Union Thugs – FOLKLORE OUVRIER ( Rebel Time Records promo)

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Ok, other good news from Rebel Time Records, we are talking about Union Thugs and their first EP, FOLKLORE OUVRIER (Folklore Worker). The band formed in Montreal, Canada and they are coming from different bands punk/oi like: Action Sedition and Mayday. They are 6 workers first and then musicians that are brining the workers condition and different problems into a folk/oi sound. The EP is a collection of covers of working class anthems in their oi/folk style. The members are not only musicians and they have involved in many projects and organizations like: RASH (red and anarchists skinheads), COBP ( committee opposed to police brutality) and more, this is true working class band and sound, songs in English and French, with sing along choruses and with fists in the air. The EP is out like i said on Rebel Time Records in Canada, and other good labels around the world that promote the true and honest punk and working class culutre like: Discos Machete in Mexico, Dure Realite in Canada, Fire and Flame Music in Germany, Kale Borroka in Basque Country, Rudy’s Back in France. Think about Angelic Upstarts, Molodoi, Brigada Flores Magon and many many others that had something to say and raise their voice on working class problems. The EP has a nice video of the classic Partisan song on youtube and we are waiting for more. SOLIDARITÉ! SOLIDARITY! Something to listen and think!
Thanks to Randy and Rebel Time for the album and also for the 20 pages zine with some history about working class movement.

Tracklist
1.Intro
2.War on the Workers
3.Les Piqueteuses de la gloire
4.Partisan
5.Union Maid
6.La complainte des ouvriers
7.Preamble to the IWW Constitution

Union Thugs – Partisan

Demons Run Amok Entertainment – signed with UXB

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Ok, so these are some great news from our friends at Demons Run Amok Entertainment. As they signed a new name to their huge list of awesome bands. Now check this out…take the sound of US Bombs and combine with a bit of punky aggro reggae from The Aggrolites and you have UXB (short of United X Bombs). So let’s see we have Kerry Martinez, Wade Walston and Chip Hanna (all US Bombs without Peters) and the dirty reggae Jesse Wagner, more than 20 years of street punk and now mixed with some fine reggae, with sing along parts and ready to be detonated. The material is called WESTWORLD CRISIS and will be out this year on August 14th. Fresh sound, check them out and hopefully a video will come soon.

Batallón de San Patricio – Interview exclusive June 2020

I had the chance to see them live few times and i must say they are really cool on stage. During this quarantine, we spoke a bit with Ricky and the interview is bellow. Also this interview will be featured on our new number out soon. Cheers and thank you for supporting us.

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MirceONE (mptyzine): Hola Ricky soy Mirceone de mptyzine,como estas?
Ricky (BSP): Que tal Mirceone, muy bien gracias por preguntae, espero te encuentres igual.

Felicidades por el lp hermanos de guerra, es este su primero lp oficial?
Gracias por la felicitaciones y sí, es nuestro primer álbum „Hermanos de Guerra”.

Para los que no los conocen, platicanos una breve reseña sobre la banda
La banda surge cómo una propuesta y amalgama de las culturas mexicana e irlandesa, de ahí qué se toma el nombre Batallón de San Patricio, por la hermandad entre ambos pueblos.
Es a partir de Julio del 2017, la banda comienza a tomar forma, después de algunos meses de preparación y ajustes en la alineación. Lo cuál a los meses subsecuentes se fue modificando hasta llegar a la conformación actual de la agrupación. Cabe reconocer el esfuerzo otorgado en sus inicios para Jorge (Q. E. P. D.), Lalo y Rodrigo „Thunder”, los cuáles ayudaron a la creación de los primeros temas (propios) de la banda.

Los he visto un par de veces en vivo, y debo decirles es increible, coo ha sido la cuarentena para ustedes
La cuarenta, cómo a la población en general nos esta afectando, debido a que no hay eventos o shows próximos por el tema de la sana distancia; en lo que respecta por el lanzamiento del álbum „Hermanos de Guerra” (aprovechamos agradecimiento por la grabación y mezcla del disco Alex León de Bilbao Estudio), teníamos programado una gira para mediados de Julio en 5 ciudades del país, junto a otras dos bandas hermanas de Folk Punk mexicano (Drunken Sailor de Cd. Mx y Teddy Bears in Flames de Mty.) lo cual fue cancelado y se busca posponer la gira al 2021.

De lo negativo hacer algo positivo, en Mayo (2020) firmamos contrato con el sello discográfico „Totem Music”, quiénes se encargan de la distribución en medios digitales, y con los que estaremos manejando booking por los siguientes 2 años. También creando nuevos temas para el segundo álbum, esto gracias a que nuestros integrantes (Ricky y Ponko), han estado activos en la gran mayoría de las nuevas composiciones.

Ahora que todo esto acabe, lo primero que haremos será sacar nuestro primer video oficial (tenemos 2 promocionales en YouTube por si gustan verlos) y hacer nuestro festejo de aniversario (Irish and Punk Nightout) el cuál lo haremos una tradición anual, y aprovecharemos para hacer la presentación del disco „físicamente”.

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Irish punk no es algo muy conocido en Mexico, como los recibe la gente con sus canciones
El género no esta explotado en nuestro país, por ende la gente lo ha recibido muy bien, al ser un género que no va encasillado a un sector de la población en específico, esto hace que „mayor” gente acuda a los shows o se interese por la música que estamos creando, puedo decir que hasta el momento hemos tenido una respuesta favorable, esperamos se mantenga y siga creciendo esta Ola Verde en nuestro país.

Me puedes decir cuales so sus 10 bandas favoritas
Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, The Rumjacks, Paddy and the Rats, Hank Williams III, Johnny Cash, The Pogues, The Dubliners, The O’reillys and the Paddyhats.

Entre Flogging Molly y Dropkick cual escoges?
Ambas bandas son muy buenas e íconos del Celtic Punk, pero nos inclinamos por Flogging Molly.

Dime si conoces algo sobre Rumania, que no sea por investigar en Google, o en su defecto, si conoces algo.
Desafortunadamente no conocemos bandas o proyectos de Rumanía, pero nos daremos a la tarea de buscarlas. Ahora que lo menciona me da la impresión (sin generalizar) que tendrían un toque de Gypsy Punk.

Resume en 5 palabras que significa Batallon de San Patricio
Familia, Fortaleza, Solidaridad, Embriaguez y Alegría.

Cuales son sus planes para lo que resta de este año
Esperar a que termine esta cuarentena (deseando que todos nuestros familiares, amigos, conocidos, enemigos y público en general se encuentren bien), retomar las actividades a grabar nuestro primer vídeo „oficial” y realizar nuestro festejo por tema del aniversario y presentación del disco en nuestra Ciudad de Las Rosas.

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Platicame algunas cosas sobre la escena en Guadalajara, si hablamos de punk, yo se que hay muchas bandas, en donde encanjan ustedes en esta escena
La escena en Gdl es vasta y con demasiads creatividad, van haciendo su fusión con otros géneros, tenemos desde trash punk, stoner punk, Hardcore Punk, D-Beat, oi!, rockabilly, bandas con toques de country. Encajamos en esos lugares todo lo relacionado a los géneros anteriores allí podrían vernos en escenario. Y tampoco cerramos las puertas a festivales que sean de géneros diferentes a los antes mencionados, hago hincapié en que nuestra música es para el público en general.

Algunas palabras para nuestros lectores
Primero agradecerte Mirceone por esta entrevista y el espacio en Mptyzine, invitarlos a que nos sigan en nuestras redes sociales, escuchen nuestro disco y vean los videos promocionales que tenemos en YouTube

Gracias por su tiempo, digan nos donde podemos encontrar su musica para escuchar los
Nos pueden encontrar en Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, Bandcamp, SoundCloud cómo Batallón de San Patricio.

Las ultimas palabras se las dejo a ustedes, gracias otra vez por tu tiempo hermano
Apoyen a las bandas locales en compra de su mercancía oficial, disco, ahora que regresen los shows, asistan, esto genera que las bandas sigan produciendo su material y tener una escena más amplia. Cómo dice el dicho: ¡Apoyo lo local!

MirceONE vs. Ricky BSP – June 2020

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Batallon De San Patricio – Hermanos De Guerra (May 2020-LP promo)

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Oi guys, for this weekend i am going to leave with a nice band from Guadalajara, Mexico formed in 2017. They are Batallon De San Patricio, a nice mix of irish folk/punk all packed with energy and good moods. I had the chance to see them live few times and i must say that they put out a cool show. Maybe you ask what is the thing with Irish in Mexico. Well i think it was during Mexico-American war in the 1846-1848 when was formed a batallon (The San Patricios) lead by John Riley that had few hundreads of European immigrants and expatriates (most of them being irish) that they help the Mexican army in the war with United States. They were in the front line and had the most difficult battles. Ok so now that you know a bit of the roots of irish in Mexico you need to pay attention to these guys. The sound of the band is not only a simple irish folk/punk, they add some mexican flavor in their sound and some gypsy, blues elements all accompanied with violin, banjo, or thin whistle. The new LP will be out on May 2020 and the name is Hermanos de guerra (War Brothers in english), will be out on all the digital platforms like Amazon, Itunes, Spotify, YouTube just type Batallon De San Patricio. Hopefully i will see them live soon, so if you like Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly (they have some nice covers as well after them), The Mahones, Pogues and the list goes on, you need to look for them.
check them on Facebook and Spotify

Somos la legión mas grande de la región, Somos los primeros de la generación Los piratas mas buscados de esta gran nación, Y por nuestras cabezas, ofrecen un millón.

Check the single Familia.

T Killas – AWARENESS – 2020 promo

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In this time of #quarantine we can dance inside with T-Killas. Since 2003 they do their own thing, a nice mix of ska 3rd wave with punky rhyms and skanking beats for the old friends. Their new album AWARENESS is out this year since March and was released by Fire and Flames Music and Grover Records. Their influences are coming from bands like: The Specials and most of the twotone bands, The Clash or The Offenders. Fast, punky, skanking all the way from Germany, this album is something to look for. And if we talk about politics let’s keep the band in Strictly Antifascist wave. 10 tracks ready for skank. Cheers! More about band: HERE

Tracklist:

01 – Kowalski
02 – Dandy and Rude
03 – Lonely Hearts
04 – Running
05 – Coming Home
06 – Do You Eat
07 – Rudie’s Struggle
08 – Calling for Stars
09 – Gonna Go
10 – Riot Ground

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Puerco – La Otra Violencia promo

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Well first when i was listening to Puerco i said finally a punk band the way should be. The guys are coming from Guadalajara, Mexico and La Otra Violencia is their 4th album, this year they will have their 20th year anniversary. All the albums are in the same honest style, there are a lot of bands that started with anger and finished in totally different directions, not Puerco. As always will be injustice, abuse and other social problems and you can always choose to raise your voice for something. They have a strong message for liberty, human and animal rights and enviroment. 8 tracks of pure punk rock the way should be: honest and angry. You can check them on bandcamp HERE and look for them on FB HERE

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Tracklist:

1.Unión y rechazo
2.Humano, honorable humano
3.Piensa y libérate
4.Destrúyete
5.Alma de acero
6.O.B.O.
7.Endovenosa
8.Demasiado viejo

Andrew Paley – promo singles Scattered Light

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Oi amigos! Today i will share a promo a bit more special. I want to present you to Andrew Paley. He is known for his band The Static Age. They are a post-punk from Burlington, Vermont and Chicago, IL, they have been toured in Europe, Russia, Japan and of course in US. In Romania they have played in 2016. Andrew is presenting his new material „Scattered Light” that will be out on Highwires this summer of 2020. The album has already 3 singles already: Caroline, One Match Fire and the latest one called Give Up. There is romance and honestity along with poetry in all his songs. It’s a trip into your soul and brings you optimism and a simple smile. It is nice and relaxing as the other three previous materials and brings emotion back to life. A nice touch! A personal favorite is One Match Fire, it’s a nice video and awseome lyrics.
Thanks to Felix from Flix Records and Andrew.

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One Match Fire single cover

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Give Up single cover

Caroline lyric video

One Match Fire (official video)

Give Up lyric video

MPTY ZINE no. 46 out now

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Oi you! It’s a pleasure to share with you our latest number. For this number we have:

Grados Nocivos (Mexico-streetpunk) – interview in spanish.

Promos with: Anti Flag / Out Of Bounds / Svetlanas / Cutthorat LA / Motina / All Worked Up / Oxymoron / Treason/ South Class Veterans / Kings Never Die / Foreign Legion / Harbour Rebels / The Magnetics / Concrete Elite  / Bull Brigade

Special thanks to Rene from Demons Run Amok, La Victory Store, Infeztado Records, Grados Nocivos, New Age Records and all of our friends all over. #seeyainthepit

You can read and download the number (right click and save as the pdf 14 MB)

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This fanzine is FREE and always will be, we are not making any profit from it, all the promos are FREE, the only „attention” that we have are some promo CD’s, t shirts or other goodies from labels and bands. The copyright for photos of the bands belong to their owners, we are using for promo only the materials.

This is a free time work, not my full time job. I love what i do so if you want to buy me a coffee for the hours that i have spend on the layout and on the promos you can donate on our PAY PAL. Hasta la proxima hermanos! Un abrazo a todos! Salud.

 

 

 

Punk in Romania a bit of „magic”

Oi you! I have been asked by a friend in Mexico to write something about the Punk scene in Romania. First of all I want to start with a disclaimer, maybe I am not the right person 100% to write it, but I will give it a try and a honest thought. Also before comment, critic me, read all the article and please I encourage you if you have more info share it. To write about Punk scene in Romania, please bare in mind that you cannot go on Google and do a research, (you will find some articles in English on Vice regarding the Craiova punk scene, DIY Conspiracy blog and some other personal blogs) everything that I am writing here is from my personal knowledge, I will share some info about all types of bands, from anarcho punk, pop-punk or ska-punk so please do not try to play smart and start again the old plays like “they are not punk” bla bla. I will not post links (most of the bands are not alive anymore-or the old myspace, blogspot links are not working), on some of my old hard drives I have some old photos with some of the bands, cd covers scanned and flyers so if you want them please drop me a line. I do apologize for my English writing and also for the grammar mistakes that may occur. Ok, grab a coffee and enjoy it!

 

Early years

After the collapse of Communism in 1989, many from our neighbor countries started to develop the DIY attitude and to start an underground movement. Countries like: Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia or Hungary had already few bands and fanzines, not Romania. And here I will not even speak about western Europe where the scene was really strong. For us the movement started with small steps. It is something “magical” happening here in Romania 😊

The first city that started to develop more was Timisoara (in the western part of Romania), here started the first Romanian punk band: Haos and in another city Craiova, was TerrorArt (postpunk). After TerrorArt broke up another band came in Craiova called: Critica Radicala (was a political band that had gypsy folk elements in their sound).

Other bands that were in the same time in both cities Timisoara and Craiova were: Guranii, Anti Pro, Radical din Val (Timisoara post punk) No Man’s Band.

In Bacau (on the East side of Romania) started in bands like Scandal (formed in 1997), Sictir and Manifest (with Oi! Influences). Also in cities like Brasov, Iasi,Sibiu and Cluj appeared bands like: Rabla, Pansament, Ura De Dupa Usa, Los Pogos, Praf n Ochi, Protex.

Started the first concerts and step by step the scene started to grow a bit.

Years (2000-2015)

I will mention here other bands from Bucharest (the capital city), where was ZOB, Los Embecilos, EMIL, Recycle Bin, Cobe, Pistol Cu Capse, Sport Sangeros 3 that they had various influences and a more modern sound. Also in Bucharest probably a Mecca of the clubs for the punks was Underworld Club that was opened by Gabi Molotov, after his return in Romania from NY (who is a member of Molotov Cocktail and The Dead Ceausescus bands) and they did a lot of good concerts with local bands and with bands from outside Romania. Also another support in Romania was Hefe and his Bring The Noise, that did some nice concerts with bands like: NOFX, La Plebe, Strike Anywhere etc etc. In my personal opinion the scene grew up significantly with the bands from Bucharest and Underworld Club. I remember that in those years were a lot of good concerts in Underworld and I was coming from my city, to listen some good music and to share a coffee with some good people. Also in the same years more or less 2004-2006 where a lot of small groups from different cities that we were “fighting” online that Bucharest bands are commercial or that “I am more punk than you”, at the end , in Romania we missed one thing: UNITY! But this is another story.

Let’s move on…so there were a lot of concerts and good people, I want to mention that in this time in Cluj and Bistrita appeared small collectives DIY like: BHCB, TBC and others that started to bring a lot of cool bands from punk, hardcore, crust to their cities and again the movement grew up. In Timisoara it was another great collective: Gluga Neagra aka Black Hood Society with Pavilionul 32, Tavi that was making some great shows (more into anarcho/punk) but they were a solid ground when it comes to DIY in Romania. Also in Timisoara were the clubs like INCA, Atelier DIY. Miscarea Underground (Underground Movement Timisoara-UGTM) was one of the oldest DIY collectives in Romania with members from Haos, Umbre Zidite or Arc Gotic. This festival was the first one in Romania and for more than 14 years was the center in DIY movement. In Brasov started Play Or Die booking that was promoting and bringing local acts like: Stared Into Forest or Coins As Portraits. Other bands from those years were: Nihilistic (Craiova), Tarabostes (Brasov), The Mohawks (Bacau), POV (Tg Mures), Stuck In A Rut (Cluj), The Barricade (Tg Mures,Cluj), Headphone Kicks, Ska Fara Trompete (Iasi), Mediocracy (Bucharest) among many many others (really sorry guys if I am missing some of you)…

There was the time for the fanzines as well. It started in the same cities Timisoara and Craiova with zines such as : Love Kills, Ura, Slogan, Revolta, Buletin DIY (all of them anarcho/punk). In Cluj it was another DIY anarcho zine: Leave Me Alone. There was Skinhead Times a OiZine from Brasov edited by Sorin, in Bucharest, Cezar started another OiZine, called No Bollox Just Oi!, and as well he did some nice concerts around that time.

Other support for the west side, in Timisoara was Casian and his booking 3 Ceasuri Rele (more into psychobilly, rockabilly and punk) he did some nice concerts and as well for a short period of time was a shop as well called Kool Cat.

Few words about my city Constanta, I am not aware what was happening in 1994-1995 but I do have some friends that they were around in that time…I know the first real hc and punk concert was around 2003 in Pheonix club with bands from Bulgaria. In 2005 I started to write few stuff about punk bands in the first zine from Constanta (extreme metal zine called Raport Extrem), along with Florian from Protest Urban (Metalcore band) and Cosmin. Later in 2005 I wanted to make something just more into punk, so was born MPTY ZINE (More Punk Than You Zine) so I started in the end of 2005 along with Alex (from the 1st punk band in Constanta called Coercion). The zine was not anarcho, was not political and for many people in that time was not even a zine, so even now after all these years still isn’t😊 it is just something that I like to do in my free time, is about sharing and promo bands that I like, simple as that, no politics, no religion, no bla bla , just PUNK ROCK! Get it? Aaa and around 2007-2008 I did had another small project called Behind The Scene-I was trying to promote some labels and people that were involved in the punk scene-there were 3 numbers out (I still have them if you want them, drop me a line).

Ok, we were gathering in few places in the city and we “formed” something like a nice crew called CST (CTHC) with people that were listening to punk, hardcore, hiphop, ska and a lot of other things that they were kind of new for a city like Constanta. Anyway regarding how it all started I have other friends that if they have time they can write more, hahaha. I was trying as well in 2009 to do something like a small label and booking called ECK (East Coast Kids) and we did manage to do bring some bands outside Romania, and that was something huge for Constanta. Bands like: Manifestation, Determination, La Ghenga Del Fil Di Ferro and local acts Coercion.

Clubs? Uhhh I think everything started around 1995 with Popular (where was the Rockoteca), after that changed the location many times but the most known were during the summer at Casa Ialomita and during winter in Brotacei and Nord. Here we did some punk nights as well. The club changed later to AK47 and later on Nord changed to Heaven’s Hell. There were other small clubs like: Subculture, Hang Out, Friends (we did the first Ska night there in 2010), Pulse (where we did 2 concerts), Club 13. Now after many years I don’t know if there are other clubs that promote punk. Anyway we grew up and we move on, with a lot of respect for the people that were involved along the years.

Present (at the time of writing this stuff)

I left Constanta so I do not know what is the situation now, however there are new acts all over the country like: Anexa Unu, Fuck You! Dracu, Cold Brats, Las Poftas, Magazinu 51, Bastos, Ropeburn, TBA and uhh could be more but I do not know all of them😊. All these bands have something punk in their style, I am not saying are 100% punk rock but hey this is better than nothing, in a country that like I said in the start is happening something “magical”. Ok…I am tired, I don’t know what else to say, just listen to music and enjoy it, at the end of the day everything is coming to this…be simple, be nice, always be yourself and work hard. Cha Cha!

MirceONE – mptyzine – March 2020.

Bull Brigade -Stronger Than Time EP

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Bull Brigade

Oi you! As you know already i am a big fan of Italian punk, and it’s always a pleasure to share some news about my favorite bands. Now it is time for Bull Brigade. For those who don’t know them, i will tell you that as a band they formed in 2006 in Torino from the ashes of bands like: Banda Del Rione and Youngang. The line up changed a bit along the years with members from bands like: Gavroche, S Contro, Los Fastidios, Cervelli Stanki. Their first release come in 2008 „Strade Smarite” that soon become an icon album in the oi! scene. They have shared the stage in many festivals across Europe with bands like: Nabat, Brigada Flores Magon, Perkele, Non Servium, Stage Bottles, Toxpack, Cock Sparrer, Cockney Rejects and many more.
In 2016 is released „Vita Liberta” their second material with a bit more hardcore and attitude and a lot of festivals as well. Followed by many 7″ with bands like Non Servium and Knockout, Gonna Get Yours and Hawkins Thugs and also with Action Sedition.
The new EP will be out on March 27 on Demons Run Amok and it is their first material in English with 2 tracks: Stronger Than Time (the track that gives the title) and Circle In A Square.
This is a pure streepunk/oi with hardcore influences to the bone, honest and with attitude.

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Band: Facebook / Bandcamp / Spotify / YouTube

Check their new video here:

Thanks to Eugy and Bull Brigade