Huge thanks to Steve and Stronger Than Ever Videos for the ace footage of the Hamilton stop of Spring Offensive!
BRING THE WAR HOME
Huge thanks to Steve and Stronger Than Ever Videos for the ace footage of the Hamilton stop of Spring Offensive!
BRING THE WAR HOME
First came across this band ( from Monterrey, Mexico ) a couple of years ago … they’d released a couple of tunes via Youtube in 2016 and I serendipitously chanced upon them. Then got to chatting with Diego (the singer / guitarist) and the rest is history.
We were more than happy to host their 2018 8-song demo on our bandcamp page, and we’re happy to be working with the band to turn the demo into a cassette…
The first song I ever heard from the band, « Pavlichenko » tells the story of famed Soviet sniper/nazi-hunter Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko. In telling her story, Afterboltxebike also remind us that, in the struggle against fascism, we need to, figuratively and literally, constantly ‘adjust our sights and reload our weapons.’ The songs ends appropriately with a soundbite from Woody Guthrie’s song « Miss Pavilichenko » … « Fell by your gun, yes, Fell by your gun, For more than three hundred Nazis fell by your gun. »
The second song I heard, « De Que Lado Estas? » asks the simple, yet essential and all-important question, ‘Which Side Are You On?’ For Afterboltxebike, the answer (and the way / the path) is clear, you’re either with the bosses or with the oppressed and this band is on the side of the workers/the proletariat/the exploited. Afterboltxebike knows that class struggle is the motor of history.
Anyhoo … what follows below is a ( bit of a rough) translation of an interview that Diego just did with zine, No. 1, March 2019 out of Mexico City and done up by RASH-CDMX, dig it:
Afterboltxebike released their debut demo in mid-2018, and, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised while listening to this. Anti-fascist and anti-capitalist sounds, committed lyrics and a far-from-usual attitude.
Diego (guitar/vox) accepted our request for a small interview for the first issue of OjoXOjo. Support your scene!
Who are you?
We’re just people who seek to convey our ideas, opinions, hatred and admiration through music.
How did the band start?
It started with the idea of making political music and, after several rehearsals of songs that had been previously written, we started to write and we got some new ones. We started playing in Monterrey, we’ve organized several gigs with local groups and U.S. groups like Odd Man Out and No Time. In mid-2018 we played Guadalajara and Mexico City.
It is a clear and obvious reference to Kortatu ( political ska punk band from the Basque country. One of their songs is titled ” After-Boltxebike” ) but also a political statement about what we express in our songs, so that we can hardly be confused with a dodgy or right-wing group.
Very varied, starting with Kortatu, Negative Approach, Opcio K95, Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Specials, Banda Bassoti, Nuclei Terco, and, something funny is that we all like Nirvana, and we almost always play a couple of covers, though one is really by The Vaselines.
How would you describe your music?
We don’t really have a definition of our music, we’ll leave that to those who listen to us, however, it is a mixture of punk, hardcore and oi!
But, more than just a ‘genre,’ we want to show our hatred of capitalism, against the repressive bad government, against the bosses, and this is expressed in a musical way.
So, you would consider the band to be political?
Definately yes. Afterboltxebike would have no reason to exist if it were not a band with political lyrics.
It is an organization that was born a few years ago because of the need to have a stronghold of struggle. Only one of the militants of Afterboltxebike is a member of this organization.
What is the scene like in Monterrey?
Very varied when it comes to bands and that’s a good thing. The bad thing is not many people always come out, possibly because of the insecurity that keeps hitting in Monterrey.
Redzone, blackzone, antifa zone.
We hope to very soon release a cassette that will be released with the help of Randy and Rebel Time Records out of Canada.
Anything to add?
Thanks very much for the interview.
As Afterboltxebike, through our music we seek to fight against capitalism and fascism. However, we know that this is not enough and that there is much to be done. At some of our shows we distribute pamphlets which talk about fascism and anti-fascism, and we also produce a fanzine called Incendiario! as another way of getting the message out.
There is much to be done, not only among the people who go to shows, but in general. There is a class struggle out there that the bourgeoisie is winning because we who are organized as part of the anti-capitalist left are few. We need to be more and better organized, so as not to just be able to defend ourselves, but so that we can take the attack against the Right everywhere we can.
Bring The War Home … first came across this newish Hamilton band when one of the members got in touch about possibly playing one of our Punk Rock Matinees.
Right off the bat, I was, as a student of US left-radical politics, intrigued by the name, which I assumed alluded to the October 1969 SDS / Weatherman “Days Of Rage” demonstrations in Chicago. A good start!
A quick review of the Bring The War Home facebook page revealed a band both serious and self-deprecating. A good mix!
The ended up playing a Punk Rock Matinee (video below) and blew people away. More than one person commented on how good they sounded, considering it was their first show.
So, “the best revolutionary agit-punk band you never asked for” … well, dammit, we’re asking … what is Bring The War Home ??
Basically we (Martin, Dael, and Gross Biff) started a band to play fundraiser shows for Hamilton Against Fascism (HAF) last spring and had more fun than we expected, so we kept doing it.
It was initially just Martin and Gross Biff, but we met Dael when they punched Martin in the face. He deserved it so we knew it was a good fit.
We set out to be a pop-punk/skate punk band but it usually comes out a little heavier than that. Think of us as a smart person’s Green Day and a stupid person’s Propagandhi but with less raw talent than either.
I get a feeling the band members are all pretty active politically … band interests, according to FB, include revolution, communism, socialism, working class, peoples’ war … how’s that coming along? Keeping you all busy?
Cop Question. But seriously, capitalism is going to pieces all around us. Wages are stagnant, the standard of living for the working class is dropping, fascism is resurgent, and we’re being thrown into one imperialist war after another. So yeah, we’ve been pretty busy. This is probably the best time in the last half a century to be a communist, people are receptive to it in a way they haven’t been in a long time. Specifically, we’re involved with Hamilton Against Fascism, and some of us are supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party. We’re also active in our union locals. Wherever there’s a fight, we try to be there.
An EP is in the works! Tell all!
Yeah, we’re pretty excited about it. It’ll be the five songs that best represent what we’re about as a band: anti-fascism, working class struggle, and revolution.
It’s self-titled, comes out March 20th, and will be available on Bandcamp, Spotify, and CD.
Musically, what’s on your turntables, in your tape-decks?
Martin: Currently I’ve been really digging War on Women, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Direct Hit, No Use for a Name, The Last Gang, Negro Terror, and Material Support. I really liked Spanner’s most recent release, “We Won’t be Stopped”. I’m excited about the upcoming albums from Masked Intruder, PUP, and Bad Religion. And always returning to bands like Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, and Strike Anywhere.
Dael: If I were being honest, I’d tell you I was listening to nothing but ABBA and Cardi B all week. That said, I’m also the band Emo. I like Soccer Mommy, Pity Sex, and Makeshift Shelters.
Gross Biff: I was only allowed to listen to Christian Rock growing up, so my adult life has been spent making up for lost time with 90s alt-rock and 3rd wave ska. So you’ll pretty much always catch me listening to Streetlight Manifesto (yes, they’re ska. Yes, I’ll argue with you on the internet about it). I treat every track like it’s an audition for Our Lady Peace, which I feel like is a better fit now that I have to wear glasses.
And, the obligatory, interview-ending question: what’s ahead for Bring The War Home?
We’ll be playing a bunch of shows in Ontario to promote the EP, including with the Spring Offensive in Toronto and Hamilton. After that, it’ll be back on the grind writing new music for our debut LP, hopefully within the next year. Then, it’ll either be The Revolution or the death of the planet so wish us luck.
Here’s the band’s debut gig … October 21st, 2018 at This Ain’t Hollywood …
We’re stoked to have Reckless Upstarts (out of Windsor) playing Spring Offensive 2019 on the Sunday. We’re equally stoked to have Rough Cuts (out of Toronto) making their debut on the Friday. Both bands feature the dulcet tones / vocal stylings of Mike. Without further ado, here’s a bit of a back-and-forth with Mike regarding these two outfits…
For those who might not be familiar with the Reckless Upstarts, how about a bit of a history?
Reckless Upstarts started as a hobby project between myself and Curtis. I had met Curtis at a feminist rally I was attending in 2013, we started talking about music, had a few too many whiskies, and the rest is history. The band had a relatively slow start, and didn’t really start gaining momentum until around 2016 or 2017 when Matt joined the band as a second guitarist. We’ve cycled through a few drummers as well… Corey is our fourth drummer and is hands-down the most talented one in the band. In the last couple years we’ve put out a couple EPs, done some touring, shared the stage with some of our heroes, and made tons of new friends in the process.
You’ve also started a new band in Toronto, right? What is going on there?
I moved back to Toronto in August 2018 for work, which was bitter sweet for me. On the one hand, Toronto is where I grew up so it was familiar and exciting to be returning. On the other hand, Windsor has a special spot in my heart. The people in that city are some of the most genuine, down-to-earth, hardworking individuals I have ever met. Windsor was, and always will be, a main reason why Reckless Upstarts exists.
That being said, I don’t get to practice with the guys in Reckless Upstarts as much as I would like now that I’m in Toronto, and I needed a new outlet. Rough Cuts came about pretty organically after reconnecting with some friends. It features Zack from Dirty Work on guitar, Scott, ex-Dirty Work and Bare Bones on Bass, and Andrew, ex-Bare Bones on drums. We felt Toronto was in need of a proper Oi! band, so here we are.
Reckless Upstarts were recently part of an excellent split 7″ with Streetlight Saints on Insurgence Records, how’d that come about?
Steve, from Insurgence, contacted us one day saying that he liked what he was hearing and there was the opportunity to work together. He mentioned doing a split 7”, and we found Streetlight Saints from Calgary to hop onboard with us. I think there’s a lot of similarities between our bands in terms of what we write about and what our values are, so it was a pretty natural fit. The timing for this release was perfect as well. Both bands were lined up to play the 2018 Montreal Oi! fest, so we were able to do a mini-tour and promote the release. Working with Insurgence has been a great fit for us and we’re proud to be a part of that family.
You’ve got a track called “$78 Million” on the “Never Alone A Benefit Album For the International Antifascist Defence Fund” … clearly no fence-sitting here …
Politics are such a sensitive subject, and even more so in the skinhead scene, but they’re a part of everyday life. I won’t speak for my bandmates on their political affiliations, but I will say that I’m strictly SHARP (skinheads against racial prejudice) and that includes anti-fascist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist. I’ve never been one to tell people how to vote, but I’m not going to shy away from voicing my views either. The fact is we have a soap box, and as much as I love singing about getting drunk at the pub with my friends every weekend, there are important issues that should also be given their share of attention.
A European tour happened just a bit ago … any highlights?
Reckless Upstarts did a run of shows in Europe in September and October of 2018 and it was a surreal experience for all of us. I don’t think any of us thought we’d get to this point. We did a straight run of 9 shows between the Netherlands and Germany, and loved every second of it. Having the opportunity to drive around those countries really drives home how beautiful they truly are. And it’s also a totally different experience touring Europe than North America… their hospitality is on a different level. My personal highlights were the shows in Hannover and Hameln; the energy and camaraderie at those shows was top notch. We had skins from Hannover take the train to Hameln to catch our set again towards the end of the tour, so that meant a lot to us. But every city was special… Essen we made new friends in an awesome band from the UK called Criminal Mind, in Dresden we played with the mighty East End Chaos, and in Berlin we drank too many Mexikaner shots and took in the Ramones museum. We also managed to snag a couple days off in Amsterdam to bookend our tour, so that was a riot as well.
What’s next for the bands? Recording? Touring?
For Reckless Upstarts, we’ve got a busy year ahead of us and we haven’t even really started planning everything. We have a bunch of one-off shows lined up, including the Rebel Time Spring Offensive matinee blowout in Hamilton on March 24th. As far as touring goes, we have 2 days lined up in Alberta with our pals in the Harrington Saints for early May, we will be playing the Midwest Live & Loud festival in Chicago in late August, with a short Midwest tour around that fest. And we’re trying to make it back to Europe again this year.
With regards to recording, we have an EP scheduled for release this year on Insurgence Records (North America) and Contra Records (Europe), so watch for that to come out. We have started writing our next release as well which will be our debut full length. We hope to get that recorded this year and released in 2020.
For Rough Cuts, we just finished recording our debut EP, and are just starting to book shows. Our first ever show will be March 22nd for the Rebel Time Spring Offensive show in Toronto, but we’ll be booking more shows to fill out the year.
Here’s Reckless Upstarts doing “Rose City”:
And, here’s Rough Cuts doing “New Breed” :
Back in 2014 we released the History Lessons 7″ EP … two songs each from Action Sedition and Spanner.
Note: it’s now available as a free / pay-what-you-like download at the Rebel Time Records bandcamp page … check it out right here !
Spanner’s contributions to this platter were the songs “Always Antifascist” and “Impossible” … both instant classics and smash hits …
Now, in 2019, Spanner have resurrected, revisited and remade these two top-notch tunes and included them on their brand new full-length We Won’t Be Stopped. Rebel Time Records will have copies of the album (vinyl and cd) in hand shortly. Stay tuned.
In 2014 we asked Spanner to give us the run-down on these two ditties; a bit of commentary on what inspired these songs. What the band said remains timely, topical, pertinent and to the point.
Thusly, and without further ado, here are the brand new versions of “Always Antifascist” and “Impossible” along with lyrics and Spanner’s remarks … dig it … pics are from the We Won’t Be Stopped recording sessions …
It’s a tired old story when times are harsh
The racists and fascists go on the march
With twisted faces and ideas
Misplaced anger, ignorance and fear
They go for easy targets and never aim high
Believing all the bullshit and swallowing all the lies
Yeah they can shout loud but they’ve nothing to say
Just the same old bigotry that never goes away
Repackaged as radical, new and improved
But so many times it’s been proved
They’ve got nothing to offer but division and hate
And power and strength to the nation state
Raised fists antifascists help the fightback spread
And the only good fascist is one that is dead
Militants in resistance we know our enemies
And we know that our best weapon is solidarity
Police and fascists march side by side
It’s always been the way, it can’t be denied
Waving batons or St George crosses
They’re working for the rich and the same bosses
So there’s plenty of violence to protect “Free speech”
For the fascist scum and the filth they preach
Their “right to protest” is always ensured
While antifascists feel the force of the law
Liberals without a clue
Trying to tell “the movement” what to do
Follow the leaders from a to b
And let’s pretend we got unity
Stirring speeches keep people still
As designated protest pens get filled
Miles from the fascists behind police rails
Playing it safe and doomed to fail
We know that fighting fascism means sometimes we have to fight
Not pacified, dead end demos where everything is so polite
It’s not about being macho, elite or super tough
But a look at the history of fascism should tell us enough
It’s confidence and strength will grow if it is unopposed
So with barricades and whatever it takes we’ll make sure their road is closed
Wherever they start we have to stop them to make sure they have no chance
There’s many ways to beat the fascists and push back their advance
We’ll never accept the rise of the right or fascists on our streets
And we won’t follow leaders on the long road to defeat
In memory of fallen comrades we will never forget
Nor do we forgive so our rage is fuelled to destroy the fascist threat
“These lyrics were written in the context of a resurgent far right worldwide and we feel everyone should be aware of the true character of right wing movements however much they attempt to re-brand themselves in current times.
In the UK we have many outspoken fascists and they are regularly in the mainstream media gaining confidence and trying to recruit new members from mass and social media hysteria targeting immigrants. They will use any opportunity and tragedy to exploit community tensions and people’s shitty living and working conditions shifting the blame from the ruling elite to working class immigrant communities. This works quite nicely for bosses and politicians who in times of crisis always fall back on using fascists to do their dirty work, attacking social movements, trade unionists and instigating terrorism and mass murder. Fascism and Racism cannot be separated from the normal requirements and workings of capitalism. Changing all this is not going to be easy! Witness in Greece the huge upsurge of openly fascist Golden Dawn in the face of austerity measures, in Ukraine the right wing take over of the government with brutal murders of political opponents on the streets. They have gained strength with well documented police collusion whilst violently attacking enemies and minorities. Fascists have created an atmosphere of fear and suspicion, blaming working class immigrants for the greed and excesses of the rich. We hate what capitalists and fascists have done to this world.
While our preferred way would be to encourage people to change their views, most fascists don’t and they need to be targeted and stopped from spreading race hate and violence as a matter of urgency. We honour the history of antifascist fighters from the partisans fighting Mussolini, the Spanish Civil War and the Nazis to the street fighters of today. We also understand that history has shown that physical confrontation is an effective way to stop fascism in its tracks, however we do also support a diversity of tactics and different ways of confronting fascism as we talk about in the song. Whatever your preferred way to fight fascism, if it is not stopped it starts with racist attacks and can escalate further, ending in concentration camps and genocide.
The police have a long history of routine protection of free speech for fascists whilst denying it to and physically attacking those who oppose them. Free speech under capitalism is a farce and an illusion and we certainly don’t think it should be applied to those who exploit it to further race hate. If you think the law is going to protect your free speech, think again – neither the law nor free speech will defeat fascism. In the face of overwhelming repression and criminalisation of social movements as we have seen worldwide it is clear that we cannot rely on our basic “civil liberties”. Liberal antifascism with it’s flawed analysis and tactics, misguided faith in mainstream politics and reliance on government to solve these problems is dangerous in the extreme and has contributed to the growth of fascism.
If we’re serious about defeating Capitalism and Fascism we have to use all tools at our disposal, whether its guitars or iron bars”
The world we want to live in is too far away
The bad times are here to stay
All hope is gone and there’s nothing we can do
Apathy is everywhere the rebels are too few
No one is listening to the screams and shouts
We’re powerless and we can’t break out
Revolution was just a futile dream
The struggle’s been lost or so it seems
But the only struggle that is lost is the one that’s never fought
So hold your head up high and fight to win
Demand the impossible with a new world in our hearts
Stay solid never give in
Everything has a price and it’s all doomed
to be used, exploited and consumed
A devastated planet pushed over the brink
Millions of species made extinct
So much life annihilated by politics
Toxic air and chemicals keep us sick
Desperate people, ruined lives everywhere
Suffering’s so normal that no one cares
Children learn early on that life is cruel
Violence and domination are what rules
We’ll never know peace or freedom or a life not sold
We’re defeated, beaten, numb and so controlled
But there’s many of us having a go
And living our lives against the flow
Remember that you are not alone
And nothing here is set in stone
Recognise our struggles are all linked
And things can change faster than you think
Victories and struggle can be won
The impossible can be done
“Surrounded everyday by bleak news, relentless consumerism, routine abuses, daily poverty and violence and “business as usual” ecocide it is easy to see how comrades can loose hope in the modern world. The grip of the state seems ever stronger with social movements enduring surveillance, infiltration, out-right repression and a lack of people getting involved in the fight. Whether it’s apathy, fear or cynicism or just a life of daily struggles to survive there are so many obstacles for people joining the struggle.
So much is designed to keep us apart, isolated as individuals whether it is shitty new contracts where you don’t know your co-workers or when you will work, the rise of social media and its associated online activism and simply the cost of living increasing not matched by wages brings us all down. The concerted effort by the state to prevent us working together, whether that is through legal avenues such as anti protest laws, or social control is not an accident.
However. There is much we can do to break out of our little boxes, and learning from the lessons of the past we can find ways to work together, and fight to win. We can gain so much inspiration from other struggles and victories, both at home and away. We get strength and inspiration from hearing about the countless ways people find to resist. In the face of so much intended to break our spirits, hope and solidarity their creativity, determination and ingenuity help us carry on. Never give up!”
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.”
… Spring Offensive 2019 … three days of peace, love and anarchy … we’re putting together a bit of a digital soundtrack featuring (hopefully) all of the bands taking part in this extravaganza …
… here’s 5 of the bands / artists anchoring this event … an eclectric and eclectic mix of punk rock, oi, hip-hop and revolutionary oi/folk … songs for agitators, instigators, malcontents and mischief-makers …
… stay tuned for more tunes …
… all the details about Spring Offensive 2019 below …
SPRING OFFENSIVE 2019 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEETING
SPRING OFFENSIVE 2019 COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
In 1946, in the introduction to People’s Songs newsletter No. 1, Pete Seeger said “the people are on the march and must have songs to sing.”
And, that’s the theme of Spring Offensive 2019 … a 3 day / 3 city musical exposition in and around Southern Ontario that will feature some of the best socially-conscious, politically-engaged, anti-authoritarian and multi-lingual music we can find. Here’s a few of the bands / artists playing over the course of the weekend …
We start it all off in Toronto at See-Scape, on Friday, March 22nd.
Event info can be found right here … with Union Thugs, The Fallout, Lee Reed, Bring The War Home and Rough Cuts …
Then, on Saturday, March 23rd we head off to Kitchener-Waterloo where we’re teaming up with Death Crew Hard Core for show #2 at The Boathouse.
Join us prior to the show for an “Introduction To The I.W.W.” workshop with The Union Thugs!
Event info can be found right here … with Union Thugs, La Gachette, Lee Reed, The Fallout, Stand Against Fear and KillerCoins …
Sunday, March 24th finds us in Hamilton for a Punk Rock Matinee at This Ain’t Hollywood.
Show will run from 3PM to 7PM.
Event info can be found right here … with The Fallout, Union Thugs, Reckless Upstarts, Lee Reed and Bring The War Home …
Super excited to see the new album from Spanner ( self-confessed militant ska punks ) finally out and about. We should have physical copies in hand at the end of February / beginning of March.
The new album is an insightful/inciteful mix of upbeat/offbeat simply outstanding not-just ska-punk. 12 up-in-arms oppositional anthems that feature horn, fiddle, a little french and the dulcet tones/vocal stylings of Ben, Eve and Richy. Feisty, fiery (and at times a little folksy) We Won’t Be Stopped stands as Spanner’s latest and finest “small contribution” to the building of a resistance culture/resistance movement.
We’ve long had a love affair with Spanner and have been honored to have had a hand ( along with a host of other like-minded labels ) in getting their music to the masses.
Both the Crisis album and the History Lessons split EP ( two tracks each from Spanner and Action Sedition ) are available as free/pay-what-you-can downloads from our bandcamp page.
In April / May 2013 we brought the band over to Canada for a few shows, with, in more ways than one, spectacular results. Their canadian tour diary remains required reading …
Simply amazing people, amazing politics and amazing music. A band that works hard and plays hard. As they say in the song “All Over The Place” :
We pile into the van and we’re off on tour
Em’s at the wheel with her foot to the floor
We got places to go and people to see
For a while at least we’re breaking free
We may get lost but we can’t go wrong
With so many good people laughs and songs
And collective living where everything’s shared
Remind us that we are everywhere
Sound system’s full blast and we’re doing alright
Dancing all the way through another top night
Tomorrow our legs and heads will hurt
But tomorrow we don’t have to go to work
We got a feeling that we’re in the right place
And the dance floor’s full of friendly faces
We’re so proud to support and play
In all the free spaces where we wish we could stay
For all the trouble makers and the rebels we know
For the squats and the raves and the punk rock shows
GO GO GO!!!!
Buzzin from the music, the people we’ve met
The places and the stories we’ll never forget
All the people who understand
All the organisers and wicked bands
There’s lots of places we have been
That show what we got is more than just a scene
And we can do more than just survive
Resistance culture keeps us alive
Up the punks, anarchists and squatter crews
Opening spaces and showing new views
They know what they’re doing and show what can be done
Mixing freedom and autonomy with lots of fun
None of this lot could you call workshy
They’re not afraid of living it DIY
They’ve built so much from fuck all
Flying the flags and standing tall
When the cops come it’s less talk more rocks
On the streets and barricades defend the squats
Never mind the laws, whatever they say
They may get us out but we’ll never go away
Spanner won’t be stopped, and you won’t be stopped from hearing this record. Or, for that matter, any other Spanner, as the band now have all their releases up on their bandcamp page … We Won ‘t Be Stopped (2019), Crisis (2011), Intruder Alert! (2007) & Gate Crashers (2003).
In keeping with the “music for social change, not for profit” philosophy, all releases are ‘name your price.’
The album is up on the Rebel Time Records bandcamp page as well … again, a ‘name your price’ download …
As the band writes “so this has been a while in the works and it’s been a little bit of a metaphor for the struggle at times. But hey, we won’t be stopped! Our new album, entitled We Won’t Be Stopped, is out now on vinyl, to be followed shortly on CD.”
“Proper album launch is March 30th at the Red Lion in Easton, a benefit for Bristol Antifascists and a chance for us to get all the lovely people who made a guest appearance on the album to play it.”
“In Bristol you can get it from BASE infoshop: email@example.com.
Blind Destruction records have helped with the release and are also stocking it in the UK.
In Canada, Rebel Time Records are our accomplices.
In France and Europe the guilty parties are Mass Prod, Maloka and La France Pue, all of whom have helped put it out and will be helping to get it about!
We’ll put up a hopefully growing list of other shops and distros selling the album as we distro it ourselves. If you run a distro or radical infoshop and would like to stock the album, please get in touch.
Huge thanks to all the above record labels and everyone who helped make the album. ”
That’s right, nothing is going to stop Spanner (or us) from getting their brand new album ‘We Won’t Be Stopped’ over this side of the pond. It’s on its way, via punk post, and should be here by the end of February. We’ll keep you posted!
This is our third Spanner release. We had a hand in putting our their first 12″ ‘Crisis,’ and then took part in the ‘History Lessons’ EP, which saw Spanner and Action Sedition do up a couple of tunes each on a 7″.
Both these records are available as free / pay-what-you-like downloads from the Rebel Time Records bandcamp page.
Mixing politics and pleasure, this militant punk’d up ska band from Bristol, England, strikes fear into the hearts of capitalists, cops, bosses and politicians everywhere! With the release of ‘Won’t Be Stopped,’ they continue their mission that aims to prove punk can and should still be part of a genuine opposition and resistance movement within our communities, and we are pleased to be apart of bringing their music and message into North America.
In their own words:
“Spanner has been mixing politics and pleasure since around 2000, and we aim to still be at it when it’s time for dancing on the ruins of the empire. We’re taking bookings for the after party now! Our sound is a small contribution to the soundtrack to revolution and we hope to inspire both much dancing and more direct action. We play militant, ska’d up punk that’s not just for entertaining “alternative” consumers or being part of the illusion of rebellion. Punk for us has to be more than noise and more than a hairdo. We want punk and punks to be part of a community in opposition and resistance to this murderous system which leaves everything it touches damaged or dead. We know that with our creativity and determination we can make a new world, and punk is about doing it now! We’d also very much like our music to strike fear into the hearts of capitalists, cops, bosses and politicians everywhere… if only they could hear the words!
We love meeting DIY bands, gig collectives, subverters, squatters, rebels, resisters, renegades, revolutionaries and fellow trouble makers from all over. It reminds us that we are everywhere!!! We are always looking for gigs and festivals to play, so get in touch if you think you could do with a Spanner in the mix.”
Here’s a taste of the new album …
Wreck the prison society
Rebel against everything that stops us being free
Revolt against sexism and patriarchy
Rethink assigned gender and identity
Reject the culture of celebrity
Wreck, Rebel, Revolt, Rethink, Reject
For all these things there is no app
Could it be your smartphone’s another clever trap?
Full screen dominance, we’re isolated
Keyboard warfare’s overrated
Social media does not make a revolution make
Profile, status it’s just another fake
Mass communications aren’t mine or yours
But another tool to keep us masses indoors
The illusion of community and connection
Has got us all facing in one direction
We won’t change much with all the texts we send
Obsessed with the screen and facebook friends
Can you really do it all from your phone
Or is the power at your fingertips not your own?
Is it all a substitute for taking tho the streets
And the power that we hold when we really meet?
There’s no shortcuts on your laptop
We’ve a long way to go to make the madness stop
Are you carried away with your portable device
And a mobile that keeps you immobilised?
Our time is wasted staring at these screens
When we could be in the real world fighting for our dreams
Breaking the grip of handheld distractions
Shutting down their power as we switch to action
Rage against abuse and brutality
Reclaim our lives and our autonomy
Resist the destruction wreaked by industry
Refuse the impositions of authority
Remember past struggles and our history
Rage, Reclaim, Resist, Refuse, Remember
You can justify anything
When every living thing’s at our disposal
And you think the human race is king
Property, authority, hierarchy
Lies at the root of it all
But from where you think you’re stood on top of the world
There’s a very long way to fall
Objectification, severed relations
Numbers replace lives
Mass torture, cruelty, abuse and slaughter
Are neatly normalised
Ours is the loudest voice
But what makes our species really stand out
Is it’s capacity to destroy
For fun, food, profit and science
Of horrific daily violence
Categorised as commodities
Legitimises the atrocities
Ringing any bells from history?
Let’s fight like hell for all to be free
It’s not up to us how other animals should behave
We’ve got no place to control or to enslave
What makes you think that you can decide their worth
Their lives, their conditions, their death and their birth?
Why do you accept that human progress and gains
means inflicting so much misery, suffering and pain?
The slaughterhouse, the zoo and the laboratory cage
Must be demolished and abolished with all our rage
But we can’t stop there because there’s so much more
Total liberation is what we’re going for