Interview La Mugrosa Ska

Oi you! Here is our 3rd interview in spanish with La Mugrosa Ska (ska from Guadalajara, Mexico).  I saw them live along with Talco and few other times and was a pleasure having them present for our last number in 2019. The new number will come out very soon. Gracias la banda. Stay rude, stay rebel.

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MirceONE (MPTYZINE) Hola amigos, soy MirceONE de MPTYZINE, ¿cómo están?

LMS: Muy bien muchas gracias, contentos de compartir contigo un poco de lo que somos.

En primer lugar felicidades por sus 13 años, ¿cómo lo celebraste?

Gracias por la felicitación hermano, la pasamos increíble en un concierto que realizamos en una de las plataformas de difusión cultural más grande de nuestra ciudad “el tianguis cultural Guadalajara”; de llevó a cabo el 23 de noviembre, nos acompañaron bandas hermanas como Reset, reviviendo raíces y unos camaradas de Perú llamados “X dinero”, en nuestras redes sociales puedes encontrar un poco del registro de ese concierto.

Para aquellos que no conocen a la banda, ¿puedes darnos una breve introducción?

Claro, LMS (La Mugrosa Ska) somos una banda de rock fusión con toques característicos entre el Ska, punk rock, hardcore punk melódico, emo, ritmos latinos etc. Creemos que la música es un universo inmenso como para cerrarse a experimentar, nuestras letras van desde temas de interés social, conciencia ambiental, superación personal, protesta social, etc. La banda surgió en noviembre de 2006.

Vi que tienes algunos conciertos próximos para finales de 2019, ¿cuáles son los planes para 2020?

Sí, el cierre de 2019 fue muy enriquecedor con nuestro concierto del 13 aniversario y nuestra participación en la clausura del festival de las artes “Sucede”; para 2020 empezaremos el año presentando un nuevo sencillo producido por Odín Parada, saldremos de nuevo a países como Colombia, Argentina, Perú y si todo sigue en pie nos vamos para Europa a hacer una gira como de 20 días, terminaremos de producir nuestro 4 disco titulado “identidad”.

¿Cuál es el mensaje que la banda intenta transmitir?

Principalmente la toma de conciencia de nuestras acciones, el cómo repercuten tanto personal, social, ambiental y el hacer algo con ellos, protestar ante las injusticias, luchar por los ideales, cuidar el medio ambiente, etc.

Cuéntanos algunas cosas sobre sus influencias, ¿cuáles son las bandas que los influenciaron a lo largo del tiempo?

Es una pregunta muy interesante, como te comenté creemos que la música es magnífica por ellos nos han influenciado bandas de muchísimos géneros desde bandas de rock clásico y progresivo como Yes, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Oasis, Frank Zappa, bandas de hardcore punk como terror, Comeback Kid, stick to your guns, your demise, Alex is on fire, close your eyes, bandas de punk como Ramones, Joy Division, Rancid, NOXF, MXPX etc. Bandas de Ska que van desde Ska jazz, rockseady como the Skatalites, New York Ska jazz, Rotterdam Ska jazz, the shake it ups hasta bandas de ska punk hardcore como RX Bandits, Streetlight manifesto, link 80, sublime, flaming tsumanis entre otras.

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¿Dónde puede el público escuchar LMS a través de Internet, en las redes sociales?

En la página oficial http://www.lamugrosaska.com en Facebook como La Mugrosa Ska Oficial, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, ITunes Music y todas las plataformas digitales.

¿Qué sabes sobre la escena underground de Europa del Este?

Muy poco, sé que es un movimiento fuerte que han logrado dar de que hablar en varias partes del mundo, las bandas que lo conforman son muy buenas y entre todos se da un apoyo muy interesante.

Sin Google, dime qué sabes sobre Rumania.

Prácticamente nada, es un país de Europa, específicamente de la zona sureste, es conocida por sus bosque de Transilvania, lugar asociado con la leyenda de Drácula.

Si tuvieras que elegir una banda (vieja escuela, nueva escuela) para hacer un EP dividido, ¿qué banda sería?

Que pregunta tan interesante; si se trata de elegir a una no sabría si entre una banda hermana o alguna de nuestras influencias, pero poniendo los pies sobre la  tierra sería interesante hacer un split con La Plebe de San Pancho California.

Sé que en Guadalajara hay una buena escena underground, cuéntanos algunas palabras sobre las bandas de allí.

La escena underground de Guadalajara está muy dividida, es fuerte por el apoyo del público a las bandas sin embargo entre bandas existe una especie de división por género musical que se da de una forma natural, la escena del Ska es fuerte, sin embargo, la mayoría del público son menores de edad que están cursando el bachillerato y los primeros semestres de licenciatura, por tal motivo no cuentan no un poder adquisitivo suficiente para pagar boletos de conciertos de precios generosos ni mercancía de las bandas, cosa que limita un poco el desarrollo de las bandas en cuanto a generar recursos para su proyección, pero hablando de la pasión y la entrega de los públicos a las bandas es magnífica, sin ellos no seríamos nada.

Por favor dinos algunas palabras para nuestros amigos en línea

Primero saludarlos y agradecido por tomarse el tiempo de leer, les invito a que busquen un poco de nosotros en las redes sociales y hagan suyas las canciones que con tanto amor ofrecemos sin ninguna pretensión más que con honestidad y sinceridad proyectar un poco de lo que sentimos, pensamos y somos y que les compartimos con amor por medio de la linda música.

Gracias por tu tiempo, si deseas agregar algo, adelante.

Gracias por la entrevistas hermano, siempre es un placer compartir unas cuantas palabras de lo que somos, decirle a todo mundo que no dejen de luchar por sus ideales, por sus sueños, por un mundo mejor, por la injusticia de los distintos gobiernos y países, decirles que somos una patria, somos una manada de pájaros volando al horizonte y todas las especies somos bienvenidas.

MirceONE vs LMS – December 2019

Exclusive interview: La Gachette (oi from Canada)

For our last number in 2019 we had an awseome interview with Erik from La Gachette (oi from Canada), thanks to our mate CezarOi!. The band will prepare a Mexico Tour in 2020 and we will see them live in Guadalajara on 21st of March. Our latest number will be out at the end of this December. Stay rude, stay rebel.

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MirceONE (mptyzine): Oi Erik, this is MirceONE from MPTY ZINE, how are you?

Erik: Very good, thanks for having us in your zine!

For those who don’t know La Gachette, please tell us a few words about how you guys started.

We started the band in 1998, we were two young punks with a beatbox at the time, living in a small town about an hour from Montreal. There weren’t a lot of musicians who were into Oi! and old school punk rock where we came from so it was just us for 2 years before meeting our first drummer in 2000. We’ve had a different band members throughout the first years but the same guys since 2012.

Please tell us few things about your influences and message.

Our biggest influences when we started were a lot of old bands from France like Béruriers Noirs, La Souris Déglinguée, Les Sheriff, Komintern Sect, etc. That was the sound we were looking for at the time. We also had a really good Montreal scene when we started in the 90’s so we were inspired by all the bands we were hanging with. For example Self Control, Les Ordures Ioniques, Vagabonds, Les Bons à Riens and many others. There’s no particular message in our music, we just sing about the things we’re passionate about.

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Few words about the scene in Montreal, bands, clubs, people

Montreal always been a great city for punk rock and Oi! bands. We have The Prowlers (in which I play guitar), Offside (in which our Guillaume plays guitar), Les Ordures Ioniques, Ultra Razzia, KingCans, Force Majeure, Béton Armé etc. We have a few great places to play at but our favorite is Katacombes. Unfortunately it’s closing down at the end of the month due to the owner not wanting to fix up the place. It’s a big loss for the scene.

I know that you have been in Mexico, and that you guys will come in March 2020 again, how was the public back then and how was the experience?

Everytime we come we have a blast and the reaction is amazing every time. The crowd singing our songs in french make us so proud. The craziest show we did was in Aquascalientes in 2017. It was an outdoor show where we played in front of 500 angry kids of all kinds of subcultures and it was the best shows of our lives.

I will wait for 21 March to see you in Guadalajara, did you played here before?

Yes ! We’ve played there twice. Once in 2010 with Acidez and Nacidos del Odio and in 2012 again with Nacidos del Odio and Diedreis. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back.

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Name me a top 10 of your favorite bands

In no particular order The Business, Cock Sparrer, The Clash, D.O.A., Dayglo Abortions, Bishop’s Green, Warrior Kids, Komintern Sect, Bonecrusher, Eskorbuto 

Where people can listen to La Gachette and do you prepare something for 2020, a new LP?

You can listen to most of our songs on Spotify, BandCamp, iTunes and YouTube. Nothing new coming in the new year, still promoting our new record, 20 ans d’Insoumission, for now.

Tell me if you know something about the Eastern European scene and Romania as i like to ask this question for all my interviews and see how much people are familiar with my country.

We haven’t had an offer to play in Romania yet but in 2013 we played in Czech Republic and in 2015 we played in Hungary and Serbia. In Serbia we played in Novi Sad and it was a really good time. We’re not as familiar with the Eastern European scene as we’d like to be .

A Christmas wish list or some resolutions for 2020? Did you write to Santa Claus already?:))

I am not a big fan of Christmas or Santa Claus but my resolution for the new year will be to continue to play more shows everywhere we can.

I know that Canada was recently voted best country to live, is that true?

I haven’t heard but it is a great country to live in except the weather is shit. Winter lasts five to six months and the summers are short and hot. Politically it’s not too bad if you compare us to our american neighbours. Our prime minister is a left winger but he’s out of reality. His father was our prime minister in the 80’s. So he’s a daddy’s boy and he obviously doesn’t know what it’s like to be part of the working class.

A few words for our few online readers for 2020?

Come see our shows and we’ll give you a free DVD ! Hahahahaha we have way too many in our rehearsal room!

Thank you so much Erik for your time, i will see you guys soon for some tacos here in Guadalajara, a message for the people here in Mexico?

Hasta Pronto Cabrones !!!

MirceONE vs Erik – December 2019. Thanks to Erik and La Gachette and CezarOI!

Interview OMIXLH – street punk made in Greece

This is our 2nd interview from our latest number 44, available on 1st of October 2019. Interview with street punk legends from Greece since 1995, OMIXLH. Enjoy it!

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MirceONE (MPTYZINE) Oi guys, this is Mirceone from MptyZine, how are you?

OMIXLH: Hello Mirceone, we are fine!

Congrats for the new album Rebellion March, tell me few things about it.

Our latest album „Rebellion March” got released during last summer by Punk n Loud Records for Europe and Joe Pogo Records in the USA, and we are so happy with the final outcome. We are answering this interview few days after the release show we had, and it was the best experience possible.

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For those who don’t know you, please tell us a few things about the band. Also please let me know about the message that the band is spreading

The band has a long story, starting in Kozani 1995. A lot has happened in between, but the last five years find the band with the most stable line up ever, consisting of Lefteris on vocals, Aris and Babis on guitars, Alex on bass and Dimitris on drums. The message we’ve been always trying to spread is unity through our scene, among with a firm antifascist and antiauthoritarian spirit. After all, we’re here for the good and the bad times.

I know that you have some songs about football, what team do you support?

We are all supporters of different football clubs, but the last years we’ve decided with the band to support our local Antifa League, a championship of independent football clubs among Greece. They do it better!

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Tell me few things about the punk scene in Greece.

The punk scene in Greece has always been alive and kicking, since the 80s. There are many bands to pay respects for their contribution to the movement, such us Vandaloup, Xaotiko Telos and Kinoniki Aposinthesi. Right now the scene is more alive than ever, with great variety in different bands, and also we are happy that more than ever many greek bands tour abroad and spread their music.

Speaking of Greece, i am a big fan of Greek cuisine 🙂 how often do you eat gyros? Haha

Not that often luckily enough, but we can’t either avoid it as it’s the most common street food.

I saw that you played this year at Rebellion fest, how it was and where you guys will tour in the near future.

We played Rebellion in Amsterdam in June 2018 and in Blackpool back in 2016. The experience was great, sharing the stage with lots of bands we love and getting to know new bands and people from around the world. We are about to hit the road in two weeks, playing in Italy and Germany. There are some plans touring Spain and Portugal as well in the near future- we are so stoked about this!

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Speaking of plans, where will be the band in 10 years let s say?

Given the last ten years found the band active and touring a lot, we really wish this goes on as much as possible. We want to play any given place, travel everywhere with our band and share our music with the world, after all that’s what we really want to do!

Please make me a top10 of your favorite bands.

So, Lefteris loves the Casualties and Funeral Dress, Aris GBH and Drongos For Europe, Babis Sepultura and Virus, Alex Motorhead and Poison Idea and Dimitris Discharge and Lion’s Law. That makes ten!

I know that you were scheduled in 2007 to visit Romania for a Los Fastidios show, how is the public in Romania? (this question supposed to be edited as I was to that show in 2007 and OMIXLH didn’t made it)

Well, this is quite a story, as we actually never made it to the show due to unfortunate circumstances, even though it was planed. We definetely have to play Romania in the near future.

Please tell us where people can listen to your music and find you online.

Right now our latest album is available on Punk n Loud Records’ Bandcamp.   Rest of our releases roam free and wild on the internet. Also, for all the latest news of the band you can follow us on our FB page and IG account

A few words for our few readers

Well, thank you from our hearts for reading this interview! Stay punk, stay free!For ever punx we never give up.

Thank you so much for the time and this short interview, please feel free to add anything at the end.

Thank you Mirceone for your time and effort-UP THE PUNX

MirceONE vs OMIXLH – September 2019

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Interview Puerco – spanish

Here is our second interview in spanish, with Puerco (punk rock from Guadalajara, Mexico). The interview will be featured in our new number 44, coming out in .pdf this October. Enjoy it.

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MirceONE (MPTYZINE) Hola amigos, ¿cómo estás?

PUERCO PUNK: Bien gracias, con gusto de estar aki apareciendo en tu fanzine. gracias por invitarnos

¿Cómo fue la atmosfera en Anti Flag en C3?

La atmosfera fue totalmente chingon, una atmósfera de hermandad, tuvimos el apoyo del publico y de anti-flag tambien, quienes son grandes personas; nos sentimos muy cómodos y felices, la gente del foro c3 fue amable con nosotros, y amigos en el escenario y la consola de ayudaron al puerco a sonar bien. Estuvimos contentos de abrir para anti-flag.

Para aquellos que no te conocen, cuéntanos algunas cosas sobre la banda.

Somos una banda de punk rock que aparecio en el año 2000 en Guadalajara, Mexico. Tenemos un gran respeto y afecto por el género y la gente que asiste a nuestras tocadas.La mayoría del tiempo, hemos sido tres „puercos”: guiterra, bajo y voz y tambores, pero alguunas veces hemos tenido un cuarto „puerco” en guitarras también. Tenemos 3 grabaciones que puedes bajar gratis de nuestro canal de youtube „puerco punk gdl”. Aquí, puedes obtener los links de descarga de un vide que dice „rolalos”.¡Disfruten!

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¿Cuál es el mensaje que Puerco envía al mundo?

Nuestro mensaje es acerca de libertad de palabra y acción, sin dañar a otros, acerca de libre pensamiento, sin dioses ni controladores, acerca de un total conocimento de que los humanos no somos dueños del planeta, refiriéndose esto a que coexistimos con millones de otras especies. Reconocemos la labor de la gente y asociaciones que estuvieron y han estado trabajando por los derechos de los animales y el cuidado del medio ambiente. Despreciamos la exclusión y la intolerancia, las brutalidades de los gobiernos, los manipuladores de las mentes, promovemos la hermandad y reconocemos la importancia de las familias.

Por favor un top 10 de tus bandas favoritas y personas que te influenciaron

Bueno, todas las bandas de punk rock y oi! alrededor del mundo y de todos los tiempos. Sin atrevernos a otorgarles números, aunque sabemos que hubo muchos iniciadores del movimiento. Reconocemos el trabajo de todos los que hicieron y estan haciendo fuerte la escena.

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Vi algunas buenas bandas aquí en Guadalajara, cuéntanos algunas cosas sobre la escena aquí

Aquí la escena es fuerte aunque no es grande, lo que la hace interesante. Estas caracteristicas crean una atmósfera de hermandad  cuando y donde ocurran una tocada. La gente que asiste a las tocadas de punk rock /oi! sabe que los sentimientos ahi son fuertes y llenos de buenas vibras. La música fuerte, el sudor, el cantar y el contacto corporal hacen una reunión perfecta y completa.

He estado en La Victory Store y en Foro Independencia, sé que hay algunos pilones de underground para la escena de Guadalajara, ¿qué más hay para ver?

Foros como c3 y el Harlem. La gente en el tianguis cultural que ha estado apoyando la escena siempre y que son una parte esencial de ella. Reuniones acerca de derechos animales y de personas, como parte del movimiento punk.  Radio difusoras independientes que transmiten via internet como „radio desorden”, „resonante”, „diyfusion radio”. Y estar al pendiente de muchos lugares donde las tocadas de punk rock/oi! de repente se dan.

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También sé que pronto comenzarán algunos conciertos nuevos, ¿preparan un álbum o algo nuevo?

Estaremos tocando el 31 de Agosto en Tepic, México, el 28 de septiembre en el foro independencia y el 12 de octubre en el anexo foro independencia. Estamos trabajando en nuestro cuarto disco, para el que haremos una presentación con fecha no establecida aun.

¿Dónde la gente puede ponerse en contacto con la banda y escuchar la música?

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Por favor, dime si sabes algo sobre la escena de Europa del Este o sabes algo sobre Rumania.

Gracias a la media conocemos muchas bandas europeas con un muy buen sonido, y llenas de fuerza y buenas vibras. Sabemos que la capital de Rumania es Bucarest, que hablan una lengua romance justo como nosotros aquí en México, y que allá está Transilvania.

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Algunas palabras para nuestros pocos lectores en línea

Mantengan el punk rock vivo!! apoyen las publicaciones y la musica independiente; asistan a las tocadas, ayuden a los demás, respeten nuestro planeta y a sus especies!! conviertan este movimiento en una forma positiva de vida!! DIY!!

Amigos, muchas gracias por su tiempo, las últimas palabras están sobre ustedes. Por favor, siéntase libre de agregar lo que piensa y un mensaje corto para todos los punks que hay. Gracias

Muchas gracias!! nos vemos en las tocadas!! Vive le punk!!

Mirceone vs. Puerco – September 2019

ps. sorry for english and spanish grammar mistakes if any. This is punk:)

Black Skull Radio-interview in Spanish.

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This is our first interview in Spanish with Erick (drummer) from Black Skull Radio (punk rock from Mexico City). You can read the interview also in our new number 43 coming up soon. Stay rude,stay rebel!

 

MirceONE (MPTYZINE): Hola Erik, que tal carnal?
Erick (Black Skull Radio): todo bien hermano, ensayando mucho y dando el rol bro

Que novedades hay?
Pues estamos en una fase de desarrollo de las últimas ideas para detallar nuestras canciones nuevas y darle un refresh al acto en vivo. Ahora contamos al fin con dos guitarristas y pues emocionados con el sonido que va madurando dentro de la banda.

Vi que tuvieron algunos conciertos y cosas nuevas.Saldra algun album pronto?
Si, efectivamente tuvimos una gira por el bajío y norte del país, se llamó Sensacional De Punkeros, compartimos kilómetros de carretera con dos muy buenas bandas Mexicanas que se llaman Rotten(CDMX)y Hollywood Babilonia(GDL, Méx). Fue una gran experiencia que tuvo todo tipo de matices que nos acercaron mucho como amigos y como parte la escena punk rock mexicana, es siempre muy emocionante conocer personas nuevas y también conocer su visión de la música y de la realidad que se vive en este país. . Estuvimos en la ciudad de Aguascalientes, Monterrey y Guadalajara. Ciudades históricas y ricas en su contenido cultural y por supuesto contracultural. Y si, todo esto se verá reflejado en el nuevo trabajo de Black Skull Radio. Es necesario compartir el sonido y energía que percibimos en este tiempo desde que salió Mala Suerte Y Días Grises. Es retroalimentar el cariño que nos tiene la gente y el que nosotros le tenemos a este sentimiento punkrocker que llevamos en el pecho.

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Para los que todavia no los conocen, podrian compartir algo de su historia con nosotros?
Claro que si, somos seis sujetos de la Ciudad de México que afortunadamente coincidimos en el camino dentro de la escena hardcore punk y punk oí! Nos conocimos y nació una amistad antes que la idea de ser una banda. Hace casi cinco años iniciamos Con Black Skull Radio, una banda que lleva acabo un sonido punk rock “californiano”, siempre de la mano de la música rebelde, música para darle voz a la gente del barrio, del pueblo, de los sentimientos urbanos y de historias que merecen ser escuchadas. BSR es una banda que pone el corazón en la tarima.

Cuales son sus influencias? Nombren 10 bandas.
Esta siempre es una de nuestras preguntas favoritas, a nombre de toda la banda podríamos nombrar a Rancid, GBH, Maldita Vecindad, The Suicide Machines, Ilegales, Cock Sparrer, Social Distortion, The Clash, Misfits y Kortatu.

Si necesitaran llevar con ustedes tres cosas a una isla que seria?
Jejejeje buena esa, obviamente un stereo, el disco The History of The Clash y un buen encendedor.

Nombren con que banda les gustaria tocar (nueva o vieja)
Tocar con una banda nueva? Pues no tenemos problema con los géneros, si nos gustaría un show con Cypress Hill, con Rancid, Con The Adicts, con Toxic Holocaust, con Wolfbrigade, por supuesto con Fermín Muguruza. Uno siempre quiere dar un show con bandas que de alguna forma influencian al sonido propio.

Saben algo de la corriente punk de Europa del este?
El intercambio de material y el DIY ha funcionado después de todo en cuanto al tráfico de ideas y música. Conocemos algunas bandas sobre todo por recopilaciones y acoplados que hemos recibido por parte de punx que viajan de Mexico hacia Europa, y de mismos europeos que también dejan discos con mucho gusto. Gogol Bordello goza de cierta popularidad pero también nos gustan los sonidos más underground, por ejemplo Leukimia de Hungría, Trottel igualmente de Hungría suena por aca, Hopes es una banda República Checa con sonido hardcore que en lo personal nos gusta mucho.

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Que mas haces aparte de la banda?
Pues lo común, trabajar, ver a nuestras familias, ir a shows, ejercitarse un poco y por supuesto jugar con nuestros perros. Todos en Black Skull Radio tenemos proyectos alternos a la banda, tenemos otras bandas. Eskirt (bajo)tiene un proyecto de oí! Llamado Los Villanos, Txop (guitarra) toca en Working Class, una banda punk oí!, Tío (vocal) está en Los Frankys, banda de garage Terror. Yo me preparo para salir de gira por Europa con Excluded banda de street punk. Son cosas que llenan nuestros días y que alimentan al BSR.

Podrias compartir un mensaje con nuestros pocos lectores en linea?
Un mensaje que le daría a la gente sería: nunca dejen de escuchar música, nunca, no tengan prejuicio por los géneros que la música rebelde siempre viene en infinitos sabores, hay música regional de todas partes que tiene letras caravanas de mensaje y sentimiento puro. Manténgase jóvenes en el ánimo y ganas de divertirse, que se joda la apatía y que se joda el Real Madrid.

Donde te pueden encontrar en linea y escuchar la musica?
Nos encuentran en plataformas digitales como Spotify, YouTube y en nuestra Fanpage como Black Skull Radio, estamos en Instagram igualmente y podemos enviarles un link de descarga de nuestro primer trabajo Mala Suerte Y Días Grises con una calidad de sonido bastante buena.

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Gracias hermano por tu tiempo, algun ultimo mensaje que quieras compartir?
Muchas gracias por el tiempo suyo y por darle voz a la escena punk rock de la mera ciudad de los muertos, del DF para todos nuestros amigos de Europa.

MirceONE vs. Erick – Junio 2019

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Interview Scandal – StreetPunk Romania/UK

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MirceONE mptyzine: Hey Vlad, nice to have this interview, how are things?

Vlad Scandal: Hi Mircea ,all good thanks

I know that Scandal finished the tour in Romania, tell us a few things

Indeed ,”Payback Days Tour” was a five days tour in Romania and it was great  . We shared the van  and the stage with an amazing thrash metal band from Costa-Rica called Heresy and  B.K.S.  a crazy HC-Punk band from London joined us for the last two shows  in Brasov and Bucharest. The crowd was crazy at all 5 shows , a good mix of punks, skins , hc kids  and thrashers ..just brilliant.

Now the holiday seasson is on and everybody is talking about Christmas songs, if you will pick one song to do a cover what will be?

Ha ha ..I guess it will be “Santa Stole my Whiskey” by Jonny Manak

We talk some time ago about your top 10, something new? Can you please write down your favorite ones?

“Crim” from Spain …the new album ..amazing band ,amazing album with  and amazing graphics . From the UK I’ll go for Millie Manders and The Shutup , I have the feeling that they will go very big in the ska-Punk scene with their latest EP. So many other good new albums this year..is just too hard to mention all of them.

I know that in 2019 you will play at two festivals, can you give us more details?

Actually , so far we are booked for three festivals in 2019.First one will be Undercover Festival , 26/27/28 April at The Dome in London . This is the second time we are doing this fest , and we are looking forward for it as it has a really good lineup , a good venue  and  really nice people . The second and the third festival will be part of our summer tour in Europe , on the 3rd of July we  will play at the “Punk as Fuck “ a punk-hc day part of Obscene Extreme Festival in  Trutnov -Czech Republic , and the next day on the 4th of July we will be at Exit Festival in Novi-Sad-Serbia  ,both of them really fun festivals with so  many cool bands on  the bill. Our summer tour will include some  dates in Germany too, but the plan is to build a 10 or more dates tour in Europe including as many countries we can .

How you see the punk scene in Romania, now that you guys been for the tour here?

I think the punk scene in Romania is rising again.. slowly ..but is there . We had full house shows in most of the cities we have played..talked with many people , new faces and old  and I think it’s getting there. With so many people leaving the country I’ll say that the secret to a solid scene is to unite the scene , punk, hc ,metal , hip-hop..all together ..an underground united scene is the way ! I’ve been  listening  to  some new hcpunk bands like “Anexa Unu “or “FuckYou!Dracu “ bands with a really cool attitude .  Not too much street-punk or oi! though ..but I’m pretty sure that soon we will hear about some new bands in Romania too.

For 2019 you prepare a new material, new video, new stuff?

Yes..2019 another busy year for us. But before 2019 we will release another new single and video called  “Broken Dreams” It’s a punk-rock song with a few  drops of reggae and ska  and the video will contain  footages from our tour in Romania ..pretty cool..we hope it will be ready right before Christmas. A new E.P will be released in spring and  we will announce more details about it soon . We also have loads of shows booked in the UK for the first part of the year  , a mini-tour in Belgium and France in May and as I said before,  the summer tour all over Europe.

How the things are going with the Tattoo studio?

Busy , busy …but luckily I have the weekends off , this way I have time for my other passions , the punk-rock music and  the underground music scene . They are all  part of my life and I’m happy to be able to them all.

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How you will describe Scandal message and attitude after all these years?

We are still fucked up haha ..Just kidding ..Obviously the message is quite the same..real life inspired lyrics about us or our close friends, society , system or anti-system , still don’t like the authorities , still don’t like the cops .Most of the lyrics are in English as we live in this  country for a few years now and we are part of the UK society ..and we sing about the problems we have here ,at this time.

Did you think to remaster the old songs from Resturi Din Punkomat to do a best of Scandal?

Yes , we will actually re-record a few old songs in the next year. One of them , a big surprise ,will be on the next EP

Thank you for this short time and please give us a few words for the punkzine and for our few readers.

Thanks a lot for giving us the opportunity to keep the people updated with the Scandalous news . I hope we’ll see  you all in the next year.

Where people can listen to Scandal and where people can find you online?

Our album “On A Roll” is available on all the digital platforms , Spotify , ITunes,Deezer   , on our Bandcamp , and all our official videos and some gig videos are available on our youtube channel . You can find us online on the Scandal-streetpunk facebook page also on our instagram.

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Thanks again Vlad, last words again i leave them to you.

Oi! to the world , happy holidays to everyone and keep on troubling but  stay safe !! Thanks a lot Mircea !

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MirceONE vs. Vlad – December 2018

photo Scandal by Photobooking. This interview is available as well in our new number COMING UP SOON!.

Thank you all for reading and Merry Punk Christmas!

Interview: Voodoo Healers

Exclusive interview with Voodoo Healers (Punk Rock’n’Roll from Greece). The interview will be available as well on our next number, coming out soon in .pdf for free.

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MirceONE (MPTYZINE): Hi guys, this is Mirceone from MptyZine, it’s been awhile since we talk last time. How are the things?

VH: Hello Mirceone and many thanx for the contact and your interest to put out infos and news about the band through this interview.We are doing good in general keeping ourselves busy and active as much as possible with tours, recordings etc.

I remember first time when i did listen to you was in 2006 with Living In A Dogville, years have passed and i see that you are still going strong, congrats!

We try…we really try hard to keep it alive in total 15 years from 2003 the band established till today and hopefully few more years.

Saw some new tours for the band in Europe, how are things so far?

The world was always the target, not staying in our city or country, Rock n Roll is the idea and the cause and its bigger than anything else thats why we are touring as much as we can all around Europe, would be great if we could move even further but its very difficult. We had good times bad times….any kind of times…living on the road from 2007 till now. Doing this for such a long period and constantly is tough, the price you pay is high, you don’t choose life after all life choosing you, you just let it take you by the hand.

Any new stuff for 2018?

On March 2018 we re-released our first album „Living In A Dogville” this time in vinyl, its a new fresh recording of the original material plus a bonus track.

Planning a new recording of totally new material till the end of the year and having the album released in the fist half of 2019.

For those that don’t know you please tell us a few things about Voodoo Healers.

We are a Rock n Roll band, fast loud and sweaty, we started on 2003 and we stay loyal as we can in the idea that makes us started, we dont want to change we would love to be better on what we do not change it.

We dont like terms and headlines no fashionable, academic, veritable but not real, correct in the way fits to us and more issues.

Tell me about your music and message

Everything is clear from our side in a world that likes the blurry mixed up situations, Rock n Roll is the answer.

In a personal or social level here is few lines from us for us and to the world.

„I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LISTENER BUT I RAISE MY VOICE

EVERY FUCKING SINGLE DAY

I SHOULD HAVE TURN AWAY BUT I STICK TO A CHOICE

EVEN WHEN THERE IS NOTHING LEFT

SOMETHING IS REALLY GOING AND SURE I’M AGAINST IT

TIGHT LACES AND READY TO KICK

A MODERN EMPTY WORLD WITH SOME LUXURY TOYS

I DONT WANT TO LIVE IN”

If you have to do a band top 10, what bands will be in it?

That’s tough but we ll try…in not particular order…are 12…

-Link Wray

-MC5

-Stooges

-Ramones

-Damned

-Velvet Underground

-Rolling Stones

-T.S.O.L.

-Kinks

-Radio Birdman

-Saints

-Johnny Thunders And………..

Few words about Greek scene and interesting facts maybe?

Some maybe say that the Rock scene in Greece is general is really ok, of course its matter of opinion and how a person see Rock n Roll, we believe we have the scene we should have….bad or good dosen’t matter too much, in every place cultural or subcultural activities are moving based to the local standards.

One chance to make an split EP with a favorite band, what band will be?

If we are talking for bands are still active it would be The Damned or T.S.O.L…..better to stop with these two.

Any plans for the near future? where can people see you live? where also you can be found online for people to listen to your music?

Besides the recording of the new material till the end of the year hopefully we ll be on tour during March and April 2019, we can’t announce any schedule at the moment but for those who likes to see us they can follow the band on internet and get all the news.

Website: http://www.voodoohealers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/V.HealersSKG

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/VoodooHealersGR1

Bandcamp: https://voodoohealers1.bandcamp.com

I know that Romania gave you a good impression? Someday soon you will come back?

We are coming every year in Romania and i m sure it will happen on 2019, stay tuned!!!!

A tough one: Clash or Ramones? Why?

We could write books for both of the bands but since i must give a certain reply….

Ramones, they ReDefine Rock n roll after a period that things were kinda blurry and they stood for that for a lifetime.

Guys thank you so much for this short online time, i know you are busy, anything for our few online readers to add?

We thank you for the chance, we hope to get some feedback from any of your readers during the time. Take care

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MirceONE vs. Voodoo Healers – July 2018

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.

 

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.

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

 

Interview exclusive: Sammy Battle

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Mirceone (Mpty Zine):Hi Sammy this is Mirceone from MptyZine. How things are?

Sammy Battle:Hey Mircea nice to meet you, I’m good thanks.

I know you have started an european tour,how it is so far?

The tour is going great, we’re currently 3 shows in and have 17 to go so it’s early days but it’s been so much fun so far. I have already been to some incredible places and seen so much!

Acoustic folk-punk is a genere that it’s ascending slow, tell me few words about your roots in music?and philosophy

I am originally from a post hardcore band background and as a kid I was into bands like Thrice, Underoath, Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday, etc. I loved playing in bands but as I’ve got older my ideas have changed and I have ditched playing loud and hard for an acoustic guitar. I really enjoy sharing my stories in the form of a song and hopefully that comes across during a show.

Also please make me a top 10 of your favorites bands.

In no particular order;

Alexisonfire

Northcote

Hot Water Music

Taking Back Sunday

Saves the Day

Underoath

Thrice

Dave Hause

Sam Russo

Ducking Punches

Tell us a few words about The Seafarer EP.

So The Seafarer is a collection of 5 songs plus a bonus track that I wrote around the time of travelling down the west coast of California. It’s completely DIY from start to finish – I wrote, produced, recorded and pressed the entire EP at home. I drafted in different people to add harmonies and additional instruments. The title track is actually about a swim I did from Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco back to the mainland, it was a brutal challenge but also so beautiful. The song signifies how even when things are really rough, if you knuckle down and push through, you can come out the other side.

What are the main influences for you when you write something?

I generally try to write about real experiences and how I was feeling at that moment in time, it’s a kind of release I guess. I usually start with a bunch of feelings, which turn into lyrics and then I add the music last, although occasionally I start with a simple melody.
If you will end up on a far away island all alone, name 3 things that will keep you busy

  1. A book on survival techniques – I would want to thrive on the island rather than just surviving.
  2. A sharp knife – to forage, hunt and build things.
  3. My guitar – I reckon I’d be writing a lot of songs!

New project for the near future? an LP?

I actually have a bunch of songs I am desperate to record. I have found somewhere I’d like to record and have tons of ideas of how I would like it to sound, so I will hitting the studio hard after this tour so watch this space!

Sammy please share few words with our few online readers.

Firstly thank you so much for taking your time to read this article. I really hope you guys get chance to check out my music and if you ever make it to one of my shows please come over and say hello, one of the best things about touring is meeting new people!

Thank you so much for your time,if you have something else to add,please feel free to do so.

Stay safe and most importantly look out for each other, we’re all in this together!

Much Love

Sammy xM

Mirceone (mptyzine) vs. Sammy Battle-sept.2015

Thanks to Katrin and Flix Records

the interview will be available as well in no.32 coming out soon.

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