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YOUR Punk Shirt In A New Coffee Table Book?

February 1st, 2016

Hey – want to include as many friends as possible. Makes it more fun.

Please look at the working list below of punk “moments” we want to include in this book—which is absolutely happening and through a big publisher. I have to have it done by end of March!

If you saw any of those bands within the timeframe of the chapter they are going in—doesn’t matter what city—we potentially have a match! And so… answer as many as you can? Thanks! You will be quoted real nice in a gorgeous book. Your memory of this event and time and shirt and band will live on and all that!

Please give me your first and last name, what city you are from and email address.

Can you tell me the story about one of your favourite punk t-shirts you got AT THE TIME (i.e. not a modern era, retro etc), where you got it and what it meant to you?

What is the significance of that band or that shirt image, in the story of punk?

How did the design of the shirt reflect punk fashion?

How about one that a buddy had looked totally cool?

What were some other popular punk shirts you can recall from that era and why were they cool?

If you ever custom-made one, could you describe it and tell me what compelled you to make it?

Do you have any punk t-shirts from that band’s golden era that you can photograph and send to me?

Can you tell me a story about one or more historic punk gigs you went to (from one of these five eras)? And what made that show so important?

How about just generally a punk album or song/single that was important to you in its day, and why it affected you so much?

Punk Tees: The Story of Punk in 125 T-shirts

Main intro
1500 – 2000 words, or 1250 word intro and 750 word Celebrity Foreword

1 – 1968 – 1975 (10)
1500 – 2000 word intro, plus 2 to 3 stand-alone quotes

each of the below, to the number and items chose, gets 150-200-word descriptor (me?) + c.75-word quote (fan?) or vice versa

MC5, The Democratic National Convention, Chicago, IL, August 25, 1968
Stooges – debut album
MC5 – Back in the USA
Alice Cooper, International Youth Expo, Kingsbridge Armory, Bronx, New York, July 5, 1971
New York Dolls, Mercer Arts Center, New York City, May 5, 1972
New York Dolls, London Imperial College, London, November 4, 1972
The Modern Lovers, Long Branch Saloon, Berkeley, CA, April 1972
The Deviants
New York Dolls, Max’s Kansas City, New York City, 1973
Iggy and the Stooges, Max’s Kansas City, New York City, 1973
Iggy and the Stooges, The Apollo, London, 1973
Iggy and the Stooges (Metallic KO pt. 1) Michigan Palace, Detroit, Michigan, October 6, 1973
Lou Reed, Houston, Texas, November 13, 1974
Television, Townhouse Theater, New York City, March 2, 1974
Iggy and the Stooges (Metallic KO pt. 2), Michigan Palace, Detroit, Michigan, February 9, 1974
Television, Patti Smith, Max’s Kansas City, New York City, August 28 – September 2, 1974
Television, CBGB, New York City, January 1975
Patti Smith, CBGB, New York City, 1975
Rocket from the Tombs, Cleveland
Dr. Feelgood

2 – 1976 – 1978 (29)
1500 – 2000 word intro, plus 2 to 3 stand-alone quotes

each of the below, to the number and items chose, gets 150-200-word descriptor (me?) + c.75-word quote (fan?)

The Ramones, CBGB, New York City, August 16, 1974
The Ramones, The Heartbreakers, The Sea of Clouds club, New York City, December 31, 1975
The Ramones, The Roundhouse, London, July 4, 1976
The Heartbreakers, Blondie, The Fast, Max’s Kansas City, July 24, 1976
Dead Boys, CBGB, August 1976
The Ramones, Toronto, Canada, September 24, 1976
The Germs, The Zeroes, The Weirdos, Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA, April 1977
Pere Ubu, Cleveland, 1977
Viletones, Diodes, Teenage Head, “three outrageous punk bands from Toronto, Canada,” CBGB, New York City, July 7, 8, 9, 10, 1977
Devo, CBGB, New York City, 1977
The Germs, Devo, Blondie, Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, California (filmed), October 3, 1977
Dead Boys, Crash ‘n’ Burn, Toronto, 1978
Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Erasers, Ghosts, CBGB, New York City, April 20, 1978
Diodes, Crash ‘n’ Burn, 1978
DMZ, The Rathskeller, Boston, 1978
Ramones, Blondie, Kiss, Dead Boys, Dictators, Village People, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, 1st Annual Punk Magazine Awards Ceremony, Club Hollywood, New York City, October 13, 1978
Suicide Commandos, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1978
Viletones, Teenage Head, “The Last Pogo” concert, The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada, December 1, 1978
The Weirdos
Potential gigs to cover include:
Sex Pistols, St. Martin’s School of Art, November 6, 1975
The Saints, 76 Club, Brisbane, Australia, 1976
Sex Pistols, Nashville Rooms, London, January 1976
Patti Smith, Roundhouse, London, May 16, 1976
The Damned, 100 Club, London, July 6, 1976
Sex Pistols, Screen on the Green, Islington, London, August 29, 1976
Sex Pistols signing to A&M, EMI, Virgin
Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Damned (a.k.a. “first international punk festival) 100 Club, London, September 21, 1976
Metal Urbain, France, December 1976
The Saints, supporting AC/DC, Australia, 1976
The Clash, The Roxy (gala opening), January 1, 1977
The Damned, CBGBs, New York, April 7, 1977
The Damned, Television, The Whiskey, Los Angeles CA, April 16, 1977
X-Ray Spex, The Roxy, London, 1977
The Sex Pistols, The River Thames, June 5, 1977
The Clash, The Saints, Cherry Vanilla, The Slits, Birmingham Rag Market, Birmingham UK, July 17, 1977
Stiffs Tour (Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric), Leicester University, Leicester, October 22, 1977
The Clash, The Rainbow, December 13, 1977
Stinky Toys, The Roxy, 1978
Sex Pistols, Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, January 14, 1978
The Strangers
The Adverts
The Lurkers
Slaughter & the Dogs

3 – 1978 – 1982, post-punk in the UK, new wave in the US (33)
1500 – 2000 word intro, plus 2 to 3 stand-alone quotes

each of the below, to the number and items chose, gets 150-200-word descriptor (me?) + c.75-word quote (fan?)

The Plasmatics, CBGB, New York City, July 1978
death of Sid Vicious
Buzzcocks, Middleton Civic Hall, Manchester, UK, March 29, 1978
The Undertones, Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 1978
The Clash, The Palladium, New York City, February 17, 1979
Joy Division, Futurama Festival Queens Hall, Leeds, September 9, 1979
The Clash, Newcastle Mayfair, June 12, 1980
The Cramps
Pere Ubu
X, Los Angeles, 1978
Sham 69, London, 1978
The Jam
Gang of Four
Talking Heads
Boomtown Rats
Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Elvis Costello
The Police
The Pretenders
Siouxsee and the Banshees
Split Enz
Radio Stars
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
Adam & The Ants
Billy Idol

4 – 1982 – 1989, hardcore, Oi, crust (37)
1500 – 2000 word intro, plus 2 to 3 stand-alone quotes

each of the below, to the number and items chose, gets 150-200-word descriptor (me?) + c.75-word quote (fan?)

Black Flag
Circle Jerks
Dead Kennedys
New Model Army
Cockney Rejects, Cedar Club, Birmingham, 1980
D.O.A., Smilin’ Buddha, Vancouver, BC, 1980
The Crass, UK Subs, The White Lion, Putney, UK, 1980
D.O.A., Viletones, Stark Naked, The Fleshtones, Forgotten Rebels, Joe College and The Rulers, Rock Against Radiation, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, July 19, 1980
The Crass, 100 Club, 1981
Fear, Saturday Night Live, New York City, October 31, 1981
Subhumans, Smilin’ Buddha, Vancouver, BC, 1981
4-Skins, The Business, Southall, UK, July 1981
The Crass, The Roxy, London, 1981
Discharge, 100 Club, 1981
Sonic Youth
The Wipers
Bad Brains, Roller Rink, New York City, 1981
Husker Du, Calgarian Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, June 22, 1981
Husker Du, Gorilla Room, Seattle, Washington, July 9, 1981
UK Subs, Gdansk, Poland, July 1982
Minor Threat, Washington DC, 1982
The Crass, Poison Girls, Flux of Dead Indians, The Mob, Amebix, 24-hour squat, London Zig Zag club, December 18, 1982
Bad Brains, Minor Threat, The Young and the Useless, CBGB, New York City, December 25, 1982
The Exploited, Agnostic Front, New York City, 1984
Cro-Mags, New York City, 1986
Bad Brains, July 13, 1987
Fugazi, Washington DC, 1988
Agnostic Front, CBGB, New York City, August 21, 1988
Soul Asylum
Bad Religion, The Vex, Los Angeles, 1981
Black Flag, Flesheaters, The Dicks, Saccharine Trust, legal benefit, July 22, 23, 1983
Wasted Youth, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vex, August 27, 1983
Black Flag, Mountaineers Club, Seattle, 1984
Social Distortion, Los Angeles, California, 1984
Sublime, Los Angeles, July 4, 1988
Bad Religion, Los Angeles, California, 1988
Butthole Surfers
Suicidal Tendencies
The Adolescents
The Dickies

5 – Epilogue: 1990 – Punk and Beyond: The T-shirt Lives On (a short concluding chapter looking at the punk T-shirt post-1990 and its living legacy today) (16)
1500 – 2000 word intro, plus 2 to 3 stand-alone quotes

each of the below, to the number and items chose, gets 150-200-word descriptor (me?) + c.75-word quote (fan?)

Melvins, Nirvana, Beat Happening, Rignall Hall, Olympia, Washington, January 19, 1990
Mookie Blaylock (later Pearl Jam), Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle, Washington, October 22, 1990
Nirvana, OK Hotel, Seattle, Washington, April 17, 1991
Nirvana, The Roxy, Los Angeles CA, August 15, 1991
Pearl Jam, Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle, Washington, August 23, 1991
Nirvana, Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, Michigan, October 11, 1991
Pearl Jam, The Borderline, London, February 4, 1992
The Offspring, anti-nuclear benefit, Hollywood, California, 1989
Rancid, Gilman Street, February 8, 1992
Green Day, The Palace, Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 1994
Sublime, Warped Tour, 1995
The Offspring, Australia, 1995
Rancid, Camden Underworld, London, September 7, 1995
NOFX, Warped Tour, 1996
Sublime, SnoCore tour, Petaluma, California, May 24, 1996
Rancid, Lollapalooza, San Jose, California, August 2, 1996
The Offspring, Camden Underworld, London, August 22, 1996
Blink-182, SnoCore tour, San Bernardino, CA, February 7, 1998
Rancid, Warped Tour, San Francisco, California, July 5, 1998
Social Distortion
The Vandals
Jughead’s Revenge
Face to Face
Bad Religion
Unwritten Law
No Doubt
Face to Face

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Anti- Flag : Pat Thetic

December 8th, 2015



Interview with Pat Thetic

 About 5 years ago, vocalist/guitaris Justin Sane from Anti Flag was playing a few solo gigs in Finland and I had the chance to interview him. Unfortunately, the recorder wasn’t on during the 60min talk I had with him, so that great interview got lost and this has haunted me over these 5 years. Cut back to November of 2015, Anti Flag comes to play in Helsinki, and I knew that this time I couldn’t fail. However, this time Justin Sane was unavailable to do an interview, but I was lucky enough to talk with drummer Pat Thetic, who alongside Justin Sane, formed Anti Flag in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the late 80’s. It was a conversation that touched upon a variety of topics, from music to politics to nostalgia to the band’s future, and luckily this time there weren’t any technical problems.

Interview by Petri da Costa

Let’s start talking about the latest record, “American Spring”, which was released early this year. The first thing I noticed was that this was a longer record than the previous one, “The General Strike”, which had a more ’direct approach’ and had less songs. So what was the band’s approach when making this new record?

Well, the interesting thing about Anti Flag’s records and the number of songs is that we usually record 20 to 22 songs, or we at least write them. Then, depending on how many we AF The Terror Statelike in the end are the ones which make it to record. So there are more songs that were written that never made it to both of these records, but we just felt that the previous record was more of a aggressive and direct to the point. In this new record we were taking more a ‘bigger look at things’ and we brought in different people, so it changed the flavor of the record a little bit.

So it wasn’t a planned thing to be a longer record?

No, it wasn’t planned. It was just the songs were a little slower, which makes them a bit longer, less beats per minute. There’s a little bit more…not necessarily ‘creativity’ but more space for different things on this record than on the previous one.

I noticed as well that there’s a more melodic sound overall. Were there different influences on making this record?

 What there was is that we worked with a man called Kenny Carkeet, who is an band called Awolnation, and his producing partner Jim Kaufman. They are both very talented, very melodic people. They are both well versed in Anti Flag punk rock, but they bring a different flavor to what we do. That’s why there’s more melody. The last two records before “American Spring”, we recorded in our practice room ourselves, so we weren’t looking for anybody else’s input, we were just looking to get something out. Not in the sense of just get out, but in the sense to release what was inside of us, that we needed to express this stuff. In this new one were like ‘Okay, let’s experiment a bit more, let’s be open to a little more than the last two records’.

The other change was the label. You guys signed with Spinefarm Records, which is more known for signing metal bands. So how did this partnership with A-F11Spinefarm came up?

 Well, we have no loyalties to record companies. I’m not a big fan of record companies, I own a record company, and they are not what’s important to me. Some people are like ‘Oh, we wanna be on this record label because it represents something’. We’ve never been like that. We have a vision, the record company just comes along with us to express our vision. So we were just looking for someone new to help us and get the record out. Spinefarm came into the equation and had some really interesting ideas on how they wanted to release the record and spoke to a different group of people that we traditionally speak to, so we said ‘Yes, let’s give it a shot’.

Talking a bit about the lyrics, nowadays there’s this overload of information coming from all sides and different sources, everything happens quickly. A person can know what’s going on in their country or around the globe instantly, so how all this impact the band’s lyrics? Do you try to stay current when writing lyrics or do you write based on something that has influenced you guys personally or how do you approach the lyrics?

Well, being human beings we are current on what’s happening in the world just because it’s what interest us. I was just in the back reading about the Turks shooting down the Russian plane, and all that stuff is interesting to us. So we are being exposed to these ideas all the time, whether they’ll boil down to an idea that then becomes a song you never know. As most people are, we are consumers of information, political information, and it doesn’t matter whether is coming to us second by second or over time. It takes a little bit of time for those ideas to ultimately solidify into something that we wanna express through a song.

The other thing you guys have been doing for a long time now is putting the topics about the lyrics, information about what the lyrics are about, which I think it’s a great idea. So how important is that? Is this as important as the songs themselves? I mean, you guys put a lot of effort into this.

 Yeah, we put a lot of effort in this. It’s all important to us. Nobody cares about the band unless they like the songs. Anti Flag has always being about creating art that talks about things AF The General Strikefrom a perspective that is not necessarily a given. So that information that we put in the liner notes is very important to us because we think that there are other ideas out there that a lot of people don’t have access to, and this is a way giving people access to other ideas. When we were young, every record we got out had that type of stuff that said ‘Hey, you might wanna check these things’. But we got away from it because of the 2000’s internet revolution, we felt that people didn’t need us to tell them where to find this information. What we have learned over the last couple of years is that just because you have access to information, doesn’t mean you know where to find it. What we were trying to do is say ‘Hey, if you feel this way, these are places you might be interested in checking out and this is where you can find more information about these topics’. So yeah, it’s very important to us because we think that people are being lied to every day and we wanna give them places to find information that might be more truthful.

Let’s talk about the current tour. How’s this European tour been so far?

It’s been great. We were just actually talking about this song that we have, “Brandenburg Gate”, which talks about the Brandenburg Gate in Germany which was in sort of no man’s land between East and West Germany. So that idea of this monument that was in Berlin and then go to Moscow and play this song and have kids singing about it…you know, because that was when US and Russian were enemies, and then to sing a song about that in Moscow and have kids singing along was great. This song is about freedom and understanding beyond the national bullshit of Putin and Obama or Khrushchev and Kennedy. So to be able to break down these barriers and to play a song like that in Moscow was pretty intense for us, and very important to me. So, the question was how’s the tour going. It’s going very well. [laughs]

You also played couple of gigs in France a few days after the attacks. A lot of bands were at that time cancelling their European tours or gigs in France A-Fbecause they were concerned about security. Did this thought of cancelling gigs came to your mind?

 Absolutely. Our question was not about security because that’s less of our concern. Our concern was more about ‘Are we offending the French people?’. We didn’t want to be seen as not understanding that this was a horrible thing and that people might not want to hear a punk rock song. But we talked to all the promoters and talked to the kids at the shows and they said ‘Thank you for coming, because we can’t stop our lives because shitty people do shitty things’. So we were very happy to go to France. Yeah, there was more security than usually at a rock show. I don’t like security in general, I think it makes people feel afraid, but sometimes you have to do that, sometimes that happens. But I’m a firm believer that people can control themselves in most situations, expect when you have extreme shitheads who wanna take guns and blow people up.

How was the mood in these gigs? Was it tense or how did you see this whole situation?

I think people at first, at each show, were afraid. We played outside of Paris, about an hour outside of Paris and kids knew a lot of people who were at that show. We played in Toulouse, and a lot of kids go to Paris for shows, so they knew these people, they have been to that club. There was a bit of heaviness. I think that as the show went on, people relaxed and realized that for that hour they could enjoy the experience.

After this European tour, Anti Flag is going again on tour next February-March. Any other gigs planned besides that, maybe for summer?

Well, that stuff is coming together now. Yeah, we’ll be back at some point next year to play more shows and more festivals. I don’t know what they are yet, but we’ll be back.AF Die for the Government

Nowadays many bands are pretty much living on the road. They are concentrating more on touring instead of making records…

Yes, there’s no money making records right now.

So, has this somehow affected you guys or not? I know that you guys are constantly touring and making records too, but how do you see this situation?

 The sad realistic thing about Anti Flag is that we’ll be on tour whether is good for us or not, coz that’s what we do. [laughs] We are addicted to being in a room full of people who makes sense to us. When we go home, sometimes the people around us don’t make any sense. We are in a very lucky position that when we play shows, every night there’s hundreds to couple thousand people who have similar beliefs and believe that things can be different than what they are now. The homophobia, the bigotry is left at the door and people at the shows are there to celebrate the fact that we all found each other. All the fuck ups and weirdos have found each other here. So that’s an important thing for us, so we’ll be playing shows whether makes sense or not. Recording records is just a way for us to play live shows. [laughs]

But you rather be on the road or making new songs?A-F16

For me…I hate recording. Recording is not interesting to me, playing live is interesting to me. The other guys like the recording process much more than I do. If you actually talk to them, they’d be like ‘Yeah, I’d love to stay home and make records’. I’m like ‘Fuck that, I’m not staying home and making records’. [laughs] So yeah, it’s different. Anti Flag is at its best when we are playing live shows with people who, again, believe that homophobia and bigotry is an outdated and backwards vision of the world, and that they wanna a world where everybody is free to make choices that are in their best interest.

Talking about another current thing happening with a lot of bands nowadays is playing a certain record in its entirety. You have done that, playing the whole “The Terror State”, but is there any plans for next year when “Die for the Government” turns 20 years?

 Yeah, we’ve been talking about it. Not interesting to me, but the other guys are interested in doing. [laughs] So we’ll see, I’m sure we’ll do it at some point. There are a couple of songs on “Die for the Government” that I don’t wanna play just because they are hard to play or it’s a challenge. Yeah, it’ll probably happen at some point next year.

What do you think about this, because it seems that there’s a lot of nostalgia going among bands and in music?

 Yeah, absolutely…I do think that there’s a lot of bullshit nostalgia, but people wanna hear those records and it makes them happy. Again, you are asking the wrong guy in the band AF American Springabout it. [laughs] I’m not interested in that stuff as much as the others, I’m a bit of a dick. But if it gets the kid who 10 years ago or 20 years ago loved this record, who hasn’t been to a show in 10 years, but brings him to the show and reaffirms to him why he loved that music at that point, and reaffirms that there are people who, again, think that wars of aggression are a mess, as we are seeing it in the Middle East, and that maybe going to his job and just being a shitty person to everybody else around him is not the best way to live. So if he comes to a rock show to experience something that he hasn’t experienced for a long time, then I think it’s a good thing, I accept that. I mean, it doesn’t have to be an Anti Flag show, every band is doing something like that now. If that brings back those people back into a room full of other fuck ups and weirdos for an hour, and gives them a different perspective on where he is in life, then I think that’s a good thing. Having said that, fuck those people who do these gigs, including us. [laughs] Playing a record from top to bottom, yeah that’s not interesting to me. [laughs]

The other thing I wanted to ask, you guys had organized a couple of years your own festival. Is there a chance for that to happen again?  

Yeah, we’d like to do that again. It’s just finding the right city and the right time when we can get not only us, but that bands that we’d love to put together. It’s a logistical challenge to put all that together, but yeah we’d love that. We wanna do a festival in Pittsburgh, where we grew up, at some point, but it’s just hard to do all that and to be on tour at the same time.

Anti Flag has been active for over 20 years, do you look back on old lyrics and think the situation is the same, for example, when the song Free Nation? was A-F2written? Do you feel that it still resonates with you?

Yes, absolutely. People say that song is a criticism…you know, one of our musical heroes is a man called Woody Guthrie, who’s a folk artist in US, and when I read his lyrics, he was talking about immigration issues, but the immigration issues he was talking about were between Oklahoma and California, not about US and Mexico, or Syria and Western Europe. So the ideas are the same and they need to be talked about it, the details are always going to be changing, they are gonna be slightly different here and there, but those ideas of freedom, justice and people being taken care of, are universal and they need to be heard. They just have to be in different packages, from different types of bands or artists, but these are themes should be talked about all the time because they are continuously going on. So those songs are still important.

Well, you also have in a lot of songs a message of hope. Since you have been travelling around the world with Anti Flag for so many years, visiting places and talking to different people, how do you see this change over these past years, do you see a change for better?

 I see in different places different things. We are very lucky because we interact with the best people in each city, people who are making things happens, who are trying to make a change, people who are trying to be different than their backward parents or the people around them. So we always feel optimistic because we go to Moscow and meet the greatest people there. We go to Thailand and meet the best people there. We are not meeting the people who are afraid of immigrants or the people that think they need whatever ridiculous backward beliefs that each of these cultures have. We are meeting the people who are striving for change and making things better, so we are always very hopeful. Actually our bus driver was telling us the other day, and he’s an older gentleman at this point, he said ‘There’s no way that any politician is every gonna get me to grab a riffle and go after any country coz I got friends in all the places that I’ve been’. That’s our experience as well. Now, politicians are very skilled at manipulating people into fighting, killing and dying for them, but we are amazingly lucky people to be able to travel around and meet great people in many different cities.

Talking about the band’s long history, you released between 2013 and 2014 a series of re-recorded songs from the band’s back catalogue. How was the AF A New Kind of Armyexperience revisiting some of these older songs and playing them again in the studio?

 It was funny because in some ways, what we were trying to do was to take a song that had something very important to us and make it able to be played live. Take out all the things that made it frustrating to us and make it into something that we could love. In some situations it worked and in some it didn’t, and there were some songs that we played acoustic. It was a weird experience to go back and play some of those songs, coz some of them are great songs with great ideas but we just didn’t like the outcome of it. We wanted to give to those songs a rebirth, not just to us but to other people who might get why these songs were important to us, but just didn’t quiet get where it needed to be.

How did you decide the songs? Did everybody had a vote or how was it?  

We talked about it. It wasn’t a formal vote, we just talked about these songs, like ‘I hate the way I did this and that, let’s change that. Oh, this song has a great idea, but we didn’t get it right, maybe if we did an acoust version of it would make more sense’. It was a weird situation. [laughs]

Were there more songs that you re-recorded but just haven’t been released yet?

 I don’t know about that. That was a couple of years ago, so I can’t remember that. We probably have more songs that may come into light someday.A-F

Any plans for maybe a DVD about the band, like a documentary to celebrate also these 20 years?

We actually just gave to some kids all of our video footage for them to put together a DVD. So we’ll see what comes out of that. We haven’t seen any cuts or anything. We had boxes and boxes of VHS tapes and DV tapes and stuff, all from us over these years. If they can make something cool out of it, then we’ll definitely release it. Hopefully it’ll be interesting, I don’t know, I’m sort of looking forward to see it because you film stuff and then you just put in a box somewhere and you never look at it. So these guys’ job is to look at it and find something interesting and put it together.

So no ideas of when that’s going to come out?

 No idea. It might be complete crap and never come out, yeah that’s fucking boring, that’s not worth anybody’s time. [laughs]

Any confirmed plans for the band for 2016?

We’ll just play more shows and then probably late 2016 or early 2017, we’ll start thinking about what we wanna talk about and whether we wanna release another record, are we inspired enough to express something. At this point, Anti Flag doesn’t need to record more records, but if we feel passionate about some stuff that we A-F8wanna talk about, then we’ll release a record.

Has the thought of calling it a day come up among you guys or it never has?

If it’s just the four of us, we’ll do it forever. Obviously, if there’s family preasure for all of us to do other things…coz it’s very difficult when you are in relationships with people and you are away for 6 months of the year, so that makes people at home very unhappy. So that’s always the friction, but it’s very important to us to play music and to travel around and meet people. If we can keep our home lives able to tolerate that, then we’ll continue to do it. [laughs]

Well, thanks a lot for the interview!

Thank you too, hopefully this one doesn’t get lost. [laughs]

No, this time I recorded everything. [laughs]

Oh ok, so you have been checking. [laughs]




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AGNOSTIC FRONT live at The Underworld, London

October 12th, 2015


Live at The Underworld Camden, London

3rd October 2015

Review & Photography by Fernando Bonenfant


Tonight BROOKLYN finest Agnostic Front have travelled overseas to shake the souls of London. Outside Metal fans are queuing, drinking, smoking and hustling with the guy on the door to try to get ticket to The Underworld sold-out show.

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Skid Row @ The Underworld, Camden

November 9th, 2014

Skid Row

@ The Underworld, Camden
28th October 2014

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Inty Malcolm


Skid Row

Skid Row

For a band with such a long history that have retained strong popularity 30 years on, it seems strange that Skid Row would be booked to play a venue as small as the London Underworld that evening. Any fan hoping to purchase a ticket on the door would have been severely disappointed with the gig long sold out. Perhaps it was the reputation of the first band, or maybe everyone was out to party that night as walking into the Underworld I was greeted to a packed out room, a rare sight on a school night.
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Malmo Festival 2014 with The Sounds, Imperial State Electric, Graveyard, Watain, Heavy Tiger, Tiger Bell

October 5th, 2014

Malmo Festival 2014

Big stage – The Sounds
Posthus stage – Imperial State Electric, Graveyard, Watain
Gustav stage – Heavy Tiger, Tiger Bell

17-18-21/8 – 2014

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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LPRHC FEST – Lappeenranta, Finland

August 29th, 2014




     Huhtiniemen Pallokentä, Lappeenranta, Finland

  August 1 – 2, 2014

Review by Petri da Costa

Pics by Jetro Staven & Timo Koponen

 Although Finland is mainly known outside for its heavy metal bands and for the heavy and rock summer festivals, there’s a great hardcore scene with many bands and gigs around the year. This year it was the sixth time the LPRHC Fest was organized, a fest which started back in 2006 very small and grew over the years. This time around there was a new location for the festival, more bands than the previous edition, a lot of expectations and some bumps along the weekend.


The first day of the fest started sort of early, around 16.30, and since I was only able to leave to festival in the afternoon, from Helsinki, I wasn’t able to catch the first acts of the day, which included a good combination of hardcore and punk bands like Become a Threat, Ydinperhe, No Shame, Kaupungin Valot, One Hidden Frame, Foreseen and Kivesveto Go-Go

Once inside the festival area the mood was great and although it seemed far from being full, there was a good number of fans and I was able to watch the end of Räjäyttäjät, a punk band in the second stage. Next up was supposed to be Misery Index’s turn (which substituted Ringworm after they canceled their gig in the fest), but the organizers changed the schedule and left Notkea Rotta Allstars to take on the main stage. During their near 60min. set they certainly pleased the crowd and kept the good vibe of the festival going.


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The last band of the second stage was Laineen Kasperi ja Palava Kaupunki, the second hip hop act of the day, which continued the good “party” vibe from Notkea Rotta Allstars. At the same time, in the bar area, singer Joey Luumäki was doing a short “acoustic” set, but it didn’t seem to get that much attention. It seemed a bit odd to have at the same time two different performances, and not so far away from each other, so the sound wasn’t that great throughout both perfomances, this was a problem that was even more noticable on the next day.

So it was finally Misery Index’s turn to close the first day of the festival. Promoting their lastest release, The Killing Gods, the band was as usual on top form with songs like “Conjuring the Cull”, “Manufacturing Greed” and “Traitors”, which closed their set, displaying their powerful death and grindcore sound. It was however a bit strange to notice that towards the mid of their set some people leaving the festival area. Well, those who witnessed them during the entire 60min. set left extremely satisfied and wanting for more.



The second day of the festival seemed promising, after all H2O was finally going to play for the first time in Finland and many people were coming to the festival just to see them. Unfortunately around 14o’clock word came out that the band had missed their flight to Finland and wouldn’t be able to come to the festival. This sent a shockwave of disappointment and frustration for most, especially those who were coming from far just to seem them. The organizers then had to come with a substitute for them, which would be Pää Kii, a “new” punk band who has been getting a lot of fans over the last two years. There was nothing else to do but try to enjoy the festival, even though during the whole day there was still a certain bitterness over the very late cancellation of H2O.

On the previous day there was a good combination of hardcore and punk bands, plus the hip hop bands, but Saturday seemed like it was the “punk day”. From Relentless to Rejected to The Heartburns to Anal Thunder to Terveet Kädet and many more, the punk overtook the festival and many were wondering why there weren’t more hardcore bands on the schedule.

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 Regardeless of that, the music was good and the fans were enjoying the last day of the festival. It was noticeable to see that there were less people than Friday, but the bands gave their best and kept the crowd entertained and if there’s one band that fits that description well is Ratface. Their hardcore/thrash/punk short set on the main stage got everybody moving in the circle pit and moshing. One problem that occurred was that when they were still playing, the band who would follow them on the second stage, Bloodlands, started to do a bit of sound check and since both stages were very near, you’d hear a sound mixture from both stages.

ratface2 ratface5 ratface22Bloodlands took on the second stage a bit after Ratface and kept the intensity of the previous circle pit with their hardcore and death metal approach. It has to be said that their drummer was the “MVP” of the day having played earlier drums for Rejected and then in Ratface and right after in Bloodlands, not many could have pulled that off! During Bloodlands, Joey Luumäki was again on vocals/guitar in the smaller stage of the beer area and the sound was too loud, once again causing sound problems for those who were in the second stage watching Bloodlands.


One of the most famous punk bands from Finland, Terveet Kädet, showed that they still got a lot of energy unlenshing their old school punk and the fans kept that pit moving. Right after came Hammertime and was also one of the bands that had more fans in the pit. From beginning to end they showed that the Finnish hardcore is strong and alive. The day was coming to an end and Anal Thunder was the one which closed LPRHC Fest 2014 in a very humorous way pleasing the fans.


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It wasn’t a perfect weekend, as mentioned there were some problems regarding the location and sound of the three different stages in the festival area. It’d have been also better to have more hardcore bands since after all the festival is called Lappeenranta Hardcore Fest, but I’m sure in the forthcoming editions of the festival these little bumps will be solved and the fans will come in greater numbers.

Full Friday and Saturday picture gallery:

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Danko Jones at the Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue European Tour 2012 at KB Malmoe,Sweden

November 28th, 2012




Danko Jones

Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue European Tour 2012

Bombus – Special Guest

Thundermother – support act




20/10 – 2012

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Danko Jones with support act Young Guns on Below The Belt European Tour 2010 at Kb Malmoe Sweden

December 22nd, 2010



Danko Jones – headline act

Below The Belt European Tour 2010

Young Guns –  support act




October 14, 2010

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall



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Maryslim live at KB in Malmö Sweden 2007

June 16th, 2007



Support to 69 Eyes
5/5 – 2007

Reviewed and pictures by: Anders Sandvall




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Kottak – James Kottak

October 13th, 2006



THERUPY is the name of the new Kottak album that’s out in stores now. Kottak is named after the bandleader and frontman James Kottak but the band went earlier under the name Krunk and with the new bandname there were a few line-up changes going on so when opportunity showed up I took it and interviewed James Kottak about his band and new album.


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Lars Chriss at Escapi Music Group for setting up the interview

Promo pictures provided by Escapi Music Group



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Wolfmother Live In Vancouver: May 27, 2006

June 6th, 2006

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Richard’s On Richards
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 ***Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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