The Slurm Russian Street Punk
I was really excited to check out The Slurm! Being a punk rock band in Russia it seems like these guys must be literally putting their lives on the line for what they believe in! The play really fast angry sounding street punk style. They sing in Russian but if you listen to them on their reverbnation page you can see an English translation of the lyrics which are highly political and protest driven. Awesome stuff!! Here's a video of The Slurm performing live:
Rachael-Nadine Pop Punk
Rachael-Nadine is a 23 year old rocker from Australia who is signed by Copperfield Records. She performs high energy pop punk and has five original songs on her EP as well as performs covers of Fleetwood Mac, Katy Perry, Kisschasy, Blondie & The Divinyls live. I really enjoyed the EP. She has a very cute, sweet voice and the music was upbeat and fun. I imagine it must be impossible to see her perform live and not fall in love. Keep it respectful guys LOL!!!! You can hear the EP here. Find her on Facebook here.
My Hero: John Waters
John Waters is a film maker, actor, stand up comic, author and much more. He's been on my mind lately. I've been thinking about a film he made where there was a freak show with performers such as the bicycle seat sniffer and the puke eater. When I was in High School I had bootleg copies of most of his films. I became after reading about his films in the Video Guide, a huge paperback book I used to call The Bible. The worst movies in the Video Guide were rated as turkeys and it was these films that interested me the most. I read that Pink Flamingos was about a fat drag queen who ate dog poop and knew I must find and watch this movie!
Pink Flamingos was a record breaking film of it's time. I believe it grossed 100 times it's budget in just it's theatrical run. It played midnight shows for many years. I read that when a theater stopped showing Pink Flamingos at midnight a riot broke out with biker gangs yelling "We want to see the fat fag eat dog shit!!". It's a very funny as are all of Mr. Waters films and books.
For being brave enough to make such ground breaking films John Waters is my hero. I really wonder about his current career though. It's been a long time since he has made a new movie. As much as I want to see a new John Waters movie here is what I would really like to see. John Waters become the Steven Spielberg of exploitation films. Find awesome underground transgressive movies and slap "John Waters Presents" on them. It would be money in the bank and really help struggling no budget film makers out there.
So you wanna decorate your room in a punk style but you don't know how? You don't need to spray paint an anarchy symbol and punch holes in the walls! Also don't buy posters at the mall unless you wanna be a poser. The best way to have an authentic punk vibe is to be a part of your local punk scene and take souvenirs from all the punk shows you go to.
Every live show has a promoter. It's the promoters job to make awesome flyers and posters for the upcoming show. The poster get hung at record stores and different locations all over town. Also at the venue where the show is located the promoter will hang posters on the walls for the show. So when you go see a show look around on the walls or in the window for posters. Once the show is over there is no problem with taking down the poster and taking it home with you. You could even bring a pen and ask the band members to sign the poster. See a bunch of shows, grab a poster at each show, hang them on your wall and there you go, a punk rock room!
If you are too young to go to punk shows or live in the middle of nowhere you can buy punk show flyers here.
Prevrat 'Symbols' Album Review
Symbols is Prevrat's sophomore album and was released by Russian Winter Records. The music is a New Age style mix of post-punk, new wave and synthpop. The vocals kind of reminded me of Moody Blues for some reason? My first reaction is "Wow, this music sounds so new and futuristic". While I was listening to it I day dreamed I was in the middle of a suicide drill of a cult I was in. It's just really cool stuff and I love getting to hear awesome music like this! I wish Prevrat music was on the soundtrack of Hollywood sci-fi movies. That's my second biggest Hollywood pet peeve is when the movie is set in the future and they have music I heard when I was in high school on the soundtrack. This is the music of the future!! Listen to the album here and then buy a copy because they come with a handmade lyric book signed by the artist. Another thing that really impresses me about this band is that every song on the album has a music video. Every band should do this!!
This is a classic freak show circus banner. There was even a movie called "Frog Princess And The Strange Circus" back in the 60's. This is a replica but wouldn't it look lovely on your wall? Starting bid only .99 cents! Click here to bid!
Wow my mind reels thinking about what this act must entail? Their is beautiful women in the poster so I bet it was exciting! Maybe some kind of "wild woman" type of a thing? Anyways this banner is lovely and the starting bid is only .99 cents! Click here to bid!
Julie Strain has appeared in over 100 movies, was named Penthouse Pet of the year for 1993, was married to a creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was the voice and model of the lead character in Heavy Metal 2 and is now selling her underwear on Ebay!!
My first thought is to wonder, "Is she tweaking?'. Is she hard up for money? Is it for a good cause? What ever the reason, if you've ever wanted to own a celebrities panties now is a great time to place your bid! Click here!!
I am a fan of her work work for Troma in the films "Rowdy Girls" and "Tales From Crapper" and of coarse Heavy Metal 2. Luckily her panties are at a price even I could afford and whoever wins the bid will also get something signed like maybe a photo or something.
Thirteen Shots is a UK based band with a sound that brings back the roots of 1960's combined with garage blues and horror punk. There newest album is Tales That Start With A Whisper. I reviewed their previous album Vaudeville here and there is a lot of growth in the band since then. I believe a mixture of styles is key to a good album, I want some variety on the different songs. When I listen to an album I imagine it being played at a party and how well it would go over. Each song on this album is a unique beast onto itself so I was very happy. Certain songs even had touches of pop punk and ska. What really stands out is that this band doesn't hold back and push their lyrics and sound to the full creepy level. Great vocals singing lyrics that at times went far beyond the limits of good taste and I respect that! I'm looking forward to their next album "Black Smiles" which will be released by Freaky Pug Records. They are also getting ready to tour Europe.
Buy the album and T-shirt here!
Tell me a little about the history of Kenosha punk
There has been punk rock in Kenosha for a solid 25+ years. Starting with bands like 10-96, Beautiful Burt, US Distress, Billy Club, Birth Dfx, and countless others that deserve credit. All those bands have broken up now, but most surviving members are still here rocking keno, r.i.p. to those who are not. Over the years we have hosted GG Allin, The Exploited, DRI, MDC, and even some of the Uk Subs called Kenosha home for sometime. Many bands came and went but here has always been a solid punk scene. Currently we have a bunch of awesome bands including Self Destruckt, Pistoffice, Phernology, Gimmi Crack, Scratch 45, and the list goes on. Keno-Core has never had a shortage of kick ass punk rock.
I've heard that Kenosha punk is more like a family then a scene. Could you explain how that works?
Keno-Core has always been about having a good time with good people and good music. We dont give a fuck about anything else. Nobody here cares about fashion or if they are punker that you, we really hate that shit. Here we lookout for each other, we help each other out, when someone falls you pick them up literally and figuratively. It seems like every show we play is to raise money for the family, someone whose sick or hurt, or funeral cost, or maybe just toilets for the piknik. I don't think there is a band in town that wouldn't play for free to help out the rest of us.
What are some of venues for punk shows in Kenosha?
Hattrix has basically been home base for kenocore shows for at least a decade now, and not just punk rock, any underground music from hippie jams bands to hardcore thrash metal. Most of the bars and almost every hall in town won’t have a punk show, what can I say were a rowdy bunch, but with the occasional house party and a few annual events there are shows all the time. Every year about a week before the 4th of July we have Punx on the Pier. It’s a gorilla rock show on the lake in front of a landmark lighthouse powered by a gasoline generator about five or six bands come out and usually we can get a few hours to play before the cops shut it down, but it’s a great time. Punk Piknik is even better. It’s an all day punk show campout with over 20 bands from about noon to 10pm and party all night and its free. All you have to do is show up and there’s a good chance you'll get a free meal and have a great time with awesome people.
Is there anybody making music videos in Kenosha?
Were not making any videos so i don't know much about it. There are a few people around that are into making videos and it seems to be getting more popular. Maybe one day we'll make one of our own.
Tell me about your band Republicans On Welfare
Were a high energy punk band with songs of booze, women, and war. We've been around for about 8 years and we'll play just about anywhere in the midwest and further if we can afford the trip. One thing thats a bit different about our show is we'll trade off instruments for the microphone. Depending on the song the lead singer could be any of us. We have had some good opportunities playing pre shows at The Rave for bands like Dropkick Murphys, Motorhead, Sublime with Rome, and Dri. Mostly we play close to home having fun with our friends.
Republicans On Welfare Facebook.
Got a news blast about mnttaB (pron. Mount-Tab) a death disko electro synth band out of Australia, has a new LP out and I was fascinated so I checked it out. I am a big fan of death punk and death metal and a secret fan of disco so death disko sounded like something right up my alley!! And it is spooky stuff folks! Kinda reminds me of like Tangerine Dream mixed with Psychic TV. There's a throbbing sort of bass that's rhythmic with all kinds of weird beeping sounds and other beats. My favorite lyrics are "I wish I was a girl. I never kissed a girl". This would be super exciting music to experience live and sway and move too. I think I would most like to see this band play a scummy punk squat dark basement show. I just got done listening to it and all ready I feel the urge to play it again. I just got done going to a four day film fest with workshops on film making and animation so I am all full of inspiration. When I listen to this music my head is full of imagery for a music video. Like maybe a scary stalker scenario. Or a cool animation where there is a old industrial film playing with little cartoon skulls and monsters floating around. Music is magic. I imagine these intense folks pouring their passion into this incredible music and then the music takes me away half way around the world and I may even get to listen to this music in my car while I drive around my little town.
This was released on a limited pink chrome cassette that if you are savvy you could probably get a copy of or you can listen to it digitally here.
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