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

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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’.

Takers & Users – Backbars and Alleyways interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Takers & Users: The band started in 2014. Myself and Sprouley had played in Hardcase previously. We then asked Darzo to sing and he decided to play bass as well. Ryan joined on second guitar about a year later. The name came from the Business song Takers and Users. No real meaning behind it.

Redstar73 Blog: You have released your album ‘Backbars & Alleyways’. Tell us more about it!
Takers & Users: We initially recorded 4 tracks in a studio in Larne and released a 100 demos ourselves. We sent a few out to labels to see if anyone would release our album and Diana at Randale was interested. So we went back into the studio and recorded another 6 songs and put them all together for the album.

Redstar73 Blog: As we are big fans of the Neurotics here, please tell us the story behind your song “The Neurotics Were Right”.
Takers & Users: It was more a dig at the Tories than it was a tribute to the Neurotics to be honest. I’m a fan of the Neurotics and went to see them the last time they played Belfast, but the lyrics are more to do with the welfare reforms that were being implemented by the Tories.

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Takers & Users: I think for a band like ours the idea of DIY will always be important. Most gigs we play are either put on by ourselves or our friends, and its better that way to be honest. It generally means you don’t have to deal with any bullshit. As far as politics goes we’re not really party political. I’ve never voted in a general election and don’t think any of us have to be honest.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Takers & Users: Hopefully release an EP soon, finish writing our second album and get a few more gigs under our belts.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Belfast?
Takers & Users: The scene in Belfast is quite small, and because of that the gigs are mixed. For example there wouldn’t be enough oi bands to do a full oi gig so we normally play with hardcore, ska or psychobilly bands.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Oi&Punk songs.
Takers & Users: Tough one to narrow it down. It changes all the time. In no particular order.

Cocksparrer – Take em all
The Business – Product
Marching Orders – Songs of yesterday
Runnin Riot – Double the pain
Red Alert – Long Night in Long Island

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Takers & Users: Cheers for getting in touch. Happy New Year and hopefully speak soon.

https://www.facebook.com/takersandusers/
https://takersusers.bandcamp.com/releases

The Mighty Fishers – Newsteady EP interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please could you introduce the band.
The Mighty Fishers: The Mighty Fishers was formed in 2011 and during this relatively short time we have already changed a lot.
Only CéAnne (vocals) and Peter (rhythm guitar) remained from the original crew. Also, musically we formed and evolved, if you compare our first and last releases. The foundation of the band was to play traditional, old school music but since we are different personally, the music is also something else.
In this five years we played in many countries all across Europe which is amazing considering that we started from nothing. We love our fans a lot, as they give us the energy to keep ourselves together and to prove them on every gig that it worth to polish their dancing shoes!

Redstar73 Blog: You have released a new EP called ‘Newsteady’. Please tell us more about it.
The Mighty Fishers: Yes, finally we released our awaited EP! We haven’t released anything in a while, it’s been a long road but we made new songs and it may be a new area for the band, therefore we named the baby ’Newsteady’.
The EP contains 5 brand new tracks, mostly about the world we live in. The original plan was to record an LP but many things changed around us lately, we had to change members and so forth, so we ended up with only a handful of songs actually recorded in the studio. The whole process was different with this EP, we spent more time in the studio figuring out how we can make it sound modern but still keep a perk of the
old taste.


Redstar73 Blog: What other releases have you done so far?
The Mighty Fishers: We have released three EPs so far: ’High Four’ (2011), a little collection of rocksteady classics, covers of songs we like, ’Where are you?’ (2012), the very first originals and ’Newsteady EP’ (2016). We have also released an LP (on CD and vinyl) titled ’Soul Garden’ back in 2014.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
The Mighty Fishers: We definitely would love to record a new whole LP in the taste of ‘Newsteady’. Also, it would be nice to go on long-long tours to all the cities and towns the world has and introduce our music to everyone!

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Ska songs.
The Mighty Fishers:
The Mighty Vikings – Love me forever,
Otis Gayle – I’ll be around,
Pat Kelly – How long will it take,
Jennifer Lara – A change is gonna come and last but not least Hypnotic eyes by Keith and Tex. (by CéAnne)

Redstar73 Blog: And the highlights of the Mighty Fishers story so far?
The Mighty Fishers: So many things already in such a short time! All of our releases of course, it’s always the last one which matters the most… and our gigs all across Europe: Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and many more… all were amazing and unique, giving us unforgettable memories and the reassuring feeling that we can give to our audience.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
The Mighty Fishers: The chorus of our new song ‘Respect Yourself’: ‘RESPECT YOURSELF, DON’T WAIT, TAKE YOUR TIME!’

The Mighty Fishers contact:
https://www.facebook.com/mightyfishers/
http://themightyfishers.com/
https://mightyfishers.bandcamp.com/

Buy the Soul Garden CD here:
http://redstar73.com/tienda/the-mighty-fishers-soul-garden-cd-p-3527.html

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