Friday, 24 December 2010

RAC Encyclopedia - part 4


The early nineties involved a musical revolution in the Czech Republic with an explosion of new bands that were not only focused in Prague, the capital, but sprinkled throughout the territory, but the band that gave more to talk about was with no doubt Orlik . Today you can walk down in any street in this country and ask someone over 20 years if knows a song from Orlik and be sure that the answer will be yes.
Orlik was the first 100% skinhead band in the Czech Republic. Created in 1987 by Daniel Landa and David Matásek the band did not started to be known until 1990 when the group released their first work titled 'Oi! - Milos Frýba for president!'. Something curious since M. Frýba was a famous television presenter of the 60’s. Their sound was a harsh Oi! with touches of folk and melodic rhythms in some of their songs. His first album had more than fifteen songs and from my point of view contains one of the most significant music material of the Czech scene, the central part of the LP since the song 'Oi! Oi! Oi!', 'Pernik', 'Orlik', 'Faschos' and 'Skinheadskej stat' ' are a masterpiece.... without forgetting other songs of the same album 'Skinhead', 'Euroskin' and 'Vozoba hradba' which for me are awesome. And to prove that little bit melodic touch highlight without no doubt the song 'My proti nam".
This work was widely criticized for his patriotism and racism, for his lyrics against gypsies, but it was a success because among other things spoke about real social issues. But on the other side of Orlik tried to separate themselves from Nazism with a clear allusion to the German skinheads in his song ‘Faschos’: "You can come and drink our great beer, but you should better stay in Germany if what you want is to walk with your swastikas". You can not imagine the impact and success that had the band in those years.... Orlik 'Oi! - Milos Frýba for president! " sold 150.000 copies, only in the Czech Republic, which was an unprecedented success in the skinhead world.
The following year, 1991, Orlik stroke again with their second work 'Demise' (Death), a controversial album from beginning to end. The album opens with 'Bílá League' whose lyrics struck across the country for talking about illegal immigration and the gypsy delinquency. Here is an aproximated translation of 'Bílá League':
'I have nothing against tourists, if they want to walk around here and look,
However isnot possible that they come demanding a job
What was that brought them here from so far away?
Dark eyes, dark skin, will never be my friends.
White League, White Power, .....
Clean your boots, the force will come to meet you.
Another moral, in other ways, there is no way to believe in miracles
their false words turn into knives,
Why then call us murderers?
White League, White Power ,....
Clean your boots, the force will come to meet you.
Another moral, other ways, there is no way to believe in miracles
their false words turn into knives,
Why then they call us murderers?
White League, White Power ,....
Clean your boots, the force will come to meet you."
You can imagine the uproar among the "politically correct" after 'Demise' was published. This album had also more than fifteen songs and featured a wide range of protest issues. For me their best songs are 'Djovi metr', 'Skinhead' (related with the punk band Try Sestry of which we speak in the introduction) 'Boty' and 'Teror'. This LP without leaving the Oi! sound I would say it has more experimental touches, clearly in "Minuta Ticha', or ' zpráva pro tisk ', where the voice tone is changed and also the rhythm of the song, or the beginning of "Ty vole, Láio'.
Among the audience of the Orlik concerts were large numbers of skins that had some bad behaviour (which I must say that annoyed the members of the band), these events put Orlik in the spotlight of the media which found an opportunity to attack the group until it was outlawed and persecuted. The title 'Demise' was a premonition and this was the last album of the group that finally disbanded. But what the political skins never forgave was that Orlik appeared on television asking to stop the fighting with the gypsy community.
After the fall of Orlik, Daniel Landa, twenty-five year old, continued his musical career on his own and in 1993 he recorded his first solo album 'Valcik' which marked the beginning of a career until today, as Daniel Landa is still active in music, with seventeen solo albums, the latest two in 2009. At the beginning of his solo career he signed a contract with EMI, that has the rights of all his songs, including Orlik songs. Today Landa, married and with two children, declared himself as just a patriot but is publicly identified as ultra-nationalist. He is a very active and collaborates in activities as diverse as film or theatre, rallies or a foundation for safe driving. You can know more from him in
Curiously, the Czech Republic's Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek quoted in 2008 in the parliament verses of Daniel Landa, taken from his song 'Forbes' from his album 'Smrtihlav '(1998) which states: ' ...even the biggest fool has its limits. "
Orlik's greatness is that it was the first Czech skinhead band that had the courage to open the way for a legion of skin bands that flooded the Czechs stages in the early 90s. And I would add that today, twenty years later, many bands, skins or not, play Orlik covers in their concerts. Without doubt, Orlik is a musical legend inside and outside the Czech Republic.

Source: Skinhead magazine (in English) issue # 9
Violent Storm

A R.A.C. band out of Cradiff, Wales, Violent Storm mixed up punk and metal influences to make a totally unique sound for their time, with lyrical content of racial issues, class, the IRA, and hooliganism. Violent Storm got their start in 1986 and lasted until 1992, when 3 out of 4 band members died in a car accident on their way to the airport to play one of Spain's first R.A.C. festivals. The festival went on as planned, but the bands added a moment of silence for their departed friends. Billy(singer), went on to form the WP band "Celtic Warrior", which was named after Violent Storm's first and only full length album. Not too long after the car accident S.H.A.R.P. Skinheads branded Violent Storm's local pub with the words :"FOUR DOWN ONE TO GO". "Celtic Warrior" still tries to keep Violent Storm alive by playing their songs at shows. Billy also went on to be in another WP band called "The Order" and write lyrics for Brazilian band "Fist of Steel".

The band was formed in 1992 by two teenage skinheads, by Geri and Gábor in Sopron. The first line up was connected to this town, but during the years it has changed a lot. We have shows across the country regulary since 1995. Our first album ’Szent Háború’ (Holy War) was recorded in December 1996 and it was released on tape in February 1997. The line up at that time was: Geri – vocal, Gábor – guitar, Thomas – drums, Balu – bass. In the same year Balu quit the band and Cobi came to replace him, and he was playing with us till 2007. Our second recording came out in 2000, it’s called ’Ez vagyok…’ (That’s i am). Gábor left the band in 2001, so PPH joined us one year later. In the fall of the same year we got an invitation from Jonesy to help him out as a backup band, on few gigs in the legendary english skinhead band English Rose. Alongside him we played in several countries like England, Italy, Belgium, France, Slovenia and Hungary in 2003, and we released our next cd ’Hate Parade’. We worked together with English Rose until 2005, and we recorded a split cd ’United Forces’. In the end of 2006 we had to change a member again, Jabba came in place of Thomas behind the drums. We recorded our next cd ’Politikailag nem korrekt’ (Politically incorrect) with him, which was released in October 2007. The band was 15 years old then, so we celebrated this anniversary with a good atmosphere gig in Budapest. About 600 people attended the show, and there were plenty comrades who sadly didn’t have room in the club, so stood outside. In the early 2008 Jabba left the band, Geri (Turulvér, Voice of justice) replaced him for a while, and then Cipős joined in Vérszerződés. Since Cobi quit in the fall of 2007, Hando plays the bass in the band. From the beginning we had shows all across Hungary, and we get invitations to play abroad as well. We already had the honour to play in the following countries: Germany, Czech, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Belgium and England. Beside our own albums, our songs were released on several Hungarian and international compilation and split CD’s. Interview with the band you can find HERE

Source: Band's myspace

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