Podcast :: Under The Bridge #12: I Saw Chris Wollard In Ken’s Kebabs

“…it’s called, ‘My Bastard Child The Monkey’…and the band’s called Gorillaz” – Ian Critchley

After a few tech issues (there’s always something, isn’t there) Under The Bridge is back. Episode #12: I Saw Chris Wollard In Ken’s Kebabs – a subtitle inspired by an El Morgan Facebook status update from six months ago – is not the only offering we’ll be delivering unto you this festive season. As per usual it’s a show full of debauchery and everything should be taken in good humor and with a pinch of salt. This week we discussed how Rihanna hypnotizes her listeners, the awesomeness of the new Crazy Arm single and we took at look at our nominations for Album of the year.

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Under The Bridge #12: I Saw Chris Wollard In Ken’s Kebabs (right click/ctrl + click to download or Subscribe for free on iTunes)


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Moon & Back Music Presents :: Album Of The Year 2010

And the winner is…

With the year quickly coming to a close, Ian and I felt it only right that we do some kind of end of year awards thing. I asked every member of the M&B staff what their top 5 albums of 2010 were, and the results were pretty surprising. There’s something here for everyone Whether you want futuristic R&B, tales from New Jersey or politically charged punk anthems, look no further.

After dealing with a debilitating addiction to prescription drugs, Eminem is back with Recovery. The rapper’s seventh studio album still isn’t a patch on his early work, but it easily beats out the likes of Encore and Relapse. The new record hearkens back to the old days, with Marshall being increasingly self deprecating, even going as far as commenting on the poor quality of his recent releases. Recovery is a gem in the sea of shit that is modern hip-hop.

Since signing with Sire Records in 2005, punk fans have reacted pretty harshly towards anything with Against Me!’s name on it. With the release of White Crosses earlier this year, the cries of the band ‘selling out’ continued. However, it’s hard to see why this is being aimed at Tom Gabel and co. Both this record and it’s predecessor New Wave may have been released on a division of Warner Music, but the music remains very similar to everything before that. As Ian would be quick to point out, it’s the same chord progressions and lyrical content as ‘old’ Against Me!, it’s just better produced. It’s Moon & Back’s fourth favorite of 2010 and I think fans should take a second look before dismissing the band outright.

Janelle Monae was the artist that most surprised me in 2010. Her debut full length The ArchAndroid: Suites II & II was the soundtrack to my summer, and it’s good to see that it’s not just me that took notice (cheers Jodie, for pushing this into our top 5). Miss Monae is, without doubt, the most exciting woman in R&B at the minute and this record is a soul-filled throwback to times passed. This is real R&B and I for one am tipping the 25-year old, Kansan songstress, for big things in the future.

Coming in at number two, sadly -because I think it should have won – it’s Fake Problems’ new record Real Ghosts Caught On Tape. The Floridia-based indie/punk four piece have wowed many with their fresh, upbeat sound and off the wall antics, both on and off stage. 2010 has been a big year for these guys: RGOT released to rave reviews, they’ve toured all over the US on the Vans Warped Tour and even did a stint with the winners of this years award. With catchy lyrics, great production (Ted Hutt is a genius) and a fun, retro take on ‘pop punk’ I can’t help but think this record has been a tad overlooked. These guys best tour the UK next year!

This year’s Moon & Back Music Album Of The Year goes to…American Slang. The Gaslight Anthem’s third album seems to have had an effect on the Moon & Back staff (though Ian remains adamant of their ability to bore him). The New Jersey group’s tales of murky cities and urban saviors might not be for everyone, but the follow-up to, 2008’s, The ’59 Sound has secured messieurs Fallon, Rosamilia, Levine and Horowitz a place as one of the best bands of recent years.

So there we have it. That’s Moon & Back’s verdict on the top 5 albums of this year. If you don’t agree, you’ll have your chance to vote on all the albums picked by the Moon & Back staff in the ‘Readers Choice’ award coming later on this week. This will be followed by the ‘2009 Album of 2010’ award – awarded to the albums of last year that we only got around to in 2010.

Interview :: The Menzingers

“How do you go on tour with a band you stole a whole record from?”

Earlier this month we caught up with Tom May and Greg Barnett from The Menzingers. This was the first UK tour for Philidelphia-based four piece and they seemed to be enjoying themselves quite a bit. We chatted to them, in the bitter cold, outside Manchester’s Tiger Lounge about their new album, touring with Leagues Apart, working with Brendan Kelly and we retire an old favorite.

Anthony Barlow: Hey guys, how’s it going?

Greg Barnett: Pretty ace man.

Tom May: Everything’s going great, yeah. It’s our first time over here, so we’re really excited.

AB: I was just going to ask how the tour was going so…

TM: It’s been great so far. All the shows have been awesome. Everyone that we’ve met has been great. It’s been very drunken *laughs*

GB: Yeah, it has been very drunken. Wales was really drunk. Southampton was a lot of fun. We’ve had a lot of fun everywhere. The first night was Kingston, that was a real treat. We came over and there was a lot of people there and Leagues Apart are great dudes so it’s really cool.

Ian Crichley: Where did you play in Kingston?

TM: We played the Fighting Cocks. They sold it out. It was a blast.

IC: Manchester’s a ‘home show’ for Leagues Apart, has this date been hyped up?

GB: Oh yeah, they’ve been hyping it up the whole ride. They’re like ‘I can’t wait until you guys get to Manchester. It’s gonna be so much fun. All of our friends are gonna be there.

AB: And now us two have turned up and dragged you outside.

TM: That’s what’s really funny too. You never really get good shows on a Monday night and we’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now.

AB: It’s going to be good. Lots of other cool UK bands playing tonight.

TM: Yeah, it’s a great bill.

IC: It’s been a pretty big year for you guys hasn’t it? You’ve toured with Anti-Flag, Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem and you’re heading out with The Flatliners and Fake Problems in December. What’s that been like? And are you looking forward to Canada?

TM: Oh yeah, it’s gonna be cold.

GB: That’ll be our fourth time there this year and every time we go there we have a blast. Especially in French Canada, I love it.

AB: You played with Fake Problems on the Gaslight tour as well. Were you introduced to the ‘Mr. Yucky’?

IC: Do you know about ‘Mr. Yucky’?

TM: I don’t think so.

IC: It’s where you lick your hand and put it on the other person’s mouth?

TM: Oh, I heard about that. They never did anything like that on the though.

GB: It’s lucky they didn’t do anything like that

TM: Very lucky

GB: I thought you were talking about those little green stickers they used to put on poison that said “Mr. Yucky”

TM: Oh yeah

IC: You released your new album in April, have you had a good response?

TM: Yeah. I was looking back on this year in the van earlier today, and it’s been a pretty crazy year. With all the tours and everything. I never thought I’d be standing here right now, In Manchester, about to play a show. It’s been a fun ride.

IC: It’s your second album, do you think you’ve progressed as artists?

GB: I would hope so. I mean, we’re not gonna be like ‘we’ve completely changed and made this concept album’, but I really think we’ve progressed as musicians for sure. And the writing, we took a lot more seriously and we put a lot of work into that album, so we’re excited to see that it’s doing really well. People like it. Our friends like it.

AB: You worked with Brendan Kelly on the track ‘So It Goes’, how was that?

GB: It was hilarious, man. He came in and said ‘I’m just gonna find a harmony for it’ or whatever and he did it whilst wearing a guitar, he was looking upward a little bit and he just nailed it. Like every one. He did a whole bunch of different things.

TM: He was just like ‘Listen, I always sound terrible when I do guest vocals for a band. Just tell me if it’s bad’. But no, I think it turned out great.

AB: Is there anyone else you’d really like to work with in a similar capacity?

TM: Yeah, we’re always down for those kind of things. Absolutely.

GB: Yeah, we gotta get some friends in on this next one. Like Ty from Broadway Calls or something like that.

TM: Yeah, yeah. We’ll definitely get some friends in on it.

AB: The first single has been released and the video for that is mostly tour footage. Was that a budget thing or a way for you to show people what The Menzingers are about?

TM: The way that we went into it, I think that it was the easiest bet and the most honest bet to make a music video. We didn’t really want to do anything that didn’t really represent us as people. We really wanted to portray our personalities though the video. We called up a buddy, he flew in from Florida, and he hopped in the van with us for five days and that’s what he got.

GB: It was all Northeast cities too. Kind of record release shows. It was just a lot of fun.

IC: Do you get a lot of naked guys on stage?

TM: *laughs*

GB: Sometimes you get naked guys

TM: That’s our good buddy Andy from Philly

IC: *laughs* Oh, so you knew him then. It wasn’t just some random naked guy.

GB: He plays in a band called Luther.

IC: On the video you’ve got these blue sunglasses on. Are they from MacDonalds?

GB: *laughs* What? No, there’s tons of those cheap sunglasses in America. People use them for promotional things. They’ll just write something goofy on the side of it…

TM: Yeah, I’m pretty sure Toby from Red Scare gave me those. He went to a basketball game or something and then was like ‘hey, have some sunglasses!’

IC: On the YouTube video, some guy called SuperWhoa97 has commented and said: “One of the dude’s moms is my math teacher”

GB: *laughs* That’d be my mom. My mom’s a math teacher, yeah. It’s funny, she always pimps our band out. Well, she doesn’t pimp our band out… *laughs* Sorry, that was the wrong terminology, but she’s always like ‘you should check out my sons band’ or whatever. Writes it into word problems *laughs* She doesn’t do that, we should write her one though.

TM: Yeah, totally.

GB: ‘If the van breaks down this far from wherever and you only have six beers left”

AB: That’s the obvious problem of course.

IC: Since you guys formed people have compared you to the likes of Against Me! How do you feel about that?

TM: Yeah, sure. I think it’s fair.

IC: I’ve got a quote here as well: “How do you go on tour with a band you stole a whole record from?”

TM & GB: *laughs*

TM: Yeah, that’s definitely my favorite quote I’ve heard about our band. I mean, obviously, they’ve been a big influence on our band growing up. It was definitely a privilege to tour with them this year. It was a blast.

GB: That was one of the bands that we all really came together on after hearing all their music, so it was exciting.

AB: So you guys have been on Red Scare two years now. How’s it been working with them?

IC: Toby doesn’t work you too much?

TM: No, he’s the best.We love working with Red Scare. I think Red Scare is the best independent record label in the states and they’ve been awesome to us and we love them to death.

AB: Do you think working with them has given you a lot more freedom than you might have had otherwise?

TM: Oh yeah, for sure. We can do whatever the hell we want.

GB: Not only that, but whatever we want to do, even if Toby disagrees he knows how to do it. He helps us along. He’s great.

AB: It’s a big thing to think about, but would you ever consider moving to a major label?

GB: This is one of those questions that you hear and you have no idea if you would. At this point, with the way the music industry’s going now, I can’t see it happening.

TM: It just doesn’t seem likely really.

GB: Joe Strummer was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine and he said the one regret he had from the 20th Century is that he’d signed to a major label at one point in his life. When Jesus says something, you kinda have to listen. They’re losing so much power now anyway. Nobody’s buying CDs.

IC: Illegal downloading as well

AB: Has that affected you guys?

GB: It’s bigger. Less money, that’s for sure.

TM: Yeah. There’s two ways to look at it. I don’t think our band would be where it is today if people didn’t get the record for free.

GB: Plus, it’s not like we buy records *laughs*

TM: So it’s a trade off right there, I guess.

IC: As long as you give some back, that’s alright.

TM: I just think that there should be more musicians writing albums, because then we could all share *laughs*

GB: Then we could all share and it’d be an even trade. Even pirated software to record music is used. It’s a strange beast.

AB: Finally, and this is the last time we’re doing this because the results are getting handed in…

IC: We’ve been doing this poll for the past year of every band and every person we’ve interviewed and you’ll be the last ones

GB: Are we a swing vote? Is this close?

AB & IC: No

IC: So yeah, if Chuck Ragan, Henry Rollins and a shark had a fight, who would win?

GB: Oh shit.

TM: Are we in water? Are we on land?

GB: Are they on the deck of a sinking boat?

TM: Are we Chuck Ragan solo or Chuck Ragan Hot Water?

IC: Chuck Ragan solo

TM: I don’t know if you’ve seen the pictures that show how good of a fisherman he is, so I think he can beat the shark.

GB: He can beat the shark, but not if he’s in the water

TM: True

GB: He’s a small dude right? He’s not a big dude.

TM: But he’s built.

GB: Henry Rollins is like intimidating

TM: Yeah, I’d probably go Henry Rollins

GB: Yeah, but I don’t want him to win

TM: *laughs*

TM: Let’s go shark

GB: Tim Armstrong…No, let’s go shark. Fuck it! No, I’m gonna say Chuck Ragan

TM: I’m gonna say the shark.

AB: Well thanks a lot guys, it’s been fun.

TM: Awesome. Thank you so much.

Podcast :: Under The Bridge #11: Bum Tish Skillz

“Is it gay if you have a dream about sucking yourself off, but you don’t cum?” – Ian Critchley

With Ian back from his holidays and a busy week ahead of us, we got around to recording episode 11 of Under The Bridge. This week we were joined by our favorite ex-pat Kris Smith to let you know what was going on in the world of music. Prepare for laughs as we discuss cheese rolling in Portsmouth, Blink-182’s UK tour and Sweeden’s population of cats. Kris tried to talk about John Coltrane, but we talked over him. Shame.

This week our music comes from Frank Turner — ‘St. Christopher Is Coming Home’, ‘I Still Believe’, ‘Try This At Home’, ‘The Ballad Of Me & My Friends’

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EP Review :: Frank Turner – Rock & Roll

“Who’d have thought, that after all, something as simple as rock and roll could save us all?”

How Frank found time to make this is beyond me. The man has spent the majority of 2010 on the road (so what else is new?), touring Europe, America and even China, yet he still managed to put out a new record. This five track EP encompasses everything Frank Turner is about. It’s a perfect introduction for the uninitiated, but won’t leave the  hardcore wanting, either.

Rock & Roll is a record full of tributes. It feels like Frank’s way of letting people know how much certain people and things – past or present – mean to him. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some sappy, emo-tinged cry along. This is the Frank Turner we all know and love and these five new tracks are fantastic. The record opens with ‘I Still Believe’, Frank’s tribute to musical greats like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. It’s a song full of passion and power that can’t be ignored, helped by the fact that it’s catchy as hell too! Anyone who’s seen one Frank’s shows of late will have undoubtedly heard this and chanted along with it’s chorus.  It might take a while, but soon enough you won’t be able to get it out of your head. It’s a real feel good song that follows a tried and true formula. Such a great way to open up a record.

‘Pass It Along’ is a track some will have heard before, and it’s probably my favorite track on here. For me, the whole sentiment of the record was captured in this line: “So here’s to Ragan, and here’s to Marwood. Here’s to Tim, and Jonah too. Here’s to the ones who have to take the stage and sing the truth.” This is a shout out to people just like him. Musicians who go out there and do it, not because they have to, because they want to. It’s a more stripped down track, something that lends itself perfectly to the subject matter. Ben, Matt, Tarrant and Nigel are still there, but they provide more of a subtle backing for Frank more than anything.

Those looking for something completely stripped down will find that in ‘Rock and Roll Romance’. It’s the shortest track on the record, but maybe the most poignant. Perhaps it’s the subject matter? Perhaps it’s Frank’s hushed tones? Maybe it’s a mixture of both? What I do know is that it’s a heartfelt love story told in less than two minutes. Anyone who says Frank can’t write a love song is wrong and this should set them straight.

Considering the tone of the EP thus far, ‘To Absent Friends’ came as quite a surprise. Granted, ‘I Still Believe’ packs a punch, but this one almost knocked me out of my chair. Starting out with just Frank and an acoustic, the track builds into a fast paced crescendo that just made me want to run somewhere (with this in my headphones, of course). As the title suggests, this is about another friend of Frank’s and is a tribute anyone would be proud of. This track in particular shows just how versatile Frank and his band can be, and that fast paced rock tracks can co-exist wonderfully with the regular folk-style stuff fans have come to expect.

Closing the album is ‘The Next Round’, an ode to the bottle and those who drink from it. This is probably the closest to a typical ‘folk’ song as you’re going to get from this EP and it’s calming melody works as a great finish to the record. Simple, subtle instrumentation provides the perfect backing to Frank’s soothing vocal throughout before it, again, rises up to create the perfect feel good ending.

If this is a teaser of what’s to come next from FT, then I can’t wait. Rock & Roll showcases just how great songwriting and production can come together to create a masterpiece. It shows how the range in Frank’s music has broadened, but it retains the simplicity that first drew me and many others in. Disregard Frank Turner at your peril!

Interview :: Andrew Jackson Jihad

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“So what’s up with folk punk?”

Last month (yeah, sorry for the delay) Andrew Jackson Jihad embarked across the UK to spread their own brand of, the mystery that is, folk punk. During their stop in Manchester we had a bit of a chat to Sean and Ben about dumb Arizona laws, drinking and being on tour with Kepi Ghoulie. They’re really nice guys and great to chat to, but whatever you do, don’t mention Against Me!

Sean Bonnette: Every interview I’ve done, or nearly every interview me and Ben have done, we’ve had to talk about Against Me! for some reason

Ian Critchley: Really?

Sean: Yeah, and folk-punk, what we think about the genre of folk-punk

Ben Gallaty: Next time we’re just gonna play ignorant, and be like, what’s folk-punk?

IC: Yeah

Ben: Never  heard of it before

IC:  Yeah, we’re a hip-hop group

Ben: I listen to ABBA

Anthony Barlow: Yeah, we’re actually a Miles Davis tribute act

IC: That’d be well good

Ben: [To Sean]Wait, did you tell him that?

Sean: Nope

Ben: We had a jokeOne time, we were at Eatsa Pizza (?), and we were talking to somebody and we were talking about music, and we told them that we were going to see a show that night. We told them we were going to see a Miles Davis tribute act

IC: Haha no way, good coincidence

Ben: I didn’t know it was a thing people said

AB: It’s not haha. I was just listening to Miles and John Coltrane on the bus

IC: We’ve coined a new phrase

AB: Yeah, so, how’s it going guys?

Sean: It’s going good

AB: This is the official start of the interview I guess. How’s the tour going? You’ve been on the road, how many days now?

Sean: Errrmmm, 4? 5? 6?

Ben: We left the 29th, so we got 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, is it the 6th today?

AB: It’s the 6th today

Ben: So, err, 7 days

Sean: 7 days, cool

Ben: Since we left our houses in Phoenix, Arizona.

IC: How’re you enjoying Manchester? Have you had chance to look around?

Sean: We haven’t. [To Ben] Well, he has

Ben: I drank a beer. I drank one beer and i’m kinda feeling it so

AB: Which bar did you go to?

Ben: Odder?

AB: Odder Bar!

IC: Yeah, it’s a nice place to do like a beer and a pizza for a fiver

Ben: Yeah, i noticed that, they have a really good deal

IC: Nice pizza as well. Do you, well it’s easy to but, do you ever get, like, overwhelmed on a big foreign tour like this?

Sean: We’ve never been on a big foreign tour like this

IC: Well, is it overwhelming?

Ben: We’re not overwhelmed quite yet, we’ll see what happens when we get to Europe though. It seems like things could very easily become overwhelming once we get there

AB: You’ve had trouble securing an upright bass haven’t you?

Ben: No, actually, for the UK, it’s surprisingly easy. A really great guy that we met in Bristol, named Will Oxtoby (?), supplied me with an upright bass for the entire UK tour. He lives in London

Sean: He’s gonna come to the Brighton show too

Ben: Really great guy. He contacted us about 3 weeks ago and said “I have an upright bass, you’re welcome to use it for the whole of the UK tour”. He showed up to Bristol and had it ready. He sold merch for us because we were busy, like, playing our set, packing up and people were at the merch table. Nicest guy in the world. I don’t have anything lined up for the European dates but I’ll probably end up playing with an electric bass

Sean: Kepi has got a little pink electric bass?

Ben: It’s not pink

Sean: Aww, it should be.

Ben: I like the way the pink ones sound a lot better

IC: How’s it been touring with Kepi Ghoulie?

Sean: Ah, it’s the best. He’s the most pleasant person to tour with ever. Of all time.

Ben: This our 4th with Kepi.

Sean: There was The Queers tour, then there was West Coast, and then another West Coast. Yeah this is our fourth tour with Kepi.

Ben: He’s a really great friend, an amazing musician

Sean: brilliant songwriter.

Ben: Yeah, and as far as having, dunno, if you guys have ever toured or anything

IC: Yeah, I have

Ben: It was like a road trip, y’know like, he is our rock. He’s such a solid, like, mentally, physically, just in every way he’s a really solid individual. So, it’s nice to have him and we’re honored that he’s become a good friend of ours

Sean: Let me just say something about kepi really quick Take a look at this, check this shit out.

IC: Is this the t-shirts?

Sean: This is Kepi’s brain at work. This is Kepi’s work

IC: The Roll technique is the best. It’s all about rolling your t-shirts up

Sean: We always roll but we never roll as deep or as hard as kepi

IC: You’re, playing with some up and coming UK acts tonight, like Apologies, I Have None. Have you had a chance to hear them prior to tonight?

Sean: No

AB: They’re a really good band

Sean: Aren’t we playing with Crywank tonight? That’s honestly one of the best names I’ve heard. One of our UK merch buddies, or merch puppies as I call them, is like Simon Gabriel’s friends with Crywank

IC: Does he have t-shirts? Because so how many people are you gonna offend walking around with that?

Sean: I’m gonna buy a t-shirt tonight

Ben: Or how many people are you gonna impress?

Sean: I’m pretty sure i’ve heard Apologies I Have None though. From what I’ve heard on the internet they’re really good

IC: They’re a good band, yeah

Sean: I think I was checking out their MySpace or something

AB: Speaking of Apologies I Have None and that, what do you know of the UK punk scene?

Ben: Current punk scene? Well, our driver, Nick, has turned us on to some of the UK bands. It’s weird like, all the bands that I was really excited about, I like this band Glasvegas, and it turns out nobody in the UK likes Glasvegas that i’ve asked about. I’m a huge fan of Toy Dolls which is like an old band. I love a lot of music which has come out here in the past. Our driver Nick played us, what is it, something ghosts? It’s like a new band, they’re getting pretty big, I think one of the members is in… I can’t remember.

IC: Yeah, i’m not sure

Ben: He played us the Arteries

IC: Oh the Arteries? Yeah yeah, they played here on Saturday.

Ben: Yeah, who else? He, like, showed us a few other things. Oh, we (something), have you guys heard Caves?

AB: I’ve heard of Caves

Sean: Caves are sick

Ben: We played with Lou who is the lead singer and she did a really good set. I guess she was playing Caves songs but just with an acoustic guitar, so that was really great. So we’ve been learning a lot We’ve met Frank [Turner], of course, he’s from here. We finally heard Million Dead which is his old band and I’d heard of them, so that was cool. We’re definitely being schooled.

Sean: Bring Me The Horizon


Ben: We’re getting schooled quite a bit now that we’re here

IC: Good stuff. Is there any local Phoenix bands you’d like to promote or mention?

AB: To give us the other side of it

Sean: Right now, we think about like bands that I’ve,that  I’ve actually been enjoying that are currently operating in Phoenix. I’m kind of a fucking old man

Ben: Roar

Sean: Oh yeah, Roar. Oh God Roar’s so good. There’s The Roar, Sweet Bleeders, Color Store, Treasure Mammal. I’d say Treasure Mammal is probably the best one doing it right now, in Phoenix.

Ben: Porches is a lot of fun, I’m a little bit biased, I played drums in that band right before I left so I dunno if that counts

Sean: It counts. Porches is awesome

Ben: I don’t know if I can say that

Sean: I have no affiliation with that band

Ben: I’m trying to think of some others. There are a lot of good Phoenix bands. We’re going on tour with a band called Royal Monsters in December and I’m really excited about that *laughs* Who else? There are a lot of really great bands in Phoenix, and and also bands that have been broken up. Footox. We do some covers of Footox songs. French Quarter is a band that Steven Seinberg is the lead song writer of, and he’s not performing music right now but that was a really good band. There’s a lot.

Businessman’s Lunch. They’re not really playing but they think they’re still semi-active. They did an amazing album. Sleep In The Sea, rest in peace. Tiger Team, rest in peace

IC: We have got a kind of cliché question but…

Ben: Sure

AB: It’s a name question

Ben: I’m sure we have a cliché answer

IC: Having  Jihad in your name, have you encountered any problems coming over?

Sean: We have a great story

AB: Do tell

Sean: No one has ever given a shit about (something something something) at the airports. I mean we do our best to like

IC: Play it down?

Sean: Play it down, yeah. Never conceal it, but y’know, they’ve opened up my suitcase and seen like a stack of Andrew Jackson Jihad twelve inches, and they’ve been like, “oh, can you move some of these records in to here, we need to make this 50lbs”. But this time we brought over these three big boxes of merch, and we got through customs no problem. Have you guys ever like, travelled outside?

AB & IC: Yeah, yeah, yeah

Sean: We just had a cart with these three giant boxes on it with ‘Fruit Of The Loom’ written on it. Basically just screaming merch, but we walked through the ‘nothing to declare line’ and there was like four security guards. We just kinda smiled at them and walked through

AB: I can imagine that. It’s kinda daunting in a way, coming through the airport and you go through the nothing to declare line. I go through with nothing, and I’m still nervous *laughs*

Ben: Well, yeah, it was crazy because we’d heard from some people that like you’re not gonna be able to get that much stuff over and then I went on to usairways.com, and i’m like, we get two free 50lb packages and then it was like $55 for the next one, like i’m gonna fucking pack them all. We got to the airport, we checked it all in, we showed up in Philadelphia and we met up with Kepi and he’s like “Oh shit, you guys brought all that – that was all merch? That’s not a good idea. They’re not gonna let you through with that” and i’m like “really, they’re not going to?” and he’s like “yeah, they’re gonna give you a really hard time”. So we got to the airport and we got our boxes and it was really like daunting because there’s just a line of customs agents like standing right next to the undeclared line and we were just walking by, and i was just like “hi guys, what’s up?” I just kept walking, and thought “they’re gonna stop me if they wanna stop me.” We just walked straight through and nobody did anything, it was amazing.

Sean: We’d heard that if you, if they do call you on having merch just to say it’s promo. ‘ah, we’re just gonna give this to radio stations and promoters to, y’know, for putting up the shows and stuff.’

Ben: It’s hard to sell that though, y’know, when you have like 200 t-shirts

IC: It’s a big radio station, they’ve got lots of listeners

Sean: Well, y’know, you could say we’re going to, we’re going to that big festival and we’re just gonna give a load of free stuff out. Get our name out there. We’re really ambitious. *laughs*

AB: *laughs* You released a new record last year, but can fans expect any new AJJ material soon?

Sean: Erm…Yes. We’re writing songs right now for a new full length album, and that’s coming out in 2011 at some point. We also recorded a really fun radio session last night and, depending on how good that sounds, we might have a little tour EP or something out.

Ben: We’ve been working on a split. I don’t know how many inches it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be a record. A split with O Pioneers! from the states. We’ve been working on that for about two years now, and it’s almost locked in and ready to go. That should be coming out before…

Sean: …the Armageddon

Ben: I’m not gonna say, because it might jinx us, but it will be coming out at some point. It looks like the ball is rolling on that one.

IC: Good stuff.

AB: Yeah, definitely. So you guys are from Arizona and there’s a pretty controversial law surrounding your home state. I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about it, but guys like Rise Against, Kanye West and Rage Against The Machine have said they’re not going to play in Arizona because of this law. I just wondered how you felt about that.

Ben: I mean, if they want to do that that’s fine *laughs* I like to think that the law doesn’t represent the majority of Arizona’s residents, but the polls would suggest otherwise. I disagree with the law and I’d also like to mention that the Governor who passed the law wasn’t voted in by the population, but elections are coming up and, I hope not, but it looks like she could become our legit Governor so…

AB: Do you think this militant approach is the right one to take? Can it work?

Sean: It’d probably be way more effective if it was like Kid Rock and Toby Keith boycotting Arizona instead of a bunch of bands like Rage Against The Machine. Well college bros like Rage Against The Machine, but I notice, on the Sound Strike roster, there’s a lot of indie bands and they’re not really gonna make a difference. Being so small, they could actually do a lot better by coming to Arizona and having voter registration booths at the very fucking least. Boycotting has worked with Arizona in the past to get Arizona to recognise Martin Luther King day as a paid government holiday. We were one of the last states. It took a Public Enemy song, Stevie Wonder and all of his friends boycotting, the Super Bowl bring moved from Arizona. They hit Arizona in their wallet and then Arizona finally tapped out to justice, but the boycott’s not big enough yet. If the Super Bowl, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana, all those big money making entertainment streams decided to cut their flow from Arizona, yeah it’d totally work. That’s not militant. That’s smart to me.

Ben: I’d say that, even more than that, it’s the conventions that have been canceled and those are huge. Phoenix in particular,  because it’s a destination people travel to from all over the world, because it’s beautiful in the winter and nowhere else is like that in winter. So canceling those and moving those elsewhere will have much more of an economic impact on Arizona than a rock show.

IC: Has it affected any of your shows?

Sean: Just kids asking about it. It’s affected our interviews a lot.

AB & IC: *laughs*

IC: We thought we were really original with it.

AB: You’ve broken my heart now

Ben: Well you’ve done your research. I would also just like to mention that most of the bands I’ve seen since the legislation was passed have brought it up during the show. They typically say ‘we disagree with this and we’re preaching to the choir’, because most of the people who go and see the bands that I go and see are pretty much on the same wavelength.

IC: Yeah, definitely. Finally, if Chuck Ragan, Henry Rollins and a shark had a fight, who would win?

Ben: Are they all fighting against eachother, like a Royal Rumble?

IC: Yeah, yeah

Sean: Three creatures enter, one creature leaves. I’m not going to call a shark a man. Is it a man shark? Is it a shark with beefy arms?

AB: No, just a shark

Sean: Is it in water or on land?

IC: We’ve had to discuss this quite a bit, so we’ve decided it’ll be in space.

Ben: If the shark had a gun…

All: *laughs*

Ben: …I think Henry Rollins would win

Sean: I agree.

Ben: And that’s all I have to say on that

AB: Well thankyou

Sorry for the delay on this everyone. We’d like to thank Sean and Ben for putting up with us for those twenty minutes. Thanks to Naomi Barker for transcribing this as well. It may never have gone up without her.

Canada, Eh? :: The Flatliners

“What kilometer per hour does this boat go, eh?” – Chris Cote (Kut U Up)

The Flatliners brand of ska-infused punk rock is one that’s really easy to get behind. Like many of the bands on Fat Wreck their music is really high energy and a lot of fun. Their success hasn’t come without hard work. Since forming in 2002, the Ontario-based foursome have garnered quite the fanbase. They’ve toured across North America and Europe relentlessly, releasing three albums in that time too.

Their latest record Cavalcade was released this past April and is a real tour de force. It’s no surprise that it’s vying for record of the year at a number of publications. Some might have thought it too clean, but it’s hard not to be won over by Chris Cresswell’s powerful, throaty vocals and the record’s sheer sense of urgency. Though many would beg to differ, for me, they’re a punk band with ska influences, not a ska-punk band. That distinction is very important.

The band have announced that they’re on their way back to the UK, and will be playing a host of shows in February next year. Along for the ride will be, Swansea punks, The Arteries and, Exeter’s own, OK Pilot. Before that they’ve got a run in their homeland with, fellow Canadians, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, The Menzingers (who played with The Arteries just the other night) and, Moon & Back favorites, Fake Problems. Check out the dates below:

  • 9th Dec. – L’Agitee, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 10th Dec – Mavericks – Ottoawa City, Ontario, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 11th Dec – Underworld – Montreal, QC, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 13th Dec – The Red Dog – Peterborough, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 14th Dec – The Mansion – Barrie, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 15th Dec – The Schwaben – Kitchener, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 16th Dec – The Casbah – Hamilton, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 17th Dec – Sneaky Dee’s (19+) – Toronto, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 18th Dec – Sneaky Dee’s (All ages) – Toronto, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 27th Dec – House Of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts w/The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, H20
  • 2nd Feb – Bang Bar – Basingstoke, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 3rd Feb – The White Rabbit  – Plymouth, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 4th Feb – The Croft – Bristol, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 6th Feb – Speakeasy – Dublin, Ireland w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 7th Feb – Hobo’s – Bridgend, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 8th Feb – TJ’s – Leeds, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 9th Feb – Night & Day – Manchester, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 10th Feb – The Crown – Middlesborough, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 11th Feb – The Gaff – London, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot

Visit The Flatliners official website

Listen to The Flatliners on MySpace

Download Cavalcade on iTunes

Be sure to check out our Canadian friends Unrated Music too!

Going Underground :: Leagues Apart

“What happened to the scene? We lost it in the pages of the NME!”

Ian thought he’d banished me from this domain for good, but he was wrong. With Mr. Critchley in Spain, I’ve stepped in to let you know about another amazing UK punk band. They’re a band I’ve seen many times, and they to never fail to impress. Manchester’s least famous (but most loved) sons, Leagues Apart.

It’s hard to believe that these guys only started playing shows this time last year (almost), but with a year of experience under their collective belts they’ve gone from strength to strength. Their brand of fast paced, grufty punk is just what you need on a night out; there’s no way you won’t want to drink a beer once you’ve listened to these guys play. Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four and other bands of that ilk have obviously been a big influence on the band’s sound, but it’s far from derivative.

Their debut album To Anywhere was released earlier this year to rave reviews, and rightly so! It’s one of my favorite albums of 2010, that’s for sure. The guys are currently on tour in the UK with The Menzingers and were bound to impress any first timers in Manchester on Monday night. They’ve got two more dates on that tour before The Menzingers ship out, but it definitely won’t be your last chance to see them, that’s for sure:

  • 19th Nov. – The Portland, Cambridge w/The Menzingers
  • 20th Nov. – The Old Blue Last, London w/The Menzingers

Of course, if you’re from Manchester you’re probably quite familiar with these four already. I don’t really know if they need my promotion, because at least one of them seems to be at every gig ever. They must be raking it in! If they’re not playing they’ll be helping form human pyramids, crowd surfing or pinning someone to the ceiling. It’s always a party when these guys are about. If you haven’t managed to catch them this time around, keep a look out. Leagues Apart is a band you don’t want to miss.

Check out their official website
Listen to them on MySpace
Download To Anywhere on iTunes

Promo :: Frank Turner – ‘I Still Believe’

Hello, and welcome to the Frank Turner Minute

Touring the UK, Europe, the States, China and wherever else wants him has taken up the majority of Frank Turner’s time this year. The Winchester-born singer/songwriter never stops. Even when he’s got time to rest, he’s still busy doing covers, helping charities and recording a new EP. Rock & Roll – Frank’s new five-track stopgap – doesn’t come out until December, but here’s a taste of what’s to come.

Debuted sometime this year, ‘I Still Believe’ is Frank’s homage to his heroes. Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all get a mention in this catchy new single. In true Turner fashion it’s a real crowd pleaser. Even before release swathes of people were singing the words back to him (good old YouTube), so I can only imagine what’ll happen now. This track will feature alongside ‘Pass It Along’, ‘Rock & Roll Romance’ and others on the new EP, as well as being included on his new album.

Watch the video, watch it again and then buy it off iTunes.

Rock & Roll is released on December 6th on Xtra Mile Recordings and Epitaph Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Interview :: Oli Wood (Above Them)

“I’m not going to lie, I can’t feel my hands.”

Refuse To Lose is always a drunken affair. That kind of debauchery is what makes people want to come back, and Saturday was no different. The tiny basement club at Retro Bar (Manchester) played host to three of the finest punk bands in the UK at the minute: Above Them, Bangers and The Arteries. We managed to catch up with, a rather drunk, Oli Wood from Above Them and ask him a few questions. Or was he interviewing us?

Oli Wood: I reckon you’re gonna be shitter than me.

Ian Critchley: Probably yeah, you’ll be alright.

Anthony Barlow: We’re shit interviewers, don’t worry about that. We’re fucking terrible.

OW: Thing is, you’ve interviewed the wrong guy out of Above Them because I have not got a clue what’s going on. Ever.

AB: Well then, I guess the first question is, how’s it going?

OW: Really… Really great. Yeah this is really, I think I’m the most drunk I’ve been in a while like.

IC: Well one of the questions was, you were drunk at the Southsea fest and you still did that without a hitch.

AB: That was a brilliant set.

OW: Tonight is a different level of drunk.

IC: Was that before or is that now? You didn’t seem too pissed on stage.

OW: On stage was, decent. Like now… I’m not gonna lie. I can’t feel my hands.

IC: I hadn’t realised until the other, but you’ve got a video for one of your songs. Has that been received well? Any major play?

OW: Nah, to be honest, it wasn’t something we did to like, we didn’t think we’re gonna do this video and we’re gonna take it out there and everyone’s gonna love it. We did it through a friend, everything about it was really relaxed. We turned up, it was a Saturday night, it was through a guy from inhaler records, he worked at an airport so we had like an old aircraft hanger…

At this point a girl came over and said she was going to join us as her friend had gone to the toilet, then apologised profusely when she had realised she’d interrupted an interview. We told her it was fine and she hung about for the rest of it.

OW: ….yeah, we played that aircraft hanger?

That Girl: The what?

OW: You play in Above Them as well!

TG: Yes. I play the recorder on the secret tracks on the album.

IC: Yeah, it’s like, REALLY in the background so you’ve gotta turn it up a lot.

TG: Turn it up really loud and I’m the music in between the track, and the extra track.

IC: You just hear a little, Doodeleedoo. It’s like when you level up on Pokémon or some shit.

TG: I’m sorry. I’ll be quiet now.

OW: So basically, we didn’t have a clue what we we’re doing.

IC: Well it looks really professional.

OW: I think they paid like £70 for it to get put out on MTV and shit, but I don’t think we ever got played.

IC: Maybe once?

OW: Not even that.

AB: We heard talk of a new album coming out next year. Any details on that?

OW: I dunno, maybe like January, it’s gonna be all recorded and out there. We’re close to it. It’s not fully done, we’re only ten songs in, we want like 12? At least.

IC: The songs you’ve played are sounding good.

OW: Aww. You guys. You guys.

IC: Shucks.

AB: You said that you were pretty much on the bill too late at Southsea, do you still feel that way?

OW: Yeah. Definitely. We were far too drunk and far too rubbish to follow Attack! Vipers!

IC: There’s always a crazy crowd atmosphere when you’re playing. Does it ever aggravate you when people rob the mic or basically just knock shit over?

OW: No. No. Not at all.

TG: Oh! Can I ask a question? Do you remember at ManchFESTer when someone kept shouting in your face and you were like, “Fuck off, you’re not my manager” or something?

OW: I don’t know.

IC: That wasn’t me, don’t worry.

OW: Aww, was I a dick head?

TG: No, no. This guy was the dick head!

AB: Have you anything in the pipeline before the new album then? You said you were doing a split?

OW: I think we’re doing a few splits. After the (first) album we had the Amistad split. We had err… I’m the worst person to be doing this.

AB: Who’s the new split with?

OW: Cheap Girls. Such an awesome band. If you haven’t heard Cheap Girls…fucking.

AB: Have you noticed at your gigs, there’s some guy who always shouts “get your dick out!”

OW: Errr…

IC: It’s okay if you haven’t, but it’s me.

OW: Thing is, if I heard ya, I’d probably go “oh, good idea. Great idea! Why didn’t we think of that before?” But, I haven’t noticed.

IC: I’ll shout louder.

OW: Yeah, you should shout louder. Can I ask you a question?

AB: Yeah, do it!

OW: Have you noticed that, I haven’t done this a right lot?

IC: It’s alright!

AB: Drunk interviews are the best ones.

OW: I am so useless at everything.

AB: Our final question is, if Henry Rollins, Chuck Ragan and a shark had a fight. Who would win?

OW: Not Above Them. So we’ve got Henry Rollins, Church Ragan and a shark?

IC: Just any general shark, probably a Great White, maybe Jaws?

OW: That’s the hardest question you’ve asked so far. None of them. I reckon the bar guy would come out and behave and they’d be like “yeah, okay, sorry.” But to be honest, it’s gotta be Chuck hasn’t it

IC: Yeah.

OW: I’m gonna sound so stupid on this.