Aggressors B.C. – The tone of the times interview
Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Aggressors B.C.: The band are Marty(me) -Guitar and vocals Patreece -vocals Sauce- lead guitar Ralph -Bass Cormac -keys Daniel -Drums We started practicing back in 09 and commenced Gigging in 2010. Our first gig was support act for Vic Ruggerio In Belfast. We all have been playing in different bands in Belfast for many years. I played in Belfast Oi! Band Runnin’riot and myself, Cormac and Daniel play in hardcore punk band 1000 Drunken Nights. We all love Ska and Reggae music and we felt that our city needed a Band that could cover a few different styles. There was only maybe 3 Ska bands in Belfast at that time. We wanted to be different from those bands. We like to mix 2tone sounds with straight up Ska, Reggae and a little bit of old School skinhead reggae rhythm too. The name was one of many we had just pulled from a hat! No great reason. Belfast has been portrayed as being a violent and Aggressive place. Belfast is not really like that at all. So i guess the name is kind of tongue in cheek.
Redstar73 Blog: You have new record coming out soon. Tell us more about it!
Aggressors B.C.: We hit the Studio earlier this Year and recorded four new tracks for an Ep. We have had a line up change since then. Our old Bassist Steeky left to become a grown up. This was his last recording session with the band.We have since got Ralph into the band. Ralph was longtime Bassist with Runnin’riot.He fits in perfectly with our sound. The Ep is self titled and will be available from August 15th on 7″vinyl and Cd. The cd has six added bonus tracks from our old demo “Boss sounds from titanic town”. It will be a co release by Madbutcher and my new label Black north records.
Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Belfast?
Aggressors B.C.: They scene is very healthy. In aggressors alone there are four other bands and a soundsystem crew. Sauce plays in old school Reggae band Boss sound manifesto. Daniel Djs for Buzz sounds soundsystem. I have my other punk rock projects too. We have our own autonomous collective and social centre in Belfast called Warzone. 160 capacity venue and you can bring your own beer. We volunteer there and promote gigs there. I just recently had Grade2 over. Great night and a great social mix of punks, skins, crusts and hardcore kids. All antifascist. Strictly.
Redstar73 Blog: What’s up next for Aggressors BC?
Aggressors B.C.: Well we have our launch on 15th August Then we break for a while. Band members have been busy this year with university and college. Ive been writing some songs and putting a plan together for the next album. So i think we will be mostly working on new stuff. We would like to tour next year maybe.
Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Aggressors B.C.: Im very lucky to have grown up playing in the Irish Diy punk scene. It taught me a lot. Through touring over the years we played for many Diy collectives in Ireland, Uk and Europe so i guess ive been learning along the way. I put on around ten gigs a year in Belfast and i have a great crew of friends who help me run these shows. We have great Diy ethos and great solidarity. Last year i thought id have a try at starting a small Diy label.. I must be mad!
Redstar73 Blog: Last words
Aggressors B.C.: Thanks for the questions Jan! Smash Racism Smash bigotry Keep on keeping on!