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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!

PAVLICHENNKO

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?

12
Jun
16

interview – les trois huit – spanish

The comrades from RASH-Guadalajara who do Tres Fleches zine were kind enough to share with us an interview with Les Trois Huit that is in the brand new issue of Tres Fleches … massive thanks to, and solidarity with, RASH GDL

This new issue of Tres Fleche (Issue 12) also includes interviews with Les Partisans, Hard Left,  and lots, lots more …

We’re hoping to have the interview translated into English shortly…

And, of course, we are stoked that Les Trois Huit will be playing shows in Quebec and Ontario in July…Rebel Time Records will be presenting the Toronto and Hamilton shows!

 

HAMILTON SHOW INFO

TORONTO SHOW INFO

 

 

ENTREVISTA A LES TROIS HUIT DE RASH GDL

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LES TROIS HUIT es una joven banda de Francia, y desde el anterior zine, ya les había prometido un entrevista. Ellos tocan oi! con ese sonido Redskin francés clásico que engancha a la primera. Gracias a Riad por la entrevista, el hizo todo el esfuerzo por mandarla en castellano, casi no modifique nada. Escuchen a esta banda ya!

3FZ.-Cual es el motivo de hacer una banda, cuál es su historia? Que significa LES TROIS HUIT?

LTH.-Hay 3 preguntas en una!! Jeje!Pero primero, un saludo a todos y todas. Estamos muy honrados de hacer esta entrevista para vosotros y vamos a tratar de hacerla en español…
En el inicio, fuimos compas de lucha, de manifestaciones. Estuvimos juntos en el mismo colectivo antifa, y un día, decidimos continuar nuestra lucha con la música.
En el inicio, no sabíamos tocar nuestros instrumentos, pero aprendimos todo poco a poco…
Y ahora, 3 años después, salió nuestro primero disco y vamos a hacer un EP con “LES PARTISANS” , una excelente banda, además de que son amigos nuestros.
Hacemos todo en nuestra banda.  El DIY es uno de nuestros  valores personales. Por ejemplo, construimos nuestro propio estudio de ensayo y de grabación.
LES TROIS HUIT, es un ritmo de trabajo en Francia. Y estamos muy orgulloso de nuestras raíces de trabajadores.
Nuestros nombres son, Rubz, Riad, Polo, Numa y Rouk

3FZ.-Han sacado su disco nuevo, sonidos antifascistas para los chicos de la calle, platiquen algo de este disco, de que hablan sus letras?

LTH.-Nuestras letras hablan de nuestras vidas y de política. Por ejemplo, “Writer crew” es una canción que habla  de graffiti, “Travailler” es una canción que habla de la violencia en LTHGroup3el trabajo,  hablamos de la amistad, de la calle, hablamos también de los refugiados, que tratan de venir a Europa… No podemos decir que somos chicos de la calle… Vivimos en unas casas pero pasamos mucho tiempo en la calle y es un lugar donde tenemos mucho amigos y amigas.

3FZ.-Hay un poderoso cover de LES PARTISANS, “pas de quartier” (Ni un barrio) con nuevos arreglos.

LTH.-Si “LES PARTISANS” es una banda muy famosa en Francia y son nuestros amigos. Es por eso que hicimos este cover de “pas de quartier”, pero con nuestro estilo.
Hacemos conciertos juntos, y puede ser, ya como te lo dijimos antes, vamos a hacer un Split con ellos.
En nuestro disco, hay también un cover de “birra” de BULLBRIGADE, una banda de streetpunk italiana.

3FZ.-Francia tiene una historia desde los 80tas en grupos políticos, antifascistas y redskins que han influenciado a muchas bandas de Latinoamérica. Que nos pueden decir de la escena ahora en Francia?

LTH.-Bueno, por supuesto que hubo una escena de redskins muy grande en los 80s y  90s, pero después, fue un poquito menos presente en los 2000. Ahora, como en el pasado, hay un aumento de las ideas fascistas y de los grupos de derecha en Francia. Pero contra esta escoria, hay una reacción de grupos antifas y redskins. Asi que,  están más presente que en los años pasados.
Por la música, Hay nuevas bandas como KROSKA, TOLEBOYS, RETROGRAD, nosotros… Por el momento, no es tan rica como en los 80s pero es solamente es un comienzo…

3FZ.-Refugges welcome! Las guerras, el hambre y la falta de trabajo desplazan siempre a miles de personas en todo el mundo. El capitalismo está siendo más voraz que nunca?

LTH.-No sabemos si el capitalismo es más voraz que antes… Puede ser, es el mismo que lthgroup2antes, pero sus consecuencias están más largas…
Hoy, hay muchos refugiados que llegan a  Europa. Es la verdad, peor, toda la historia de Europa fue como esta. De todo tiempo, el hombre quiere una vida mejor, y creemos que, cuando tienes una familia, el deber más importante es de tratar de buscar una mejora vida para tu familia o amigos…
Es por eso quE, entendemos naturalmente a los refugiados y decimos “refugees welcome”.
Mañana, puede ser, que los refugiados seamos nosotros…

3FZ.-Los acontecimientos en Paris del pasado 13 de Noviembre 2015, fue una noticia que llego a todo mundo. Sin embargo, la invasión por parte de Francia a Syria, y sus bombardeos a la población, no tuvo el mismo resultado de compasión entre el mundo.

LTH.-Claro!.
Estamos consciente que, para los políticos y las periodistas, una víctima francesa es más importante que una víctima africana o asiática o del sur de américa.
Y luchamos contra eso. Para nosotros, una víctima es una víctima.
Pero estamos muy claro. Para nosotros, ISIS es un estilo de fascismo. Fascistas con su visión de su religión. Y no hay nada de excusas en ellos.
Pero debemos tratar de entender las razones de la creación de ISIS y la política de la Francia en áfrica, es una de las razones.
No estamos con ISIS, no estamos con el estado francés, estamos con  los civiles, hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas que mueren, en Francia, en libia, en siria, y en todas las partes del mundo.

3FZ.-La derecha en Francia ha tomado estos atentados como parte de apoyo al nacionalismo y trampolín a las siguientes elecciones. La familia LE PEN sabe aprovechar estos sucesos?

LTH.-Si tratan?!!, claro que la derecha, Le pen y el “frente nacional” tratan de beneficiarse LTHjacketde los atentados. Pero la izquierda social democrática” también…
Por el momento, no sabemos cómo la gente va a reaccionar en un largo tiempo…
Esperemos que estos atentados vayan a  crear una unidad entre la especie humana y no una unión nacional de mierda.

3FZ.-La seguridad de Francia, por parte de la policía, militares, llevan al Estado a ver a cualquier persona como enemigo. Principalmente las organizaciones de izquierda. Como lo que está sucediendo en Barcelona y Madrid.

LTH.-Si, después los atentados, hay un estado de urgencia, que aumentan el poder de la policía y del estado. Y podemos ver, que hay una represión contra los grupos y los movimientos de izquierda…
Es muy grave.
Con el pretexto de luchar contra el  terrorismo, hay unas leyes fascistas que están votadas…
En Francia, con nuestra historia, conocemos lo que el fascismo y vemos claramente que se viene de nuevo.

3FZ.-Este disco lo sacaran en formato de vinilo, para cuándo tendremos esta edición y que sigue para la banda?
lthcantourposterLTH.-Ya está en la calle!, el disco en formato de vinilo salió el 21 Febrero.
En primavera vamos a sacar el Split, también en vinilo,  con “LES PARTISANS” y estamos componiendo canciones para el segundo disco…. Que va a salir, si podemos, para finales de este año.
En lo que es conciertos, vamos a tocar, en Francia, y en Europa, y vamos a hacer un tour en Canadá, el 21 Julio al 1 agosto.
Esperamos un día ir a tocar a México, porque sabemos que tienen una gran escena, de seguro con puras chicas y chicos!

3FZ.-Munchas gracias por su tiempo, donde pueden contactar a la banda para conciertos o amistad, donde pueden comprar su material. Este espacio es para ustedes. Salud!

LTH.-Pueden contactarnos, escuchar y tener nuestro álbum por precio libre. Tener noticias también…
Todo está aquí!!!
Nuestro sitio: lestroishuit.net
O estamos en facebook; les trois huit

Gracias a todos y todas!!! SUERTE! Keep the faith!!!
LTH///

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″

HAMILTON SHOW INFO

TORONTO SHOW INFO

ES 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.

TAHLTHSTRIKEIt 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, including Montreal on June 17th, Toronto on June 18th and Hamilton on June 19th

Hamilton Show Info

Montreal Show Info

Toronto Show Info

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.

06
Sep
15

interview

Thanks to the good people at the Redstar 73 Antifa Blog for the interview! It’s at great site with plenty of great interviews and more…they’ve previously interviewed Rebel Time Records bands like Spanner and Section 4!

Rebel Time Records – Rebel Tunes For Rebel Times

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your record label?
Rebel Time Records: Sure! Rebel Time Records is a label based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Rebel Time Records was started in 2008 in order to release socially-conscious, politically-charged, left-radical political punk rock, with an emphasis on Canadian bands. We like to say we deal in songs of protest and resistance and songs of love and rage…our motto is Rebel Tunes For Rebel Times and our bands are inspirational, incendiary and insightful/inciteful!” To date, we have about 13 releases, with more on the way. We’ve released great material by bands such as Action Sedition, The Class Assassins, The Rebel Spell, Section 4, Spanner, Broadcast Zero, The Rotten and more. The name? Hmmm…As I recall, “Rebel Time” was a phrase I heard in a song by the band Klasse Kriminale…I thought Rebel Time Records sounded good and had a nice ‘ring’ to it. Our label graphic (our ‘mascot’) is the wrench-toting, balaclava-wearing person giving the ‘thumbs-up’ sign. We use this as our label-graphic for a few reasons…a wrench / spanner is a handy tool that can be used to tighten things up / create / build things, and, yet, it can also can be used to loosen things up / destroy / tear down things. We hope that the music on our label can be kind of like that wrench! Also, the fact that our mascot is wearing a balaclava makes it ‘every person,’ underneath the mask, it could be you, or it could be me, it could be her, it could be him, it could be anyone…it’s inclusive. We hope that everyone will see themselves, to a certain extent, in this graphic. And, hey, who doesn’t like getting positive affirmation or acknowledgment in the form of a ‘thumbs-up’ once in while!

Redstar73 Blog: What’s up next for Rebel Time Records? Any new releases on the horizon?
Rebel Time Records: At the moment, we are taking things kind of slow. Running a record label (especially one that deals in such a selective and specific genre or ‘niche’ like political punk), is really an ‘expensive hobby’ these days! It’s a labour of love, that’s for sure! Most recently, we have released some amazing music from Vancouver’s The Rebel Spell, Ireland’s Section 4 and Montreal’s Action Sedition I think our next release will be ‘The Mivart Sessions,’a collection of 12 “bodgy and barely remixed’ live-off-the-floor tracks from militant ska-punk band Spanner (from Bristol, England). Just a fantastic band who, can, in our humble opinion, can do no wrong. We’ll be cooperating with a couple of other labels on this release. The band assures us the finished tracks will be in our hands shortly! Also in the near future, we’ll be releasing some new material from one of our all-time favorite local bands, The Fallout. ‘Straight-up, stripped-down political punk rock’ is the best way to describe these guys. They’ve been around for quite a while and have worked with Longshot Records and Insurgence Records. Stoked to have them on Rebel Time Records. Check out their classic album “Turning Revolution Into Money” online…there is talk of releasing a remixed/remastered version of this too… Further down the line, we look forward to working again with Action Sedition, they just keep getting better and better…anti-fa oi/streetpunk at its best…

Redstar73 Blog: How important is the DIY idea and politics to you?
Rebel Time Records: I think that, both for the label and for the people involved in it, both the ‘staff’ and the musicians, DIY politics and ideas are important, integral and essential! The Rebel Spell, on their first CD “Days Of Rage” said “trying to abide to strong morals and ideals to maintain a positive Do It Yourself ethic is sometimes exhausting, but the ones that live it and survive it, get to live proud.” Very true words. I’d like to think that the bands on Rebel Time Records and the people who make up the RTR Collective can take and have taken pride in their political / DIY stance. Folks involved in Rebel Time Records have been doing things positively DIY and ‘hands on’ (and getting those hands very dirty!) for most of their political / musical lives…everything from publishing magazines covering left-radical struggles to tenant organizing, to volunteering at social centers and union organizing, to putting on shows, demonstrations and political events, to setting up tours for bands and political speakers to building home recording studios, etc, etc! I’ll end this answer with a quote from Byron, singer/guitarist for The Fallout: “D.I.Y is not waiting for the right time, place or circumstances to come along and take care of you. D.I.Y is making your ambitions happen right here, right now.” So, yeah, get busy!! Create! Build something great!
OK, just one more quote from Byron: “If you aren’t getting what you want then get off your ass and make it happen. There’s no reason you can’t.” Words to live by!

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Hamilton?
Rebel Time Records: Ahh…Hamilton…known world-wide at The Hammer, The Steel City, The Ambitious City, home to the Hamilton Tiger Cats football team (Oskie Wee Wee, Oskie Waa Waa, Holy Mackinaw, Tigers… Eat ’em RAW!! ) The scene in Hamilton is pretty darn good! Politically, Hamilton is home to a very cool anarchist social center called The Tower which hosts plenty of amazing events such as skill-shares, discussion series, reading groups, movie nights etc. The space also has a lending library and a print shop. In a nutshell, The Tower aims to support and provide a resource for local activist groups, community organizations, revolutionaries, and anyone sympathetic to anarchist principles of direct action, mutual aid and solidarity, voluntary association, prefiguration, equality, and autonomy. Musically, Hamilton is, and always has been, home to a vibrant music community. In fact, some of the first punk bands, such as Teenage Head and The Forgotten Rebels, came from Hamilton and Hamilton’s best punk club/bar/venue, This Ain’t Hollywood, is named after a Forgotten Rebels song. We host shows there once in a while and it’s also home to Rebel Fest. Besides Rebel Time Records, Hamilton is also home to Schizophrenic Records, purveyors of punk rock both local and international. The Schizophrenic folks also own and operate a (literally) underground record store called Hammer City Records. Well worth a visit! Also well worth a visit is Crash Landing Punk and Music store, owned and operated by long-time local punk rock scenesters. So, yeah, Hamilton has everything we need…venues, record stores, a social center and a ton of amazing people involved in punk and politics! Defend Hamilton!!

Redstar73 Blog: Any last words?
Rebel Time Records: Thanks very much for the interview. Much appreciated.! In closing, I’d just like to pay respect and homage to two members of the Rebel Time Records family who we lost earlier this year. Angi Orchard, drummer for The Rotten lost her battle with breast cancer in May and Todd Serious, singer for The Rebel Spell, passed away after a rock-climbing accident in March. Both were amazing individuals, caring, compassionate and committed. Both were passionate people, deeply involved in punk and politics and both shared a commitment to animal welfare and animal advocacy.. Just a few days ago, Propagandhi released a cover of The Rebel Spell’s song “I Am A Rifle,” with all proceeds/donations from the sale of the song going to two causes close to Todd’s heart, The Wildlife Defence League and the Unistoten Defence Fund. The song is available on Propagandhi’s bandcamp page. Buying the song and thus contributing to these causes would be a great way to remember both Todd and Ang…

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01
Jul
15

catching up with mossin nagant…

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

Check previous blog entries below for more on the band…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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