(interview) MISSSTAND: We all know that punk is the best thing in the world, but there are still so many things going wrong in the scene.

Missstand from Austria delivered a killer hardcore punk set on this year´s Tepih na Paleti festival in Slovenia, so it was about time that I talked to them a bit for this zine.

YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE, NOW FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS FOR SURE. CAN YOU SAY, WHAT WAS THE LOWEST POINT OF THE PUNKROCK SCENE YOU SAW AND WITNESSED AS A BAND AND WHAT WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU AS A BAND?

Hey Davor! First of all, we wanna say thank you for getting the chance to answer your questions. Like you said, we are doing this band for 10 years now. We’re celebrating this jubilee this October in Austria within a few shows. To be honest, we are very privileged to have the opportunity to play in this band for such a long time. Many bands we got to know along these 10 years have already broken up, which is sad. We are still good friends and enjoy every show we can play. We always want to record some new songs and want to go on tour. It’s so nice that you can have so much fun and meet so many nice people by doing the thing you love. And regarding to your question, in the scene it’s like in your private life, there’s always up and downs.

YOU SING IN GERMAN LANGUAGE. COULD YOU HAVE DONE MORE IF YOU SUNG ONLY IN ENGLISH? I PERSONALLY THINK THAT IT IS AWESOME TO SING IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE BUT IF A BAND WANTS TO REACH MORE AUDIENCE WORLDWIDE, IS IT POSSIBLE TO REACH THEM WITH GERMAN LYRICS?

Good question. When we started doing this band, it was clear to us, to sing in German, because most of the bands we listened to, also sang in German language. There’s a huge scene in German speaking countries of German singing bands. It’s called Deutschpunk. We always wanted to make a Deutschpunkband, so we never considered singing in English. But I think by singing in German language it’s much more difficult to play gigs in non-German speaking countries. But in every country there are DIY scenes and I think if you’re focusing on it, it would also be possible to play shows worldwide. I think if people see that you’re into the DIY thing, it’s not important in what language you sing your songs.

WHEN PLAYING LIVE, DO YOU THINK THAT BAND SHOULD TALK BETWEEN THE SONGS AND EXPLAIN THE MESSAGE BEHIND THE MUSIC? I THINK THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR HARDCORE PUNK BAND TO INTERACT WITH THE CROWD AT GIGS, NOT ONLY TO ACT LIKE THEY ARE ON REHEARSAL. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THAT?

In my opinion every band has to decide how they act on a stage. There are a lot of bands which have good political statements between the songs, and they can reach a lot of people. But I also like hardcore punk bands which play their 20 minutes without any sayings. It depends from band to band. But in general, I like bands that make political statements.

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photo taken from the band Fb page

THERE HAS BEEN SOME TIME FROM THE RELEASE OF YOUR CURRENT ALBUM, HOW WAS THE FEEDBACK? IS IT IMPORTANT FOR ANY SELF RESPECTING BAND TO BRING ALONG SOME MERCH WHEN TOURING? MERCH OFTEN SAVES THE BAND WHEN TOURING DOESN´T IT?

We released our current album „I Can’t Relax in Hinterland“ on September 1st 2017, which is now a year ago. We got so many positive reviews after releasing it. People wrote us nice messages and ordered the album, so that the first press is already running out after one year. Which is very nice for us and we didn’t expect this. Of course, we are making this music because we love it, but it’s always nice if people can relate to it and like the stuff you’re making. We also always have some merchandise with us. And yeah, if you’re touring merch is really helping that the tour isn’t turning into a financial disaster. But also, many people like to wear band shirts. Including myself.

HOW IS THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN AUSTRIA FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW? DO YOU GUYS THINK THAT EUROPE IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY HEADING TO HELL? IN MY COUNTRY, THAT IS CROATIA, I WITNESS THE REBIRTH OF FASCISM, PRIMITIVE IDEAS, VAIN POPULISM AND BLAMING SOMEONE FOR WORKERS MISERY AND HOPELESSNESS. IT ALL REMIND TOO MUCH OF THE 1930S DOESN˙ T IT?

Since the last election Austria is governed by right wing extremists, which label themselves as a liberal rightwing. But they are passing laws, that are just focusing on making the rich even richer and cutting down every social support for the poorer ones, especially for asylum seekers. They are closing the European borders and are celebrating themselves as heroes for doing so. But the consequence of these closed borders are thousands of people dying in the Mediterranean Sea. And the people in Austria don’t even care about that. Asylum seekers are labelled by right wing politicians and media as rapists and terrorists and many people get scared by that bullshit. So yeah, Europe is slowly heading to hell. And if we don’t stand up against this shit, 1930 is really coming again.

HOW MUCH IS DIY ASPECT IMPORTANT TO YOU AS A BAND? DO YOU HAVE A MANAGER? DO YOU HAVE SOME LABEL DOING THE WORK AND PR FOR YOU? CAN YOU SAY FOR MISSSTAND THAT YOU HAVE A STRONG ETHICAL PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE BAND?

Without DIY this band wouldn’t exist for this long. Everything we do is DIY in some way. We book our shows by ourselves, all of our designs are made by us, we released our first two albums by ourselves, and so on. For the last album we got the chance to release it on „Aggressive Punk Produktionen“, which is a very political label with many great German punk bands. Most of them were the first bands we listened to, when we got into the scene. Matze, the owner of the label, is such a great guy and he really knows what he is doing and is always very supportive. But in general, it wouldn’t be possible to have a punk band without DIY. Beside the band, we are also organizing shows for touring bands. Regarding the question about the ethical philosophy behind the band, all three of us are living a vegan lifestyle. But that’s just a personal decision. But it’s also very important for us, that our merchandise is produced as ethical as possible.

ONE USUAL ZINE QUESTION. HOW IS THE SCENE IN YOUR AREA OF AUSTRIA? YOU´RE FROM KLAGENFURT, RIGHT? ANY VENUES, GIGS, BANDS?

Originally, we were living in and around Klagenfurt, but in the last year we all moved to Graz, which is about 150 kilometers in the north-east of Klagenfurt. Many young people are moving from Klagenfurt to Graz or Vienna, because of their study, their work, or in general for a better lifestyle.
The scene in Graz is much bigger than it is in Klagenfurt and there are much more venues, you can organize or visit a show. But it was also very important for us to stay as long as possible in Klagenfurt and keep the scene there alive, by organizing around 40 shows in the last years. Graz on the other hand has a very vivid scene. There are many bands and many motivated people. There are also so many vegan restaurants, it’s like a vegan heaven, compared to the situation in Klagenfurt haha. The best place to visit in Graz is the SUb. The SUb is a self-organized, non-commercial venue, which had some struggles in the past months. But it’s re-opening in October. If you are in Graz, you should visit the SUb. (www.subsubsub.at)

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DO YOU THINK THAT PUNKROCK HAS BECOME LESS THREAT AND LESS SHARP ON EDGES AND MORE BUSSINESS LIKE AND CORPORATIVE? ON THE OTHER HAND IS IT WORTH SPREADING ANTIFA, ANTISEXIST, ANTIHOMOPHOBIA MESSAGES ON THE PUNK GIGS? I MEAN, THE PUNKS SHOULD KNOW ALL OF THAT AND LIVE WITH THOSE IDEAS IN THEIR HEARTS. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A LOT OF DARK AND UGLY THINGS HAPPENING ALSO IN THE PUNK SCENE WHICH SHOULD BE FREE OF THOSE THINGS, DON´T YOU THINK?

I don’t think that punk has become less a threat. But other music scenes, hip hop for example, are far more provocative and are getting more media coverage. Also the typical punk style isn’t that provocative in 2018, where everybody can color their hair, or have tattoos or piercings, which is getting more and more socially accepted. You can walk into a bank and the person behind the shelter can sport a nose ring and it’s totally normal. But besides that, the pop culture, especially in Germany, is also getting political more and more. Many acts have left wing views and communicate their views at their concerts. And I think it’s always important to communicate your political beliefs with the crowd, regardless if it’s a hip hop concert, or a punk concert. In every scene there are people, who didn’t care about that stuff, but maybe will do so, after thinking about what the people said on stage. We all know that punk is the best thing in the world, but there are still so many things going wrong in the scene. There has to be much more awareness about antisexism and antihomophobia. But also it’s getting better and better over the last few years.

 

ARE YOU GUYS VIOLENT? HOW FAR DOES YOUR TOLERANCE REACH? IN A GIVEN SITUATION WOULD YOU REACH FOR VIOLENT ANSWERS WHEN PROVOKED OR ARE YOU TOTAL PACIFISTS?

It’s important to stand up against right wing extremism, no matter how. The last years showed, that being tolerant against right wing views and giving them a stage (in talkshows, or other forms) has only one effect. The intolerant kill off every discussion with the tolerant ones, using rhetorical tricks or other things. They do everything to make their views appear in the best possible way. If you see Nazis in the pedestrian zone handing out flyers, call some friends and stop them from doing so. I don’t care if it’s a violent way, or a creative way, by cutting them off from the other pedestrians with umbrellas. Be creative, but don’t just walk away.

THAT IS ALL FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN THE END, SAY SOME WISE MESSAGE FROM MISSSTAND TO THE READERS OF THIS ZINE!

Support your local punk scene, support your local Antifa and keep macho bullshit out of punk!

https://www.facebook.com/missstand/

 

(record review)SUICIDAL TENDENCIES-STill Cyco Punk After All These Years(Suicidal Records)

The legendary Suicidal Tendencies have a new, 13-th studio record out and I listened and reviewed it for our zine.

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Well, in fact it is not really a brand new record musicwise, but a rerecording of the singer˙s Mike Muir solo album from 1996.called Lost My Brain(Once Again), minus two songs. The album contains 11 songs of a crazy mixture between punkrock and hardcore with crossover with Muir˙s trademark unmistakable voice on top of the songs and the guy sounds better than ever like he hasn˙t aged a minute through all these years. My favorite songs on this record are F.U.B.A.R., Lost My Brain and All I Ever Get. The album title is a game of words regarding the old album Still Cyco After All These Years which contained legendary tracks from the first and second album re-recorded. The cover reminds a bit of The Exploited logo and album covers, hehe. Mike Muir gathered an excellent musician crew  in the current incarnation of the band with legendary ex Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and long time Infectious Grooves member Dean Pleasents, so the band is very tight and the energy just flows from my speakers while listening to this record. Good one.

8/10

https://www.facebook.com/suicidaltendencies/

(record review)SLUND/AGATHOCLES-SPLIT

Slund from Slovenia, although being one man band/project is one of the most prolific and active individuals around here in the scene. This time there is another new release out, split with Belgian mince core legends Agathocles.

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Slund delivered 8 songs on this record. If you listened to any of the previous releases, you will know what to expect. Slund plays powerviolence hardcore with grindcore and crust punk thrown in here and there and clever use of samples and humour. I am sure that songs like Pill Cosby, Yngwie Doesn´t Like Donuts or Chakra Cleansing Party will do you some good.

As for the Agathocles side of the split there are two songs over here, being Maze of Papers and Forced To Masturbate but they are combined longer than 8 Slund songs, hehe. If you listened to Agathocles any of their numerous releases you´ll know their mince core music and the stuff they deliver. This is powerfull record for all of you who like their heavier side of hardcore and grindcore.

8/10

https://www.facebook.com/Slund666/

https://www.facebook.com/Agathocles-110986205589727/

https://slund.bandcamp.com/album/split-w-agathocles

 

 

(record review)She´s The Band-A Place Of Our Own(Pee Records)

She´s The Band released their new e.p. via Pee Records and I listened and reviewed it for our zine.

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This band comes from awesome Australian scene and from the city of Adelaide. The record contains 5 songs. The music the girls play is angry, but also melodic and emotional melodic hardcore punk. The lyrics on the record are personal, but at the same time addressing such issues as feminism and sexism. The vocals are harsh and screamed and they suit just fine to such music, but at the same time the voice transforms into melodic clean voice which interplays magnificently with the backing vocals. I love this record it is a strong manifest of ideas, stance and strength. Top song: Salvage.

8/10

Links:

Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shestheband/

Follow Pee Records on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PEERECORDS/

Bandcamp: https://peerecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-place-of-our-own

 

(record review)TALK SHOW HOST/CHUMP/BIAS-3 Way Split(PCT musique)

I must admit that I love split releases, whether they are split tapes, 3 way or 4 way split tapes. I love this release and I am really glad that I had a chance to listen and review this record for our zine.

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PCT musique did a really nice job releasing this record by these three bands. There are six songs on this record, two of each bands. Talk Show Host is a melodic punkrock/skatepunk band from Toronto, Canada and we already featured them on the pages of this zine. Their two songs are tight, melodic, faster paced punkrock and I loved it, like all of their earlier material. Chump are from Belgium and I never heard of them prior to these songs but I loved both of them, especially Tony Sly dedicated to tragically passed away legend. I love you guys, this song brought tears to my eyes. Excellent melodic punkrock in it˙s finest form. Bias is a punkrock band from Toulouse, France. Their punkrock is melodic, with excellent singalong and harmonic backing vocals creating awesome melodies backed by energetic melodic punk.

Awesome record! Go get it!

9/10

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/talkshowhost.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/punkrockchump/

https://www.facebook.com/BIAS-228014512515/

https://www.facebook.com/pctmusique/

https://pctmusique.bandcamp.com/album/talk-show-host-chump-bias-pct-musique-split-vol-4

(news)Sunset Radio release a new video for “My Everything”

After the premiere powered by New Noise Magazine, italian pop-punk heroes Sunset Radio has revealed a new video for “My Everything”, first single taken from the new album “All The Colors Behind You” out on October 15th via This Is Core. The video was shooted in Ravenna on a 180 meter tower and directed by Filippo Cinotti. Talking about the new single the guitarist Matteo Rossi says: “If You ever feel that you’re under the weight of your past mistakes and there’s no way you can’t make it, well, This Song is for you. This Song, and the whole new album, are a step forward from our last record “Vices”. We were influenced by pop-punk bands like State Champs, Neck Deep, Real Friends, as well as hardcore-punk legends like No Use For A Name, so our goal on the new record was to blend this two worlds in one”.

“All The Colors Behind You” artwork and track listing

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1. 1957
2. Photographs
3. Stacy’s Bass
4. My Everything
5. Sunrise (Losing My Faith)
6. Firework
7. 9 A.M.
8. Much Deeper
9. Don’t Ask Me What My Songs Talk About
10. A Shipwreck In The Sand
11. Bottles

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(record review)WEATHERED-Stranger Here(Facedown Records)

Weathered are relatively new in Facedown Records family, this is their first full length out on that label. I listened and reviewed it for this zine.

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I must admit that I haven˙t listen to this band prior to laying my paws upon this record. They released three ep-s prior to releasing this new full length. This record contains ten songs of beautiful emo hardcore mixed with altrock and indie influences. What immediately fell to my ear is that the vocalist of this band kinda reminds me on Michale Graves with his voice on some songs. Maybe it is only me, who knows, but I swear I heard it. The songs are smart and well structured and they are not boring, quite the contrary the album flows nicely and I really had a great time listening to this record. My personal favorite song on this record is There Is One, but listen to the record and judge for yourself which songs are yours favorites. Lyrically, this band covers heavy themes through well written personal lyrics. This is a must record for all the fans of more melodic side od emo post hardcore.

8/10

Links:

Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeatheredMN/

Follow Facedown Records on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/facedownrecords/

Web: http://facedownrecords.com/