Monday, February 11, 2019

OUT OF THE DARKNESS # 5 RECENZIJA


OUT OF THE DARKNESS # 5, 10 mj. 2018., A5, 80 str. 
(pisan na domaćem jeziku)

outofthedarkness.rs@gmail.com




U današnje vrijeme kad je hardcore punk spao na niske grane (neki se vjerojatno neće složiti sa ovom tvrdnjom, no dobro) smatram da je itekako bitno biti kritičan prema stvarima oko sebe (uključujući i sebe), pa tako i biti kritičan prema stvarima vezanim za DIY hc/punk jer ja osobno se ne želim zadovoljiti mediokritetom, niti želim podržavati stvari, bandove i ljude sa kojima ne mogu naći neku dublju poveznicu i na kraju krajeva, želim imati svoje mišljenje koje se temelji na onome kako ja percipiram stvari a ne da biram strane i prihvaćam jedno od  ponuđenih masovnih mišljenja koja često budu kreirana tako da idu pod ruku nekom trendu ili hype-u u hc/punk-u. Kad ovo pročitam, ne zvuči ništa puno drugačije od mainstream pop scene, nažalost, često i nije previše drugačije. Naravno, ima još uvijek u DIY hc/punk-u onog istinskog punk duha i ljudi koji stvarno žive to i ne zanimaju ih posljednji scenski trendovi, samo treba puno više kopati do srži da nađeš takve ljude i povežeš se sa njima.

Kakve ovo ima veze sa Out of the Darkness # 5, netko se možda zapitao? Činilo mi se kao dobar uvod u recenziju DIY hardcore punk fanzina iz Srbije koji je u zadnjih par godina dogurao do petog broja a predstavlja (ili se barem trudi) jedan širi spektar ex-YU i internacionalne hc/punk scene (inače mrzim koristit ovaj termin u zadnjih desetak godina, ali u nedostatku boljeg termina...). To što sam poprilično kritički krenuo u uvodu pisati o današnjem DIY hc/punk-u ne znači da ću i OOTD automatski dočekati na nož. Prvo bih se malo vratio na neke ranije brojeve a prva dva broja sam dosta negativno (blago rečeno) recenzirao na ovom blogu (i u IOSC # 19 fanzinu) iz vrlo jednostavnog razloga a to je da mi se nisu baš svidjeli ti brojevi i s obzirom na iskustvo nekih OOTD uredinka vezano za rad na fanzinima, bilo je tu nekih propusta i traljavog materijala (za detalje čekiraj recenzije pod 8.-i mj. 2017). Trojka i četvorka OOTD su mi se činili bolji brojevi od prva dva, no nemam ih trenutno pred sobom, pa se ne sjećam previše što je bilo unutra, ali primjetan je bio progres uključujući i to što je uredništvo (kako ovo profi zvuči, haha!) odlučilo ubaciti email adresu fanzina, što je bila i jedan od mojih kritika kod prva dva broja. Ne kažem da je moja kritika imala utjecaja na to, ali OK mi je to bilo vidjeti jer čak i u ova vremena kad sumnjam da se ljudi često javljaju drugim ljudima sa svojim mišljenjima i kritikama, svejedno kontakt od fanzina treba postojati i autori/ce fanzina trebaju biti spremni na neki feedback, pozitivan ili negativan. Sad sam skužio da u ovom broju ili nema email adrese ili ju ja ne mogu naći, haha, ekipa ubijate me! Jebote, kako sam zadojio a još nisam ni počeo sa konkretnom recenzijom OOTD petice, pa idemo!




Uvod je napisao Zgro što je bio slučaj i sa prethodnim brojevima, ako se ne varam. Uspio je u uvod ubaciti i gig report sa Wall Breaker giga u Berchemu u Belgiji što mi je onako baš zanimljiv detalj te kao što i Zgro kaže, volio bi i ja da se bandovi poput Wall Breaker dovuku i do ovih krajeva na europskim turnejama jer se ne sjećam kad sam zadnji put gledao na ovim prostorima neki nabrijani in your face hc/punk band, no to je sad već tema za neku od kolumni za moj fanzin. Slijedi gig report Integrity, All Except One i Pestarzt iz Novog Sada kao i poduži intervju sa Dwidom, vokalom Integrity. Za oboje je zaslužan Zaviša. Iako je odradio sve kako treba i intervju je vjerujem zanimljiv onima koji prate Integrity, ja sam malo onako na brzinu preletio intervju jer me stvarno taj band ne zanima previše (dobar mi je jedan album iz 90-ih i neki rani EP). Ali, nije se u intervjuu pričalo samo o bandu i opet kažem, dosta dobro je odrađen dotični vju. Idući je intervju sa Replicunts kojeg je odradila Boba a radi se o punk rock bandu iz Beograda. Ovaj intervju mi nije baš nešto. Iako mislim da je kul što su Replicunts tourirale izvan Srbije i što su kroz intervju pokušale opisati taj turnejski ushit koji je znan svima nama koji volimo isto to i živimo za turneje, nekako mi općenito nedostaje neke dublje tematike u intervjuu, pogotovo kad se već i krenulo u jednom dijelu intervjua sa par pitanja vezanim za teme „ženskog banda“ što god to značilo. Slijedi Slapshot intervju, tj. sa Choke-om, vokalom Slapshot kojeg je opet odradio Zaviša. Klasičan Choke/Slapshot intervju, kratki odgovori i meni uglavnom nezanimljiv jer mi ni Slapshot nisu previše zanimljiv band (dobre su mi neke pjesme koje su uglavnom obrade od Last Rights, Negative FX i SSD, hohoho!). Slijedi intervju kojeg je odradio Nemanja sa Edgarom, jednim od organizatora Monte Paradiso festivala u Puli, koji je dobro znan većini onih koji u ex-YU prate hc/punk i festival je 2018.-e održan po 26.-i put. Solidan intervju, nemam što nadodati osim da mi je i više nego kul kad u hc/punk fanzinu bude intervjuiran netko tko ne svira nužno u bandu. Zatim slijedi intervju sa Misconduct iz Švedske kojeg je uradila Nina. Nisam imao pojma da ovaj band još postoji, sjećam ih se iz 90-ih, no ne sjećam se baš previše ovog intervjua, ali znam da mi nije bio zanimljiv. Idući intervju je opet uradio Nemanja sa Milošem koji je pjevao u beogradskom hc/punk bandu Unison koji je sigurno poznat svakome tko prati malo dublje DIY hc/punk u ex-YU. Intervju je urađen povodom 20 godina od izlaska Death in the Cradle albuma na kaseti od Unison koji je po nekima i njihovo najbolje izdanje. Svakako je jedno od boljih i spada u vrh hc/punk izdanja sa područja ex-YU. Intervju je po mom mišljenju odličan i napomenuo bih da se ne vrti tema samo oko spomenutog izdanja. Smatram da je Unison jedan od zanimljivijih hc/punk bandova sa ex-YU područja a i općenito mislim da bi ovakvih stvari poput tekstova, biografija i intervjua o ex-YU hc/punk bandovima iz prošlosti trebalo više biti prisutno kroz fanzine, knjige i na internetu jer ako sami nećemo pisati svoju hc/povijest, neće to uraditi nitko umjesto nas.





Dođoh i do kolumni. Prvu u ovom broju je napisala Leca Toronjski a tema tj. kritika kolumne je vezana za rad kakav nam je poznat u sistemu u kakvom živimo i na kakav nas isti taj sistem sili i slažem se sa autoricom da je poprilično nebulozno, nehumano i besmisleno raditi jedan te isti zatupljujući posao cijeli svoj život. Slijedi kolumna koju je napisao Hemah što kad se pretvori u latinicu, čita se Neman (malo se pravim pametan, ne bi li barem malo obogatio ovu scensko fanzinašku recenziju, nemojte zamjeriti). Nemanova kolumna je u stvari replika na Florijanovu kolumnu iz prethodnog broja gdje je Florijan pisao o tome kako mu nisu skroz jasne neke stvari vezane za političku orijentaciju određenih bandova, fanzina itd. u Srbiji tokom 90-ih. Tu se misli na bandove kao što su Direktori, Ritam Nereda, Šaht, kao neke od poznatijih bandova iz tog razdoblja koji su imali popričan broj nacionalističkih ispada kroz svoje djelovanje (ovo je onako blago rečeno da sad ne ulazim u detalje i ne vadim neke primjere). Iako je kolumna od Nemana sama po sebi zanimljiva jer je i tema sama po sebi dosta intrigantna, mislim da je otišao u pogrešnom smjeru kad se odlučio na kontra primjere sa pokušajem dokazivanja da je i u hrvatskoj bilo nacionalističkih ispada na punk sceni. Uspio je izvući svega dva primjera, od kojih je jedna mrtva osoba već zadnjih 26 godina a radi se o Satanu Panonskom koji nakon svoje smrti i nije baš imao previše utjecaja na domaći DIY hc/punk i drugi primjer su Patareni koji su 91.-e ili 92.-e snimili anti ratnu/domoljubnu pjesmu koja nikad nije izašla na ni jednom njihovom izdanju, apsolutno je zaboravljena i po tome beznačajna pa tako i nije mogla imati utjecaj na ikoga a ni taj band sam po sebi osim nekog kultnog statusa kod određenih ljudi, nema baš neki značajni utjecaj na domaći DIY hc/punk, još od sredine 90.-ih. Dalje se spomine politika hrvatske države, razni političari kao i Thompson, što nisam siguran kakve to veze ima sa hc/punk-om, osim u tom smislu da je u hrvatskoj veći dio hc/punk ljudi i bandova uvijek bio poprilično javno kontra sve te politike (tko god bio na vlasti), no to nije bila poanta Nemanovog teksta, pa mi i dalje nije jasno čemu sav taj trud oko tog dijela kolumne gdje na kraju nije rečeno ništa konkretno u vezi nacionalnih ispada kroz hc/punk u hrvatskoj. Ispada da branim ovdje „naše“ (a i poznajem osobno gospona Florijana), ali smatram da je Florijanov tekst na dotičnu temu puno uvjerljiviji od Nemanovog. Slijedi kolumna od spomenutog Florijanova o nekim politički nekorektnim oi bandovima i izdanjima iz 80.-ih i 90.-ih iliti kako to neki zovu sivo-zonaškim bandovima. Tu su se isto vjerujem lomila koplja kod ljudi koji su pročitali ovu kolumnu a kao što sam već spomenuo prije, pošto poznajem dotičnog autora, defnitivno ga ne bi stavio u nikakv desni ili sivo-zonaški koš bez obzira što voli te sumnjive oi bandove. A općenito mi je licemjeran takav način osuđivanja nekoga jer je u punku općenito po defoltu OK slušati Bad Brains iako je frontman Brainsa religijski fanatik, homofob i kompletni luđak a i drugi članovi banda su izjavljivali neke poprilično sjebane, homofobne i poprilično nazadne spike u intervjuima. Mogao bi još hrpu primjera navesti gdje sigurno od brdo bandova koje slušaš, ima solidan broj osoba koji su totalni kreteni, tako da po toj logici neću osuđivati nekoga jer sluša muziku nekih opskurnih oi bandova koji meni apsolutno ništa ne znače i ja neću slušati te bandove. S druge strane, dobro je znati ovakve informacije o pojedinim bandovima, pa ako netko zbog svojih ideala ne želi slušati neki određeni band, može saznati takve informacije iz ovakvih tekstova. Slijedi kolumna by Mače koja je još jedna tema o sjebanosti preživljavanja na Balkanu, poprilično ozbilja i sumorna tema, pa nemam što više dodati o tome. Posljednju kolumnu u ovom broju je napisao Vojkan iliti Punk profesor kako je tu potpisan. Tema kolumne je vezana za to kako smo The Truth odbili pojaviti se na kompilaciji (za koju nisam siguran da li je uopće realizirana na kraju) na kojoj se trebao između ostalih bandova pojaviti i jedan band koji su surađivali sa nekim srpskim izvođačem koji širi nacionalističku propagandu kroz svoj artistički muzički izračaj (LOL!). Nisam napisao o kojem bandu se radi jer nije ni Vojkan napisao u kolumni, ali koga zanima neka me pita (mada se cijela drama oko svega već stišala a jedno vrijeme je bila to vruća tema nekih fejs rasprava). Poanta Vojkanovog teksta ionako nije bila da prozove određeni band, već da kaže svoj stav o tome da on osobno i mi kao The Truth band ne želimo imati posla sa određenim ljudima i bandovima kojima nije strano koketiranje sa nacionalizmom. O ovoj temi sam detaljnije napisao kolumnu za nadolazeći IOSC pa tko prati moj kontroverzni magazin (hehe!), neka pročita tamo kad fanzin izađe, tako da ne bi dalje o Vojkanovoj kolumni koja je savim na mjestu i dobro je napisana.




Slijedi opet Vojkanovo remek djelo u obliku dnevničkog tour reporta The Truth & Rules od prošlog ljeta kad smo u malo više od dva tjedna opičili do Portugala i natrag bez ijednog day off-a. Kažem remek djelo jer se malo sprdam, pošto nisam baš zadovoljan kako je ispao ovaj tour dnevnik, jer je Vojkan propustio opisati dosta zanimljivih detalja sa turneje, no poboljšanu verziju dotičnog toura pišem za IOSC (opet besramna reklama, sused nemoj kaj zameriti). Da se uozbiljim, ne kažem da je nužno loše napisan Vojkanov tour report, ali s obzirom da sam osobno sudjelovao na istome, imao sam malo veća očekivanja oko dotičnog tour raporta, no dobro, dosta.




Slijede izvještaji sa koncerata, ali ne znam jel ima sad smisla nabrajati sve izvještaje i tko ih je sve napisao i mislim da nema potrebe ulaziti u detalje istih. Uglavnom su OK napisani, ali se uglavnom radi o bandovima koji meni nisu baš zanimljivi, ali šta da se radi. Nakon toga idu klasično recenzije muzike, fanzina i knjiga. Muzičke recenzije su mi bile puno manje zanimljive od recenzija fanzina i knjiga kojih je nažalost u ovom broju svega par. Nisam siguran da li je bilo potrebno stavljati recenziju zadnjeg izdanja banda Kurve na čitave dvije strane (napisana by Dušan), ali vratiti ću se još na to. Na kraju je tu još kraći intervju kojeg je Nemanja uradio sa Stefanom Štikićem iz Pule, artist koji stoji iza imena Bad Taste Graphics a uradio je i naslovnicu ovog OOTD broja koja je kul. Još bih spomenuo ljude čije se fotografije mogu naći u ovom broju; Lea Bodor, Vovka, Nina i Pavle Kocanjer (koji je iz nekog razloga nepotpisan, kakav kiks!).




Sad slijedi moj neki zaključni dojam za ovaj broj. Prvo, kritika vezana za dizajn. Fotke su pre tamne i s obzirom da je fanzin štampan, ne znam zašto je to tako. To mi je nekako očekivao kod fotokopiranih fanzina gdje ovisiš o kvaliteti fotokopirne mašine i na koju je nogu to jutro ustao/la djelatnik/ca u fotokopiraoni, ali kod štampanih fanzina mislim da bi fotke ipak trebale biti kvalitetnije. Drugo, sam dizajn bi isto mogao biti obogaćen sa još više ideja, jer nekako fali neki šmek što se tiče samog izgleda. Intervjui su uglavnom dobro urađeni u ovom broju, primjetan je progres od prvih par brojeva što se toga tiče. Možda da se još više podrže neki domaći/ex-YU hc/punk bandovi i i ljudi koji se nečime bave vezanim za DIY hc/punk kroz intervjue, ali preporučio bih da se izbjegnu bandovi kojima je svejedno gdje sviraju i kojima je to samo muzika. Intervju i priča oko Unison – Death in the Cradle albuma je pun pogodak! Ubacivanje tour dnevnika je uvijek zanimljivo pročitati. Kolumne su jedan od boljih dijelova fanzina, pogotovo u zadnjih par brojeva kad se broj kolumni povećao i uglavnom su dobro i zanimljivo napisane. To je nekako bila i kritika nekih ljudi a i moja vezano za prve brojeve i manjak kolumni. Izvještaji s koncerata su uglavnom OK, pogotovo kad se ne forsiraju neki hype festivali a sad ću se vratiti ovdje na nešto što sam spomenu kod recenzije o zadnjem izdanju Kurvi. Primijetio sam hajpanje određenih bandova iz hrvatske od strane OOTD ekipe i nisam ziher jel se radi samo o hajpanju tih par ljudi okupljenih oko OOTD ili u Srbiji stvarno ljudi vole te bandove. Pošto za Kurve mogu reći da u hrvatskoj ekipa koja je uključena u DIY hc/punk ih ne jebe pet posto i taj band nije bitan za domaći hc/punk niti ih ljudi ovdje smatraju dijelom istog. Ovo može potvrditi svatko tko je bar malo uključen u DIY hc/punk aktivnosti u hrvatskoj. Imaju Kurve nekakvu publiku na koncertima, ali to su uglavnom studoši koji briju na brucošijade i koji nemaju veze sa hc/punkom. Pa, eto, čisto da malo razbijem iluzije nekome tko brije da Kurve predstavljaju nešto bitno u domaćim DIY hardcore punk krugovima.

Uglavnom, da završim, vjerujem da sam smorio sve žive i mrtve, od studoša koji slušaju Kurve i Majke pa do opakih Slapshot hardcore igrača. Petica OOTD je poprilično solidan broj a sam fanzin ima potencijala da bude još kvalitetniji i bogatiji. Tak da, bumo vidili kak bu dalje to sve izgledalo, ali moju podršku svakako imaju.

Ovo je bila recenzija Out of the Darkness # 5 fanzina a ja sam
Gajo von IOSC

PS – Ukoliko netko želi ovu recenziju podijeliti na društvenim mrežama, sve OK, ali odmah ću se ograditi od lupetanja i komentara pojedinih likova koji su pali sa bukve i pričaju o „scenskim sektašima“ u 2019.-oj. Zanima me samo konstruktivna kritika a spomenuti fejsbuk ratnici koji pišu biserne komentare i forsiraju nebulozne rasprave neka se žale mami koja im nije tog jutra napravila doručak, pa su se malo naljutili.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

FLASHBACK OF 2018



Polo ready for circle pit!


Oh, hey there! I haven't write anything for a blog in a while. After The Truth & Rules Summer Tour I started to write a text about the tour for a blog but I've never finished it for some reason. In October it was four years how I started doing this blog and I didn't even bothered to write something for that occasion. I guess that Instagram took over my soul, haha! Well, to tell you to the truth, I get some good stuff from Instagram because I use it mostly because of the interest in hardcore punk and through Instagram I got to meet and connect with some cool people including people from some of my favorite bands. So, I guess there's some good in that. The thing is when I want to write something kind of fast and put it right online, I make a post on Instagram and when I want to write something more in-depth and longer, I do it for my zine. Which leads me to a decision to start a new zine in English, although I'm still doing the infamous International Old School Conspiracy zine mostly written in Croatian (the last is issue 19, May 2018). But more about the new zine some other time when it will be finished. I will probably post some stuff from the said zine on the blog too and that way the blog will hopefully live it up again in the near future.



Front cover of IOSC # 19 zine


The reason why I'm writing this is to make some sort of flashback of 2018. I'm not sure why we (humans) like to put some of our life moments into these time wraps, but I guess it's easier for us to remember the things this way from our past. But, it's still funny when someone have one bad month during a whole year and then declare that the next year will definitely be better. Yeah, right. I guess I will also have some of that crap in this post, so bare with me on this one.



Sitting on a shit throne at Gaztetxea squat in Zarautz, Spain


So, the 2018. Maybe I can start with the dogs and say that this past year bunch of foster dogs were under my care in my home until they were adopted permanently. Each of these dogs will be remembered in my heart and in my mind for a long time (probably more than some people) and I'm more than happy that each of those fluffy souls were adopted by some kind people. I also want to mention that in a month it will be five years how a beautiful mutt entered my life. I named him Henry (after some dude that was in a band called State Of Alert) and it's crazy that already five years passed from that snowy day when my sister took him all frozen out of the street. But, let's get back to infamous 2018.



Henry Garfield JR


Except of taking care of the dogs, the big thing in my life are the bands where I play which are still The Truth and Rules. There was also a band that lasted for 6 months (at least in rehearsal place). The band was called Bored To Death, the songs were fast and catchy pissed off hc/punk with critical lyrics, but I guess that it wasn't meant to be. We couldn't find a bass player to save our life and there were also some personal stuff that got in the way so that was the end of it.



THE TRUTH 


Anyway, let's start with The Truth, hardcore punk band that I'm part of 2011 although I'm friends with those guys for a long time. I can surely say that we had a pretty good year concerning playing shows and touring. We also wrote some new songs (that fuckin' rule!) at the beginning of the year, so our set list got richer with some new pissed off ass kicking hc/punk songs. While we are still working on a new album, it's a slowly process because we are split up in two countries and four towns and each of us has his own life and stuff that we do, so it takes time to finish the album. Also, we don't want to put some half-ass written songs just to finish the album quicker. Let's back to our shows and some statistics! From May to December of 2018 The Truth played 21 shows in 20 towns and 8 countries all over Europe and Balkan. We played on few hardcore punk festivals this year (To Be Punk in Novi Sad, Serbia, FFUD Fest in Sereď, Slovakia and Ulice Protiv Fašizma in Novi Sad, Serbia), we played at 10th anniversary of longest DIY hc/punk place for shows in Croatia called Podrum in Rijeka, Croatia and we played in Kraljevo, Serbia on a 30 years anniversary of hc/punk in Kraljevo with many legendary hc/punk bands that were mostly active in the 90's.




THE TRUTH and a wild Italian hc/punk crew in Trento, Italy



THE TRUTH somewhere in Spain


The Truth also did a European tour with Rules in summer, from July 6th to July 21st we played 16 shows in 16 towns through Croatia, Italy, France, Spain/Baskia, Portugal and Slovenia. That tour was so fucking good! Despite being summer, not every show was 15 people only (although there were few shows with literally only few people at the show), we played some pretty solid attended shows and some of the shows we played were probably one of the best shows that both bands ever played. Do I even have to mention that we met lots of awesome people, hanged out with some friends, played with some cool bands, ate lots of delicious food, visited too many beaches and we visited Portugal for the first time. We played in Porto and Lisbon and it was cool to meet finally in person Boris, my email/skype pal and a guy behind the awesome Destroy It Yourself label and distro. It was great to talk and hang out with Boris, including talking about the stuff we love both so much which is early 2000's hardcore punk! And besides that, Lisbon show was great! Anyway, I will write more in detail about the tour for my zine, but lets get it clear one more time, the summer tour was great and one of my favorite times of this year.



RULES


Rules also played a bunch this year. We also recorded in January (!) but waited the mix for too long. Now that the mix is finally done, we're planning to release those 6 songs (plus The Rites cover) on a vinyl, but before that we're re-releasing the first tape. This time on Mad Schnauzer and Destroy It Yourself! I've already mentioned DIY label being from Lisbon, Portugal run by our dear friend Boris. Mad Schnauzer is a DIY hc/punk label that is run by three The Truth members (the infamous „last seat“ in the van, haha!) and so far the Schnauzers already released some interesting bands from Balkan like Left To Starve, Eaglehaslanded and The Truth of course. And some new releases are in the plan. We also wrote few songs during this year which we still have to record but at least these songs already became the part of our live shows.



LEFT TO STARVE/RULES and our driver Stojka



RULES at Venster 99 in Vienna, Austria 
Photo by Paayarazzi


As I've said before, Rules played a lot this year although the beginning of the year and the winter was dead quiet. But, at the beginning of spring, Rules and Left To Starve headed to 9 days (7 shows) tour through Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia. Unfortunately, we had two days off in the middle of the tour which sucked big time, but beside that the tour was cool, we played some great shows, met lots of familiar faces and got to meet some new nice people and even made some new friends. Also, before that tour I haven't played a single show from November 2017, so I really needed that tour to keep me sane. I've already mentioned the summer tour with The Truth that Rules played which I will repeat again, was fucking epic! Rules also played solid amount of local shows including a first hc/punk show in a newest squatted building in Zagreb, Croatia, called BEK. We also played on some great hc/punk festivals: Fluff Fest in Rokycany, Czech Republic, FFUD Fest in Sereď, Slovakia and NÖ Fest in Horná Lehota, Slovakia. All these festivals were a great and positive experience for us and we're thankful that we were a part of each of those festivals. So, from March to November of 2018, Rules played 29 shows in 26 towns and 9 countries all over Europe and Balkan.



RULES at Psych Tent/FLUFF Fest in Rokycany, Czech Republic
Photo by Mišo Ljuboje



                      RULES at FFUD Fest at Camping Sereď, Slovakia
                                               Photo by Maja Duljević



RULES at FFUD Fest at Camping Sereď, Slovakia
Photo by Déé X Géé


Both Rules and The Truth have some plans for 2019 but, I'm gonna say more about that some other time.









Summer Nightmare Tour - THE TRUTH & RULES Summer 2018 Tour
All photos by Vjetroslav Prdinski 


As for the rest of DIY hc/punk stuff from Croatia, there is some interesting stuff happening from time to time, there are some still relatively new squatted places going on (and also other squats that are now functioning for quite some time). There is of course bunch of bands all around and too many shows (in Zagreb especially). Yes, too many shows that became so predictable and boring, it's like watching a simulation of a hc/punk show through a digital screen, that's how most of today's local hc/punk shows seem to me. Also, too much cartoon punk bands that are not exciting in any way except if you are satisfied with mediocre boring bands and stale performances. Also, absence of any direct self/criticism that goes along with lots of people, concealed sexism that crept under lots of people who are active in punk and lack of „fuck you“ attitude to bunch of things that shouldn't be a part of DIY hc/punk. Also, when you confront some people with these critics, they will say that everything is fine and that we should all just relax and have fun. Which leads me to a drug abuse problem in Croatian DIY hc/punk which was maybe more actual in 2017 then it is now (at least I hope it isn't so anymore), but still, too many people here are seeing punk just as a fun and destructive platform without thinking of the consequences. I always thought of hc/punk as a learning process and never ending questioning process of everything around you including yourself. Yes, „fun“ part is also important in punk, but if „fun“ only means being wasted as fuck at any occasion and not thinking about your actions, then I have to strongly disagree and call you a fucking poser. Now I will say that cliche line that not everything is bad and that there are also some positive people, actions, events that are active in Croatian DIY hc/punk. Of course there are those too, but there has to be some criticism and I think that one of the main problems in today's Croatian hc/punk is the lack of criticism and the fact that people are not communicating (except the few ones) about certain things that I've mentioned above. I don't even want to go too deep into a sudden interest for fanzines by some NGO projects in Croatia because those NGO people's perspective on zines is that zines are something that was happening in the past which really don't help at all those few active punk zines in Croatia. Not that punk zines need any help from any kind of mainstream and zines will continue to exist no matter if people from mainstream culture and press think they're relevant or not. So, I'll stop here about the „scene“ topics before you call me cynical and jaded old bastard. I'm all of that but I'm also that asshole that still care about DIY hardcore punk.



THE TRUTH - Ulice Protiv Fašizma


THE TRUTH at FFUD Fest at Camping Sereď, Slovakia
                                                 Photo by Maja Duljević



RULES at Klaonica squat in Zagreb, Croatia
Photo by Jahvo Joža



RULES at Surogat/Medika in Zagreb, Croatia
Photo by Jahvo Joža


And we got to a personal part of this post, oh, oh, whatta fuck. On a personal side of myself, this year was fucking weird and pretty depressed at some times. But, luckily those moments were present only during a few first months of the year (the usual depressive winter time) and when the spring came I got back to being my regular self, the self righteous asshole that hates everyone, but at least I sorted out everything I had to with myself. The beginning of 2018 carried some bullshit stuff from 2017 related to a roommate that me and my other friend/roommate had to deal with until the first mentioned roommate moved out. But then I got caught into a web of some other people's bullshit including a one close friend and that really made a bad mark on myself. Some of that bullshit got me in such depressive and dark corners of my mind and soul that I wouldn't want that to happen even to a worst enemy. I was so fucked up at some moments which reminded me why I stopped drinking in the first place (which was really long time ago, but nevertheless). Lots of times when I would be drinking and was wasted I would be a total asshole to other people and a dark personality that alcohol would bring out of me was just the worst shit. So, I decided to stop that shit at the right time because I was 18 when I stopped drinking. This was definitely one of the best decisions that I've made in my life. And then, 20 years later this bullshit stuff come back in form of my reaction to some selfish acts of people who don't give a slight shit how their actions will affect the people they're close with. I could write a book about this, but what's the point of that, I don't want or need to go back to that period. I've already gave too much credit to each of those responsible for bunch of selfish, stupid and unnecessary actions that not only had an negative effect on me but on some other people too. But, the interesting thing is that in between all that negativity and dark times I got to meet one awesome person and pretty soon after we met we became really good friends. So, things got much better after getting to know my new friend and when I started to play more. The summer was pretty cool with an already praised summer tour and also few awesome festivals thrown in that I've played with my bands. The rest of the summer I spent mostly chilling with dogs. After the summer, my friend and now ex roommate CursedXD (of course I'm calling him by his punk/band name, haha!) moved out, but it was all on good terms and we're still friends and we still play in bands together. The autumn was also filled with few cool shows/fests that I've played, so there was no time for depressive thoughts and I hope that the upcoming winter will not be too harsh.



Hanging out with my new mysterious friend



THE TRUTH at rehearsal



RULES at NÖ Fest in Horná Lehota, Slovakia
Photo by Déé X Géé


So, that's my flashback of 2018 in short. 2018 was an interesting year although I could easily be fine without those dark moments from the few first months that I've mentioned above. I'm sure there are people out there who have some big plans for 2019 and some other people probably don't think about that at all and just want to survive in this fucked up world. As for me, it's pretty much simple. I'm gonna continue to provide my home as a temporary home for the dogs that needs to be adopted, record and release all the songs from The Truth and Rules that we haven't recorded so far, play and tour with both bands as much as I/we can, put out the first issue of my new zine and the 20th issue of International Old School Conspiracy zine and try not to attach myself with manipulative people.

Most photos by Vjetroslav Prdinski, some by Jahvo Jože, Paayarazzi, Lea.pard, Marija Duljević, Déé X Géé, Mišo Ljuboje and few selfies by ourselves. 

Before the end, here are some links that maybe you want to check out. Thanks.

THE TRUTH

RULES

MAD SCHNAUZER RECORDS

DESTROY IT YOURSELF RECORDS

You can also reach me at: https://www.instagram.com/deadly_138/

I am The Snake

PS – Greetings to TEAR IT UP army from all over the world!



Behind the merch table in Novi Sad, Serbia
Photo by Lea.pard

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

THE TRUTH & RULES SUMMER NIGHTMARE 2018 TOUR



It's been a while since I wrote anything for the blog, but that's the story for some other time. I want to say more than a few words about the upcoming tour that THE TRUTH and RULES will share together this July. From July 06th to 22nd July we're going on a 16 days long European tour that will begin in Zagreb, Croatia and it will end in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This time we're going more south all the way to Portugal and we'll also pass trough Italy, France and Spain. We have never been in Portugal before, so we're excited to go there as we're also excited because of visiting lots of other new cities and of course we're glad that we'll visit few cities and places where we already played before. This time we managed to book all dates leaving us without a day off which is a rare thing considering our last few tours (by both bands) where there would be always few dates without shows. I hope that I didn't jinx it writing about it and that there will be no canceling shows on this tour. This year was quite bad for me emotionally and mentally, so this tour will be a pretty good getaway from some of the shit that I was dealing back home. 

If you don't know much about THE TRUTH and RULES, here's the info. 

THE TRUTH is a hardcore punk consisted of five individuals (Felix – vocals, Vojkan -. Guitar, Nikola – bass, Dominik – guitar & Gajo – drums) from a few different cities (Kraljevo, Belgrade & Zagreb) and two countries which are Serbia and Croatia. The band as The Truth was formed in 2008 but it became more active in 2011 when I joined the band on drums. That's when we started to tour on a regular basis and so far we played a great deal of shows and tours through Europe and Balkan. At the end of 2016 Dominik entered the band as a second guitarist which made The Truth fast hc/punk music even faster :). It happens that all five of us are straight edge, although this is not something that we're dealing with in our lyrics, but still straight edge is important to each one of us on a personal level. So, you can say that we're a straight edge hc/punk band but it's DIY hc/punk what really defines us as a band. If you're coming to The Truth show it's most likely that you will hear some talk between some songs about the things that matter to us, from personal stuff through some critical questioning of the things around us which includes some political stuff too. It's really important for us as individuals and as a band to spread our message, but also we are trying to stay as far as we can from some one-sided slogan messages. We won't tell you what you need to do, but we're gonna say what's on our minds and in our hearts. Of course, we think that with all the serious stuff we're saying (and any other band), DIY hc/punk shows should be about fun, releasing your energy and getting out of all the negative and positive stuff that you need to release. So, I guess that the perfect recipe would be getting wild while we play and listening and debating with us while we talk :). In this modern age when lots of hc/punk bands went far away from fast and pissed off hc/punk, we feel that it's important to not forget the sound of fast, pissed off and passionate hc/punk with a strong message. This is our mission, this is what we care the most concerning the band and we hope to inspire someone along the way. Maybe that's a tough task for 2018 but we will still try and we don't mean to stop for quite some time. 

https://thetruthbanda.wordpress.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/thetruthofthetruth



THE TRUTH

Photo by #Vjetorslavprdinski 

RULES is a hardcore punk band that is based in Zagreb, Croatia (even though some members are originally from bizarre towns called Karlovac and Duga Resa) that is consisted of four individuals (Krešo – vocals, Dominik – guitar, Gajo – bass and Pavle – drums). Rules was formed in the Fall of 2015 and so far the band played bunch of shows through Europe and Balkan including three European tours which makes this upcoming tour the bands fourth European tour. Although Rules in the beginning had some faster songs, lately the band started experimenting with various rock structures in the songs but still remaining true to raw and energetic hardcore punk sound. Lyrics of Rules are mostly dealing with personal stuff and inner feelings. Basically, we gathered for the love of hardcore punk music and playing in Rules is our way of releasing our frustrations and all the crap that we have to deal on regular basis. 

https://rulestheband.wordpress.com
https://fyourules.bandcamp.com/releases



RULES

 Photo by #Paayarazzi

Members of both THE TRUTH and RULES are or were involved with lots of DIY hc/punk activities like doing shows, making zines and playing in bunch of bands from the 90's to present day. Some of these bands are: OPD, The Truth Of XXX, Hoću? Neću!, No Choice, Lasting Values, Theysuck!, Fx Px Ox, Vaseline Children, Junk Messiah, Ugly Fucks and Left To Starve. 

So, hope to see some of you on THE TRUTH & RULES SUMMER NIGHTMARE 2018 TOUR. See you in the pit! 

I am the Snake





I thrash therefore I am!

Photoy by Lea #lea.pard

Thursday, September 28, 2017

TEAR IT UP INTERVIEW







OK, here’s another old TEAR IT UP interview that I found online years ago. I keep getting requests lately to put more Tear It Up and related stuff on the blog which means that someone is reading this and actually gives a fuck about this stuff. That is fucking great and I appreciate it a lot. This interview was originally from Twice the Speed web zine that was done by some dude Mark from Umea, Sweden. I’m not sure if this was also a proper paper zine and also I’m not sure if this is still online, because we are talking about early 2000’s when this interview was done. The interview is from 2003, Matt answered the interview and this one is more laid back and funny than other TIU interviews (at least the ones I read so far). As many other TIU stuff, I also “stole” and published this interview in my zine International Old School Conspiracy # 14, October 2012. Enjoy in reading, I am The Snake 




Ok, what can you say about Tear It Up? Lots and lots I guess but there is no room for that here. Tear it up is actually my favorite, now existing, hardcore band and I'd say that the "Nothing To Nothing" LP is on my top 5 records list. I'm telling you; the first thing I'll do when I'll get a hold of some money is to ink my love for this band to my body. When I got the opportunity of doing an interview with TIU I got quite thrilled so I skipped my math class and wrote the questions right away, it didn't get that good I'm afraid but feel free to enjoy it anyway. For you who don't know TIU from before I can say that they play real hardcore, no metal shit, with a touch of thrash (especially on their first record). At first I thought that the interview would be with the singer but as it toured out Matt (the drummer) took care of the interview. By the way I can tell you that, despite of his rock-hard gangster-look (joke), Matt seems to be a great guy that actually answered the interview in about one day, thanks Matt. Mark

Mark: Ok, usual stuff then. Present the band + short band history.
Matt: Tear It Up is a fast hardcore band from NJ USA and we’ve been playing for about 2 and half years. In that time we’ve had a total of 7 members (two were replaced) and did 7 or 8 records. Fast enough? 

Mark: What other bands do Tear It Up members take part in?
Matt: Right now it’s just The Rites and A new Enemy. But members from Tear It Up have been in Dead Nation, Down in Flames and Cut the Shit. 

Mark: What do you do except singing for Tear It Up? Everything from school to crimes.
Matt: Well first off I’m the drummer, and I go to college and substitute teach. As far as crimes, just fashion I guess. 





Mark: You went on a quite long tour last summer all over Europe, I wonder; was it worth it?
Matt: Hell yeah we played a shit load of shows, that’s what’s important just playing. But it was hard finding good pizza in Europe is like trying to find good haircuts at a Locust show. 

Mark: What did you think of playing in Umeå? I heard from Karate kid that you were pretty excited.
Matt: Yeah it was a great show. We’ve been friends with the DS 13 guys for a long time and it was cool to play up where they’re all from because we’ve played with them here in the US a lot. Even if their bass player was off in the US when we were there. Bass players who needs em right? 

Mark: Right. I also heard that one guy fooled you into believing that he had played bass in Final Exit, did you actually fall for that?
Matt: I don’t know I never talked to any kid who said that so no I didn’t fall for it I guess. By the way I sang for Straight Ahead.





Mark: Yea right, his name was Craig wasn't it? Did you actually wear the same clothes the whole tour?
Matt: I’d say yes but there are photos that show otherwise. 

Mark: Tell us something really interesting and thrilling about the tour, did you get beaten up by evil Dutch jock guys or something like that?
Matt: No the Dutch are all sweethearts. But we did get into some weird confrontational conversation with some drunken Polish Mafia kid. We were told to leave by our Polish roadie so we split. 

Mark: Scary, in Sweden the polish people come to pick berries in the woods; for the money. That's weird, they really have fucked up economy down there. Tell me of the best unknown band you played with during your tour?
Matt: Probably Dead Stop. Or The Horror. 






Mark: Never heard of any of them. At what place were you best received by the audience?
Matt: Dordrecht Holland. It was our first show and lots of kids traveled to it, and lots of friends were there. We played really good and brought the house down. Literally there were no more shows there after that, but I think it was more due to some kid puking in front of the place or something. Tear It Up makes you puke, at least its punk.

Mark: When RAMBO came to Umeå they said that Kristoffer (138) had advised them not to come because Umeå sucked. Did he say the same thing to you?
Matt: Naw he just left us a note saying that here we were stuck playing in his shit town and he was off in America stealing all our beer, women, and mosh. But I’ve seen him mosh so I’ll say he way lying. I really love that guy though. 

Mark: I actually had that note in my bookcase for like a month. Kristoffer told me to give it to you for some reason. It's really weird. I mean I don't even know the guy. By the way, does that guy know every American hardcore kid in the world?
Matt: I don’t know I’m just one small insignificant little link in the chain of American Hardcore. 

Mark: The big question: Will Tear It Up be back in Umeå or any other part of Sweden?
Matt: Hopefully we’ll be in Europe for 6 weeks this summer and Sweden is top on the list. It was way rad last time. 




Mark: How the hell should you get a copy of your European tour 7" with the Raped Ass cover?
Matt: You should have been there to get it the first time. Or beat up some asshole that bought 3 of em. Check in Germany.

Mark: Do you like the big scenes with lots of people or the smaller scenes with a bit more closeness to the audience?
Matt: I like it all. I’ll take any gig man, but I do like the smaller places better it’s easier to get all crazy. 

Mark: What's the most stupid thing you have ever said between two songs?
Matt: Thanking kids who already left. San Diego this is for you! 

Mark: Have you ever had like a speech prepared for between-songs-chat? There's a lot of bands acting that way in Sweden...
Matt: Hahahaha no. Sometimes you make a note to yourself like, ask for place to stay, we have none or something like that. We like to think of ourselves as having remarkable wit. 




Mark: Have any one of you ever done any crazy, bound-to-fail, stunt during a show like a back flip of a speaker or something?
Matt: Dave has missed the bass drum once or twice. Paul fell over at the first show after a jump. I think that’s all the casualties. 

Mark: So much for "Play to destroy". Have you ever done something shocking on stage, black metal style, for example throwing up at the kids or slit your wrists?
Matt: I’ve definitely thrown up on stage but not on purpose for “the kids”…yet. We were planning on doing a Poison Idea set an making John sit in a chair and play guitar with a pillow stuck under his shirt.

Mark: Speaking of old bands; What's the magic behind black flag? I noticed that you played it in the van when you came to Umeå and that you all have Black Flag tattoos (or am I wrong).
Matt: Great band, great attitude, they had it all right. And no at that time only me and Dave had Black Flag tattoos. John has one now but he just got it.

Mark: Did Tear It Up get better then Dead Nation?
Matt: I think so, I mean I think there was a lot more fresh input and we took the music a lot more places, but it wouldn’t be possible to have done that without Dead Nation. 

Mark: Will The Rites be better than Tear It Up?
Matt: I like em both, I don’t think one is better than the other they’re different to me, and since I’m writing a lot of the stuff for both bands it must be true.





Mark: I've heard that you will release some new stuff. In what form and style will it appear?


Matt: The next thing out will be a Tear It Up 12 in EP called “Taking you down with me” on Havoc. It will be on CD also with the Down In Flames split and a live set.

Mark: Will you have a hidden rock n' roll track in this too?
Matt: Don’t have to there’s one of our own.

Mark: Why did you release one of your songs both as Dead Nation and Tear It Up?
Matt: That was the first song that I wrote that got played and I didn’t want to leave it behind because we didn’t play it that much and we broke up before it even was released. So I said fuck it it’s my song it goes with me.

Mark: Who did the cover art to "Just Can’t Stand It"? It's really cool.
Matt: Ernesto Torres from Life’s Halt. And yes it is cool.

Mark: If you had to choose one member to kick out of the band who would that be?
Matt: Doug, oh wait we already did. Next question. 




Mark: What's with your drummer? He looks like a drug addict and plays like he's on ecstasy. He's not straight edge is he?
Matt: Well I’ll refrain from answering this in the third person, but no I am edge and yes I do make silly faces. But I’ve got nothing on Raeph from Kill Your Idols he’s got the best ones. Man I thought I looked all right that tour, but I’ll take drug addict just make it something cool like dope, ecstasy is such a lame drug.

Mark: What happened to the fifth band member? He wasn't joining you on the tour, at least not in Umeå.
Matt: Ryan joined just before we were leaving and couldn’t go. He was on the US leg of the tour though.

Mark: What's with the huge stage dive photo on the lyrics sheet to the "Nothing To Nothing" LP? It looks quite sick.
Matt: Swank’s a great dude he’s been out with us a lot. One of my best friends, and he’s got the ups.

Mark: Will he be back for the new record?
Matt: We have more pictures of him doing stupid ass shit like that but I don’t think they’ll fit it the layout.

Mark: Five most important bands throughout history?
Matt: 1. Black Flag
2. The Stooges
3. The Ramones
4. Beach Boys
5. Beatles



Mark: Five most important records throughout history?
Matt: 1. Pet Sounds the production was amazing on that and quite revolutionary for the time.
2. Stooges’s Raw Power perhaps the most vicious bunch of Jams on a rock album ever. Raw and loud.
3. Ramones this took the songs back for the kids and away from the asshole professional musicians.
4. Circle Jerks Group Sex linked songs in a way that was unsurpassed in the punk world. They really did make an album not just a bunch of songs put together.
5. Damaged Black Flag this LP killed them all. Hard raw and desperate.

Mark: Which is the best? Paper-zine or online-zine doesn't matter.
Matt: I gotta say Game of The Arseholes Stuart’s trip to Japan was well worth reading about?

Mark: Which is the best: CD or LP?
Matt: LP’s. 

Mark: Which is the best: Mohawk-punks or youth crew kids?
Matt: Your less likely to get pulled over with youth crew kids around. It looks like you have the football team with you. 

Mark: Which is the best: Deadalive or Havoc?
Matt: I hear that Lost and Found is a bunch of real cool guys.

Mark: I heard they're dead. Will hardcore ever die?
Matt: Dude it died in 86 when no trend broke up. That book was such a waste. 
(This is a reference to American Hardcore book, remark by The Snake)

Mark: Will the new record totally thrash our brains?
Matt: If you have any. 

Mark: Oooh, attitude. Any last words?
Matt: yeah contact us at 21 Sulliman Rd, Edison, NJ 08817 USA or write, tearitup666@hotmail.com. Thanks a lot for the interview man.



 A very bad copy of IOSC # 14 and one of the worst IOSC front covers, ha ha!