Oi!

Here we go with issue #23! Things have been going well here at the zine. Our reader count has exploded. One of my daily joys in life is checking my blogsite stats. I’ll admit, it’s easy to get bummed out when Facebook and Instagram interraction is minimal, but then I perk back up when I see just how many of you actually read this. Thank you so much! 

Recently we launched Smash The Discos STREET ROCK BLOCK RADIO.

That is a blast! We are so honored to have so many people tuning in. It’s a pretaped podcast. This way you can listen at your leisure. Check it out anytime at https://www.mixcloud.com/smashthediscos/. (45 min. Runtime) Features a drunken DJ drinking bottom shelf vodka, playing top shelf street punk n roll!… me.

Also, don’t forget to get your free digi download comps under the title “Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock” at https://smashthediscos.bandcamp.com/album/smash-your-head-on-the-punk-rock-vol-1.

And just around the corner… put together with the fantastic punk rock podcast “just some punk songs”…

Let’s Go!

Bonecrusher is just one of those bands that are built to last. Living proof that the strong will survive. Following a long and impressive list of studio albums and singles, now Bonecrusher has brand new recordings just around the corner that we’re sure will be nothing short of explosive. Catch some of it at https://www.facebook.com/bonecrusherofficial/Now‘s the time to learn a bit of history, pound some of their tunes into your ears, and catch em live this coming Labor Day weekend at Midwest Live & Loud in Chicago.

This is one of the rare interviews where the answers are a learning tool for us. Although we’re fans of the band, and my wardrobe has a few Bonecrusher shirts, I don’t know much history of the band. First off, I’ve heard the name Bonecrusher may have a meaning behind it besides just sounding like a fight name? Is this accurate? If so, what is the meaning behind the band name?

M: We new it as a slang for kicking Herion, and as a weapon, or a hitman. I once was running around with this big ol mother fucker in the late 80’s that had Bonecrusher tattooed across his chest. He was a scary fucker, but we where being lawless and doing a lot of drugs back then and that always stuck in my head. That tattoo, ha ha.


Who is the current lineup, and where did everyone come from?

M: Mike Kanel – founding member, George Paras – founding member, Clyde Abad – founding member, Michael Islas – since 2014, Justin Hirch, UXA, Aggrocultuer U.S. Michael Islas took the front spot after Raybo had disappeared again from the recording studio the 3rd day of tracking the last full length “Saints and Hero’s”. That was 3 years ago. Michael was always a front row fan, and when that happened he asked if he could give it a shot just so the band could keep playing and do the songs live. Michael has done a awesome job of keeping it what it has always been. He was a big fan and understands the music and what we do. (Raybo 1991-2002, 2012-2015).


In the early days, some of you guys found yourselves in a bit of trouble. Around 1996, marked a new beginning for the band. What was going on around then that helped you pull through the hard times?

M: Well some of us started fucking up again after the “World Of Pain” album was released on Lethal Records in 93”. I got busted, and the band disbanded. I got released in April 1996 and hooked back up with Raybo for the “Animal Session” that was about 10 songs. The “Animal” 45rpm was released and Hostage Records was born. The rest of those song became other Hostage 45’s. I had made some lifestyle changes and music was, and still is, my release & therapy you might say, ha ha. Then, in 1998, myself, Clyde Abad, and Raybo recorded the album “Working For Nothing”. That was released on Hostage Records CD only.


I read an article about a night where you guys played a Battle Of The Bands in Anaheim. Sounds like it got a bit out of control. Can you walk us through the events of that night? We love those stories.

M: Well, not much of a story. It was at a Bar in Santa Ana, 1996?-97? Anyhow, there was a Battle Of The Bands, and we asked if we could play. Ha ha, they let us, and our following started up and it got out of control. The cops showed up, we kept playing, they unplugged us, and all Hell broke loose! Ha ha, it was pretty funny.


It appears you guys have more releases, and songs, than most other bands in the scene. Which album is your personal favorite release, and why?

M: “World Of Pain” because it was about our struggles with addiction and learning how to cope with life after the 1980’s, ha ha.
“Working For Nothing”. “Followers Of A Brutal Calling”. “The Good Life” was a big turning point in the band. It was 2003. The first record with out Raybo. “Tomorrow Is Too Late”. All of them are my favorite in some form or another because they are all about what was going on with us and how we see things at that time, so they all have there spot in my heart. One record I can’t even listen too is the split we did. “Noise Overdose” with Oxymoron. It was difficult to get some folks in the band, at the time, to go with the flow. They were cracking under pressure, so a lot of the tracking on that record pisses me off to listen to. I feel it could of been a lot better given better circumstances. “Blvd Of Broken Bones” I love because it was the first record with Raybo in 11 years. A lot of fun! The last record 2016’s “Saints And Heros” is a great one to me, and sad at the same time because of the situation we had.


It’s amazing to me how much material you guys kick out. What’s coming up in the future, as in new music? Are you working on new material, and can give you give any spoilers?

M: 2018, look out! We started recording on Jan 13th a full length & some tracks for a couple, 2-3, 45’s.Been writing for 2 years and it is time to lay it down.


For potential new music fans to know, what is something you want the world to know about Bonecrusher and what they stand for?

M: Well, there is nothing to tell anyone. Bonecrusher kinda just is. Folks listen. They either love it, or hate it. True Bonecrusher supporters understand the songs and the lyrics, and just gets it. They get emotionally attached. So, I guess I would say to check it out. Maybe it is for you? Maybe it ain’t.

Keep up the great work, guys. Any final words for the readers?

M: If you are a supporter of the F.O.A.B.C., you already know!
And, if you are not a supporter of the band, that’s o.k. too. We welcome all. Except Hate Groups. There is no tolerance in life for hate. 

LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/bonecrusherofficial/

Younger in age, yet true to the core! These boys from Watford understand the true meaning of Oi. Unapologetic, pissed off, and humorous. Raw, rough around the edges, and always ready and able to throw down some serious stompers that the old school and the new breed can both appreciate. Introducing our new favorites, Tear Up.

Could you introduce us to the band and tell us a bit about what everyone does?

J: We are TEAR UP. We got Jesus (Andy) on the drums. He’s a bit odd, but he’s a top bloke and he’s a bit of a whore. He disappeared in Scotland with two women for a good few hours. We got Jack on the bass. He’s new. He has done one gig. We got him so fucked up, nobody has seen or heard from him since, so if anyone has seen him let me know, lol. We got Robin on guitar. Loves a cider, and one thing he loves as equally as cider is fucking whining, but he’s a good pal of mine and it does make me laugh. Then there is me, Jamie. I’m the general loud cunt and pain in the arse. I’m most famously known for being able to start a fight in a phonebox and I attempt to sing from time to time. 

So, you are admittedly the most worst behaved  band in the country, haha. Could you describe the actions of a Tear Up member? What kind of trouble do you boys rack up in your free time?

J: To be honest, the other band members are just general drunks. I’m the one who misbehaves. I don’t give a fuck if someone needs to be told they are a dickhead. I won’t think twice about telling ’em. At our last gig, me and the lead singer of The Glory’s son, attempted to nick a life sized model donkey from the venue. We was caught and was playing tug o war with the manager.

Playground Politics is a great fucking album! For those who haven’t heard it yet, can you tell us  some about the overall feel and messages within the album?

J: The songs are all about things I can either relate too or that piss me off. The next album will be more gritty and aggressive to the catchy choruses I tried to get in Playground Politics. But, it’s a work in progress, so may not sound like that at all. We will play about with it til we are happy. It’s going to be called “You’ll Never Stop Us” and we are aiming for it to be done by the end of the year.

You guys have been on some decent tickets so far. What have been some of your favorite moments so far in the bands career?

J: Playing with the Cockney Rejects was a dream for me, as I have loved them since I was a kid. We have played with them a few times now, and Last Resort was a great gig, but the one we played in Leicester the other week was one of my favourites. It was a great laugh and good friends playing together and that’s what it’s all about. Also, me and Bob from Boots N All was on the lash till 7 in the morning, which is always a bonus! 


Can you tell us a bit about life in Watford? How’s the local scene, and what are some of your favorite places to play at home, or abroad?

J: Life in Watford is not what it used to be. The place is on its knees, but I will always love it. It’s my home town. As for gigs, it’s a tricky one. They put gigs on the Watford Punk Collective, but you can’t have a laugh or joke with them cos they don’t give us a gig. There’s individuals in the collective that are top blokes, but it’s clear somewhere that they don’t like us. I would like to work it out and play, but fuck it. I ain’t begging for a gig of em. We play all round the country for some top people, so it’s no great hardship. We have a Watford gig lined up later in year with a Dutch band at a different venue.

Which songs on your albums are your favorites, and why? Is there anyone you hold closest to heart? Also, which track would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard you yet?

J: Well, I like “King Of The Car Park”, as it’s about my dad who was a bit of a tear away in his day, but “Not Big Not Clever” seems to be the most popular at the moment.

So, Playground Politics is about to drop on us; a proper full length debut, I’d like to say. What plans do you got for the rest of the year? I know this one is hot off the press, but are you guys working on even newer material, or projects, as well?

J: We are just writing new stuff. The songs are ready to go. Just putting music and stuff to them for the “You’ll Never Stop Us” album.

Where can we get the new album and merch?

J: You can get the vinyl through Rebellion Music- Merch. The cds and t shirts through us, or Subcultz. Just contact band page and I’ll give you the details.

Keep up the good work guys. We’re killing this album to death! Any final thoughts for the readers?

J: Glad your enjoying the album. That one comment makes anyone who puts us downs comment irrelevant. You can knock us, but you’ll never stop us! Oi ! Oi!

LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/tearupoi/, and get the new album Playground Politics at https://rebellionshop.com/

AN INTERVIEW WITH NIGE, MARC,  STE, and RAB

There really is nothing more satisfying than putting your ears to British Oi! when you need a solid dose of the real deal. Fuck the fancy bells and whistles that tend to ruin the sound of what should be. Give us solid street stompers, with no lies, no fluff, and no bullshit. Give us Top Dog!

Could you tell us about how Top Dog formed and give us some background on the bandmates?

Nige: We started in 2014. Me, Ste, and Rab had played together in the Scabs, but hadn’t done anything together for a couple of years. Me and Ste were still going to a lot of punk gigs together and thought we could do as well, if not better, than a lot of bands we were watching. Rab didn’t take much persuading to come on board and the line up was completed by Brads on bass. We played a couple of gigs and wrote the album with Brads, but he wasn’t really into the band that much. When he left mid 2015 we were lucky to be put in touch with Marc.

Marc: What a band to walk into, EP set for release, album ready to go, couldn’t believe my luck. Was at a loose end trying to get my own thing going at the time, which was a punk/metal hybrid thing, but it was a nightmare trying to pin down a drummer. I even ended up buying a drum kit and was just gonna do it myself. Ste has that now and he’s turned it into smart as fuck coffee table.


Ste: That coffee table is still doing us a solid mate and too right we could do better Nige, and we have! Mind you before, we got the band together, we were telling folk we were going to get a record out. Cocky bastards, ha!



There seems to be an explosion of streetpunk bands tapping into the 80’s sound… which is a good thing! What’s your take on this wonderful phenomenon, Lol?

Nige: We don’t have to “tap” into the 80’s sound. Me and Ste are from that era. We really don’t have to try to sound that way, it’s who we are. No bullshit and still recording live in a garage, and in one take.


Ste: Yeah, keep it raw, aggressive and simple. it’s got to be with Nige’s guitar playing, only kidding, Nige bruv. It’s great to be on the new resurgence of Oi! and to be on a top label with a top backer in Wouter at Rebellion Records.


Rab: Rebellion Records is definitely at the forefront of the explosion. Just listening to the likes of Brassknuckle, B Squadron, No Quarter, Queensbury Rules and you think, “fucking hell, this is what it’s all about”. We’re proud as to be amongst it!

So, what have been some of your favorite moments with the band so far since you’ve started playing out?

Nige: It’s always a buzz when something new gets released. Rebellion Records is a great label to work with and Wouter is a great guy who really gets it. Playing in Eindhoven was brilliant, but it made me realise that I am 55, and not 25 anymore, ha! Rebellion Festival was very special as well. 10 minutes before we played, I looked from behind the stage and there was about 4 people in. When we came onstage, the room was packed! I’ve played in bands for nearly 40 years and those gigs are two of the best I’ve ever been involved in.

Marc: 1st class support and didn’t expect anything less to be honest. Both North East and North Staff’s Oi! divisions are always in our corner. Lots of support from Cumbria and Scotland there too.

Ste: For me, it was our 1st appearance in Stoke. Kind of a last minute minute addition as a band had pulled out. We fucking smashed it and in front of greats like Gary Hodges and Lee Wilson too! Doesn’t get much better! Have to agree Rebellion was brilliant and unforgettable. The sound crew said after they’d never seen an opening band get the crowd and reception that we got. Looking forward to be playing again this year, let’s have it!



I understand you guys have participated in a few benefits. Can you tell us some about that?


Rab: Yeah, we try and do at least one a year. It’s something we’re passionate about doing, we all know someone, be it a family member, friend, fan who has needed the help that charities provide and know what a difference it can make. In an ideal world everything would be funded properly and there wouldn’t be any need for charities. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and if we can play a small part in helping someone by doing what we love and donating a bit of merch, then we’re more than happy to. A hell of a lot of time and effort goes into putting these things on and the organisers deserve all the credit.

 

 

What are some of your favorite Top Dog lyrics and why?


Ste: I’m proud of them all, every town/city has a Botchergate and as rough as it can be, it’s still the best place for a drink around here. “Welcome To My World” just tells it like it is, and “Were You A Bootboy” is back to my younger days, full of fire, and a little nod to Slaughter and the Dogs.


What would be your most favorite Top Dog track, and why? What song would you recommend to someone who wanted to hear your band for the first time?


Ste: At the minute I would say “The Fight” which is about the current state of the Punk and Oi! scene.


Nige: “Were You A Bootboy” seems to be a favourite. It’s had the most views on YouTube, and “Razor Reg” shows what we’re like now.


Rab: Hard to seperate Bootboy and “Real Heroes”, but would have to be “Real Heroes” for the lightning fast tempo. “Doing Time”, which is on the Razor Reg CD release, is a cracker to check out!


  Marc: “Monster” hasn’t made the set for a good 2 years now, but is still my favourite. It’s just heavy as fuck and feels great to play. “Violence” has a similar feel, so I can live with that. For first timers, I’d recommend “Razor Reg”. Catchy for a good sing along, but still has that raw, aggressive edge.


Is there any new material in the works?

Marc: We’re constantly writing and always have a few in reserve that we tinker with here and there. We’ve recently released 6 new tracks that are out across 3 new releases. We’ve dropped a few of them into our sets over the last year as testers and they’ve went down really well.


Ste: We’ve still got plenty of bangers to come, just need time to get them sorted. I’m looking forward to the Oi! Ain’t Dead 6 release on Rebellion Records. Some cracking bands on there, and 2 corkers from us.



What does skinhead mean to you?

Nige: To me, it’s always been about working class people in working-class jobs who have a strong sense of what’s right and wrong in society. The clothes have always looked good, but I wasn’t a big fan of what happened in the 80’s when a lot of so called skinheads started looking like scruffy little fuckers with bags of glue stuck to their faces.


Marc: I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not a skin. I’ve got a big old pinocchio and a bit of flat heed at the back. I just can’t pull it off. Just because I wear hair though doesn’t mean I don’t embrace skinhead. For me it’s about friends, music, and being proud of your roots. Getting away from the mundane shit of 9 to 5 by getting pissed, going to gigs, and enjoying a bit of glue.


Ste: Yep, no hiding that conk, Marc. Always know when you’re coming round the corner! Agree with the lads, the greatest subculture there is and proud to be part of it!


Thanks for the interview. I hope I didn’t interrupt beer time. Any last thoughts for the readers?

Nige: Thanks for the interview and thanks for the support, folks. I’m off for a few bottles of shiraz now.


Rab: Thanks Smash The Discos. You’re a class magazine! It’s been nice to have my voice heard as I’m never in the bloody live photos!

Marc: Nice one mate. Cheers for this. If anyone would like to know more they should check out our website www.topdogpunk.com for latest news, reviews, merch, and all that good stuff.


Ste: Ta for the interview and support. Massive thanks to all those that come to the gigs and buy our stuff. Keep The Faith And Carry On! Oi! Oi!


LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/TopDogStreetpunk/https://rebellionshop.com/

Interview by Dan Dunn

How long ago did you start this journey of making Punk Rock music?

J: When I was 13 years old, I met a friend of a friend who introduced me to the Circle Jerks. My mind was blown. Before that, I’d thought that Billy Idol was the toughest stuff around, and I was totally wrong. When I was 14, I started my first band, Corrupted Young Minds, which didn’t do anything and was a complete failure. It got better after that and I’ve never stopped since.


What are all the bands you’ve been in?

J: A.W.O.L. (Actions WithOut Logic) in 1988, Riot Squad 1989-1997, The Staggers 1997-2004, Dog Company 2004-present.

Is there anything behind all the military/war songs?

J: No, not really. I’ve always been infatuated with the US military and war in general. When I was a kid, I always read books and comics about war and military stuff. I like reading about our heroes in US history. I have regrets that I never served, I wish I would have. 

What’s your favorite song from Riot Squad, The Staggers, and Dog Company?

J: One of my favorite songs that I wrote is the Staggers song “Lost Souls.” It is really tough to decide – I pour my heart and soul into what I write. I am not a complex guitar player, most songs are a few chords but it is the lyrics to me that are the most important. It is like asking which one of my kids I love the best. Yes, I have written and recored some garbage but honestly, I am proud of my work. 

What did Riot Squad mean to you when you were young?

J: Riot Squad was about drinking beer and having fun. I wrote songs about horror films and political topics that I didn’t really know too much about, but I thought I did. We got to play with a lot of great bands and tour around the country for really cheap. It’s pretty much how I cut my teeth and learned how to be in a band and what I wanted out of it. It was fun, but it was growing up, too.

What is the most memorable band you’ve played with and who would you like to play a show with? 

J: The second part of that is easy – Cock Sparrer or Last Resort. So, the first part… there have been so many.  The Misfits because they were so nice, FEAR because Lee Ving was cranky, Giuda because they sounded amazing, Flatfoot 56 because they are great dudes and play great music, US Bombs because I love their music and also because Duane is so rad. It is really difficult to pinpoint just one band. I just enjoy playing shows.

What is your biggest influence?

J: For me, it’s Misfits, The Clash, Last Resort, Bad Religion, Combat 84. That is a tough question… I love 77 punk, Oi!, glam, 50’s rock-n-roll, 50s rockabilly, 80s hardcore. Most punk rock in general. 

2 of my favorite songs from Riot Squad are “What Would You Do” and “Bottom Of The Bottle”. 

J: Thank you. “What Would You Do” was about Jeffery Dahmer and “Bottom of the Bottle” is about me trying to leave after a show at the Orbit Room and two drunk fellas who had no idea about the scene trying to talk to me about punk. They were nice but pretty annoying, so I went home and wrote a song about being drunk and not making sense.

Jay from Smart Boyz told me to ask you to tell a crazy story, from the early punk days in Deep Ellum?!

J: Man, there are so many stories. What comes to mind is the first time the Business played Dallas. I believe it was 1995 and the scene was pretty violent at the time. We were opening for them and there were a lot of white power guys and a lot of the anti-racist skinheads in the crowd. At that show you could cut the tension with a knife. Before we played Micky Fitz got on stage and said if there was one fight they would not play. It was great because not single punch was thrown. The embarrassing part was before the show when I asked some guy where to load in and what time the show started. He turned around and it was Micky Fitz. I felt like a big idiot.

Would you rather fight a clown or a midget?

J: Midget, were are closer in size.

Who is Dog Company and how long have y’all been around?  

J: Dog Company started in 2004. The current line up is Joe Blow, rhythm guitar & vocals, Garrett Chapman, lead guitar,  Shea Close, bass, and Mick Villarreal, drums.


How would you describe Dog Company’s sound?

J: A big mix of punk, Oi!, and 50s rock and roll. 

What are the next releases we’ll hear from Dog Company? 

J: We have two records coming out on Crowd Control Media – a 7” coming out around April, and a 12” entitled “High Hopes in Hard Times” due out during the summer.

What are your social media links

J: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogcompany/ Website: http://dogcompanydtx.com/

Is there anything else you’d like to add? 

J: Thank you for the support and this interview.

I want to say thank you for all the great music! Me and a few friends have been listening since we were young punks! I believe we was about 14 when we discovered Riot Squad! 

J: I would like to say thank you for being fan.

Being such huge Arch Rivals fans here, naturally we had to know what albums have influenced Mr. Mike Brands… So, here goes…

Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction.



GNR were my gateway band, they crossed that barrier from accessible popular music to underground music for me, without them I wouldn’t have found punk when I did. This album has all the spit and vinegar of punk rock, it has aggression and a really spikey attitude (we won’t mention Sweet Child O’mine). A classic album that still holds up today…


The Sex Pistols – Kiss This

Although Never Mind The Bollocks was their proper album, Kiss This had all of the songs from the album and a load of bonus tracks and demos. When I first discovered the Pistols I became slightly obsessed, I love Steve Jones’ guitar work and Johnny’s snear was pure disdain and arrogance. Bollocks works better as a full album, but Kiss This is great for dipping in and out of and picking tracks to listen to.

The Business – Suburban Rebels.

Melodic but punchy, almost every song an anthem, Blind Justice, Suburban Rebels, Guttersnipe, Real Enemy, Another Rebel Dead, Harry May, Loud Proud ‘n’ Punk, the list goes on. The band and album that got me into Oi! It was a toss up between this and “the truth…” as my favourite Business album, but this one is a was a game changer in it’s time, so pips it to the post. A true Oi! classic…

Madness – One Step Beyond

I wasn’t a big ska fan until my late teens and my new found love for ska started with this album. Loads of knees up danceable songs with a great, witty sense of humour. Bed and Breakfast Man remains not just my favourite Madness song, but one of my favourite tracks of all time. Not keen on a lot of their later pop music, but when they did party time ska, they did it better than everyone else.

Peter and the Test Tube Babies – Pissed and Proud.

I’m not usually a big fan of live albums, but also having this one on VHS probably helped. Basically a greatest hits album with Peter’s banter between songs, every one of which is a big sing along. Great fun and full of energy, a much overlooked gem in my opinion.

Rancid – …and out come the wolves…

I was into punk before this album came along, but this album blew me away. Not a bad track on it, it’s not surprising that Rancid’s live set still contains more songs from here than any other album. To my ears this is as close to perfection as possible. Not just a great punk album, but a great album.

Check out Arch Rivals at https://www.facebook.com/ArchRivalsOi/

Out Of Order are an amazing Oi! band from Montreal, Canada, I caught up with Scott about the scene in Montreal, their new album and the forthcoming European and UK tours.

Associated Press – Mark Jones. Check out Mark’s blog site at http://soundsofthestreet.net

SOTS – Hey Scott, thanks for taking the time to speak to me. Can you start off by telling us a little bit about the band and how you guys got together?

Scott – The band started back in 2001. Myself and a few friends were living at or hanging out at a squat in Halifax. There was always music and musicians around. We were all into punk rock so jamming just kinda happened. We at first didn’t take it seriously. It was sort of “whatever we are doing that night”, kind of thing. As we started writing songs it became clearer that we had a sound and an idea of what we were doing. As we started finding our sound, we started taking it more seriously. Jams became scheduled and shows started to get planned. We all were doing a lot of travelling back then so for me the band wasn’t the focus in my life that it is today but we were having a lot of fun playing and partying in those days.

SOTS – For anyone who hasn’t heard Out Of Order before could you describe the band’s sound?

Scott – That’s kind of difficult. I don’t like to box myself in but I always loved the idea of blending the rabid chaos of punk rock with the power of anthemic Oi music. I grew up listening to that UK82 style and bands like the Blitz and One Way System with their crossover element really appealed to me.

SOTS – Where did the name ‘Out Of Order’ come from?

Scott – Several people have claimed they came up with the idea for the band name but the honest truth is that it actually came from a line in the Oxymoron song “Dawn Patrol”. Perhaps it was an amalgam of conversations and the chaos of my life back then but Out of Order just seemed to fit. These were the days before everyone had the internet but I searched for another band with that name and the only thing I found was a German band that had existed for a few months back in 1981/82 and a ska band from California from the early 90’s. So I said, “Fuck it. Let’s go with it”.

SOTS – I can hear elements of British and American Oi! In your sound but what are your main influences and what band made you want to start a band.

Scott – Without a doubt, early British Oi and punk rock had the biggest influence in our music. I always loved the boiled down sounds of the UK 82 and early 80’s Oi like The Last Resort, Combat 84, the Exploited and One Way System. We’ve always tried to capture angry, balls to the wall punk rock. This music is empowerment and will straighten your spine.

SOTS – You guys have been around since 2001, what motivates you to keep the band going?

Scott – Stubbornness. I don’t know how to do anything else. I still feel like our music is on a journey of discovery. It’s too much fun to get off this train

SOTS – You have 3 albums out at the moment are there any plans for a new album? If so what can we expect from it and when is it likely to get released?

Scott – Actually yes, we just got out of the studio. We finished doing some pre-production for our upcoming 4th album, entitled BLOOD. We are halfway done the writing process and we are hoping to head back into the studio by mid-summer to complete the album. Crossing fingers, but hopefully the album will be ready to be released by the end of this year.

SOTS – What do think of the current scene and what has changed since you guys formed?

Scott – There seems to be a lot more drama in the scene nowadays. Perhaps I was just ignorant of it in the past but growing up problems were usually personal and always solved with a good knock up and done. Nowadays people seem emboldened and courageous sitting behind a screen. Now you have problems with people you’ve never met before or wouldn’t know what they look like if you did meet them. I’m sure drama has always been a part of the scene. I remember seeing videos of skinheads full out brawling during a Combat 84 gig, but there seems to be a pussy-ass-ness in today’s scene.

SOTS – What’s the scene like in Montreal? Are there any bands that you would recommend?

Scott – Montreal has a very large punk rock scene. With it being so large, it, unfortunately, gets a little cliquey at times. But there are a lot of great bands and different pubs to play in. Bands like the Ripcordz, Tailgunner, Vulgar Deli and the Gutter Demons have been around a long time and always get my recommendation.

SOTS – You have got some dates lined up in Europe in May, Are you looking forward to play Europe again?

Scott – We can’t wait to get back over to the European continent. We are coming over to play the Randale Meetup in Schramberg on May 12th and have shows lined up in France, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Germany.

SOTS – Are the audiences different in Europe than in Canada or America?

Scott – I’m not certain I would say they are different from country to country but rather city to city. One city can be totally different from the next. We had a great reception the last time we toured Europe and are really looking forward to coming back.

SOTS – For anyone who hasn’t seen you guys before what can they expect from an Out Of Order show?

Scott – We always give our last ounce of energy out on stage. We love to interact with the audience and I always feel our live show gets better and better every time we do it.

SOTS – In September you are coming back to play a show in the UK with Angry Agenda, Murdaball, Hospital Food and Hung Like Hanratty which is a great line up, you must be looking forward to that. Have you got any plans to play any other UK dates?

Scott – I absolutely love the UK. I’m really excited about coming back. Lou and Alan from WH Promotioms, putting that gig on, are absolute sweethearts and we can’t wait to come back and play for them. We have a few really exciting gigs lined up so far. We are still in the process of booking but we will be playing the 100 Club in London, a great festival Festival in Sheffield, Manchester, Morecombe and we will be doing a cancer benefit in Darlington that we are excited about. We also have a few surprises lined up for that tour so keep your ears peeled for announcements.

SOTS – When you were last in the UK you recorded a couple of tracks including ‘Life Sentence’. Can you tell us s bit more about the track? Will this give us an idea what your next album will sound like?

SCOTT: We ended up recording a few tracks at Pressure Drop Studios in Stockport last year while we were there on tour. It wasn’t planned but we had the opportunity so we agreed to it. It was a great time but we were deep into the tour when we record and you can hear the edge of the road in those recordings. We actually plan on re-recording those tracks for our upcoming album. So you definitely got a taste of our upcoming album in those tracks.

SOTS – What do you think of the scene in the UK? Are there any bands that you would like to do a show with?

Scott – The UK does it right! My experience with dealing with everyone was great. We had a blast there and met some amazing people and played with some terrific bands. We are really fortunate to get to do this and England has been very kind to us. We were actually speaking with the guys from Crown Court last time we were through so it would be really nice to get something going on with them this time around. We will hopefully get something together with our friends in Arch Rivals, Wolf Bites Boy, Special Duties, and Angry Agenda. There’s a great band coming out of Liverpool called Bovver Bailey that everyone should check out and were working on getting something going on again with that excellent band.

SOTS – Thanks again for taking the time out to speak to me and I wish you all the best for the tour.

Scott – Thanks a lot Mark. I really appreciate the interview. We are excited about the new album and really looking forward to seeing everyone in Europe in May and The UK in September!

Thanks for reading to the end. See ya next time. Oi! – SFFS

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