mercoledì 21 marzo 2012

Violencia Y Destruccion

It seems like my prayers have been finally answered:  someone repressed for the masses this nice lil' piece of wax. If you're into colombian hardcore, you should already know that in that country, like in the rest of central/south america (with the notable exception of Brazil), hardcore sprouted almost a decade later compared to the rest of the world. And Rasix Sociedad Violenta split ep was the very first hc vinyl that came out from Colombia sometimes around 1989. Punk Y Qué?, who were also responsible for the repress of the Imagen ep that came out a couple of years ago, did an excellent job: not only this is a perfect reproduction of the original, but it also has 3 bonus trax that I guess come from bands' respective demos.
Both bands play that kind of extremely simple and straight in your face hardcore that is my favorite style at the moment. Like all the other colombian/south american bands, lyrics are very political. While I tend to see this kind of lyrics ridiculous when they are written by bored western white kids who still live with their parents but pretend to be some kind of revolutionaries only 'coz they are dressed/act weirdly, they are totally genuine when they came from someone who grow up in the slums of Medellin. Between late 80s'/ early 90s' this city was under the siege of an extremely violent drug war. The kids involved in the hc scene chose to do not be part of the drug cartels and lots of them payed that choice with their life. At the same time, lots of western punx were having recreational time with the very same south american drugs while pretending to make the world a better place. Yeah, punk is  really a threat to the society.
According to the insert, the main reason for this repress were the silly prices colombian records sell for on eBay. While I can totally see the point and respect it, I don't think anything will change. Of course more people will hold in their hands the real piece of plastic instead of some crappy mp3s. But I'm pretty sure collectors wont care and they'll keep paying outrageous amounts of money for the original. Please keep in mind that I've payed 70 bucks for my copy of "La Ciudad Podrida" so I'm not the right person to understand punk idealistic crusade against overpriced records.
At this point I'm confident that, in a not so far future, also BSN, Restos de Tragedia and IRA vinyls will receive the same treatment. They deserve it and I deserve to own them all.
Here's a Medellin discography (period '89-'93) that I've tried to assemble a few months ago. Lemme know if something's wrong or missing!!

-ATAQUE DE SONIDO “s/t” 7” (ADS Records, 1990
-BSN “guerra bacteriologica” 7” (Discos Fuentes, 1991)
-BSN “brigada subterranea” 7” (Self relased, 1992)
-CENSURA “libertad sin control” lp (Self released, 1991) 
-CTC/ AVERXION split 7” (Self released 1991, 2 presses)
-FERTIL MISERIA “cadenas” 7” (Disco Fuentes, 1994)
-FERTIL MISERIA “reaccion” 7” (Disco Fuentes, 1996 repress?? OG recorded in 1992)
-HERPES “medellin” 7” (self released, 1989)
-HP HC “hardcore punk trash” 7” (Planeta Crisis)
-IMAGEN demos 1&2
-IMAGEN “...y ahora que?” 7” (self released, 1989)
-I.R.A. “barquizidio” 7” (self released, 1989,  repressed in 1996)
-I.R.A. “atentado terrorista” 7” (self released, 1990)
-I.R.A. “impotable diversion” lp (self released, 1993)
-RASIX/ SOCIEDAD VIOLENTA split 7” (Lufer Records, 1989)
-RASIX “latino america” 7” (Lufer Records, 1990)
-RESTOS DE TRAGEDIA demo tape (???)
-RESTOS DE TRAGEDIA “ser y no ser” 7” (???)
-RESTOS DE TRAGEDIA “medellin presenta a: RTD” (???)
-VA “estamos en la sima” tape Ataque de Sonido, Crimen Impune,Diskordia, BSN, Dexconcierto, HPHC, Herpes (1989)
-VA “grido antitaurino” tape
-VA “la ciudad podrida vol. 1” lp with multiple trax by BSN, HPHC, Crimen Impune, Diskordia, Ataque de Sonido, Dexkoncierto, Restos de Tragedia(1990, bootleged?)
-VA “medellin contra el quinto centenario” tape with multiple trax by Desastre, Rasix, GP, Imagen, Desahogo, Hartos de Ti, Censura, Agresion Social. (?? 1991)

sabato 10 marzo 2012

EXTORTION interview 2006

What can I say about Extortion? When I was in Perth I saw them live a couple of time and I was totally annihilated by their intense, angry, non PC fast hardcore. Interview conducted with singer Rohan via email on sept. ’06, just between their first ep and first lp (their best period, imho). Originally featured in PM#5.

Perro: Hi Rohan, how’s going there? Before starting the Extortion interview I’d like to ask you a couple of questions about your previous band, All In Deep Shit (by the way, great name!). It seems that AIDS had a very brief life…why did you break up so early?
Rohan: actually aids was around for quite a while, we started in march of 2001 went through about 3 guitarists before rhys join and broke up in 2003 when our vocalist, robin, left for melbourne. we reformed and did a short tour of the eastern states when the 7" of our recording came out. i must point out that aids was a pretty shithouse band, it was (for most of us) our first band and for the majority of our existance we were more like the musical equivalent of a sloppy steaming pile of horseshit.

Perro: Since half of the AIDS members were also in Extortion at its beginning, could we consider the bands connected in some way? To make it more direct: is Extortion the continuation or the evolution of AIDS?
Rohan: there was quite a gap between aids and extortion, and we all formed a bunch of bands in that time. towards the end of aids i ws writing heavier, more grindcore tunes and after aids broke up wrote started a band called halo of knives with james who played drums in aids and jay who is the current guitarist in extortion. i'd say halo of knives was the natural progression of aids, in terms of my songwriting. rhys on the other hand wrote the more technical powerviolence songs, something along the lines of youth enrage.
extortion was really more of a progression from nailed down, who i also played bass for. there were a lot of songs i had written for nailed down that we never got around to learning before we broke up, so when rhys said he wanted to drum for a band (he previously played guitar in aids, the collapse and 5.3 billion other bands) in the style of early boston/infest i had songs ready to go and rhys wrote a few and we had a set in no time.

Perro: The way you sing in both band is very different: in AIDS it was more a fastcore screaming style while in Extortion you are using a more traditional yelled approach. Why did you decide to change the way you sing?
Rohan: haha, actually i played bass in aids, robin was our vocalist, we're both pretty haggard looking dudes, so i can understand the mix up. the songs we had for extortion were angry sounding songs, so i'd write lyrics about how shit work and my boss is and other crap that pisses me off and yelling that way just seems right for the subject matter i guess.

Perro: Ok, it’s time to close this brief trip to the past. Since I don’t think you are very well known here, introduce Extortion to the uninitiated!
Rohan: extortion is a band from perth, australia. we play fast angry hardcore. like if infest, no comment and crossed out gang raped siege whilst negative fx witnessed the ordeal and ran off to ring the cops (who happen to be repulsion, terrorizer and early napalm death).

Perro: You are going to have a new release on Deep Six and I think this label is perfect for your style. When you told me that, you were very happy and in some way proud of it…
Rohan: haha, is this a question? thanks raffa! i'm fucking stoked to be on the same label as infest and numerous other bands i listen to on a unhealthily frequent basis

Perro: Have you already recorded it? I think that with your new drummer Dean your sound is improved a lot…
Rohan: yeah we recorded it in febuary this year, a month or two before rhys (our first drummer) left to find ugly chicks to fuck in europe. our songwriting evolved a lot since the first e.p so the songwriting is a lot stronger. rhys's drumming improved tenfold since the first recording, not surprising considering he'd only been drumming a few months.

Perro: Talking about dean, he’s a living drum machine! Are his arms insured?
Rohan: he's not currently insured, so nowadays after we play he usually just gets dismantled and put back in the box he came in and kept under the stairs. he's good, but with the price of petrol these days he's expensive to run.

Perro: This one is directly for Dean: Your hardcore “pedigree” is very impressive, you played with Rupture, Nailed Down and also Heist. Can you tell us some funny or scary anecdotes about these experiences? 
Dean: Considering i hate everyone that i have ever played in bands with, i don't hang around them long enough to have any anecdotes worth telling except the one where I smashed andrew (singer from rupture) in the streets of melbourne cause he asked me for money for heroin... and considering i hate junkies more than i hate the people in the bands i played in... it was worth it.. at least he is dead now.

Perro: Your lyrics are very negative, depressed and full of violence. Are them inspired by the huge number of MTV kind of punks that I saw all around Perth? Seriously, you are a very nice and friendly guy, totally different from the idea that someone could have after reading your lyrics. What’s the font of inspiration for them?
Rohan: im a bit of a pessimist i guess. on top of that, whilst i'm willing to talk to anyone, if they repeated talk solely about inane boring tripe or outright retarded shit, i just won't have anything to do with them. songs are usually about these type of people. as for MTV punks, well yeah, they suck, but so does the majority of the population, so its no surprise.

Perro: “Mindless violence” is obviously a tribute to gore movies. What’s your favourite one? If there was an Extortion movie, how would it be and who would direct it?
Rohan: im a big fan of cannibal movies, and ruggero deodato's cannibal holocaust is a favourite. along with braindead by peter jackson for its sheer gore overload. as for an extortion movie, i think it'd be more like a series we had over here called blue murder, it was about corrupt police. i doubt anyone could say we could be seen as moral enough to pass as police, but the arseholes in the police force that i always seem to encounter would prove otherwise.

Perro: I was very impressed by your live performance, especially the gig at your house with Jaws was totally crazy! Are you neighbours threatening you for hosting shows in your living room?
Rohan: i'm surrounded by stores, the closest house is maybe 50 metres away? so yeah, i guess we are far enough away that its not too noisy. it seems every single person who has made a complaint about noise has disappeared in suspicious circumstances before anything came of it and we've had not one complaint which makes these disappearances even more suspicious.

Perro: I’ve always had the impression that aussie scene is a bit ignored by international diy scenes. Do you feel that? I’ve also noticed that sometimes Perth, due to its geographical isolation, is skipped by overseas touring bands…
Rohan: yeah, well australia is so far away it costs a shitload to get here and the lack of population makes for pretty small shows, so i can understand why it would be seen as a bad idea to come to australia. its only been recently that enough people have been going to shows to make it worth while for international bands to fly all the way over here. Perth is just a more extreme version of this situation, its all the way over the other side of the country, so you're paying around $500 each person to play to a small crowd in most cases. that said perth is getting better, we're getting 100-200 people going to see most touring bands.

Perro: On the other side, Perth is the undisputed capital of australian hardcore. Almost all the classic aussie bands seem to arrive from there. What’s the secret for being so good when it comes to play hardcore? I’ve read somewhere that is also the same for many others music genres…
Rohan: perth seems to have a history of fast hardcore, from the 80s through til mid-late 90's there's always been a bunch of fast bands around which is kinda weird considering how small and isolated perth is. i'd love to know how those early bands heard about this style. there are also a lot of KBD bands from perth, the victims, quick and the dead, etc. i don't really know much about other genres, but apparently perth is huge for drum and bass, hahahah

Perro: Perth and HC gossip: I’ve read about a famous controversy between Rupture and Nailed Down some years ago. Could you tell us all the spicy details…
Rohan: hahah, i wish i knew too! i've quizzed kim from nailed down about it, but to no avail and i've spoken to matt from rupture and he doesn't know what it was about. seems to be some sort of animosity between kim and andrew (gus chambers).

Perro: Introduced european species like rabbits, bees or foxes are a serious threat to your unique and delicate environment. I’ve noticed that in many national parks the questionable solution is poisoning and killing them. What’s your opinion about that?
Rohan: it seems that nowadays whilst they try their hardest to stop feral and introduced animals, its only slowing their spread as opposed to stopping them. its kinda fucked. i dunno much about animal control, so i can't really comment on whether poisoning them is bad or not. given the amount of animals and the vast amount of land they inhabit, i can imagine there would be little other choice?

Perro: Some years ago a refugee boats was refused to land by John Howard’s government. You still have him at the power, is the immigrant situation getting worst?Rohan: hahaha, everything has been fucked over here for a long time, as far as politics is concerned. though i imagine its the same everywhere if not worse. its seems like there is no choice, no one is making the right decisions and the majority of the public are more concerned with whatever paranoia they're being fed by newpapers and television.

Perro: Plans for the future?
Rohan: we're always writing new stuff, and we've got enough for a new e.p now, but booked in at the studio in december, so we'll probably have a monumental amount of stuff by then. i'd love to tour, but its a matter of money and time and the fact that i'm lacking both of them.
as for myself, just keep working my shitty job just to keep on top of rent and bills, hopefully one day save enough to travel! see you then raffa!

Perro: It’s time to conclude, thanx for your time! Any last words of wisdom?
Rohan: i'm not a wise man, and hence have nothing wise to say. perhaps don't do anything i would do? that'd probably the best way not to fuck anything up, really.