Friday 15 September 2023

Interview with Sergio of Jolly Rogers, Irreductibles, Thumbscrew, and Last Chance

We greet Sergio, the guitarist of Jolly Rogers, Irreductibles, Thumbscrew, and Last Chance. I hope I haven't forgotten any of the bands/projects you play for, comrade. Can you introduce yourself briefly to our readers?

First of all, greetings to everyone reading these lines. As you correctly mentioned, I am a guitarist for the bands you listed. I am a composer/lyricist in Jolly Rogers and Irreductibles, although the other members of the band are the ones who truly embellish and complete the songs. I merely lay the foundation. I joined Thumbscrew for their latest album, "Pride of Pain," but in this band, I only receive orders, hahaha. It's a pleasure for me to play with them because I've been a fan since their beginnings.

We begin our interview with Jolly Rogers' latest album, "Poesía Irreverente"... Can you tell us something about the album's creation and recording process, any anecdotes?

Well, we recorded this album with a new lead guitarist, although he joined shortly after our second split album (Ojos en un mundo ciego) was released, so he has been with us for five years now. And the truth is, there was a significant change, especially in terms of composition. In the previous albums, it was more old-fashioned, in the rehearsal room with few changes to what I composed. This time, it was much more elaborate, and each member contributed their own touch, especially in the guitar composition. We also gradually composed in a "home" studio before taking it to a professional studio. Everything took longer, but I believe it was worth it.

Was it easy to turn the most iconic Spanish "copla" into a rock anthem?

Well, the truth is that it was quite challenging. It's a style that is very difficult to adapt to rock; it seems simple, but it's not, especially when it comes to adapting the rhythm for the drums.

Your lyrics have always been impactful and inspiring. Who writes the verses?

As I mentioned before, I write the songs, although for this latest album, a good friend helped me and wrote most of the song "Forajido." He is also helping me with some of the new songs we are composing. He is an excellent lyricist.  

Just out of curiosity, why were the first two albums of Jolly Rogers released as splits with Irreductibles instead of full-length albums? What do we need to know about the other band, and why do they sound so similar to Jolly Rogers?

I don't believe they sound alike. Personally, I think they have different styles, both in lyrics and musical composition. However, I suppose you have some valid points because we're not the first people to be told this, especially by those outside of Spain. The main reason for releasing them as splits instead of individual albums is that the same person composes for both bands. Releasing ten songs for each band would be a lot of work and would create a significant difference between one album and the other.

What interesting details can you share about your live concerts, both locally and in Europe? You have played twice for VFS in Italy in 2019 and 2022. What are your memories of these events, and how did the concert-goers receive your performances?

Due to personal reasons, Jolly Rogers cannot attend all the concerts we would like to. We have been invited to play in many countries, but we have only been able to perform in Spain, France, and Italy for the reasons I mentioned earlier. We played once in Germany, but it was an exception. We have played many times with VFS, many times. We share a great friendship, and we all have wonderful memories, especially from the two Ritorno a Camelot and Defend Europe shows. They were spectacular, both in terms of organization and the bands that played, as well as the audience turnout. These people are a great example of how to do things right.

Regarding the audience response, we have always been very happy. We have felt at home wherever we have played, both on and off the stage.

Irreductibles played once in my homeland, Bulgaria. Did you have a good time in Sofia?

Well, it's one of the places I have the best memories of, and that's saying something because we haven't had any complaints wherever we've been. But this one was special, the concert was a lot of fun, and I loved the city. Good food, good beer, and the bars and restaurants didn't close all night. What more could you ask for? Hahahaha.

Jens Brandy from Enfstufe is a big fan of yours... Any ideas for a joint project with the legends of the German skinhead scene?

Yes, we have a good friendship, and we have played together with the different bands he's been in. There are some things in the works, not with Jolly Rogers, but with another band, and there are also some ideas with Jolly Rogers and another good and legendary German band. But we can't reveal anything yet because it's still very early. Hopefully, everything will work out.

Shifting the topic to Thumbscrew... I saw you in Edinburgh, and you were amazing, surpassing the rest of the bands that night! Can you give a brief introduction to the band's history, members, recordings, etc.?

As I mentioned, I joined the band for their last album. The band was formed in 2008, but they didn't rehearse much. Eventually, they released a few songs in 2012 with more of an Oi! influence. Then the band sort of dissolved, only to come back later with a new guitarist/composer (Javi) who introduced a much more punk rock sound. The singer and bassist have been in the band since the beginning, while the lead guitarist joined around 2017, if I'm not mistaken, which is when the band took that stylistic turn. There have been several changes in drummers, and currently, Ivan is in the lineup. He also joined around 2017 with some breaks in between.  

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the song "Bad Mother Fucker" could easily be confused with a Dropkick Murphys song. Are you influenced by this band?

No, there is no specific influence from a particular band, but naturally, the person who composes the songs is heavily influenced by American punk rock, and it shows in some of the tracks.

I listened to Thumbscrew's latest EP, "Rex Pelagius / Perros de la Guerra." Two things I immediately noticed are the more metal sound and the fact that you sing in Spanish, rather than the usual English. Can you share more about this record? Will these songs be part of a future album, and what can we expect from you?

There were two songs that deviated slightly from Thumbscrew's style, they had a more metallic sound, and we wanted to create songs with a Spanish historical theme, so we did it in our language. It was more of an experiment than an evolution for the band. The next album will follow the style of "Pride of Pain," aiming to improve upon it but maintaining a similar approach and sung in English.  

Thumbscrew has a split album with Last Chance (titled "Patriotic Resistance"), the other band you play for. To be honest, I can't stop listening to their 5 songs, which I think are incredible. Please introduce the band. This is their only recording so far, what can we expect in the future?

It's a project I had in mind for a long time, a musical genre that I really enjoy playing and listening to. I wanted to have a band in English as well because the language lends itself to that style. I had the musicians, but I was missing a vocalist who was comfortable with the language. In the end, a Portuguese friend living in Barcelona stepped up, we tried it out, and it was perfect. His vocal range fit what we were looking for. We released a split album as an introduction along with Thumbscrew, and now we have enough songs for a full-length album. However, we have encountered some unforeseen circumstances, and we'll be inactive for a while. But we promise to come back with a new album and stronger than ever. 

What do you think about the Spanish RAC scene? Are you influenced by any of the bands? What are your favorite bands?

I have commented on this many times; I believe that the Spanish RAC scene is experiencing a good moment. There are bands with a long trajectory, followed by new ones that are emerging with strength and determination. These bands have personality and each has its own lyrical and musical style. Some of the newer bands include Los SDR, Eterno Combate, Last Chance, Lobera, Bulldog Glory, Skinstorm, Kontrol Rutinario, Revuelta, among others, while more established bands include Post Mortem, Pugilato, Iberian Wolves, Nemini Parco, Brigada Totenkopf, Thumbscrew, Jolly Rogers, Irreductibles, and even though they are a recent band, directed by a veteran, El Vandalo. We have great bands, and while some may appeal more to some people than others (which is a good sign), the important thing is that we have the spark for years to come. I'm sure I have left out some bands, and if so, I apologize, but it's impossible to remember them all.

As for whether I feel influenced by any band, I don't think so, at least not directly. But if I had to name one, it would be Estirpe Imperial, without diminishing the importance of any other band. All the patriotic rock bands I grew up with have influenced me indirectly in some way, but Estirpe Imperial and possibly 7 Muelles have a special place.

How do you see the future of patriotic rock in Spain and Europe?

In Spain, we have new bands with young people coming in with a lot of strength, something that I think is not happening in Europe. That's the problem; there's a lack of youth, not only in music but in all areas. We need a generational change.

Are you and your bandmates interested in football? Which teams do you support?

Some of us may be interested in the world of football, or maybe not. But if that's the case, it's on a personal level. As a band, we're completely indifferent. We don't take a stance for or against it. It's a personal decision for each individual. But as a band, we're indifferent.

What is your personal view on the ongoing war in Ukraine?

Well, there are strategic and economic interests that benefit the usual suspects. It's an organized and prepared war where politicians are puppets manipulated by the elites. The only victims are the Ukrainian people who are fighting to protect their homes and families while being attacked by some and sold out by others.

In your latest album, the song "La Resistencia" talks about the political tension in the streets of Barcelona in recent years. How do you see the future of Catalonia?

I've also mentioned this several times; it was a phenomenon that is currently deflated. They will probably fuel it again when they want to divert public attention to do something of their own. It's a beast that has been fed by both the left and right in the central government, and it continues to be fed today. It kept people entertained for a few years, but the circus is over because it's no longer of interest. But the curtain will rise again, and the clowns will return, that's for sure. Family divisions will reemerge, and tension will return to the streets because society is foolish and follows wherever the herd goes.

Any final words? A message for our readers and your fans? Where can they get albums/vinyl/t-shirts from the bands you're part of?

Thank you for the interview. I have liked the questions, off-topic, and anyone who wants any of our albums at Tuono Records, they have copies, and t-shirts and merch on our Facebook or Instagram. Regards, STAYING STRONG IN A WORLD IN RUINS.

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Saturday 14 January 2023

Blutzeugen Interview

 We say Hello, to M. of Blutzeugen of the top German bands in the last few years. First of all, I would like you to share your impressions of your recent visit to my Fatherland Bulgaria.

Hello, my friend, and a greeting to all readers of your blog. The short trip to Bulgaria was accompanied by some problems, four musicians of our band were banned from leaving the country and the Bulgarian authorities went crazy there, probably on an order from Germany. Despite everything, the event was very successful. I met new friends and we visited many interesting places in Sofia. At this point thanks for the hospitality.

My impression of the current situation in Sofia was like a journey through time in my youth in the GDR. Many ruined houses and contaminated sites still bear witness to the years under communist rule. These traces have been erased in Germany, in Bulgaria probably only in places on the Black Sea that are interesting from a tourist and economic point of view. 

 Few words about Blutzeugen... When it was founded, who are the band members, your present discography, etc... 

Blutzeugen was founded in 2010 from the remains of another band. Member information are not important. We have released four albums so far, three of them have been indexed in Germany and so official acquisition is prohibited. 


The direct translation of the band's name in English is "Martyr". But there is a historical background behind Blutzeugen as well. Could you please provide more information about this to the non-German readers?

The group name refers to all martyrs who fell in the fight for a free Germany, dedicated their lives to the fight and, despite years of persecution or imprisonment, stood and stand by their ideals unbroken. 

 You are experienced musicians, your albums have a very good productional level. Are there similar bands in your genre? Have you often been compared with Gigi and Stahlgewitter? 

In the beginning, the voice of our singer was compared to Gigi, because of the style of our music, by the second album at the latest it has been done and currently I wouldn't compare any other band with us 


What was your inspiration/motivation to use Arno Breker work for the design of the booklets/covers of your albums? Do you have any explanation why the vast majority of his sculptures were destroyed after the end of WW2? 

We see Blutzeugen not only as a pure music group; we convey our worldview and values with the lyrics and the presentation of our sound carriers, textiles, etc. 

Arno Breker's works perfectly present the type of people, who we want to help regain its deserved place in the precedence. 

The intro of your song named "Volksverrat" includes a media report talking about gypsies from Bulgaria and Romania living in BRD. What's the level of this problem in Germany?   

Germany is described by official authorities as an immigration country and all the forces of the current rulers and the powerful who work in the background are used to destroy everything that is traditional and at the end we shall perished from the face of the earth. 

The population groups mentioned in this report are only a small part of the whole problem. No state can play the welfare office for the whole world. All the insane resources expended to feed all the newcomers are ruining our country. As mentioned at the beginning, this is their plan, which has been pursued since 1945. 

 Is it a problem to organize a concert in Germany? Why all the major music events are at distant locations, far away from the big cities? 

Official events are possible in Germany, of course only in compliance with many, sometimes crazy conditions. There are still concerts without registration, but mostly only in very small, private settings. The pressure of the system is very high in this regard. The reason why most of the events take place in rural areas is simply, because there are still many non-brainwashed people who also work with us and it is sometimes more cumbersome for the state to cause us problems there. 

 Do you remember any funny stories from your concerts? Could you share those stories with the readers? 

We probably experienced the funniest story at one of our first concerts. This took place in a private house; the living room had been emptied and could probably be re-prepared afterwards. The police then came at a later hour and the homeowner hid in the toilet and lost some bodily fluids in his clothing in fear. 

 What kind of music do you listen to? Any oldschool bands from the 80/90s in you setlist? Can you recommend any new good bands from Germany?  

Our taste in music is not limited to any area, what we like is listened to. It should correspond to an artistic minimum and it should be handmade, so we can't relate to electronic music. In my personal list for all time, will always be the groups that a man grew up with, as such as Brutal Attack, Skullhead, Skrewdriver, Bound for Glory, ADL 122, Störkraft, Böhse Onkelz and many more. I could continue this list with "mainstream" artists as well. There are many new groups in Germany, but I don't want to single them out here. 

 What is your opinion on the subcultures within the Nationalist movement in Germany? Are they helpful to gain more support from the youth, or are they limiting us from spreading our ideas outside these specific subcultural movements? Have you ever been a skinhead?  

I was a skinhead myself for many years and still have many friends who continue this path. In that fact we should never associate one thing with the other one, this means its political work and its affiliation to a certain scene. I don't care how someone dresses or what music they listen to as long as they have a healthy attitude towards life and can speak up and speak their mind. I think it's right and important that there are supporters of national concerns in almost all "subcultures" in Germany and that we also supply them with music and other things. We must win the youth where they are and not limit one's field of activity to a small cult-like circle. 

 As a person involved for more than 30 years in the movement, what is your view about the people involved in the German Nationalist scene… how did they evolve since the 90s? 

In the 1990s there were mostly only skinheads in our movement, many things were more political and violent. Especially in the area of the former GDR everything was new for a large part of us and the hatred of the state, communism and everything foreign erupted unchecked. The state fought this with ever tougher countermeasures. Many prison sentences, many dropouts and traitors were the result. Nowadays, as I said, all areas are "occupied" and the appearance is much calmer. The negative thing about today's movement is that many no longer values what they got everything can be found or bought with just a few clicks on the internet. As a result, the personal initiative, whatever as a political activist, musician, organizer, lyricist, etc., is clearly sung. But this is a problem for society as a whole and probably wanted by the rulers since people can’t longer create anything for themselves is easier to control. 

  Few words about OPOS records? What kind of bands do you usually sign with? Apart from CDs the label also produces vinyl. Do you think that the vinyl-collecting mania is back after years of absence? 

I think the self-knowledge of the forming one’s own will should be one of the most important pillars in the formation of basic intellectual development of every human being. 

 Do you have experience with censorship? What's the craziest thing you've experienced in the so called democratic and free countries? 

We have had many experiences with all forms of censorship. I see this as a weakness of the system that lashes out with such senseless measures. Anyone who wants to read, see or hear things will still find a way. In so-called democratic systems, I see censorship as a distinction. 

 Which projects from the German nationalist scene in the last few years do you consider as the most valuable? Kampf der Nibelungen, Haus Montag Pirna, Der Dritte Blickwinkel, etc? 

Every project is an important part of the whole. We support 100% of everything that serves physical and mental training. In these areas it’s clearly to see which projects the state classifies as particularly dangerous, see all the bans and problems which events such as the Battle of the Nibelungen are preparing for. 

 What is the situation with Antifa in Germany? Do you have a workable strategy against Antifa?  

Antifa is partly officially, partly unofficially supported and financed by the parties that are in power in Germany currently. In general, they have free hand and do not have to fear any major penalties because all means are permitted in the fight against the right. There is no strategy against an opponent who can draw on information from the secret service, etc. The most important principle should be to network more and to discuss important things by word of mouth again. 

I would like to add that these created terms are right/left bullshit and only serve to stifle the anger of the people at the real culprits in trench warfare. Unfortunately, this rigid world view is too rigid and the laughing third party is sitting more and more firmly in the saddle. 

 For the last nearly 3 years the whole World has been in the chains of Covid-19. What is your view on this matter and mandatory vaccination? What was the political and humanitarian outcome of Corona hysteria? 

A virus grown in a lab that has taken the powerful great strides closer to their goals. All fundamental rights were undermined, new suppression and surveillance laws were created. Nobody denies that this virus, which is dangerous for some sections of the population, exists. By simple means, this pandemic would have been defeated long ago. Trying to hide from it with a face mask and immature vaccinations is absolute nonsense. New variants of the virus are constantly being formed, people's natural defense mechanisms are being lost and this madness never ends. The only helpful strategy would have been to maximize the spread at the beginning of the pandemic. The economic consequences of this are an even more extreme gap between rich and poor and below and above ... as has already been mentioned several times, nothing happens by accident. 

 Your view of the war in Ukraine? 

The real sufferers in this insane war are the Ukrainian and Russian people. On one hand a despot, caught in his communist fantasies of new Soviet Union, against the slaves of NATO/ EU on the other side. 

In the end there will be only losers and US supremacy in the world will be greater again. Natural resources of Ukraine definitely play an important role as well. 

 Alright, it's time to finish this long interview... What can we expect from Blutzeugen in the near future? Any upcoming gigs or a new album? 

New performances and music are in the you'll be hearing from us. 

 Thanks for your answers. Any final message to the readers of the blog? 



Sunday 13 November 2022

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Sunday 2 October 2022

Daniel Schweizer Interview


We say "Hello" to Mr. Daniel Schweizer, the first and probably the last individual outside the skinhead/Nationalist scene/movement who will be interviewed for this book. Can you please introduce yourself briefly?


I was born in Switzerland in 1959 and studied cinema in Geneva and Paris. I was an assistant director and worked with directors such as Robert Hossein and Andrzej Zulawski before abandoning fiction to devote myself to documentary film. I have directed about twenty short and feature films which have been awarded and selected in many international festivals such as Leeds, Rio, Vancouver, Locarno and received the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival on Human Rights FIFDH and the Best Director Award at the Pyongyang Film Festival. I am known for my three films on skinheads and the extreme right, Skin or Die, Skinhead Attitude and White Terror, which were broadcast on the main European television channels before I became involved in the defence of the Amazon forest. As a filmmaker and anthropologist, I have been accompanying the struggles of the main Amerindian communities for over twenty years in their demands for the preservation of the land. I have made several films with indigenous peoples: Dirty Paradise, Dirty Gold War, Amazonian Cosmos. I am currently preparing a documentary in Sumatra with men and orangutans on the protection of these great apes threatened with extinction.


You are the documentalist who created "Skin or die" (1998) "Skinhead attitude" (2003) and "White terror" (2005). How did you interest in the skinhead subculture and scene has started? How did you managed to get in touch with the people filmed in your first documentary?

My interest in the subcultures of the skinhead scene came first from my interest in garage-rock music, punk and then Oi. I first went to UK Subs, Cockney Rejects and Sham69 gigs in the 80s and discovered a whole incredible music scene in London. At the time I was making little videos and then I made two feature films about the AIDS generation and young people on the edge. My third film, Helldorado, was about punks in Geneva who lived in a squatted villa and among them was a skinhead who introduced me to other bands, including Skrewdriwer. At the same time there were concerts organised underground by Olivier and that's how I contacted him, saying that I was interested in this subject. I wanted to film these concerts that were taking place in Switzerland and that's how it all started.

So, lets gets started in chronological order from the first one "Skin or die". (Hence, one of the main characters in it, Oliver from Switzerland sent his regards...) So tell me about this one filmed almost 25 years ago...

The first concert I filmed was with the Polish band Konkwista 88 and the French band Fraction Hexagone. It was a very impressive concert for me and there was a whole police force in place to control this gathering. From then on I understood that this movement was confined to a form of clandestinity and that the media had quite preconceived ideas. From then on I considered the extreme right-wing skinhead movement as an underground subculture and that it was interesting to try to understand what was going on in a certain fringe of the youth that had become radicalised. I then went to Warsaw to meet Polish skinheads in order to establish international connections. In Switzerland there was the emergence of the Hammerskins and the press was on edge with this subject. Olivier put me in contact with members of Blood &Honour who were exiled in Denmark at the headquarters of DNSB, the Danish Nazi party. It was there that I first met Marcel Schilf and Marko Jasa Jarvinen. Marcel and Jasa gave me a first interview and we promised to meet again. This was the beginning of a long adventure where with their support, even though I didn't belong to this scene, I was accepted like an ethnologist filming a wild tribe. When Swiss television and ARTE saw my images, they agreed to co-produce this film "Skin or Die", which showed exclusively the extreme right-wing skinhead scene. The film quickly had a certain impact in the media and I discovered that I was being watched by the Swiss secret service, the federal police, because they didn't understand how I could have filmed this reality so closely with a camera. At the same time there was a strong reaction from traditional or left-wing skinheads who criticised the film and said that the media were only interested in neo-Nazis.

So, when you have finished your first film, what motivated you to proceed with this topic and make the other two?

What motivated me to make Skinhead Attitude was to tell for the first time the complex story of the skinhead movement with the different musical and political influences that make up this proletarian subculture. There was no film dedicated to the complexity of this movement. I wanted to look at the beginnings in the 1960s and then the emergence of the far right with Ian Stuart Donaldson. So I prepared a dossier and submitted it to various personalities who could tell me this story. Marcel Schilf and Jasa read this project and said OK to allow me to access the archives of the extreme right. The making of this film became a road movie to meet people who had lived through the stages of this musical and political culture. From Jimmy Pursey to Roddy Moreno and then Del O'Connor of Combat 18, Ian Stuart's comrade Blood Honour Scandinavia, the theorist Max Hammer. A story told as honestly as possible by characters from the scene and which brings the traditional, the left and the far right face to face.


Tell us a little bit more about the process of makings those three documentaries. How much time it took  to film them, how many different countries/continents and locations you have visited? Please be detailed if you keep track of all of them.

The process of making these films was above all to ensure that they reach the widest possible audience, because there is a taboo around this subject. Making a film about skinheads or the extreme right is often suspicious, usually the media like to make short and sensationalist subjects about this disturbing reality. For me, it was important to make films that could give a voice but also show the complexity of these social movements. My position has always been to say that I want to film reality as it is and as it is felt by these characters. I am a storyteller who tells a story that is often hidden because it is disturbing. With Skinhead Attitude we filmed in England, Germany, Sweden, France, the United States and Canada because that was the axis of the development and impact of this movement. White Terror then became clear to me because from what I had learned and having access to a lot of archives of the far right scene, I realised that this story was much more complex than I had imagined and that the reality was beyond any fictional film. It was the Kriegsberichter tapes that inspired me to make a documentary that shows that beyond the clichés, the neo-Nazi and white power scene was much more structured than one could imagine. From the Jasa videos produced in Finland, I wanted to conduct an investigation like a documentary thriller that shows that the Scandinavians are in direct contact with the Americans, the Serbs and the Russians, that these different extreme right-wingers are part of an international nebula that is waging a real political battle.

The question of the filmmaker's moral responsibility is one that breaks down throughout the films that deal with the radical far right. My basic rule is never to pretend to espouse a cause that is not my own, but to assert my right to discover and apprehend a different social and political space. My preconditions are to be able to attend events without any right of scrutiny, neither during the shooting nor afterwards.


You have interviewed and spend some time with Marcel Shilf and Jasa Ainaskin. What are your striking recollections from those times and from them as persons? In your opinion what was their main motivation for their activism?

Marcel Schilf and Jasa de Ainaskin were political activists engaged in a radical struggle. There was a real complementarity between these "brothers in arms". We spent a lot of time together in Denmark and talked about cinema, and what we had in common was that we really liked Alan Clarke's film "Made In Britain", a fictional film that dealt with the exclusion and violence of young people who were marginalised because of their social background. This character who could only exist by destroying and reducing all his chances of reintegration to zero. Moreover, Jasa's short fiction film "Made In Pori" was very much influenced by this film. At first it was the cinema that brought us together. Even though I never shared their political ideas and we were very different, there was a kind of respect between us.

Did you became close with any of individuals involved in your documentaries?

With Jasa we kept in touch all these years and even when he went to prison. We have always had a respectful relationship despite our differences.

Any funny (or scarry) story behind the scenes while you were filming?

Behind the scenes there are many anecdotes like the one where we were filming an underground concert in Poland and the police surrounded the building and in order to preserve the footage we had shot, we were exfiltrated through a secret passage and within minutes the police were storming the building. But one of the highlights was in Klippan, Sweden, during the shooting of a weekend gathering and concert under the aegis of Blood and Honour Scandinavia and there too the police and special forces surrounded the camp and blew up the wooden gate with a vehicle. At that moment my colleague and I were confronted by armed police who put us all against a fence and forced us to keep our arms raised. We were treated as extremists and this went on for over two hours in the sunshine while the police searched the camp for weapons. That day Jasa said to me "Welcome to the Swedish Nightmare".

Have you ever felt unsafe/unsecure while filming those documentaries? What was the "skinhead attitude" towards you at the gigs/rallies/socials you have visited?

I never felt insecure or threatened when filming with far-right groups because it was always very clear that if the organisers accepted our presence at a rally, it was also their responsibility to ensure our safety. It was up to my interlocutors to assess the situation and to know and to estimate whether our presence could cause problems. It was very clear that I never acted as an infiltrator and that if I had access to an event, I had the right and the permission to film.

Only once did we have problems, it was in Canada in Montreal where the Redskins were looking for us to break our equipment because they knew we had filmed right-wing people. We have always been completely transparent and never cheated or lied about the work we were doing.

As a professional filmmaker /documentalist please share with us your honest opinion on the Kriegsberichter video magazine. Not only about the content, but also on its production and the way the audio and video elements were combined.

Kriegsberichter the video magazine is the life work of Jasa who was a talented editor but sometimes the content bothered me and we discussed it. Jasa could have made fiction films as a director because he had talent, but he channelled all his creative energy into his political struggle. He had a whole audio-visual memory of the skinhead and extreme right-wing movement, which is exceptional, and there is the question of the legacy of all these archives which I hope will not disappear. With very modest means, he was a man-orchestrator who produced, archived, edited and published a radical, provocative and unique magazine.

You have been both to Western  and Eastern/Central Europe while working on the films. What were the main differences in the mentality of the people in the West compared to the ex-communist countries?

It's difficult for me to talk about the difference in mentalities, I knew Poland quite well and there wasn't much difference for me. For Russia I didn't stay long enough so it's difficult for me to give an opinion and answer this question. It is certain that I would like to discover these other countries of the former Eastern bloc.


You have also filmed Traditional, "left wing'' and SHARP (anti-racist) skinheads. In your eyes what is the difference between both radical sides of the scene, the left and the right wing?

A difficult question. I think that in the radical far left and particularly among the Redskins that I met, there is a posture that does not allow them to understand that we can talk to each other. There is a form of dogmatism and intolerance that makes everything black and white.


What was the reaction of the main audience after your documentaries were broadcasted? Any positive feedback and/or critics?

These films have all met with a fairly large audience either at festivals or on television, which means that these controversial subjects arouse a form of curiosity and interest. My films were well received because they took a different look at these phenomena. These films put into perspective movements that are poorly known and often frightening. I challenge clichés and try to show the complexity of the world. I believe in cinema as an instrument of knowledge and dialogue, for me making films is not to look away but to look at the world as it is with good and evil. To face the world as it is and not as we want it to be, the dignity of a filmmaker is to dare to look the truth in the face.

At the end of the day what would you answer if an "normal, ordinary man" asks you about the right wing skinhead movement and the people involved in it? Do they fit the stereotype which media spreads like "mindless bigots and thugs"?

I would say that things are often more complex than we imagine and that too often certain media have prejudices and seek above all to caricature the representation of things. There are stereotypes that have a hard skin and that the image of bigots and brainless thugs is an easy representation that may give some people a good conscience but does not always correspond to reality. What interests me is to fight against preconceived ideas and to show the complexity of our world. I am not a journalist and I do not do short-term work but long-term work to try to put the facts into perspective and also to propose a reflection. I am not a judge or a prosecutor.

After all these years will you be willing to make another documenetry some quarter of a century after the first one?

This question is very amusing because for more than a year I have been thinking that extreme right-wing movements had evolved, that in some Western countries the criminalisation and banning of certain groups had driven some of these movements underground. We can see this with the banning of the Identitaires in France and Blood and Honour in several countries.  As a result, some former Eastern Bloc nations are now playing and will play a new role in the radical right-wing extremist movement. Jasa and I had planned to make a new film twenty-five years after "White Terror"in order to address what is developing today in the extremist political movement, the new ramifications. I had articulated the title "New Aryan Millennium" and he had written with his sense of humour: "That's sounds good".


Mr. Schweizer, thank you for your time and honest answers! Your last words and message to our readers?

Through cinema and my movies I have always tried to raise questions that would allow the viewer to better understand the world and the society in which he lives. Are you willing to help me make a new film about the current situation?

Friday 16 September 2022

In Review: Jolly Rogers


In Review: Jolly Rogers
Name: Poesia Irreverente
Tracks: 10
Running Time: 40:52 min

When you hear the name of Jolly Rogers you know what to expect and their new album makes no difference. It consists of 10 songs, all in Spanish, nevertheless I hope one day the band will make a song or two in English.

As usual there are some tracks, which make you sing in Spanish even if you don't know a word. Those which will grab your attention from first listening are "La tierra en que naci" ( "The land where I was born" in English) and "Viva Espana", a cover of a famous and well known hit.

The performance is good as always, and the sound is very well mixed and very much in the vein of the first two CDs, both splits with a band named Irreductibeles. It comes with a 12 page booklet with all the lyrics and a superb artwork! All in all this album will be a great addition to your collection so don't hesitate to buy it.

Thursday 25 November 2021

In Review: Forward Into War

In Review: Forward Into War
Name: Fighting The Demons
Tracks: 13
Running Time: 41:08 min

The next CD review is for a band from a distant Australia. What can I say... Great old school sound, reminiscent of 90s revival Greyzone Oi! in the vein of Closea Shave and early Section 5. In other hand it reminds me a bit of T.M.F. (Hello, Jonesy) as well, because of the very 'British" sound. In fact, the singer Mick is actually English so this explains a few things. 

My absolute favourite is track #4 "Barbed wire, razor blades" which I believe will catch you ear instantly. You can hear the track right here

In a matter of a fact the whole album is uploaded on Youtube, but please don't show yourself like a "you know who" and support the band and the label by buying the actual CD or LP.

The CD comes in a 3-panel digipack and with a booklet with all the lyrics and could be ordered directly from Askania Productions

In addition you can check in their interview for the Boots and Braces web zine HERE