Welcome to our Thanksgiving issue without the Thanksgiving theme. History books are full of lies, and the only truth in this holiday for me is that I’m thankful for a legit excuse to eat too much and get a day off of work. Ha! So, at this point in time, there’s a good chance you’re in a turkey coma watching football. Yeah, you’re probably drinking. Good for ya! You deserve it. Oi!
If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are huge DDC (Drink & Destroy Crew) supporters here. We have been eagerly, and impatiently, waiting for Unite & Conquer to drop. FINALLY… preorders are available at Rebellionshop NOW!
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE. FUCKING BRILLIANT!
This issue we got Asomvel. You’ve seen em popping up everywhere on social media with their video World Shaker. Now, with the help of MAD Tour Booking, you just may seem em in your own yard. We speak with the mighty Rude Pride from Madrid! We support our local punk rock gang, Race Riot 59! We ride the baackstreets like they’re the Autobahn with the driving rock of the Stealers! We also find out what Richard Hendersön’s (Antagonizers ATL, The Hanging Judge) top 5 album picks are in another AUDIO FIX.
Like many others out there, I was floored when I first discovered Asomvel. The World Shaker video did just that… it shook shit up! It quickly reminded us about what heavy metal was supposed to be all about. Sure, many of us saw a comparison to the legendary Mötorhead. In my opinion, there’s way worse things you can be compared to. But, when you dig a bit deeper, you find out there is so much more to this band. Loud, fast, and hard is the formula, and it’s much needed, and welcomed here. We predicted big things for this band when we first discovered them, and now we know we were right as they continue to grow in popularity each day. A dream to some, a nightmare to others… meet Asomvel.
Lenny: You’re welcome. I’ve got Ralph on bass/vocals, and Josh Stephen underneath the drum kit. I write the riffs, we both write the lyrics, and Josh turns it into an onslaught.
Could you take us back to the beginning and tell us how Asomvel got fired up as a band?
Lenny: I was a huge Motörhead fan. I learnt to play by listening to those early records, and that, along with The Beatles and Elvis, was what made me want to play in a band. Everyone hated Motörhead when they started, and I was one of three kids in my school that were into them. I knew Jay-Jay from different bands locally and he was into Venom, who everyone hated too! He had real charisma, and no fear of anything, and we had the same fuck ‘em all attitude. We got another mate, Mark Wharton (Acid Reign/ Cathedral) to play the drums, ‘cos he was a massive Venom fan. We used to rehearse on a pig farm, but we were always out of our tiny minds on Carlsberg Special Brew, and used to skid around in the pig shit, and snap our guitar necks, it wasn’t getting us anywhere, but it was fun while it lasted.
We are sorry to hear about Jay Jays passing. I understand that you two were close for decades. Best mates. Can you tell us a bit about your bond that you had with your friend over the years?
Lenny: Jay was the best friend I ever had. We had a lifetime of adventures, near death experiences, and belly-laughs. He was no musician, he didn’t want to be. He was a star, with an incredible belief in himself. We once played a gig and the local hooligans were in his face jeering him all the way through our set. He didn’t say a word, just played the gig. We loaded all the gear in the van, and I was ready to split ‘cos they were getting really rowdy, baying for blood. He came outside and I thought we were gonna leave, but he said “I just told these arseholes that if they wanna do more than talk, I’ll be waiting in the car park for ‘em!” They all came outside with pool cues, and beer bottles, ready to kill us. All I remember is Jay saying to me “Stay in the van, in case we need to get out of here quick!” Then he walked over to the biggest guy there, who was the ringleader, and told him to make a move. The guy could have taken Jay out in a heartbeat, but he folded like a house of cards and all his hooligan friends started apologising. Jay got in the van laughing his head off, “I’m glad they didn’t want a skirmish, I dislocated my shoulder yesterday….I couldn’t fight my way out of a paper bag, hahaha!!!” That’s the kind of lunatic he was.
Since the appearance of the World Shaker video, there has been an explosive interest in Asomvel. People are loving it! What are your follow up plans? What’s in the near future for the band?
Lenny: Actually, we did Railroaded with Ralph, and that got a few heads turning. The real kick-start was The Nightmare Ain’t Over video, which our manager produced, directed, and edited (she did the same on World Shaker). We’re looking for a suitable label to record the songs we’ve got for an album, and release it. Other than that, we’re getting out and showing that we can do this stuff live. We play every gig like it’s our last hour on earth, and we do it for Jay-Jay, because he put the leg-work in; He put up with the apathy.
Asomvel is taking us to a time when rock… well, it rocked. Loud and proud with no lame bullshit tossed in the mix. What are the contributing factors to your sound, as in musical influences, and most importantly, life in general?
Lenny: We always identified with the underdog, ‘cos nobody liked us, we weren’t playing the right kind of music. We wore cowboy boots, not cammo shorts. We didn’t go with the latest trends, we only wanted to play this kinda music, so we never changed the way other bands did. Most bands don’t have anything except their own egos driving them. We had arseholes spreading shit about us, waiting for us to throw the towel in; there’s no way we could ever quit now, even if we wanted to. Every band has a guitar player, a bass player, and a drummer, they usually play through Marshalls, and it all tends to sound the same; what separates the men from the boys is the attitude.
Many fans discuss the Motorhead comparison. I think anyone who familiarize themselves with the earlier works and learns about the band, will find that Asomvel isn’t a clone band. What are you’re thoughts on the comparisons?
Lenny: I’ve studied Motörhead, and I’ve studied ASOMVEL, and I am aware of the similarities and the obvious differences. Some people can’t see past a Rickenbacker bass and think all our songs sound like Ace Of Spades; I don’t concern myself with all that. We have incredible support, the likes of which you would not believe; that’s what I’m interested in. We cherish these people because without them, we are just three idiots in a rehearsal room. A lot of them are more like our mates now, ‘cos they keep coming to different gigs and we hang out with them before and after the show.
Fast Eddie Clarke invited us to his sound check last year when he was on tour. He’d heard the Railroaded track and The Nightmare Ain’t Over, and he really liked what we were doing, so he gave us some advice: He said it was the fans that put Motörhead where they were, so always make time for your fans.
Keep it up! Rock n Roll needs Asomvel. Any final words for the readers?
Lenny: If it’s too loud, you’re too old. Cheers!
Interview by Dan Tope
Rude Pride has made quite the name for themselves in just a few short years. They play their own brand of oi with a touch of roots, ska, and hooliganism. This band has so many great songs with topics ranging from working class struggles, remembering your roots, and smashing racism. They fit right in with the new evolution of oi bands like Booze and Glory, Perkele, and Seaside Rebels just to name a few. The songs manage to be simple, yet technically diverse, as the guitars and bass play off each other to hit you with a musical bombshell. They are defiantly a band to keep an eye on, as I am sure they have great things in store for us in the future as well.
Miguel, who does the vocals and keyboards for Rude Pride, took the time to answer some questions for me, and had a lot of really great things to say.
Tell me a little about when Rude Pride formed, and who is in the band.
M: We were a group of friends who knew each other from playing together in many local bands, mainly ska and reggae, but also some punk, hxc, and even soul. Most of this bands rehearsed in the same place and we all were heavily involved in our city’s oi and punk scene, so getting together to play some covers of our favorite 80s bands just came along naturally. We liked the sound we were getting and had great time playing, so soon started composing our own songs. That was 2013 and we haven’t stopped till now.
So what are some major influences you draw inspiration from?
M: I think each of us had a different kind of sound in mind when we started. Alberto (guitar) and me (Miguel) wanted to do something with the classic sound of bands like 4 skins, Templars, or the Clichés. I think Anxo (drums and 2nd vocals) looks for a more modern and professional sound like Booze & Glory, Argy Bargy, or Perkele. And Carlitos and Aron (bass and guitar) are really into The Clash and Rancid. I think all this chaos is something good to create something new. Some other bands that we love and inspire us are Cock Sparrer, The Crack, The Blood, ACAB…
Can you tell us a little about punk/ oi scene in Spain?
M: There are loads of great punk bands from the 80s, especially from the Basque Country. You should check out RIP or Eskorbuto. About oi music Decibelios from Catalunya are considered the pioneers. The two big names in our town Madrid are Kaos Urbano and Non Servium who have been around for more than 20 years and still deliver amazing shows. For the last years, there has been a rebirth of oi music with lots of new bands starting such as Knockout, Strike Back, Against You and many more, too many to mention.
You have played shows with some impressive bands, are there any that stand out or were particularly fun to play with?
M: I don’t know the reason, but Cock Sparrer has never played in Madrid, so sharing stage with them in Germany, being able to see them live and sharing some beers afterwards was great. Oi! This is Tegelen Fest was also a blast. Seeing Argy Bargy was amazing, and our mates from Arch Rivals and Seaside Rebels both played great sets. Booze and Glory also played, and they were really powerful on stage. The after party was crazy, so it all sums up to a great night. We also love playing Basque Country, Galiza and Catalonia, especially when our mates from Against You, Keltoi, Crim or Revenja are playing or organizing. Sometimes the best nights are not the biggest ones.
I would like to talk about “1886”, one of my favorite songs off your split with Seaside Rebels. Would you care to explain the song and its meaning?
M: May 1st is celebrated as workers day all around the globe, but very few know the history behind this date. 1st may is the anniversary of the Haymarket events in Chicago, 1886, where 8 anarchist workers (later known as the Chicago Martyrs) were judged, 7 of them ending up being hanged, for fighting for the 8 hours workday.
You are from Spain and speak Spanish, is English is your second language, and if so was there a particular reason you chose to do most of your songs in English?
M: We didn’t even think about it, it just turned out that way naturally. I think most punk and oi we listen to is in English and we like the sound of your language so why not. Even with my shitty accent haha.
What is your favorite song in Rude Pride’s collection so far, and why?
M: I don´t know, I think it’s similar to asking a father to tell you who is his favorite child, there are a couple of songs I don´t really like much but again I’ll do as a father would and keep my thoughts to myself haha.
Underpaid scars from our first ep is a song I´m very proud of, even if the sound, singing and everything is not too good since we had just started playing together and I had never sang in my life.
Do you have plans to go on tour? And is there anywhere you would like to go that you haven’t been?
We regularly play around Europe but we haven’t managed to organize anything outside yet. We have plans for USA, Chile, Colombia, México… but it´s being quite difficult to make it happen, mainly because of our jobs here. We are really looking forward to getting to your side of the globe. I think the best thing this band has given me is the chance to travel and get to know the scene in other countries; it really changes from one place to another.
We’ve done a couple of 15 gigs in a row tours around Europe but I don’t think we´ll repeat in the near future, at least not so many gigs in a row. Its a great experience but it has too many cons, it´s really difficult to get days off at our jobs, we are really good friends but after 10 days in a van we all want to kill each other, I really don’t have a clue how to sing properly so after 5 gigs in a row my voice has been described as a “coughing hyena” or even a “crying toddler after smoking 10 cigarettes and drinking a whole bottle of tequila”… all this makes us wonder if doing long tours is really a good idea for us haha.
We released our second long play in October. We’ve really gone all-in with this one, it´s been months of tough work and I can´t wait to see what people think about it. You can get our albums and merch straight away from us sending a private message to our facebook page
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So that’s all, thanks a lot for taking interest on us and to anyone who took the time to read this, hope to get you some beers when we finally get across the pond!
So, this month’s AUDIO FIX is by a musician who has earned top respect from us audiophiles here at Smash The Discos Webzine. Not only is he the axeman behind the rock n roll powerhouse, Antagonizers ATL, he has stepped up to the microphone to deliver some of the BEST new Streetpunk rock n roll to damage your eardrums to, The Hanging Judge. Naturally, when we find ourselves addicted to the craft of a certain musician, we automatically need to know what albums they put their ears to. Why? Well, it’s our quest to discover the roots of genius. It’s what we do… then we bring it to you! Bring it on, Richard Hendersön…
Metallica – Ride The Lightning
This was the first album I remember buying in 86, or 87. I heard the opening track, Fight Fire With Fire, at friend’s house and immediately wanted to learn how to play guitar. This album holds up particular to me because it has a darker feel than the rest of the albumS. I also really dig the vocals particularly on this record. It’s a damn near perfect metal album in my opinion.
Favorite tracks: The Escape, Trapped Under Ice, and Ride the Lightning.
Carbonas – s/t
The Carbona’s are a local favorite of mine here in Atlanta. Their self titled album has been in constant rotation for the past few years now. This album is full of catchy buzzsaw overdriven punk rock with a very 70s garage style. Ballsy as fuck!! These guys were full of energy, and put on a great live show!
favorite tracks: Trapped in Hell , Hate You, and Phone Booth
Templars – Phase 2
The Templars, to me, are one of the most innovative Oi! bands out there. I can’t think of a bad release put out by these guys. The album that stands out the most to me is Phase 2. From beginning to end, gritty in your face epic street rock n roll. These guys have always been a true inspiration to me through out the years. Templars die hard till death!
favorite tracks: Waiting For The Blood To Flow, Kids Of Today, and Worth My While.
Cro-mags – Age Of Quarrel
This was a tough one. The Cro-mags, and Agnostic Front, were my first introductions to Hardcore. I heard Victim In Pain, as well as Age Of Quarrel, around the same time, and to be honest, these two records are neck and neck as far as hardcore goes. Age Of Quarrel, to me, just really seems like the perfect hardcore record. It’s definitely one of my go-to records for sure. I dig the way they crossed metal and punk in their own way. That’s what made this album crucial for me.
Favorite tracks: Seekers Of Truth, Signs Of The Times, and World Peace.
Motorhead – Iron Fist
Another favorite of mine. Heavy as Hell with plenty of punk spirit. Iron Fist has got to be my favorite album Motorhead has done. The fast and loose riffs and leads on this record are particularly great to me. As I credit this record partially to some of my playing style, I think this record really showcases the sound Motorhead was known for. Uncompromising, furious Rock N Roll, which is why myself and countless other people love this band.
Favorite tracks: Iron Fist, Go To Hell, and Bang To Rights.
By supporting your local punk rock gang, you can’t go wrong here. All while taking a strong stance against racism, Race Riot 59 captures an aggressive and raw energy that offers up a street education you could learn a thing or two from. Hardcore punk from Youngstown, OH, meet Race Riot 59.
Tell us a little bit about the early days of Race Riot 59. How did you come together as a band, and who are the bandmembers?
R: Most of the band (4/5 members) are in the hardcore band Crowd Deterrent. In early 2009, we were recording a CD ep and I had written a punk song called Crew Life. Me and Steve , who plays bass now, recorded the song. Our friends liked it so I wrote a few more songs and it became the Crew Life ep . CD wasn’t playing a lot at that time, so we started playing punk shows for fun, and it kind of evolved from there. The band is Steve – bass, Dustin – drums, Jon – lead guitar/vocals, and Kevin – rhythm guitar.
So, I constantly post lyrics from Support Your Local Punk Rock Gang on social media… especially Inmate. What are some of your favorite RR59 lyrics?
R: Well, thank you very much for the support! I’m always pumped when someone is into the band. My favorite lyrics are from Street Education 101 , “Put your hands on me, or my family, retaliation is exactly what there’s gonna be”. Crew Life, “to the kids that ain’t down , we say Fuck You, won’t waste my fuckin time with the likes of you”. Inmate , “I’m an inmate, in a world I hate, death is the only way I’ll ever escape”. and No Hope , “no hope for my soul , Hell is all I know”.
What bands / artists have you found to be influential to your sound?
R: I love old punk hc, so I always wanted us to be a mix of 80s American punk hc and 80s Oi music. Some influences would be Warzone, Blitz, Minor Threat, early AF, Partisans, Exploited, 4 Skins, Toxic Reasons, Negative Approach, etc.
You guys make it quite clear that racism is not tolerated. What are some of the key points you want music fans to know about Race Riot 59 and what you represent?
R: Yea, I’m Samoan, so the whole nazi thing was never cool with me, haha. People can believe whatever they want, but if you come to a RaceRiot59 show flying that nazi bullshit, you’re gonna have some major problems. That’s a guarantee. Besides that, our shows are always just a fun time. Young/old punks, skins, hc kids, whatever, just having fun and singing along. We just want people to have fun, our other band can get pretty wild, so this is the chilled out band we prefer to play in, haha.
How did you come up with the band’s name?
R: It just fit, and seemed like it would bum people out who didn’t really understand it, which, of course, made us happy, haha. There’s been bands and labels and venues that wouldn’t work with us because of the name and I personally think that’s great. Punk music is about doing what you want and not bowing down to others. That’s how this band works. We do what we want, and if you don’t like it, that’s your problem… not ours.
Support Your Local Punk Rock Gang is a great fucking album! I hear the next one is on it’s way. What can you tell us about that?
R: Oh, thank you very much! SYLPRG is now out on vinyl through Crowd Control Media. I finished a new Crowd Deterrent ep, and am working on a new ep for my other band, Life Abuse. After that, which should be mid August, I’m going to finish sorting through punk riffs and get the next RR59 ep ready to go. Also, working on a split 7″ with one of our favorite bands coming early 2018.
What have been some of the personal highlights of the band since you began?
R: RR59 is a very fun band to play in, and in NE OH, where we are from, we really don’t have a bad show. Even if it’s not packed, kids come and sing along and circle pit and it makes for just good times. Crowd Deterrent played a fest in England a few years ago. It was mostly very heavy hc bands, and they asked if RR59 would want to play earlier the same day as CD. We said yes, but really were dreading it, haha. We thought no one would even know RR59 and it would be embarrassing playing with all heavy bands. Anyways, we came out, started playing, and a good amount of kids knew the stuff. Kids were singing along, and havin fun, and it felt like we were back home playing. It really showed us that RR59 could crossover a bit to kids who weren’t necessarily punk kids, which was great for us!
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We’re looking forward to the next album. The world needs more hardcore punk like this. Any final words for the readers?
R: Thank you for the interview, the kind words, and the support! We are a just a band that plays shows for fun and writes songs for people like us. We’re just punk/hc kids that have a good time, but don’t put up with nazi bs or lame scene politics. People hate us because we won’t conform to their “norms” in the punk/hc scene, and we always will speak our minds. To the kids out there that live by their own rules, respect to you. To the scene robots that bow down to everyone and can’t stand people who don’t follow the pack , get fucked.
These boys from Rotterdam bring hard driven rock n roll back to the front, asking the questions, “Do you remember when rock n roll was about back alleys, drugs, hard life, toxic women, and being tough?”… well, we do remember. If there’s any band out their today worthy of continuing on this tradition in a world of weakened backbones, it’s the Stealers.
The Stealers stands out quite a bit from the other streetpunk bands active today. While some other bands still capture that high energy rock n roll drive in their sound, they don’t quite do it like The Stealers. Can you tell us a bit about how your sound came about? What other artists have you found to be influential?
R: We were sick of all the weak cowardly music on the radio and tv, singer songwriters, bland music ( don’t get me started on DJ’s and other con ‘artists’ ) that’s the norm now a days. So we decided to start a band. We are influenced by the usual street punk and Oi bands from the early 80’s. We also mix in our favorite rock music bands like Slade, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, and Rose Tattoo, which have and equal musical influence on us.
R: Stealers was formed by me and Jonathan. We played together in a band called I-Reject. Jonathan also played in Dicemen. The bass player of Dicemen joined us, Peter. Then we recruited Pat as a singer, we thought he has a great voice. Things happened and Jonathan moved on and is playing with Subrockers and Disturbance now a days. We found a new drummer in Gerry who is still playing with us now. We recorded two singels and two albums. After the release of Streetlaw, Peter emigrated to a tropical island and after a while Pat decided to move on and focus on personal stuff. We recruited Jes (also playing guitar in the Patrons) to play bass and be our new singer. We got a strong and steady line up now, we all live in the same neighborhood in Rotterdam and we have a lot of fun together.
R: Street Law was received well. We had loads of positive reviews and some nice shows and short trips to promote the album. We had a major line up change. We just did our first shows and reactions are positive. To hear our new singer bass player, check us out on YouTube.
With such a heavy rock influence to your sound, do you find that it makes it easier to get a positive response from music fans of multiple genres, like punk, oi, and rock?
R: The rock sound we play makes it easier for people outside Oi and punkrock to like us. Also we get to play with other kind of bands outside these genres, which can be fun. We still get booked mostly on a lot of Oi and punk related shows, which we love!
R: I guess the first song should be Pretty City. It’s our first real song we wrote. Second, would be Don’t Hold Back or Hey, so you get a picture of the difference between us and pure punk.
R: Lately, I really enjoy What I Want. Short song with a nice solo, catchy refrain. What’s there not to like about it?
R: Yes, we are writing new songs. Our mission is to release some new material ASAP!
R: Keep on stealing!
That’s all, folks. 4 great bands for you on this gluttonous holiday. Hit those music links and let em rip as you lay there bloated feeling like you’re about to give birth in an ALIEN movie.
Until next time. Cheers!