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
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
MPTY ZINE support exclusive for Romania:
Surfing Hundekuchen play fast,and loud punk rock 100% for the angry and optimistic crowds. The new EP: Das V Steht fur Friseur has everything you will need from passion to anger and energy. They have another material DIY and this one stays in their ethic as well-DIY, after more than 80 shows in Germany, Austria,Czech Republic and Switzerland the band seems hungry for more.
So if you like Rancid,NOFX, Nothington and the first albums from Broilers or any other real punk rock band, then you must give these guys the credits. And yes the name means Surfing Dog Biscuits-so imagine a beach some friends and a lot of beers and good music. Melodical choruses, sing along and kick ass energy. You can check them out on bandcamp here:surfinghundekuchen.bandcamp.com
1.Es wird mir klar
3.Routine in Paradise
The Static Age (Chicago, IL) and Featuring Yourself (Kiel, Germany) have teamed up to release a split single (7″ / download) featuring TSA’s new track „Mistakes Worth Making” (as a followup to their 2012 release „Mercies”) and FY’s „Ghosts” (as a followup to their 2012 release „Inner Underground”). The pairing marks a natural fit between kindred spirits – both bands pulling influence from the idealistic side of the punk scene and the last few decades of alternative music. The release also includes download-only co-cover b-sides (The Static Age takes on FY’s „Abyss” and Featuring Yourself tackles TSA’s „Eulogy”) and is in conjunction with the pair’s tour of a handful of European countries (Germany/Austria/Slovenia/Switzerland) during April and May 2013. For more check thestaticage.com or featuringyourself.com
from: highwires.com (also follow the web for pre-order)
Anticops successfully complete the hardcore bands gallery from Germany. Formed somewhere in 1998 in Berlin and very soon they became wellknown in the german underground and beyond. After several line-ups changes they became stable and for 2011 launch a new material: Out In The Streets. A back to hardcore roots album with sing alongs chorus and mosh parts mixed with some metal elements with lyrics about social problems full of attitude and friendship. Also this material has a lot of guests from Kid D (Rykers), Settle The Score, Walls of Jericho, Payback, Troopers, Final Prayer and Death Before Dishonor. A plus for Anticops and a must for all the hardcore kids!
Au venit in 2005 pentru prima data in Romania pentru cateva concerte, au un album bestial si asteapta 2011 pentru a sosi in Romania din nou. Daca va plac Far From Finished sau The Briggs cu siguranta HWS va vor face o impresie buna…stay punk!
MPTY ZINE: Hi guys! How are you?
Hey man. Great. It´s summertime and the holidays aren´t far away. So we re looking forward to hang around at the lake and drink some beer and enjoy the summer. Sometimes we even go to our very very hot rehearsal room and work on new songs and practicing for the September tour..
I’ve listened to the album, it’s on repeat! I would like to congratulate you. Though, it’s been two years since it’s been out. When will you release something new?
Thanx a lot. Great, that you love that shit. We re now writing new songs for a single that should be released in December or January. Three songs are already done, but there are a lot of ideas for new songs, that we have to work out..
Who’s the Nasty girl you’re singing about?
Fuck. I really can´t remember that girl. Definitely I thought about one special girl when I wrote the line “she piss´against the police car – she s a revolution girl”. Who was it. I don´t know, but one thing I know is, that she was/is a very cool girl.. 😉
Unity, respect, friendship, vodka, protest, beer… these are the ingredients of your album. How much of it characterizes you in your daily life?
Yes you got it. These are really the big topics on walkin under streetlights. Beside the alcohol it means a lot for us to sing about things which are very important for us. These are topics of the normal daily life, but also about our scene in which we are and which we love. The “new” punkscene in our town is splitted in a lot of groups (hardcore, punk, oi, Rockabilly etc), but we all respect the music and the attitude of each other. So you can say it´s one big scene anyhow. And all those guys in the scene are also friends and mates. You nearly meet up every week somewhere, talking bollocks, drink together and have a good time.
What bands influenced you, in a few words?
We all hear a lot of music and not only punkmusic. So it´s very hard to answer. But Bands we all like are e.g. Farfromfinished, the briggs, the briefs, ramones, Clash etc.. in the last year i´m very influenced by the album living in the fallout from farfromfinished. I´m listning every day to that fantastic album.
„Punk rock changed my life”, someone said… And you say, it does not matter, as long as you are OK, come join us! Punk in 5 words, please!
Good music, cold beer and friends
Tell me something about your concerts. Where are you gonna play next? Where would you like to go play?
The most beautiful thing on a band is, drinving through the country, talking bollocks, meeting new interesting people and of course playing shows. We love playing shows. In September we will make a little tour through germany, then we play some single shows, before we will go to Austria in December.
After that we will start to record the new songs. Our shows are always a great party, very energetic and rough. It´s quit wild. Very wild. Our coolest tour was in 2005, when we were the first time in Romania, playing in Deta, Bucuresti, Bacau and Craiova. It was an experience for us and we felt in love with Romania and all those guys we met and became friends.. We plan to come back next summer.
I saw that the album is released by LoveLikeHate records, is that your label?
Yes it´s my label. But I´m not very busy with it.. In former times I released some singles and albums of very young punkbands, beside the HWS stuff. But now I ve less time for the label work and only promote the HWS stuff.
What is your opinion about Romania and when will you come for a mini-tour?
It was a fantastic time in Romania. We didn’t know anything about your country before we came. It was a great adventure for us. All the guys we met were so hearty and friendly to us. Every night we met more friends. Unfortunately we didn´t had much time for sightseeing or hanging around, cause we did the 4 shows on 4 days and the distances were very far from town to town. Be sure we come back to Romania and we will have a great time there again. Personally my “number one” show was in Bucuresti in the underworld club and in deta…
Thanks for the interview! I hope to see you guys in Omania. If you have anything to add, please do! Cheers!
Thanks a lot for the interest in our band, we wish you and your zine all the best for the future. Hope to play a show in Constanta. A big cheers to all the Romanian punkrockers and all the other cool guys out there. Don´t forget, punkrock is good for YOU
HWS’s (Germany) Walkin Under Streetlights album contains 13 amazing songs, the type of punk that will make you get off your seat and raise your fist in the air. This album must be listened to among friends while drinking a beer because this is what it’s all about: friendship, unity and respect. It’s a soundtrack for life as it is: with its ups and its downs. It is an optimistic album but also a furious, fast and a melodic one, a proof that clean punk-rock still exists.
About the band itself I can tell you that it was formed in 2001 and so far they sang along names like : Far From Finished, The Briggs and Streetdogs.
If you haven’t listened to punk rock in a while then that is just another good reason to get your hands on Walkin Under Streetlights.
I give them 10+ and a beer oh…a vodka sorry. Pure madness!!!
Haschek: Fine, and really excited for the upcoming tour. Additionally we play in our hometown tonight, this is a special feeling everytime.
Seppl: good and excited 🙂
Seebi: Sleepy but excited – last days were packed with tour preparation …
Are you ready for romania?
Nudge: I hope so.
Your last album was red carpet in 2006. when should we be expecting something new?
Haschek: We work on new material, last year we jammed a lot and collected ideas but didn’t fix that stuff to finished songs. Beside that we already have some unreleased songs which we wrote after the „Red Carpet” release. To be honest, currently I don’t have a big output if it comes to writing lyrics. Can’t concentrate on this and most times I’m not satisfied what I’ve wrote.
Nudge: I would like to work on a new release after the show. release maybe end of 2010?
Seppl: Generally, the last month we enjoyed to jam and intuitively rehearsed. It is not a question of creativity, but of focusing on put all these ideas together. After the tour is a good time to consider our rehearsal recordings.
I know you are friends with adjugement. didn’t you consider releasing a split cd?
Haschek: We know Adjudgement since 2000 and we are always pleased if we meet them. Funny that you ask about a split record because I’ve talked to the drummer of Adjudgement last week and we joked about that we could make a split record if neither Adjudgement nor FB have enough songs for a own release in 2010. Seriously there are no real plans to do a split but if there is a record label out there interested in an A/FB-split just come back 🙂
I know you are inovators, you haven’t lost hope yet.. that something will get better?
Seebi: Innovators? We just play straight and simple songs as we like 🙂
Haschek: We don’t think that we are innovaters, we are four guys loving all the ideas of hc/punk playing hardcore music and having fun with it. We are a bit to young having a big impact in hardcore scene or to innovate something related to hardcore but we hope that we can give something back. If it comes to hope I’m a pessimistic optimist, I don’t really believe that any kind of things will be going better but that doesn’t mean that I give up my hope. In my eyes our hope and our dreams are helping us in our daily life, they’re giving us power and strength.
Nudge: as it looks to me, materialism is gaining stage further. until now there’s no turning point in sight. But that does not necessarily mean, that the situation is hopeless. It will last a bit longer.
If we still are at this chapter, how do you see the financial crisis?
Nudge: The crisis has more than one side. At first, it is a logical consequence of the overpowered market values that did not exist. So the good thing about it is that is an end of an uncontrollable spiral. We have to face the social facts again: What is the outcome of our work as a social community and how can we feed our mouths by our hands work – the financial market is in that sense a hoax. And the crisis also began in the car industry – an industry that did not make any steps into ecological change when not forced to. We have to get rid of those oil-pitting machines anyway, the question is finally when. So it is a good crisis cause it marks a starting point. But the second side is, that the crisis is also a crisis made by the industry. In the same moment as the companies seem ruined, they can claim even more financial support from the states or fire thousands of people, finally getting rid of the ballast – the working people, who are not needed anymore in the so called global supply chain. So it’s a bad crisis. There’s no need to believe in that shit. Companies are earning billions over billions while their employees fall through the cracks? The best way to get over this crisis is my means to turn off TV.
Is punk music affected by this crisis?
Haschek: I don’t know, maybe some commercial clubs won’t do punk/hc shows for unknown bands when only a few people showing up. And I don’t care if major labels would stop to release punk records. Generelly underground scenes should not get negatively affected very much, it’s quite the contrary. Personally, I hope that the crisis could bring some real value back to punk and hardcore.
Nudge: Music made by people for people will never be affected, but inspired by any crisis. Music made for mass markets (that sucks) will be affected.
Seppl: This genre of music has always pointed crucial issues in our societies. A lot of people around the world are suffering by crisis consequences. Changes are nessecary. So hopefully more people begin to question the status quo, like Punk/HC does.
Gimme a top 5 of the bands you’ve seen live or you would like to see.
Haschek: Just unordered: Morning Again, Ryker’s, Turmoil, Defdump, The 4 Sivits – can’t say if this is really a top 5 but all those shows have been great or important for me in one or another way. Hope to see the Beastie Boys this year again.
Seebi: Want to see Fanfare Ciocarlia (last seen in krakow but cant get enough), Manu Chao (best somewhere in south or middle america) and Rifu. Very much liked to see the Ryker’s (this band was my hardcore starting point) and Turmoil (these guys changed my opinion of good hardcore music!).
When will we see you on mtv? or on cribs? have you got what to show us
Haschek: No, we don’t have any ring tones to sell 🙂
Nudge: on MTV/cribs: maybe never. But that doesn’t matter imho.
Two words on your message.
Nudge: antiracism and fun.
Haschek: Most lyrics are about social and political issues as well as about personal stuff, recently it’s more on freedom and awareness.
Seppl: Tolerance and Freedom.
Seebi: Don’t believe in messages 🙂
A word for MPTY ZINE and for those from Romania.
Nudge: We are looking forward to visit Romania! it is our first trip to Bucharest as well as Romania and we are excited what will happen. 🙂
Thanks for the interview. if there is something you would like to add..
Haschek: We hope to meet a lot of interesting people and places on tour, having good conversations, exchanging ideas or just having a beer/juice together.
Nudge: thank you for the interview!
thanks to Haschek and FB CREW.