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MPTY ZINE no 15 – last number from 2010

interviews: This Routine Is Hell, Brutti E Ignoranti, Russ Lippitt, The Static Age

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Interview: THIS ROUTINE IS HELL

Hey guys. How have you been up to now?

Hey Diana, we just said goodbye to Mark, our former bass player, and we put a lot of time on getting ready to do this tour with Boy Tillekens. Everybody’s feeling really positive about the new options we have, knowing that we can focus on the band even more and it’s so good to have Boy on board, even though we’re really going to miss Mark.

We’re working on some brand new material that we’re going to try to release on 10”. When we get back home, we’ll start recording a demo for the new release and we’ll be hitting the studio around January and February  to work on the ‘real’ thing.

Did the public receive the new album in a positive way so far?

Yeah! I must say that it really exceeded our expectations. I get a real kick every time we hit Europe when I see kids singing along and feeling that people all around the world are sharing a same kind of mind set. It’s something that worries you as an adolescent and it’s good to know some folks are dealing with the same kind of burden on subjects like politics, human behavior and youthful doubt. The Verve Crusade lifted the band to a completely new level. To me personally, it created a fresh outlook on ways to express myself.

What  inspired you for the last album? Any specific events that occurred in your life? I consider the name “Verve Crusade” a powerful one. From where did you get the idea?

Well, the themes around “the Verve Crusade” deal with matters that can be split in political and personal issues, but those two are, without a doubt, always intertwined. I noticed a certain discontent within myself and others manifesting itself in feeling too ‘small’ or inadequate to handle with large political problems. To me, the way the democracy works right now in western countries, and our influence in it, has an effect on the political representatives of ‘the people’, although influenced by external factors such as the media. But it doesn’t take in account the impact of economic interests of unelected stakeholders and it somehow symbolizes the belief that politics and business aren’t related, which in my opinion is completely and utterly false. The impact of corporate industries and international financial institutions is of such worldly value that it feels wrong to be neglected and ignored in the way we handle the division of powers at the moment. Knowing that non-democratic institutions -including the church- can have such an devastating impact in the outcome of e.g. wars and national policies it comes natural to me that we should reconsider the term ‘democracy’. “The Verve Crusade” symbolizes the intellectual struggle we must have to be of any value in fighting this injustice. We shouldn’t be struck down by the size of the machine, we should sabotage or reform its sprockets, because it is only the sum of its parts.

Which songs do you like to sing the most on stage? Which are your favorite ones from all This Routine is Hell albums?

I still get a bang out of playing “Crossed Fingers” for its slow paced rhythm and its sheer power. “Hear. See. Speak?” because of its lyrics and its speed in the first parts. I really love “the Weight of Defeat” and “the Desperate Sway”, the former in light of the tempo-dynamics and the latter because of the groove and the ‘heart’ I can put in it on stage.

Tell me some bands or people that you admire the most and why.

Admiring is a big word on its own, but I can say that I take inspiration from people like Ian Mckaye and Paint it Black’s Dan Yemin. For me, it’s always admirable if someone has the guts to speak up and be a critic whilst not resorting to stereotyping or polarizing the situation. Nuance, empathy, and the power of an open mind are attributes everyone could take a liking too, I guess.

I saw that you have a mini tour now. Any plans for the New Year’s Eve?

Yeah, I’m typing this thing while sitting in a bar, I’m looking at Boris in front of me cutting our new stickers (D.I.Y!) and Bram getting ready to do the soundcheck. It’s good to be out on the road again. We’ve had some trouble finding the right time with Mark, but last week we planned just about the first half of 2011 and it includes a lot of weekend tours to the U.K, Portugal, Scandinavia and Austria. Plus, we’re planning to hit the U.S in April and May and do a big European tour in the summer. Everybody’s really eager to put a lot of effort in our new material and hit the studio again. We’re hoping to finish up the new release before the U.S. tour, but there’s nothing concrete planned yet.

Tell me a funny experience that occurred on tour.

Yesterday we heard about our show in Trento tomorrow being canceled, that really sucked but the reason was funny, in a way. The flyer had a cross on it made from dicks and it said “If you don’t show up, you’re a catholic” The venue happened to be named “the White Maria” and there was a journalist that got word of the show. The guy wrote a story on it that got published in a local newspaper and the authorities that were subsidizing the venue got pissed off and decided they had to cancel the show. Luckily the promoters managed to arrange something, although it’s in another venue and there’s probably not going to be any other bands playing. But yeah, flyers with dicks on it, always a killer.

Do you have any goals concerning the band that you haven’t achieved yet?

Definitely, I can’t imagine a band progressing if they don’t have a set of goals. Like I said, we’re planning to hit the U.S next year and we really want to focus on getting our music out there, not just Europe. It would be wonderful if we could get the chance to visit Russia and Japan but that’s mostly just hopes and dreams for now, but how boring would life be without hopes and wishes?

What plans do you have for the future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still singing in This Routine is Hell?

Damn, I’m 21 for christ’s sake. I don’t even know what I’ll have for breakfast tomorrow. But yeah, I fucking love doing this thing right now, and working on music in general. I feel the band has a good way of dealing with personal issues among the members so I don’t see This Routine is Hell falling apart anytime soon. It’s just very vital that everyone has the chance to express every concern they have and that they are listened to. And keeping a good balance between studying and touring is really critical as well. In 10 years? I don’t know if I would still have the energy and youthfulness I have now for This Routine is Hell. But I can’t imagine myself not being occupied by music or lyrics in a creative way.

Thank you very much for the interview. Hope to see you again soon in Romania. If you want to add a few words, please do.

Thank you too, Eastern Europe can be a bitch to get to, you guys should build more highways! But we had such a good time so I’m sure we’ll be back one day!

Diana (MPTY ZINE) vs. This Routine Is Hell – december 2010

 

Interview: THE STATIC AGE

MPTY ZINE: hi guys! tell the ones who don’t know you a few words about the band.

STATIC AGE: Hello we’re a post-punk band originally from Vermont, a small state in the northeastern United States.  In 2005, we put out our first proper album, and we’ve spent much of the last five years touring the US and other places with lots of great bands and meeting lots of amazing people (at least when I’m not studying for a master’s degree). We’ve also recorded a few other albums along the way.  And, thanks to Felix at Flix Records and a few of his friends, we’re headed back for our second European tour in the Spring – we’re stoked to be able to play a handful of new places, including Romania.
If any of your readers want to hear what we sound like, they can go to our site: thestaticage.com

How does 2010 end for your band?

We’re finishing the year by working on our upcoming album and preparing for the spring tours.  I’ve been living in the studio every day for the past twelve days, tracking guitars and keyboards and starting in on vocals as well.  We’re very happy with how things are coming along, and are looking forward to releasing the new songs in the new year.

I know you released „IO” in 2009 and you shared it entirely on your site; how many downloads did you have, and what feedback did you receive?

I don’t have the download numbers readily available, so I don’t know what the totals are now.  That said, I can say that the reaction was great early on, even though we put it up for download one month after the regular CD/online release via iTunes and other outlets.  In the first few weeks that it was available for donation download, there were a few thousand downloads and a decent number of people donated small amounts in return (and a few donated larger amounts).  I don’t think we’re going to do it exactly the same way again with our upcoming album, but it was something I wanted to try as an experiment.  And, if we do it in the future, it’ll probably be as a post-release archive.  In fact, we’ve been discussing re-releasing many of the older songs/albums as donation download versions as well (and perhaps with new material/mixes/demos), but there’d be some legal issues to figure out with our prior label, unfortunately.  Also, we do plan to release perhaps an EP for free download in the spring to accompany and promote the new album.

Next year you’ll also come in RO for a few concerts. please tell me when and where can people see you.

We’ll be playing three shows in Romania in early May, 2011.  We’ll be at Club Flex in Arad on May 5, Control Club in Bucharest on May 6, and Booha Bar in Cluj-Napoca on May 7.

Speaking about Romania, do you know anything about our country?

I know a few things, but most are history or geography related – I’ve never been to Romania before (I’m very excited to be able to spend a few days there).  So what do I know?  I guess about its proximity to the Black Sea (which I’d been hoping to check out, but I believe the closest we’ll be is Bucharest, which is still something like 200 kilometers from the sea, I think), about it being a recent addition to the European Union, about Transylvania and all the folklore associated with that, and about some of the castles and historical sites.  I’m looking forward to seeing those things – but I’m also very interested to check out cities like Bucharest.

Tell me something about your musical influences.

I listen to lots of different music.  I grew up on punk rock and hardcore and was in DIY-touring punk and thrash bands before The Static Age (and in many ways The Static Age has chosen to be a DIY band as well). It’s still very much a part of what I listen to and what has influenced me in both sound and in the ways I consider the music scene and record labels.  Some bands would be Minor Threat, the Clash, Gorilla Biscuits, Black Flag, Propagandhi, Bane and some newer ones like Defiance, Ohio.  Beyond that, a quick look back at some of my recent playlists shows the following: Billy Bragg, New Order, Cave In, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, LCD Soundsystem, the Magnetic Fields, Isis, Kate Bush, the Weakerthans, Tom Waits, and the aforementioned Defiance, Ohio.  I’ve also become interested more recently in work by people like Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat (though more of Desplat’s earlier work), as I think that the layering and sound collaging they do is awesome.

I also know that you are working on a new album for 2011; can you tell me anything about it?

The album is going to be similar in template to the last two we’ve done in that most of the songs are with the full band, but three of them will be songs I built in my own studio.  The full band songs pick up where songs like „These Days” on i/o and „Cherry Red” on Blank Screens left off in terms of sound and style.  There are a few that are quite loud, and a few that are less so.  A couple have been around for a little while, and we’ve honed them by playing them on tours, but others are much newer and were a chance to experiment while we were recording.  We’re excited about all of them.
Also, the album title is most likely going to be „In the City of Wandering Lights,” because that’s very much how the last year has felt to us.

If you’d end up on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you, what would those be?

A rowboat, a paddle and a ham radio – I’d take my chances at sea (with, hopefully, a whole bunch of coconuts from said island).

Thanks for your time, and i hope to see you in Romania. if you have any message for our readers, please tell us! cheers!

Thanks, here’s hoping we see each other in May as well!  If you or any of your readers do come out, be sure to ask Adam (our resident madman/bass player) about one of the following stories: 1) the time he fell out of a moving vehicle in the UK, 2) the time he ran around without pants in Hollywood, California or 3) the time he tried to hide the fact that our trailer was on fire in New York.
Also, someone please let us know what the best Romanian beer is – send that, or any other tips about sweet Romanian stuff, to us at tsa@thestaticage.com.

thanks to Felix from Flix Records, The Static Age and to you.

 

MPTY ZINE: hi guys! tell the ones who don’t know you a few words about the band.

 

STATIC AGE: Hello we’re a post-punk band originally from Vermont, a small state in the northeastern United States.  In 2005, we put out our first proper album, and we’ve spent much of the last five years touring the US and other places with lots of great bands and meeting lots of amazing people (at least when I’m not studying for a master’s degree). We’ve also recorded a few other albums along the way.  And, thanks to Felix at Flix Records and a few of his friends, we’re headed back for our second European tour in the Spring – we’re stoked to be able to play a handful of new places, including Romania.
If any of your readers want to hear what we sound like, they can go to our site: thestaticage.com

How does 2010 end for your band?

 

We’re finishing the year by working on our upcoming album and preparing for the spring tours.  I’ve been living in the studio every day for the past twelve days, tracking guitars and keyboards and starting in on vocals as well.  We’re very happy with how things are coming along, and are looking forward to releasing the new songs in the new year.

I know you released „IO” in 2009 and you shared it entirely on your site; how many downloads did you have, and what feedback did you receive?

 

I don’t have the download numbers readily available, so I don’t know what the totals are now.  That said, I can say that the reaction was great early on, even though we put it up for download one month after the regular CD/online release via iTunes and other outlets.  In the first few weeks that it was available for donation download, there were a few thousand downloads and a decent number of people donated small amounts in return (and a few donated larger amounts).  I don’t think we’re going to do it exactly the same way again with our upcoming album, but it was something I wanted to try as an experiment.  And, if we do it in the future, it’ll probably be as a post-release archive.  In fact, we’ve been discussing re-releasing many of the older songs/albums as donation download versions as well (and perhaps with new material/mixes/demos), but there’d be some legal issues to figure out with our prior label, unfortunately.  Also, we do plan to release perhaps an EP for free download in the spring to accompany and promote the new album.

Next year you’ll also come in RO for a few concerts. please tell me when and where can people see you.

 

We’ll be playing three shows in Romania in early May, 2011.  We’ll be at Club Flex in Arad on May 5, Underworld in Bucharest on May 6, and Booha Bar in Cluj-Napoca on May 7.

Speaking about Romania, do you know anything about our country?

 

I know a few things, but most are history or geography related – I’ve never been to Romania before (I’m very excited to be able to spend a few days there).  So what do I know?  I guess about its proximity to the Black Sea (which I’d been hoping to check out, but I believe the closest we’ll be is Bucharest, which is still something like 200 kilometers from the sea, I think), about it being a recent addition to the European Union, about Transylvania and all the folklore associated with that, and about some of the castles and historical sites.  I’m looking forward to seeing those things – but I’m also very interested to check out cities like Bucharest.

Tell me something about your musical influences.

 

I listen to lots of different music.  I grew up on punk rock and hardcore and was in DIY-touring punk and thrash bands before The Static Age (and in many ways The Static Age has chosen to be a DIY band as well). It’s still very much a part of what I listen to and what has influenced me in both sound and in the ways I consider the music scene and record labels.  Some bands would be Minor Threat, the Clash, Gorilla Biscuits, Black Flag, Propagandhi, Bane and some newer ones like Defiance, Ohio.  Beyond that, a quick look back at some of my recent playlists shows the following: Billy Bragg, New Order, Cave In, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, LCD Soundsystem, the Magnetic Fields, Isis, Kate Bush, the Weakerthans, Tom Waits, and the aforementioned Defiance, Ohio.  I’ve also become interested more recently in work by people like Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat (though more of Desplat’s earlier work), as I think that the layering and sound collaging they do is awesome.

I also know that you are working on a new album for 2011; can you tell me anything about it?

 

The album is going to be similar in template to the last two we’ve done in that most of the songs are with the full band, but three of them will be songs I built in my own studio.  The full band songs pick up where songs like „These Days” on i/o and „Cherry Red” on Blank Screens left off in terms of sound and style.  There are a few that are quite loud, and a few that are less so.  A couple have been around for a little while, and we’ve honed them by playing them on tours, but others are much newer and were a chance to experiment while we were recording.  We’re excited about all of them.
Also, the album title is most likely going to be „In the City of Wandering Lights,” because that’s very much how the last year has felt to us.

If you’d end up on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you, what would those be?

 

A rowboat, a paddle and a ham radio – I’d take my chances at sea (with, hopefully, a whole bunch of coconuts from said island).


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MPTY ZINE: hi guys! tell the ones who don’t know you a few words about the band.

 

STATIC AGE: Hello we’re a post-punk band originally from Vermont, a small state in the northeastern United States.  In 2005, we put out our first proper album, and we’ve spent much of the last five years touring the US and other places with lots of great bands and meeting lots of amazing people (at least when I’m not studying for a master’s degree). We’ve also recorded a few other albums along the way.  And, thanks to Felix at Flix Records and a few of his friends, we’re headed back for our second European tour in the Spring – we’re stoked to be able to play a handful of new places, including Romania.
If any of your readers want to hear what we sound like, they can go to our site: thestaticage.com

How does 2010 end for your band?

 

We’re finishing the year by working on our upcoming album and preparing for the spring tours.  I’ve been living in the studio every day for the past twelve days, tracking guitars and keyboards and starting in on vocals as well.  We’re very happy with how things are coming along, and are looking forward to releasing the new songs in the new year.

I know you released „IO” in 2009 and you shared it entirely on your site; how many downloads did you have, and what feedback did you receive?

 

I don’t have the download numbers readily available, so I don’t know what the totals are now.  That said, I can say that the reaction was great early on, even though we put it up for download one month after the regular CD/online release via iTunes and other outlets.  In the first few weeks that it was available for donation download, there were a few thousand downloads and a decent number of people donated small amounts in return (and a few donated larger amounts).  I don’t think we’re going to do it exactly the same way again with our upcoming album, but it was something I wanted to try as an experiment.  And, if we do it in the future, it’ll probably be as a post-release archive.  In fact, we’ve been discussing re-releasing many of the older songs/albums as donation download versions as well (and perhaps with new material/mixes/demos), but there’d be some legal issues to figure out with our prior label, unfortunately.  Also, we do plan to release perhaps an EP for free download in the spring to accompany and promote the new album.

Next year you’ll also come in RO for a few concerts. please tell me when and where can people see you.

 

We’ll be playing three shows in Romania in early May, 2011.  We’ll be at Club Flex in Arad on May 5, Underworld in Bucharest on May 6, and Booha Bar in Cluj-Napoca on May 7.

Speaking about Romania, do you know anything about our country?

 

I know a few things, but most are history or geography related – I’ve never been to Romania before (I’m very excited to be able to spend a few days there).  So what do I know?  I guess about its proximity to the Black Sea (which I’d been hoping to check out, but I believe the closest we’ll be is Bucharest, which is still something like 200 kilometers from the sea, I think), about it being a recent addition to the European Union, about Transylvania and all the folklore associated with that, and about some of the castles and historical sites.  I’m looking forward to seeing those things – but I’m also very interested to check out cities like Bucharest.

Tell me something about your musical influences.

 

I listen to lots of different music.  I grew up on punk rock and hardcore and was in DIY-touring punk and thrash bands before The Static Age (and in many ways The Static Age has chosen to be a DIY band as well). It’s still very much a part of what I listen to and what has influenced me in both sound and in the ways I consider the music scene and record labels.  Some bands would be Minor Threat, the Clash, Gorilla Biscuits, Black Flag, Propagandhi, Bane and some newer ones like Defiance, Ohio.  Beyond that, a quick look back at some of my recent playlists shows the following: Billy Bragg, New Order, Cave In, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, LCD Soundsystem, the Magnetic Fields, Isis, Kate Bush, the Weakerthans, Tom Waits, and the aforementioned Defiance, Ohio.  I’ve also become interested more recently in work by people like Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat (though more of Desplat’s earlier work), as I think that the layering and sound collaging they do is awesome.

I also know that you are working on a new album for 2011; can you tell me anything about it?

 

The album is going to be similar in template to the last two we’ve done in that most of the songs are with the full band, but three of them will be songs I built in my own studio.  The full band songs pick up where songs like „These Days” on i/o and „Cherry Red” on Blank Screens left off in terms of sound and style.  There are a few that are quite loud, and a few that are less so.  A couple have been around for a little while, and we’ve honed them by playing them on tours, but others are much newer and were a chance to experiment while we were recording.  We’re excited about all of them.
Also, the album title is most likely going to be „In the City of Wandering Lights,” because that’s very much how the last year has felt to us.

If you’d end up on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you, what would those be?

 

A rowboat, a paddle and a ham radio – I’d take my chances at sea (with, hopefully, a whole bunch of coconuts from said island).

Thanks for your time, and i hope to see you in Romania. if you have any message for our readers, please tell us! cheers!

 

Thanks, here’s hoping we see each other in May as well!  If you or any of your readers do come out, be sure to ask Adam (our resident madman/bass player) about one of the following stories: 1) the time he fell out of a moving vehicle in the UK, 2) the time he ran around without pants in Hollywood, California or 3) the time he tried to hide the fact that our trailer was on fire in New York.
Also, someone please let us know what the best Romanian beer is – send that, or any other tips about sweet Romanian stuff, to us at tsa@thestaticage.com.

MPTY ZINE: hi guys! tell the ones who don’t know you a few words about the band.

 

STATIC AGE: Hello we’re a post-punk band originally from Vermont, a small state in the northeastern United States.  In 2005, we put out our first proper album, and we’ve spent much of the last five years touring the US and other places with lots of great bands and meeting lots of amazing people (at least when I’m not studying for a master’s degree). We’ve also recorded a few other albums along the way.  And, thanks to Felix at Flix Records and a few of his friends, we’re headed back for our second European tour in the Spring – we’re stoked to be able to play a handful of new places, including Romania.
If any of your readers want to hear what we sound like, they can go to our site: thestaticage.com

How does 2010 end for your band?

 

We’re finishing the year by working on our upcoming album and preparing for the spring tours.  I’ve been living in the studio every day for the past twelve days, tracking guitars and keyboards and starting in on vocals as well.  We’re very happy with how things are coming along, and are looking forward to releasing the new songs in the new year.

I know you released „IO” in 2009 and you shared it entirely on your site; how many downloads did you have, and what feedback did you receive?

 

I don’t have the download numbers readily available, so I don’t know what the totals are now.  That said, I can say that the reaction was great early on, even though we put it up for download one month after the regular CD/online release via iTunes and other outlets.  In the first few weeks that it was available for donation download, there were a few thousand downloads and a decent number of people donated small amounts in return (and a few donated larger amounts).  I don’t think we’re going to do it exactly the same way again with our upcoming album, but it was something I wanted to try as an experiment.  And, if we do it in the future, it’ll probably be as a post-release archive.  In fact, we’ve been discussing re-releasing many of the older songs/albums as donation download versions as well (and perhaps with new material/mixes/demos), but there’d be some legal issues to figure out with our prior label, unfortunately.  Also, we do plan to release perhaps an EP for free download in the spring to accompany and promote the new album.

Next year you’ll also come in RO for a few concerts. please tell me when and where can people see you.

 

We’ll be playing three shows in Romania in early May, 2011.  We’ll be at Club Flex in Arad on May 5, Underworld in Bucharest on May 6, and Booha Bar in Cluj-Napoca on May 7.

Speaking about Romania, do you know anything about our country?

 

I know a few things, but most are history or geography related – I’ve never been to Romania before (I’m very excited to be able to spend a few days there).  So what do I know?  I guess about its proximity to the Black Sea (which I’d been hoping to check out, but I believe the closest we’ll be is Bucharest, which is still something like 200 kilometers from the sea, I think), about it being a recent addition to the European Union, about Transylvania and all the folklore associated with that, and about some of the castles and historical sites.  I’m looking forward to seeing those things – but I’m also very interested to check out cities like Bucharest.

Tell me something about your musical influences.

 

I listen to lots of different music.  I grew up on punk rock and hardcore and was in DIY-touring punk and thrash bands before The Static Age (and in many ways The Static Age has chosen to be a DIY band as well). It’s still very much a part of what I listen to and what has influenced me in both sound and in the ways I consider the music scene and record labels.  Some bands would be Minor Threat, the Clash, Gorilla Biscuits, Black Flag, Propagandhi, Bane and some newer ones like Defiance, Ohio.  Beyond that, a quick look back at some of my recent playlists shows the following: Billy Bragg, New Order, Cave In, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, LCD Soundsystem, the Magnetic Fields, Isis, Kate Bush, the Weakerthans, Tom Waits, and the aforementioned Defiance, Ohio.  I’ve also become interested more recently in work by people like Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat (though more of Desplat’s earlier work), as I think that the layering and sound collaging they do is awesome.

I also know that you are working on a new album for 2011; can you tell me anything about it?

 

The album is going to be similar in template to the last two we’ve done in that most of the songs are with the full band, but three of them will be songs I built in my own studio.  The full band songs pick up where songs like „These Days” on i/o and „Cherry Red” on Blank Screens left off in terms of sound and style.  There are a few that are quite loud, and a few that are less so.  A couple have been around for a little while, and we’ve honed them by playing them on tours, but others are much newer and were a chance to experiment while we were recording.  We’re excited about all of them.
Also, the album title is most likely going to be „In the City of Wandering Lights,” because that’s very much how the last year has felt to us.

If you’d end up on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you, what would those be?

 

A rowboat, a paddle and a ham radio – I’d take my chances at sea (with, hopefully, a whole bunch of coconuts from said island).

Thanks for your time, and i hope to see you in Romania. if you have any message for our readers, please tell us! cheers!

 

Thanks, here’s hoping we see each other in May as well!  If you or any of your readers do come out, be sure to ask Adam (our resident madman/bass player) about one of the following stories: 1) the time he fell out of a moving vehicle in the UK, 2) the time he ran around without pants in Hollywood, California or 3) the time he tried to hide the fact that our trailer was on fire in New York.
Also, someone please let us know what the best Romanian beer is – send that, or any other tips about sweet Romanian stuff, to us at tsa@thestaticage.com.

Thanks for your time, and i hope to see you in Romania. if you have any message for our readers, please tell us! cheers!

 

Thanks, here’s hoping we see each other in May as well!  If you or any of your readers do come out, be sure to ask Adam (our resident madman/bass player) about one of the following stories: 1) the time he fell out of a moving vehicle in the UK, 2) the time he ran around without pants in Hollywood, California or 3) the time he tried to hide the fact that our trailer was on fire in New York.
Also, someone please let us know what the best Romanian beer is – send that, or any other tips about sweet Romanian stuff, to us at tsa@thestaticage.com.

The Static Age in Romania in 2011

The Static Age vor sustine o serie de concerte in Romania in primavara lui 2011

acestea sunt datele:

05.05.2011 Arad @ Club Flex
06.05.2011 Bucharest @ Underworld
07.05.2011 Cluj-Napoca @ Booha Bar

despre ei am mai scris undeva in vara AICI prin amabilitatea lui Felix de la Flix Records din Austria

The Static Age vin din SUA si canta un indie/postpunk, au impartit scena cu nume ca: AFI, Street Dogs, Tiger Army sau The Bronx.

Mai jos aveti doua videoclipuri ale trupei   Amphibian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yylHzgmRH6I&feature=related
These Days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xojnX4ekhPk

web oficial: www.thestaticage.com

de asemenea in noul numar al fanzinului vom avea un interviu in exclusivitate cu cei de la The Static Age.

cheers!

 

Punk carols by junkies

Concert de „colinde” in ritm de punk rock sau cum spuneau baietii de la Recycle Bin: „florile dalbe vs. florile de mar”

Recycle Bin (streetpunk-Buc)

Coercion (hc/punk-Constanta)

Alarma (hc/punk-Buc)

Stoned Addams (punk-Buc)

POV (hc/punk/thrash-Tg Mures)

The Kenny Killers (punk-Rosiori)

20 decembrie 2010 in Elephant de la ora 19.00  bilet 10 lei

Interview: Russ Lippitt

Interview with Russ Lippitt author of Lion’s Share and FTW Rise Of The Anarchy March…

photo by Dave Deluxe

1. Hi Russ, this is Mircea from MPTY ZINE what’s up? Are you preparing for the launching of the book?

Mentally preparing yes, I’ve already heard what the opposition has said and I like. It scares them, you know. The power is within the words and with Zines like this, F.T.W. is off to a prominent start.

2. Tell me a couple of things about you, for our readers.

Well, I like long walks on the beach under the pale moonlight… haha! I don’t like to sound too narcissistic. All I would like to say about myself is that I have a voice, a loud fucking one!

3. I know that „Lion’s Share” was very well received and that you’ve got positive critique on it. What do you expect from „FTW: Rise of The Anarchy March”

I expect the message to get out. Just like Lion’s Share, I aimed to expose the troubled youth. The plights that this generation is growing up in. From poverty to prison, to ultimately destroy one’s self. It’s a problem and Lion’s Share was my rant. F.T.W. tackles another one of life’s problems, Government. And where it will lead us in the future, a dead end. I expect nothing but an understanding to reason.

4. Do you believe there’s a Doyle in every one of us, ready to fight or on the contrary, you believe that this generation is a lazy and indifferent one?

Doyle is a defiant voice lost in the sea of democracy. Every person has that Doyle, that rebel that wants to say ‘fuck you’ to everything and the world. Revolution is not a new idea and it’s been tested in the past many times before. The Glorious, Russian and the Chinese revolutions are just to name a few. I believe this generation is not necessarily lazy, but gluttonously stupid. They are fed with many distractions, from TV, to media, amusement parks, sports, etc… nothing productive for the longevity of a prosperous life. Society seems to overdose on these factors. Too much food gets you fat, too much chocolate gets you diabetes and so on and so forth. There has got to be a balance or your brain will just become mush for any manipulator with ulterior motives to come along and feed you ignorance. I’m a product of the environment and you have to play the game to survive, yet you can know the truth and strike when the opportunity arises to free one’s self from this new calculated form of slavery of the mind.

5. What are the writers that have influenced you?

I like writers who speak the truth, not the garbage you see in the movies or mass marketing novels that plagues and litters our non-convenience stores. Free thinkers like Howard Zinn and Emma Goldman. These equalists are the voice of reason for me and I can only try to achieve such passion for the written word to pass down to eager minds in the form of fiction.

6. If you would go out for a coffee with Obama, what advice would you give to him?

First off, he better be buying like a real socialist, and let’s make it a Gin and Tonic, shall we. I would say, Congratulations! You made history of being the first African-American to be President of the United States of America. Now make history and right the wrong. If he doesn’t get it, then change and hope that he campaigned on falls through the never ending cracks of a continually corrupt government. Time will tell, ask the extinct Roman Empire. America is very clever in that aspect. The American dream, all men are created equal and granted with unalienable right, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s just a dream, Mr. President, make it a reality.

7. If you could pick five things to take on a remote island, what would those things be?

My new novel: F.T.W. Rise of The Anarchy March (shame-less plug) No, seriously. It’s for the future generations, to remember values and priorities. Second would be my beautiful girlfriend, true love can’t be duplicated or replaced. Third, my faithful animal or two by my side. Fourth, would be fire. I’m a logical individual, it’s mans greatest discovery. And last but not least, I would like to bring you, everyone that is reading this interview. Having like-minded people is favorable to ones growth. Wow! I just created utopia. Is that cheating? Haha!

8. What kind of future projects are you working on?

Right now I’m living in Amsterdam working on yet another novel, another profound problem I see on the horizon. My aim is to write a mind fuck that doesn’t pull any punches. Also working on a five year long graphic novel, Creature Feature. You can check out my illustrator at work here: www.rlcreaturefeature.blogspot.com

9. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?

I’ll be 43, other than being an old man, I plan on making a statement that I’m a writer to be reckoned with, one to be remembered. It might take a few more years to do that, but hell, it took the Bible centuries to get that kind of propaganda out. Still today’s number one best seller, bigger than Harry Potter and Twilight combined. $$$$

10. Honestly, what do you know about Romania? (don’t use wikipedia!)

Oh, come on! I like Wikipedia and Wikileaks, knowledge is power. Off the top of my American educated head, I know Romania had a revolution back in the late eighty’s and Bram Stoker really put your country on the map. Lately I heard the punk scene is strong out there and one day I would like to take a gander.

11. Thanks a lot for answering all my questions and you have the last word.

I usually would save my last words for when it’s time to check out, but I would like to say just one thing. A definition if you will.

Anarchism:- The philosophy of a new social order based on the liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.

Do the math and know the facts before casting the first stone.