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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 …

PAVLICHENKO

DE QUE LADO ESTAS?

01
Oct
16

interview with atterkop

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Without further ado, and just in time for their record release show, here’s an interview with Atterkop! Very happy to be one of the labels assisting in the release of their first full length! On this side of the pond you can get a copy of of the album from Rebel Time Records …

Reviews have started rolling in, with The Punk Archive saying, in part, that the album is a  “consistent, eleven strong, full-length debut of quality ska-punk, at times littered with a darker, heavier, more thrash-orientated edge than what is normally expected. It pays off massively, with the dubbier sections showcasing the band’s musical sensitivity and the punkier sections detailing the group’s more personal side. Whilst still a fair way off from smashing the system, it’ll at least be likely to be monopolising people’s speakers long after its release.”

Music for social change, not profit!

What (or who) the heck is an ‘Atterkop’?? Other than the fact that you are from Bristol, England and have regular hang-outs with our pals in Spanner, we really don’t know a whole lot about you lot. How about an introduction?

Okay, so ‘Atterkop’ consists of Chris (vocals), Ian (Guitar), Luke (Drums) and Alex (Bass). We first started playing together in the late winter of 2012. Three of us were in a very short lived, but thoroughly enjoyable punk band called Private Gain, which disbanded due to our beloved bass player Geoff having to move back to New Zealand, so myself (chris), Luke and atterkopgrouppicAlex wanted to continue playing together but fancied something different and aimed to start a political dub/reggae band… it was something none of us had ever really done before and figured it would be worth a punt! So I called my friend Ian who played in an instrumental reggae band ‘One Shot’, and asked him if he wanted to come to a practice and well, within one practice it was established that we weren’t going to be leaving punk behind any time soon! We kept the band under wraps for 6-7months until we had a full 30 minutes worth of music. Then come the end of spring 2013, I spoke to a few friends of ours who booked gigs around the country and made it known that we had a new band. Then before we knew it we had a 4 consecutive gigs booked.. but NO name… enter ‘Atterkop’. It was a band name that I had at the back of my mind for a few years and thought that perhaps this was the perfect time to  finally get it used. The word, (actually spelt Attercop) is typically Old English and translates to “poison head”, and was often used to refer to ill natured persons or feared beings. Also, for anyone familiar with the hobbit, Attercop is the name that a certain Bilbo Baggins gave to the spiders…

The name was put forward and well nothing else was really brought to the table, so we changed the “c” to a “k” so we could gain ‘punk points’ and that was the name. It stuck and we continue to ride it out, even though no one really seems to know what it means 🙂
Atterkop has been describe as “a hefty dose of political dub soaked punk coupled with riff heavy beat downs and frantic ska.” and  “aggressive, politically-charged and laced with intricate ska sections.” Accurate?
2) I guess that’s a fair description of the bands ‘sound’ certainly in the beginning weatterkopshirtdesign focused more on fusing ska and hardcore together. Where as over time, we have begun to explore many more genres and musical ideas. I guess the Atterkop mantra is to write music that’s fun to play and challenging to play. All of our songs, lyrically are lined with a strong anarchist sentiment – There is never any lack of inspiration. For example the soon to be released LP tackles issues surrounding mental health awareness, expectations of gender roles, European refugee crisis, deforestation and direct antifascist action, if you want to go into those a little more we can, all you got to do it ask ;), but ultimately  we will use the 30 minute set  we have armed with microphones and amplifiers to bring up issues and topics that we feel are important to consider and for other individuals to think about and discuss.
You’ve got a new album out and it’s called “Liber Abaci.” Honestly, I keep calling it “Liberace, but I’m pretty sure the album isn’t a tribute to ‘Mr. Showmanship.’ What’s behind the title? What’s behind the album?
Okay, so I am going to try and sum the idea behind the title has quickly and as promptly as possible…
“Liber Abaci” pronounced “LEE-BER AH-BA-KEYE” is an ancient book of numerals written by Fibonacci and directly translated reads as “The book of calculation” or “Book of atterkopalbumcdpicthe abacus” it was the first book to truly explain the hindu-arabic number system and addressed the applications to both commercial trades men/women and mathematicians. It could be argued that this book acted as the keystone for how global economies and businesses operate – by providing the mathematical basis for trade between East and West.
Its also worth mentioning that the album artwork (drawn by our good friend Ian Gibson) is also a nod to the Fibonacci Sequence as it depicts the Nautilus, a prime example of a mathematical equation operating in universal law. This  highlights how advances in knowledge can open our understanding of the world around us but can also be used to control it
So, I guess the theme for the whole record was nature and numbers. Looking at how humans interact with one another, interact with other species and how we treat our surroundings. As well as trying to execute various time signatures…
This entire album was recorded by Ian (guitar), its a great feeling knowing that the whole record was written and recorded by ourselves, we had the privilege of working with a atterkoplivehandful of cracking musicians who feature on the album, Duncan from Bristol reggae band One Shot played the keys, Alex Gordon and Matt Dowse of Citizen Fish featured on the trumpet and trombone and our good friend Matt Martin (Made Of Ale Studios/Pumpkin Record) was drafted in for mastering duties and as a result the record sounds perfect (to us anyway). It is also safe to assume that the record labels and distros that helped us release this record also thought that it was worth a punt, we are really chuffed to release the record on such a wide variety of labels, i will give you a little run down as to who is involved…
 Riotska Records – This is the record label that i co-run with my wife Claire.
Pumpkin Records – Long time friends of ours, based in Bristol/Manchester UK
Prejudice Me Records – Two of the best people in DIY Punk, 100% of their money made goes to grass roots radical causes.
Ronce Records – busy French Punk label.
Forwst Records – Brand new German label/distro based in Hamburg
Rebel Time Records – Obviously you are great, and we love everything you put out and stand for.
Kibou Records – UK hardcore label ran by our friend James who plays in The Domestics
Uncomfortable Beach Party – UK punk label/promoter ran by our friends in the punk band Casual Nausea.
Abracadaboum – cracking distro based in France.
Let’s talk about a couple of the songs … “Every Boy, Every Girl” … you mentioned that this song is about : “the rigid definitions of gender and how we have our identities sculpted for us through means of advertising and tradition.” Please, expand!

So the concept for the song “Every Boy, Every Girl” is something that had been floating around in my mind for a while. I have always found it incredibly infuriating how we as individuals are expected to conform to the gender binary. We are somewhat forced to subscribe to the Male or Female category and throughout history the association with

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either one of these gender roles brings particular stereotypes. It is these stereotypes that we wanted to attack and deconstruct with this song. Mainstream media plays a huge role in attempting to dictate and force their ideas and perceptions of how each specific gender category should behave, dress, interact and dream. People have the right to be who they want to be and if you feel that the connotations and guidelines of Female or Male labels are weak then that’s okay. It is okay if these labels do not fully describe you. It is okay to break away from that. But in the same breath If you are able to subscribe to the binary then that too is okay, we are just trying to highlight that whether you are happy with it or not, there are rigid stereotypes and expectations of gender roles within society and that is what we have an issue with. As I said previously, you can be whatever you want to be.

“If We Stop, We Die: “a tune which looks at a number of topics, mainly contempt for the state, police force and how we should try and work together and all strive for the greater good. ” Please, elucidate…
The song “If We Stop, We Die” is a ‘hats off’ to every single person who has committed themselves to a form of left wing radical activism. On countless occasions I have been left in awe of simply how much particular individuals and groups are able to achieve when they set their minds to it. The song touches on the freedom of expression and the fact that just because you have the right to freedom of speech, that does not make It okay to subscribe to inherently racist ideals and agendas. Our current and previous governments alongside mainstream media have worked hard in conjuring fear among the masses and directing hatred towards those who fall under their demonized categories of “Immigrant”, “Foreigner” and “Benefit claimant” and as a result, dividing and segregating the country. Consequently a rise in far right fascist ideologies and movements make themselves known. The chorus of the song…
“the backlash is building, it will come soon. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should! The true foundation of our liberty, is it exercise our right to defy. Eradicate elements of ignorance and free society from violence” 
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…serves as a piece of advice to all those that choose to swallow the complete nonsense that is constantly put in front of us. Legislation is put in place to try and keep people from speaking up and acting out against forms of oppression. The illusion that if you “put your mind to it” and “get a proper job” you will be able to smash through the glass ceiling and live a debt free existence, with no worries or woes. Existence is an upward struggle and it’s a much harder struggle when we face it on our own. It’s imperative to maintain healthy relationships with those in your community and if we all come to together and fight in whatever way we can for the greater good then we may be able to secure the comfort and security which we all desire…. And that’s what the whole song is about in essence. It’s the longest tune on the record clocking in at 5minutes and it is one that just about refers to everything. But to conclude, “if we stop, we die” is about not giving in to fascist mentalities and ideologies, refusing to respect those that protect those ideas, and trying to build a better future – together.
You just released a really really cool video for the song Picket Fences … how’d that come about and what’s it all about?
Our tune “Picket Fence” was written back in 2014 when the housing estate that I  live on in Bristol was targeted by the National Front (A far right movement that pedals hate and racism) They had armed them selves with spray paint and painted a vile slogan of racial hatred along the main road, that runs along one of the main bus route. Needless to say the graffiti was removed promptly. You see, Bristol is a wonderfully diverse city and that is what makes it such a special place to live, it is a melting pot of culture and this behaviour will not be tolerated. The chorus “Your days are numbered. We will defeat you. atterkopweareWe are antifascist, through and through” rings true with lots of people that listen to us and watch us at is in solidarity with all those that have been and continue to be directly affected by fascist behaviours and intimidation techniques. Further more it is an ode to every single individual that actively stands against the threat of oppression from the far right. Whether you partake in direct action, designing artwork, singing about antifascism, fly post, give out leaflets, run info stalls, organise benefits and fundraising events or wear the t-shirts – whatever it may be all the little things we do as individuals add up and contribute towards the greater good. So bearing that in mind we wanted to capture that in a 3 minute music video. So we asked Ian ‘Sean’ Gibson – Family member, good friend and exceptionally talented illustrator to help us out (its worth mentioning that he also drew the artwork for the album). We gave him a loose idea of what we wanted. I believe some of the buzz words were – “Bristol, Antifascist action, cartoon violence, community, happy endings”. He nailed the task perfectly and the result was a wonderful video that carries a solid message that is family friendly 😉

The record release show is happening on October 1st in Bristol. Opening bands are Spanner and Little Fists. How’d these two outfits get drafted for this show? And, how’s things in Bristol these days??
That’s right our record release is on the 1st October 2016 in Bristol, UK. The two bands we have asked to join us for the celebrations are Spanner, also from Bristol and secondly Little Fists from London, UK. First of all, Spanner, who I know you lot over at Rebel Time Records are familiar with, are for us one of the most humble and modest punk bands around. They atterkopreleaseshoware a prime example of everything a punk band should be. Their politics come before anything else and their music really is a tool for instigating social change. Not only are their politics on point, but they are also eager, keen and supportive towards us as a band. To play a record release gig in Bristol and not have them play wouldnt have felt right. They are top people and good friends of ours and if you aren’t familiar with them you need to head over to their website www.spannerintheworks.net and get to know them! As for little fists, we have only ever seen them play once at a house gig in London. Their music was technical, lyrically their politics were on point and they were nice people to boot. They have never played Bristol before and we thought we would invite them to our city. Which, despite being relatively small (population of 450,000) is a great hub of (sub)culture and alternative thinking, and its home to the wonderful Kebele social centre!
Obligatory final question. What’s up next for the band?
Next up for the band, we are currently working on album number 2 and are more than half way through writing it, But other than that, it is to simply carry on as we are, whilstatterkiplivepic trying to play more gigs/tours and festivals over UK/Europe and it would be brilliant to head out your way (Canada/USA) sometime soon, but in amongst all that, its important for us to continue to hold a solid political message within our music, use our music to fundraise for grass roots causes and to write tunes that initiate conversation. So long as all the a above is happening and we are having fun whilst it’s happening – we are happy!
Thanks to Atterkop for the interview!
18
Sep
16

hold a grudge – no compromise cassette

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Here at Rebel Time Records it’s no secret that we’re all big fans of Hold A Grudge. Straight out of Montreal, Quebec, they are a perfect blend / perfect storm of punk, hardcore and oi.

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Mat, Jee-P, Scott and Dan … Hold A Grudge

As their bio says: “Hold A Grudge is a perfect mix of the anger of hardcore, street-punk’s spirit of revolt and the uncompromising attitude of Oi.”

The most recent line-up of Hold A Grudge is/was: Dan 86 on Guitar,  Jee-P  doing up Vocals, Mat Oi on Bass and Scott on Drums. Let it be noted that these guys have played in/do play in such bands as Jeunesse Apatride, Subsistance, Shotcallers, Bastard 86, King Cans and Dynamite Express…

The band got together in 2004 and broke up about 10 years later. The good news is that Hold A Grudge is  getting together for one last show on October 1st, 2016 in Montreal.

The show is a benefit for the Montreal SPCA.

The band says: “a lot of bullshit is being spread all around Montreal about pitbulls, with a breed-specific legislation (an outright ban…) creeping right around the corner. As pitbull hagreunionposterlovers, animal lovers, or just general decent human beings, we wanted to do our part to help stop the city from passing this law and help our little furry friends. THIS IS A BENEFIT SHOW FOR THE MONTREAL SPCA. They have proven to be the best allies in this debate so far and therefore we trust them completely to do the best they can with the money we will raise with this show.”

More good news! Before they broke up, the band recorded about 15 new songs. Two labels – Dure Realitie and Rebel Time Records –  have joined forces to release some of these songs on cassette. The cassette will be available for sale at the October 1, 2016 show. We’ll also have some available in the Rebel Time Records distro!

… and … here it is … 11 top tracks of punk/hardcore/oi … !

Back in 2010, Hold A Grudge released a full-length called “Doing Time” on Insurgence Records … you can stream it right the heck here courtesy of Dying Scene … that should hold you until the “No Compromise” cassette come out!

Here’s a few reviews of “Doing Time” that give you a good feel for what the band is all about…

“Goes to show you can’t always judge an album by it sleeve. Hold A Grudge, I was convinced were going to be tough-guy metallic Hardcore, but truth be told their style is hagheadsubstantially more fitting with the Insurgence roster than their image might suggest. There’s a well-built crossover at play here that incorporates Oi! and Street Punk fundamentals, excellently balancing the Gorilla Biscuit-styled Hardcore that represents the flipside to Hold A Grudge. Bands like Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law and Youth Brigade were master craftsmen of this technique and it’s a fusion I’m more than partial to. Being based as they are out of Montreal, Canada (and considering the label it’s being issued on) there’s a characteristic left-leaning social stance to Hold A Grudge, which is a welcome departure from some of the current generation of Hardcore bands. A promising contribution.” (Riot 77)

“Hold A Grudge are classic mid-paced hardcore, the good old solid kind that’ll get you through a bad day with enough left over for a pleasant supper. While at first it may seem like there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the sound, listen a bit more closely hagnocompand you’ll find there’s plenty of originality on show, more than enough to make it enjoyable to the ears rather than just a task they have to endure. Beyond the initial intensity we’ve come to love from the style, there’s a strong street edge that’s well-executed and is a respectful nod to their oldschool punk and Oi! forbears. And the smooth tightness that you’d expect from bandmates who’ve done hard time together is all present and correct.
Lyrics adopt a posi attitude with a sussed social conscience, but don’t forget that everyday life can be tough at times. HAG know that survival doesn’t always come easy and occasionally carries a heavy price, but never forget that the good times always outweigh the bad. It’s clear that the need for unity underpins much of their thinking, and who can argue with that?
Altogether, this album is far more a pleasure than a chore and is a cut above much of what passes for hardcore these days.” (Old Punks Never Die)

“Hardcore punks Hold A Grudge know how to make a riff stick: by nail-gunning it to your noodle. The beauty of knowing what you’re doing reveals itself in the command of the tools of your trade, and the Montreal five-piece show themselves to be master craftsmen on this sophomore release, graduates of the old school of punk and hardcore where power haglogotwoand precision drove your points home. Hold A Grudge reference much in the way of both East and West Coast hardcore of yore, as well as British punk and Oi! of yesteryear, but veteran sensibilities keep the gang vocals, rolling drum thunder and flying up-front guitars both fat and fresh, and fans of the form will be hard-pressed to find any doing it better.” (Hour Community)

11
Sep
16

atterkop

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Atterkop… political punk/hardcore/dub with an anarchist sentiment … yep, the Bristol – Hamilton anarcho-radical-luv connection continues to flourish and blossom … stoked to be one of the labels helping to release the first full-length from Atterkop … a hefty dose of political dub soaked punk coupled with riff heavy beat downs and frantic ska … music for social change not fashion or profit … copies are winging their way to RTR HQ as we speak …

ATTERKOP – LIBER ABACI

Release date: 1st October 2016

atterkopgrouppicHaving built up a strong following over the years as a solid part of Bristol’s underground punk scene and part of the Riotska Records collective,
Atterkop are pleased to finally unleash their strong debut album ‘Liber Abaci’.

With a mighty sound Atterkop bring a unique edge to the punk rock scene, mixing aggressive hardcore leaning sounds while remaining very much a dub-punk band in places. ‘Liber Abaci’ certainly brings the band forward with its superb and epic- sounding production along with the addition brass on select tracks, thanks to members of King Prawn and Citizen Fish.

Taking in themes from across anarchist political perspectives, Atterkop use their loud, abrasive and unique sounds to carry their messages. The album covers everything from gender politics and anti-fascism to environmentalism and mental health.

‘Liber Abaci’ is out on Saturday 1st October 2016 across a multitude of labels: atterkiplivepic

LP – Riotska Records, Pumpkin Records, Ronce Records (FR), Prejudice Me Records, Abracadaboum (FR), Kibou Records, Uncomfortable Beach Party and Forwst Records (DE)

CD – Riotska Records, Pumpkin Records, Rebel Time Records (CAN) and Ronce Records (FR)

They will celebrate by holding a release gig at The Stag and Hounds in
Bristol on the same night.

Here’s the brand new and most excellent video for the track Picket Fence:

And, here’s what the band had to say about the song:

“‘Picket Fence’ was written back in 2014 when the estate that one of us live on in Bristol was targeted by the National Front/far right. They had armed themselves with spray paint and painted a vile slogan of racial hatred along the main road. Needless to say the graffiti was removed promptly. Bristol is a wonderfully diverse city and that is what makes it such a special place to live, and this behaviour will not be tolerated… and here we are 2 years on and our record is due for release soon and recently the estate has been targeted again. Only this time the houses of European nationals have been vandalised, destroyed and covered in 6 foot high graffiti saying “GO HOME” & “NOT WELCOME”.

This tune is in solidarity with all those that have been and continue to be directly affected by fascist behaviour and intimidation, furthermore it is an ode to every single individual that actively stands against the threat of oppression from the far right. Whether you partake in direct action, designing artwork, sing about it, fly post, give out info leaflets, run info stalls, organise benefits and fundraising events, wear the t-shirts – whatever it may be all the little things we do as individuals add up and contribute towards the greater good. Keep fighting, keep pushing forward and never relent. Their days are numbered.”

WE’RE ANTI-FASCIST THROUGH AND THROUGH!”

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”

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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