Fall Offensive 2019 – Hamilton – Thursday October 10 – Video

At the moment, words can’t express just how fantastic the past few days spent with Urban Vietcong have been … those words will come … so many people to thank … a considerable community of friends and comrades came together to make the Fall Offensive 2019 portion of Attacco Tour a success on so many levels … a truly international effort, steeped in a love for left-radical punk and politics, based on / in mutual affinity and affection, respect and regard, camaraderie and cooperation.

One of those people we have to thank is Steve from Stronger Than Ever Videos … he’s at every show, documenting the bands and the scene for posterity.

Here’s his footage from the Hamilton stop of Fall Offensive 2019 … thanks Steve … thanks Urban Vietcong, Reckless Upstarts, Barbed Wire Braces and Bring The War Home.

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Reviews From Razorcake

Thanks to Razorcake for the swell reviews of the Afterboltxebike and Urban Vietcong cassettes!

AFTERBOLTXEBIKE: Self-titled: CS

Anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, and one hundred percent communist punk from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The cover shows the band sitting in front of a table spread out with several classic punk records including Black Flag, Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, and Sick Of It All but their sound is more of the vein of street punk and at their toughest reminiscent of early Fucked Up. The lyrics are all in Spanish and are what you would expect from an anti-authoritarian band with subjects such as killing fascists, living in an exhausting working class society, and the importance of reading (“read to study, read to learn, read to liberate!”) As part of the proletariat, I identify with much of what they’re pissed about, particularly the lyrics in “No Pasaran”: “I’m sick of waking up at 4AM day after day, not to go running, not to eat, not even to watch TV… moonlighting not for fun but for necessity…” That’s me! Good stuff! –Juan Espinosa (Rebel Time)


URBAN VIETCONG: Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere: CS

Political punk from Italy performed in a mid-tempo pace of the street punk and oi variety. “Drunken Sailor” definitely has a Dropkick Murphys vibe. All the lyrics are in Italian and I know very little of it (“stronzo,” “cazzo,” and other bad words) with the exception of the aforementioned “Drunken Sailor” sung in English and “Uno. Dos. Uno. Tres.” in Spanish and is definitely anti-fascist and anti-cop. I’m down with that. Fans of the Czech label Pasazer will be into this. –Juan Espinosa (Rebel Time / Dure Realite)

Have A Cookie With Urban Vietcong

For one night only!

Yes, we’re bringing back the famous anti-fa cookies!

Vegan chocolate chip with chocolate chip icing.  Made by the punk rock pattisiers at  Hamilton’s The Hearty Hooligan . Best damn cookies we ever ate. No lie.

They’ll be available at the Hamilton stop of Attacco Tour / Fall Offensive 2019 … Urban Vietcong, Reckless Upstarts, Barbed Wire Braces and Bring The War Home … Thursday, October 10th at This Ain’t Hollywood.

Bring your appetite!

Attacco Tour / Fall Offensive 2019

UPDATE: Urban Vietcong will be making a couple of stops in Germany prior to their arrival on these shores …

First up is Postsdam on September 20th where they’ll be playing a solidarity concert for people in that city who have been affected by state repression.

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Then, on September 21st, the band is in Kiel for Fire And Flame’s fifth annual “International Convention Of Revolutionary Solidarity And Antifascist Counterculture”

The Workers Have No Fatherland — Fire And Flames Festival 2019

In conjunction with comrades from RASH CDMX (Mexico City), RASH GDL (Guadalajara) and Dure Realitie (Montreal) we are just so incredibly chuffed to be bringing Urban Vietcong over from Livorno, Italy for a few shows in Mexico / Ontario / Quebec … look for a couple of shows in Mexico ( October 4th and October 5th ), 4 or so shows in Ontario and a show or 2 in Quebec … the band will be playing for sure at Revolution Fest VII in Montreal on Saturday, October 12th …

Stay tuned for more info!  Stay tuned for more dates!

The people are  on the march and must have songs to sing!

Siamo tutti Vietcong!

We’ll add show info below as it becomes available … here’s what we have so far …

Urban Vietcong – Attacco Tour – Guadalajara – October 4th

Urban Vietcong – Attacco Tour – Mexico City – October 5th

Here’s some promo for the Mexico shows happening October 4th and October 5th!

And, here is some info about the 3 shows in Ontario and the show in Quebec …

Urban Vietcong – Attacco Tour / Fall Offensive – Toronto – October 8th

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Urban Vietcong – Attacco Tour / Fall Offensive 2019 – Hamilton – October 10th

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Urban Vietcong – Attacco Tour / Fall Offensive 2019 – Waterloo – October 11

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Revolution Fest VII – 2019 – Montreal

And, here are a few tunes from a few of the bands playing the Attacco Tour / Fall Offensive 2019 … a work in progress …

Urban Vietcong – “2019 Punk Rock At Its Best”

Rad review of the new Urban Vietcong album from the good people at Punk Online!

“Hailing from Livorno, Italy, Urban Vietcong are a “Left-radical punk/oi/hardcore” band and have released a new album on Rebel Time Records. Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere is the sophomore release from the band and contains ten tracks full of energy, passion and rage as the self-described communists take on capitalism and fascism (now that’s what we like to see at punkonline.co.uk)

The album opens with a bass driven fifty-two seconds of spoken word (unfortunately, my Italian is not good enough to translate) and 6/1988 slowly builds and launches directly into the title track, Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere (stories between bottles and chimneys according to google translate) and this one features fast paced drums, angry and gritty lead vocals and soaring, scorching riffs with some sections of group vocals, a slower middle eight with big bass and ‘fists in the air’ “Oi, Oi, Oi” chant…great stuff!!!

Il Mio Paradiso Il Mio Inferno (My Heaven, My Hell) again features an excellent gravel-throated lead vocal, group backing vocals and a powerful, yet melodic backing with big bass runs, serrated riffs and runaway guitar solos that just add to the raw power on display…this is 2019 punk rock at it’s best! The intricate drum introduction to I Dannati Della Terra (The Damned Of The Earth) sets up a chunky street-punk rocker with some serious muscle and then Drunken Sailor a rambunctious rendition of the sea-shanty with accordions, banjos and, a Dropkick Murphys vibe.

The riffs that introduce Cantico Dei Condannati (Song Of The Condemned) help lay the foundation for a melodic and powerful punk rock track with hints of Cock Sparrer whereas Fastido E Aggregazione (Fastido And Aggregation???) is a much faster and aggressive track with skate-punk accelerated beats and segments of bass led, chunky singalong punk rock.

On Gli Invisibili (The Invisibles) Urban Vietcong lead in with a searing lick and produce a meaty punk rock song replete with Oi like choruses and stalking verses and this is followed with the penultimate song, Temprati Come L’aaciaio with a gritty vocal full of anger that explodes out of your speakers, enhanced with group back vocals and a big bass driven backing, with a military drum, plaintive guitar section setting up a pulsating finale!

This truly excellent punk rock album concludes with Uno Tres Uno Dos where a fun solo leads to an engaging riff, pounding beats and a fun sounding romp into fast paced Oi territory that is bound to be a crowd pleaser live.”

Urban Vietcong: A Veritable Cacciucco Of Left-Radical Oi / Punk / Core

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In collaboration with Dure Realitie (out of Montreal) we were stoked to release, at the end of 2018, a limited-edition cassette version of the new album from Urban Vietcong.

Urban Vietcong play fantastic left-radical punk/oi/core. The band is from Livorno, Italy and is made up of  Sciu (bass), Fante (drums), Giova (guitar) and Bebe (vocals). Just as an aside, Sciu and Bebe previously played together in a great anti-fascist  band called Trade Unions

The vinyl / cd version has been taken care of by like-minded labels Out of Control, Fire and Flames music and Rumagna Sgroza.uvvinyl1

It’s no secret that we’ve been big fans of the music and message put out by the band since first coming across them in early 2017, just after the release of their first album “A Colpi Di Machete.”

In fact, we did an bit of an interview with / introduction to the band at that time which you can find right here …

And, without further ado, here’s a brand new interview which focuses on the brand new album … answers are in original Italian, followed by English translations …

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The new album is called “Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere”, and it’s also the title of one of the tracks on the album…

La canzone “Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere” parla di quella classe operaia, che oramai ha visto i propri sogni,di lotte,conquiste e unità, oramai fievoli e sbiaditi,proprio come le foto dei vecchi cortei proletari.

Per il titolo dell’album,solitamente non ci piace dare come nome,il titolo della canzone stessa,perché sembra la più rappresentativa anche se nel nostro album si affrontano vari argomenti,fatto sta che volente o nolente, ogni canzone,anche seppur in minima parte è stata costruita all’ombra di una ciminiera di una fabbrica o al bancone con una bottiglia in mano.

The song “Stories Between Bottles And Chimneys” speaks of the working class, which has seen its dreams, struggles, conquests and unity, grow faint and faded, just like the photos of the old proletarian parades.uvbeersresize900a

We used it for the title of the album because, even though we don’t usually like to use the name of a song as the title, it seems the most representative, even though on the album we address various topics.

The fact is that, like it or not, every song was written, at the very least, in the shade of a factory chimney or at the bar with a bottle in hand.

You’ve also done a video for the song ““Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere” … at the end of the video there is the phrase “the workers will return to winning when the bosses return to being afraid of them.” What was the inspiration for the video? Who is the ‘boss’ in the video?

Nel video abbiamo affrontato di una oramai “classica” dinamica lavorativa italiana,dove un operaio qualunque deve affrontare ogni giorno come diciamo nella canzone “ricatti quotidiani da un fottuto padrone”,come il licenziamento. Diciamo che abbiamo “inscenato” un azione che ai tempi di oggi è scomparsa,ma nell’anni 70 in Italia non era così rara,come il sequestro di un imprenditore. Ovviamente il messaggio che volevamo lanciare è quello che nonostante sia dura,non bisogna rassegnarsi e riorganizzarsi.

Il boss del video si chiama Andrea ed è uno “storico” compagno livornese. Credevamo che non avrebbe mai accettato di “vestirsi da padrone” invece ha accettato soprattutto quando gli abbiamo raccontato la storia del video con il maltrattamento del padrone.

In the video we have dealt with a now “classic” Italian working dynamic, where every day a normal worker faces, as we say in the song, “daily blackmail from a fucking boss”, like dismissal.  Let’s say that we have “staged” an action that has disappeared today, but uvandreaain the 70s in Italy it was not so rare, like the seizure of an entrepreneur. Obviously the message we wanted to get across is that despite it being tough, we must not resign ourselves and we must reorganize ourselves.

The boss in the video is named Andre and and he is a “historic” and memorable comrade from Livorno. We didn’t think that he would agree to “dress / act like a boss” but instead he accepted, especially when we told him the story-line of the video with the mistreatment by the boss.

Tell us about the artwork on the cover of the album. It appears to be themed to the songs? 

Si, la copertina del disco volevamo anche qui una cosa che rappresentasse e collegasse tutte le 9 tracce,abbiamo dato i testi con alcune idee a Umberto Donati,che ha realizzato una cover a nostro avviso bellissima.

Dove troviamo la fortezza di livorno (il mio paradiso il mio inferno), un compagno basco mentre picchia un poliziotto(uno tres uno dos), i maledetti del cantico dei condannati, una bandiera delle black panthers che rappresenta i dannati della terra,un marinaio ubriacone(drunken sailors), un corteo (fastidio e aggregazione), una fredda cella di un carcere di cui parliamo negli invisibili ed la rivoluzione russa del 1917 di temprati come l’acciaio.urbanvietcongcasscover1

Yes, for the cover of the album we wanted something that represented and connected all the 9 tracks, so we gave the lyrics with some of our ideas to Umberto Donati, who has created, in our opinion,  a beautiful cover.

On the cover we find find the fortress of Livorno ( “Il Mio Paradiso Il Mio Inferno” ), a Basque comrade beating a policeman ( Uno Tres Uno Dos ), the cursed workers of the song “Cantico Dei Condannati”, a flag of the Black Panthers that represents “I Dannati Della Terra,” a drunken sailor (“Drunken Sailors”), a demonstration ( “Fastidio E Aggregazione” ), a cold prison cell of which we speak in “Gli Invisibili” and finally the Russian revolution of 1917 ( “Temprati Come L’Acciaio” )

In the song “Gli Invisibili” you mention people like Mumia Abu Jamal and Abdullah Ocalan…what is this song all about?

“Gli Invisibili” (titolo tratto dal libro di nanni balestrini)è una canzone  scritta ispirandosi allo scambio di lettere con un compagno in carcere,dove si affrontano i disagi delle giornate rinchiusi in una cella e in cui l’unica possibilità di evadere e darsi forza è quella appunto di scrivere e leggere.

Apo Ocalan, Ahed Tamimi, Gramsci e Abu Jamal sono soltanto degli esempi di personaggi imprigionati nelle carceri ma che nonostante tutto siano riusciti a inciendiare menti e influenzare numerose lotte.uvflaga

“Gli Invisibili” ( title taken from the book  “The Unseen” by Nanni Balestrini ) is a song written about, and inspired by, the exchange of letters with a comrade in prison, where they face the hardships of days locked up in a cell and where the only way to ‘break out’ and gain strength is by writing and reading.

Apo Ocalan, Ahed Tamimi, Gramsci and Abu Jamal are all examples of people imprisoned in prisons but who nevertheless managed to inflame minds and influence many struggles.

The song “I Dannati…” talks about Black Power and the Soledad Brothers … is this movement an inspiration to you?

I Dannati Della Terra (titolo liberamente ispirato dal libro di Frantz Fanon)trae ispirazione dal movimento afroamericano più o meno politicizzato come “black live matters” o appunto le black panthers….parla dei numerosi abusi della polizia nei confronto delle varie minoranze. Ovviamente ciò che auguriamo noi nel testo della urbanvietcongcara-1nostra canzone è un unita’ non razziale ma di classe.nel testo facciamo vari riferimenti alle black panthers,(ad esempio parte del ritornello fa riferimento a una frase di george jackson). black panthers è stato un movimento molto interessante dove appunto persone come fred hampton auspicavano aggregazione non solo tra gli afroamericani. Un movimento molto affascinante nato proprio nello stomaco di quel mostro imperialista detto u.s.a. con i propri limiti ma con dei punti rivoluzionari.

The Damned Of The Earth (a title loosely based on the book by Frantz Fanon) draws inspiration from the more or less politicized African-American movement such as “Black Lives Matter” or the Black Panthers …. speaks of the numerous police abuses in the confrontation of the various minorities. Obviously what we wish in the lyric of our song is a non-racial but class unity. In the lyrics we make various references to the Black Panthers, (for example, part of the chorus refers to a sentence by George Jackson).  The Black Panthers were a very interesting movement where people like Fred Hampton hoped for unity,  not only among African Americans. A very fascinating movement born right in the stomach of that imperialist monster called u.s.a., with its own limits but with revolutionary points.

On the album you have some special guests, tell us about them .

Alla fine,abbiamo voluto fare un disco, senza porci degli standard fissi,mescolando come un cacciucco(tipico piatto di pesce livornese) i vari generi che ci piacciono,senza metterci dei paraocchi.uvreleaseone1

Detto ciò le collaborazioni son venute da sé: nella canzone”i dannati della terra” ci piaceva che partecipasse un rapper,visto che l’hip hop è nato nei ghetti americani,ci sembrava una cosa naturale.conosciamo “kento”da molti anni e quando possiamo lo invitiamo a suonare alle nostre iniziative politiche,perché oltre ad essere un amico è un compagno che mescola ottima musica a testi veramente originali,graffianti e ovviamente schierati.

Anche per “drunken sailor” la scelta è stata facile e naturale,con i “tullamore” band celtic punk di Pavia,abbiamo condiviso vari palchi,serate e ottimi whisky. Già facemmo insieme la canzone “Mairead Farrell” (testo dedicato a una militante della I.R.A uccisa a Gibilterra nell’88) uscita nel loro ultimo album,quando gli si propose di rifare “drunken sailor” riadattata alla nostra maniera, fin da subito ne furono entusiasti.Oltre a loro due ci siam fatti prestare la voce del “Gatto” dei 57100 per l’intro “6/1988”.

In the end, we wanted to make a record without any set standards, mixing the various genres we like, just like a Cacciucco (typical Livornese fish dish) without putting any blinders on.

That said, the collaborations just came to us.

On the song I Dannati Della Terra, we liked that a rapper took part, since hip-hop was uvgroupgroup1born in the American ghettos, it just seemed like a natural thing. We have known Kento for many years, and, when possible, we invite him to play our political initiatives, because, in addition to being a friend / comrade, he also mixes excellent music with truly original lyrics and scratching.

And, for “Drunken Sailor”, the choice was natural and easy, with Tullamore,  a Celtic punk band from Pavia, with whom we’ve shared stages, evenings and excellent whiskey! We’ve already collaborated together with a song on their last album, the song Mairead Farrel (dedicated to an IRA militant killed in Gibraltar in 1988). When asked to help redo “Drunken Sailor” in our own style, they were more than enthusiastic.

In addition to these two bands, we have also borrowed the voice of Cat of the band 57100 for the into song “6/1988.”

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Urban Vietcong – New Video – “Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere”

Here’s the brand new video for the title track from Urban Vietcong’s upcoming album “Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere.”

According to singer Bebe, the song is about “dismissed workers who decide to seize the boss” and, at the end of the video there is a quote that reads “the workers will return to winning when the bosses return to being afraid of them”

The album should be out at the end of the month. Vinyl is being taken care of by Out of Control, Fire and Flames music and Rumagna Sgroza. Rebel Time Records and Dure Realite are taking care of a cassette version of the album.

Urban Vietcong – “Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere” – Out Soon!!

Coming very soon!

Urban Vietcong, out of Livorno, Italy, have been highly recommended by Rebel Time Records for some time now. Their first album “A Colpi Di Machete” hasn’t really left our turntable since it’s release in 2016 ( we still have a few copies for sale ). Quite simply, amazing left-radical punk/oi/core. Continue reading “Urban Vietcong – “Storie Tra Bottiglie E Ciminiere” – Out Soon!!”