Hard Left – We Are Hard Left Interview
Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Comrade T: Hard Left was started about 2 years ago. We wanted to form an Oi!/Terrace Glam/Bovver rock sort of thing, and we strongly felt that to intervene in those particular genres it was important to make the politics explicitly left wing; class war on the terraces so to speak. The band is:
Comrade N: drums
Comrade T: guitar and vocals
Comrade D: bass and vocals
Comrade M: vocals
Redstar73 Blog: Last year you have released We Are Hard Left album. How is the feedback for the record?
Comrade T: The reviews have ranged from respectful to enthusiastic, which is about all one can hope for.
Comrade M: It’s so hard in 2015 to get music by unknown bands in front of people, I really couldn’t have imagined a better reception than what we’ve received.
Redstar73 Blog: What other releases have you done so far?
Comrade M: Before the album we released two very limited lathe-cut 7” singles, a proper vinyl single for “Skinheads Home For Christmas” and a split 7” with fellow Bay Area band Bad Daddies.
Redstar73 Blog: How would you describe your sound?
Comrade T: The Who covering Sham 69.
Comrade M: I like that we don’t adhere too closely to any specific flavor of punk — we’ve got ’77 styles in there for sure, but also some Oi (of course) and bit of mod and even a dash of early US hardcore.
Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Comrade M: DIY is pretty much my whole experience of making music and running a record label. To me it’s an ethical imperative, but also a practical one. With making records or doing shows you can’t expect the support of even the most open-minded indie institutions; you must be prepared to do things for yourself, and for your own satisfaction.
Redstar73 Blog: When are you coming to Europe for a tour?
Comrade T: We hope to be doing some German and UK shows this fall.
Comrade M: This is a big dream for me- I’ve never played shows outside the US in any of the bands I’ve been in.
Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Comrade M: We have two new singles coming out, one in April and another later in the spring. We’re also contributing a song to a compilation project, and writing more new songs for a second LP.
Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Comrade M: This particular historical moment presents great danger — economic, ecological and political — but also great possibility. We don’t have a program or claim to have all the answers ; our goal is to be positive and encourage listeners to study and analyze, and to use their imagination so that we might find solutions that benefit everyone.