Posts Tagged ‘Mayday

06
Sep
14

revolution fest II – rash mtl 20th anniversary

Just a corker of a weekend coming up in Montreal…3 night of what the poster calls feminist, anti-capitalist and anti-fascist music. Quite the line-up!!!

More info at the Revolution Fest II Facebook Event Page

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15
Feb
14

New song from MAYDAY!

If you follow this blog, you know we are big fans of Mayday…we’re chuffed to hear they’ll have a full album out in March and we’re equally chuffed to see/hear that they’ve posted a track from the new record up on bandcamp…the song is called “La Rage” and you can listen to it on the Sabotage Musique Bandcamp Page.

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“Mayday was formed in South Central, Montreal, in March 2012. The four friends – Frank, Stakhanov, Sissel and B…B – grew up together listening to punk rock and having their say in various antiracist groups or workers unions. Deeply influenced by the legacy of great oi and punk bands originating from their hometown, they’ve been able to develop their own sound, which is a mix of new breed US bands such as Bonecrusher and Rancid, blended with a french sensivity which reminds of Camera Silens. 
They released an EP (Excepté une fois à Verdun) in 2012, but their first full length (Comme une bombe, 2014) is very promising and proves that friendship developed in the streets and hard work is once again a winning recipe for a skinhead-oriented band. Watch for the explosion !”

 

Looking real forward to hearing the full album and to seeing Mayday at Rebel Fest 2014!

30
Nov
13

FULL SETS FROM FALL OFFENSIVE 2013

Here you go! Full sets from the Hamilton stop of the Fall Offensive 2013 tour!!

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MAYDAY

THE FALLOUT

14
Sep
13

fall offensive 2013

Three great bands – Action Sedition, The Fallout and Mayday – are playing three shows together in Ontario and Rebel Time Records is pleased to have been able to play a part in putting the Fall Offensive 2013 tour together!

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02
Dec
12

interview with mayday

Without further ado, here is a bit of an interview with a band that we’ve lauded previously on this blog…they’re from Montreal, they are RASH and SHARP and they’ve just self-released a 4-song EP…

After reading the interview, be sure to head on over to the Mayday Facebook Page

French version of the interview is below the English version…

maydayint5Mayday is a new band out of Montreal, Quebec…who is in the band and who does what?

The band has 4 members, Dead Frank sings lead vocals and plays guitar, Sissel plays second guitar, Mathieu ‘Stakhanov’ plays bass and Francis ‘BébébPunk’ plays drums. Usually Dead Frank writes our songs, Stakhanov adds the lyrics, and Bébépunk adds the drums.

What made the four of you come together as a band? What do you hope to accomplish?

Aside from Stakhanov, all the band members have played in other bands. Most people outside of the Montreal scene probably won’t recognize the band names, but for the sake of posterity, Sissel has played in Diarhé Bucale and Les Gens d’Armes, Dead Frank has played in The Nailheads, Out Class and Shot Callers, and Bébépunk has played in so many bands I won’t list them all, but here are a few which could be considered the most important, Killing Field, Out Class, Bastard86 and Shot Callers.

We’ve all been friends for years, some have us have been friends for as long as ten years, so last spring when Dead Frank wanted to start a new band the line up just came together naturally. We’ve been together for a bit less than a year, but things have gone better than expected, and we’re already receiving invitations to play in big shows such as the one with Hardskin. We’ve also been able to release a demo very quickly, and receive support from Rebel Time. As a result we’ve started to work on some more serious initiatives in the group, and if all goes well, we’ll release our first album in the summer of 2013.

You have a 4-song EP out called Excepte Une Fois A Verdun…tell us about the songs on this release? What are the songs about?

If we do have a few political songs that are not yet recorded, this ep is made up of more personal tracks. Coup pour Coup talks about the fight and perseverance we must all apply to our lives in order to move forward. You Have my Back talks about friendship, and is dedicated to our crew in Montreal. Both Straight to Hell and Si Seulement are songs I wrote when I wasn’t doing so well. Straight to Hell is about not knowing where you’re going, not being sure if you’re on the right track, and questioning whether you’re really living your values. Si Seulement is a special dedication to all my insomniac friends.maydaypic

Mayday describes itself as “100% anti-fascist, 100% anti-capitalist, working class rock n roll.” Can you describe your politics in a little more detail?

Even if we’re not always singing about politics, it’s important for our band to be making a political statement. We’re playing for the love of music, but we are not, and will never be, playing to the extreme right wing. Montreal’s punk scene, and particularly Montreal’s skinhead scene, is very polarized, and Mayday is no exception, our band members are Sharps and Redskins. That said we try to make music that can be appreciated a bit more broadly. Whether we are Marxist, Anarchist, or simply antiracist we believe we have more points in common than differences, and that together we can keep our scene clean.

In your bio, you say that you are from “lower class neighborhood of Centre-Sud.” For those of us not familiar with Montreal, what is this neighbourhood and how, if at all, has living in this area impacted you all.

Centre-Sud is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Montreal, and one of the first working class neighbourhoods in the city. Like many other working class neighbourhoods in Montreal it has aged poorly. Almost all the factories have closed, and now the population is divided between the poor, with all the problems poverty entails, and the new, wealthier inhabitants bringing with them gentrification. Growing up in Centre-Sud therefor means knowing poverty and realizing that it is not always a priority for the ruling class. I’ll finish by saying that, when we say we’re from Centre-Sud we are saying loudly that this neighbourhood is our home and we will not allow ourselves to be evicted to make way for condos.

Montreal seems to be home to a lot of bands with anti-fascist and/or left-radical politics…Jeunesse Apatride, Union Made, Hold A Grudge, The Prowlers, La Gachette, just to name a few and, now, Mayday…why do you think this is?? Why so many political bands from Montreal/Quebec??

maydayint6This question is hard for me to answer because there are many different reasons, and answers. Partially, in Montreal the underground scene has been well established for a long time, to make a list of all the bands that have played here, and that were formed here would be a large project. That said, during the 90s the scene was gripped by a major problem of punk-bashing at the hands of the neo-Nazis. I imagine that this radicalized a lot of people from that generation, who then influenced future generations. As a result it’s a scene that has for a long time, bands aside, been encouraged and supported by certain leftists. For example, in the early 2000’s the biggest venue for Montreal’s punk and skinhead subculture was L’X, a venue run by punks, many of whome held anarchist values. After L’X closed, they opened various other venues which continued to hold true to their values. A little while later the local chapter of RASH (Red and Anarchist SkinHeads) opened an underground venue downtown for their own shows and dj nights.

Also, I imagine that the fact that we are in a francophone province opens us up to be more influenced by France than by the USA, and so, to make a gross generalization, this gives us access to groups which are much more politically involved (this is particularly the case when it comes to Oi!).

Thanks to Mayday for the interview…look for them in Ontario in April 2013!

Stay tuned for an interview with another new Montreal band, Action Sedition…

…AND HERE IS THE FRENCH VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW….

maydaybeamMayday is a new band out of Montreal, Quebec…who is in the band and who does what?

Dans le groupe on est 4, DeadFrank à la guitare et au chant, Sissel à la deuxième guitare, Mathieu «Stakhanov» à la bass et Francis «BébéPunk» au drum. Pour ce qui est des compositions, la méthode change quelquefois, mais généralement DeadFrank compose la musique sur laquelle Stakhanov rajoute les paroles et Bébépunk nous improvise quelque chose pour le drum.

What made the four of you come together as a band? What do you hope to accomplish?

Hmm déjà, apars Stakhanov, tout le monde avait déjà jouer dans d’autre groupe de musique Je ne crois pas que les noms disent quoi que ce soit à la plus part des gens de l’extérieur de Montréal, mais ne serait-ce que pour la postérité, Sissel à jouée dans Diarhé Bucale et Les Gens d’Armes, DeadFrank avait joué pour The Nailheads, OutClass et ShotCallers et Bébépunk dans une panoplie de groupe dont les plus importants furent peut-être KillingField, OutClass, Bastard86, ShotCallers, etc. Aussi, nous étions tous amis depuis plusieurs années, pour certains depuis presque 10ans, alors quelque part au printemps quand DeadFrank décida de partir un nouveau groupe, le choix des musiciens s’avéra tout à fait naturel. On fait donc notre petit bout de chemin les 4ensembles depuis un peu moins d’un an, mais les choses s’étant avérée aller beaucoup mieux pour nous que ce que nous ne l’avions espéré au début, avec notamment des invitations à jouer dans de gros shows comme celui avec Hardskins pour ne nommer que celu là. Ou encore la sortie rapide de notre démo et le support de RebelTme. On a donc commencé à faire des projets un peu plus sérieux pour le groupe, dont si tout va bien, un premier album d’ici l’été 2013.

You have a 4-song EP out called Excepte Une Fois A Verdun…tell us about the songs on this release? What are the songs about?

Si nous avons quelques chansons plus politiques que nous n’avons pas encore enregistré, notre EP se limite beaucoup à des chansons plus personnelles. Coup pour Coup, parle de persévérance et du combat que nous devons tous mené dans nos vie pour avancer. You Have my Back parle d’amitié, c’est une spéciale dédicace pour notre crew à Montréal. Pour ce qui est de Straight to Hell et de Si Seulement, ce sont des chansons que j’ai écris à des moments ou j’allais un peu plus mal. La première parle de ne plus trop savoir par où on s’en va, de ne pas être certain de suivre le bon chemin ou de vraiment vivre selon ses valeurs. Tandis que Si Seulement est une spéciale dédicace à tous mes potes insomniaques.

maydaypicMayday describes itself as “100% anti-fascist, 100% anti-capitalist, working class rock n roll.” Can you describe your politics in a little more detail?

Sans que nos chansons ne parlent nécessairement de politque, c’était important pour nous de tenir un certain statement. Nous jouons pour l’amour de la musique, mais notre musique ne s’adresse pas à l’extrême-droite et ne s’y adressera jamais. La scène punk-rock montréalaise et plus particulièrement la scène skinhead montréalase est très fragmenté, et Mayday ne sera pas exception, c’est un groupe constitué de sharps et de redskins. Ceci dit, on essaie de faire une musique rassembleuse aussi. Qu’on soit marxiste, anarchiste ou simplement antiraciste, nous considérons que nous avons beaucoup plus de points en commun que de différence et que c’est ensemble que nous réussirons à garder notre scène propre.

In your bio, you say that you are from “lower class neighborhood of Centre-Sud.” For those of us not familiar with Montreal, what is this neighbourhood and how, if at all, has living in this area impacted you all.

Centre-sud est un des plus vieux quartier de Montréal et par le fait même, un des premiers quartier ouvrier de la ville. Mais comme beaucoup d’autre à Montréal, c’est un quartier qui a mal vieilli, les usines ont presque toutes fermée et le quartier se divise donc beaucoup entre une population relativement pauvre, avec tout les problèmes que la pauvreté entraine, et de nouveaux occupants encourageant la gentrificaton. Avoir grandit dans Centre-Sud c’est donc connaitre la pauvreté et réalisé qu’elle n’est toujours pas considéré comme un problème prioritaire chez la classe dirrigeante. Je terminerais en disant que réclamer notre appartenance à Centre-Sud, c’est dire tout haut que ce quartier la est notre maison, que nous ne voulons pas de leurs condos et que nous ne nous laisserons pas expulsé.

maydayint7Montreal seems to be home to a lot of bands with anti-fascist and/or left-radical politics…Jeunesse Apatride, Union Made, Hold A Grudge, The Prowlers, La Gachette, just to name a few and, now, Mayday…why do you think this is?? Why so many political bands from Montreal/Quebec??

C’est une question à laquelle il est dure de répondre je crois, puisqu’elle inclue une panoplie d’élément de réponse assez varié. D’une part la ville de Montréal à depuis longtemps une scène underground bien établie, faire une liste des différents groupes qui sont né ici et ont fait vibrer les planches des différentes salles de shows serait un travail d’envergure. Ceci dit, il faut comprendre que dans les années 90, la scène, bien que très large, état prise avec un grave problème de punk-bashing par des néo-nazis, j’imagine que cela a encouragé cette génération là à se radicaliser et qu’elle a par la suite influencé les générations à venir. C’est donc une scène qui, sans même prendre en compte les bands, est encouragé et supporté par certains gauchistes et ce depuis longtemps. Par exemple au début des années 2000 la plus grande salle de show underground à Montréal, l’X, était tenu par des punks aux tendances plutôt anarchiste. Après la fermeture de l’X, ils ont continué divers autres projets de salles de concerts, amenant avec eux leurs idéaux. Un peu plus tard le chapitre local du RASH (Red and Anarchist SkinHeads) ouvrait un locale dans le centre-ville pour organiser des concerts et des soirées dansantes.
Aussi, j’imagine que le fait que nous soyons dans une province francophone à fait en sorte que nous nous sommes plus ouvert aux groupes en provenance de la France que des États-Unis, ce qui, pour se laisser aller à une grosse généralisation, nous donnait une vitrine de groupes beaucoup plus engagé politiquement(en tout cas en ce qui concerne la Oi!).

01
Dec
12

review: mayday

Mayday is a band we’ve mentioned before…great political punk out of Montreal…here’s a nice review from Profane Existence…

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This four piece band from Montreal, Quebec has laid down four powerful tracks on this EP. They combine the power of hardcore with the shout along politics of oi! all mixed together on this release. I’m not good at French, honestly I never was, middle school made us take it all three years that we were there, and it’s been far too long since I was in middle school to remember much, but the band only does two of the four songs in French, so I could shout along with the other two in English. All the songs were really good with “You Have My Back” being the one that really stood out for me with the unity message in it. The band is fairly tight, just a bit sloppy in spots, but it’s not supposed to be perfect is it really? This band has pretty good production on this release, almost live sounding, and the singer really is shouting out the lyrics with passion which makes this one a keeper for me. Take a listen and shout some songs out in English and Francais, you’ll have fun! (Rick E.)

09
Sep
12

MAYDAY

Straight out of  Quebec (home to so many great bands like Union Made, Hold A Grudge, Jeunesse Apatride, La Gachette, The Prowlers, Scab Coma, etc, etc) here’s a great new outfit…MAYDAY…they describe themselves thusly:

“100% Antifasciste, 100% Anticapitaliste: Working Class Rock n’ Roll!
MAYDAY c’est du punk-rock tout droit sortit… du quartier populaire de Centre-Sud pour atterrir sur les planches d’un bar près de chez toi.
MAYDAY is pure Montreal punk rock straight out of the lower class neighborhood of Centre-Sud, will land on the boards of a pub near you.”

Check out their 3 song EP:

 




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