INTERVIEW: All Eyes West

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When and how did All Eyes West become a band?

Basically, in the Spring of last year (2010), Rick and Jeff had been hanging out and decided to jam on a new project. Rick knew me from way back and asked if I was interested in playing bass. I had briefly met Jeff years earlier through a friend in Arizona, funny enough. Anyways, I was down for it. We got together at my space one afternoon and basically wrote the first 2 songs. They felt good and we had a good time playing together, so we just kept it up. Every time we’d play, we’d have a new song or new idea. We just had a good dynamic in the room. So, here we are!

Where did the ‘All Eyes West’ name come from?

It’s paying homage to an old band we all dig!

How is it being a punk band in Chicago right now?

It’s a great city to be in! There’s a pretty diverse scene here. Lots of different stuff going on. Plenty of venues for bands to play. TONS of great bands!
Yeah, it’s great!

You went out to the UK for two weeks in June, how’d that go?

It was such a blast! Our buddy Jimmy Islip (frm The Magnificent) hooked us up big time with that! It was such a great experience! For me, it was my first time over so I was just blown away that we were THERE! The shows were all great! I feel like we really made some fans on that tour. Definitely made some good friends! The UK definitely has a tight scene of bands/promoters going on. The country itself is just beautiful! And the ALES!?!?!? Brilliant!!!
But yeah, it was such a great tour for us. We hope to be back over there soon!

Any big difference in touring the UK than America? Did you find it harder getting shows over there?

We really lucked out with the booking. As I said before, Jimmy really hooked us up big time over there! Cheers, mate!

Touring over there was pretty much the same as over here in the US. I mean, it’s a different country and all, but the scene is pretty similar. People who dig music/art helping out people who make music/art. It seems the scene over there is just a little tighter-knit. But it’s also a lot smaller than the US. In the UK it seems easier to be in touch with what the neighboring cities are doing. It’s cool!

I hear you’re heading back out on the road this fall, what’s that tour shaping up to look like?

I’m hoping it’s a little cooler (temperature-wise) than the tour we just finished! We just got back from a trip out to the East coast. There were heat advisories out, and we’re riding around in a van with no A/C! Some of the shows were just deadly hot! But we still had a blast!
The Fall will see us doing some Midwest/East Coast dates. We’re hoping to get down to the Southern US before years end. Stay tuned!

What’s the best and worst thing about touring?

The best thing is just playing music with your friends in a different city every night! Never seems to get old. On a bad day you can wake up from 2 hours of sleep, feel horrible, sit in a van for 9 hours and start to get super bummed… but then the second you start playing, it all makes sense! It’s all too good of a time!
The worst part would just be missing your loved ones back home. It’s gets hard being away sometimes.

What was making the album like? Any unexpected problems?

Recording the album ended up being just like band practice, in a way. Jeff (guitarist) records over at Million Yen Studios right here in Chicago. So he manned the controls and we just went through our songs a few times. We pretty much flew through it. It was such a comfortable situation. We didn’t over-think it at all. It ended up sounding real good to us, so we thought “let’s just put this out there!”

What did you like best about making this album?

Like I said, it was totally comfortable and there was no pressure. We were just jamming our songs and there just happened to be microphones everywhere. When we went in to record, it really brought us together as a unit. After having the songs on tape we finally felt like a real band! It was a nice turning point in the evolution of the band.

I had heard that the album was going to be released on Academy Fight Song what changed it to Jump
Start Records?

Well, it’s a long story. To sum it up, we were excited to work with Academy Fight Song… but things just weren’t happening the way we wanted. Jeremy at Jump Start had been interested in working with us from the get-go. So, after we decided that AFS wasn’t where we needed to be… we called Jeremy again. Ever since he took over, everything has been great. He’s excited about things and is a hard worker. He’s also a no b/s type of person. We’re super happy working with him! We actually ended up staying with him a couple days on this last tour. He took such good care of us and was a really fun guy to hang out with. PLUS, he brews the most amazing beer and is super generous with it! Ha! Thanks Jeremy!

What are you listening to the most now a days?

Lots of Status Quo!

Any records (besides your own) are you looking forward to this year?

The new Samiam record! Luther (philly) has a record coming out in August. Those guys are great! Also can’t wait to grab the Archers of Loaf reissue! So glad those guys are doing shows this year!

Anything else you want to add?

Thanks to everyone involved in making this band happen!

INTERVIEW: Super White Garlic

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Where’d you pull the name Super White Garlic from?

–>Our name is inspired by a brand of garlic from China. We eat lots of spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and hot pepper, that’s why! (Monkey)

Do you guys play a lot of shows, or are you one of the less active bands?

–>We did a few concerts in the last period, because of our work … me and Alice manage a club (Voodoo Doll Rock Club) and most recently has been difficult to play shows.Surely we will organize a tour for this summer. (Monkey)

In 2009 came you’re first album ‘Brainjuice’, it was great. And 2010 we got that amazing split you did with the Prozacs, what’s next?

–>Thanks for the “great”. And yes, share a split with Prozacs was very exciting for us because they are one of our favorite bands in the pop punk scene. However from January 2011 we have restored our initial line-up, and we are producing new songs for a new album, and for other releases too. (Monkey)

Did you play with the Prozacs after that split came out?

–>No, we have not yet had the chance to play with them.I don’t know when this will happen .We would love to do a small tour over the ocean. It would be even cooler a Prozacs’ tour in Europe and Italy!In both cases, i’m sure it would be a blast!! (Monkey)

You’ve got a pretty good spread of labels in different parts of the world, do you find you’re getting a pretty good fanbase outside of Italy?

–>I honestly don’t know how many people know us, and even those who love us, but our arms are open to the love of all hahaha! However, both we and the other labels have sent several copies of the album and of the split whit Prozacs so, i hope people have appreciated our punk rock! (Monkey)

What attracted you to doing punk/pop punk?

–>Personally i almost always listened to punk rock bands but I had no desire to create a band. At one point, i decided to start a band because i wanted to be like Joe Queer.  (Monkey)

What do you guys do when you’re not recording or playing shows?

–>Me and Alice work in our club. Simon is a college student. (Monkey)

What are you generally listening to now a days? Any new bands have your attention?

–>I’m listening to a lot of bands!Queers, TBR, Hard Ons, Manges, Dopamines, Apers …as new bands, i love Nasty Cats, One Trax Minds and Colin Farrel from Italy, Bat Bites from Holland, The Murderburgers from Scotland… (Monkey)

Anything else you’d like to add?

–>No, nothing else to add …Thanks Matt for the space you gave us! (Monkey)

INTERVIEW: PanzerBastard

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I know Boston has its famous hardcore scene but PanzerBastard can slide right in there with the metal acts too, how’s the metal living up in Boston?

 

We have a great metal scene here.Small but very dedicated bunch of headbangers who are diehard.There are a couple of small clubs/bars that do regular gigs and there are alot of excellent bands up here now.

 

With most bands I’ve seen that can fit in with the punk and metal crowds it seems to just bring everyone together, have you gotten mostly that experience too or have you run into some shit heads?

We seem to fit in everywhere and nowhere! I guess that means we’re original! :) It’s the classic situation of the metalheads calling us a punk band, the punks calling us a metal band and shitheads calling us ‘nazis’. We just consider ourselves a rock nroll band and leave it at that.Anybody who likes volume,riffs,sweat and blood is welcome at our gigs.

Do you get out touring as PanzerBastard much? Anywhere you’d like get out and play?

We’ve yet to do any serious touring.There is honestly no reason to tour the States at the level we’re at right now, the only thing that would happen would be that we’d end up playing to 10 people a night if we’re lucky and come home to find ourselves unemployed and homeless.We would rather release strong records ,play selectively and build up our following that way.A single appearance at MDF would do more for PANZERBASTARD than three van tours ever could. We feel differently about Europe, it seems far more of a reality for us to tour successfully over there right now.The metal and punk scenes are alot stronger and the whole touring situation(even for a band like us) is alot more organised.With amy luck we will be over to the UK and Ireland in April for a 2 week tour with our brothers in HELLBASTARD.

You’ve put out a number of EP’s, any plans for a full album or do you like the EP format better?

We are in the process of finishing the writing for our full length now.We really don’t have any preference between ep’s or albums, it’s a combination of what PATAC can handle and our schedules and finances.This record we’re looking to start recording as soon as possible might very well end up being an ep, you never know what glitches or obstacles may pop up.We just carry on and never let minor problems stop us.

How did the band get hooked up with PATAC Records?

Dan Patac had heard about us from mutual friends and called me up to talk.Me and Andrew met up with him at an Irish bar in my neighborhood and hit it off immediately. He has our personality and musical tastes, we’re all complete cunts!!!!!!

With your Centurion EP you’ve got two Celtic Frost great covers, was too hard to choose just one?

Not really, we’ve played an entire CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER set a few years ago at a special Halloween gig so it was never a question of having to learn the songs.We did make an effort to throw a curve with ‘I won’t Dance’ because it’s definitely not an obvious choice. ‘The Usurper’ is a no brainer and it won out over choosing another ‘curve ball’ for the simple fact that I think our version is fucking badass(ahh the ever humble KPanzer strikes again) :)

You’ve done a few covers so far, are there any more in the works for upcoming releases? How do you pick what songs you’re going to cover?

You never know what we might decide to record. Ya gotta be wary of covers though because ,at least for me, where do you stop? There are hundreds of songs that I think would make perfect sense for us to record but at the end of the day I’d rather give people a PANZERBASTARD tune.

What made you guys decide to compile the ‘Hell Gate’, ‘Bastards Die Hard’, and ‘Boston’ EP’s into the ‘2006-2009’ collection?

We wanted people to be able to get everything on one cd.The actual single, and small pressings of the rest of our stuff left alot of people searching for them and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t make that stuff easy to get if folks give a damn enough about us to cause a demand.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Well ,first things first, cheers for the interview! And as ever, we want to send a massive hail and kill to everyone and anyone out there who supports PANZERBASTARD-RESPECT! And lastly, to all the crybabies and anonymous cowards who continue to spread lies and rumours about us-GO FUCK YOURSELVES-WE AIN’T A NAZI BAND/WE PLAY ROCK N ROLL! BASTARDS DIE HARD!

INTERVIEW: Nasty Cats

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Nasty Cats started in 2003 right? Why the long gap before an album was put out?

-Because we were too young and no one of us knew how to play a guitar. Funny but true. (Jinx)

How did you guys get together and form Nasty Cats?

-At school! We have changed many members before finding the right ones. We looked for a second guitarist since 2003, but we found it in 2010. (Jinx)

I hear a lot of the Green Day sound some of your songs, are there any other bands you’d say are responsible for shaping the way you guys play?

-There are more and more bands! Rancid, Nofx, Screeching Weasel, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, Lawrence Arms, Anti- Flag, Riverdales, Social Distortion, Squirtgun, Apers and the real list goes on and on… Now, we are in love with Gaslight Anthem, Broadway Calls and Teenage Bottlerocket. (Jinx)

Any specific reason you chose ‘Maria’ to cover on the Green Day tribute CD you guys did? Were you trying to do a song that has been done a hundred times already or just liked it?

-We chose “Maria” because we thought that the 90% of other bands would play a “hit song” or at least a “pander song” .We chose a “pander b-side song”. And it’s a great song too! (Jinx)

How often does Nasty Cats get out to tour or play shows?

-Every month! We’re trying to play out of our country (Rome) every month. I think that Rome is sick of us, ahahah. (Jinx)

I love the album cover for ‘Misantrophy,Melancholia & Desperation’, where’d that come from?

-It’s a picture made by our friends Christian Zeppieri. Misanthropy, Melancholia and Desperation are state of minds that make my head explode. It’s perfect! (Jinx)

So what’s next for the band? Another album or maybe going with a 7” or a split? Or is that all up in the air right now?

-Eheh, we never sleep. Really soon, “Revenge of Punk Rockers Vol.2″ (Split CD) is out(Voodoo Doll Records). 3 Nasty Cats’ songs, 3 Bat Bites’ songs, 3 Hotlines’ songs and 3 Heart Break Stereo’s songs. It will be a great split CD!
And in the end (just for now), we’re recording 13/14 new songs soon. We’re working for a new album. It will be a little more different than “Friday 17th” and “Misanthropy, Melancholia & Desperation”. (Jinx)

Voodoo Doll has released both of your albums, how did you get hooked up with them?

My Space! Gianfranco from the lebel is our real first fan! Voodoo Doll Rec. is the best indipendent label in Italy. (Jinx)

Anything else you’d like to mention here?

Stay tuned with Nasty Cats on:
nastycats@hotmail.it
www.myspace.com/nastycatsband
www.facebook.com/nastycatsband
www.youtube.com/nastycatsOFFICIAL

Special Thanks to:
Voodoo Doll Records, Killtime, The Majors, Super White Garlic, Teenage Gluesniffers, Kill That Girl , One Trax Minds, Bones Bag and The Nappies!

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!

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