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United Bottles – The Spirit And The Legacy interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
United Bottles: We are United Bottles. A four piece punk Rock band from Belfast. We are former members of Belfast Oi! Band Runnin’riot.
We formed in the winter of 2014.
We are :
Marty – Guitar and vocals
Ralph – Bass
Eden – Drums
Phil-Guitar

Redstar73 Blog: You have released your debut album. Tell us more about it!
United Bottles: We just self released our 13 track Debut album “The Spirit and the legacy” at the start of July.
We did a run of cds and put the album up for digital download. We have a had a good response and We sold out of cds pretty quickly we’ve restocked now and We’re working with Alex at Distr-oi! Records To get it released on vinyl. We should have it in the autumn. Hopefully.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
United Bottles: Well first off we still have a lot of great gigs to play this year. We have Rebellion Festival in Dublin at the end of October. Cocksparrer are playing! In Ireland for the first time. Can’t wait for that.
We’ve just started working on the new stuff and we hope to put out a split 7″ with our mates, Cork city’s finest THE JOLLARS.
Hopefully we can sort a few gigs in Europe in 2018.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in your area?
United Bottles: The Belfast scene is great. Although we have fewer venues to play these days.
Plenty of new bands coming through regardless..
Like Takers and Users, Lawfucker, Deathgrip.. We even have a fantastic new Ska Reggae band called Tonic all stars. All bands to watch out for.
Locally I promote some punk and Ska shows. We also have a volunteer run social centre called Warzone and we hold alot of fests and gigs there.
There’s a lot happening in such a small city and it’s far more vibrant than it was in the bad old days.

Redstar73 Blog: Any chance to see you guys live in Europe?
United Bottles: We would love to come to Europe.
If anyone is interested in having us over to play they can get in touch with us on the Facebook page

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
United Bottles: Belfast has been steeped in the DIY punk ethos from the start! From the gigs in The Harp bar to Terri Hooley releasing the local bands music on his Good vibrations label. Then we had the Anarchy Centre which later became the Warzone collective. That’s been a hub of music and activism for a while now.
I think it’s important for bands to learn how to do things for themselves. Be it organising gigs, printing your own tees or releasing your own music.
Helps keep your feet on the ground.
Being from Belfast it’s hard to escape politics. The Punk Rock scene here has always offered an alternative to the quagmire of divisive, local sectarian politics.
As for the band. We are anti racist and anti fascist. It Goes without saying.

Redstar73 Blog: What do you think about the Oi! current scene?
United Bottles: It’s very healthy and there’s some great bands doing the rounds. There’s so many bands now it’s hard to keep track.
Special mention to Gimpfist, The Jollars, Takers and users, Arch rivals, The Angry agenda and the excellent GRIT

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Punk & Oi! songs.
United Bottles: This is difficult and ever changing.
We’ll give it a go

RALPH –
Sex Pistols-God Save The Queen
The Clash-Tommy Gun
Sham 69-What Have We Got?
4 Skins-Chaos
Blitz-Voice Of A Generation

EDEN-
Gimp fist: skinhead not bonehead
Argy bargy:homeward bound
Booze and glory: our passion
Perkele: moments
Runnin riot: oi oi angel

MARTY –
Towerblocks-General boredom
Gimpfist – a country divided
Leatherface – Dead industrial atmosphere
The Jollars – The fight
Cocksparrer – last train to Dagenham

PHIL –
DKM: The Gauntlet
Cocksparrer: Because you’re young
Darkbuster: Whiskey Will
SLF: At the Edge
Star Fucking Hipsters: Immigrants and Hypocrites

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
United Bottles: Keep the faith!

https://www.facebook.com/unitedbottles/
https://unitedbottles.bandcamp.com

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Grit – Ghost Estate Interview

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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..’

https://www.facebook.com/GRITDUBLINOIPUNK
https://gritdublin.bandcamp.com/

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

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

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

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