Interviu BANGERS

Vin din UK, canta punk si ar face un imn pentru regina Angliei, s-au intors dintr-un turneu sustinut in Romania, unde au avut cateva show-uri bestiale. Despre turneul alaturi de Dirty Tactics, planuri si altele am vorbit cu Roo solistul celor de la Bangers. Enjoy!


Hey guys. How‘s going?
Pretty well thankyou. I’m (Roo – guitar and vocals) currently sitting in a youth centre in Herrensburg near Stuttgart, Germany with two days left of our tour with Dirty Tactics. We only have an hour or so to drive today so I’m thinking about going swimming before we leave.

You came from Dirty Tactics tour,how was it?
LONG. Before this tour the longest we’d ever toured for was about 10 days, so 7 weeks is a completely different animal. Everyone is missing home like crazy, and looking forward to all of the inevitable money/house problems involved in running away from the real world for a month and a half. The shows have been very mixed; some were awesome, some were terrible. Such is any tour when you visit drastically new ground, and we’ve definitely met some people that I’m looking forward to seeing again in the future. Overall an expensive success.

Have you enjoyed the Romanian concerts?
Definitely. We hooked up with Schlitz for most of the Romanian dates which was really cool as those guys are very fun and a great band. We also so our friends in Rush ‘n Attack which was very soothing. I can safely say that Cluj in the Booha bar was one of the top 5 shows on the tour, and I was sober that night. I’ve heard stories about flaming shots from way after I went to bed.

You have many split cd’s with other bands and an album,Dude Trips,what’s coming up next?
Dude Trips is actually a CD collection of all of our music which we previously released on vinyl, so not exactly an album. But I guess it is more or less. We juggled the songs around a bit to try and make it coherent, so maybe it does count. Anyway; coming up next we’re working on a ‘proper’ album, and in my head we’re almost half way there. We’ve been playing one and a half new songs on this tour, and we demoed a few before we came away, but I write lyrics very slowly. Hopefully we’ll get to record it before the end of the year.



If you were to choose 3 things to carry on a desert island which would  those be ?
A machete, a loincloth, and an endless supply of rum.

Tell me 3 bands which influenced you.
The Alkaline Trio, Challenger, Fifth Hour Hero.

Haven’t you thought of making a song for the queen?
It has never occurred to me. Most of our songs are about people we know and things that have happened to us, and I’ve never met the Queen. in fact she did visit my university while I was trying to finish an essay and the entire library got closed down for most of the day, but that’s the closest proximity I’ve ever had to her. Not really song-worthy.

Today the internet is a big source of promoting underground  scene,but piracy is a risk of it,what do you think about this fact?
I know that opinions differ greatly on this, but I’m all in favour of downloading music and copying (pirating) music for your friends. Recently we put Dude Trips up on the internet for free download with an option to donate and the response was awesome. I was quite surprised that so many people would actually donate money to us when they could get the record for free. Suckers.



Until coming to Romania what did you know about us?
We’ve talked about this a lot over the past couple of weeks. None of us had ever been to Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia or Slovakia (actually border police did take all of my money on the Slovakian border once, but that was with a different band, and we didn’t actually stop in Slovakia) and we definitely had some worries about our van etc. Which turned out to be complete bullshit from our perspective. Maybe because we were hanging around mainly at punk rock shows where people are famously lovely… But I think that when people talk about different countries they’ve visited they tend to highlight the differences between everything rather than the similarities. They always leave out the parts about people just being people everywhere, and meeting people who grew up listening to more or less the same kind of music, and playing the same computer games as they did.
Oh, and I read Dracula in preparation for visiting Transylvania, but was disappointed to find that most of it took place in London so it didn’t really teach me anything. And I sadly didn’t see any wolves or bears.

Thanks for the interview,if you have something to add please do.

Thanks very much for the interview, I’m sorry it’s a bit rambling. We’re coming back to the mainland in September with our very good friends The Arteries who are incredibly awesome, but we’re not going to make it as far as Romania. Hopefully we’ll get to come back next summer. The guys from Schlitz promised to take me to see Dracula’s castle and feed me Romanian moonshine.

Mircea vs Bangers – july 2010

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BANGERS – DUDE TRIPS

“Dude Trips” is an album that will make you jump and bang your head from the very first note. Punk-rock made in 1990, for angry kids, for those who have had enough of conforming to rules, for those who have something to say. Clean punk-rock, as it’s only supposed to be. 10 songs that will make you stand up from your seat in a jump! This is an album that treats themes like relationships, parties, society or friendship with irony. An album full of the “fuck you, we don’t need you” attitude. Angry riffs and a hoarse voice, lyrics that sting, a lot of punk, a successful return to the ‘90s. An album that deserves to be listened to at parties, among friends, for dancing and good mood. I like it and surely recommend it… The guys will go a long way. We just hope they won’t show up on MTV. Otherwise, we won’t like them anymore. Good luck!

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FAST MOTION – SAILING TO NOWHERE

“Sailing To Nowhere” is the name of the album from the band Fast Motion. It has 7 genuine hardcore/punk songs. Although I learned French in school, it’s good that Fast Motion don’t sing in french, or I wouldn’t understand a thing! The songs are fast and angry, minus one, which is a little more melodic (although still fast) and full of emotions: Fathers and Son. If you like Bad Religion, Pennywise or Strike Anywhere, you will surely add Fast Motion to your playlist. This is an album that must be listened at maximum volume, to disturb the neighbours. My favourite song: “Tookie”.

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THE STATIC AGE – I/O

Nice and melodic. These are the two words that come to one’s mind when it comes to The Static Age. I admit, I don’t usually listen to this sort of bands. they don’t smash their guitars, they don’t have catchy angry choruses… though, I totally recommend them. A wise mix of alternative and punk makes you listen to the album once, and then once again. This band reminds you of AFI, or, at least a little, of The Cure. 6 songs that will make you love these guys. They really play music, and you can feel that. I recommend “Daughters and Sons”.

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DIRTY TACTICS – IT IS WHAT IT IS

A new year for these Philadelphia boys: a new album, a tour in Europe with Bangers, and a lot of surprises. A youthful punk with just a tiny influence of hardcore, for the fans of Gaslight Anthem, Lawrence Arms or Bouncing Souls. 12 songs that will make you move, with influences spanning from punk to rock’n’roll. These songs are very catchy, but not commercial, as Dirty Tactics can not be commercial. This album has it all: there are times when you feel like jumping off of your chair, and there are quiet, peaceful moments (“Train Song”). It is an album worth listening, even if you wear Vans, or a Superman t-shirt. My favourite:  “Side Of The Road”.

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