Reality Slap interview

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

How are things in War Records family?

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

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

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

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

Stadium gig or pub gig and why?:)

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

What else do you do beside the band

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

Say in 3 words what hardcore means to you

Passion, Rebellion, Freedom.

Agnostic Front or Terror?:)

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

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

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

What the future holds for Reality Slap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mirceone vs Reality Slap june 2016

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

 

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Die Wrecked-Mongrel Hordes promo album

MPTY ZINE promo exclusive for Romania

Die Wrecked are coming from Leicester in UK and this is Mongrel Hordes their 3rd material after their demo in 2012 and a split ep in 2013 with Krass Kepala from Indonesia. Short and energic songs from the start with Middle Class Hyprocrisy with both male and female voices, many of the songs are talking about injustice, human rights and other social problems. They were already across the Europe and also in Middle Asia to promote their material. It was released DIY on their own Die Rex Label with the help from their friends Mass Prod. This album is about people who are angry, ANGRY ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT like they say. 18 minutes on 10 tracks in full speed, anger, fast enough for your inner circle pit with your friends and passion. Also on their booklet you can find the translation of the songs in many languages. No One Is Illegal!!!. A must have for all the angry kids out there.

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The Fatty Farmers-Escape From Dirty Pigs (promo)

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Mpty Zine promo exclusive for Romania:

Celtic rock mixed with punk’n’roll and some country these are the ingredients of the new album „Escape From The Dirty Pigs” from spanish band The Fatty Farmers. They are a kind of good thing, good guys of the Spanish music underground scene. Acoustic guitar, electronic guitar, drums, accordion, irish whistles, bagpipes, violin and a village irish mood if i can say that. 16 tracks that will remind you of Flogging Molly, The Pogues, The Mahones and many more. They have been on stage on many of the important festivals around Spain, Portugal etc and a live set that is full of energy and will make you dance and jump.
Hope you will enjoy it as much as i did. Cheers!
Thanks to Waldo and Fatty Farmers.

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Herida Profunda // Hellbastard 12″split

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Mpty Zine promo for Romania

You should know these guys already, we did an interview not so long ago. They are based in Poland and UK and they are crazy as fuck. Yes we are talking about Herida Profunda a crust punk/grind for the fine ears, for your chaotic thoughts in your head. Full of noise and anger with social and political lyrics for sure is something you don’t want to miss. Now i’m not too much into crust/grind but i must admit that sometimes you need this kind of positive anger. About Hellbastard, most of the crust punk listeners don’t need any presentation, they are the veterans of UK scene since 1984. It’s all about passion, energy, anger and respect for others. Crust punk to the bone!!! At the end to quote Herida: „It was and will be FUCK THE POLICE. Now, anytime, anywhere.
You can check them on Bandcamp at: https://heridaprofunda.bandcamp.com

The 12″ split is co-released by:
Vleesklak Records / Belgium
Tercer Mundo / Chile
Here And Now Records / Italy
Incredible Noise Records / Germany
Phobia Records / Czech Republic
Grind Your Mind Records / Brazil
NIC Records / Poland
783 Landsberg Hardcore Crew / Poland
Svoboda Records / France
Civilisation-Records / Germany
D.I.Y Kolo Records / Poland
Mundo En Kaos Records / Mexico
Pandora Records / Germany
WOOAAARGH / Germany
Other info: Limited edition of 1000 copies.
Every copy comes with a Band and Record Label Insert on 250g board and an exclusive DinA3 poster.
First 200 copies come with a special cover by Gravelord Artwork and screenprinted by Rozbrat Squat DIY Crew.
There are also few testpresses in existance and available for sale – distributed only by WOOAAARGH / Germany.

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Thanks to Edi from Herida Profunda.

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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