groups? If so, which ones?

Yeah, it’s obvious that most of our lyrics are political. When you sing about your vision of life in general, and that you think critically of things that surround you, then you’re obviously being political. But singing political songs isn’t enough. Just being political at concerts and then going out to party is too easy. You have to be political all of the time: at work, in the streets, in collectives and other groups. At the very least, we’re all unionized. There are some of us who were in the CNT, but are now in SUD, others are in their own unions at work. Otherwise, we also participate in a lot of protests, and we organize things in our own city. For the moment, our main involvement outside of the band is in our workplace.

What are some of the current struggles going on in Grenoble?

Well at the moment, one of the bigger struggles has to do with housing, and squats that are being evicted by the city.

In fact, our city is run by an environmental and leftist council. During their campaign, LTHCD2they said they would support the squats and stop the evictionss, but we can see that this obviously isn’t what’s happening. Roma people are bearing the biggest brunt of their political plans, which consists only of evictions without any long term, sustainable housing and integration plan.

Our feminist comrades also have a strong presence in Grenoble. Although we aren’t really members of any of their collectives, we support them 100%, because for us, being antifascist is being realistic and willing to struggle against all forms of oppression, including the struggle against male domination over women.

Given the current climate in France, there are also struggles against the state of emergency and state abuses. Random arrests, house arrests for people who have nothing to do with fundamentalists and have no interest in blowing anything up.

There’s a lot to fight against. These are dirty times.

Musically speaking, what’s the revolutionary scene in region like?

lthpic3To talk of a revolutionary scene in relation to what is happening around here is, in our opinion, seeing things a bit through rose coloured glasses. We can’t really speak of a revolutionary scene around here. When we speak more of alternative scenes, Grenoble is a pretty lively city. There are some pretty good punk, surf or coldwave bands coming out of the squats. There is one particular collective, L’Armée Des Zombies, that makes it possible for a number of punk and rock bands to exist. There is also a big metal, hip hop, and trance scene. In fact, there is a pretty big musical diversity for a city this size. As for politics, it’s less about the music and more about collectives, organizations, and associations. We also have our friends in the ultras from stands RK94 and DB07 who do a lot of good work in the stands and in the city.

As for music, there are a few political bands out there, but nowhere close to being a majority.

We know that the redskin movement was really strong in France in the 1990s and 2000s. They seem to have disappeared a bit over the last few years, but there also seems to be a re-emergence of redskin bands such as yours. Would you say that we’re witnessing a renewal of the movement in France? Would you say that you’re part of this renewal? What’s your relationship with the movement?

Honestly, it might be a bit too soon to talk about a renewal, but there has been a resurgence of antifa collectives these last few years, made up in part by redskins. This has pretty much the natural response to the growth of neo-fascist groups in our country.

Although we clearly identify with the antifa movement, we don’t necessarily label lthbandourselves as redskins. We don’t want to assume that title and we have much respect for what they did in the 90s. The most important thing for us isn’t how you label yourself, but what you say and what you do, not what you claim to be.

But we know that, when you look at us, we’re not too far off from looking like a bunch of reds! Hahaha!

Are there any bands from your region that you would recommend, regardless of style?

Well, there are our friends’ bands, obviously. We’ll give them a bit of a shout out! Les Partisans (recently reunited), the Profs de Skids, Guarapita, Resaka Sonora, Bull Brigade, Lorelei, Retrograd, DK Les Sales Gueules, Flo Mescouyenski, Motor Riot, Les Chevals Hongrois, Habemus Papam, les Tôle Boyz…

Do you have anything to say to people in Québec who are discovering you now?

Well, we’re obviously really proud and happy that our music is being heard over there, lthgroup2and we hope that you’ll like our stuff. Whatever we do, it comes from the heart, and that’s what’s most important to us.

We really hope to come play in Québec on day, and to get to know the scene a bit better, especially since it has such a great reputation here.

Other than that, take care of yourselves.

Don’t give up your struggles, your values, and your ideals.

We can’t forget that, as activists, despite our differences, we are all brothers and sisters, from both sides of the Atlantic, even without knowing each other!

UNI.E.S NOUS SOMMES ET NOUS LE RESTERONS///
UNITED WE ARE, UNITED WE WILL ALWAYS BE///

And, here is a nice review of Les Trois Huit’s debut album, from the Oi Of America blog:

“I have never heard of this band before I got this promo and thank the gods I got this promo because this band is a pleasant surprise. From the sounds of, what I think is spray paint cans in the intro of “Writer” this record had my full attention. Pleasant surprise is understating the howling power this band delivers on “Writer” and “Liberi Tutti“.  On these first two tracks the band delivers  two songs that will shake the bones of your ancestors in the choruses, with boot party beats and great riffs. Then bam! catchy ska beats and up beat vocals keeps “Uni-e-s” very danceable, while the chorus is rooted in melodic street punk. This song keeps both sounds working together to deliver a strong sound and a even better song.

For those that do not like to dance and only want boot to concrete Oi! the band delivers the goods on “Travailler“. This song is a mid tempo stomp that keeps the energy building in the bottom end while the harsh vocals conveys a heavy dose of skinhead attitude.  With a wall of attitude and a sound that would make Motorhead proud, “Gernoble” hits with a thuggish power and hammering riffs. The slow and low lead vocals add to the menacing sound. To sum this song up in one word it would be, brutal.  The band gives us a big dose of melody on the infectious “Au Fond Des Yeux“. The neo- ska beat will keep your toe tapping while the angular guitar lead and aggro filled choruses will keep this song firmly rooted in Oi!. I keep listening to this record over and over, so much of this record hits like a ton of bricks but one of the songs I keep coming back to is the Le Partisans cover “Pas De Quartier“. If this song does not get your blood flowing with it’s dynamic guitars and surging rhythms, then you are fucking dead.

Man I really wished I would have reviewed this record last year because my best of 2015 would have had this record firmly on it. This album gets better and better on each listen. With all the new bands worldwide coming out, please do not let this hammer of a record slip through the cracks.”




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