Oi!

Fucking finally, it’s warming up! With springtime finally here, I can’t think of a better way to drink my cheap vodka and smoke expensive cigars than to do it to our bi-weekly radio show, “Smash The Discos STREET ROCK BLOCK RADIO”. Basically, we drink too much and record a radio show for you to listen to at your leisure; Drive to work, shower tunes, drinking in garage music, whatever it is you can do with 45 minutes.

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Now, let’s get this issue rolling! 

Let us not forget the labels that bring the noise.

Perhaps you discovered Merijn Verhees through the Dutch post-punk / rock band, SPARROW FALLS. Some of you, like myself, first discovered him as he took on the frontman duties for the mighty DISCIPLINE on their latest release “Stake Your Claim”. It doesn’t matter where you first discovered his vocal and musical abilities, because one thing leads to another, and soon enough you’ll find yourself a fan of the extremely talented Verhees and his voice fit for all of the genres that matter. 

[Note: Discipline tracks are blocked by Youtube… sorry]

Interview by Kris H. (Hardsell)

Oi oi, Merijn. We have known each other for 20 years. In that time, I can not even mention all the bands you have been in. Can you give us a quick recap of all the bands you have been in and currently are in?

M: Well, I started my first band in high school when I was 15. It was a hardcore band called Malebolgia, which later continued under the name, Segregate. At that time I had been reading the Dutch hardrock/metal/punk/hardcore etc. magazine (Yes, a physical, paper magazine!) called “Aardschok” with expert reviews on tons of albums and shows and festivals in the Netherlands. A lot of interviews with established as well as upcoming bands in the many subgenres of loud gituar music. The man to keep your eyes on, if you were into punk/hardcore music in all its forms, back then was a legendary person known as Onno Cro-Magg. Just like countless other pre-adolescent kids I worked a shit job outside of school to earn just enough money to be able to buy a real cd now and then, which of course, I recorded onto cassette(!) for all my mates (who’d do the same for me, so we got to appreciate as many bands as possible.) We just bought anything he appreciated with 85 or more points. But… I digress.


In Aardschok magazine, I read a message that said: ex $400 Suits members looking for a hardcore singer. And a phone number. $400 Suits were a Maastricht based, unconventional hardcore band founded by the brilliant, (in)famous, frontman, Dave Reumers, who had also been a driving force of Right Direction and One Night Stand. The album: “Never Give What You Can’t Take Back” he released with $400 Suits was an album that had a huge impact on me and my friends, and although we were happy to see Right Direction playing again, we were also sorry it seemed to be the end of the Suits. So, boldly, I called the number,, said I wanted to give it a shot at singing with them, went to a (try-out) rehearsal, and had become the new $400 Suits singer. There were people I knew that didn’t believe me when I first told them. Hahaha. It was my first real experience being a frontman and I was thrown to the wolves when I sang my first gig with them. I had just turned 17 and right in front of the stage were my parents and my girlfriend. And ALL the (30 something year-old) guys from Right Direction, Backfire! Discipline, Hardsell, Tech 9, fucking all of them! I stood my ground. At the same time, my love for Oi Music had grown to such an extent that I decided to start an Oi! band with my closest friends who had carried on Segregate. We called ourselves Banner Of Thugs. This was goddamn fun!!! By the time $400 Suits had called it quits, because whatever way you look at it, it was Dave who brought the magic. Not me, nor the other guys that remained. Segregate had become second to BOT in such a short time that they more or less dissolved into Banner Of Thugs. That band was a perfect outlet for what we felt inside at that time, and towards the end also a perfect stepping stone to Sparrow Falls. The whole Oi! scene had become so utterly boring and infected with idiots that our interest in other types of music started to play a bigger role and we formed Sparrow Falls. A few years earlier, I had also started playing bass with Maastricht Oi! band Close Combat, so my love for that music was continued there. But when Sparrow Falls and my work as a tattooer started to take up more of my time, I left the band after the release of the “Guest Of The State” album.

Sometime around 2012, I was asked if I would be up for joining Discipline as their new singer. I had known the guys superficially from my time with $400 Suits, Banner Of Thugs, and Close Combat, and they had been responsible for my introduction to the skinhead/Oi! scene with their Bulldog Style album. I agreed to do a try-out rehearsal and it felt right from the get-go. So I stayed. A few years later, my brother (who by that time had joined Sparrow Falls) decided to reform his old Oi! band, The Young Ones, and asked me to play bass. Since TYO had always been one of my favorite bands, carrying the true, classic Oi!-sound, I just couldn’t resist. So now I was in three bands again.

Why dont you explain the old days and what Maastricht was like back then?

M: When I joined the Suits as a 16 year old, the glory days of the Maastricht hardcore scene had gone by, mainly because shortly after I was introduced to it, Richie Backfire! (Drummer for, by then, Backfire! and a very well known and liked person from M-Town) committed suicide, which was a devastating blow to his close friends and the international hardcore scene in general. However, a few events from that era have left a permanent impression on me. There was the memorial festival for Warzone singer Raybeez, where I did my second show with the Suits and the line up consisted of the top of the European hardcore/punkbands, headlined by a couple of New York bands. The atmosphere was one of true brotherhood and all day the crowd went nuts, being treated to one after another kickass show. Also the infamous European hardcore parties held at the Platte Zoal were an annual event that I will never forget.


What drew you to music? What bands and styles influenced you?

M: Like many of my peers, I got into this thing when I first heard Guns N’ Roses. The loud guitars, scary merchandise, and overall badass image immediately attracted me. Soon I was singing along with their songs in my room with a microphone in my hand, pretending to be in front of a huge audience, hahaha. After that came Nirvana and Metallica until an older friend introduced me to punk by giving me a cassette containing Conflict, Dead Kennedies, and 7 Seconds. That was what I was looking for! Raw, unpolished, fast and aggressive punk music. Through compilation cd’s of old British punk bands, I got familiar with Oi! and the singalong choruses were what mainly attracted me to that style. Combined with discovering a flourishing hardcore/punkscene in a city very close, it was sort of inevitable that I was drawn into it. Of course, the conditions that steered me into that direction had been present all my life. From as long as I can remember, I have felt defiant in the face of what is considered “normal”. That goes for the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, as well as your attitude towards society and how it functions. At the moment, if I have to list the ten most influential bands in my life it will be: Cock Sparrer, Sheer Terror, Rancid, Tom Waits, Guns n roses, Right Direction, Cockney Rejects, 16 Horsepower, Modern Life Is War, Symarip.

Obviously, I have to ask you about Discipline. When things went south, due to the previous singer going to jail for murdering his wife, there was a long gap for the band and many thought that would be the end. How did they approach you? Did you say “yes” right away? You had some big shoes to fill. How was your first time together as a band?

M: The Discipline adventure started when guitarist Dave sent me a message asking if I would be interested in giving it a try with them. I told him that I was definitely interested, but that it would require good planning considering my busy job and Sparrow Falls, which will always be my main priority. But, we agreed to do a try-out rehearsal and when that took place it immediately felt right so we mutually decided we would embark on this adventure together. I had known the guys superficially from my time with previous bands, and I always got along fine with the dsc guys. They are all top-blokes with a brutal sense of humor and I felt very welcome and appreciated from the start. As far as the amount and severity of challenges is concerned; remembering the lyrics! Hahahaha. It was a long time ago since I had had to memorize the lyrics for roughly 18 songs, THAT I DIDN’T WRITE MYSELF!!! Hahaha. Also, it took me some effort to apply the right technique for singing with the typical gruff voice since I gradually evolved in singing cleaner with Sparrow Falls.


So time goes by, you had your first gig together and then boom!… a new album. Discipline is back! Discipline is a very different band than most. How did you fit in, what were some of the challenges for you?

M: The recording of “Stake Your Claim” was a way of immortalising the time we played together and where it had led Discipline. Personally, I like the diversity on the album. We go back to even the first and second album with old time eurocore and heavy Oi!-core, but also catchy melodies and cool streetpunk songs. It starts, kicks you in the nuts, and is over before you know it without a dull moment. We did a heap of really cool shows as well. My personal favorites are The Sound Of Revolution Festival, Punk & Disorderly Festival (twice!😊), Pretty Shitty Festival in Stockholm, Endless Summer festival (twice as well), all the shows we did with Cock Sparrer and definitely The We Will Remember You Festival. That last one is etched in my memory forever!!! To people that say Discipline is not Discipline with another singer I say: “You are right. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to the new album and don’t come to the shows”. We, and by that I mean especially the other original members, continued because it is also their fucking band in which they plowed for 25 years to achieve things most other bands only ever dream of. Did you think they would let one person just destroy that in an eye-blink? Think again. The guys just love kicking ass with this band and I have felt honored to be the one to assist them in doing so. We also do it for the people that do enjoy hearing the old classics, albeit with another singer. But, I understand when people have problems with the continuation because, in the end, would you buy Cock Sparrer without Collin? Sheer Terror without Paul? I don’t think so. I wouldn’t. To a lot of people, Discipline has a similar status, so for them it’s equally unthinkable and sort of desecration. So, as long as they just avoid seeing us play or hear the album, every one is happy.

So we have know each other for a long time and we have played together many times, with almost everyband you ever were in. You have become an amazing tattoo artist with your own shop and your two other projects are up and running. The Young Ones and Sparrow Falls. I heard, and was shocked to hear that you soon will be leaving Discipline. What lead to that, can you tell us something more about that?

M: Sparrow Falls is my band which I founded 13 years ago after Banner Of Thugs threw in the towel. Sparrow Falls is my baby. It is a haven where me and the other members can do exactly what we want. There are no musical limitations, and lyricwise, it is where I give shape to what goes on in my head that needs to get out. It also embodies a huge chunk of our personalities in relationship to one another. I have come to regard it as a part of me which will be omnipotent throughout my life as long as I draw breath, regardless of the shape or form it takes. Again, there are no limits. Sparrow Falls is very, VERY fucking dear to me. Then I play bass in The Young Ones. TYO has limitations and rules, or actually, one rule: Play Oi! TYO is the band of my nine-years younger brother Elmer, who for years has also been guitarist in Sparrow. He and the original singer Marlon missed the classic Oi! -sound. They asked Lando, also active in (surprise, surprise) Sparrow Falls, to play second guitar. Original drummer Jasper hadn’t played the drums in ten years, but he was immediately up for a TYO reunion. Being a natural talent, he just sort of picked up where he had left. Original bass-player, Larn, had been traveling across the globe since quitting the band. So, they asked me if I was interested in that vacant position. Since I was, of course, bored off my tits with just singing in two other bands, working +50 hours, and so on. So I agreed right away. TYO had always been one of my favorite Oi!-bands ever, and in my opinion, one of the few bands that really understood and carried out what made the classic Oi! sound so brilliant. So, playing a musical style that I love since I first heard it, with my closest friends? I need to steal a bass somewhere!!! However, I knew it was going to be difficult to combine all this. After a while I noticed that I was looking forward to going away with DSC for a show less and less. The countless hours growing hemmeroids in a small van with seven sweating, farting pigs, playing a fair deal of gigs at festivals where deutschrock was the prevailing sound, started to weigh on the minus-side of the scales. Then again, I am singing someone else’s lyrics to which I find it hard to relate. I love the guys in the band, but it’s their band, and although I have had an influence on the sound on the last album, it is limited. I feel restrained in writing lyrics that really mean something to me and in using my voice in a more melodic way. So, since I simply do not have the time or the opportunity to do everything I like, there comes a moment where choices have to be made. Sadly, having to say goodbye to the Discipline adventure is the result. It has been an awesome experience that I will cherish forever and has been my most succesful musical endeavor so far, but succes and popularity are not my main objectives. Personal gratification is. And although I want all the best for everyone in the world, I first and foremost want it for myself, however self centered that may sound.

You are a very creative person and an artist through and through. What gives you the most pleasure, what still makes Merijn tick?

M: I tattoo, paint, draw, play music, write… so “creative” would be a suitable term to describe me although I hate that word. Every lazy, messed up, spineless dirtbag uses that word as an excuse to do nothing but put out crap and wine and cry all day about how they’re so misunderstood etc. It is not a choice for me. It’s what I think I am meant to do while in this specific here and now. However, “here” and “now” don’t really exist. Neither do all of us and everything we think we see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. Everything is vibration, everything is electricity. As musicians, you do something very powerful when you produce a specific sound on a certain frequency. This affects your surroundings greatly. More than most people think. I only recently started to look into this matter and I am far from qualified to insist anything is the truth, but personally I am convinced this is how it is. Closely related to this, nothing, absolutely nothing in this world works the way we generally perceive it to do. We are collectively being taken for a huge fuckin ride. Our total perception of life, where we come from and what is our purpose here is totally twisted. I can go on for hours about this but I won’t.



 Long story a bit shorter, I am driven by an inner urge to put out sounds, images, words… I don’t know why, but it’s all I am capable of doing. For as long as I can remember, I have felt at daggers drawn with society, government, the educational system, all the fake institutions, everything that is considered normal. When I recently found out about where this intrinsic sentiment probably stems from, I have grown more confident in speaking out about this. About all these hollow concepts around which sinister forces spin all of our lives. My intention is to contribute to a better world. I try to do what I can to be a positive force to my surroundings. It seems to pay off. I feel happy and grateful for the people in my life and the way I am able to maintain myself in society whilst not really being a part of it, if that doesn’t sound too vague, hahaha.


I hope people will come to understand that we have the strength to create a world in which all living beings can live in true freedom and harmony. Our many atrocities are the result of a tiny group of people who have a specific agenda that is opposed to what human beings desire. Unfortunately, they hold positions of such power and wealth that they are able to hoodwink us into an age of detachment, fear, apathy, ignorance, and brutality. Once this fact really sinks in with the majority of people, their rotten system will collapse like a house of cards. I hope I will see this happen in my lifetime.

LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/sparrowfalls/https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungOnesOi/https://sparrow-falls.bandcamp.com/

Here at the zine, we can all agree that Sweet Fuck All is the best thing to happen to American oi oi music in years. Mission Accomplished is solid gold in our book. Not too much is known about this Philly, PA band, but Brian Bullock stopped in to tell us some of the important stuff.

So, I realize it’s been a minute since Mission Accomplished came out, but I honestly have to say it is by far one of the best Skinhead rock n roll albums I have ever heard still up to today. For those of us obsessed with it, could you tell us about the making of the album and the formation of the band?

B: Hey Jason, thanks for the kind words! Sure. In 2014, I’d see Chris around at shows or whatever. He brought up forming a band quite a few times. To keep the conversation from getting old, sooner or later we met up to play guitar and drink some beers. “American Skinhead Pride”‘s verse were the first chords written and “Mission Accomplished” were the first lyrics written. These would establish the straight faced, yet over-the-top direction Sweet FA went in. We opted for a obvious skinhead stance, not just a skinhead-sounding band like, say, Vanity. We chose a downstroking, mid paced, 8th notes on the hi hat, rock and roll formula, inspired by The Templars, distancing our sound from faster punk or hardcore. The songs were written from the end of 2014 and throughout 2015. We recorded in fairly quick sessions in the winter of 2015-2016. instruments were tracked separately, not doing more than a few takes, sometimes with the aid of punching-in, usually with aid of a case of beer.


Mission Accomplished is the ultimate collection of skinhead anthems. What are some of your choice tracks on the album, and why?

B: “Cold War” because the subject matter, inspired by cold war movies such as The Right Stuff, Red Dawn, and Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III. Song structure is pretty solid without resorting to a solo. “Dark Ages”, originally titled “Library Of Alexandria”, is about paradoxical ideologies that advocate for deconstruction. It’s still around today and is probably eternal. The song is a story about how ancient deconstructionists caused the collapse of classical antiquity and brought about the dark ages. They may have thought they were removing the problems of antiquity but ended up undermining its stability, creating an environment in which wars, raids, tyrants, misinformation, and superstition flourished. “Thursday Evening” and “Mission Accomplished” are over the top party songs. “Thursday” was chosen because theres already countless Oi! songs about the weekend or friday. “Anti-Anti-Anti”… Its got choppy guitars in the verse that go well with Oi! and I’m glad that message is on there. SWEET FUCK ALL is affiliated with FUCK ALL and doesn’t plan on bowing down to any side. “Anti-Religion” is a nice compact song. Cool chorus melody. Partially inspired by Alex going to prison in A Clockwork Orange and gets into reading the bible.


With the continually weakening state of our subculture, these songs are important because they are reminders of who we are and what we stand for. What’s your thoughts on the current condition of our scene, and what do you think can be done preserve and build it back up?

B: Yea, the scene could be better, though I know some people that work incredibly hard to make it happen, and I hope, for their sake, it survives. “Reminders” and “preserve” are definitely the key words in your question. Aside from hard work, understanding skinhead history, and seeing things through the context of that history, will help keep it strong for the future. To steal from and adapt Gustav Mahler: “Skinhead is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” Its history should emphasize the evolution of skinhead music in its entirety, not just exclusive to tradition 69 stuff, or 80’s Oi! or the UK or US scenes. Enjoy all of it. A big part of Sweet FA pays homage to 90’s Vulture Rock bands, but our influence is all over the place. People that “don’t get it”, or forget what it’s all about, seem like the biggest threats to the scene. I’m amazed. I’ve seen people try and be part of a scene they don’t relate to, or one day completely forget what it’s about. Also, constant output of content will help. If your scene has substance, it’s harder to wipe away. That’s one of the reasons Sweet FA went straight for a full length: More substance.


Since forming in 2015, what have been some of the most memorable moments of the bands career so far? 

B: Played with Buzzcocks, Agnostic Front, Niblick Henbane, Broken Heroes, Hammer and the Nails, Legion 76, Guida, Just being part of the Philly scene while Oi! seemed to be doing well.


Anyone who listens to the album will quickly know what Sweet FA is all about, but for those just now discovering the band, what do you want new potential music fans to know about you guys and what you stand for?

B: We stand for skinhead music first. We are a band after all. Beer, friends, America. 


What’s coming up next for Sweet FA?

B: I have like 7 more songs written so I gotta get them recorded.


Thanks for taking a moment to speak with us. Before we wrap this up, one final question: What does skinhead mean to You?

B: Thanks for the interview! Skinhead means never backing down. Doing what is right even if the world is going crazy. It is recognizing truth over fallacies, like appealing to the masses. Skinheads should be able to handle it. A Skinhead is extreme. The subculture has endured more than most and took more shit than most. It ain’t no hippy love-in. Its pride as an individual, but also participating in a whole. The whole will be strong if the individual is strong. Its about good tunes, having fun, flying the flag, and carrying on. 

LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/SweetFAPhiladelphia/https://www.rebellionshop.com/https://sweetfaphilly.bandcamp.com/album/live-by-the-sword

The Uncouth caught out attention when we realized we were dealing with a new type of Oi. Musically, and lyrically, they have broken away from the typical formula streetpunk bands have been working with. Read on, and listen hard. Discover why The Uncouth are one of the fastest growing names in our beloved scene today!

Since reviewing Jonesy’s War, The Uncouth has become one of my favorite bands. I hear many elements within the music that differentiate it from typical American Oi, but in your own words for those who haven’t heard you yet, how would you describe your sound?

C: I’d say we’re more fun than we are tough. We obviously draw most of our influence from the more anthemic bands, and CJ and I are influenced a lot by rock n’ roll in general. 


As much as I love songs about breaking bottles over heads, I do appreciate what you guys do lyrically by taking on subject material outside of Oi 101. Can you tell us about some of your favorite tracks on Jonesy’s War and KC United, and what are some of your favorite lyrics?

C: Lyrically, “Jonesy’s War” is my favorite song we’ve done. That was a story I really wanted to tell. That song means a lot to me. It was one of those situations where it pretty much wrote itself, and was done in a half hour. I’m pretty proud of “Same Old Story” too. I think some of the funnest lines are in “Got Me Wrong”, though. CJ wrote most of that one. There are a few gems in there, and I really like the first two lines of the chorus. The “When I see you on the street / You’ll be picking up your teeth” part. 


Could you tell us a little about the band members and where everyone is from?

C: Well, I’m Cody, and I was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, but moved around a lot as a kid. I settled in Kansas City 8 or 9 years ago, I think? I do most of the vocals and play rhythm guitar. Outside of that, if I’m not working I’m usually hanging out with my awesome son, and sometimes I do photography as well. CJ has lived in the KC area his whole life. He’s played in a few bands around here, most notably the KC Thieves. They were great, and we’ve brought a couple of his songs from the Thieves over to The Uncouth. He splits vocals with me, and plays lead. He’s also the responsible one in the band. Steve is a transplant from Omaha, and our most recent addition. We’ve had a few different bass players over the years, but Steve really brings it all together. Plus, he’s the one with the brains, and everyone loves the guy. He also drums for The Philistines and The People’s Punk Band as well. His biggest claim to fame (in my opinion) was getting a standing ovation from Bill Murray. No bullshit. Todd is the other original member of the band. I’m pretty sure he’s lived in the greater KC area his whole life. He’s kind of like our mascot. Todd’s the guy that talks to everyone, and makes friends. He’s just a big ol’ goofball. I really don’t know any other way to describe him. 

What have been some of the highlights of the bands career so far?

C: Putting out the first video, for sure. It’s a first for all of us, but Steve, because he is a consummate professional. It was a great learning experience and we had a top-notch crew to work with on it. We’re really happy with the way it turned out. A personal favorite was a short stint we did with Anger Flares from Japan. Those guys are so cool, and a lot of fun to hang out with. The show we did with the Business ranks up there for all of us. And anytime we get to go to Chicago it’s a highlight. The FCS guys always make sure we’re well taken care of and have a damn good time. 

So, you have a new EP?  What can you tell us about it?

C: I think the A-side “Just A Matter Of Time” is the best song we’ve done all around. We recorded at Element Studios, the same place where we did Jonesy’s War, and I think we were a lot more comfortable this time. We decided to stick with the format of the KC United 7-inch, so the B-side is a cover, and it’s a little different for us. I’m interested to see what the reaction will be. The pre-order is going on at the Teenage Heart website, and Johnny is doing this one just like we did Jonesy. We’ve got 3 colors, and test-pressing packs (though they might be gone by the time anyone reads this). 

Keep up the great work. We look forward to hearing a lot more from you. Any final thoughts you’d like to leave us with? 

C: If you haven’t heard us yet, check out the new video or pick up the 7-inch! You can also find us through all of the usual avenues (Spotify, Bandcamp, etc). And a big thank you to everyone who already has! Cheers!

LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/theuncouthkcmo/https://www.facebook.com/teenageheartrecords/https://theuncouth.bandcamp.com/http://www.teenageheartdistro.com/

We ♡ the Damn Broads, so naturally we want to know what they’re spinnin’… and we’re glad Crazines, Michelle Threat, and TAYTOXIC told us instead of telling us to fuck off! 

1) The Pist – Ideas Are Bulletproof

The Pist “Ideas Are Bulletproof” has inspired us in many ways in how we write our lyrics and music. The tone of Al Pist’s voice, and how incredibly intelligent and powerful his lyrics are, is something that makes this album, not only great, but iconic. Mainstream punk bands wish they can make songs like these that are true and life changing. This album is one of the most important albums and it’s still relevant to this day. 

2) Minor Threat – ST

Minor Threat’s self titled EP has inspired us in many ways, to not only to play faster, but not be afraid to use our vocals to sound angry to get our point across. We want our emotions to come across our music. That was the power of Minor Threat. Ian can get anyone riled up just with his voice. Just like they were part of the straight edge movement, we wanted to show that us broads have things to say as well. They weren’t around for long, but the impact they made with the songs that they had is something most bands strive for and dream of. 

3) Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

This album inspired us in the way of their musicality, and again, lyrics. Being a 3 piece can be a bit more challenging with lyrics as we equally share vocal duties, as well as writing lyrics, so we have to believe in each our lyrics as a whole. So, with Jello’s lyrics, he’s completely fearless, and not only is that inspiring, but the music that band created was completely unique. This record is what punk is not giving a flying fuck what people think.


4) Antidote – No Communication

Antidote (Netherlands) is a band that has been influential to all of us. Their music is fast, catchy, short, and sweet. Their songs are relatable because they’re about things important and relevant to them and their lives. Listening to them reminds us that being in a punk band isn’t always about trying to do something different or edgy. The song “Nothing Has Changed” from their album “No Communication” says it best: “‘You do nothing new / We heard that from the start / But everything we say and do comes straight from the heart”… and that’s all that really matters. Antidote’s lyrics are simple and to the point, which is something that we’re trying to do more in the new music we’re writing. We always end up listening to them when we carpool to shows together. We feel like they’re really underrated as a band and we’re planning on covering one of their songs in the near future.


5) The Casualties – Die Hards

The Casualties are one of those quintessential street punk bands that everyone knows and loves, and and they’ve influenced our music from the start. We’re huge fans of street punk, and we’re trying to go more in that direction with our new material. Their songs are fast and loud and they sing with conviction. The album “Die Hards” is one of our favorites. It’s got intricate bass lines, impressive guitar solos, and powerful gang vocals in almost every song. The way they write is inspiring to us especially as a 3 piece band, because they switch off vocals a lot and write music that sounds awesome live with only 3 instrumentalists.

CHECK OUT DAMN BROADS AT: https://damnbroads.bandcamp.com/, and https://www.facebook.com/damnbroads/

Not too long ago, I asked around for bands to send me some of their recent flyers. Why? Because I love flyers, that’s why. I’d use ’em as wallpaper if I could (Boo, ‘ol lady… Boo). Here’s some of what was sent. More to come later! Enjoi

Like I said…. I love flyers. We’ll keep preserving them here in Smash The Discos Webzine.

Thanks for reading to the end. 

SFFS