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Knife Club - We Are Knife Club

Via diverse videoer og koncerter arrangeret på forhånd har Knife Club skabt en del interesse for sig selv – koncerter med et band, som aldrig har udgivet musik? Og hvis line up er ukendt? Nu løftes sløret for bandet, hvis medlemmer er kendt fra forskellige bands i England, og som lader musikken tale på ”We Are Knife Club”. Albummet er indspillet i januar i år, og optagelsernes start var kun anden gang, hele bandet var samlet.
Det kræver selvtillid at skabe sådan et hype, og Knife Club lægger da også godt fra land med numre som ”Making A Big Meal Of It” og ”Schnitt Mit Dem Küchenmesser”, der er frisk Punk med power og attitude. Ret hurtigt begynder numrene dog at miste energi; der er ikke mange, der hæver sig over det ordinære. Det virker som om, at vi har fat i et af den slags udgivelser, hvor musikerne har haft det sjovere med at indspille numrene, end jeg har med at lytte til resultatet.
Så når der skal gøre status, er det naturligt at spørge, om albummet lever op til hypen, og her må jeg svare: Nej. Træder man et skridt tilbage og betragter helheden, er der for få numre, der stikker positivt ud fra mængden – albummet er okay, men ikke meget mere end det.

Tracklist:
1 Making A Big Meal Of It
2 Schnitt Mit Dem Küchenmesser
3 Remember The Gold Dollar Sign Hoodie?
4 Artex
5 The Tibby Tan Tiger
6 Working Class Tories
7 The 1%
8 I Mean, I'd Probably Take An Adidas Endorsement
9 Killing Two Birds With Two Stones
10 Do You Want a Knife With That Salad?
11 27% Of Statistics
12 TNSClub7
Samlet spilletid: 21:45

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Kollapse - Angst

Det kan godt være at sommer, sol og varme omfavner Danmark i øjeblikket, men vi vender snuden mod det kolde og dystre Nordjylland for at høre den nye udgivelse med Hardcore bandet Kollapse. Dette er et album som jeg har hørt en masse om, men jeg har ikke fået taget mig sammen til at få det lyttet igennem. Albummet er slet ikke dit nymoderne standard Hardcore album, men en sammensmeltning af en masse forskellige subgenrer blandet sammen med deres Hardcore inspirationer. Jeg kunne både fornemme inspirationer fra bands såsom YOB, Neurosis og Cult Of Luna. Angst er også noget af en albumtitel og sammen med albumcoveret, så er det allerede gearet op til at være noget af en udgivelse.

Void er åbneren på albummet, og den mere doomede stemning som blev nævnt tidligere er hovedtemaet i nummeret. Der er selvfølgelig lige nogle gange hvor du har blastbeats og tremolo guitar, men det er uden tvivl det mere doomede som dominerer. Jeg følte mit hoved begyndte at rykke frem og tilbage hele vejen igennem nummeret, og det dystre og meget abstrakte lydbillede scorede mange point for mit vedkommende. Det er tungt som ind i helvede, og den massive lydmur gør det endnu federe. Death Of A Monotheist er lidt mere det traditionelle Crust Punk/D-Beat nummer på albummet, hvor det er mere energi og hastighed som er i fokus i stedet for det mere tunge og atmosfæriske, men super fedt nummer alligevel. Gueules Cassées er uden tvivl mit favorit nummer på albummet. Åbningen lyder lidt som franske Celeste og The Psyke Project a la Guillotine perioden. Jeg elsker specielt midterstykket, hvor det kun er guitaren som spiller en smuk men melankolsk melodi, før det hele kommer smadrende tilbage og de skrigende vokaler sender lytteren afsted imod et angst helvede (pun intended), og så overrasker det mig gevaldigt at de smider et klaverstykke ind til sidst i nummeret hvor jeg følte mig fortabt, imens jeg hørte sangen og bare stirrede ind i albumcoveret. Blinding Light er også et nummer som skiller sig ud fra resten af albummet. Et smadret Hardcore band har valgt at lave en sang med akustisk guitar? Det her skal nok blive spændende, og det fungerer super godt. Lidt Pink Floyd agtigt guitarspil på den akustiske guitar indtil hele bandet kommer på og spiller med. Men det er ikke lang tid bandet spiller smadder, før der kommer noget guitarspil tilbage med en masse effekter og skaber denne lidt shoegaze agtige stemning.

Kollapse er i mine øjne et band som selvfølgelig skal spille på de smadrede undergrunds punk spillesteder rundt i landet, så er det også et band jeg nemt kunne se spille til en kunstudstilling. Bandet tør at tænke udenfor boksen, og de gør det som mange bands ikke lige helt tør. F.eks. at de tør at inkorporere instrumenter som Akustisk Guitar og Klaver, så tør man altså at afprøve nye grænser af. Det bliver spændende at følge med i, hvad Kollapse finder på at gøre, som det næste, da jeg virkelig elskede den her udgivelse.

Trackliste:
1. Void
2. Death Of A Monotheist
3. Gueules Cassés
4. Til Hølle
5. Blinding Light
6. Nesting
7. Abandon

 

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Stöj Snak - ScreamerSongwriter

Da jeg tidligere på året anmeldte EP’en ”Happitalism”, besluttede jeg mig for også at anmelde bandets første album, som var annonceret på dét tidspunkt. Nu er ”ScreamerSongwriter” så på gaden, og igen er det med Niels H. Sørensen som den centrale og altoverskyggende aktør. For mig er det interessant at høre, om han kan det høje niveau fra EP’en på et helt album.

To af numrene fra ”Happitalism” genfindes på den nye udgivelse, og de passer perfekt ind i helheden. Stilmæssigt fortsætter Stöj Snak med at blande Rock, Folk og Country til en frisk og spændende akustisk blanding. Resultatet er frisk countrystemning i ”Fuck!”, Rockabilly stil i ”Laughter Brings People Together But No One Wants To Fuck The Funny Guy” og en afdæmpet, men alt andet end søvndyssende godnat sang i ”Lullaby”. Det hele bliver tunet af vokalen, som er ren og klar, men ofte balancerer på kanten af det skrigende.

Titlen ”ScreamerSongwriter” er derfor en meget præcis beskrivelse af Stöj Snaks stil, for hvor musikken følger kendte veje for songwriterstilen, er vokalen langt mere skarp end man er vant til på dé musikalske kanter. Netop heri ligger en stor del af numrenes spænding, for den er med til at holde numrene friske. At det i sidste ende ikke rækker til helt samme bedømmelse som jeg gav den foregående udgivelse, er en detalje; debutalbummet har rigeligt med gode melodier til at få thumbs up herfra.

Tracklist:
1.Prelude
2.Fuck!
3.Laughter Brings People Together But No One Wants To Fuck The Funny Guy
4.Parental Disclaimer
5.Spoiler Alert
6.ScreamerSongwriter
7.Lullaby
8.Privacy Is a Crime
9.Old Friends and Irish Coffee
10.Hu-Men
11.White Male Middle-Class Blues
12.Ronkedor
Samlet spilletid: 40:28

 

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No Fealty - They Love the Soil Which Makes Their Graves

Undergrunden i Danmark har været spækket med en masse spændende bands fra alle genrer såsom Hardcore og Black Metal. Hvis man lytter til Dansk Hardcore, så er Københavnske No Fealty ingen undtagelse. For deres seneste udspil 'They Love The Soil Which Makes Their Graves' er det ret ironisk, at pladen har en så lang titel, da den kun varer 13 minutter. Deres genre er en masse subgenrer blandet sammen i en. Vi snakker alt fra Grindcore, crust og hidsig Hardcore.

Hvad kan man sige om pladen? Den er spækket med aggression, og energien er virkelig intens. Det første nummer på pladen 'Foreshadowing' indebærer den samme struktur som fortsætter indtil 'Abeer Qassim Hamza Al-Janabi' er monsteret som sparker det hele i gang. Sanglængderne er dog ret så varierende , da det længste nummer på pladen rammer de 2 minutter og 31 sekunder, og det korteste er sølle 21 sekunder langt. Det behøver jo ikke at være en negativ ting, at pladen kun varer 13 minutter, da det efterlader lytteren med en stor trang til at få lov til at høre mere. Det er ingen hemmelighed at No Fealty lader deres aggression komme til livs på 'They Love The Soul Which Makes Their Graves'. Et råt og ærligt syn på hvor forskruet denne verden kan være. No Fealty har en masse at være sure over, og vi kommer til at stå på sidelinjen med dem i vrede.

Trackliste:
1. FORESHADOWING 01:57
2. ABEER QASSIM HAMZA AL-JANABI 02:10
3. TRAILS OF THE DEAD / TRIALS OF THE LIVING 00:50
4. PATRIOTISM IS A MAGGOT IN THEIR HEADS 01:38
5. DETHRONER 02:11
6. PARTITION 00:20
7. DESERTER 02:31
8. THE END OF WAR 01:15


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Hexis - MMXIV A.D. IV KAL. IVN.

De tre numre på denne EP stammer fra Hexis’ debutalbum, "Abalam”, der udkom i 2014, men bandet havde lyst til mere, så de indspillede numrene igen, denne gang live i studiet. Og de har fået hele tre selskaber i hhv. Danmark, Portugal og Tyskland til at stå for udgivelsen.

Jeg kender ikke albumversionerne af de tre skæringer, men kan konstatere at liveudgaverne er meget rå og lige på, alene via den noget grynede produktion. Åbningsnummeret ”Sequax” lægger en meget kompakt fremtoning oveni, hvor samtlige instrumenter nærmest er presset sammen til en kugle, og stort set kun den råbende vokal stikker ud af helheden. Tempoet er moderat, og nummeret forener den mørke stemning fra Black Metal med metallisk tyngde. Til gengæld er det ikke særligt interessant, og trigger mig slet ikke.

Det gør det efterfølgende “Desolatum” til gengæld, for den kaotiske opbygning parret med den skrigende vokal er virkelig irriterende – heldigvis varer nummeret kun halvandet minut. Meget bedre bliver det ikke i det afsluttende “Exterminati” – der er en smule mere struktur, men råberiet fortsætter mindst lige så irriterende som i det foregående nummer.

Jeg har ikke meget positivt at sige om denne udgivelse, og sagt på godt gammeldags jysk er den træls; de tre numre har ikke noget interessant at byde på, og jeg er derfor glad for den korte spilletid.

Tracklist:
01. Sequax
02. Desolatum
03. Exterminati
Samlet spilletid: 5:39

 

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Diverse Kunstnere - Small Town Diorama

Titlen er i min optik ikke rigtig, for om landets 4. største by kan kaldes for Small Town, kan diskuteres. Albummet indeholder 15 optagelser med lige så mange bands fra Nordjylland, som 5 Feet Under Records har samlet med den korte beskrivelse: ”15 punkbands fra Aalborg”. Dermed er stilen angivet, selv om betegnelsen dækker over en vis bredde, og der er et par afvigere blandt de 15 tracks, men mere herom senere.

For det er Punk, der er på tapetet, og det i en bred vifte af fortolkninger, der rækker fra Möwes psykopatvold i ”Sandpapir” over den sarte ”Opsiger mig selv” fra Løsladt mod Kaution, til den direkte og spøjse ”Hash” fra Såås. Men der er også undtagelser fra stilen, for Stöj Snaks ”Fuck!” emmer af Americana-stemning mens Lemlæstet fosterbræk og Claymore ligger tættere på Grindcore.

Både fremførelse og produktion varierer lige så meget som indholdet, for det er ikke alle toner som er ramt lige rent, og ikke alt samspil er lige tight. Det samme gælder for lydbilledet, som rækker fra det udmærkede til gammeldags demoniveau. Men alt dette er sekundært, for energi og vilje tæller mere i Punkens verden, og begge dele forefindes i store mængder blandt de 15 numre. ”Small Town Diorama” kan ikke siges at være nogen genremæssig milepæl, men skiven giver et billede af en energisk og levende scene i det nordjyske. Ikke mindst derfor skal der herfra lyde et Thumbs up til 5Feet Under Records for at udgive albummet.

Tracklist:
1.Mighty Midgets - Thoughts on Article 19
2.Jerknerds - Got No Money
3.Möwe - Sandpapir
4.Stöj Snak - Fuck!
5.Nitty Gritty - Gonna Get Mine
6.Løsladt mod kaution - Opsiger mig selv
7.Såås - Hash
8.The Dröns - Dumme kælling
9.Dust Bugs - Rejected At the High School Dance
10.Lemlæstet fosterbræk - Phantom Pimp
11.Claymore - ...to Succeed
12.Still Around - Leave Hardcore, Join the Police
13.Political Spit - By af beton
14.Terex Titan - Aalborg Sleepwalk Massacre
15.kollapse - Father
Samlet spilletid: 57:13

 

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15 punkbands fra Aalborg går sammen og udgiver ”Small Town Diorama”

  • Udgivet i Nyheder

Lørdag den 15. marts udkommer LP’en ”Small Town Diorama” igennem det aalborgensiske pladeselskab 5FeetUnder Records. På pladen, der udkommer på AaB-stribet vinyl, er 15 af Aalborgs punkbands gået sammen om at skabe en unik samling sange, der beviser, at på trods af at man kommer fra en lille by, kan man godt have en undergrund, der trives i bedste velgående.

På udgivelsesdagen fejres pladen med et release show på Baghuset i Nordkraft, hvor de fleste af bandsene fra pladen vil spille mini-koncerter.

Baggrund for pladen:

”I 1993 udkom pladen ”Small Town Traumas”, hvor en række bands tilknyttet spillestedet 1000Fryds øvelokaler var samlet for give et indblik i lyden af Aalborgs undergrund i starten af 90’erne. Tyve år senere mente pladeselskabet 5FeetUnder Records, at det var tid til at gøre status igen. 5FeetUnder, der bl.a. har udgivet plader med Mighty Midgets, Stöj Snak og kollapse, har (trods førnævnte Aalborg-bands) primært fokuseret på at udgive udenlandske bands, og idéen om at sprede den lokale musik var derfor en frisk udfordring, som de tog op sammen med bl.a. pladebutikken Rama Records.

 

Rummelighed og alsidig undergrund

Small Town Diorama består af meget forskelligt lydende bands, som dog alle har punken til fælles på den ene eller anden måde. På trods af at pladen både består af bands med stor erfarring i ind- og udland (Dust Bugs, Mighty Midgets og Nitty Gritty), helt friske skud på punk-stammen (Political Spit, Løsladt mod kaution og the Dröns) og en stor diversitet i lyden og med inspiration fra mange forskellige steder - fra grindcore (Lemlæstet Fosterbræk) over rock’n’roll (Jerknerds) og metal (Möve, Terex Titan) til folk (Stöj Snak) – så viser pladen en spirrende scene, som holder et ekstremt højt niveau, der rammer bredere end den lille bys grænser.

 

Albummet udkommer også som CD.

 

Trackliste:

Side A:

Mighty Midgets - Thought on Article 19 1:26
Jerknerds - Got No Money 1:53
Möwe – Sandpapir 3:21
Stöj Snak – Fuck! 3:00
Nitty Gritty - Gonna Get Mine 2:30
Løsladt mod kaution - Opsiger mig selv 2:40
Såås - Hash 2:12
The Dröns - Dumme kælling 1:42

Side B:

Dust Bugs - Rejected at the High School Dance 2:56
Lemlæstet fosterbræk – Phantom Pimp 3:39
Claymore – To Succeed… 1:29
Still Around - Leave Hardcore, Join the Police 0:55
Political Spit - By af beton 1:48
Terex Titan – Aalborg Sleepwalk Massacre 2:07
kollapse – Father 5:56”

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Terex Titan - The Tempest

Det er ikke fordi det ligefrem vælter ud med oplysninger om Terex Titan; ud over at bandet har 4 medlemmer og base i Aalborg, er der ikke meget at hente på dets netsider. Det er også helt okay at lade musikken tale.

Dét går ikke helt stille af, for bandets stil er en tung omgang, der bedst kan beskrives som et mix af Hardcore og Sludge Metal. Resultatet er en ret voldsom blanding, som blander skrigende og brølende vokaler med slæbende tunge rytmer. Numrenes fremdrift er i orden, men med deres lukkede struktur og den afvisende vokal er de hverken indbydende eller interessante.

Terex Titan prøver også at skrue tempoet lidt i vejret, og det har en positiv effekt; numrene får mere energi, ikke mindst når de udstyres med en growlende vokal. Desværre gør det dem kun marginalt mere interessante, for uanset tempoet er kernen lukket og i mine ører meget lidt spændende. Derfor er det befriende at høre, at Aalborg-drengene også kan det anderledes: I ”Shadows Of The Lost” er der både plads til groovy guitarer og ren vokal, og det er en lækker ændring i forhold til de foregående tracks. Desværre er nummeret kun et enkelt glimt i mørket, for som helhed er ”The Tempest” for unuanceret og uinteressant til at efterlade blivende spor hos mig.

Tracklist:
01 Cruising Titan
02 Aalborg Sleepwalk Massacre
03 Armageddon
04 Terex Tempest
05 Rockass
06 Rawk The Roadhouse
07 Towards the Sun
08 Shadows Of The Lost

Samlet spilletid: 30:13

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No Feality & Kollapse - Split

En split udgivelse er en relativt billig måde for flere bands at få udgivet materiale – man deler spilletiden, men også udgifterne. Den foreliggende af slagsen må siges at være reduceret til det absolutte minimum: To bands som hver bidrager med kun ét nummer, som det i alt tager mindre end 8 minutter at lytte igennem fra ende til anden.

Det første nummer er ”Father”, som Aalborg-bandet Kollapse står for. Nummeret starter med en vildt skrigende vokal, men falder lidt til ro i nogle tungere rytmer. Musikken bevæger sig fremad i adstadigt tempo, men den udvikler sig ikke meget, og er derfor ikke særlig interessant.

Så er der mere knald på No Feality når de serverer ”Ravished” lige i fjæset på lytteren. Nummeret er meget direkte og bygger på Hardcore elementer, som hakkes lidt i stykker, så der opstår et let kaotisk præg. Det er ikke særlig varieret, varer mindre end 2 minutter men fungerer udmærket med sin rå og vrede natur.

Til bedømmelse af de to bands er et enkelt nummer selvfølgelig alt for lidt, her må man gribe til deres respektive albums. At se singlen som en teaser for disse giver mening, men betyder ikke nødvendigvis en bedre bedømmelse. Begge numre udstråler vildskab og energi, men indeholder ikke så meget andet. Derfor er jeg langt fra overbevist om, at jeg skal bruge tid på hverken den ene eller den anden fuldlængde.

Tracklist:
A1. Kollapse - Father
B1. No Fealty - Ravished

Samlet spilletid: 7:46

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Still Around, Mighty Midgets, Stars Burn Strips

5FeetUnder Records er et forholdsvis nystartet pladeselskab med base i Aalborg, som fokuserer på punk- og hardcoremusik. 2010 har været det år, hvor pladeselskabet er begyndt at udgive plader med andet end lokale bands, så det var på tide at få en snak med de bands, som har udgivet noget i årets løb. I denne omgang er det de lokale bands, der stadig er at finde på pladeselskabets lønningsliste, som står på menuen. Still Around og Mighty Midgets fra Aalborg samt Stars Burn Stripes fra København er dagens bands i ringen. Så bliver det spændende, at se om danskerne kan snakke om andet end håndbold, muslimer og flæsk.




Revolution Music: The name of your band, and who is answering the questions?

STILL AROUND: We are Still Around, I´m Thomas and I play the bass.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: The band is called Mighty Midgets. Yours truly, answering all the stupid questions, is Niels.

STARS BURN STRIPES: Our band is called Stars Burn Stripes. We are four guys in the band and we´re all here for the interview.

Revolution Music: What is the story behind your band name?

STILL AROUND: We were discussing good band names and the lack thereof – and came up with about 20 different names, ranging from the ridiculous to the totally arty and self indulgent. We settled on Still Around with a 3 to 4 vote. We are geezers, old and jaded, so the name seemed appropriate. I think Jakob mentioned the song by 59 TIMES THE PAIN, and we stole it form them basically.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: I wasn´t in the band when the name was decided but I think the guys were just lame pimple faced teens thinking that band names with alliterations in them were cool. No one in the band really likes the name anymore and it doesn´t really fit the music we play nowadays. But then again it´s just a name…

STARS BURN STRIPES: How we came up with the name is a pretty stupid story... So here goes:
When we formed the band in 2004 we couldn´t really decide on a name, and we came up with like a hundred really bad names that no one liked. One day while Filip and Lasse were waiting for a bus, they tried to remember all those crappy names and Filip mispronounced one of them and said: “Stars Burn Stripes”. They both thought: “Wow, this totally rocks!” and we ended up choosing that name because it was the one suggestion that the least people in the band hated.

Revolution Music: Can you present your band and its members, your history and influences?

STILL AROUND: We are just four average guys from different backgrounds who have a passion about music. We bonded through music and the first band practice was on a partially abandoned farm were we could play as loud as we felt like. We are products of punk and have all been more or less active at 1000 fryd in Aalborg for years. We are influenced by a lot of different stuff, musically we can agree on Minor Threat, Have Heart, Lack, Carry On and stuff like that. Jakob and I are really into some of the older hardcore bands, Troels and I like a lot of experimental stuff as well. Our drummer is into stuff like the Deftones and Terror. We like a lot of anti social shit hehe.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: All right, the elevator version: We´re five people with a love for fast music and late after parties. Peter: Guitar, Rasmus: Drums, Lasse: Bass/vocals, Troels: Vocals and me (Niels): Vocals/guitar.

We all go way back and were all friends before joining the band. Troels and I are brothers so I guess we´re the ones going back the longest. The band has slowly evolved from a poppy punk band to a heavier melodic hardcore band – we all love screaming so this style fits us much better…

STARS BURN STRIPES: Lasse:
I play guitar and sing. I started a band with Brian sometime around 2002 and we met Filip and decided to steal him away from his old band to form SBS. We all listen to punk rock and we really like it fast and with lots of energy and melody.

Brian:
I play the guitar in the band. I sat around by myself playing Green Day and NOFX songs for like six years ´till I met Lasse who I decided to make a band with since I never met anyone else who liked punk music. And been doing that ever since…

Leo:
Drummer. I have known the guys via the punk scene for about 8 years, as I used to play (and still do) in other different bands. Actually SBS stole Filip from my former band! So after they threw out their 15´th drummer, I started to stand in at gigs and studio stuff in early ´09. Seems like I´ve just been sticking around since then..

Filip:
I started in a band BEFORE the band with leo from which I was stolen from. We played some concerts with Lasse and Brian´s band and became good friends with them.

Revolution Music: How famous is your band on a scale from 1 to 10?

STILL AROUND: 1

MIGHTY MIDGETS: If 10 is Albert Einstein and 1 is number of hearts an octopus has (which would actually be 3), I would say we are around 2.5. A group of people in Japan knows about us while most people I work with don´t even know what the name of my band is. So, if S is a finite set with |S| = n elements, then the power set of S contains | P(S) | = 2n elements. And I´m not even sure that makes sense.

STARS BURN STRIPES: Well, we just went on our first tour abroad. But if you do some research, you´ll find that Metallica has 11.463.495 “likes” on Facebook, whereas we currently have 400. You do the math from here.

Revolution Music: Why are you the best band on 5FeetUnder Records?

STILL AROUND: We aren´t, at least not technically, but we have a different approach than a lot of the other stuff I think. I consider us pretty pure in aesthetics and sound. But we are definitely punk rather than tech.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: We´re not…

STARS BURN STRIPES: Why do Catholics molest children? It´s hard to answer but we all know that it is how it is.

Revolution Music: Can you tell us about your local scene? Any bands we should google?

STILL AROUND: I am not following it that closely, but I really love SKIND OG BEN, UNDER AL KRITIK and that kind of stuff. It needs to sound convincing.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: The Aalborg scene is small but pretty cool. The local punk/alternative venue 1000Fryd often has a lot of good shows and the entire hard rock scene is pretty vivid. A great thing is that because of the city´s size the bands are good at connecting and working together across genres which expose you to a lot of different input.

To name drop a few local bands: In Crimson Colors (on hiatus at the moment), Terex Titan, One Stop Noise Shop, Aedra, Kolyma, Still Around and Lemlæstet Fosterbræk.

STARS BURN STRIPES: Something you should take at look at is Rockfreaks.net and revolution music. They are online zines about everything happening in underground rock music in DK. And they rock.

Revolution Music: Do you know anything about the Danish scene?

STILL AROUND: Nah, ask Troels. I have to comment on the state of hardcore in general in this country – what I have seen with my own eyes is cliqueish, retrogressive and pathetic, some people obviously worship these tough guy sxe or metalcore bands and act accordingly, I see no difference in this approach than the weak mindless schoolyard bullies who might yell shit, but once you get them alone, there´s not much to it but the posing. Also scene police can eat shit. We aren´t teenagers anymore and this isn´t NYC, chances are you are not Harley or Raybeez haha.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: No not really. Aren´t Volbeat and The Prophet Muhammad from Denmark?

Revolution Music: You have a record coming out, or already released, on 5FeetUnder Records. Tell us about the record in ten words!

STILL AROUND: It´s primitive, loud and angry.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: Fast melodic hardcore with a few technical details mixed in.

STARS BURN STRIPES: Well, it´s called “buy now, pay later” and we think

Revolution Music: What do you, generally, write lyrics about?

STILL AROUND: I don´t, Jakob does. Buy the album and find out haha. It´s all about love man..haha

MIGHTY MIDGETS: Our lyrics are typically politically charged but we try to keep things at a more general and personal level. When writing lyrics, I often take starting point in one or more actual events that I think say something about people or reflect tendencies in society that I´m offended or puzzled by. I then try to take this to a more general level in some sort of attempt to portray the human species and all its failings (and sometimes successes – but failings are easier to yell at). So while the actual event triggering a lyric might be quite local (often some event in the Danish political climate) I try to keep the lyrics relevant to people outside my tiny bubble.

That being said, I try not to limit myself to political subjects. In the songs we´re currently recording, I think my lyrical content is moving in a more personal direction while still trying to keep the general appeal. Somehow these things made more sense to write about this time around. I guess I´m becoming older and more selfish.

All this is very much a personal quest because only a few people actually seems to notice lyrics anyway and I have no hope that writing my lyrics will ever change anything in a bigger perspective. But nailing down a piece of poetry that reflects exactly how I feel about something and fits a certain song is very rewarding and in a way a very soul-searching process. I can only recommend it to everyone…

STARS BURN STRIPES: We write about a lot of stuff, but mostly about friendship and feelings of discontent towards certain things in our society. We try to keep our lyrics honest and we try not to preach about things that we don´t really know that much about.

Revolution Music: What is your most memorable experience with the band?

STILL AROUND: After listening to the demo´s we made it dawned on me, that we had some potential. At least to make an album that we would like. The record is made for us, not for general consumption. We are all big music heads, and being able to have a piece of vinyl with our songs on it, pull it out and crank it, is basically the entire scope of our ambition. Totally DIY and for ourselves. If someone likes it, that´s cool - if not, that´s cool too. It´s all about expressing how you feel in the end.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: Hmm, there´s a lot. Funny thing is that that best experiences are probably those that I can´t really remember because I was too drunk.

Many of the most memorable experiences are often connected to people passing out and humiliating them in their sleep.

STARS BURN STRIPES: One of our first shows was at a homemade festival in the middle of nowhere. This guy had invited us to play, and we knew nothing about what to expect. Turned out that the festival was in the guy´s backyard and everything was made of things from the local landfill.
Oh... And this was outdoors in March, which meant snow! Three guys saw us play, while they crowded around a fire in a barrel trying to keep warm.

Revolution Music: Name your three favorite albums?

STILL AROUND: Ehh, that´s tough. For punk rock? Hardcore? Jazz? Influences?

Here´s a quick stab:
Minor Threat “Discography” (having it all compiled is mind blowing)
Big Black “Songs About Fucking”
John Coltranes “A Love Supreme”
Songs to Scream at the Sun by Have Heart is mandatory.
I love the dirty stuff like Cursed and His Hero is Gone, stuff that has a violent edge and a blue collar attitude.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: Though choice but in the punk genre it would be something like:
• A Wilhelm Scream - Ruiner
• Propagandhi - Potemkin City Limits
• Raised Fist – Dedication
Mix these three and I actually think you have a pretty good idea of our sound…

STARS BURN STRIPES: Lasse:
Osker – Idle Will Kill
Kid Dynamite – Kid Dynamite
The Get Up Kids – Something to Write Home About

Brian:
NOFX – Heavy Petting Zoo
Pennywise – Straight Ahead
Bad Religion – The Process of Belief

Leo:
Rufio – 1985
Clutch – Blast Tyrants
Bad Religion – The Empire Strikes First

Filip:
Strung Out – Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues
Propaghandi – Todays Empires Tomorrows Ashes
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

Revolution Music: Name your three favorite movies?

STILL AROUND: Taxi Driver
Videodrome
Manhunter
These are three really awesome movies...It definitely depends on my mood. I am a huge film head so I could name 200 films in about 30 seconds that are essential to watch.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: According to my IMDB ratings something like: • Fight Club
• Dig!
• Blade Runner
But it´s impossible to nail down only three. A few others that have had a big impact on me are:

Happiness, Alien 1-3, Irreversible, City of God, Collapse (I just saw this a week ago so I guess it doesn´t really belong here but it was a great movie none the less – and I was stoned), Delicatessen, Pulp Fiction, No Direction Home and Hercules in New York.

STARS BURN STRIPES: Lasse:
Suburbia (from 1996)
The Big Lebowski
Jurassic Park

Brian:
Life of Brian
Life of Brian 2
Life of Brian 3

Leo:
Deep Purple – Live In Copenhagen
Muse – Live At Wembley
Rage Against The Machine – The Battle Of Mexico City

Filip:
Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
Army Of Darkness
Willow

Revolution Music: Name your three favorite authors?

STILL AROUND: Again, this is shit I find funny and irresistable – not necessarily my favorites ever. Exept for Thompson probably.
H.S Thompson
Chuck Palahniuk
Richard Meltzer or Byron Coley

MIGHTY MIDGETS: During university I kind of got fed up with reading books so most of the books I´ve read are about creating interactive storytelling, design and theory of science but a few fiction authors have still given me some great experiences:
• Chuck Palahnik (the short story Guts from the book Haunted is a band favorite)
• Eric Drooker (I don´t know if he counts since there are no words but Blood Song rules)
• Halfdan Rasmussen (One of the best Danish poets even though most of what I´ve read from him is written for kids – without him, no Malk De Koijn - without Malk De Koijn, no Danish hip hop worth mentioning)

STARS BURN STRIPES: Lasse:
Peter Bagge
Stephen King
Douglas Adams

Filip:
William King
Dennis Jürgensen
Conn Iggulden

Revolution Music: Name your three favorite words?

STILL AROUND: “I love you” are good words.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: Wank
Bukkakke
Kofferdam

STARS BURN STRIPES: Brian:
Hør
Speciallægepraksisplanlægningsstabiliseringsperiode
Skælmskt

Revolution Music: Name three other things you like?

STILL AROUND: Coffee, sex and power violence oh, and “romboller”.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: • My girlfriend and daughter (counts as one)
• Music (incl. playing myself and going to shows)
• Hanging out, discussing, drinking/smoking weed, listing to music with people I like

STARS BURN STRIPES: Brian:
I like movies, authors and words.

Leo:
Cycling, gaming, eating.

Revolution Music: If you could go back in time; when would you go to and why?

STILL AROUND: I have always wanted to see a real life dinosaur haha, something about that totally fierce and alien time fascinates me. In regards to music I would like to have seen Ice Nine or Union of Uranus play a live set. As well as some of the classic stuff like the above mentioned bands. I will spare you from a zen type answer or from getting into some heavy personal , emotional stuff haha.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: I would go back to the beginning of the sixties, join the Beatles and turn them into a punk band – maybe hire Lars Ulrich´s dad to play the drums instead of Ringo Star. The song ´Because´ could really use some ´Nothing Else Matters´ feeling (I´ll use the word feeling because I don´t know the antonym).

If they wouldn´t let me, I would make a solo career and play all their coming songs before they would ever get a chance to write them – maybe hook up with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash for a few albums (if not for anything else then at least I could prevent their collaborative album).

STARS BURN STRIPES: “Do you really wanna change your life? And if you had the chance would you dare to try? Does the memories always make you smile? Or do they always make you cry?”

Revolution Music: Anything to add here at last minute?

STILL AROUND: Just act responsibly and try not to be too much of a dick to people haha.

MIGHTY MIDGETS: Keep on rocking in a free world, dude!

STARS BURN STRIPES: Yes, go download our EP at www.starsburnstripes.com Or of course… Go pay for it at www.5feetunder.com Thank you for taking time away from whatever you were doing when stumbling upon this.

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