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Urban Vietcong – A Colpi Di Machete Interview


Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Urban Vietcong: Urban Vietcong started from the ashes of Trade Unions in october of 2015. When this experience ended ,Sciu and Bebe were searching a new guitar and new drummer to form a new band, because they were still thirsty for stages. Giova and Fante were an excellent choice, both for affinity and for sound because with different influences (melodic hardcore,punkrock)the sound has become more original. The name comes from some texts where we refer some street fighters like Black Panthers or troubles in Ireland,from this and our love for Vietnam war was born our name.

Redstar73 Blog: You have released your debut album last year. Tell us more about it! How is the feedback?
Urban Vietcong: “a colpi di machete” come out in november of 2016. Our songs are about our daily lives and the struggles of our city. We are played around Italy and beyond. The first print is nearly sold out..

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Urban Vietcong: We are working on new songs, we will try to release a new album in early 2018.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in your area? Are you going to football?
Urban Vietcong: After years of little activity where many bands have stopped playing,now the movement is growing again,in Toscana there are many good bands,like Bomber 80,Basta,Tondino Bois,Luddite Riot,M.I.V.,one night stand,7years,57100,attaccabrighe and more.
The passion for Livorno Calcio remains,although new repressive laws(such as fan card,bans,nominal tickets) have removed so many fans from the stadiums.

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Urban Vietcong: Crucial! We make activity in the social centre of our city, we practise in a room of our social centre and we organize some gigs. To be diy is crucial to supporting free spaces and being one self!

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Punk & Oi! songs.
Urban Vietcong:
Tondino bois – Bomba a orologeria
Non Servium – Que paso en el lieja
Cock Sparrer – Take em all
S-Contro – Ma che cosa resta di noi
RPG 7 – Pasate

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Urban Vietcong: Thank you and all people that support this scene and the diy and antifascist scene!


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Grit – Ghost Estate Interview


Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band.  
Grit: GRIT is Byrneos, Clodagh, Eric, John and Seán.

Redstar73 Blog: When was it started?    
Grit: Grit started in 2014 with Eric and John jamming for fun with Byrneos in his shed. They decided to make the project a real band so Seán was approached to play guitar early in 2016.  I approached the lads about doing vocals at this time as I heard about the band and that they didn’t have a singer yet. We played our first concert in July 2016.

Redstar73 Blog: What about your name?
C:It’s a nice, snappy word in the english language that means “courage”.

Redstar73 Blog: You have released your debut single. Tell us more about it!    
C: We recorded a demo in July 2016 and put it online for free streaming and download at gritdublin.bandcamp.com. Alex from Distro-y Records heard it and offered to release the songs on 7” format. The other labels on board are Visions of Warning Records, Contraszt and Ultra Peace. This release has four of the six songs originally on the demo. The (beautiful) design and layout of the 7” is by TwoHeadedDog.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?  
C: Concert-wise, the immediate future involves playing at Dancing With The Fallen Festival in Belfast at the end of May, then we will spend ten days in Europe in June (dates can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/GRITDUBLINOIPUNK/) and might see you at the Barcelona show on the 7th of June ; )
Releases: a second 7” later in Summer 2017.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in your area?    
E:The scene in Dublin is really healthy but has suffered some direct hits on its DIY spaces in the last year with the evictions of two really large squats and the Tenterhooks punk space. That said, there are still spaces for punk including Jigsaw DIY venue, The Karate Klub punk space and our local football club Bohemians where we can put on shows and have freezing Irish barbeques! There are a ton of bands here and our scene is quite united between different styles. Some of my favorite Dublin bands include DISGUISE, SISSY, THE BLOW INS, SURGE, GAZE, POZOGA, ZONA ZLA, R.A.Z.O.R, STRONG BOYS and SO MANY more!

Redstar73 Blog: I saw you guys are going to play at the COMMON GROUND FESTIVAL. How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?    
B: I would say very important, we’ve been involved in the DIY scene and with left-wing politics for a long time now and I would say that influences every aspect/decision of the band, for example: who we play gigs with, who we talk to (interviews), labels we’ll work with etc,.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Punk & Oi! Songs.  
It’s too hard to pick just five songs,so if it’s ok with you instead we have picked a song each from a band that has influenced Grit either in our sound, lyrics or attitude.
B:Runnin’ Riot – Ode to the working man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7T8_hEi4x4
C:Hard Skin – Council Estate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md0lG-4nTFc&spfreload=10
E: Al Kapott- Bretagne 44 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRbfRe_Yxfg
J: No Hope For The Kids – Meningsløs Vold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gseqip5gpBc
S:Camera Silens – Suicide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RYxXzuqMoE

Redstar73 Blog: You see yourself as an Oi band?
B: At the heart of it we are a diy punk band but Grit was formed because of many drunken chats and oi sing-alongs! I think with our sound and lyrics we sit happily in that box.. People will hear different influences themselves. We have been compared to 77 punk, 82 no future bands, post-punk and GIRLSCHOOL to just name a few and that’s all great too.

Redstar73 Blog: What do you think about the current scene?
B:The current Oi! scene varies so much from country to country it’s hard to talk about it as one scene. There are some really great bands knocking about at this time. Unfortunately in some parts of “the scene” it still attracts idiots and right wing fuckers whom some people are happy to ignore as long as they  “leave their politics at the door” but that shit doesn’t work for us.  I’d prefer to “leave their politics all over the door” if you know what I mean.
In Ireland the Oi! bands are part of the larger punk scene, not a different grouping and have decent politics. Some Irish bands in the Oi! style worth a listen are THE JOLLARS, TAKERS AND USERS, UNITED BOTTLES, R.A.Z.O.R

Redstar73 Blog: What are your influences?    
E:The band started from a serious love of Oi! and the more catchy styles of punk that we had listened to since teenagers but never played..BLITZ, CAMERA SILENS, SCREAMING SNEAKERS, NABAT, WARRIOR KIDS, VIOLATORS, ESKORBUTO, KLAXON..and on and on we could go!
C: Lyrically, I have been influenced by PERKELE, BISHOPS GREEN and RUDE PRIDE (to name a few) who all sing in english, I like their style of being tough but with a big heart and a social conscience.  Obviously, I filter these inspirations through my own lived experience as an Irish woman. I spent a weekend with RUDE PRIDE when they toured in Ireland and had some good conversations. They told me how they write lyrics collectively, which was a new idea to me and it is something that we have done in GRIT.

Redstar73 Blog: Do you guys are involved in other projects?
C: John plays fiddle in an electronic outfit called “DOWTH”, he also plays drums and Eric sings in raw d-beat punk band “RATS BLOOD”.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words.
‘They’ll never be able to shoot us from that far away..’


Almighty Uprisers – Systematically Screwed Interview


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

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

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

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.


Takers & Users – Backbars and Alleyways interview


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.


The Mighty Fishers – Newsteady EP interview


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:

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One Step Ahead – Hinter Fassaden Interview


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.



Bluekilla – Ska Is Our Business Interview


Redstar73 Blog: You started back in 1985. Anyone left from the original line up? How was the Ska scene back in 1985? Any other bands playing Ska in that time?
Amedeo: There are still two members left from the original five piece suit. Our drummer Fiebig and our bassman Guido. Chris (lead guitar), a third original member left the band in 2003.
There was no Ska scene in 1985. Bluekilla startet playing gigs later, around 1986 or something. I can’t remember any Ska concert around that time. All bands had split up or where in a start up process. The last Ska concert I remember in the early/mid eighties was THE UNTOUCHABLES from the States, and it was a lousy presentation of a test-tube band trying to imitate some notorious british bands. In those days the SKATALITES’ “Return of the Big Guns” couldn’t get anybody moving on the dancefloor. JUDGE DREAD’s 1985 album “Not Guilty” was a terrible misstep into bad taste disco. 1985 was a musical wasteland, Ska was dead until its rebirth in 1989.

Redstar73 Blog: What were the highlihgts? To mine mind are coming your tours in ex-Jugoslawia and Australia. Could you tell us more about both tours.
Amedeo: From the point of playing a gig the most remarkable highlights have always been our CD release parties and jubilee events in our hometown Munich. Of course we had countless gigs abroad that we still remember today. Those tours you mentioned have rather been milestones in the evolution of the band. 1997 in Yugoslavia, we realized that we can rely on eath other in even difficult and dangerous situations. Australia on the other side was just a massive effort with 11 shows in 18 days only on Thursdays and weekends. It was like a big trip in a Carlos Castagneda book. At the end we had to realize that one of us slid away from our conglomerate.

Redstar73 Blog: You always make a statement against fascism. How importartant is this for you? Did you ever had any problems at shows?
Amedeo: It is the most important thing in out lives, to make statements against fascism in all situations of our lives. On stage and on our records, we have the chance to make a statement which is heard by other people. That’s why we never stop doing so. In  the 1990s there were a lot of problems with neofascists in Germany and we had to deal with all that crap on some of our gigs. Some people thought Ska is the perfect playground for their sick ideology. in the 2000s thing got better but right now we must wittnes the return of nationalism and rascism in all shapes all over Europe. It never stops being essential to make yourself clear how you think about these matters.

Redstar73 Blog: You have played some shows in France and England this summer. How was the experience?
Amedeo: Extremely cool! We never where a band that was invited to play on festivals a lot. If you have no booking agency, it is hard to get a foot into that door. Festivals mostly work out their line up with a single booking agency, which wants to have as much bands as possible engaged. If a festival wants a big gun, they have to take the waterpistols as well.
Therfore wewere extremely pleased by the enthusiasm of those people in Toulouse and in England, who brought us to their countries. On the other hand it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a german organisation, helping us to cover some of the travel costs. WE’ll see how many times we can repeat trips like that.

Redstar73 Blog: I really like your Dub stuff like ‘River Style’ from the album ‘Ska is our business’. Why don’t you do a full Dub album?
Amedeo: I have put down all the dub cuts on all of our albums and of course I always had in mind to do a BLUEKILLA IN DUB album with either all the dubs we released and also some unreleased ones or doing a dub version of our BACK TO SKATALONIA album. I even have worked on such a version album but at the end you need someone to release this stuff and I never found someone who was interested. If I meet a dub infected Ska head in my life who wants to take that risk, there’ll be a Dr. Deadlock in Dub LP.

Redstar73 Blog: Any chance of a new album? Any other plans for the future?
Amedeo: Not at the moment. Everything is possible though.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Skasongs.
Amedeo: Besides my favourite Bluekilla songs? No particular order and ever changing:

Nightboat to Cairo (Madness)
Gangsters (The Specials)
Split Personality (Toots Hibbert & The Skatalites)
Big Six (Judge Dread)
Da kommt der Wahnsinn (Lila Sterila)

Redstar73 Blog: Where do you think ska is heading?
Amedeo: Where Rockabilly and other small and “unimportant” genres of the 60s 70s 80s youth culture is heading. As a vegetable in a warm and cosy niche.

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Amedeo: Think global but don’t forget to support your local Ska scene and breweries.


Interview with Moisty Atsushi

Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce yourself and all your musical projects. How did you get into ska?
Moisty: My name is Moisty Atsushi. I’m a Japanese origin and New Zealand resident. I have been playing ska in New Zealand for a long time. I’m the one leading Atsushi and the Moisties for 10 years.
I started playing with some local bands in Auckland back in 1999. Cool thing was that we supported Less Than Jake on our first or second show. So till 2006, I played with some local bands. Then I knew that time was right, so I formed Atsushi and the Moisties. Idea was that I wanted to produce traditional ska band in New Zealand. At the time, no one was playing instrumental songs or ska (to be fair some 2 tone bands and ska/punk ish bands were there, but not like the Skatalites feel).
So I have been doing this for 10 years now, we have changed a bit, but we keep it as authentic as possible. Meanwhile, I think it was about 5 years ago, I started a project, Atsushi and the Mini Moisties. I invited some kids to play my songs on a stage. They were between 9 to 13 year olds at that time. We even made an EP, Speedo together.
Mini Moisties live:
This project did not last too long. Because I got so many projects to deal with. I was involved in Chris Murray’s New Zealand tour in 2010. And the Moisties backed him up too. That was a good fun. Chris and I have known each other for sometime and talking about NZ tour too. Finally we made it happen.
Also the film, Rocksteady: the Roots of Reggae came to NZ. So DJ Mossman who was a music directer of the film, asked me to help to promote the film. We did some gigs around Auckland. I think a year later, Stranger Cole (was on the film) came to Auckland to play with us in 2011.
I started recording for the Moisties around the same time too. And that was a long and big project. It took over my life for a few years. So as you can imagine, I did not have much time for Mini Moisties.
Redstar73 Blog: Last year you have been traveling trough Europe and Asia and playing some shows. Please could you tell us about.
Moisty: I was just really lucky to have so many people who helped me out to organise for me to play gigs! I loved to play all those different places.
I played in the UK, Spain including local restaurant to Rototom Sunsplash reggae Fest, or busking in Europe, gig in Moscow with the Wheeler Dealers, gig in Hong Kong with the Red Stripes and at a Hong Kong school, some cool local venues in South East Asia. It was a lot of fun, when Offbeaters backed me up in Valencia. And last show in Singapore was very responsive. It was a great party.
I would like to go back and play again!
For me most interesting thing was meeting people. Most of those guys like same music. And they have done similar things as mine. For example, some of them I met, were promoters. I have done some promote other people in the past. We could relate in so many ways. We enjoyed, but we also took a lot of shit at the same time, you know.
And I saw you in Barcelona too! Yeah I like stuff like that, meeting like minded people.
You can check my blog for traveling and playing ska from here:
Redstar73 Blog: What’s up next for you? any new releases on the horizon?
Moisty: I’m finalising the project I started ages ago. So we have released the album last year or a year ago. If you notice, there is always version on B side of 7″, when you buy Jamaican made 7″s. So I had an idea, what if I create all different versions of the songs from the album. We won’t be able to release all songs on the album. At this point, not too sure there are enough songs to be an album. You will see in a few months. My favourite songs are Victim Of Authority ft: Lester Sterling of the Skatalites, and Rasta Cow ft: Asprila from Staya Staya in Argentina. There are few cool dub songs and versions that re-record too. Looking forward to releasing to the world soon.
Redstar73 Blog: Some of your recordings have a real authentic jamaican ska sound. How did you get the sound?
Moisty: Thanks, that was I was trying to create.
I was very fortunate that I met and talked to some legends about recording in the 60s. And I met Victor Rice in 2009. He gave me a lot of idea and tips for analog recording.
I used my old 4 tarck cassette machine instead of reel to reel. I was told that it creates milder sound. But end of the day, you preference. We tried 8 tracks on the album. I did not like much that sound.
Also we kept tempo slow, or not too fast to get better tape compression.
We tried few different ways to use mics. But we created better sound with one mic in my kitchen. I think Dedicate To Don is the best analog sound. Yup, we recorded in the kitchen and one mic, except Lester Sterling part. That had to be in his house, Florida and digital unfortunately.
Lastly my good friend, Jochi from Kingston Factory, he is alos from Gigantes Magneticos, mastered our album. I knew masting was the key issue. I knew a few people who could master in New Zealand. However no one cares Jamaican vintage music as much as Jochi. We were very happy with his work too.
Redstar73 Blog: Last words
Moisty: Last words…
Just big up to people who helped me with recordings and my travel. I’m so grad to meet those guys in my life. And most importantly people who supporting our music and ska music. We could not carry on for 10 years without any of you guys! Honestly!
If you want to hear more vintage sound, please buy our music, I can assure that I can create MORE!

Rhoda Dakar – Sings The Bodysnatchers Interview


Redstar73 Blog: You don’t need any introduction to our readers. But could you tell us what you have done lately?
Rhoda: Lately, I have been DJing on the radio, teaching, writing and playing gigs.

Redstar73 Blog: How was the recording for ‘Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers’? How is the feedback for the album?
Rhoda: Recording was fun – we did ten tracks live in the studio. It was more like gigging than recording, as we could all see each other. It must have worked well, as feedback has been brilliant, we got **** in Rolling Stone, Mojo and the Daily Mirror (a national newspaper). We have just received the third pressing of CDs, as it keeps selling out, and we’re on our second pressing of vinyl, with some red!

Redstar73 Blog: Are you still in touch with any of the Bodysnatchers members? Do you know what they think about the album?
Rhoda: Through Facebook, I’m in touch with Stella, SJ and Miranda. I’ve seen Stella a few times, out and about as well.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Rhoda: To write and release more music.

Redstar73 Blog: What have been your highlights music wise?
Rhoda: So many, but most recently, the album launch gig at the Jazz Café on Halloween last year. It was a great atmosphere and Lynval Golding joined us on stage for the last few songs. There’s a live download of ‘Ruder Than You’ available, with Lynval on backing vocals, from that gig.

Redstar73 Blog: Sometimes you are DJing. What are your fav songs to play and why?
Rhoda: My favourite songs are Reggae covers with female vocals. I like that they are familiar, but not quite. I always try to support female musicians in any way I can. So I play their tunes!

Redstar73 Blog: Last words
Rhoda: I’m coming to DJ at a scooter rally in Malaga, on the first weekend in June! It’s a bit early to announce, as all the details are not sorted, but hopefully I’ll be there.
Remember to visit my Music Glue site for details of gigs and to buy CDs, vinyl, downloads and t shirts!

Buy Rhoda Dakar – Sings The Bodysnatchers CD here:

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.



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