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Almighty Uprisers – Systematically Screwed Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Almighty Uprisers: Started in 2015, the name sounded the best from a list of half a dozen most bands create before settling on a name. There’s the political notions and the drive to “rise up” that we all posses but few do anything about, unfortunately.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Almighty Uprisers: Write new material, Record and tour/play live

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in your area?
Almighty Uprisers: It’s survives and it’s thrives. Like most scenes it fluctuates as bands form and bands move on or disband. There’s a distinct lack of ska/reggae bands but definitely the scene and interest to support it. Like most scenes everyone looks out for each other, despite what type of genre you play. it’s like a family.

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Almighty Uprisers: DIY is a tremendously important to us and is the backbone of what drives the band. There’s very little help from outside sources and unless you’re incredibly lucky, it’s what you do that determines your success, nothing is handed to you on a plate. Politics influence everyone and everything around us whether you like it or not. Everyone has a voice, why not use it.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Punk, Reggae & Ska songs.
Almighty Uprisers: I think it would be sweet to end up with a list of not run of the mill/well known tracks here as opposed to anarchy in U.K. – sex pistols etc so it makes for an interesting read. Obviously it’s impossible (or at least we find) to have an ultimate favourite song in any genre so a cool list of tracks people may not have heard will be better for the reader. Here’s three from me as a starter:
Sparra/Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ska: Dry Acid – The Upsetters
Reggae: Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live – Wailing Souls
Punk: Tube Disasters – flux of pink indians.

Scott/Lead Guitar/Backing vocals
Ska: Hooligans – Wailers.
Reggae: Come into my parlour – Bleachers.
Punk: Big a little a – Crass

Andy/Drums
Ska: soon you’ll be gone – blues busters
Reggae: talking blues – bob Marley and the wailers
Punk: cheat – the clash

Nathan/Keys
Ska – toots and the maytals, 54-46 whats my number.
Reggae – Bob Marley – iron lion zion
Punk – iggy pop – The passenger

Bill/Bass
Ska: Skatalites “Sakaravan”.
Reggae: Culture  “Natty Never Get Weary”
Punk: Subhumans “Animal”

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Almighty Uprisers: Plug the facebook/social.
Look out for us.
Destroy Fascism and Unite.

https://www.facebook.com/almightyuprisers

One Step Ahead – Hinter Fassaden Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When it was started? What about your name?
One Step Ahead: We are ONE STEP AHEAD from the small Saxon town Limbach-Oberfrohna. We were founded at the end of 2010 and are playing hardcore-punk. Before that we played in various other bands and were and still are active in political and subcultural groups for a while. Half a year ago our bass player dropped out and since then two friends of us helped us out on our concerts and played bass. It was difficult for us to find a good and suitable name for our band at the beginning.
There is a song called ‘One Step Ahead’ by the band ‘Guerilla’, which we liked very much (especially content-wise), so we named our band after it.

Redstar73 Blog: You are going to release your new album soon. Please tell us about it.
One Step Ahead: Our album called ‘Hinter Fassaden’ will be released as vinyl and download in a few months by the record labels RiotBike Records and Streetwar Records. It is a consistently political album and we hope the music is a bit diversified. The songs show the whole history of our band because some of them we wrote five years ago and others were completed just before the recording. Thematically our songs are primarily about the strengthening of reactionary and fascist powers since the rise of PEGIDA in Germany and the related changes in society. As well we try to point out problems in our own scene so other people reconsider their own acting. In the song ‘Ihre Fassaden’ we say that we do not need right-wing tendencies in the punk- and hardcore-scene and that we do not tolerate merchandise from R.A.C. or right-wing bands on our shows. We definitely wonder how the reactions on the album will be and we can hardly await to hold the result in our hands.


Redstar73 Blog: What other releases have you done so far?
One Step Ahead: The album ‘Hinter Fassaden’ is actually our first album after five years. In 2011 we released our first demo on CD-R and after that we were in studio to record some songs for various Samplers. Two years ago we burnt all of our previous records on a CD and distributed it to the people for donation on our shows. We made two different versions of this CD – the ‘Riot Dogs’n’Cops’ version and the ‘Clench ya fist’ version. Both versions differ only because we liked the idea that people can decide which design they like the most personally.

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
One Step Ahead: Punk is not business. But unfortunately the reality is different. Booking agencies are growing more and more, there are huge salaries for famous bands or reunions of ‘punk legends’, which seemingly have no longer a connection to the scene. And those determine the image of bigger punk concerts or events. In our opinion the idea of DIY is one of the most important in the punk-scene and that’s the reason why we always like to play at solidarity concerts. But politics are very important for us as well. We really like it when concerts run under a political context or when there are some antifascist information points. We think punkrock can only come along with an antifascist self-concept. All too often right-wing tendencies were able to spread? under the mantle of the non-political inside the scene.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
One Step Ahead: Well at the moment we have no concrete plans for the future.
As a start we want to make our upcoming record public and want to move around a little bit.
In 2017 we would like to make another tour and also play some international concerts, like we did this year. Maybe we will write some new songs as well so that our next album won’t take another 5 years to be released.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top 5 Oi! & Punk Songs
One Step Ahead: Oh, that’s really difficult… we listen to quite different music but we were able to agree on these five songs:

Blitz – Razors In The Night
Arkada Social – En la oscuridad
Non Servium – A.C.A.B.
Versaute Stiefkinder – Schlag zurück
Guerilla – The Streets are ours

Redstar73 Blog: Last words
One Step Ahead: We wanna thank you for presenting our band and wish you continuous success with your label and your online shop.

https://www.facebook.com/ONExSTEPxAHEAD/
https://one-step-ahead.bandcamp.com/

 

Call for the 2nd Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, July 25, 2016

From https://nycantifa.wordpress.com:

In the year since the first July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners in 2015, there has been a disturbing increase of Far Right activity worldwide. Every day brings news of some new wave of reaction—in the name of nationalism and security—which demonizes refugees and immigrants, stokes hatred for Muslims, and attacks LGBTQ and other oppressed groups fighting for their liberation and their very lives.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as the Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans. In 2015, we expanded our solidarity efforts to include all antifascist prisoners across the globe. There were a variety of actions around the world: groups held benefit concerts, movie nights, talks, raffles, banner drops, letter-writings, and literature distribution on the street and at a punk festival. Others did photo-ops and videos, and issued statements of solidarity.

We call on anti-fascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners! Consider having an event or dedicating an action to them. They are in there for us, and we are out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

Check for more info:
https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/july-25-2016-antifa-prisoners/

Dure Réalité Interview

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Redstar73 Blog:  Please can you introduce your project and the crew. Where is  the name come from? Why start a distro?
Dure Réalité: We worked hard on a presentation text and we think that it presents our project, Dure Réalité, pretty well. Here it is:
“Dure Réalité is a self-managed and militant Montreal association that wishes to promote a revolutionary culture through artistic outlets. We believe that a label that shows clearly its political positions will support, promote and develop scenes where all forms of discrimination and reactionary ideas won’t be tolerated. Dure Réalité wishes to act as a bridge between Europe and North America. We will contribute to the exposure of local, national and international bands and collectives. The objective of this project is to offer logistical support to bands who wish to tour in Canada, the United-States and different European countries, as a support for the production of new material, musical promotion and diffusion for bands who are clearly antifascist, anti-capitalist and/or feminist. Centered more particularly on punk, hardcore, skinhead, reggae, hip-hop and graffiti counter-cultures, Dure Réalité offers its services for event organizing, distribution, promotion, musical production as well as a media platform. (https://durerealite.wordpress.com)”
Our crew is currently made up of members from the antifascist groups Montreal Sisterhood and RASH-MTL, as well as from the revolutionary union group IWW-Montreal. As we wish to work as a cooperative structure, we will soon be opening up membership to other people who adhere to Dure Realité’s values. We also wish to highlight the fact that many friends help us out with graphic design, translation, writing, etc. Furthermore, about ten columnists contribute to the Dure Réalité web site by writing about different revolutionary subjects.
The name Dure Réalité comes from a song by Montreal Oi!/Streetpunk band Jeunesse Apatride, which talks about the struggle of youth living in working class neighbourhoods. The song’s subject fits perfectly with our label, firmly rooted in the working class reality, a hard reality.

Redstar73 Blog: What is planned for this year?
Dure Réalité: Our first year will be very busy! We will be collaborating on many album releases, including the split between Hors Controle, 22 Longs Riffs, La Gachette et The Prowlers, the new Bull Brigade album, a split between Action Sédition and Bull Brigade, the second Action Sédition Album, as well as more projects we can’t talk about yet.
We also want to continue being a platform for texts, reviews and interviews through our website, which promotes revolutionary ideas as well as all forms of militant cultural manifestation.
As for shows, we are currently organizing Action Sédition’s upcoming European tour (April 28th to May 8th), a Quebec tour for Les Trois Huit, and American and Canadian tours for other European bands we can’t name right now! We invite you to subscribe to our Facebook page to stay updated!
Furthermore, we are participating in the organization of Revolution Fest, an annual music and anti-fascism festival organized by Montreal Sistherhood and RASH-MTL.
We will also be presenting a monthly event at Coopérative les Katacombes, and we will continue to be present in concerts and festivals throughout Quebec to promote our counter-culture in different scenes.

Redstar73 Blog: You have quite a selection in your Distro. How do you find out about new bands? Do you do a lot of trades?
Dure Réalité: For now, as we are just starting up our distro, we don’t have as much merch as we’d like to. To find out about new bands, internet is a great tool, but what helps the most are the antifascist and militant networks all over the world and the contacts we have made thanks to tours as well as being present in shows and organizing shows, where we discover new music and make new friends. Also, some bands hear about us and reach out to us. On that note, if you have a band and you would like to be promoted and hear of in North America, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Redstar73 Blog: Who mostly orders from your distro?
Dure Réalité: So far, mostly people we meet in shows where we have a merch table, as well as others who have placed orders through the internet. Bookers also ask us to hold tables at their events. We try as much as possible to get out of the city to reach people who take part in the punk, hardcore, skin, riot grrl counter-cultures, but who don’t have access to a big scene like the one in Montreal.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Montreal? Any good place to go to for visitors?
Dure Réalité: The scene here is very lively and pretty well developed, in our opinion one of the most developed in North America. Montreal is a multicultural city, which has a reputation as a party city with a big cultural and counter-cultural presence, in all spheres and all types of music.
Historically, there have been antifascists bands to come from here: Banlieue Rouge, Street Troopers, Jeunesse Apatride, Escalves Salariés, Hold a Grudge, Union Made, etc.
It’s a well rooted tradition that is still going strong today with the ever growing presence of bands like The Prowlers, La Gachette, Action Sédition, Shotcallers, Les Ordures Ioniques, HeadCase, Dissidence, and more!
The revolutionary movement is also very present with a great diversity of political groups.
We can’t forget to mention the many underground music festivals like Revolution Fest, Fattal Fest, Oi! The St-Patrick Weekend, Varning, etc.
If you come to Montreal we recommend that you visit the working class neighborhood of Centre-Sud, the Fattal, bars like Coopérative Katacombes and Yermad, the anarchist library l’Insoumise, and for sports fans, we highly suggest that you check out an Impact’s game with our comrades from Front Commun!

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Dure Réalité: We wish to continue promoting the counter-cultural scenes as well as antifascist, feminist and anti-capitalist bands from here and abroad, and to showcase political groups such as Montreal Sisterhood, RASH-MTL, IWW Montreal and Revolution Fest.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words
Dure Réalité: Dure Réalité will be on tour in Europe from April 28th to May 9th with Action Sédition, and the Grenoble band Les Trois Huit will be there for a couple of show! We can also give you a little scoop: the Bull Brigade and Action Sedition split will be released during this tour! The details for all shows will be posted on our Facebook as well as Action Sédition’s Facebook very soon. Come and say hi, we are always happy to meet new people.
We also want to say hi to Izzy, a good friend from Montreal currently living in Barcelona and who organized a great show for Action Sédition last european tour. A big thank you to Ian from Red Star for this interview!
If you wish to participate to Dure Réalité’s webzine by writing an article on the underground scene in your region, or an interview, or anything else, don’t hesitate to write to us.
If you wish to discover more about us:
Webzine : https://durerealite.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/webzinedurerealite/?fref=ts

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0161 Festival Crew Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce the festival and the crew.
0161 Festival Crew: 0161 Festival came together with an idea to create a festival that went beyond a normal ´punk festival´ it was always about uniting people under anti-fascism regardless of where you come from and the music you like. Many of the people involved have done gigs, concerts and been involved in activism for many years so it seemed a natural step to begin the festival. It´s a great time for anti-fascists from all over to unite and to invite new faces to come and join us.

Redstar73 Blog: What is planned for this year? How can we stay up to date with the festival?
0161 Festival Crew: So far this year, we have the biggest festival so far, with bands such as Blaggers ITA coming out to play a one-off show which we are ecstatic about. Joining them will be Rude Pride, The Oppressed, Hors Controle, Inner Terrestrials, The Prowlers and many, many more. We have expanded the acoustic stage and have that running for the three days with over 30 different acts and artists. As well the second stage is going to be hosted by a variety of different DJs and groups throughout with a whole mix of music. We will be working closely with the grassroots football club FC United down the road as well so people can attend a match there. Much more activities are to be announced over the next couple of months, you can keep up to date at these places :

Facebook – 0161 Festival
Twitter – 0161Festival
E-mail / Newsletter – manchester0161festival@hotmail.com

Redstar73 Blog: And the highlights of the festival story so far?
0161 Festival Crew: There have been too many to count really, when the first band started playing on the first day in 2014, that was a momentous occasion for the festival as it marked something really special and the beginning of this. Roddy (The Oppressed) playing with The Bois last year was tremendous and something I never thought I would see. Another would be Los Fastidios playing Antifa Hooligans and to have hundreds of people singing along in a Miners Club in Moston, that was wonderful. The Wakes a couple of years ago again, a fantastic experience, as well as having bands and artists from all over the world perform, seeing people who have never met discussing, chatting and getting on with each other in itself is great.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Manchester? Any good place to go to for visitors during the day?
0161 Festival Crew: The scene in Manchester is great, it has always had a strong anti-fascist tradition and that continues hugely to this day. The music scene is thriving, in various different guises, punk gigs are becoming more and more regular again, and there are many different nights of various styles being put on all over the city. If people are visiting the city then we recommend going to a football match at FC United, visiting both the Working class history Museum and the Peoples history museum. Many great pubs are open throughout the day as well, it´s a great city with a proud tradition and well worth visiting.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
0161 Festival Crew: To keep expanding the festival, the possibilities of what we can achieve are endless. With more and more people attending every year, we want to bring more people into the anti-fascist scene, musically and socially.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words?
0161 Festival Crew: Just to say that, the festival is in the memory of people who have died at the hands of fascism and to those who keep on fighting, never give up!
Also, a quick note to the venue, the staff, the security and absolutely everyone involved with helping running the festival and allowing it to continue every year. The Miners in Moston is a tremendous venue and they have been massively welcoming and we could not do it without them.
Thanks a lot for the interview! We hope to see you at the festival later on in the year.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1784785365081629/

July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners!

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Antifascists fight against those who—in the government or in the streets—dream of imposing their fascist and other Far Right nationalist nightmares on the rest of us. Throughout the world, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and racist bigotries are on the rise. Antifas are on the frontline in confronting these reactionary politics, and we will not forget our comrades imprisoned in the course of this struggle.

https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/july-25-intl-day-of-soli-with-antifa-prisoners/

Against Nazis and Repression – Freedom for Valentin

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It was the third time that the police broke a door of a comrades shared flat on the 1st of July 2015. Like the last two times it were masked SEC Officials who stormed into the apartment. But different to the last incidents it wasn‘t the apartments furnishing that they were searching in order to find evidence; this time they came to take a comrade on the basis of an arrest warrant with them.
His name is Valentin.

He is accused of having taken part in the violent clashes at „Verdener Eck“ after the football match between SV Werder Bremen and the HSV. That day Nazi Hooligans from Bremen attacked a group of antifascist Ultras. The clash ended in violent confrontations between the two groups. Even though the events took place after a football match, and football fans are affected, this is not about football riots! The altercation had a political background. The hooligans attacked the Ultras since they believed them to be left winged antifascists.
Since his arrest Valentin is in custody awaiting trial. At a press conference on July 2nd the police presented him to be the „prime suspect“ in the case. He is accused of aggravated battery and severe breach of the peace (schwerer Landfriedensbruch).

The police made clear that Valentin is going to be held as an example against political violence.
This situation sucks! We stand in solidarity with our comrade, friend and brother Valentin. We will do everything to stand by his side and give him all the support he needs.

To financially strenghten his back we set up a donation account. Contribute to the donations, since this is about all of us. Let him feel your solidarity by sending him letters. We‘re going to set up a mailbox and will let you know its address in the next days. Please keep in mind that the police can and will read these messages (sender address, content, etc)
To constantly keep you updated on Valentins situation we set up a blog on which we will inform you about any new developments.
Out of hate and anger and resistance!

Donation Account:

Rote Hilfe e.V. Ortsgruppe Bremen
IBAN: DE71 2001 0020 0481 9122 06
BIC: PBNKDEFF
Postbank Hamburg
Reference: Freiheit für Valentin

(Please don‘t forget the payment reference!)

Postbox:

Infoladen Bremen
C/O Valentin
St-Pauli-Str. 10-12
28203 Bremen

http://valentin.blogsport.de/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gegen-Nazis-und-Repressionen-Freiheit-für-Valentin

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