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stage bottles: ‘having a laugh and having a say’ in canada…


Frankfurt, Germany’s STAGE BOTTLES are headed our way and will be playing a few shows in Ontario and Quebec.

Some of the dates so far are: 

TORONTO (Sneaky Dees) on APRIL 18TH, with Bitter Grin, The Deliquents and Action Sedition

MONTREAL (Coop Katacombes) on APRIL 19TH with Jeunesse Apatride, Scarlet Beast and Mayday

OTTAWA (Dominion Tavern) on APRIL 25TH with Shotcallers and Machine Gun Dolly

HAMILTON (This Ain’t Hollywood/Matinee Show) on APRIL 26TH with The Fallout, Overpower and Come Out Swinging

If you aren’t familiar with the band, here’s what a few reviewers have had to say recently:

..STAGE BOTTLES play melodic Oi! with a distinctive saxophone and strong, sussed political ideas…

…the STAGE BOTTLES form an important anti-fascist alternative. What sets the band apart from the pack is Olav’s saxophone. It gives the band an eerie BAD MANNERS feel to their skinhead punk beat associating them with anti-racist scenes of the past. But the band is a straight up hardcore punk band with loads of melody. Think BAD MANNERS meets the politics of ANGELIC UPSTARTS meets the sound of BLAGGERS ITA…

…think of the best of early BUSINESS (“Official Bootleg” era) and early BLITZ (first album) combined with above average lyrics, and a healthy dose of sax, and you’re away…

…band with a real infectious street punk sound that borrows heavily from pop sensibilities (as far as song structures go: verse, chorus, verse kind of thing). Like a UK Subs/Bad Manners collaboration of sorts on the surface, but yet the STAGE BOTTLES end up sounding more and more like Leatherface’s singer fronting Infa Riot; the lyrics are straight-up working class and of the anti-fascist variety but still Oi! to the core….


Here’s what the band has to say about itself:

“The Stage Bottles were formed in 1993. We started with a complete different line up compared to now – except Olaf.

The band was born as an anti-fascist Skinhead band with roots in classic punk-rock and Oi! from England. But we always gave a fuck about where good music comes from.

The Stage Bottles are a sub-cultural band. Being involved into sub-cultures like Punk, Hooligan or Oi! we make a stand against capitalist society and its ignorant and killing effects. Our aggression is the result of a critical attitude to what ordinary people do. We are not ordinary, and people who like Stage Bottles aren’t either, we hope.

But our attitude is not a result of racist or nationalist propaganda. We don’t like everyone, but we also don’t hate everyone. It doesn’t matter where anyone comes from or what colour of skin the person’s got. We’ve got friends/comrades all over the world.

But we know some people are acting in another way, so we’ve got to react. Our music and the lyrics are a reaction to this. We can’t cut off our music and lyrics from experiences we had. So we are anti-fascists and we support anti-fascists and sometimes we feel like revolutionaries.

But never forget: antifascism and a revolutionary attitude has got to be fun as well.

The Stage Bottles act in a political way to prevent bad things and to support good things and to save and build freedom.

The result may be a better world with much more fun and without arsholes.

You can call it: Aggression for fun in a positive way.

But as a small band like us with a little effect, of course. With your support the effect may become bigger!”
Power For Revenge

Corruption And Murder (Full Album)







One of our favourite bands, THE CLASS ASSASSINS, have a new blog up and running, check it out HERE…tunes and video and more to come…


the prowlers/produzenten der froide split cd and tour

Coming soon on INSURGENCE RECORDS, a split CD from Montreal’s THE PROWLERS and Germany’s PRODUZENTEN DER FROIDE…5 songs each…

“Oi! Drunk! Rock-n-Roll! This split-release is the result of pairing up Canada’s most notorious skinhead band with their suitably-matched counterparts in Germany for some international touring, recording, and unavoidable mayhem. Five original tracks from each band at their fighting best!”



And, look for both bands on tour together, in Canada, in September!!

Sept 2 – Montreal, QC w The Prowlers/ Produzenten Der Froide
Sept 3 – Ottawa, ON w The Prowlers/ Produzenten Der Froide
Sept 4 – Hamilton, ON w The Prowlers/ Produzenten Der Froide (matinee)
Sept 4 – Toronto, ON w The Prowlers/ Produzenten Der Froide



Here’s some reviews, courtesy of the fine folks at STREET VOICE UK MUSIC MAGAZINE:

THE BRAT ATTACK – Those Who Sow Sorrow Shall Reap Rage: Depsite the Brat Attack being on my radar for a long time this is the first time I’ve actually heard anything by them and I really have been missing out! This is pretty cool socially aware punk rock music that really deserves to be heard by the masses. The Brat Attack pull no punches and all fourteen socks deal with important issues such as boneheads, capitalism and relligion. If that wasn’t enough the band also add an expenation about each song and why they were written. The Brat Attack are very inspirational and are a reality check! To ignore this album would be sheer madness. 10/10 (Rebel Time Records)
THE CLASS ASSASSINS – You’ve Got It All Wrong: I have been giving this album a really good listen this past few days and it’s fair to say another killer release from Insurgence Records here. I guess they lay somewhere between S.L.F. and Bonecrusher though there’s hundreds of high energy punk rock bands to compare them with. When you hear songs such as ‘Crack Of Thunder’, ‘You’ve Got It All Wrong’, ‘Going The Distance’ and ‘A Generation Robbed’ you know you’re on to a winner here. I haven’t heard an album with this intensity coming out of North America in Ages. This comes well produced and nicely packaged too! 9.5/10 (Insurgence Records)
THE CLASS WAR KIDS – Reflection! Rage! Rebellion!: What puts most people off with political / social aware bands is the music is usually dull. However with Canadian punk rock band The Class War Kids you get great music and wicked lyrics. Every song is pretty much high energy punk rock that has found it’s way back into the scene after years of lame metal crossover bands. There’s 14 tracks in all with songs such as ‘One Last Struggle’, ‘The Vegan Avenger Ascends Into Legend’, ‘Reflection! Rage! Reebellion’, ‘Fuck The Troops’ and ‘Us Against The World’. There’s not one filler on here and most punk rock fans will find this a very pleasurable listen indeed! The Class War Kids have put out something very cool and I for one cannot wait until the next album. 9/10 (Rebel Time Records)
REDSKINS – Epilogue: I’m sure most of you are aware that the Redskins were a staunch socialist band in the 80’s who wrote many good soul tunes. I’d love to see a full epilogue dedicated to this wicked band as there’s plenty of decent of material to choose from. This just seems a little thin to be honest with at least three demo tracks on here which aren’t the best of quality and the Decca releases missing. It’s good to see the CNT Singles being given the re-issue treatment and tracks such as ‘Peasant Army’, ‘Lean On Me’ and ‘Unionize’. What is interesting though are the No Swastika tracks on here which include ‘Strike’ and ‘Unamed’. For those not in the know the Redskins were originally called No Swaztika. There could have been some wiked sleeve note on here regards the band but it’s left down to the fan of a band to write his own memories. All in all it’s not a bad release but Insurgence could have have made it a whole lot better. 6.5/10 (Insurgence Records)
HOLD A GRUDGE – Doing Time: Hold A Grudge are a new band to me but this twelve track album has left me wanting to hear more. If you’re into early American HC like I am then you’ll be in for a bit of treat. These guys are influenced by the likes of Agnotic Front, 7 Seconds, Warzone and Youth Brigade so just from that you know this is gonna rock! There’s some spot on musicianship and wicked vocal delivery that leaves you wondering why this band aren’t bigger than they are. It’s great to see a HC band that hasn’t take it to the extreme. Tracks to check out include ‘Those Days’, ‘Doing Time’, ‘The Kids’ and ‘Trust To Last’ which once heard you’ll sure want to hear them again! Comes with a decent production and decent packaging. 7.5/10 (Insurgence Records)
V/A – Northern Aggression /Project Boneyard Vol 2: This is a 14 track anti-fascist compilation put together to combat one put out by white power scum in North America. The tracks are all from the Insurgence Record back catalogue and are in the Oi! / Oi-Core /HC vein. Best bands for me were The Knockarounds, The Blackout Brigade, Class War Kids, The Oppressed, The Fallout and the Stage Bottles. Weren’t too keen on the rest as they were just a little too predicatble for my liking. Still this a great idea to get out the anti-fascist message in skinhead / street punk circles so check it out! 7/10 (Insurgence Records)


Insurgence Records has recently released  the new HOLD A GRUDGE album “Doing Time”…here’s what one reviewer had to say about the disc:

“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 and 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.”

You can now stream the full album, couresy of the good folks at the Dying Scene punk news site, HERE!



Aaron from the always excellent Roots Rock Rebel radio show interviews Hold A Grudge…check out the podcast HERE.

From the Roots Rock Rebel site:

Welcome back to another weekly edition of Roots Rock Rebel! This week we had the pleasure of getting a visit in the CKUT from members of Hold a Grudge. Hold a Grudge are a Montreal punk band who combine a bunch of different styles ranging from oi! to streetpunk to hardcore, all with a good dose of antifascist politics, attitude, and fun! They launched their most recent album “Doin’ time” on Insugence Records last april, and it rocks.



The song is “The Kids,” from their upcoming release “Doing Time” on Insurgence Records!



Coming in March 2010!! Check the INSURGENCE RECORDS WEBSITE for more info and some tunes!

REDSKINS: The legendary Redskins were an early-80’s sensation that garnered mainstream attention in England as well as inspiring a whole new generation of antifascist bands. This retrospective set collects early CNT Singles and demo material in a digipack of previously unreleased tracks, including material from the band when they were formerly known as ‘No Swastikas’.


HOLD A GRUDGE: Hold A Grudge drop their most powerful release yet as they ensure hardcore fans get more of the unmatched sound and fury they’ve come to expect from the close-knit Montreal scene. HAG’s love and respect for the punk, oi! and hardcore subgenres are evident here as the band manage to deliver a cohesive and energetic audio attack that smacks you in the face with originality. Guest vocals on ‘Time’s Up’ by Chaney (Inepsy), who is also responsible for the cover artwork.


CLASS ASSASSINS (You’ve Got It All Wrong): Following a lengthy hiatus, the Assassins are back with a new studio full length. A lot of blood, sweat and beers went into this and the end result is something that was truly worth waiting for. And if you haven’t seen them play live lately, you should really do something about that. They’re a phenomenon.


THE CLASS ASSASSINS: (Going The Distance):

Released in tandem with their latest studio full-length, this digital-only album contains B-sides, Versions and Rarities, completely remastered. Only three of these tracks have been previously released! In our humble opinion, some of the previously unused tracks on here rival the ones that were actually used on albums. A must for all Class Assassins fans as well as newcomers wanting to get the complete lowdown on these guys.




THE CLASS ASSASSINS are without a doubt one of my favourite bands and they’ve got a new record out in March on Insurgence Records…”You’ve Got It All Wrong” finds them in fine form; 13 tracks of top-shelf streetpunk sing-a-longs bursting with their patented catchy-as-hell choruses and rapid-fire delivery.

Check out the tune “Open Your Eyes”…it’s right there to your right on the Boxnet music player…

Open Your Eyes

It’s not always good to me.
It’s what I make it.
New opportunities – I think I’ll take them.
Lately I’ve found myself stuck in this comfort zone.
I know if you ask yourself –
you’d tell me I’m not alone.

Step outside – take a look around you.
So many opportunities that surround you.
You can be an anything that you want to.
So long as it’s what they want and what they choose.

You end up doing what they want you to.
(open your eyes)
You end up doing what they told you to.
(open your eyes)
You end up doing what they want you to again.

How many times have you said to yourself?
That your days are numbered through this living hell
How many promises did you not keep?
By living an easy life on easy street.



On November 18th, Aaron from Roots Rock Rebel radio  interviewed Nora from Turn It Down: A Campaign Against White Power Music…

In a written intro to the interview, Aaron said: 

Yes, this beautiful/miserable planet of ours is a racist racist place. In
Canada, migrants are being deported by the thousands every year while we
talk about “reasonable accomodations”, indigenous land is getting
swallowed up for the winter Olympics and to build condos for the rich, and
no, Palestine still ain’t free.

But luckily, people in the punk rock and ska community are fighting back.
Our special guest on the show this week was Nora Flanagan, who is the
project coordinator for the Turn It Down campaign against white power
music. Nora spoke with us about how her group is using community
organizing as a tool to counter a new rise in racist hate music, and also
about the new “Northern Agression” compilation, recently released on
Insurgence Records. Northern Aggression brings together some of North
America’s finest anti-racist punk, hardcore, and hip-hop acts to give a
big middle finger to racists everywhere. From the dirty rock from whence
they crawled, to the halls of the House of Commons in Ottawa, NAZI PUNKS

A transcript of the intervew can be found behind the jump. Continue reading ‘TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW WITH “TURN IT DOWN”’

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