Thursday, 25 April 2013

In Review - I.C.1

Name: “Loud and Proud”
Label: PC Records
Style: Rock’n’Oi
Tracks: 13

After their great debut cd “Out of Control” from 2009 the English/German RAC combo is back with a bang. A great pack of 13 brand new songs in the very same spirit of catchy and fast rock tunes with even a touch of saxophone in the intro of one of the songs. The lyrics are dealing with everyday life in the modern sick society, corrupt medias and politicians, football violence, booze and glory and the memories of the good old times “when skinheads rule OK”. Compared to the first album the sound of this one is not that rough, but I can still nominate songs such as "Rule O.K.”, Best of our Times", “No beer Here” and “Skinhead girl” for a future everyone favorite’s anthems.
What I can state as a minus is the booklet of the cd – both from the bad quality of the printing paper and low pixelization of the images displayed inside as well. Despite this you can find all the songs lyrics plus a Statement from the band concerning some important issues which need to be clarified. 

The information in advance to all the IC 1 supporters is that the bands 3rd album is starting to take shape and has a working title of 'We are the Boise'. For all of you who like to be up-to-date with the band’s activity you can follow them on IC1 FaceBook page at: IC 1 Fanpage
At last but not the least - don’t hesitate to buy this cd and support one of the last bands who stick to the true skinhead sound!!!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Frenchie (ex-Skrewdriver) Interview

Interview for Frenchy for in cooperation with NS Revolt
Intro: Hello Frenchy. To those who don't know you, can you give us an introduction please?

Hello I’m Frenchie and I played bass guitar for Skrewdriver from 1984 to 1986. Before that I was in a band called “The Elite” and before that “The Firm” from South London.

1. How did you join Skrewdriver. Any idea how many gigs you played in the band and did you co-write any of the songs?

The Elite had split up and Mickey French (who went onto manage Skrewdriver) asked if I was interested in meeting Ian to talk about reforming the band in London. I was well pleased cos I was a fan anyway so we met up hit it off straight away and it went on from there. I can’t remember exactly how many gigs I did but I played at the first “100 Club” gig and all the way till the 2 nd or 3rd RAC gigs in London. Ian wrote the words and structures of the songs then we would add our own bits for example the beginning of “Smash the IRA” and Lester (aka) Mark Neeson would write the guitar breaks. Then we’d sort of decide who would start which song and how it was a bit of a Chinese parliament.

2. Stigger (the last Skrewdriver guitarist) once said that the gigs are practice sessions. That they never had a proper band rehearsals during the last years. In your days, how were Skrewdriver rehearsals generally like?
It started with just me and Ian playing guitar a couple of times then I got Geoff (the old Elite drummer) to join so we could practice properly we did 2/3 rehearsals like that and recorded “Anti Social” and “Boots and Braces” for the “United Skins” album. We put an advert in sounds magazine for a guitarist and Lester who I Knew from South London got the job. We then recorded “Back with a Bang” and did 3 days rehearsing before the first “100 Club” gig. After that we rehearsed once or twice a week. We would go through the set list twice (more if we fucked up) and Ian would write new stuff each week.

I think we did 3 hour sessions at first then cut it down by an hour and would just go through the set twice. Ian me and Lester was mates anyway and all went out drinking together so rehearsals was another night with beers and giggles but with work thrown in.

3. How was Ian like? Care to tell us a story about a day in your life during Skrewdriver times.
He was a really nice intelligent bloke wiv a great sense of humour although his dress sense was a bit iffy when he first moved to London. We got on really well and were out drinking normally three nights a week plus the rehearsals. I always remember he hated the taste of beer but liked to get drunk so he would force down a bottle of Merrydown cider before we went out and then would be ok for the night. He used to have to hold his nose while he drunk it – nasty stuff but it did the job. We’d start of in his bedsit in East London then get a tube up to West End or Skunx in Islington there always seemed to be gigs or parties to go too back then. Sundays was always down “The Last Resort” and a few beers at lunchtime then back to work on Monday.

4.Why did you quit in Skrewdriver?

I had always wanted to join the Army and songs like “Smash the IRA” sort of gave me the push to go and do it. About that time the band split anyway the drummer had enough of the hassle we was getting, the guitarist fell in love and we couldn’t get gigs and it all seemed to be grinding to a halt. I always new Ian would carry on because he was “Skrewdriver” and there was always budding musicians waiting to fill the gaps. We’d done our bit and it seemed time to make way for the next generation.

5. One of your claims to fame is definetely playing the bass for such anthems as Back With A Bang, I don't like you, White Power, Smash the Ira, Voice of Britain etc... What have you been doing since then?
I served for 12 years in the Para’s during which time I formed a band called “Fat Albert” and we played the bars in Aldershot and the Naffi’s in West Belfast. I left the Army when I was 35 and tried to settle down but couldn’t so went travelling, I then worked for four years doing private security in Iraq. I’m currently back in UK doing scaffolding and roofing at the age of 50 have been writing and recording for my new band Flathead (aka) FH:33 and working with “Voice of Britain”.

6. You work on music again, Have any of your songs been published?
We have a website which is being updated as we speak. There’s some stuff on You Tube we’ve produced a 6 track sample EP and are working on an album to be out later this year. So far we’ve played one support slot at the Bridgehouse2 and people seemed to like it (the music).

7. Who are your musical influences?
First band I ever liked was Slade then early punk stuff like the Pistols, Clash, Dammed. I was a Skrewdriver fan and had all the early stuff on Chiswick and Stiff records so it was a buzz to actually end up in the band. One of my earliest influences and the reason I wanted to play bass was Motorhead. I met Lemmy a few times cos he knew Ian from way back when he is another really nice bloke.

8. Do you have any personal contacts with other former Skrewdriver members?
I still speak to Mark Sutherland and recorded the first 6 FH:33 tracks at the same studio we used back in Skrewdriver days. The other two members of the line up from when I was in Skrewdriver I’ve never heard from since they left, but I wish them well wherever they are. I met Merve and Stigger at a few gigs when I was on leave from the Army but I’ve moved around that much that I’ve lost contact with hundreds of people over the years.

9. From 1984 to 1987 a yearly Open Air festivals in Suffolk were held. What are your striking memories from those gigs? The venue of the gig was owned by relatives of BNP’s leader Nick Griffin if I’m correct.
I had already left the band then and didn’t attend any of the gigs so don’t know too much about that apart from I wish I’d played them.

10. Do you recall how and when you were informed about the death of Ian Stuart? What was your reaction? Do you believe it was a car accident?
This is a strange one, I hadn’t seen or spoken to Ian for a while cos I was posted to West Belfast for 3 years. I came home on leave wiv an Army mate from Nottingham and we ended up meeting up with Ian by accident. We had a great night and was driving around in the mini (me, Ian and the driver – can’t remember his name) anyway they dropped me off the next day I went back to Ireland. About a week later I got a call from Mark Sutherland and at the same time was watching MTV when they announced the death of Ian. I wouldn’t like to guess about the crash itself but I lost a good mate and I am glad I saw him that last time.

11. I know it’s not easy to answer, but what is your favourite Skrewdriver album/song?
I always loved “Anti Social”, “I don’t Like You” and “Government Action” but I always think the ultimate one for me is “White Power” cos it just said it all.

12. There are some books dedicated to ISD, which one of them is your favourite? I think “Nazi Rock star” is most informative and well written…will you agree with my opinion?
I’ve only ever read “The way it’s got to be” by Joe Pearce I’m afraid, but will now catch up with your recommendations.

13. Ian was famous with his great sense of humor. Do you still remember any of his jokes or anecdotes?
Before going out for the night Ian would always say “tonight gentlemen we shall go out as mighty ale warriors and return as slobbering beer oaffs” and we always did and it still makes me smile today.

14. To what extend did Ian Stuart influence your own attitude and life? After all this years what do you nowadays think of Ian’s lifework and legacy?
He was a man who lived what he believed he was a great talent and it was a shame more people did not get to hear his music before he died, but his death has made him immortal in some way so in the end he beat the system that tried to destroy him and most of all he was a really funny nice clever loyal bloke that I was lucky to have as a mate.

15. Any idea if Ian followed any football team? As far as I know he used to support Manchester United FC in his school years (Manchester is quite near to Blackpool), he also mentioned George Best as his favourite player in an interview for “Last chance” magazine.
He never showed much interest wiv in football to me, I think he liked Man U as a kid but most kids do, we tried to keep football out of the music as much as possible at the time for obvious reasons.

16. Elite?

A skinhead mate called Den RB that I’d known for years formed the band while I was in detention center and got a support slot playing with “The Last Resort”. When I got out I went to a rehearsal 2 days before a gig and liked them a lot. The next day the bassist broke his hand in a fight and I got a call to fill the gap. It was a bit hit and miss, but went down well I then stayed wiv The Elite and co-wrote the songs music etc. We got our own following and Combat 84 started supporting us, we had a few mentions in Sounds did a 4 track tape but it all ended in 40 minutes of fame on channel 4 at Benny’s Bar in Harlow which wasn’t a bad thing cos I then moved to Skrewdriver which was a bit of a dream at the time.

17. How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have anything on youtube with sample songs?
Available now we have a 6 track EP and all 13 tracks will be available to listen to on the new website. We intend to release an album called “FH:33 Guilty” this year there are 2 tracks on you tube (Satan’s Mile and 20 Seconds) from the Bridgehouse2 its early days but so far the feedback is positive.

18. Vinyl records, cassettes, CDs or downloads? (regardless of current popularity)?
More stuff will be available soon as we are in the process of recording and producing and have gigs lined up for this year.

19. Do you follow todays RAC scene? Name one of your favourite albums please.
I’ve not been in contact with the scene for quite some time and need to catch up on the newer stuff out there.

20. If you had to choose a quote (or a line) to describe what motivates you day to day, what would it be?
I think Ian summed it up wiv “live life to the full, it will soon be time to die”

21. Any last words? Cheers for the interview!
Thanks for keeping the faith it ain’t over yet….cheers stay lucky….Frenchie

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Legittima Offesa Interview

Hello Gigi, welcome on the pages of Revolt NS. My first question should be quite typical…how and when you get involved into the skinhead scene? What or who influenced you mostly to join the movement?

Before to become a skinhead I was a typical street gangster… I was a member of a gang named Criminality Commune, then when I was 18 years old I decided to start to be a nice boy…. So in 1993 I became Skinhead! I thought to go out from the troubles but I was wrong, the troubles have changed but I never gone out!

Your band is famous enough, but please gives us a brief presentation of it – history, band members, discography, etc?

My band has born in 1998, members have changed many times during the years, only I remeined as the only original member. We had recorded a lot of songs during the years , throughout we have: 1 demo, 4 CDs albums, 2 mini albums on vinyl and 4 singles out on various compilations. To get knowledge of our history I invite you to visit our website where you can to find many interesting facts:

Legitima Offesa played in Bulgaria at 2010. What are your most striking memories from your visit to my Motherland?

We had so much fun and has been much better than I expected, we made new great friendships and I have been fascinated by Sofia and the great hospitality from my Bulgarian friends!

Tell us about you home city – Bologna, the scene there (both political and music)? It’s well known left wing city, if I’m not wrong.

Bologna it’s a city with a grat skinhead tradition, there been few skinhead generations (we can count three generations at least), I’m belong to the second generation, the most politically and the most musically active, there is (or there has been) many famous bands in Bologna, since time of “Nabat” and “Rip Off” till nowadays. This city it’s famous to be a leftist, but I can garantee that there are many young patriots, comrades, anticommunist or streets friends that are with us. To be a skinhead in Bologna isn’t easy, you need to have balls! If you aren’t dare to do it’s useless to be a skinhead (in my opinion…)

Who is the guy getting arrested on the front cover of your album “Skinheads a passeggio”? Is there any special story behind this photo?

In this picture there are two skinheads with handcuffs, one is close-up and the other is below. The first one guy in close-up with Legittima Offesa’s t-shirt is our old drummer, the guy below is one of our best friends, one of our crew.
They’re transfered from police station to the jail where they’ll spend one month cause of a big fight with antifa. They was with other 5 guys in the pub while outside there was 30 antifa who waiting them to attack them with bottles, knives and belts. When our guys went outside a big fight broke up but luckily they were a fucking motherfuckers which grew up on the street and in few seconds they got on the heads of antifa… in the end, 8 antifa went to the hospital with serious wounds and our guys was sent to the jail. Of course journalist wrote thai it was our fault, the same old story…

Who are the “White Kriminals”and why you have decided to entitle your album from 2006 with this name?
White Kriminals it’s a title of our song and one of our albums. White Kriminals are all those people who identify themselfs with this song, this isn’t just a song but it’s an attitude, a way of life, there are skins, punks, rockers, hooligans and crazy revolutionaries… rebels! Exept this there is a “White Kriminals Crew”, supporters who follow our band on gigs and they are our best friends who we have same problems, street life, we share same beleives and dreams. We’re a Crew!

Your future split with Brutal Attack will be released only on vinyl. What is the reason for this?
I love vinyls, the split will be just by one song of each band,so it doesn’t make any sense to do a CD, vinyl is eternal… the CD is not!

Are you a music collector yourself? What are the rarest items in your collection?

Yes and I’m a fanatic. Above all I love vinyls, I can feel a different emotions than CD. I’ve a great vinyls collection with some rarities as Skrewdriver, Cockney Rejects, 4-Skins, The Cramps, Peggior Amico, Caterina Caselli, ADL 122, Plastic Surgery and many Oi!, Punk, Beat, Rock’a’billy,….

In what other music projects are you involved? Tell us a bit about your cooperation with Antoanella (Klasse Kriminale)?

Actually I’m playing in Legittima Offesa and The Kriminals. With Antonellina we played together two times, the best Klasse Kriminale’s songs was (in my opinion) written by her. I grew up listening her songs. I’m very happy about about the fact he’s coming back to skin and punk scene, and I’m really happy to contributed in her comeback to Italy after many years of absence! My ex-bassist played with them in their two italian gigs and in their first gig in London, but we don’t have a common project for the future….

While skins around Europe changed their outlook, Italians kept the “original image” from the 80’s. Do you have some special reason to do this?

I don’t agree with you. There are many skins around all Europe whoo keep to dress like a skinhead, and there are gigs with more than 1000 people where they’re dressed in old school style. I remember my last gig in Germany with Endstufe, Faustrecht, Les Vilains, Brassic Oi! and Legittima Offesa, there was around 1500 people, everyone old school skinhead and some punks not red… this is for all Europe, I played everywhere and I found traditional skinhead in Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Finland, Estonia,… Everywhere! Nowadays in gigs you can to find guys who don’t dress like a skinhead but they joined the skin scene. Mixing skinhead’s culture with politic, sometimes happens that there are bands who play hardcore or metal and you find boys dressed in different way, they aren’t skinheads, I don’t want to offend no one but  if you’re skinhead you must dress like a skinhead, if you don’t to dress like a skinhead you aren’t skinhead,it’s simple!

ZetaZeroAlfa and SPQR played a gig in Bankok at 2011.This is very untypical for a band from our scene. Please, comment?

I know they had to play there but I don’t know if they are really played did, in other hands it’s not a big matter to me, so, I’m happy for them if their music reached till there! One of major aims of musicians is to their music to be heared by much people as possible! Each one does his choice and decides to play whenever he wants, where he want to reach and to spread his messages.
They chosen to play there, they have their good reasons!

You play often home and abroad. I had the chance to see Legitima Offesa live at “European Skinhead Party” in Germany last May when you shared stage with top bands like Endstufe, Faustrecht and Les Vilians. What are your impressions from this great concert?

This is the gig who I meaned above, it was a great event, great organization, nice bands and nice people!

Do you have a lot of girls involved in the skinhead scene in Italy? I bet you have a ladies “fan  club”?

Ha ha ha… Nice question… Luckily there are a girls in our scene, will be sad if they aren’t! Legittima Offesa’s female fun club exists! Around hundred beautiful girls who are in love with me, we are doing a big parties but i can not go into details, can be an underage people who can read this interview, but believe me, we have a big fun… unfortunatly this fan club is private and very secret, and you can not come!!! I’m sorry… ah ah ah ah ah

Italy is famous with big ultra’s scene. Do you follow any football team? What is your opinion about football violence between skins?

Once a time I followed ultras scene, I followed Bologna. Nowadays I haven’t much time to go to the stadium and I’m tired to get punishments, I have a son and I need to be a nice guy, if I must to go to the stadium just to watch the game I can do that from home on sofa and with a cold beer in hand!

Please tell us a few words about your last album “Spacca Tutto”. Are you satisfied with result? You have also made few professional video clips of the songs, which I like a lot. Is it easy to create such a video?

I’m very satisfied with our last album, I’ve done what I wanted to do and worked hard on the audio quality without to be far away from our old Oi! Style.
Video are a lust who I wanted to satisfy, I think a band after 15 years of activity deserves a few nice videos and our supporters as well! I would like to make other videos in future, better and professional (I hope).

Thanks for the interview mate, what are your final words? Your massage to the readers of our blog?

Thank you for giving us oportunity to speak and for your patience, (you have waited for our answers a long time)... keep following us and listen our music! We are playing for you!
See you at the next gig!!!


Friday, 12 April 2013

Gig In Poland

Hello fellow readers of our blog! It’s time to tell you the story about the latest gig in Poland….it’s all started when I was personally invited by one of the gig organizers in the middle of Febuary. Headliners of the concert was one of my favourite bands I.C. 1 so I didn’t hesitated too much before booking the travel. So finally at the 5th April the long awaited day came and I took a flight from Sofia to Berlin, which took me less then 2 hours. Straight away from Tegel airport I continued my trip with a car to the city of Szczecin located in North West part of Poland where my comrades were already waiting for me. A crew from Slovenia plus Andy – the singer of I.C. 1 was also on Polish soil. We started our Friday night in a rock club with few drinks, which exactly for me was 3 fast shots of vodka given me by my hosts – a really warm Polish welcome and kick ass start of the evening J Later on our tour continued to some nice night clubs, having some fun and more drinks and meals enjoying the company of pretty Polish girls J Somehow we managed not to get too drunk, keeping our strength for the next day of the gig.
The next morning I did some sightseeing downtown Szczecin with two Polish comrades, showing me best sides of this beautiful and full of history city. Afterwards we went to a restaurant to meet  the mighty Slovenians who have already started they holiday marathon with their best mate “Jack Daniels” J Shortly after a German crew joined our ranks including the rest of the members of I.C. 1, guys from the well known band Carpe diem. We had some hours of talks and great fun together, laughing loud on various jokes told by Andy… I must admit that this bloke has a great sense of humor. In other hand you all well know that Poles and German nationalists have some issues so it was really nice to see people from those two nations having a good time together forgetting the problems and breaking the stereotypes.
Around 5 p.m. we headed to the gig venue which was located on “x” kilometers from the city. It was kind a disco club with a small stage for the bands. I have to mentioned that originally announced Russian band Truvor failed to come due to some problems with the authorities, so they have been replaced by some Polish bands. After sound checks and other preparations concert have started around 7.30 p.m. with the first band for the night – Nordica. It’s a new local band, but their members are well known musicians from the Polish scene, playing with melodic metal influenced skin band Aggressiva 88. They performed as a four piece acoustic unplugged band. It was two acoustic guitars which was leading the tunes plus bass and drum supporting them slightly on the back. They played some own songs from their debut album “Akustycznie” plus covers of the most well known Polish bands such as Konkwista 88 and Honour as well as “Behind Blue eyes” by “The Who”. On one of their last songs the band was joined by Sadko from Russia who replaced the singer. I know very well that ballads are not the favourite style for some people, but I’m quite big fan of this kind of music so this performance pleased me a lot. The set was really professionally done and lasted for about an hour.
After a short break it was time for the second band of the night Blackauts (not to be misunderstood with Blackout from Wales) another new Polish band. Band is consisted by ex members of The Analogs and The Junkers and I can describe their style as a rough RAC with a sharp vocal. They played full material of their debut album "Jak w Stanach" and cover of Pitbull Farm’s “Army of Assholes” which made me mental and I joined the slam in front of the stage. They did a well played 45minutes set which warmed the crowd for the main event of the evening…

So finally the moment that all of us were waiting for came!!! The headliners of I.C. 1 were on stage warmly applaud by the gig attenders. For those of you who are not familiar with this brilliant band you should know that this is a project by Andy (ex Razors Edge) and German guys from Carpe Diem . Their first cd was realized in 2009 and it was a kick ass debut which made them extremely popular in no time. This album was followed by “Loud and Proud” which saw the light of the day at the fall of last year. I bought and copy of it (plus T-shirt) to support the band and the “PC Records” label that were on the gig selling stuff, so you’ll have a detailed cd review in next days. So back to the topic... I.C. 1 made a fantastic performance playing songs mostly from their debut cd “Out of control” such as “Friday night”, “Stick together”, “Where you belong” ( I adore this one), “Out of control” etc. plus a few top tunes from the new album as “No Surrender”, “Rule O.K.” and “I wont Pay”. The party atmosphere reached it’s climax so security guys were busy to stop exalted fans to invade the stage J Unfortunately the band’s set was not that long as we all wanted, so some great songs such as “ Skinhead legends”, “Undercover journalist” and “Skinhead girl” was not played… but I really hope I will listen to them on some of their next gigs. For a “dessert” the band did some covers such as “England belongs to me” and “Argy Bargy” by Cock Sparrer, “White Power” and “Poland”  by Skrewdriver as a special “thank you” to the gig organizers. Right after the performance Andy was chased by some “fans” who wanted to take a photo with him, but he was too shy to stand all this glory so he fast find a secure place on the bar J
The last band for the evening was The Invasion, which in my opinion are the best and most well known bands from Poland for the last few years. Kuba and the guys did just a few own songs and vast majority of covers from the top bands of our scene. I was really impressed by the way they did a rock version of the Nemesis song “Pride and Purity” and the Polish “evergreen” of Honor – Narodowy Socjalizm” which was the perfect final for the gig.
To summarize it – it was a great gig with four may be not so famous, but really professional bands. Sadly the concert was visited by just 100-120 people, some of which traveled 600 + km. to reach the venue. But I must admit there was great atmosphere, not even a shadow of a problems between Poles and Germans and apart from some individuals who wasn’t able to stand the effects of vodka ( Polish vodka is second to none, I’ve tasted it) the whole event was trouble free and what is even more important without the presence of the fucking coppers.
Firstly I would like to thank my Polish comrades for the hospitality and for the fantastic weekend we had – don’t need to mention names, you know who you are!!! Cheers to Andy and the Germans for the great time we spend together, I was really honored to meet you guys!!! Comradely greetings to Slovenian crew for the fun we had!!! Hope to see you all very soon!!!

Dziękuję and HAIL POLAND!!!