Oi amigos. See ya in the pit on 25 January on Harlem Arte & Música, Guadalajara for HELL FISH OI , Grados Nocivos, 30-30, Suciedad de Sociedad, GeriatricRocks GR’S and more. Oi/streetpunk night. #lovemusichatefacism
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.
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.
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.
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!
Kaos Urbano are back with their new material called Suburbiales, out at Potencial Hardcore and Canibal Producciones. Is the new LP since the one from 2016, La Hora Del Baile and it follows the same path of streetpunk/oi with hardcore elements. They formed at the end of 1995 in Madrid and soon become one of the best acts in streetpunk out there. Suburbiales is a manifest of the band against the artificial glamour of society, and a message for the workig class all in the raw, angry sound and attitude direct from the suburbs. This is something real, that comes from the heart with a lot of pride and a smile on the face. This is the soundtrack of their life for more than 20 years and many to come. Streetpunk/oi at the finest, made in Madrid. A strong message anti-racist and anti-fascist, for the nice memories, for your friends and any Friday night.
The album has already few videos for: Spanish Rockers, Como Cantona, Ante La Muerte and Reyes Sin Reino. Also you can check their YouTube for all the lyric videos from the LP.
Ante La Muerte
Reyes Sin Reino
En Busca Y Captura
La Última Canción
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RAKA RØR are coming from Gothenburg, Sweden and they have a new material available on Spotify, Från AW till AT (click here to listen) this is an album that contains all their 4 EP’s that they have released along time since 2017. The members have played in all kinds of bands fot the last 10 years, from Crossover to Thrash. They have founded this project 2 years ago just for the love of real punk!. The band sound is a mix of pure punk with Oi! and HC elements, a really cool sound with some sing along parts. It’s all about being honest and true to yourself, the lyrics are in swedish and i cannot understand much but what the hell, real punk is international. Make sure you check them on their Bandcamp and Instagram. Also the album will be released on cassette old school and digital.Cheers!
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.
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.
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 !
MirceONE vs. Vlad – December 2018
photo Scandal by Photobooking. This interview is available as well in our new number COMING UP SOON!.
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