Unfun UK/Euro/Canadian Tour Dates

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2011 SPRING UK/CANADA/EURO TOUR

March 27th – Boston, MA @ Smash It Dead Fest w/ Like bats & Brain Killer
March 28th – Long Island, NY
March 29th – Brooklyn, NY
April 4th – Poland
April 5th – Poland
April 6th – Ljubljana, CZ @ ROG Squat
April 7th – Germany *help!
April 8th – Austria w/ astpai
April 9th – Austria w/astpai
April 10th – Amsterdam, Holland *help!
April 11th – Cardiff, UK @ Buffalo Bar
April 12th – Cambridge, UK @ the Portland Arms
April 13th – tbd
April 14th – tbd
April 15th – Leeds, UK @ Santiago’s
April 16th – Manchester, UK @ tbd
April 17th – Newcastle, UK @ tbd
April 18th – Sheffield, UK @ tbd
April 19th – Birmingham, UK @ Scruffy Murphy’s
April 20th – Edinbourgh, UK
April 21st – Glasgow, UK @ tbd
April 22nd – Dorking, UK @ The Lincoln Arms
April 23rd – Derby, UK @ The Vaults
April 24th – Edinburgh, UK @ tbd w/ Spanish Gamble
May 1st – Hamilton, ONT @ Doors Pub
May 2nd – Toronto, ONT @ tba w/ Caulfield
May 3rd – Windsor, ONT *help!
May 4th – London, ONT *help!
May 5th – St. Catherine’s, ONT @ the Mansion house
May 6th – Toronto, ONT @ tba
May 7th – Kingston, ONT *help!
May 8th – Ottawa, ONT
May 9th – Quebec, QC
May 10th – Moncton, NB *help!
May 11th – Truro, NS
May 12th – Halifax, NS
May 15th – Sydney, NS
May 16th – St. John, NS
May 17th – Fredericton, NB
May 19th – Montreal, QC
May 20th – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest
May 21st – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest
May 22nd – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest
May 24th – Toronto, ONT @ The Bovine Sex Club

INTERVIEW: Citizen Useless

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Interview answered by J.Sin of Citizen Useless.

So how’s the hardcore scene in Indonesia?

The hardcore/punk/underground scene in Indonesia is easily the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s so big because of the economic conditions, the huge gap between the rich and poor and the persistent corruption in the government. The scene is like early 1980’s America here, the young people are pissed off and exploited daily by fat cat bureaucrats, the law and corporations and the scene and the music is where they get to voice their rage. As a result, that draws the crowds and they go nuts. We actually read somewhere that Indonesia may have the largest, most active scene in the world.

 

What is it that pulled you towards hardcore?

Nothing really pulled us towards hardcore, it’s more that hardcore was a perfect jumping point for us to create our own sound. Since them we have mixed it with punk, rockabilly, surf and more – to get hard edge drunk core. Octo loves hardcore because it can lead to a change in people’s way of thinking and he loves getting the crowd singing along. Dan says that his grandmother forced him to listen to punk records as a child and it grew on him. Furkan says he is punk at heart and the scene has always inspired him because it’s about respect, brotherhood, equality and a do-it-yourself attitude. For me, hardcore’s energy, simplicity, rage and the fact that it can be politically serious as well as insanely fun has always made hardcore my personal magnet… plus I love the challenge of getting my point across in a one minute thirty second song.

 

You’ve been around a few years and manage to put out material pretty consistently. Is that something you try to do or do you just happen to have a lot of song for releases?

The first album took some time to put together as we were looking for the “CITIZEN sound”. In the end we pretty much had our basic hardcore formula but were still unsatisfied. After a couple of lineup changes we put together the guys we have now and they are a creative force like no other. Dan, Octo and Furkan come to every practice with at least two new song ideas… sometimes even three to five and we make a point of focusing half the practice on developing these songs. Then we head to the studio, lay down demos and see where it goes. That makes for a huge catalog of songs that we then release. So yeah, to answer your question, we discipline ourselves to write new songs every week and that gives us a shitload of songs to release. In fact, our second album is being released on P.I.G. Records soon and we already have about 35 new songs written for split albums and a third album this year as well.

 

You’ve worked with a few labels; do you try to spread things out instead of being nailed down to one all the time?

Actually, we have only really worked with Uzeless Rekordz, which is a self-made label that I put together because I had hopes that I could release some of my friend’s bands in the future. Then we got lucky and were asked by P.I.G. Records to do a cover of a Dehumanizers song – a seriously AWESOME band by the way – and that paved the way for discussions, some casual emailing between the band and David Portnow and we found that we each liked the others professionalism so we decided to get some more exposure when they asked to help release our second album in the USA. David at P.I.G. has helped us out so much with promotion and has guided us in many other aspects that we will work with him anytime. As for being nailed down to just one, we have no problem with that, but the label needs to be into the music and the scene (like P.I.G.)… we’re not looking to be just another number in a ledger.

 

Do you find it hard to get out on tour these days?

It’s really hard to get out on tour in Indonesia. Event Organizers for punk can’t pay bands here, which means that if you get a gig, most often YOU have to be the one to pay. Some EOs are cool and they will give you food or some local “anggur merah” (red wine) but most times you pay them so they can afford to pay the rental space and equipment. We really want to get out, into a van and touring The US, Europe or Canada, but it is currently difficult due to not having a name big enough to get other countries to book us or to even get a booking agent to work for us. In the end, it’s usually lots of time spend browsing Facebook and Myspace for anyone advertising a gig… then sending them an email asking if we can get in the lineup. We play because we love the music, but eating and paying rent would be nice someday.

 

Is there any band you’d really like to play with that you haven’t?

Octo wants to play with NoFX, Social Distortion, Rancid and Green Day.

Furkan wants to play with Los Crudos, The Unseen, Necromantix and Sick of it All.

Dan wants to play with The Dwarves so he can see He Who Cannot Be Named naked in the flesh.

For me, I just want to play with Henry Rollins because his discipline and commitment has always been an inspiration, and playing with Hank Williams III would be cool too. I also agree with Octo… Social Distortion!

 

It looks like Citizen Useless has been through a few lineup changes. Does the band’s high work rate make it hard on members?

For the past members there were many reasons that they left the band and they were all good reasons for them personally; insane practice schedule that they couldn’t match, One got married and had kids, some just moved on to different styles of music. In the end, they all made their choices and we respected it, every one of them are still good friends and amazing musicians and will always be a part of the band.

 

You’ve got the song ‘Day of the Dead’, which is really a great song, are you a big horror movie fan?

Hahaha. Many people ask that because of the title but the song’s not about the Romero film. The song is about racism, murder in an unjust war, and a trigger happy Government. But yeah, we love horror films, how can anyone not?

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yeah, we just want to say thanks to P.I.G. Records for helping us with “Don’t Die For Lies” and the upcoming second album “The Presidents of the United Mistakes”. Plus, we’d like to let all the punk/hardcore/rockabilly bands out there who are still D.I.Y, that Indonesia is the best place to come if you want to build your fan base. You probably won’t make any money here, but if you’re in it for the music and the experience, come to Jakarta. CITIZEN USELESS and all the bands in the WEST SIDE UNIT Family will be here waiting to open the show for ya and get you drunk. Cheers bros and hos!

REVIEW: V/A: Get A Better Comp! Volume One

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Get Better Records has released their first compilation, and boy is it a good one. In fact this is the best comp I’ve heard in a long long long time. If you’re into indie, folk or pop punk don’t wait to pick this up, it’s backed with tons of great songs. It took me a good amount of time to get through this because I kept listening to songs over and over. There are a lot of stand outs here on what could be the best of the best, personally I think it’s the Candy Hearts song, but they’ve got a lot of really stiff compilation for that title. Coming into this thing I only knew who five of the bands were, but after listening to the whole things I’m looking to buy albums from most of these bands. And did immediately buy six after I finished. Get on getting this CD (or download) right now!

‘Doin’ It’ A pretty awesome little song, reminds me a lot of some Kimya Dawson stuff. I actually didn’t get to the second song on the CD for a little while because I listened to this a few times over, which I don’t think I’ve ever done on a first run through.

‘Toby’s Song’ A re-recording of a song off of Billy Raygun’s ‘Seasick’ 7”. It’s still a great song, the new version sounds better too, Billy Raygun always bringing the quality pop punk jams.

‘Probably Not’ A new song from Sundials, I imagine this may be from their upcoming album but that’s just a guess. This song is fucking awesome. Like wow, so good.

‘This Life is Caving’ Acoustic punk stuff, pretty good. I dig this song, reminds me of something that Mischief Brew might do, but less folky.

‘So Many Ways to Say I Love You’ This song’s alright, not quite my style but I can see it growing on me. It’s a little like some of Todd Congelliere’s weird solo stuff…but less weird.

‘Here to Play’ This is a great song, no clue who Tragwag was before this song, but less than a minute into it I was looking for an album or something from Tragwag. A dude with a guitar busting out some great songs, or at the very least one great song.

‘The “Z” Sealed it For Me’ A song from their ‘Cut and Paste’ album, this band is really good and so is this song. Iron Chic/Latterman type pop punk.

‘Born-Again Non-Believer’ Starts out with a lot of egg shaker, a pretty cool indie tune.

‘What Did You Do Today?’ A big change of pace here, total punk song here. With fuzz quality recording. This is alright; it’s pretty catchy for what it is. A whole album of this could either be great or really bad.

‘Clean’ We’ve switched to the indie/folk/pop/punk sound that’s been the CD so far and in a big way with this Toby Foster song. And this is a great song right here, I listened to it two or three times in a row before moving on.

‘Dark Wood, Dark Water’ A pretty calming and awesome indie song, somewhere along the lines of Paul Baribeau or Daniel Johnston, but a better voice. I listened to this one twice too before moving forward.

‘Pizza For Easter’ Hands down the best song title on here. But so far this is the only bad song. It’s some electronic mix thing that sounds like club music. Not into it at all.

‘King Kong vs. The US Army’ Second best song title on this. But to go along with the amazing song title there’s a fucking great song to back it up. This is some awesome indie stuff, my first thought was somewhere in the vein of the Weakerthans, but with more energy. I also started looking for albums before the song was over on this one; I also listened to it a few times. (GOOGLE FAILED ME WITH MORE INFO ON THIS BAND, IF ANYBODY HAS SOME INFO HOOK ME UP).

‘What I’m Made Of’ Truthfully the entire reason I bought this comp (or at least 80%) was for a new Candy Hearts song. I love this band, great indie/pop punk stuff. After some of the great songs on this compilation I didn’t think I was going to call one out as the best, but once this started it pulled ahead of the other four songs that were leading the pack. I can’t wait for more releases from Candy Hearts.

‘PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore’ A catchy folk tune, like the Among Giants song it reminds me of Mischief Brew, but this time with all the folk punk turned on.

‘Spies For A Day’ The Taxpayers are a really fun band, if you ever get a chance to see them don’t pass on it. Their recordings range from ok to really good; this song is on the really good end. One of the best songs I’ve heard from them.

‘Together Underground’ We’ve got another really good folk tune here. A live version too which is a little of an added bonus.

‘New Wave’ New Wave is a perfect name for this song; it’s a new wave punk type sound. I really dig this one.

‘Every Girl is the End of the World For Me’ Closing out this top notch compilation is an acoustic song. It’s not high energy or anything; it’s just a really nice song, done really well. Perfect way to end things here.

1. WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS – Doin’ It
2. BILLY RAYGUN – Toby’s Song
3. SUNDIALS – Probably Not
4. AMONG GIANTS – This Life is Caving
5. JAKE LAZOVICK – So Many Ways to Say I Love You
6. TRAGWAG – Here to Play
7. SPRAYNARD – The “Z” Sealed it For Me
8. DIVIDED HEAVEN – Born-Again Non-Believer
9. THE TWO FUNERALS – What Did You Do Today?
10. TOBY FOSTER – Clean
11. THE LAKE AND THE LION – Dark Wood, Dark Water
12. GALAXY CHANNEL – Pizza For Easter
13. Brooke Pridemore – King Kong vs. The US Army
14. Candy Hearts – What I’m Made Of
15. YOUNG MOUNTAIN – PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore
16. THE TAXPAYERS – Spies For A Day
17. THE WILD – Together Underground (live)
18. IMPERIAL CAN – New Wave
19. FOR THE KID IN THE BACK – Every Girl

Get it from Get Better Records HERE

Pre-Order: Sundials – Never Settle

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I generally don’t post pre-order info but I’m stoked for this one!

You can Pre-Order the Sundials first album from Traffic Street Records or Toxic Pop Records

http://www.trafficstreetrecords.com/site/

http://www.firestarterrecords.com/catalog/

From the Traffic Street Site:

Sundials - Never Settle

Coming: February 2010.
Cover art by Max Weinstein-Bacal.

1. Either Way
2. Never Settle
3. Good Words
4. 47 Million
5. The Green Light
6. Carver Blues
7. San Francisco Court House Steps
8. Take You In My Coffee
9. Probably Not
10. In the Dark
11. Crosby Sux
12. Blame

Early in 2010, a new band from Richmond recorded a six song EP that took me completely by surprise. That band was Sundials and their virtually flawless debut was a prime example of how to play confident and catchy ’90s influenced indie/punk with charm and attitude. Each song was distinct, memorable, and exciting, and within a day I must have listened to it fifty times over. When I heard just a few months later that the band had already written an entire full-length’s worth of material to follow up that first EP, I got on board to release it without a moment of hesitation. If you love Kudrow, Cheap Girls, or any of the other upstarts taking cues from bands like Archers of Loaf and Superchunk, this is your album for 2011.

REVIEW: Cynics: Stones I’ve Thrown

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Cynics is an acoustic heavy alternative pop punk group. It’s kind of a combination of the sound of late 90’s alternative and pop punk that meshes really well. There are four songs on this release and it not even ten minutes but it makes very good use of the time it’s got. I’ve listened to this thing many times over and it’s still just as fresh as the first time around. This is a great EP and anyone that likes pop punk needs to give this one a listen.

’14 Coleman St’ Sets the tone pretty well for this EP. A calming slow-ish alternative heavy song that somehow still manages to have a lot of energy in it.
‘You’re Alright’ Maybe the best song on here, it’s damn catchy and continues that alternative pop sound that’s perfect.
‘Be Excellent to Each Other’ I’m assuming this song title is a ‘Bill & Ted’ reference so this song instantly gets my seal of approval. That seal stands strong after listening to the song too, this is the other contender for best song.
‘Memorial Day’ A Paint it Black cover, I’m not going to say if it’s better than the original or not, because they’re so different but Cynics makes this work damn well. I didn’t even realize it was a cover at first listen.

1. 14 Coleman St
2. You’re Alright
3. Be Excellent to Each Other
4. Memorial Day

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