La Vida Es un Mus si riconferma una di quelle etichette che difficilmente deludono quando decidono di pubblicare un disco o di collaborare con una band. Asquerosa Humanidad dei newyorkesi, ma di madre lingua spagnola grazie alle origini colombiane della cantante Sara, Porvenir Oscuro non fa eccezione e si dimostra, ascolto dopo ascolto, uno dei migliori dischi hardcore punk ascoltati in questo 2021. Ma cerchiamo di andare con ordine per addentrarci a fondo negli abissi di questa umanità disgustosa.
Sostanzialmente siamo al cospetto di un disco di puro e semplice hardcore punk incazzato e veloce quanto basta, suonato senza troppi fronzoli e un’attitudine combattiva che non guarda in faccia niente e nessuno. Tredici tracce che arrivano dirette nello stomaco come colpi inaspettati durante un pogo selvaggio, una sezione ritmica che richiama alla mente il meglio dell’UK 82 sound e in generale un’intensitá e un’attitudine furiosa e bellicosa che ricorda i primi Disorder, i primi Chaos UK e in parte certe cose emerse dalla primitiva scena finlandese di band come Kaaos e Riistetyt. Inoltre, per terminare questa carrellata di influenze musicali, le vocals e certe linee melodiche sembrano ispirate alla scena punk hc ispanica di band come i RIP.
Non esistono passaggi a vuoto o cedimenti nella proposta dei Porvenir Oscuro, solamente tredici schegge di hardcore punk impazzito che prendono le sembianze di inni riottosi e vere e proprio dichiarazioni di guerra che sembrano non conoscere pietà, con un’attitudine generale e una coscienza politica che si avvicina molto a quella del seminale movimento anarcho punk britannico. I testi infatti sono uno dei punti centrali e più interessanti nella musica dei Porvenir Oscuro, pur affrontando tematiche classiche del genere. E’ proprio attraverso i testi infatti che Sara e gli altri decidono di alzare la voce, attaccare e prendere posizione netta contro le violenze poliziesche e il ruolo stesso delle forze dell’ordine e della repressione statale, sottolineando una profonda tensione e una coscienza antiautoritaria e libertaria. In altri momenti del disco le liriche sembrano farsi più personali (Inadaptado o Voces en mi Cabeza), ma sempre bilanciati con veri e proprio inni di rabbia istintiva dall’attitudine smaccatamente punx e riottosa come la splendida Sin Control!
Tirando le somme Asquerosa Humanidad è il disco perfetto per godersi 25 minuti di punk hardcore furioso, diretto e che non accenna a lasciarci momenti per riprendere fiato, come fossimo costantemente all’interno di un pogo privo di attimi di tregua. Band come i Porvenir Oscuro sono la dimostrazione che esistono ancora band che hanno qualcosa da dire e che si può ancora suonare hardcore punk con attitudine, passione e coscienza politica.
Suddenly emerged from nowhere with the devastating “No More Peace“, a mix of metalpunk and d-beat that leaves no way out, Nukke are undoubtedly one of the most interesting projects of the whole hardcore and punk scene of the last year. It’s not only music though for Nukke, because as Jimmy tells us in the interview : “punk is about politics and not just about having a good time.” Enjoy reading and let’s keep making punk a threat and a tool against oppression!
Hi Nukke! Let’s start with the simplest questions. When and why was the band born? Would you like to give us a short biography?
Hi Disastro Sonoro, Jimmy here from NUKKE. Thank you for taking the time to interview us, we are appreciative of that. the band started whilst me and Hugh were touring with another project of ours and we came to the conclusion that we wanted to play punk together again(we had previously played in a punk band together but both left). We were in Italy, which at the time was the first European country to be struck with COVID, so it felt right to have a band that reflected the dystopic future about to turn present.
“No More Peace,” your first record, was definitely one of the most worthwhile and interesting works in d-beat/hardcore punk of all of 2021. Musically and lyrically what influenced you in the composition of the various songs?
Thank you for the kind words. I wouldn´t consider NUKKE a D-beat band, it sure has a lot of D-beat in it but it´s also very dynamic throughout which is not the case for D-beat bands which stick to the DISCHARGE/DISCLOSE formula. Musically there is a lot of punk and heavy metal intertwined as bands like later ANTI CIMEX/G.I.S.M./BROKEN BONES/ ENGLISH DOGS play a huge inspiration of us. We are also huge metal fans so bands like VENOM, BATHORY or even IMPALED NAZARENE also add up to the sound. That´s why I would think that NUKKE is more of a metalpunk band but with it´s own twist. Lyrically and aesthetically there is no need at all to draw inspiration from anywhere other than the world we ar living in and the collapse that will come in the near future. This is something very real that many seem to ignore. Bands love to talk about war but forget that there is a cold war going on all the time against us through fear and manipulation of the masses.
In a genre like d-beat, perhaps back in fashion in recent years, it seems to have all been said and done already. To an inattentive listening in fact the d-beat seems a genre little inclined to innovations and in which it is increasingly difficult to find personal solutions. What still fascinates you about this genre? What was your approach to d-beat/hardcore punk in life?
As mentioned before we try o add up our influences in a way that is our own and did not set out to sound like the band X or Z. It comes from a very sincere place and the main goal is for us to make music we enjoy listening. In that sense we were able to sound different from the regular bands but you can pinpoint moments in the music that sound familiar at the same time. The artwork was also something that is very unlike the other bands in the genre and that was done with that purpose, to add something “real” and bleak to match the sound. The same approach to our music can be translated to our own lives, to drawn inspiration from what inspires you and make it so that you recicle it into your own bubble of influences intead of straight mimicking what other people do. Thinking for oneself is something that is a cannon to punk and should not be lost.
One question I’d like to ask any band or individuality I have the pleasure of interviewing is this: what does playing hardcore punk in 2021 mean to you? What do you think are the potentialities of a genre like this one that for its nature and history has to do with concepts of rebellion, political struggle and an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist and DIY attitude?
It is of the utmost importance to live your life according to those principles especially in a time in which our little freedoms are being taken away with fearful consent. Punk is what opened my eyes to the injustices of this world and it shall remain a conduit for doing so. The message has to be spread and the voices of dissent can´t be silenced.
Within “No More Peace“, as per the best d-beat tradition, the anti-militarist theme seems to represent a very important and central part. What does anti-militarism mean for you? What scares you more than the possible current imperialist wars made, as always, in the name of profit?
Our anti-militaristic views and the “war” we write about and stand against is the metaphoric war fought against our minds, as mentioned before. None of us have seen real war, nor every other band that talks about war, but what we know is that war can be silent and we are all victims of this war of fear.
In the last few months I’ve managed to interview two other great Portuguese bands, Nagasaki Sunrise and fellow friends Corrupted Human Behavior. How is the situation of the DIY hardcore punk scene in Portugal? Which are the realities (collectives, squats, zines, bands) more interesting and with which you have more connections?
NAGASAKI SUNRISE is a great Burning Spirits styled metalpunk band and I´ve known the guys for ages. They work hard and deserve the recognition they are getting, which is something hard for a Portuguese band to do, since we are in the “butt of Europe” we don´t get that much attention. CORRUPTED HUMAN BEHAVIOR is also a great band with a bright future ahead with their hommage to stenchcore that gets more “polished” by the second. Other great bands that come from Portugal and are aiming at the right direction are DISHUMAN(kids playing the sickest D-beat worship), SCATTERBRAINIAC(One-man catchy as hell snotty punk rock), DOKUGA(Legendary Oporto punk hardcore) and ANTINOMIA(fast hardcore for fans of VOID and NO TREND). Please do check these bands out. The scene is a hit or miss sometimes, it doesn´t seem to be in its fullest potential yet. There is a lot of division, elitism and a lot of partying and not enough real discussion and activism. The older generation seems to waste more time discussing who is the “punkest” or has more “punk status” rather that creating ways to educate the younger generation on solving issues. But the younger generation can sure change that. Punk is about politics and not just about having a good time. Period!
Future projects? Are you already working on a new album or are you planning concerts and tours?
We have a new album recorded and is in it´s mixing phase. It´s even more dynamic that “No More Peace” and deals with even more bleak topics. We have some gigs linned up for outside of Portugal and soon we will have some here. Just waiting for all this mess about quarantines to slow down.
Your great debut record was released by D-Takt and Råpunk Records, one of the most active labels in d-beat, raw punk and hardcore. How did you get in touch with them and how did the collaboration for the release of No More Peace come about?
I simply sent an email to Jocke, who is the most dedicated dude ever, stating that we loved the label and wanted to work with him. We love all the bands in there and it would be an honour to share the same “space” as so many great acts. Jocke loved our stuff and there you go!
Dear Nukke we have come to the end of this talk. I’m leaving this space completely up to you to add and write whatever else is on your mind! Thanks again for accepting the interview and spending your time answering my questions!
Thank you once again for the interview and thank you to whoever is reading this because it matters to be hear. Please help make punk political again and a tool against oppression. There are a lot of ways one can act and small changes in our own lifes can make an impact on others. Ask yourself if you are the solution or the problem? What are you contributing to your locals scene? Is it getting better because you are in it? Strive to b the change you want to see in the world and be active! Peace out!
Any self-respecting good punk has surely had some kind of infatuation with the Finnish hardcore punk scene of the 80’s and historic bands like Kaaos, Riistetyt and Terveet Kädet throughout his life. That seminal hardcore scene today is also kept alive by bands like Civicide, the protagonists of this interview. A band that manages to revitalize that primordial soup typical of the British scene of the 80s in which echoes of thrash metal and anarcho-hardcore punk coexisted and mixed, giving rise to crust punk. Keeping faith with an apocalyptic imagery, perhaps a bit abused in the crust punk scene but perfectly in line with the dark times we are living because of the hunger for profit of capitalism that is destroying the ecosystem and condemning our lives to extinction, Simon, Stefan and Kakekaaos reaffirm that punk can and must still be a means to take a clear position and attack all this. Because using Kakekaaos’ own words: “punk and politics are one thing, one cannot exist without the other”. I leave you with the words and answers of Civicide in an interview full of reflections on punk, on the current political situation (both in Finland and in the rest of the world) and on the apocalyptic visions caused by the environmental devastation and plundering produced by capitalism. A sign of times to come…
Hi guys! Let’s start the interview right away with some biographical notes about you guys. When did you decide to form Civicide and what was the idea with which you decided to start the band? Where did you get your name from?
Simon: Hi! The idea to form Civicide was in my mind for many years. Maybe since the beginning of 2010th I wanted to play some stenchcore metal punk etc. Mostly it was only drunk discussions with everyone and there were never enough actions by me. In 2016 I started to look for people and try to play something. All this confusing situation was until the moment when I heard how Kake plays a guitar and it was obvious for me that I found a second guitar and my goal was close. Soon we were drinking together and found a bass guitar and in the beginning of 2017 after finding a drummer we started. After some time we were playing our first show in August with Fatum, Tanator and Hergian. Idea of the name belongs to Stefan.
Stefan: Yeah what Simon said. A very stereotypical origin story. I can’t remember exactly how I came across the name, but it was something that I thought fit the kind of music that we wanted to make and it sounds cool. Pretty easy to remember too.
Kakekaaos: It went somehow that way, details are fuzzy, I trust Simon’s memory better with this one.
On your facebook page you define yourselves as “multinational heavy crust chaos”. What does this “label” mean?
Stefan: It was jokingly put there when we didn’t really know how to describe ourselves yet. It’s a reference to our different ethnic backgrounds (i.e Russian, Mexican, Finnish-swedish and Finnish). I suppose it also works as an ironic reference to multinational corporations and global capitalism. Never bothered to change it.
Kakekaaos: The multinational part comes from our ethnic backgrounds yeah, the rest is probably the first thing someone typed in a hurry.
When I first listened to “A Sign of Times to Come” I was immediately fascinated and enraptured by your sound which reminded me of that primordial soup known as stenchcore, in which thrash metal echoes and hardcore punk impulses are mixed to perfection in the style of the primordial British scene of the 80’s. How do you define your music? Which are the bands that influence your sound?
Simon: As a Moscovite I have grown in our quite dark and heavy sounds as most of this kinda music from Russia. It pretty much affected my influence on our riffs. I was always inspired by the British scene of the 80’s as you guess and I’m a huge fan of Japanese crust. All this multiplied with other guys’ style and a bit of finnish harcore. As a result we have a cocktail of pain, speed and mayhem you call Civicide.
Stefan: I don’t think we had that much of an idea of how we’d define ourselves and just did things we like to make this primordial soup. I think there was a vague idea of “something like Sacrilege” at the beginning. I’d say punk is the main influence, but then there’s a bit of thrash and a bit of black metal and stuff.
Kakekaaos: Influences come from a lot of shit but the main ones are definitely for me ; Finnish 80’s hardcore, metal and rock n roll like Motörhead, Deep Purple and Venom, 80’s trash like Sepultura and Kreator and of course Crass and Amebix.
You’re from Helsinki, Finland, and any self-respecting punx knows that the Finnish lands have been fertile territory for a long line of great bands, from Kaaos to Riistetyt. Do you think there is a link between you and the long hardcore tradition of your country? What influenced you about the historical Finnish hardcore scene?
Stefan: Of course we’ve been influenced by older generations of Finnish punk bands. You could say that the scene we’ve grown from is a continuation of the same scene from which bands like Kaaos and Riistetyt came from. The D.I.Y. ethos, anger and drinking is all there! Personally I like the very straight forward attitude of Finnish punk.
Kakekaaos: Like Stefu said, the scene is kind of a continuation and as a result, the music and attitude influence us. What I love most about Finnish punk is the combination of how angry and raw it is (specially 80’s hardcore. )and the D.I.Y attitude it has. Wanna play hardcore but don’t how to? who cares let’s just get drunk and try it out, that kind of attitude is probably why there were so many good bands with new ones arriving all the time.
What does it mean to you to play this genre? Is it just music or do you see punk (and all its nuances) only as a way to express your political ideas with which to denounce or attack what you don’t like about this world and system?
Stefan: It’s kind of a difficult thing to say what playing this specific genre means to me. I think it’s a very good way to express the kind of anger and existential dread one feels when looking at the world and a humanity that is racing toward ecological disaster. So in a way it’s not just music. It’s a reflection on the world around us.
Simon: I just play music I like and it means for me to take a guitar and get all the shit I can get out of it
Kakekaaos: Yeah sometimes its a reflection about our failed civilisation,the world and its inevitable and untimely fate and sometimes you just want some fast noise with good lyrics to play to. To me when it comes to punk and politics, you can’t have one without the other, even the basic idea of do it yourself is anti-capitalist at its core..
The atmospheres of your music, perfectly evoked also by a cover artwork very fascinating in its old school style, are very apocalyptic, desolate and dark, building landscapes that seem to want to tell us about a humanity condemned to self-extinction and a future that seems less and less remote because of the capitalist economic system in which we live that destroys, plunders and devastates in the name of profit and unlimited production. Do you want to talk about this too and denounce this ravenous race to self-extinction because of profit in your lyrics? Intimately related to the previous question, what do you deal with in the lyrics of your latest album?
Stefan: I think you captured the idea pretty well there already. In a way it’s very cliché, but on the other hand, it’s a reality we live in. We’re witnessing so much shit that we know is destructive for life on our planet, yet we seem to be powerless to stop it. It’s good to have an outlet for the anger and anxiety and hopelessness that it causes. Then maybe we can focus on working for meaningful change and building something positive in this sea of shit. I don’t think there’s much hope and positivity in our songs for that reason too. A lot of the stuff we deal with in the lyrics is related to this; over-exploitation of natural resources, environmental destruction, power, conflict, despair, anger. I once figured it could be defined as “millenarian visions of ecological destruction and despair”.
Kakekaaos: Stefu covered it pretty well. The ultimate failure of mankind to try to live in a peaceful relationship with nature and the absurd idea that infinite economic growth – even if it is what they love to call sustainable development – and vertically built power structures somehow are the main foundations that dictate how we measure life’s value and its importance.
What do you draw inspiration from on the purely graphic and imagery side? Who is the author of the beautiful cover artwork?
Simon: All artworks in the band done by me. You already described the visual part of it well enough in a previous question and how it belongs to music. But it’s also a parody of the classic and famous painting ‘Hyökkäys’ by Edvard Isto. Instead of a Russian double-headed eagle we have the skeleton of a three-headed dragon ‘Zmei Gorynich’ which symbolizes an old world order and dead empire which still has the sharp claws and fangs. It lives in its own ruins and protects all the conservative distractions builded by the old generation and wants to keep it and doesn’t want to change. And woman by fetters and chains fights against all these shit foundations and tries to do something new and better. Yes, there are pretty much political and social points in the drawing and everybody can interpret it as they wish. That’s the point of all of us, we see everything with our own eyes. Anyways we’re building a new world between old ruins and this process has never been different and never will.
Getting back to talking about the Finnish hardcore and punk scene, what can you tell us about it? Are there any collectives, squats (for example Kumma), bands active in the scene and keeping it alive? Which are the bands and the realities with which you have more and better relationships in Helsinki?
Stefan: Lots of active bands in Helsinki, although the pandemic has put a stop on shows for a long time now. It’s getting better now again though with restrictions being lifted, but we’re living in a precarious situation. I can’t really name any specific bands keeping the scene alive. Everyone’s doing their part. There hasn’t been any active punk squats in Helsinki since Squat Kumma was shut down, to my knowledge at least. But again, the pandemic has put everything on hold so who knows what happens in the future.
Kakekaaos: There’s a lot of active bands yeah, and like aforementioned everyone does what they can. There’s a couple of new squats but who knows for how long, the city usually shuts them down quite fast ( 15 minutes being the record!.) We’ll see in the future after this situation gets unfucked.
What is the political situation in Finland currently like? What are the biggest difficulties that politically active punx and collectives in the hardcore scene may face?
Stefan: I don’t know if there are any difficulties that punks specifically would face. Maybe the lack of autonomous spaces that punks can organize themselves, whether it’s for political action or gigs. Squatting is difficult in Finland and there aren’t that many spaces that work as squats available either, although I’m no expert on this. The rise of far-right authoritarians is a problem in Finland in general, as it has been elsewhere. It could pose a threat to politically active punks and radical leftist politics in general.
Kakekaaos: One of the main difficulties ,for anyone not just us, is the rise of the new, polished and presentable far-right, here and all around Europe. Normalizing xenophobia and racist behaviour ,and claiming its about freedom speech or that everything its a conspiracy to eliminate the ¨white man¨ its the same agenda fascist have always had, the amount of disinformation and straight out lies that can now be spread around via social medias, I think ,makes it easier for these fuckers to gain popularity among the common citizen and organise better.
In 2019 you toured Russia and Estonia, also playing with a band of dear friends like the Italians Overcharge. What are your memories of those dates? What can you tell us about the reception of Estonian and Russian punks? Which were the bands you played with that impressed you the most?
Stefan: Well the first gig was in Novgorod and it got shut down by cops right as we were supposed to play, so that was a great start haha! Then on our way from St. Petersburg to Moscow our van broke down. Luckily we had an amazing friend with us from St. Petersburg who managed to get our van to a mechanic and got us train tickets to Moscow since we were supposed to play that night. Our driver stayed behind with our friend and he drove the van to Moscow the next day when it was fixed. Luckily it was an all-night show because our playtime had to be moved from 2 am to 4 am since the train ride took so long. It was one of the best gigs we’ve ever played at. The places we played everywhere on the tour were great and the people were super nice! The traffic is an absolute terrifying nightmare in Russia though.
Simon: Yeah, traffic is a bit annoying, but basic shit for the megapolices. Maybe the biggest mistake in Novgorod was to organize a gig in the house which belongs to the Ministry of Sport. They didn’t like a bunch of wasted punks in their yard and house and called the Director of house. I hope one day we come to Novgorod again and get revenge!
Kakekaaos: yeah that tour was a nightmare I love to remember. Would do it again anytime.
Plans for the future of Civicide? Are you already planning a new tour? Are you already working on a new album?
Stefan: We’ve had to find a new drummer since Niko, our original drummer, couldn’t continue. He’s still a very dear friend to us and we’ll be seeing him around! Anyway, we’re concentrating on practicing a set with our new drummer so we can play shows again. Then we’ll continue making new songs and make a new record again some time. We’ll see if we could do a tour next year at some point too, but it’s a bit too early to say anything about that at the moment.
Kakekaaos: Practicing a set to start playing gigs soon again is the priority, a new album at some point too. Would love to tour Europe at some point also!
As we come to the conclusion of the interview, I leave this space completely up to you. You can write anything that comes to mind, tell anecdotes or even answer questions that no one has ever asked you!
Kakekaaos: I hope we can play in Italy some day! Thanks and Cheers!
“Charged Pacific Rim Crust Punk of War“, this is the label by which Nagasaki Sunrise present and describe their music. To know more about what they mean by this concept, you just have to read the interview I recently managed to do with them. Also, if you like British heavy metal and the sounds of Japanese hardcore/crust punk from Death Side and the “burning spirits” scene, Nagasaki Sunrise and their new album “Distalgia” are the best band you could come across!
Like any self-respecting interview, we start with some biographical notes. Tell us about yourselves, when was Nagasaki Sunrise born, how did you choose the name and above all why did you decide to start this band?
Hey! First of all, thank you for the interview and your interest in talking to us! Nagasaki Sunrise was born in 2020, during the difficult months of quarantine and self-isolation. The project idea came from Iron Fist, who had some songs up his sleeve from a home recording session in 2015.
In late 2019 the project was coming to life, quickly becoming a full on band. Speedfaias joined for bass duty and Wartank was pounding the drums of deliverance. Gasolizna joined shortly after, recording vocals for the demo songs on “Turn on the power”.
Our main influence is drawn from the“Burning Spirits” aesthetic, borrowing our inspiration from the larger than life Japanese Hardcore bands from the 80’s that play a major role in our sound, imagery and vocabulary. NAGASAKI SUNRISE represents the paradoxical nature of the human race and its primal urge to wage war, focusing on WWII and particularly on the events leading to the atomic bombings of Japan.
If I’m not too misinformed about you, it seems to me that you mostly come from the heavy metal scene in which you are very active with various bands. What do you think are the main differences between the metal scene and the hardcore punk scene?
We actually have a foot in each scene, being active in both “worlds”, since we consider it being the same. We all started playing punk as teenagers, each one in his hometown. At the moment all members of the band are also involved in other bands (metal and punk oriented), such as Midnight Priest, Vürmo, Roädscüm, Carnage, amongst others. We all like metal and punk, as well as their subgenres. But regarding the differences, here in Portugal, they’re only noticeable in the big cities, where we kinda of have a venue for punk, and a venue for metal. But both “tribes”, ourselves included of course, attend gigs in both places, as for us, the D.I.Y. spirit and support between bands and communities is crucial to keep the underground scene alive!
Listening to “Turn on the Power”, your first EP, your heavy metal background is immediately clear as well as a sincere passion and influence of certain Japanese d-beat/hardcore à la Death Side. And which are the bands that you think have influenced you the most?
The heavy metal background is surely there, mainly on the guitar leads and sound. The influencing bands question is always a tricky one, since there’s a huge amount of bands that influence us in a way or another. It makes it difficult to leave some bands out, but if i need to choose, i would say Death Side, Discharge, Motörhead, Inepsy, G.I.S.M. and R.U.G., Anti-Cimex, Venom, and so on. Mainly the Burning Spirits/Japanese Raw Punk, the British D-Beat/Rock’n’roll/N.W.O.B.H.M, and the Scandinavian Hardcore sounds.
“Charged pacific rim crust punk of war” is the label you use to define yourselves, your music and your imagery. Would you like to elaborate on this concept?
This term was chosen due to the lyrics, the sound, and the aesthetics of the band. Since we weren’t able to label the band with a specific sound or genre definition.
We like the diversity of elements that materializes our vision of punk and metal, which has more of a crossover feeling to it. It can be epic and gnarly, it has solos with d-beat, it’s meant to be chaotic while still displaying a melodic touch, but it is most of all a tribute to the “fallen heroes” of WWII and beyond.
Soon (11 September) your first full-length entitled “Distalgia” will be released, would you like to tell us something about it? What will be the differences with the previous Ep? What is the meaning of the title?
Yes, the album came out on September 11, and it’s already available on all streaming platforms. It will be out on CD in the end of September, and on vinyl in the end of October, released by Monolith Records.
We are really happy with the end result, and stoked to play live! The recording process was smooth, working with our good friend Kiko “Gloves of Metal” Silva, who also mixed the album.
It was mastered by Jack Control at the Enormous Door Mastering, and we couldn’t ask for a better outcome. Raw and damp, made to be listened loud as fuck!
We think that there’s an evolution in the sound from the “Turn on the Power” demo. Not different sounding, but trimmed and polished to its best. We had more time to work on the songs, the lyrics, and the production, paying more attention to the details, and working on them till we were happy. In the end, that sets the difference between a demo and a full length album.
The name of the album comes from the third track, it is an homage to all the bands that shaped the punk sound, inspiring others to keep on doing it. It’s a junction between the Dis-sound and Nostalgia.
Lyrically, “Turn on the Power” focused on the Pacific Rim battles of the second world war. Where does the idea of talking about certain historical themes come from within your proposal? Will the new album still be inspired by the events that affected the Pacific Rim during the second world war or did you deal with other issues?
Actually, when we came out with the “Charged Pacific Rim Crust Punk of War” thing, we had more in our minds the lyrics of the album than the ones of the Demo. The sound is there, sure. But we wrote it in the process of writing the album, so it was a lot more connected with the last one. The lyrics of the demo are more related to being loud and playing raw. It also has war themed lyrics, like Napalm in the Morning, but the Pacific Rim war tales are a lot more present in the album. We see the Turn on the Power lyrics as an overture for what we want to do in the future.
As for the idea of talking about certain historical themes, I can tell you that we are huge BOLT THROWER fans, and that should be enough! Ahah. We want to talk about War, and the atrocities that transpired during the Pacific Rim battles and other wars, but in a more historical perspective. We’re not doing or writing about anything new, but we want to do it in a different way.
You come from Portugal, a land unfortunately that appears too little often on the maps of world metal and punk. What can you tell us about the Portuguese hardcore/crust and metal scene? Which are the bands with which you have more relationships and that you consider more valid?
Yes, unfortunately that’s true. I think that being a small country and geographically in the end of Europe doesn’t help. It’s really difficult to play outside of Portugal and for bands to come here to play, since we don’t have physical borders with no country apart from spain. Fortunately, this is changing a bit, and we’re starting to have more touring bands coming, and more bands going out (at least before the pandemic). It’s a small scene, but cohesive, at least in the D.I.Y. metalpunk underground scene. And there’s a lot of awesome bands in Portugal as well! To name a few, DOKUGA, BAS ROTTEN, ALCOHOLOCAUST, VAI-TE FODER, BATTLESCARS, DESKARGA ETILIKA, CREPUSCULO MALDITO, PARIA, SCATTERBRAINIAC, KAZÄN, SANGUE XUNGA, SYSTEMIK VIOLENCE, VENENO CALIFORNIA, RAVENSIRE, VECTIS, ESTADO DE SITIO, IRONSWORD, LYZZARD, WANDERER, FILII NIGRANTIUM INFERNALIUM, ARCHAIC TOMB, FREEDOOM, SCUM LIQUOR, BACKALLEY LOBOTOMY, NARCOMANCER, MARTELO NEGRO, CORRUPTED HUMAN BEHAVIOR.
Both on the first Ep and on the tracklist of the next “Distalgia” you can notice the choice to use the Japanese language for some titles of your songs. Is it only a choice of imagery and style or is it a way to pay homage to that “burning spirits” Japanese hardcore/crust that appears as one of your main influences?
It’s definitely an homage to those bands. They are the major influence in the NAGASAKI SUNRISE aesthetic and sound.
Dear Nagasaki Sunrise we have come to the end of this interview, I leave this space at your disposal to write whatever comes to your mind!
Thank you for reading this, and supporting the band! We hope to go out and play live everywhere we can as soon as possible! Keep the D.I.Y metalpunk scene raw, loud and underground!!
In nome del metalpunk e del d-beat, cinque barbari senza padroni né dei, conosciuti con il nome di Moratory, sono pronti a scendere dalle fredde terre russe per dare alle fiamme il vecchio mondo e vedere le sue torri bruciare!
“Non si dovrebbe mai giudicare un disco dalla copertina” quante volte abbiamo sentito ripetere questa frase. Ma quando ci si trova dinanzi il bellissimo artwork di questo The Old Tower Burns e lo si osserva con attenzione, capiamo che i Moratory hanno volutamente lasciato più di qualche indizio sulle loro influenze musicali, così da fugare quasi ogni dubbio sull’ispirazione e sull passione che anima la loro ricetta metalpunk. Riferimenti ai Driller Killer così come ai Venom o ai Darkthrone (soprattutto del loro periodo più “crust”) appaiono perfettamente azzeccati per farsi una prima idea del contenuto delle dieci tracce che ci troviamo ad ascoltare e che ci travolgono con tutta la furia e lo spirito battagliero del metalpunk più sincero e trascinante. Partendo da una solida base d-beat che emerge soprattutto nelle ritmiche di batteria oltre che nello spettro della scuola svedese di Driller Killer e Anti-Cimex che aleggia costante sull’intera proposta dei Moratory, la musica dei nostri evoca spesso il thrash metal vecchia scuola (primissimi Voivod o Onslaught) così come i primordiali vagiti proto-extreme metal di Bathory e Venom, finendo per condensare tutte queste influenze in un crossover metalpunk che mi ha ricordato per certi versi anche gli English Dogs e i Broken Bones dello spettacolare “F.O.A.D.”.
Dieci tracce che non mostrano segni di cedimento né momenti di noia o incertezza, anzi tirano dritte implacabili e impetuose risultando essere coinvolgenti e riuscendo nell’impresa di alternare momenti più furiosi e dall’attitudine riottosa (Genocide State) ad altri in cui a dominare la scena ci pensano melodie a metà strada tra la scuola d-beat svedese più moderna e lo speed metal che fu (Project Humankind). E mentre mi ritrovo ad ascoltare per l’ennesima volta brani che mi costringono (quasi contro la mia volontà) a fare headbanging come Wagner’s Path o Dances of the Damned, comprendo che altre parole per parlare di questo album sarebbero del tutto superflue. Sia chiaro, non ci troviamo certamente dinanzi a qualcosa di innovativo o originale, ma questa mezz’ora abbondante di metalpunk ha un grande pregio: è estremamente divertente e non annoia praticamente mai, anzi sembra correre via anche troppo velocemente! I Moratory, suonando con una passione per questo genere che trasuda da ogni nota e da ogni riff, ci danno una monolitica prova di forza, maturità e sicurezza nei propri mezzi e con The Old Tower Burns ribadiscono di essere attualmente uno dei gruppi più validi nell’innalzare al cielo la bandiera del metalpunk più sincero, trascinante e riottoso!
Nella mia testa sogno un mondo diverso da questo e ne porto i segni sulla pelle. Giorni neri nella mia testa, che si rincorrono senza fine, senza darmi tregua, lasciandomi inerme e impotente a guardare un futuro che non esiste più. E che per questo fa ancora più paura. Giorni neri con l’acqua alla gola e attorno a me dilaga impetuosa una sensazione di abbandono e sconfitta. Stringimi forte, sussurrami all’orecchio che possiamo ancora essere l’offensiva contro questa città di merda che ci soffoca, ci inghiotte e poi ci vomita senza alcuna pietà. Guarda fuori dalla finestra, sembra stia iniziando a piovere mentre, all’orizzonte, vedo il riflesso di Milano che ricomincia a bruciare nelle vetrine dei negozi di lusso. Non c’è più alcun posto per me in questa metropoli paranoica. Un mondo diverso da questo è quindi possibile? Occupiamo queste strade con i nostri incubi di sopravvivenza.
Milano brucia in una notte di settembre.
Nati nella saletta di T28 e da qualche anno attivi con varie apparizioni live nei vari squat e centri sociali milanesi e non solo, finalmente i Kontrau sono riusciti a dare alla luce il loro album di debutto accompagnato da un titolo che sembra una vera e propria dichiarazione di intenti da parte dei nostri: Un Mondo Diverso da Questo. Anche il nome scelto dalla band, che in esperanto significa “contro”, lascia presagire l’istinto bellicoso e l’attitudine rivoltosa dei nostri. Annoverando tra le loro fila gentaglia bellissima già attiva in altre band come Mesecina, Peep, Failure, nonchè volti noti della scena hardcore milanese, i nostri punx-volpini ci danno in pasto diciotto minuti in cui d-beat/crust punk e sonorità death metal vecchia scuola si mescolano in una ricetta convincente, brutale e che non lascia un attimo di tregua. Se musicalmente non stupisce l’intensità e la solidità della proposta dei Kontrau, tratto che si poteva notare già dai loro concerti (basti pensare a quelli di questa estate a Milano o in Scintilla a Modena), quello che maggiormente ho apprezzato durante l’ascolto delle undici tracce è senza ombra di dubbio il lato lirico. E’ infatti dai testi che emerge un continuum di tensioni e sensazioni che richiamano alla mente l’hardcore punk italiano degli anni ’80 e specialmente l’attitudine e il liricismo di band come Wretched o Declino. Testi che trasudano tutto il malessere, il senso di impotenza e di alienazione prodotti dal vivere in una metropoli come Milano e la necessità intima di rivoltarsi contro di essa e contro un mondo votato al profitto, al consumo e alla merce, allo sfruttamento di ogni forma di vita, alla distruzione del pianete e alla repressione di ogni forma di dissenso. Testi in cui emerge prepotente la tensione a trasformare l’apatia e il nichilismo in azioni per minare l’esistente capitalista, risvegliarsi dal torpore imposto dal quieto vivere e dalla pacificazione sociale, attaccare a viso aperto la repressione che minaccia le nostre vite, al fine di riuscire a costruire una vita radicalmente diversa, quel “mondo diverso da questo” evocato dal titolo dell’album.
Per quanto riguarda la musica, i Kontrau riescono perfettamente nel loro intento di condensare la loro passione per il d-beat/crust più classico di scuola svedese (l’iniziale Giorni Neri per esempio) e quella per le sonorità primordiali di certo death metal (Segni sulla Pelle, Con l’Acqua alla Gola), regalandoci così un sound che non mostra segni di cedimento e che si dimostra impetuoso, brutale e spietato nel suo incedere, incurante di ciò che si trova dinanzi così come delle macerie che si lascia alle spalle. Ultima nota che ci tengo a sottolineare è la prestazione dietro al microfono del buon Filippo, una voce abrasiva e rabbiosa perfetta per il genere e che risulta convincente e ispirata in tutte le tracce. Per concludere, i Kontrau hanno dato prova di essere devastanti sia dal vivo che in studio, quindi l’unico consiglio che mi sento di darvi è quello di correre ad ascoltare Un Mondo Diverso da Questosenza perdere tempo perchè erano anni che non veniva pubblicato (seppur al momento solo in versione digitale, purtroppo) un disco crust punk così valido, intenso e brutale all’interno della scena italiana! Bravi Kontrau, bravi punx-volpini!
E’ una notte oscura e piovosa nella metropoli, qualcuno fissa il proprio smartphone, qualcuno non riesce a dormire, qualcuno sta scappando dagli sbirri e 5 volpini corrono lungo le strade…
Appuntamento speciale con Schegge Impazzite di Rumore, la rubrica più longeva presente su Disastro Sonoro ma che era, inspiegabilmente e senza scuse che tengano, piombata nel silenzio per troppi mesi. Il silenzio viene oggi interrotto grazie alla pubblicazione avvenuta qualche mese fa di due nuove misteriose band prodotte da Sentiero Futuro Autoproduzioni, un nuovo collettivo punx milanese già autore della splendida compilation benefit “Uno Sguardo Oltre”. Due nuovi gruppi avvolti dal mistero, uno di Milano/Bologna e l’altro di Trento, che rispondono al nome di Spirito di Lupo e SLOI, impegnati a suonare rispettivamente un crudo anarcho punk e un d-beat hardcore fortemente debitore della vecchia scuola italiana. Citando direttamente le parole del collettivo Sentiero Futuro per chiudere questa inutile introduzione e lasciarvi alle “recensioni” e per dare anche un po’ di contesto: Being a punk takes a toll on your mental health. You live in a constant state of proud alienation, appropriating other people’s disgust and inability to understand, perpetually aware of the shittyness of society.
Nei tuoi occhi lo sai, lo spirito continua!
SLOI – SLOI
VEDO LA FOLLIA NEI VOSTRI OCCHI, PREFERISCO LA MORTE CHE CONFORMARMI
Gli SLOI sono originari di Trento e il loro nome è l’acronimo di Società Lavorazioni Organiche Inorganiche, una fabbrica di piombo che avvelenò la zona trentina più di 40 anni fa e conosciuta tristemente anche come “la fabbrica degli invisibili”. Molti dei suoi operai sono infatti morti per avvelenamento da piombo, mentre altri si sono tolti la vita all’interno del manicomio di Pergine, dove venivano curati come malati di mente. Abbozzate queste note biografiche sulla band e contesto in cui emerge il progetto, che ci danno un ulteriore prova delle barbarie prodotte dal capitalismo, dalle industrie che avvelenano esseri umani e natura e dagli orrori dei manicomi, possiamo già intuire l’atmosfera, le sensazioni e i contenuti lirici condensati in queste sette tracce che formano la prima fatica in studio degli SLOI. Bastano pochissimi secondi dell’introduttiva La Fine per venire letteralmente travolti da furiosi assalti d-beat, chitare fuzz e un sound generale estremamente rumoroso che non riesce a fare a meno di ricorrere ad un uso estremo del riverbero, tutti elementi che creano un muro di rumore in cui a farla da padrona sono i ritmi martellanti della batteria e i riff selvaggi. Sette schegge impazzito di hardcore punk senza compromessi che flirta con il noise e con il quale gli Sloi ci vomitano addosso tutta la rabbia nichilista, la disillusione, il senso di impotenza così come l’istinto di sopravvivenza condito con labili tensioni di rivolta e protesta che animano la loro proposta. Le influenze dei trentini vanno ovviamente ricercate nella tradizione hardcore italiana degli anni 80 e specialmente in gruppi come Wretched, Eu’s Arse, Declino e Stigmathe (soprattutto per una vaga atmosfera oscura che avvolge l’intero lavoro), ma il sound generale strizza l’occhio anche ad una certa corrente d-beat/raw punk meno stereotipata degli ultimi tempi. Per fare un solo esempio, un brano come il conclusivo Preferisco la Morte evoca in maniera chiara, tanto nel testo quanto nelle sensazione di disillusione e rabbia viscerale che esprime, tutta l’influenza dell’hardcore italiano di band come Wretched o Eu’s Arse. Stiamo in fin dei conti sempre parlando di un furioso assalto hardcore volto a distruggere qualsiasi cosa si trovi davanti, quindi state certi che ascoltare veri e propri inni nichilisti come Futuro Programmato, Vite Cibernetiche e Addestrato al Nulla non sarà sicuramente un’esperienza che vi lascerà uscire indenni e indifferenti. Condensando in un quarto d’ora rumore e nichilismo, rabbia viscerale, sensazioni di impotenza e angoscia, pulsioni di rivolta e volontà di non volersi ancora arrendere del tutto all’incubo dell’esistente, gli SLOI innalzano la nera bandiera dell’hardcore punk italiano che resiste!
Spirito di Lupo – 4 Canzoni
Gli Spirito di Lupo sono una band formata da membri di Kobra, Horror Vacui, Cerimonia Secreta e Tuono (giusto per fare qualche nome) e questi nomi dovrebbero già darvi un background musicale, lirico, di attitudine e di immaginario per iniziare a comprendere su quali coordinate si muove questa nuova incarnazione-punx che ha preso vita nell’oscurità tra Milano e Bologna. L’iniziale I Miei Occhi Sono Chiusi rappresenta il manifesto perfetto del punk suonato dagli Spirito di Lupo e degli elementi che caratterizzano questa loro prima fatica in studio intitolata semplicemente “4 Canzoni”. E’ un punk estremamente raw, volutamente rumoroso e caotico e dai suoni profondamente lo-fi quello suonato dai nostri punx milanesi/bolognesi, in bilico tra le pulsioni più rabbiose dell’hardcore punk italiano degli anni 80 e i territori più oscuri dell’anarcho punk classico. Quattro tracce selvagge e minacciose, che riescono però anche ad evocare atmosfere estatiche grazie ad un certo gusto psichedelico che si può riscontrare specialmente nei riff, riff che rimangono però sempre taglienti e aggressivi quanto basta. L’alternanza delle due voci, una maschile più parlata e una femminile più urlata, si staglia perfettamente su una sezione ritmica in cui il basso si impegna a creare un suono estremamente cupo e oscuro e la batteria si assesta invece su una ritmica primitiva e furiosa. La proposta degli Spirito di Lupo è però molto eclettica, come lo spirito primordiale dell’anarcho punk britannico insegna, è difatti nella prima traccia i nostri presentano addirittura delle parti di synth. Non è un caso che questi punx milanesi/bolognesi definiscano la loro proposta come “inner peace punk”, come a voler sottolineare un continuum musicale, di attitudine e di idee con la scena anarcho punk britannica di fine anni 70/inizio 80, ma soprattutto la ricerca di una dimensione che potremmo definire senza troppi problemi come spirituale e intima dell’essere e suonare punk. Una dimensione sottolineata ed evocata specialmente dalle liriche e dalle atmosfere di una traccia come Canzone della Foresta, probabilmente il brano più interessante. Altro momento che ha attirato la mia attenzione è stata “Nessuno vedeva, nessuno ascoltava”, brano che sembra voler citare più nel testo che nelle sonorità i Negazione. Per concludere, riprendendo proprio le parole del collettivo Sentiero Futuro, essere punk, alla lunga, pesa sulla propria salute mentale ed è forse proprio per questo che gli Spirito di Lupo hanno trovato la loro personale dimensione e il loro rifugio sicuro attraverso questa incarnazione musicale chiamata “inner peace punk” e racchiusa perfettamente nelle parole conclusive di Canzone della Foresta: “La pioggia è la mia casa!”
Primavera 2021. Milano assomiglia sempre di più al volantino di un concerto punk che non c’è mai stato, un vecchio flyer che resiste sui muri grigi di questa metropoli corroso dal tempo e sbiadito dalla pioggia. Mentre sono sempre più lontane le nostre offensive improvvise e le nostre cinque giornate all’insegna del rumore e del DIY, mentre non si sentono più chitarre distorte attentare al quieto vivere e urla incazzate riecheggiare nella notte fino a perdere la voce, qualcuno decide di rompere il silenzio e pubblicare un disco di “chaos non musica”, un disco che prende le sembianze di un grido di disperazione e, al contempo, di una dichiarazione di guerra verso l’esistente di merda che stiamo vivendo. La città è quieta… I Golpe parlano.
Partiamo con delle doverose note biografiche e tecniche legate a La Colpa è Solo Tua, primo vero e proprio album in studio del progetto milanese Golpe. La pubblicazione è stata curata dalla statunitense Sorry State Records, una delle label DIY più interessanti e attente nell’attuale underground hardcore mondiale, mentre l’artwork di copertina è opera del solito Fra Goats, figura arcinota della scena hardcore punk milanese, attualmente dietro il microfono degli affascinanti anarcopunx Kobra e parte del collettivo Sentiero Futuro. Inoltre il disco è accompagnato da un poster-comunicato politico con cui Tadzio, mente e braccio dietro il progetto Golpe, presenta i suoi pensieri, ciò in cui crede e soprattutto ciò che per lui significa ancora oggi “essere punk”, invitandoci a mantenere uno sguardo e un pensiero critico sull’esistente e sul mondo odierno.
Passando invece ora al lato musicale, bastano pochissime note della titletrack che ci introduce a questo album per notare come i Golpe riprendano, senza nasconderle, quelle sonorità bellicose, immediate e grezze della vecchia scuola dell’hardcore italiano riconducibili principalmente a Wretched e Eu’s Arse. Ma il sound che caratterizza i Golpe non si ferma qui e prende le sembianze di certo raw punk/d beat di matrice svedese, chiamando in causa gentaglia come Mob 47, Disarm, Discard e Bombraid. Tutte queste influenze sono sintetizzabile in un conciso quanto chiaro “chaos non musica”, in modo da fugare ogni dubbio possibile su cosa ci troviamo ad ascoltare. Per quanto riguarda invece il comparto lirico, anche i testi che accompagnano le dieci tracce evocano in maniera convincente lo spettro dei Wretched dei primi Ep e gli Eu’s Arse di Lo Stato ha Bisogno di te? Bene, Fottilo!, riuscendo a ricordare in maniera sincera l’attitudine riottosa, l’irruenza espressiva e l’immediatezza tipica dell’hardcore italiano degli anni ’80. Inoltre è fin da subito chiaro che i toni di questo primo album in casa Golpe segnano un continuum logico con quelli che caratterizzavano il primo ep Subisci, Conformati, Rassegnati pubblicato due anni fa. Difatti se da un lato si può notare un continuo alternarsi di sensazioni come nichilismo, impotenza e disillusione, dall’altro troviamo testi molto più bellicosi e che invitano a scuotersi di dosso la rassegnazione per spezzare le sbarre delle prigioni che ci costruiamo (Sei la tua Prigione), continuare a bruciare sotto la cenere (Non Spegnerti) e rivoltarsi contro lo Stato (Non Piegarti). A livello lirico il buon Tadzio si trova ad affrontare anche tematiche classiche (ma che non stancano mai) del d-beat/hardcore punk come l’antimilitarismo e la repressione in un pezzo come Servo del Potere o l’antiautoritarismo e la presa di posizione contro la politica istituzionale (Propaganda).
In conclusione, seppur devo ammette che ero partito abbastanza prevenuto nell’ascoltare La Colpa è Solo Tua, pensando di trovarmi dinanzi all’ennesimo lavoro che segue in maniera scontata quel revival di d-beat/raw punk che va tanto di moda oggi, mi sono dovuto ricredere completamente perchè i Golpe sono riusciti a non far suonare il tutto come qualcosa di noioso o banale, ma anzi presentandoci un disco ispirato sia musicalmente che liricamente. D-beat, raw punk, hardcore punk, crust, kangpunk… chiamatelo un po’ come cazzo vi pare, alla fine dei conti questo La Colpa è Solo Tua è solamente un concentrato di “chaos non musica” riottoso, devastante e senza pietà! Mai arrendersi, mai morire. Pensa, agisci, reagisci. La scelta è solo tua!
Nightmare o reality? Dis means war! If you need your monthly ration of d-beat raw punk, Just a Nightmare Zine is the one for you, a real d-beat raw punk assault without mercy! This time I had a some long and in-depht chats with Alex (formerly active in Disease), the mastermind behind Just a Nightmare Zine, nothing better than a fanzine totally faithful to Do It Yourself and focused on d-beat and raw punk. In the past few months he has already published ten issues of the fanzine filled with interesting interviews with bands like Giftgasattack, Besthoven, Warvictims, Framtid and many, many more. Long live fanzines, long live Just a Nightmare Zine and let’s not forget that Noise means friendship!
Hi just a Nightmare Zine! I stumbled across your project recently and I must admit I was immediately fascinated by this zine. Can you tell us how, when and why you decided to start writing and printing a fanzine like this?
Hey, thanx for showing interest in this small D.I.Y zine.
Just A Nightmare wasn’t intentional. At one point in 2018, i decided to do a talk with a friend of mine, Per, but in something like a more formal format like an interview. Although it was just a friendly talk. There was no intention this to be the start of something that’s called Just A Nightmare these days. That’s why that conversation took 2 years till we are done. We would’ve done few questions, then totally forgot about it, then do few more and again forget about it. There’s a lot of different moods in that issue cause it was done slowly in 2 years time. This will become the 1st issue of the zine that came out in June 2020 and will include the bands Per have taken part in, Giftgasattack, Warvictims, Martyrdod, Agrimonia, Kirai, Honnor SS etc..
As far as why i started, i’m not really sure, i think i’ve had on mind that every punk bands interviews are just a scratch at the surface. The same questions asked over and over again, kinda qeneric. I do love that as well, but i just wanted to dive a bit deeper and to get a glimpse of peoples lives. Why they do what they do, what was their life path, their struggles, the things they love and hate to do, and just their daily life. So, it was never cause of the Corona, it was just the time to do it.
Why i decided to do it in a physical form and not digital? I’m also not sure. Maybe as most of the things i do in life, if i can chose the easier or harder way, i’m always a fuckup and go with the harder one and put myself into more shit ha!
The name you chose immediately gave me the impression that it was meant to be a sort of homage to Disclose, but maybe I’m wrong. Can you tell us about the choice of the name of your zine?
Disclose and Kawakami are without a doubt an endless inspiration for me, no matter if it’s zine or some other project. The name came out spontanious as everything else in the beggining of this zine. I think its a nice reflective vision of the content that’s inside of it.
From what I could read and understand you define Just a Nightmare as a fanzine dedicated to d-beat/Raw punk in all its forms and incarnations. How come the choice to dedicate and focus on this specific genre of punk music? What were your first approaches with this genre?
When i was a kid the internet was not a thing back then, and in a thrid world countries it came even later then in the most of the rest of the world. So when i was around 9 years old a heard Nirvana from a friend of mine older sister. One day i went to a CD store with my dad and saw a Nirvana CD at the shell, i don’t know why i decided to buy it. And thats how it started, the story with the music. After that, i kept searching for more and new ‘extreme’ music. I discovered bands like Exploited, Dead Kennedys, Disorder, Chaos Uk. As well as bands like Ramones and Clash, but i never liked them, although all the local punks were crazy bout em. One day, one of my older punk friends called Savo gave me a Discharge tape. I can say that this was my first real encounter ever with D-beat. Then i bought the Final Blood Bath CD from a local record strore. After that, the descovery of new dbeat badns just continued and i got more and more into it. So i think this is the answer as well for why the dedication of the zine for raw punk.
In the last years there seems to be a sort of fashion/revival of raw punk/d-beat around the world and often you end up getting lost among the many releases that crowd the scene. Which are your opinions about this explosion of bands dedicated to play “raw punk”? What do you think are the best recent bands playing d-beat?
D-beart raw punk was never a trend and will never be. Occasionaly there’s a wave of new bands every now and then which i think it’s great.The more bands the better no? Time will prove which bands will last and leave a mark. I think it’s really good when there are new bands making new noise. I just don’t like when some make it out of joke and boredom and it’s not serious. Which can be noticed in their music most of the time. I do respect dedication and being sensire in what you do. Todays world gives opportunities for everyone to make their own part. So sometimes punk is made by people that are not punks and do not live it. The more recent bands i like, some that comes on my mind right now are – Physique, Zodiak, Hellish View, Kritik, Temor, Löckheed, Affect, Progress, GLÜ, Anti-Metafor, Detesto, Collapsed from Indonesia, Burning//World, Better Reality, the one man project Forclose is great, End Result, PissSniffers,just to mention a few, i am also looking forward for a debut release of the Japanese ‘No’, and of course-the amazing Heavy fucking Nukes with Earth Crust Displacement!
You’ve already published ten issues of Just a Nightmare full of interviews with a lot of extremely good bands, how do you choose the bands to interview?
Yes, i decided to make it as a monthly zine. Since most of the zines comes out on every few months, why not to do something that will come out every 1st day of the month. I wasn’t sure if that’s possible but time proved it is. The goal that i made to myself as a challenge was to do 10 issues. So, that mission now is complete. I do interviews with people/bands that i love. Everyone that i have done interview with have played in more then 1 band. So the zine covers every band that the person has been involeved with.
What aspects do you prefer to dwell on when you find yourself interviewing bands? Do you prefer to deal with more political issues or with more personal issues related to the more musical side?
I consider it all. Although the main aspect is the persons life i do the interview with . Since the kid days to very present today. So yeah, all aspects are involved, more or less, depend on that persons life. Obviously since we cover every band that the persons has been part in, music aspect in the zine is mostly covered.
What band do you dream of interviewing and publishing on Just a Nightmare? And why?
The one bend and person that i will never be able to do an interview with and i love to, is of course Kawakami and Disclose.
If you had to choose your favorite issue of the zine from those published to date, which one would you choose and why? And which interview are you most proud of?
Every issue is special cause every person that i have talked to is different. All of these people are different in their own unique way. No life story can be a bad or borring, quite opposite, they are all very interesting and challenging for me to do. That’s why i do it. I don’t want to look at this zine in a way of achievement, cause for the people that have taken part in it is very personal. I just wanna look at it as a sensire punk work, those people have influenced me in one way or another. I am just the one asking the questions. It’s the people that do the zine. It’s their story. I just put it on paper. And they all have one thing in common and that’s punk. They are all true raw punk warriors!
When you decided to start writing and publishing the fanzine, were you inspired by any other punk fanzines in particular?
I was inspired to do this in a physical zine format cause that is the thing that i can most connect with. Punk has always had a connection and sharing through the zines. But what really inspired me to do this in the very essence and the core of its meaning was the peoples life stories.
What does it mean for Just a Nightmare Zine to be part of the global hardcore punk scene? What does punk mean to you?
I would like to think that when I do something I love, I really put dedication and focus in it, and im really glad that the small cyrcle of punks that know this zine, like it. This zine is not a big one, it’s pretty much isolated and small. But considering the content in it, maybe that’s just the way it should be. As the years go by, people has been changing and life gets different. Generations grow old and new younger ones come. It is the cycle. Everyone have their own opinion on what punk is for themselves. Some are here to stay, other just come and go. Punk is sacred, it has always been and will always be. That’s the way I want to perceive it. It’s the way I live, the things I do and why and how I do them, it’s freedom and understanding. It’s friendship, sharing, caring and unity.
What are the biggest challenges and greatest satisfactions you’re encountering in keeping alive a project that is certainly as challenging as Just a Nightmare Zine?
The possitive exciting challenge is to catch and do every issue on time ha! I do understand that the talk we do in the interview is very personal, so i’m serious when we talk about delicate subjects or periods in these peoples lifes. The bad challenge is to cover expences the for printing it, post mail these days is fucked up even more then usual cause of Covid, but it’s not a reason to stop till i can meet end to end.
Point-blank question: what are your five favorite punk/hardcore records of all time? And what bands are currently out there that you think are really good?
For this talk that we have now these are the top 5 records: Disclose-Nightmare Or Reality/A Mass of raw sound assault/Neverending war/Once the war started Framtid-Under the ashes Disaster-War Cry Discharge-HNSNSN. No Fucker-Conquer the innocent. Decontron S/TWait!? Is that already more then 5?! Some bands that are great and i haven’t mentioned already, D-Sagawa, Dispose & Kajsajuntti, Disable, Absolut, Svaveldioxid, Ambush, Besthoven, Contrast Attitude, Cønditiøn, Singe & Tortur, B.E.T.O.E, Avslag, Hellish Inferno, Bipolar from Greenland(the only punk band from that country that i know off), Final Slum War.
If I understand correctly, Just a Nightmare Zine is a project intimately tied to the raw punk/d-beat band Disease. Can you tell us about what the Macedonian hardcore/punk scene is like?
Yes, you got it correct, I also take part in a band called Disease, and all of the members together with the vocalist of Born for slaughter are also the ones behind the band Angza. Marce the drummer, also plays in Arlekin, and he and the vocalist Fixa both take part in Stagnator. Spagi takes part in Transhunter and Goli Deca.
The punk scene in Macedonia at the moment is very small. No punk bands around. But at different points in time the scene was better or worse, so I guess these last few years we are in the worse period. Or the worst ha! There’s been some really good punk bands in the past like New Police State, Tank Warning Net, Bloody George, FxPxOx, Disclass. Today is different, there are separations between the crews which devided the scene even more, caused by some specific people. But it is what it is. I keep myself focused on the things we do, trying not put too much thoughts on the bad things in the local scene.
We have come to the end of the interview, this space is completely free and you can use it to write anything you think is valid.Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions. Long live Just a Nightmare Zine, make punk a threat again!
Thank you too Stefano for taking your time to do this. Life is sometimes better sometimes worse, at the moment these are some fucked up times that we go through and none really know when or will this will end. Take care for each other and stary safe. Noise is friendship! Stay Punk!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of asking a few questions to Plague Thirteen, authors of one of the most intense, dark and devastating crust/d-beat records I’ve heard in the last year. A record that I reviewed a month ago on these pages defining it “the perfect soundtrack of the pandemic nightmare“. An interview in which, talking about climate change, pollution, war and environmental devastation, Plague Thirteen ask us two fundamental questions, perhaps rhetorical but extremely relevant: are we not a plague on our own? Are we doomed?
HOW AND WHEN DID PLAGUE THIRTEEN FORM? WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR NAME FROM?
We formed the band around 2019, myself and Geoffrey played in another band called LINK, unfortunately we split up after more than 20 years of playing due to various reasons, we had already the idea to start a new band and it was the right time to do so, Bjorn and Arthur completed the lineup, Bjorn used to be a former member of LINK a few years back, and he and Arthur were playing in a band called SORE who split up as well , we locked ourselves up in the rehearsal room and the result is PLAGUE THIRTEEN
The name PLAGUE THIRTEEN has different meanings, who are we as individuals? Who are we to judge one another? Are we humans so superior in our kinds that due to our selfishness we ignore what is happening to our lovely planet and environment? War, poverty the hate wave that’s spreading, are we not a plague on our own?
YOU RELEASED YOUR FIRST RECORD DURING THE SECOND AUTUMN LOCKDOWN, SO UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES AND EMOTIONS DID YOUR FIRST ALBUM COME ABOUT?
The recordings of the album already took place before the whole covid situation, we first brought it out on a cd version as we went on a small tour at the end of 2019, we wanted to bring it out on vinyl and our good and long time friend Nico from Loner cult records was willing to help us out with it together with deviance records, phobia records,shove records and up the punks records.
The songs of that album are packed with emotions and struggles we all faced during a certain period. the split of the bands , the losses we encounterd , for me personal , it was a hard and emotional period that i have been in for a while and this translated in writing the music together with the rest of the band.
WHAT THEMES DO THE TEXTS OF YOUR SONGS DEAL WITH? ARE YOUR SONGS MORE POLITICAL OR PERSONAL?
We are not an outspoken band who writes political songs, most of the songs deal with the everyday struggle we have in this life we are living, some personal and some have a political touch in them, and we try to put as much of our emotions in them, bring them with no compromise, say what you mean, mean what you say…..
WHAT SONG IN THE ALBUM ARE YOU MOST ATTACCHED TO?
There are a few songs that i am attached to musicaly and lyricely.
EYES WIDE OPEN is one of them, the song talks about how we stand in this society , controlled by our goverment , no matter what you do or not , we are being watched 24/7. Or MOURN who talks about loosing your loved ones , when this song was writing , we lost a very close family member at a young age
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE BELGIAN HARDCORE/PUNK AND DIY SCENE? ARE THERE ANY SQUAT THAT YOU ARE ATTACHED TO?
There is a big scene in Belgium and a lot of new bands are rising from the ground up, bands like HETZE, SILENCE MEANS DEATH, GAGGED, RAW PEACE FRUSTRERAD, ARROGANT….and many more, from the region we are from there is also a big hardcore scene called the H8000 scene, too bad that there has always been a gap between different scene’s here in Belgium, but it is what it is, few active squats here.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE POLITICAL DIMENSION OF HARDCORE PUNK FOR YOU?
It is very important, punk means revolt , if you are angry about something, speak your mind out don’t just stand there and act like you are a victim of society, it is easy to claim yourself a punk or hc kid ,rebelling from behind your computer screen, go out on the streets, get involved in a good cause.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PLAGUE THIRTEEN TO PLAY CRUST/D-BEAT AND BE PART OF THE HARDCORE SCENE?
It means a whole lot to me, it has been a part of my life for more than 30 years, it is a network of friends, a world within the world we are living, I can’t express myself enough how great it has been to visit all the nice places we were able to go and play all around Europe, see how people live, sharing stages with great bands, people inviting you to their homes, made delicious food, give us a place to sleep.
MUSICALLY YOU SOUND VERY SIMILAR TO CERTAIN MODERN CRUST PUNK BANDS OF THE EARLY 2000s. WHICH BANDS HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR MUSIC?
Our main influences are bands like HIS HERO IS GONE, TRAGEDY, FROM ASHES RISE, NEUROSIS…. but also older stuff like NAUSEA, CELTIC FROST, GRIEF,DISCHARGE,MOTORHEAD,….
THE HEALT SITUATION IS NOT STILL STABLE, SO I KNOW IT’S NOT EASY TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE. BUT WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR PLAGUE THIRTEEN IN THE NEXT MONTH?
We are currently working on writing a new album, and hoping this pandemic will be over soon as we did not play any live gigs for more than a year now, as soon as this blows over we are going to tour Europe again and play as many gigs as possible.
THE COVER OF THE YOUR FIRST S/T ALBUM IS VERY SUGGESTIVE. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF CHOOSING THAT PARTICULAR ARTWORK? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO CONVEY WITH THAT IMAGE?
It represents what mother nature gives us and sometimes we need to stand still and look at its beauty, but it is also a reminder of what we can lose if we keep exploiting this earth , how long can we live this life, this rat race ? Pollution, climate change…..are we doomed ?
CONCLUDE THIS INTERVIEW AS YOU SEE FIT. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER NY QUESTIONS AND I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO ORGANISE YOU CONCERTS IN ITALY SOON!
First of all, thank you so much for this interview and giving us the opportunity to present ourselves
We hope to share the stage again very soon!
Stay safe and take care of each other
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