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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

Prins Carl – Bow To No One! Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?

Prins Carl: Well we started about 14 years ago. We had no actual planes for the band, we just wanted to have something to do so we drank and had fun.
Västerås (our hometown) got rewarded for beeing Swedens most boring town. There is no places to play and we have cops everywhere. so the only thing to do is to lock yourself in in a rehersal room.
I think the first bandname we had was Prome Queens but we wanted to change for some reason i can’t remember.
Prins Carl is the name of an old steamboat where a man killed allot of people and then got executed in our hometown Västerås.
We wanted a name that could relate to Västerås so we thought that would be perfect!

Redstar73 Blog: You have released a new album ‘Bow To No One! ‘. Tell us more about it!
Prins Carl: Yes. It’s recorded by ourselves in our tiny rehersal room. We always record the basics live, but the new rehersal room that we have is so small so it was pretty hard to mix it, but i love the result.
I think it’s the most honest album we’ve ever made and i absolutely adore every song on it. The lyrics are better, the melodies are better and everyhing is more personal, for me it is! If you listen, listen loud as hell!
The question is What do you think about the album?!


Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Prins Carl: The plan is to play as much as possible cos thats what life is all about!
We are also talking about making a split Ep. We have 2 songs that didnt come on ‘Bow To No One’ that we will release somehow, sometime.
But I guess we will keep recording stuff and make good music!

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in your area?
Prins Carl: Well, as I said earlier about beeing Swedens most boring place. We dont have much of a scene.
We have a few bands but we have no places to play!
Most of the bands to go Stockholm to play.

Redstar73 Blog: I saw you guys are going to play at the Rebel Days 08 festival. How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Prins Carl: Yes. That gig will be awsome!
I love the Diy idea cos im so interested in every part of making music, recording, mixing, mastering and so on, and not selling your soul to any money man.
Well the politics is what it is. We have to much shit in Sweden so we have to do something to get rid of the idiots.
But i think that it’s not politics, it’s just common sence!


Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Punk & Oi! songs.
Prins Carl: This is the hardest question so far. To only pick five is like death!
I like mostly old stuf so you will get that. And because i think you havnt heard so much old Swedish Punk im going to list that!
Hope you’ll enjoy it!
First of I have to say a band called Bristles and a song called “Sick”, recorded in 1983!
its angry and its wonderful!
Secound up is an old band called KSMB and a song called “Klockan 8” (8 O’clock) A song about beeing in prison and dreaming about freedom.
Third up is Asta Kask. A band that still plays and in my eyes is one of Swedens best bands! Everything they’ve done is great.
my song for you is “Dom får aldrig mig” (they’ll never get me). Pure Gold!
Forth place goes to the new Västerås band called Call Cat and the song “Bearded Burden”. Just listen to it!
Fifth place goes to Trubbel from Gothenburg and the song “snedstegsvalsen” (Wrongstep waltz, or something like that). a song about trying to dance.
6. The Baboon Show and the song “Me myself and I”. Good driving song!
7. This is a band that is realy close to my heart! Also from Gothenburg, i present The High Hats! Every song is fenomenal but if i have to pick one song it’ll be “Heartbeaten by the police”. For all you melodical heartakers out there!
8. WC a band from Eskilstuna (pretty close to Västerås). and the song “Polis polis” (police police). A song about violence by the police. It
has to be the 1982 single version! listen to the drums and the 4 beat!

Oh shit, i just realised i was only to list five.
Hope you enjoy these songs!

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Don’t try fit in! Go your own way!

https://www.facebook.com/prinscarlpunk/

 

Mango Wood – People Rocksteady Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Mango Wood: Mango Wood is an early reggae & rocksteady band from Madrid. The band started by the late 2015 as an acoustic project but ended up as band when we added different members and realized we had to move to a full band. We became a band in 2016 when we added the keyboard and a second guitar.
We still work and sometimes perform in acoustic set but the main focus is as a band. Now we even have a DJ set to keep on sharing music and partying till the sun rises.
The name of the band is a tribute to the mento and calypso groups that used lots of fruits and vegetables to sing about sexual related topics.

Redstar73 Blog: You guys released quite some singles and videos last year. What is the idea behind it?
Mango Wood: We love the Jamaican way of releasing singles instead of albums, the 7 inch is a format we believe in and enjoy. The idea behind videos is that whether we like it or not, we live in a world that its music is fueled by audiovisuals. So if you want to reach to a larger public, you have to include a video with the song.
Behind Mango Wood there are also people that collaborate with the audiovisuals like the Jürschik Sisters (Helvia & Julia), Mance Lopez and many more that help us develop and enhance the project

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Mango Wood: We just published a 7″ with Respect Records and we are working on making a second one. We just published the B Side video and soon we will publish the A Side video of the Respect Records 7″.
We have also recorded several songs at our own studio “Imported Grooves” and they are due to mix & master. The idea is to try to find more record labels (inside and ouside of spain) that are interested in editing in a 7″ format. And we are working at the moment with the videos of those new songs so everything will be in schedule.
Summer is coming and spain has a lot of festivals that we intend to play and spread our music at.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Madrid?
Mango Wood: The scene in Madrid is complicated. There are lots of bands, sound systems and and parties, but sometimes it’s hard to reach the public. The economic crisis hit hard in spain and for some years the early reggae, ska & rocksteady shows were affected. This meant that bands from Madrid had to play for little money. Also bands from abroad stopped coming to Madrid as people didn’t have enough money to pay for the entrance, drinks and so on. But now we can see there is light at the tunnel and we are rising up from our ashes.
If we have to sumarized how the scene is, we have to say that it´s healthy in the musical aspect, lots of oldies bands like Upsttemians, Crepitans, Hypocondriacs, Steady Rockers… ska bands like Begoña Bang-Matu, Skalone, Majaicans, Hammond York, Fhin Brau, Sally Brown and many more. But it´s an underground movement, sometimes we feel we see the same faces at all the parties.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Reggae, Rocksteady & Ska songs.
Mango Wood:
Rudy Mills – Jon Jones
Kingstonians – Sufferer
Ethiopians – Mek you Go on So
Jack Sparrow – Ice Water
Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Mango Wood: Stay tuned because Mango Wood never stops, more is coming in 2017!

Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/mangowoodmusic
https://mangowood.bandcamp.com

Top 5 Galore: Kevin / Do the Dog Music

1. The Specials – Do Nothing (one of the first 7″ singles I ever bought. I have always loved the tune & the lyrics are just as relevant today as they were back in the early 1980’s)

2. The Hotknives – Don’t Go Away (so, so catchy & a chorus that sticks in your head forever. I first discovered this band at the first London International Ska Festival at the Brixton Fridge in 1988 & have loved them ever since)

3. The Busters – Busterlor (my favourite ska band ever. Ever since I first heard their debut album on Unicorn Records I have been hooked on The Busters. So many great songs over a 30 year career, but this is my favourite. I love it’s simple catchy rhythm & storytelling vocal)

4. Fishbone – Ma & Pa (super, super catchy straight up ska brilliance. I like the way it matched up a uplifting upbeat rhythm with a sad lyric. The lyrics for this song actually inspired me to write The Bakesys’ song Anmated Violence)

5. The Interrupters – Phantom City (best new band to emerge from the USA in recent times. Punky edged 2 tone brilliance from California)

MOVIN’ ON :: Pure Soul Music Barcelona :: 2nd February 2017

OVIN’ ON
Pure Soul Music Barcelona

SATURDAY February 4th 2017

[Next date: APRIL 1st 2017: more info coming soon…]

At MARULA CAFÉ new venue!
Carrer dels Escudellers, 49, 08002 Barcelona
Metro: Liceu
22:00 h – 03:00 h
Admission: 10 euros (including drink)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MovinOnBarcelona
Email us at:  movinon_barcelona@yahoo.com

GUEST DJs:
HENDRIK IRMSCHER (GER)
DAVID TOMELLO-SOUL (Tomelloso/Granada, SP)
+ MOVIN’ ON Djs

Selecters:

HENDRIK IRMSCHER (GER)

Hendrik Irmscher started his record journey by collecting 70s Punk/Powerpop and 60s Garage 45s.
At that time, he began DJing and organizing some regular parties in Berlin. Influenced by lots of different Mod-sounds, the road to the fantastic world of Soul music wasn’t that far off. Since then he has been specializing in collecting Northern Soul and Rare Soul 45s. After lots of Soul parties in smallish basement clubs, Hendrik started in 2013 promoting bigger events under the flag of “Soul’d Up – Berlin”. Twice a year (13th of May and 18th of November 2017) they celebrate an Alldayer & Allnighter plus Friday warm-up party feat. an international DJ line-up.
Hendrik feels super honoured to play his tunes for Movin‘ On Barcelona and these are 10 of his fave 45s he most probably will give a spin on 4th of February.

Aged In Harmony – Your’e A Melody [MOR-TONES]
Barbara Jean And The Lyrics – Any Two Can Play It [BIG HIT]
Cynthia & the Imaginary Three – That’s What I Am [BIG HIT]
Bobby Shannon – I Get My Groove From You [TO-MAR]
Jimmy Burns – Can‘t Get Over [Dispo]
Carol Shinnete – Cyanide Love [Zilko]
Percy Stone – Chained [RAM]
Tommy Trojan – Leo I Am [JC]
George Benson – My Woman’s Good To Me [A&M]
Ray Hines – Is It Something You Got [RNH]

DAVID BRIONES (Tomelloso/Granada)

Milito en los Soul Dregs United con los que hemos organizado fiestas de manera regular durante los últimos 8 años (Soul Fantastic y Blazing Fire en Afrodisia Club). Además co-organizo el mejor evento de Soul Rural de el pais, el “Soul Day in Tomelloso”, del que llevamos ya 3 ediciones. Estoy más que orgulloso de haber sido invitado a pinchar en el Movin, un club que por constancia y estilo es un referente de esto nuestro. Nos vemos en Barcelona.

TSU Toronados “Please Heart don´t break” (Rampart)
El Anthony “Sweet Jo-Ann” (Star-Vue)
Mickey and Ernie “Baby, I´m in love” (Hot Line)
Chuck Overton “Im so Thankful” (Kapp)
Mark Seven Unltd “Touch of Goodbye” (Abbott)
Eddie Lovette “What´cha Trying To do to me” (Steady)
The Headliners “Little Sister”(Super)
Georgeus George “Strange Book” (HoMark)
Jimmy Jules “The new Year” (Jim Gem)
Spirit of love “The Power of love” (Birthright)

+ MOVIN’ ON DJs: Eduardo Domingo & Cristina Alonso

The Specials – Live in 1979 and 1980

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Thanks to the youtube users FruitierThanThou, London’s Burning and Audio Ammunition for uploading the videos

The Specials – Live at the Moonlight Club May 1979

The Specials – Colchester 12 December 1979

The Specials – The Paris Theatre London 15 December 1979

The Specials – Tokyo 20 July 1980

Top 5 Galore – Waggle Dance Studios

Five choice picks in a vinyl mix from Waggle Dance Studios home of Eeyun Delroy Purkins and The Co-operators rhythm section.

Here are the first five records in the stack next to my turntable so truly picked at random, I wrote a little about each one, be sure to check them out as you read all about.

1: Roland Alphonso – Sai Pan

I think that this tune was originally released in 1966 a raging ska instrumental featuring Roland Alphonso’s distinctive tenor sax sound over an up-tempo shuffle. Many of my generation view ‘heaviness’ as the foundation of a good soundsystem tune and feel that weight is defined by a four to the floor drum beat and a two note bassline, don’t get me wrong I see and feel the appeal of that but this tune is truly foundation music and for me is a real heavyweight killer. The musicality of its instrumentation speaks volumes about the discipline present on the island at that moment in time and the movement of the rhythm would get anybody dancing.

2: Ethiopians – Everything Crash

I was given this record many years ago by an old friend of mine Martin the Mod an infamous soul and ska DJ from Manchester. Released in 1968 it is conscious classic talking of how ‘fireman strike, watermen strike, telephone company too’, it paints a vivid picture of an island halted in its tracks by social upheaval and protest.

1968 was a year of protest the world over with the famous events of Paris 68 taking up much of the limelight Jamaica’s ‘Rodney Riots’ that happened in October of the same year are often forgotten. The civil disturbances occurred when Walter Rodney an avid advocate of socialism and black power activism was dismissed from his position at the University of the West Indies. He was dedicated to raising the consciousness of the Jamaican poor and a critic of the middle classes of the Caribbean and his dismissal resulted in large protests in Kingston.

3: Glenn and Dave – Wake up to Reality

Produced by Sonia Pottinger one of the first female producers in Jamaica it is a plea to the people of JA for co-operation declaring ‘we ought to wake up to reality’ a message as relevant in 1968 as it is in 2017. It is a timeless classic underpinned by Count Ossie’s Nyabinghi heartbeat recently reissued as a limited run of 600 7” 45s. Pick it up before its too late!

4: Maxie and Niney- Bearded Men Feast

Jumping forward in time to 1972 this number features Max Romeo talking about the police and soldier putting pressure on Jamaica’s Rastafarian population. Being an adherent of Rastafari was historically not something that came without consequences on an island where the first prime minister of independent Jamaica actively portrayed Rasta’s followers in to villains demonising all involved. It could easily be said that Alexander Bustamante brought his round up plea right out of a wild west picture, demanding he wanted dreads brought in ‘Dead or Alive’ after ‘bearded men’ allegedly set fire to a gas station. It is said that the men lead by Rudolph Franklyn were aiming to settle their grievances with the land owner after they were evicted from property they had been squatting in Coral Gardens. Although Rastafari presents a philosophy of peace and love Bustamante’s declaration that all Rastas were a threat lead to what can only be described as a a death sentence to all followers of the faith. The brutality that followed resulted in eight deaths by government forces and an additional two police fatalities and in the years to come it advanced the progressive repression of Jamaica’s Rasta population.

Maxie and Niney’s Bearded Men Feast is a defiant statement against this mentality proudly declaring how ‘they never run, they never run, when police men come’ but sadly saying how ‘they affe run when soldier man come’.

5: Little Roy – Tribal War

Now famous for voicing Prince Fatty’s production ‘Battle in Seattle’ a compilation of Nirvana covers in a reggae style Little Roy’s influence as a foundation artist could easily be missed by younger fans of Jamaican music.

This classic tracked in 73 and released in 74 was recorded in Lee Perry’s legendary Black Ark studio and it features the likes of Dennis Brown on bass and Rockers anti hero Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on Drums. The vocal is a plea for peace between Jamaica’s rival gangs recorded first take with the intention of it being a rough guide but its quality shone through and it was kept. Little Roy released ‘Tribal War’ on his own Tafari label and sold thousands by hand walking to Kingston’s North Parade with stacks of vinyl distributing it himself to the record vendors. It received little airplay keeping out of the charts although it was one of the hits of the day alongside Junior Byles ‘Curly Locks’.

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