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02
Jul
17

top five finds – june 2017

… some of the righteous tuneage we’ve been listening to here at Rebel Time Records HQ in the past few weeks …

ALIEN BOYS ALIEN BOYS ALIEN BOYS

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… out of Vancouver and with Erin from The Rebel Spell on guitar … MRR says : … “poppy-yet-tough guitar hooks team up with an unrelenting pogo beat and ripping solos to make each song completely memorable … the lyrics themselves are like a goddamn book within each song, covering topics like gentrifcation, the cops, the fucking patriarchy and more”

COR FORT COR FORT COR FORT

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… from Barcelona… rock proletari comunista street punk … anti-fascist and working class …

MARXBROS MARXBROS MARXBROS

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… out of The Netherlands. Not a lot of info on this outfit, but, this appears to be an international / hands-across-the-ocean collaboration between members of Spazz and ManLiftingBanner …

RPG-7 RPG-7 RPG-7

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… redcore out of Madrid …

SHARPXCUT SHARPXCUT SHARPXCUT

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Anarchist Oi!

Found love and got socialised by punk this subculture takes a big part in our life.

Sexism, homo-, trans*-, biphobia, racism and other oppressive attitudes get more and more attractive and were always part of this subculture, so it’s necessary to fight for an emancipatory subculture. The phrase “make punk a threat” must be more than just some words. Punk has to be a counterculture instead of a lifestyle which stabilizes existing conditions.

So many times it’s told about “Working Class Pride”. It’s the pride of being exploited 40 hours per week, instead of a revolutionary consciousness.

Nevertheless we don’t want to tolerate or reproduce oppressive habits within this subculture. Driven by the ideas of DIY and anger about those habits we decided to found a band in summer 2016.

For an emancipatory and antifascist subculture!

Sharp X Cut, May 2017

18
Jun
17

urban vietcong – a colpi di machete cd – now available

… now available from Rebel Time Records … the debut 6-song cd from Italian left-radical streetpunk/oi/core outfit Urban Vietcong … $10.00 (postage included) in Canada … limited copies, so don’t delay, act today … ! Scroll down to read an interview with the band …

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03
Jun
17

a few words with urban vietcong

I’ve been a fan of Italian punk rock for a long time … I first got into bands like Indigesti, Wretched, Raw Power, Nabat, Peggio Punx, CCM, etc, in the early 1980’s thanks to (the hugely influential) Bad Compilation Tapes and thanks to Craig, from Hamilton’s Schizophrenic Records, who was distributing BCT tapes locally, so they were easy for me to get my hands on.
Here’s a bit of an interview with another, much newer, Italian band (based in Livorno) that’s now getting a lot of play at Rebel Time Records HQ. Urban Vietcong came to my attention when singer Bebe (who was also the singer for the great band Trade Unions – check our their tunes on Youtube) dropped me a line of Facebook and we got to chatting.
10 copies of the band’s debut are winging their way to Canada for distribution as we speak!
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Please introduce yourselves! Who / what is Urban Vietcong?
Urban Vietcong was born in October 2015  from the ashes of Trade Unions. Trade uvtwoUnions was a band that mixed oi! with hardcore and existed from 2004 until 2015. When Trade Unions ended , Sciu and Bebe searched for a new guitarist and new drummer to form a new band, because they were  both still thirsty for the stage! Giova and Fante were the answer to our prayers , both for kinship and for sound, because with different influences (melodic hardcore, punk rock ) the sound has become more original. When people ask us what kind of music we play ,we are in trouble because we mix everything we like,from oi! to punk rock.
Gli urban vietcong nascono nel mese di ottobre del 2015 dalle ceneri dei trade unions. I trade unions era una band che ha mescolato oi! Con hardcore in attività dal 2004 al 2015. Quando questa esperienza finì, sciu e bebe cercano una nuova chitarra e un nuovo batterista per formare una nuova band, essendo ancora assetati di palchi, giova e fante sono stati un’ottima risposta, sia per affinità che suono, perché con influenze diverse (hardcore melodico, punkrock) il suono è diventato più originale. Quando ci chiedono che musica facciamo, siamo in difficoltà perché mescoliamo tutto quello che ci piace, da oi! Al punkrock.
The band released as 6-song CD in 2016 called “A Colpi Mi Machete.” What are some of the themes of the album?
The themes of ours songs are related to our everyday lives, from the bar to  the struggles of our city. For example in “Livorno Non Si Piega,” we speak of struggle of our ancestors against the invaders, right up to the present day, to defend the rights of the working class or against the new bosses..”Hunger Strike & Troubles” speaks about the Irish conflict. In “Attacco” we express our desire for a greater organization of left movement, in order to, as Majakovskij said, to attack the sky.  In other songs we talk more about everyday life and urbbanvietcongcoverpirate life!

il tema delle nostre canzoni è legato alla nostra vita quotidiana, dal bancone alle lotte della nostra città. Ad esempio in “livorno non si piega” parliamo della lotta dei nostri antenati contro gli invasori fino ai giorni nostri, Per difendere i diritti della classe operaia o contro i nuovi padroni. “Hunger strike and troubles” parla del conflitto irlandese. In Attacco esprimiamo il nostro desiderio di una maggiore organizzazione del movimento come diceva majakovskij per assalteremo il cielo. In altri parliamo di più della vita quotidiana e della vita pirata!

Urban Vietcong sings about political issues. Are there any political issues you are involved in on a personal basis, or as a band?
Music, as well as  being fun, and a way to come together, is a means of communication and a way to convey our ideas. In Italy and also in other countries, capital with its means and methods (fascists, police and politicians) is increasingly depleting the less well-off classes. We are only a drop in the sea, but in our social centre and  in our own little way we try to do something to combat this, such as defending historical memory (partisans), anti-fascism,  the right to housing, and more.
la musica oltre che un divertimento,e per stare insieme è un mezzo di comunicazione per trasmettere le nostre idee.in italia e anche in altri paesi il capitale con i suoi mezzi (fascisti, polizia e politici) sta impoverendo sempre piu Le classi meno abbienti, siamo soltanto una goccia nel mare, ma nel nostro piccolo cerchiamo di fare attività per combattere tutto questo,come ad esempio difendere la memoria storica (partigiani), l’antifascismo, il diritto alla casa e altro ancora.
Are there any other good political bands from Italy that you would recommend?
The most political and historic band in Italy is ska band, Banda Bassotti. In addition to uvonethis, in the oi / punk scene, we can’t forget name likes Atarassia Group, S-Contro, Barricata Rossa, Attaccabrighe, Sempre Peggio, Azione Diretta, Malasuerte….we apologize if we forgot someone!
La band più politica e storica è la banda bassotti,ma nel panorama oi!punk italiano non possiamo non menzionare band come malasuerte,azione diretta,barricata rossa,atarassia grop,sempre peggio e s-contro…chiediamo scusa se ce ne siamo dimenticata qualcuna!
Future plans?
Assault the empire! At this time we are going to continue to promote “A Colpi Di Machete” and in January we will begin recording a new album. And, of course, bring socialism to Canada with our sound!
Assaltare il cielo! finiremo di promuovere il disco “a colpi di machete”e a gennaio torneremo in studio per registrare il nuovo album.


Discoccupati senza dio e rifugiati
presi a calci in faccia trattati come feccia
il proletariatovariegato e incazzato
va reso coscienzoso e pure organizzato
PRIORITA’ è la casa e si difende coi picchetti
PRIORITA’ e il lavoro si bastona i sindacati
PRIORITA’ la scuola lotta con gli studenti
PRIORITA’ è la strada si difende dai fascisti

Non stringeremo le cinghie le farem rotear davvero
caricheremo uniti assalteremo il cielo
Non mancheremo il colpo vi spazzeremo il via
con il sangue agli occhi non sarà solo utopia

Lo stato borghese si difende con i maiali
sguinzagliando digos usando tribunali
seduti sempre dalla parte sbagliata
insieme allo sfruttato dietro una barricata
ATTACCO vietcong a colpi di machete
ATTACCO al razzismo come pantere nere
ATTACCO come Palestina contro israele
ATTACCO come Spartaco contro il potere

Antifà dal 1591, leggi livornine qui nessuno è straniero
Villani con Guerrino sconfiggono l’impero
Fischiano i cannoni soffia il vento garbino
A morte l’austriaco sovrano, popolano resiste dalle sue porte
11 Maggio Bartelloni sfida la sorte
Figli di livorno la morte in lotta vi ha trovato

Sognai la libertà, mi opposi all’impero
Labronicamente ribelle spirito mai domo
Decisi di vivere per l’eternità
Divenni baluardo della mia città

Livorno non si piega e mai si piegherà, nuovi sovversivi difendon la città
Vecchi valori contro i nuovi padroni , difendi le tue strade senza timori
Livorno non si piega e mai si piegherà, nuovi banditi difendon la città
Tra i mercati e quartieri popolari , nella mente partigiani e botte ai militari

21
May
17

more top five finds

… a lot of great music hitting the airwaves and earholes … here’s some more top tuneage getting airtime at Rebel Time HQ …

 

city miles city miles city miles

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… balaclava-clad streetpunk / oi from somewhere in the UK … mysterious …

 

 

grand collapse grand collapse grand collapse

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… frantic hardcore punk out of Cardiff, UK …

 

 

knifedogs knifedogs knifedogs

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… four piece street rocknroll combo from Calgary …

 

 

no borders no borders no borders

NoBorders

… politically and socially conscious hardcore out of Ottawa …

 

 

urban vietcong urban vietcong urban vietcong

UrbanVietcong

… left-radical streetpunk/oi/core out of Livorno, Italy …

05
May
17

top five finds – may 2017

… a veritable diaperload of politically charged punk rock …

GLASSED GLASSED GLASSED

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… from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada … steel city street rock … defend Hamilton … members of Born Wrong, Dismantle and more …

 

GRIT GRIT GRIT

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… from Dublin, Ireland … ” one of these bands who suddenly explode out of nowhere, release a blazing demo full of anthemic tracks and captivate the listeners with their to-the-point style, catchy melodies and smart, socially conscious, politically charged lyrics …”

 

BRIGADIR BRIGADIR BRIGADIR

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… from St. Petersburgh, Russia … Red and Anarchist skinhead oi …

 

LA REVUELTA MAGONISTA LA REVUELTA MAGONISTA

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… from Guadalajara, Mexcio  … “composed of friends with antifascist ideas. Working from the ethics of doing it yourself. There are different influences, anarchism and zapatismo. Musicals like: Crass, Les Partisans, Hi! The arrase, Inadaptats. The Flores Magon Brigade. The skatalites, Kortatu. The Redskins, The adjusters, Opcio k95, Action Sedition, Berurier Noir, Guerrilla Alert … “

 

STREETLIGHT SAINTS STREETLIGHT SAINTS

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 … from Calgary, Alberta, Canada … “melodic street punk from … sing along pub rock anthems with a social conscious. Streetlight Saints provide a positive voice for the underdogs, outcasts and down trodden in today’s society. Fist in the air and a song in our hearts ….. here we goooooooo!!!”
05
May
17

the fallout – march 19, 2017 – hamilton

falloutlogo… back in March, The Fallout opened for Red Alert in Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood … here’s a few tunes from their set, courtesy of Mr. Duane Timbers. Thanks Duane …

… first tune is a new one. The band is recording at we speak, hoping to help release something by them sooner than later …

29
Oct
16

interview with afterboltxebike

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Here’s an bit of an interview with (and a couple of songs by) Mexico’s Afterboltxebike. First came across this band when I saw their video for their song “Pavlichenko” about famed Russian sniper/nazi hunter Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Got to chatting with guitarist Diego on Facebook and the rest is history! Answers are by Gabriela and Diego…

For those of us who are not familiar with Afterboltxebike, please introduce the band!

Afterboltxebike began in 2015, after some talk about the idea of creating music with afterintlogo-001communist or “protesta” lyrics. None of us knew how to play any instruments (and we still don’t know how to play, haha) but we shared, and do share, a love for music and political ideology. Andrea (bass) and Diego (guitars) like punk and HC punk music and they invited me to play drums, although I didn’t listen very much to  that genre, because I was more focused on metal, but that doesn’t matter, we were looking for fun and we found it!

What does the name of your band mean? Where did you get the name for the band?

We choose the name Afterboltxebike because it is the first song from the album Kolpez Kolpe by the basque punk band Kortatu, one of the more important communist punk bands in the scene.

At first I didn’t know the real meaning of Afterboltxebike, we assumed the name of the song had some connection to the bolsheviks, so it was to show  people the communist ideology of our band.

In early October 2016, we met Fermin Muguruza, former member of Kortatu, and we asked about the meaning of  the word afterboltxebike.

afterintoneFermin told us the history, in the 80’s in the Basque Country (and the rest of the Spanish State) some punx say they are after-punks (so concerned to the post punk bands), so the Kortatu guys think , “we are not bolsheviks because that are part of the soviet past, so, now, we are after-bolsheviks, like a new generation of bolsheviks”.

So, Afterbolxebike is a new word, from the English word “After” and the Russian word “Bolsheviks,” but written like a basque word Boltxebike.

Afterboltxebike has recorded/released 2 songs … “¿De qué lado estas?” and “Pavlichenko.” Both these songs seem to be political songs. What are these songs about? What themes does afterinttwoAfterboltxebike sing about?

We try to paint in our lyrics the social injustice and talk about people who made history fighting against fascism, is a way to make honor: talk about anybody talk, about brave people who were looking for a better life, because we want the same thing. So, we know that we won’t change all the world with these lyrics, but we hope that in any place of the planet there will be anybody curious who probably start to question his/her reality. We are antifascist and we want to talk about it!

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Afina su mira, recarga su arma
Su objetivo es la peste parda
Respira hondo y dispara
Otro nazi ha muerto por sus balas
Defendió Odessa y disparo en Crimea
Lyudmila Pavlichenko era toda una guerrera
Esperando en la nieve inicio el infierno
De los fascistas que invadieron

Trecientos nazis murieron
Pavlichenko los cazó
Oficiales y sargentos
A ninguno perdonó

DE QUE LADO ESTAS?

No tengo duda, estoy convencida
Que los patrones son mis enemigos
No aspiro a ser como uno de ellos
 Mi fuerza esta con los obreros
Las cadenas que te tienen atado
Estan en tu cabeza, estan en tus manos
Nuestra trinchera te esta esperando
Estas con los patrones o con los explotados
Nuestro camino esta muy claro
Revolucion del proletariado
Nuestro sendero esta iluminado
Por los comunistas que han luchado
De que lado estas?
Del patron o del proletariado
De que lado estas?

I think someone in the band is making a documentary about the Mexican political punk scene? Could you talk a little bit about that?

.Diego (guitar) is  doing two documentaries, one is a  history of hardcore punk in Monterrey (the city where we live), and other is a little video about the political punk scene of Guadalajara City. The two documentaries are D. I. Y. and primarily funded by Diego with contributions from friends interested in the two projects.

What are some of the political issues affecting the members of Afterboltxebike? What particular issues are you working around?

We have the same problems that all persons who are mad about the shit that capitalism bring afterintthreeus have (wars, genocides, poverty); communist or not, people want a change, and  claims for it (ecologist, anarchists, etc): the apathy of the society to the world’s problems. The individualism and the beliefs that the system has put it on in all of us. It’s complicated stay against injustice because we live in that everyday, in the school, job (if there’s money, there’s food) family (who says “You must  grow up and find a good job and make money! Buy a car and get married!!) and even friends, but we’re still in and don’t get down for that, we know that is a “normal attitude” in a society that still doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution, hah.

Respect for the band, we need a lot of practicing to get a better sound and we are working on it.

What is in the future for Afterboltxebike? (of course, here you can talk about your upcoming world tour and double-live-in-Japan album!)

Our future… We probably won’t have a Japan tour hahah but we’re making new songs and playing live in wherever invite us. Actually we want to release some some of our own songs and we’re gonna release two covers from Abuso, a local punk band from 80’s, this is for a project that we have with the Abuso’s guitarist, Felipe, a friend of the band, who  is kindly helping us,( he also plays in Cabrito Vudú, a great national band! ).

In addition, we want to thanks all of our friends and people who are supporting us, especially you Randy for support the music and the scene!

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... and, here’s the videos the band made for their two songs …

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DE QUE LADO ESTAS?




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