The Pinwheels promo

They are like a fresh air in the Romanian alternative scene. If you are tired of hipsters and cool kids playing then you need to keep these guys (and girl) on the loop for sure. The band first material is named: Liquid Tales. It will take you a bit on the old punk rock catchy tunes mixed with ska and newer The Interrupters with a little bit from everything, from melodic punk-rock to a bit of ska. Catchy themes, harmony and beers from Freddy, the bartender.

Lyrics are about day by day problems, irony and everything packed in a dancing beat.

We recommend for the Saturday autumn nights the song: Memories

PS. really cool version for the song: I Love Chaos

Thanks to The Pinwheels

Interview Rusty Nail

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Interview exclusive for Romania with Rusty Nail (st. Louis celtic folk,punk)

Mirceone (MPTY ZINE):Hi guys, what’s up?

Chad:Just enjoying life, making music, making beer, and of course drinking beer

Congrats for the album, is really nice and so deep.Tell me few things about it.

Alvy:Its an album about regret. Its about wishing things were different and struggling with the decisions that were made and then ultimately making peace with those decisions. I am not sure I ever look to mask a lyric with deep underlying meaning except to keep it universal… meaning the names are changed, and the experiences are sometimes combined, but honesty is very important.

Chad:Nine of the songs were written by Alvy, one was collaboration between Alvy and Chris, and one was by Chris. Typically Alvy and I work on the songs till it’s something that feels like a Rusty Nail song and then we work on a full band arrangement. This is how the songs were written for this album. We recorded at my studio for the most part and I did the mixing, the final mastering was done by Brad Sarno who is lives in St Louis.

Also for our few readers:) tell us a short bio

Chad:Born in the winter of 2005, Rusty Nail is a 7 piece band that plays Celtic infused Rock songs, inspired by such acts as The Pogues, The Tossers and Flogging Molly. With the strong Irish history in many of St. Louis’ neighborhoods on the city’s South Side, Celtic folk music has a rich tradition and a welcome place in our great city. Gaining the love and encouragement of our town, we have crafted our sound by playing a healthy mix of these traditional songs as well as a strong repertoire of our own original music. We began this experiment in the various pubs and festivals of metro St. Louis and built a solid reputation as an entertaining and energetic live music experience and a true-to-form Irish bar band.Rusty Nail takes its name from an Old-Timey beverage made with Whiskey and Drambuie Liqueur. We feel that we are a potent blend of traditional and hard rock elements that works well at any party, club or booze-fueled festivity! In 2011 we released our first “FULL BAND” album, containing many of our original and live show favorites. The record “Boozers, Bastards, and Bards” garnered great local reviews and bore us many new friends and supporters. While we are inspired by these traditional sounds, we aim to put our own spin on Folk Rock. We like to think if Shane McGowan or Liam Clancy grew up listening to Nirvana, they would create music that sounds like Rusty Nail!

So whether it is St. Pat’s and you are looking for a soundtrack for your revelry, or it is the dead of winter and you need a spot of whiskey and a jig to warm you, in Rusty Nail you will always find a great time!

Rusty Nail is:

Alvan Caby – Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals

Chad Ross – Dulcimer, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Bouzouki

Chris Otto – Tin Whistle, Native American Flute

Dennis Frentzel – Drums

Kelly LaRussa – Violin

Mark Hochberg – Bass

Pete McAvity – Electric Guitar

Who influenced you across the years?

Chad:As far as celtic music, I used to go local bar that this guy John would play all these Traditional Irish beer drinking along with some punk and 80’s stuff. The regulars would often sign along and make allot noise. So, I thought it would be great to learn those songs and posted an add looking for people wanting to play celtic music. Alvy contacted me and that was the start of Rusty Nail.

Speaking of influences,please name a top 10 of you all time favorites bands

Alvy:Black Sabbath

Bob Dylan

The Pogues

Dropkick Murphys

The Beatles

The Cure

Flogging Molly

Van Morrison

Dinosaur Jr.

Iron Maiden

Chad:Robert Pollard/Guided By Voices

Dinosaur Jr

Uncle Tupelo

Warren Zevon

Pouges

Dropkick Murphy’s

Bob Mould/Husker Du

Black Sabbath

Ramones

Dylan

How the album will be promoted? You guys will start a tour? A video?

Alvy:We are interested in playing some out-of-town shows in the coming months.

Tell us few words about your message,i did notice sad lyrics but in the same time this is an optimistic album..

Alvy:I don’t think we have a „message” per SE.  I took a more honest and personal approach to writing lyrics for these songs.  I stopped trying to create a story that was funny or fake and I wrote about my personal struggles.  I went through a divorce, I had some personal crisis, I hated my job at the time, I was pretty miserable.  The writing has always been a sort-of therapy for me, and perhaps the songs reflect more of the struggle than the success.  I appreciate that you see the optimism in them.  I certainly feel optimistic about the future.  Maybe our next record will be all happy songs.

If you will have to choose a band for a split cd,who it will be and why

Alvy:I don’t know, maybe Taylor Swift.

What the future holds for the band?

Alvy:As long as we still enjoy doing it, we keep writing new material, playing as much as life allows and make as many new friends along the way that we can.

What else you guys are doing beside Rusty Nail?

Alvy:Some of us have other musical projects ranging from Bluegrass to Hard Rock.

A few words for our readers in Romania? Btw no google,what do you know about Eastern Europe? Romania?

Alvy:That is where Dracula is from right? My great Grandparents were actually from Romania.  Its a beautiful country, rich in culture and art, and that landscape is (in my opinion) some of the the most gorgeous sights on the planet.  Maybe someday we can come to Bucharest and play our little songs!

Where people can buy your music?

Chad:CD Baby, Bandcamp, Amazon, Emusic, etc.

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RustyNail

https://rustynailstl.bandcamp.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Ale-Heart-Rusty-Nail/dp/B01CF3U810/ref=tmm_acd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1471281856&sr=1-3

http://www.emusic.com/artist/rusty-nail/13512198/

Thanks to Alvy and Chad and Rusty Nail.

Interview will be on our 36 number, coming out this Autumn.

 

Rusty Nail-Bitter Ale,Bitter Heart-promo album

Bitter Ale, Bitter Heart is the new album from Rusty Nail, is all about feelings and one of the best albums from the St. Louis band. They are play a celtic-folk with a little bit of punk influences and a lot of drinks. The album is a personal and sad one but in the same time they have the sound of hope and optimism.

The album has 11 tracks, just perfect to listen with a cold rum on the rocks, is a honest album and you can see that the guys invested a lot of feelings in it. About the band i can tell you that they are playing togheter for more than 10 years already and if you like Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Tossers, The Pogues than for sure you need to give them credit.

Also this album drive me close to Speed Of Darkness, the album from 2011 of Flogging Molly. Is an album that will trasport you somewhere where is cold but as well will give you enough strength to move on with a smile. Just great.

Mandolin,violin,banjo,accordion,irish whistle,flute,drums,bass,guitar,feelings,friendship,optimism and all the friends with a rum togheter.

Thanks to Chad and Rusty Nail

Tracklist:

Side A

1.The Magician

2. Return To The Start

3. Giving Up

4. Less Than Angels

5. It’s A Shame I Did Nothing

6. Another Story of Unreturned Love

Side B

1. Hardscrabble Road

2. Liquid Miracles

3. Central West End

4. Mad As Birds

5. The Nightmare Will Prevail

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Reality Slap interview

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Mirceone (MPTYZINE) Hey guys this is Mirceone from mptyzine. How’s life?

Reality Slap:Hi Mirceone, what’s up? All good here man, life’s good!

 

Congrats first for the album. Tell us few things about it.

Thanks man, we’re really happy with it. We recorded it last year during summer, however it just took a while to arrange everything for the release, however the wait paid off really. We can’t wait

to put it our and just play all the songs live. I think I speak for everyone in the band when I say that this is the happiest we’ve been ever with any record.

For those who do not know you,please make a short bio

Well, if you don’t know us, then you’re clearly missing out ahahah. Not actually😉

We’re Reality Slap a hardcore band from Lisbon, Portugal. We’ve been around since around 2009 although only last year we’ve started properly touring. We play a kinda old school style with a modern groove to it, fast and short songs in your face really. We’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a lot of big bands that we love and so far so good.

How are things in War Records family?

War Records have been great to us. Andrew is an amazing and dedicated guy who believed in us since he first heard our songs. We’re still tight with our label in Portugal (Hellxis Records). We’re going to have it released in Portugal and the United States with a worldwide distribution, which is fucking sick for us.

What is the message of Reality Slap and name few bands that have inspired you.

We’ve always had a straight forward, direct message. We talk a lot about injustice, control, disconnection between people. We’re always had kind of a negative approach to these topics, however in this new record we decided to have a more positive say about it. It’s more spiritual in a way but always focussed on specific and important topics of society. I think it’s important to have a message, to have something to say and really feel what you’re singing about. I wouldn’t write songs just for the sake of it. That’s one critic I have to some bands who don’t really have nothing to say so they just speak about nothing. This new record has songs about freedom, soul search, positive change, and the potential within each one of us.

As for bands hat influenced us I can say that New York hardcore played a big part in it. Early Agnostic Front, Breakdown, Dmize, Cro-Mags. Also the Bad Brains.

Stadium gig or pub gig and why?:)

I rather have a packed small venue than a stadium, however I’ve never played on a full stadium, that would be sick as well ahah. I think Reality Slap is a band that really needs to be close to the crowd, I love stage diving and go crazy while performing we feed a lot out of that energy. A hardcore show needs that immersive experience.

What else do you do beside the band

I personally am a graphic designer, we have developers, photographers and website/magazine owners in the band. We kinda have flexible jobs that allow us to take time off and go on tour and sometimes even work while on tour.

Say in 3 words what hardcore means to you

Passion, Rebellion, Freedom.

Agnostic Front or Terror?:)

That’s a tricky question because both bands have been important to the scene in different time periods. I guess probably Terror wouldn’t exist without Agnostic Front, you know what I mean? So I’ll pick AF and also Reality Slap took so much from them. Victim in Pain is such a great record.

If you will build a football team with hardcore bands members,who those bands will be?

Ahah, that’s a funny question. I know that we would be in. We always travel with a football with us. I’ve played football with Madball before so I guess at least Mitts and Freddy would like to be in it as well, and you’d need JJ crop mags cause he is always in shape😉 Plant based power.

What the future holds for Reality Slap

We have already started working on our next release even though “Limitless” is not out yet. I guess the plan is to do a few tours, play some festivals if possible next year and release something new soon.

Name 3 things that you will take with you on an island

I’d bring a Guitar, a Trampoline and Wilson.

Thank you so much for the time. Few words for our few readers

Thank you so much for getting in touch man, we really appreciate it. I hope we can go to Romania sometime in the future, I’ve never been there so it would be sick. Hopefully we could play a sweet show for those few readers ahah😉

If you have anything else to add,please feel free to do so. Hc

Thank you once again, keep being active for you scene, Reality Slap Limitless 2016.

Mirceone vs Reality Slap june 2016

The interview will be available on our next number coming up soon.