Every issue of this zine is special to us in it’s own way, whether we’re just stoked to have certain bands involved, or we’re just proud we brought something new to your ears. In this case, this issue marks the end of one of the greatest American Oi bands of all time. After 28 years, Eddie Oakes of the legendary Patriot, has called it a day.

Although I’ve been a fan of Patriot’s music since the 90’s, I’ve only recently interracted with Eddie himself. That doesn’t matter though. When you’ve listened to a band for so long, you feel as if you know them in some way. That’s why I was honored when Eddie agreed to do an interview for the zine. It was extra cool for myself to learn more about the band, and the man himself, I always held such a high respect for. 

Earlier this month, Eddie announced his Patriot days were over. Many of the heaviest hitters in Streetpunk posted up in social media about the announcement. It’s obvious that Eddie and the Patriot crew have had a huge impact and influence on the scene. Most people I talked to personally about the announcement said similar things, as Wynn Pettit (DDC) put it: “He is legitimately one of the best people I’ve ever known.”

Now, before this sounds like a eulogy for Eddie Oakes, understand his other band, Bastard Brigade, is still in the works. He’s still doing killer tattoos. 28 years is a long time for a band, but it was 28 much appreciated years. The music will still live on. Oi!

This is Eddie’s final interview before departing from Patriot…

Since 1990, Patriot has been one of the prominent voices of American Oi. Can you take us back to those early days and tell us a little bit about what life was like coming up skinhead in NC, and what prompted you to form Patriot?

E: We didn’t have the internet or easy access to scenes and music and such from around the world back then. I remember when there were a handful of bands, mostly American hardcore to be had as far as record shopping and Trading music via burnt cassettes with your friends. About the only two exceptions to that rule as far as oi! is concerned seemed to be The Business and the Antiheroes, and I think the latter because of our close proximity to Atlanta, Georgia. We, for sure, relied more on older skinheads to set an example for what was considered proper, unlike many kids today who only have to download images from the internet and suddenly they’re old school, lol. We were certainly much more grateful for anything we had, or could find, as far as our way of life was concerned. There was a lot more camaraderie and unity as well. More people came to shows because you couldn’t stay home and download the show from somebody’s phone. If you didn’t go you missed the show. It sucks these days that’s so many people interested in the skinhead way of life would rather sit on their haunches and the comfort of their own home and not come see bands live. You can’t just hear it! You have to live it, see it, breathe it, smell it, absorbent, and to be in the thick of it! It loses most everything that it’s all about without actually being there in person. My reasonings for starting Patriot, and wanting to play music, was very simply to give back to a way of life that had given me everything. I’ve never once concerned myself with making any kind of money, but rather simply to champion and stand up for what I believe to be the greatest lifestyle ever, the skinhead lifestyle! I just wanted to give back to a scene and lifestyle that are giving everything to me!

Who are the current band members, what do they do, and is anyone involved in other projects? 

E: Patriot has unfortunately struggled with a lot of lineup changes in the last couple of years. Currently our lineup is me, Eddie Bastard on vocals. Work wise, I am a professional tattooist and I sing and play guitar for another oi! band entitled Bastard Brigade. Brian Lawton from Patriots first 3 albums is back on bass. He works as a high-end finish carpenter in construction. Jason Butler of North Carolina oi! greats, The Louts, plays guitar and works in the farming industry. Jeremy Paul also plays guitar for Patriot, once again as well as bass for Atlanta oi! greats, The Hanging Judge. He works in a factory. We are currently looking for a drummer.

In comments online, boneheads like to jump in the threads questioning how a band can call themselves Patriot and not be part of their belief system. What’s your response to those people?

E: First and foremost, I waste very little time caring what boneheads have to say. Patriot has had to deal with an amazing amount of prejudice and discrimination from ignorant people simply because of our name. Now I understand in Europe, and other parts of the world, that the idea of patriotism is misconstrued as something relevant to, or akin, to fascism or nationalism. For us here in the United States of America, the idea of patriotism is based on a Multicultural, Melting Pot ideal. Many might say that I’m being knowingly naive giving the many awful instances of racism in America’s history, but my sense of patriotism is truly based on the idea of people from all around the world irregardless of skin color, ethnicity, or religious beliefs coming together to form our country, and that is my idea of patriotism and why I believe patriotism is different from nationalism. It’s  a noble thing, not something much like racism or fascism. Patriot is not, has never been, nor will ever be a racist or fascist band!

What’s your favorite Patriot song, and why? Is there one song that you feel just explains it all, as to what the band stands for and is all about?

E: For me personally, my favorite song, and it’s very difficult to name just one, but I tend to really get a kick out of “The Morning After”. I’ve often claimed it was my favorite song we did and that’s saying a lot given that I love all our songs. I would also have to say that “Red Light Nights” and “TimeClock Bully” come to mind as favorites, too. “Proudly We Stand” was a song we wrote simply to encapsulate what we believe in and feel as a band and what motivates us to play music.

When I listen to early Patriot, I hear the classic Oi influence. Over the years, the sound has beefed up for sure. What factors also you feel influenced the overall evolution of your sound over the years?   

E: That’s a really good question Jason, and it’s got me scratching my head a little bit. Of course, as a band we’ve always wanted to grow and evolve to simply write and play better music, but I have always been extremely cautious of that sound and style moving too far away from our core audience, our roots, our skinhead lifestyle, and values. Sadly, some of our former members have oftentimes become frustrated with all the many doors that the word “skinhead” has closed in our faces. I think there was a lot of pressure, in some ways, to tone down the skinhead imagery and simply exist as a punk rock or Street punk band. That was something I had absolutely no interest in, as did other members in the past. It’s definitely made for some tenacious roads for Patriot for sure. As I am not the only member, I try to be as open as I can be to other influences and styles, just so long as it’s relevant to the skinhead way of life. Other than that, our goal has always been to be the best we can be at writing and performing, but to also never lose sight of who, and what, we are in relation to the skinhead scene. That’s part of the reason I’m now doing Bastard Brigade, as it’s very much in your face skinhead rock and roll and makes no apologies for it!

What changes, good or bad, have you noticed in the scene over the years since you began? How do you feel about the scene today? Alive and kicking or life support?

E: Unfortunately, most of what I have seen has not really been positive. In so many ways, the internet has really f***** it up. Like I mentioned earlier in this interview, kids nowadays are far less likely to actually come out to shows. I just can’t get behind, or respect, someone claiming to be a skinhead that has never been to shows, that has never hung out, and just hasn’t ever done any of the things we identified with and regarded as skinhead lifestyle and behavior. Many of the older skinheads that I’ve spoken with agree. It just ain’t what it used to be. I really think that we have to make a concentrated effort to actually work on, rebuild, and encouraged younger skinheads to stick with it and to know that it is, in fact, a way of life. It’s not a growing pain or a social stepping stone. 

What does “skinhead” mean to you?

E: What does skinhead mean to me? For me skinhead is far more than simply a clothing style and a type of music to enjoy that’s relative to that type of life. I’ve always believed and encouraged others to believe that there has to be a core value, a belief system that supports skinheads as reasons for existing period. For me, being a skinhead, IE shaving your head and wearing boots and braces is about champion working-class roots, values, and causes. Without a belief system, or core set of values, then skinhead is nothing more then a facade and a costume party. I usually try not to impose my ideals onto someone else’s reality, but I feel very passionate that you have to have something to believe in, something to stand for. It’s easy to talk the talk, but walking the walk is a different story altogether. When you look the look and you live the life, skinhead is about revelling in you’re working class heritage and roots. You are making a bold social statement simply by your appearance, all of those beliefs, and values. That’s not an empty suit of armor. It’s telling the world around you that you believe in something and you’re willing to stand up for and live your life by it. [Editor’s Note: Great fucking answer!]

Thanks for taking a moment to speak with us. It’s been an honor. Any last thoughts for the readers?

E: Thank you very much Jason for the opportunity to be heard. My only last words to readers is to keep the faith! Turn off your computer’s and support the scene by going out and meeting other like-minded people! Skin: it’s not about being chickenshit, so get out there and grab the world by the nuts and bring it to it’s knees! Fucking Oi!

Links: Patriot Facebook Page.

Also, check out Bastard Brigade at https://www.facebook.com/bastardbrigadeoi/


Oi Oi Salt Lake City! Formed in 2015, Press Gang Union is already doing it right by properly kickin’ out true skinhead sounds… now we can forgive SLC for Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons.

Could you tell us a little bit about the band members and how Press Gang Union formed as a band?

P: I was a little late to the game. From my understanding, Scott, our bassist had wanted to start an Oi band for many years. He brought the idea to Dustin, our guitarist. It started with Dustin, Scott and Brandon, who later asked George (lead guitar) and myself (drums) to join in and that is were it all began. Musically, we all enjoyed oi and street punk and were all good friends. Recently, we parted ways with Brandon. He had other priorities and moved on to other ventures. We all love Brandon and are still great friends with him. We all wish him the best. Skabbs took over vocals and brought a whole new energy to the band. He had been attending every practice and was a huge part of the band before becoming a member.

How did you go about choosing the name Press Gang Union?

P: Dustin brought the idea to the table. He had based it off of a song he really enjoyed by Murder City Devils. We all really liked the idea and felt that it was very fitting for a working class band.

Could you tell us about some of your favorite songs that you’ve released so far? Are there any that are more personal to you than others? Which ones are your favorite to play live?

P: I have several favorite songs. One would definitely be “Young And Wreckless”. Musically, I enjoy it and its very fun to play live, but most of all I enjoy the message of it. Our lives may constantly change but we need to grow from mistakes, let go of the past, but keep those memories, good and bad, with us. “Salt City Skins” is my personal favorite to play live. Its all about showing love for the city I grew up in and has a tremendous amount of energy put into it at every show.

I know SLC is no stranger to punk rock, but how does the local scene respond to skinhead rock? Have you come across any drama there?

P: I think you’ll come across BS in every scene in every city. But we were actually well accepted. There has not been a real Oi band in Salt Lake City for awhile. Our first show was one of my favorites to date. We had played a house show with a couple of other local bands. We opened and the energy and support was amazing. After the other bands had finished, they requested we play another set. We played two sets that night. Salt Lake may be small but in all honesty I think that is what makes it so great. I’ve seen scenes in other cities, which were great, but nothing can compare. There is a sense of unity within all the scenes; skinhead, punk, hardcore, etc. and I think it is the size of our city, which creates this unity. We’re all here for the same reason; to have fun, create strong friendships, and see some great bands.

What have been some of the highlights of the bands journey so far? Or, personal victories?

P: Being able to share the same stage with amazing bands has definitely been a highlight. We’ve had the privilege to open up for some great bands such as GBH, Sham 69, and Dogs in the Fight. A personal victory of mine is bringing bands to Salt Lake that may have normally passed us up. Last year I had brought Dogs in the Fight from Boise and The Industry from Arizona.

Can you tell us a little about SLC? It seems as if it’s sort of isolated in it’s own way. What was life like coming up punk in a city known to be so religious? On that note, how dud you come about getting so involved in Streetpunk?

P: Salt Lake is definitely known for religion. But as far as the scene goes, I think that the religion aspect actually helps bring new people to the scene. It’s definitely something that makes us stronger by having something that we all feel similar about and makes us feel less like outcasts. Besides liquor laws, I honestly don’t even notice religion. We have a great scene out here that is constantly growing. Great venues. My friend, Konrad Keele, owns two venues out here, The Underground and The Beehive Social Club, which are my personal favorite venues to play at. He’s an amazing human and is running these venues out of love for music. He has personally helped our scene in SLC grow. I got into streetpunk around the age of 12. I saw my first show in 2004. It was Lower Class Brats with Antidote. Sparked my love for music and the scene in general. I think a lot of us got into the scene at an early age. It was a sense of belonging and not feeling like an outcast. I’ve always wanted to start a band. Picked up some drum sticks, bought a $60 CB drum kit from a friend, and that’s were I began.

What are some of your favorite Press Gang Union lyrics, and Why?

P: “The existentialism of existence will be something you may never apprehend” in “Tough Times” is a favorite of mine. Simply put, no one really knows the meaning of life, but we live it anyways. Try to make the most out of it. I really enjoy every word of “Blood On The Streets”, which Dustin wrote. But the beginning really sets it off with “Little boy blue with a badge and a gun, you took an oath to protect and serve you don’t answer for what you’ve done when a life sentence is what you deserve”. I think it’s very fitting for the current state we are in and just overall a well written song.

What does “skinhead” mean to You?

P: Honestly, if you ask anyone this question, you will always get a different answer. But, personally, what it means to me is having pride in yourself, pride in everything you do, loyalty to friends and family, and pride in your culture. I think the biggest thing about skinhead is mentality.

Are you currently working on new material? What’s next for Press Gang Union?

P: Yes, we have a bunch of new songs we are currently working on. We would love to be able to hit the recording studio again soon. One of my personal goals, and I believe everyone else feels the same, is to play more out of state shows. Hopefully do a tour or two. Definitely going to be doing a west coast tour sometime this year.

Well, we’re big fans of salt in your Oi here. Keep up the good fight. Any final thoughts for the readers?

P: Don’t just sit around. There is always something that can be done. We wanted an Oi band in Utah, we made an Oi band in Utah. You don’t necessarily need to be in a band to help your scene grow. Support your local bands, help promote shows, most of all just be good friends with each other. Just enjoy life, use your youth before it gets old.

LINKSPress Gang Union Facebook PagePress Gang Union Bandcamp.

Formed in 2016, Union Blood comes to you from A Coruña, Spain. After releasing the highly addictive EP, Working Class Pride, they’ve definitely got our attention. 

So, let’s start at the beginning. Can you tell us about the bandmembers and how the band formed?

We are all long time friends. Ruper (guitar) and I (David, vocals) we have been playing and touring together for almost ten years. We took a break with the other band to pull this project out.  its the music we grew up to and always wanted to do It. Its been a long time coming.

What was life like coming up skinhead in Coruña, Spain?

Well, it’s not a big city, so the scene its really small. Not many shows and we all know each other. Punk rockers, skinheads, hardcore kids, we all hang out together. Fortunately, there are a couple cities nearby with more shows haha

The Working Class Pride ep is some solid work. Can you give us a little “behind the scenes” on how that album was put together, and what life factors you found influential along the way?

Basically, we got together; four friends with the idea of playing the music we really like. Writing, practice, everything’s been a constant laugh and a good time and it came all naturally.

So, two of the tracks are on your upcoming album, right? Can you tell us anything about your upcoming album?

Actually, we don’t know if we are putting out a full lenght next. We are thinking about releasing a few more 4 song E.Ps before. Next one its almost written!

What’s something about yourselves, as a band, that you would like music fans to know about you and what you stand for?

It’s just 4 old friends having fun, so we write about friendship and memories, loyalty, the love for this music, and yeah, about what we stand for too. We come from working class families, and there’s pride there. We stand against racism, sexism, homophobia and every sort of fascim. Unfortunately, we live in country rooted in hate and discrimination, so get material to write too often.

The EP is real great start and we can’t wait to hear the upcoming album. Any final words for the readers?

Thank you so much Jason for having us and everyone who might be reading. Also we would love to send a big Thanx to the labels that trusted us and put out our work. Crowd Control Media from the US, Spirit of the Streets from Germany and Crom Records from Spain/France. Cheers and Oi!

LINKS: Union Blood BandcampUnion Blood Facebook.

Not A Part Of It has a definite understanding of what punk rock is all about, and the direction it needs to go to grow with the times. If that statement isn’t accurate, then they’re churning out brilliance by accident. Either way, we’re into what they’re doing. With an assist by Sarah Grissom, we talk to Daylon and Jason about this and that… so, if you’re new to Not A Part Of It, it’s time to become… um, part… of it… let’s just do this…

I’d like to start this off by saying we’re big fans of NAPOI here. Could you tell us about the formation of the band and a bit about the band members?

Jason: Well, first we’d like to say that we’re fans of Smash The Discos.

Daylon: Big fans.

Jason: And we really appreciate you being fans of Not A Part Of It as well as the writing you’ve done about us. We don’t take it for granted.

Daylon: Basically, Not A Part Of It was a band before I was in it and a bunch of members crapped out of a tour that was already booked. A ten day tour.

Jason: I thought it was twelve days.

Daylon: twelve? I think it was ten. Maybe twelve. I’ll have to check the books (both laugh). But yeah, Jason was really pissed off looking, walking around downtown and he was like “do you want to play bass in this band on tour?” and I said “yeah.” I didn’t say “yeah.” (Jason laughs) I said “maybe!” (everyone laughs) and later I said “yeah!” And then it just, we just kinda, we all hit it off and…

Sarah: You said, what did you say? You were like “no I can’t do it, I don’t think I can do that.”

Jason: No he didn’t.

Sarah: You called back.

Jason: He said “it sounds good, I’ll let you know.”

Sarah: Oh yeah.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: Yeah, He told me later he was scared. Or he was nervous about it.

Sarah: (To Daylon) I remember you were at a pizza place downtown. I had met up with Jason and they had literally just quit the band. Like, seriously practiced that day.

Jason: You’re right ‘cause then we went to McMenamins.

Sarah: Yeah.

Jason: And sat and drank angrily.

Daylon: Nice (both laugh).

Sarah: Yeah, I left work early ‘cause Jason called me while I was at work and he was like, “pretty much exactly what I thought was gonna happen just happened. Everybody quit the band and now I have this tour booked.”

Jason: You just feel it, you have the tour booked and people just aren’t communicating all of a sudden. (laughs) You know what I mean?

Daylon: (Laughs) Yeah.

Jason: The tour was only two weeks away. Anyway, that’s pretty much the formation of the band.

Sarah: No wait, wait. It’s actually important that we were going to cash my check, I left work early, we went to go cash my check and if we hadn’t gone that way to the Wells Fargo…

Jason: That’s true.

Sarah: I saw–we were crossing the street, and I said “look there’s Daylon.”

Daylon: That’s funny because I remember I saw Jason across the street. I don’t think I really knew you guys.

Jason: No, we knew each other. We had one day where Not A Part Of It played double shows with your band at the time. And we hung out all night. (All agree).

Daylon: I remember seeing you though, and being like, “wow, Jason looks pissed!”

Jason: Really?! (Laughs).

Daylon: Yeah, you had the angry walk, hands in the pockets, goin’ on just lookin’ around.

Jason: I wonder if I was looking around for people to join my band (laughs).

Daylon (Laughing) Yeah, totally.

Jason: I remember walking before that, walking around calling people. Calling people like my old drummer from 12 years ago who just moved back from California. “Wanna go on tour?” I called other drummers. Drummer was first! I was like, “I need a drummer.” You know what I mean?

Sarah: And then Daylon called and said “you know, I thought about it and I really want to do it.” Okay, now they want to know a bit about the band members.

Jason: Okay, the band members. Well…  yeah, I’m Jason. I play guitar and sing.

Daylon: I’m Daylon and I play the bass and sing.

Jason: We both play keyboard on one song (laughs). And we rotate drummers.

Sarah: And how long have you been together?

Jason: uh… 2014? Three years.

Sarah: Daylon, what is your favorite cartoon episode of Scooby-Doo?

Daylon: (suspiciously) That’s not on there.

Sarah: I just wanna know. I think we should tell them a little bit about the band members. Daylon?

Daylon: Scooby-Doo? I actually like the… I know it’s probably the typical answer, but I really like the episode of Scooby-Doo where they’re at the amusement park and Batman and Robin are there. (To Jason) Do you remember that one?

Jason: That’s the only good one.

Daylon: Yeah, It was always on TV.

Jason:  It’s really Adam West and Burt Ward too.

Daylon: Yeah. It was REALLY good. (Jason laughs).

Sarah: And, Jason. What is YOUR favorite episode of say… the, uh… Flintstones.

Jason: The Flintstones? My favorite episode is when Fred mixes it up and he gets the dancing girls for the children’s party and the clowns or something for the adult party.

Sarah: That really happened?

Jason: Yes! And then they opened the door and the dancing girls are linking arms and… (starts singing “Little Spanish Flea” melody) (laughs).

Sarah: That’s not true.

Jason: I swear to god! (To Daylon) You’ve seen it, right?

Daylon: No, I’ve never seen that one.

Jason: And they call it cactus juice. He’s like (in Fred Flintstone voice) “Where’s the dancing girls and the cactus juice?” Meaning he put beer and fuckin’ strippers (Daylon laughs) at a children’s party.

Sarah: Oh, okay.

Jason: It’s real! It’s totally real. They’re at the lodge because, remember, ‘cause they’re lodge members?

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: Buffalo lodge or whatever. And they have juice and a clown (both laugh). Or something like that, and so it’s like they had strippers and beer on a cartoon.

Daylon: I remember the Flintstones always being like that. It’s very adult.

Jason: Well it was primetime. It was actually aimed at adults. It was the Hanna Barbera prime time show that was supposed to be a cartoon version of, you know, I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. Okay, next question!

Daylon: Next question!

One thing we really like about the band is that NAPOI always drops the unexpected on you. Can you tell us about the songwriting process and what influences you along the way, whether it’s other bands / artists or just life in General?

Jason: Okay, here’s the songwriting process. I think the reason that you say we drop the unexpected is because… well, we do say “this’ll be cool ‘cause they’re not expecting us to come back into this part at this point” while we’re arranging.

Daylon: Right.

Jason: I’m sure a lot of bands do. So, we do think about that kind of thing. You may be talking about something other than arrangement, though. I’d say another process is, if we’re doing something and it feels like something else… sometimes it’s a good thing like “oh! That sounds like Stiff Little Fingers!” Or something like that. But sometimes I think “That’s too much like something else” so we’ll purposefully change it. Or, sometimes it’s not that it feels too derivative, but it feels too cliché. You have to think of something else. And sometimes good ideas just come and instead of thinking about it too much you just do it!

Daylon: Right.

Jason: Like, I’ll be doing a demo… ‘cause sometimes I’ll write a song, record a demo, then show it to them and we’ll learn it. Sometimes I won’t even know how I’m going to sing it, then I’ll write the lyrics, then record the vocals over it and it’ll be just whatever comes out. I’ll try stuff, and that turns out where I’ll accidentally say something a certain way and it really works, and then when I go and do the backups over it, I’ll harmonize with that or do some other backups and just listen to rhythm and listen to melody and be open. Be open to whatever comes and don’t be scared to do something– if something doesn’t sound like the bands that everybody likes that are punk bands, don’t worry about it, just do it. That’s how new ideas happen, you know? If everything sounds the same it’s boring.

Sarah: Yeah, but wait… can I ask you a question? So, you write the songs, then you take them to practice and you practice them with Daylon. Do they change then?

Jason: Yeah.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: Yeah, then after that, to the point where we have to relearn them again when we want them to be like the demo.

Daylon: (Laughs) yeah, sometimes.

Jason: But, um, I would say also that it’s changing now to the point where me and Daylon will sit and write songs together.

Sarah: Before you didn’t really do that?

Jason: Right, yeah. We never did. So now there’s like, you know, (to Daylon) we wrote that new song together which I hope you still have recorded.

Daylon: Yep (note-he didn’t). I practiced it.

Jason: Anyway, what was the other part of the question?

Sarah: It says, whether it’s other bands, artists, or just life in general.

Jason: Yeah! So, you know how I was saying if it sounds like something else we don’t do it? What I mean is, if you think like, “I think this is the melody from another song… but, we’ll also do stuff where we’re like… we’ll do stop-start stuff and we’re like “oh, cool it sounds like The Who or The Clash” and that’s good.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: You know, but you just have to put your own twist on it, and this is all stuff that anyone, everyone SHOULD know, if they’re songwriters, writers, or artists in general. You put your own twist on it or you’re just doing other versions of other people’s songs or works. But that being said, yeah, I get turned on when we’re like, “oh, cool it’s kinda like Clash! Oh, it sounds like disco Clash (laughs)!”

Daylon: (Laughing) yeah.

Jason: I’m like, I get kind of excited because especially now, no one’s- we go on tour and it’s all hardcore bands. It feels like no one’s experimenting. Not “no one”, some bands are. I’m just saying most of the time it’s cookie cutter hardcore bands or D-beat bands and not many are raising the bar. Not that it’s raising the bar to put disco in your songs (laughs). But to me it’s like, “wow, that’s different than what’s going on today in the punk scene” and I think that’s what part of the roots of punk is about.

Daylon: Right.

Jason: We’ve all read it, you know what I mean? I mean, they were doing Rock ‘n’ Roll again. They were doing ‘50’s, ‘60’s Rock ‘n’ Roll in a time of ‘70’s overindulgence and people were saying “wow, not many are doing this right now.”

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: So, I appreciate bands that possess that aspect of the spirit of punk.

Daylon: Yeah, I agree. We have a lot of influences. We get along really well as a band as far as we have a lot of similar tastes, so we go and watch movies and we want our music to sound like the new Batman movies (Sarah and Jason laugh). So we really just put all our effort into that and making it sound JUST like the new Batman movies.

Jason: (Laughs) there’s no new Batman movies! They’re all Superman and Justice League movies.

Daylon: (Laughs) yeah, we’re nerds (All sing “Little Spanish Bee”).

“Fearless, Tearless, Peerless” and “Stick ‘Em Up Rude Boy” are two of my favorite tracks off of your latest release, The Nine Lives Of The Night Life. Tell us a little about of some of your personal favorite tracks, and why they are.

Daylon: Well, my favorite track I think would be, as far as recording it, is “All On You”. That whole album’s fun. It’s hard to pick because we brought in friends to do backup vocals, me and Jason played keyboards on “All On You” and we don’t know how to play keyboards (Jason laughs). But we learned that day.

Jason: We figured it out just to do it.

Daylon: (Laughs) Yeah, yeah.

Jason: ‘Cause it needed it.

Daylon: We played it at the same time on the same keyboard. We didn’t really know how to do it the way we wanted to do it so I had to like, start on the left side of Jason for the first part of the keyboard part and then at the end go run over to the right side of him and play the high part.

Jason: And then one of us reached over…

Daylon: Reached over the other…

Jason: It was like choreography. We did like, five takes. Probably more.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: Just to get… it was like shooting– sounds like I’m a movie director but I’m not, like shooting a scene that’s one complete shot and you have to get it right. You know, like one long scene like a play where you have to get all the lines right and you have to get the timing right. Because I remember we’d do it all right, everything great, until a slide and then (to Daylon) you’d mess it up a little bit.

Daylon: Yep.

Jason:  It’s hard to do that! Especially on a keyboard. I think on piano there’s a little resonance with the strings.

Daylon: With keyboard it’s easier to get stuck on a key.

Jason: Keep in mind we don’t know what we’re talking about. We JUST said we don’t play keyboards (laughs). And so it was like, it’s all perfect then (imitates chords then a shitty slide). And then we had it all planned out where I hold the chords and we’re gonna fade out the band and we’re gonna fade up the keyboard, but there was no click track or anything so I had to do it by feel. I had to try to do it where it didn’t feel rushed or slowed. Yeah, I would agree that that’s a stand out track for me too. I like the record. It’s like you said, “unexpected”, where the first song’s a straight up three-chord, two guys singing backup vocals Punk Rock song and then like you said, Daylon, we have our friends from Japan, Mugen Hoso, sing on it. We had other friends do shouty backups. There’s a lot of layers and “stuff”. But yeah, the record starts as, you know, a straight up Punk record and it kind of progresses into other things. I like “National National”, which is a song we never play live.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: I think it’s kind of unique, it doesn’t sound like a song you’d think we would do. I think the guitar parts are really interesting, there’s not a lot of guitar playing like that on the record.

Daylon: You know what I realized the other day?

Jason: What?

Daylon: I still don’t have it.

Jason: You don’t have a CD of it?

Daylon: (Laughing) I don’t have Nine Lives (all laugh).

Sarah: You don’t have the Nine Lives CD?

Daylon: It’s on my Playstation, the final masters. (To Jason) ‘cause remember you came over to listen to the final master? So I have all those, it’s all saved on my Playstation.

Jason: Do you have “Don’t Let The Bastards Down?”

Daylon: Somewhere.

Jason: I didn’t know that. I’ll give you some copies of each so you can have them. Do you have the original version of “Don’t Let The Bastards Down” with the jewel case and the 12-page booklet?

Daylon: Yes. Yeah, I have the Bastards.

Jason: “Fearless, Tearless, Peerless”, which is the song that Mugen Hoso from Japan, whom I mentioned earlier sings on, IS a standout track to people so I’m told. But that one we’ve been doing for so long that the one on Nine Lives is a rerecording. I wanted a good version so we redid it. In my opinion it’s far superior to the original version (which you can hear on our Bandcamp page). Here’s a good example of what I mean. I have a bunch of new songs that I wrote, and I’m really excited about them, and now we’re in the middle of recording a new record. We should be stoked on those songs we’re recording now(laughs) but… I’m stoked on these newly written songs (laughs).

Daylon: Yeah, (laughing) I know, yeah.

Jason: I think that’s the nature of what we do, though. ‘Cause, you know, you can’t be a working band and not be touring while you’re recording and things have to be done in a certain order and it can be a while until songs you’re writing now can be released. Especially if you’re trying to survive. I mean, maybe that doesn’t apply if you’re Alice Cooper!

Daylon: Another stand out for me is “The Nine Lives Of The Night Life”.

Sarah: I really like “Coast To Coast”.

Jason: One at a time (laughs).

Daylon: I like “The Nine Lives Of The Night Life”. Why do I like it? It stands out (all laugh). It’s like, Bruce Wayne meets Batman. You just kinda smack it together, you have Sarah here singing vocals. Yeah, it’s good, it all sounds right like, it sounds like a song (All laugh)

.Jason: Because of the concept of the chorus where the backups sing “it is the nine” then “of the night” and in between I scream “Lives” And “Life”, recording that was kind of funny. Having to just scream those by themselves felt a bit silly.

Sarah: I really like how in, um… is it “National National”? Where you’re like, “I’ll be your friend”, and it’s really nice and sweet.

Jason: (laughing) I don’t think it says that.

Sarah: It does! It’s like “I’ll be your friend” and then it’s like, (singing) “National National!”

Jason: (Laughing) It does not say that. (Daylon laughs) It doesn’t say “I’m your friend”, it’s actually pretty negative. It’s supposed to be America’s national consciousness talking to you.

Sarah: Oh, really?

Jason: Yeah, you should read the lyrics again.

Sarah: I know. I like to interpret them my own way. I would like to say it was silly recording the vocals I did for “The Nine Lives Of The Night Life”, because I was all alone in someone’s living room while their wife is downstairs asleep, I think, with a headache and they have some cats, and I didn’t really know where the cats are (note: they’d just pop up by your feet while you’re trying to sing). They have a dog too, Anabella. Anyway, I was all alone in the engineer, Sean’s living room and I laughed and apparently he kept it.

Jason: Oh, yeah! Why did you laugh?

Sarah: I was being silly and I was nervous. It was like two or three times into it. Maybe it was actually the first time.

Jason: I remember me and Sean were in the booth, (to Daylon) you know, Sean’s little booth area?

Daylon: mm-hm.

Jason: And Sarah’s out there recording and she laughed like (imitates laugh), and Sean turned around really quick and looked at me and said “that’s going in there”, and I was like “yeah, it is”. It sounded right. It fit in there. It’s this thing you can’t create. I’m always looking for those things you can’t recreate while recording.

How is life for a punk rock band in Oregon? Is the scene in good shape? What are some of the better venues, and which ones could we catch a NAPOI show at?

Daylon: I don’t know, it’s hard. But, I don’t know what life’s like as a Punk Rock band in Utah, or in fuckin’ anywhere, you know? I think that in this day and age, being in a Punk Rock band and working hard… I mean it’s always hard and it’s always fun, you know?

Jason: I would say it’s a struggle. It’s a small town.

Daylon: Right.

Jason: I don’t think it’s about being a Punk Rock band in Oregon or anywhere specific, it’s about being a Punk Rock band in general. So we take that to heart and we try to play as many places as we possibly can and not worry too much about what Oregon specifically thinks of us. Not that that’s what the question was but that’s how we feel right now. In Eugene you’re kind of shut off. You’re like five hours to Seattle, eight hours to California, you know? The states are far apart and it’s a bit harder to get to a lot of places quickly. Unlike the East Coast where from New York, Connecticut is two hours away. Boston and Pennsylvania are about four. New Hampshire is what, five? And then you have the longer eight or nine hour drives like Oregon to California. North Carolina, Ohio for example. But, yeah, you just tour no matter how far you have to go.

Daylon: Yeah. Good answer, that’s my answer too.

Jason: Yeah. Just put Daylon for the whole thing.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: As far as venues, in Eugene, there’s only a few venues. you could probably see us at Old Nick’s, or Hi-fi I suppose. In other cities in Oregon, you could probably see us at the Medford Pyrate Punx house. Really we try to tour as much as possible so if you keep your eye on things we’ll be at a venue near you. We’re playing Funhouse in Seattle February second to kick off a tour. Keep checking notapartofit.com or our social media like Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Since your formation, what have been some of the highlights, or personal victories, of the bands career so far?

Sarah: We’ve all gone to the hospital.

Jason: Yeah, didn’t we all three, on the same tour, go to hospitals in different states?

Sarah: This past year.

Daylon: Yeah, actually the best personal victory would be us all going to the hospital… (Jason and Sarah laugh) no, but I think seriously, not just being in a band but doing something that you really like doing or love doing, especially if it’s art, there’s a lot of personal victories. I mean, everything’s a personal victory. Having a successful band practice is a personal victory.

Jason: (Laughs) right.

Daylon: Getting a good guitar riff stuck in your head that you might be able to use eventually is a personal victory. And then you get to fuckin’ put out your own music, people like it and listen to it, people hate it, spit on you, it’s all fun (Jason laughs). I don’t know, it’s all really good.

Jason: That’s a good answer. It’s true, a good band practice is like, “we really needed that” (everyone laughs). It’s like, “now I can survive”, you know? My answer would be meeting people and having the work pay off. I mean, when we really, really, really, really struggle and we’re like, cobbling together a tour or something and all of a sudden we meet “heroes” of ours and they’ll come play with us, and knowing that just getting yourself out there and working really hard pays off in victories, like Daylon said, in ways you’d never expect.

Daylon: yeah.

Jason: Any time we get to do anything, tour, write, record and release records, any time we get to do any of those things… or all of those things, which is like, one without the others is kind of sad. I’d be depressed if we didn’t get to do all of those things. So, any time we can do those things is a victory. I don’t know about victory, what is the definition of victory?

Sarah: You win?

Jason: Yeah, it’s a win. It may not be a victory then, but the payoff of hard work.

Sarah: Let’s look up what victory means.

Daylon: (Laughing) no, I think that was a really good answer.

Overall, what does NAPOI stand for as a band? Is there anything you want potential new fans to know about you guys? Also, is there any one song, or lyric verse that you feel sums up what you guys are all about?

Jason: The third part of that question would be easier to answer if I was at home and I could read through my lyrics. But we’re doing this, just so the readers know, we’re doing this where questions are being read to us, we’re recording it and then transcribing it. We thought that would make it different than the other interviews we’ve been doing. I don’t know… I always go back to “Life’s A Riot”, one of our first songs. It says, “It’s a lonely universe and we’re all we have.”

Daylon: (Laughs) That was my answer.

Jason: Really? (Laughs) it’s a good message because when it comes down to it, the individual is small and you know it and so is your neighbor and they know it, but together we’re strong. We’re so alone yet so oversaturated with each other. It’s difficult, but remember that the only thing that could come remotely close to understanding you in this world is another human.

Daylon: Yeah, that was pretty much exactly what I was gonna say. “Life’s A Riot” is always like, I think it’s one of the—I think it’s the first song I heard when I saw you guys play when I opened up for you and I was like, “woah!” I think when I first joined the band I was like– ‘cause I think my band had just finished playing so I was outside smoking and I didn’t know what your band was like at all and you know, you’re outside of a venue smoking and you hear the first half of a band’s song and you’re like, “holy shit, I need to fuckin’ go inside right now!”

Jason: Really?

Sarah: That’s cool.

Daylon: Yeah, I was like, “this is a really good song.” I think it was “Life’s A Riot”.

Jason: It kind of sums up what we’re about ‘cause it’s a positive song, it’s angry, it’s confused, and hopeful.

Daylon: And it’s catchy, it’s fun. I always think of that verse where it says “…we’re all we have.” It’s like, “no one speaks for everyone. There’s always room for exception and interpretation.” “Along with consciousness, integrity should be integral.” It’s all basic stuff but people need to hear it, you know?

Jason: It’s almost uncertain. It’s almost like the song itself is like, “I have an idea of what I “know” but I might not be right”.

Daylon: Exactly.

Jason: So, it’s open-minded.

Sarah: I like that it says to just be yourself, also.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: Yeah. Going back to the “…we’re all we have”, I didn’t say this before but when it comes down to it we’re alone, and some psychopaths (Sarah Laughs) and serial killers have trouble recognizing others as individuals. Even if you’re not those things, I think that people need to remember that we’re all individuals experiencing the same thing. We’re all we have and we need to stick together.

Sarah: Question seven is a big three-parter!

What are the future plans for the band? Is there any new material in the works? If so, can you give us any spoilers?

Daylon: Oooooh, they want the saucy details. They want to know what’s going on in the lives of Not A Part Of It.

Jason: (To Daylon) you first.

Daylon: I guess I’m already talking. Words are just saucy pizza, words are just coming out of my mouth.

Jason: (Laughs) words are just saucy pizza, that’s it! Next?! (Everyone laughs).

Daylon: We’re actually in the middle of recording. Already, all the time. We’re always doin’ stuff. We’re just fuckin’ really cool guys who are always getting taller and taller (Daylon and Jason laugh).

Jason: We do start up a new recording whenever we can.

Daylon: Yeah.

Jason: We always have new songs, so we have material for three or four full length records ready to go. I’m writing new songs currently and we’re writing new songs together also. So it’s like I said earlier in another answer, we’re excited about the new songs as we’re finishing recording vocals on songs we wrote three years ago (Daylon and Jason laugh). So we’re recording right now. The plan is to release three songs of the session as a 7” and then release the rest as an LP including alternate versions of the three songs. Paul Russel , who drew the Screeching Weasel weasel-punk-smoking-a-cigarette logo that everyone has a tattoo of (everyone laughs) is doing the artwork. He’s a friend of ours who lives in Texas. He’s very talented, I’m super stoked! I, personally am really excited–

Daylon: Yeah, it’s gonna be cool.

Jason: –that he’s gonna do it. For two reasons. I’m an admirer of his work since I was a fuckin’ kid. I got into Weasel and you know, he drew the first album cover with the cow and everything. And also, I don’t have to do it!

Daylon: Yeah!

Jason: (Laughing) I don’t have to think of an album cover. We work a lot on our album covers. We work to get ‘em right, like, try all these different colors and ideas, but it’s gonna be really exciting to just let an artist work. Let him create a piece of art that we get to show people.

Sarah: I think it’s cool too ‘cause you get to see how he sees it. ‘Cause I feel it’s hard a lot of times when you’re in it, you know? He gets to listen to the album and do what he wants. Same question, what are the future plans for the band?

Jason: Well, if you want more, we just put a 7” out on our label Act Out! Records. It’s a 4-way split 7” called “Splitwad” and it features D.O.A., Dwarves, Potbelly, and Not A Part Of It. It has an unreleased Not A Part Of It song that you can’t get anywhere else called “The War Is Over”. It’s available through the store on notapartofit.com and Interpunk. It’s out now! Check out notapartofit.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll see you soon! Cheers!

 LINKS: Not A Part Of It.comNot A Part Of It FacebookNot A Part Of It BandcampNot A Part Of It Reverbnation.

Thank you for the assist,  Sarah Grissom!

Hardcore Punk from the Southside of Atlanta! An old school feel with a newfound aggression. Meet The Aggravated!

Interview by Dan Dunn

Who is The Aggravated? 

The Aggravated is a hard core punk rock band with 4 members from Atlanta. We all came from different bands to join as ONE force (Bloody Sods, Mourdella, Nothing Ta Lose, Clocked In). Members are Jade Smith(Vocals), Dane Wagner (Bass), Mike Trice (Guitar), Steve “Burnout” Barnett (Drums).

How long have y’all been around? 

The pieces started falling into place about 4 years ago.

Who is your biggest inspiration or influence?

It was actually a bunch of different bands and situations. It started with skateboarding and hanging out with these people. Bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, DRI, The Exploited, and old thrash bands had some influence, for sure. We are drawn to bands that strive to be themselves and have their own sound. And being older guys, that tends to be 80’s bands. The first song Steve ever played on drums was “Horror Epics” from The Exploited when he was about 13-14 years old. 

 If you could play a show with any band, who would it be?

Of course, any of the old masters that are still around. Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Agent Orange. But, we like playing with cool bands around town and the region. 

What’s the latest music y’all have put out? 

We have our first album, First To Die, out. Also we have 9, or so, songs towards a new album that will be done at some point in the near future. They seem to be a little more involved than the songs on the first release. It will be a killer for sure!

Are you scared of midgets? lol

What!? We’re punk rockers. We ain’t scared of nobody. Plus Jades’ dad is only 5’4”, so he’s kinda used to short people.

What side projects do any of you have?

Steve also plays in Psycho Devilles, who are a Rockabilly band.

How has HATE CITY received The Aggravated?
People seem to like us when we actually get them to come to a show. There are a lot of bands in Atlanta, so exposure is the biggest obstacle for us. But, we do have some great fans and friends that support us when we play.

When will we hear any new material?

We are only about four songs away from a new album. So hopefully later in 2018. 

What are your social media links?

https://www.facebook.com/theaggravated/ and https://theaggravated.bandcamp.com/releases

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Check out our First To Die record. We have it on CD and it’s also on Bandcamp. You can also listen on the Pandora and the other digital providers. Come out to the shows and check us out. If you are into old HC/Punk you will like it. The best compliment that we get is that we play a style that people haven’t heard in a while and it takes them back to the old days.  Thanks to Dan for the interview. See you at the show!!!

Associated Press: Mark Jones / Sounds Of The Street

Scandal have just released the excellent new album ‘On A Roll’ which I have had on constant rotation since receiving it. I caught up with bass player Vlad to discuss the new album, upcoming gigs and an appearance at this year’s ‘Undercover Festival’. Enjoy!

SOTS – Hi Vlad, thanks for taking the time to speak to me again. How are things?

Vlad – Hi Mark, All good thanks! Really busy at the moment promoting the new album.

SOTS – Since we last spoke there has been a line-up change. What are the reasons for this?

Vlad – Indeed. Andreas Madway left for America. He is following his dream of making music in California and we wish him good luck in his new adventures. Luckily Ricardo joined the band and he is great. We already started to work on some new songs with him and they sound great. He has his own style of playing the guitar and we will use his skills in the future.

SOTS – Your new album ‘On A Roll’ has just been released which I really like and has some great reviews. You must be pleased with the response it’s had.

Vlad – Yes Mark, On A Roll, was released on 2nd of Feb, and we are really happy about the response. We had only good reviews about it but it’s not a surprise as the album sounds great.

SOTS – The album is being released by the excellent Spirit Of The Streets Records based in Germany. How did this come about?

Vlad – Last year we were looking for a label to release the new album and I’ve sent our video Bad Reputation to more people around. Spirit Of The Street contact us and they offer to release our future material and we agreed.

SOTS – How do the songs come together? Are there main songwriters, or is it a more collaborative approach?

Vlad – Me and Gabi are the main songwriters, but it’s a collaborative thing too. The songs suffers a lot of changes at the rehearsals and all the band comes with ideas.

SOTS – In a few words describe the albums sound and what people should expect?

Vlad – I’ll say On A Roll. It’s a melodic street-punk album. Singalongs choruses, with lyrics inspired from the day-to-day life, social issues and some personal stories.

SOTS – This is probably a really difficult question but what is your favourite song off the album?

Vlad – Yes it is a difficult one, my favourite song off the album is probably Trouble, but my favourite song to play live is “Bad Reputation” as live it sounds much faster and punchier.

SOTS – In April you are playing the ‘Undercover Festival’ with some great names from the Punk Scene including Sham 69, Chelsea, and Peter and the Test Tube Babies. This is a great opportunity to play to people that have not heard of you, this has got to be an exciting prospect for the band.

Vlad – They say that “you have to work hard for your dreams to come true”. These are the bands that we used to listen when we were kids back in Romania. Now we will finally share the same stage with this great bands and it’s really cool for us. We can’t wait for this festival.

SOTS – What other plans do you guys have for the rest of the year?

Vlad – Gigs, gigs, gigs, recording, gigs. We are looking to promote On A Roll everywhere. We have some gigs lined up for the spring, but we are always looking for more. So promoters contact us!!

SOTS – Thanks again for taking the time speak to me and I wish you all the best for your upcoming shows and I’m already looking forward to some new material.

Vlad – You’re welcome and we will have some new material by the end of the summer. Thanks!

LINKS: Scandal Facebook PageScandal Bandcamp

AP: Mick Fletcher / justsomepunksongs

Links: Bamboo Vipers Facebook Page

Well, that’s another issue in the books. Spring is near, and that means one thing. The Smash The Discos Pin Up Girls are on there way! Also, all of the issues from 2017 will be released in a hardcover collector’s book, courtesy of CCM Publishing, along with a KILLER comp. [Smash The Discos Webzine is not responsible for you shitting your pants when you hear it ]