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Create to Destroy! Radstorm Collective


May 13th, 2015 by

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The Radstorm Collective is doing solid DIY punk stuff in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so I interviewed them just for you…

What is Radstorm?
Radstorm is an amalgamation of two collectives that operate in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Radstorm is a dry all-ages venue/jam space/screen printing studio. It is membership based and if you are under the age of 19 you get into shows for free. The “Rad” comes from the first attempt at having an all ages venue/jam space which was called Sadrad (the venue was above a radiator shop). The “Storm” comes from Inkstorm, which is a screen-printing collective. So Radstrom is made up of a group of dedicated punks/weirdos who share a common goal of creating an inclusive and posi space.

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How many people are involved? What do you mean by “collective”?
The number of people involved varies but there is a core group that goes to the meetings, takes on tasks and makes shit happen. Collective means a group of people that share a mutual goal of creating an alternative space that is inclusive and accessible.

Why is DIY and all ages an important aspect of a punk space?
DIY is important because it gives you the power to take control of your own life through direct action. Don’t have an art degree fuck it draw your own album art. You arenít a classically trained guitarist fuck it start a punk band etc. etc. DIY is the reason why Radstorm is a reality. We didn’t have a space that the community needed so we took the initiative and did it ourselves. All ages is important to me because in my experience without the youth punk scenes just dry up and get stale with the same voices and opinions. It can be tough for younger kids to become involved in punk because in some instances punk is no different than other social circles. There is a hierarchy of the old guard of established punks who criticized the less experienced kids. It’s like they forget that they once rocked a patch that they today would not get caught dead wearing.

Are there a lot of bar shows in Halifax?
Halifax has more bars per capita than any other city in Canada or even North America. So there are of course many bar shows. One of my motivations for getting involved in this collective is to try and steer away from having the majority of shows at bars. Bars are not conducive with what I consider to be punk which include DIY ethics and all ages shows.

Do you have young punks?
What has been inspiring for me is the shows that Radstorm has put on so far have brought out a younger crowd of kids. My hope is that we are able to promote more and more shows that the younger kids want to be involved with. More all ages shows obviously will cultivate younger punks. We recently had a show that was all high school kids so it was nice to see that younger crowd.

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Do punks age in place in Halifax or fade away?
It is easy for punks to get fed up or tired of the scene out here. Halifax is really far away and it takes effort to get bands out here and it takes effort to make it to festivals in other cities. So older punks may tend to leave the city.

What “scene” supports Radstorm? Crusty? Raw? Bike punks? PC? D-beat? A mix?
Radstorm is inclusive to all except for the fascist, transphobic, racist, etc. The support comes from people of all walks of life, punk or not. Since it is a dry space a lot of the drunk punks donít come around.

What’s the practice space like?
The practice space is a small room off the main room and has been sound proofed so jamming can happen for a wider range of times. It is stocked with the basics that are needed such as a full drum kit, guitars and amps. We also have recording equipment available.

What bands use your space?
So far bands that jam here have close ties with the space. Members with bands, close friends, etc. Mostly bands that would fly the punk flag.

Tell us about your screen printing set up.
The screen-printing set up has been refurbished since moving into the new space. We recently acquired a new washout booth to clean screens. We have a separate room that has our light table and dark box. Over all I think most people are happy with the set up.

Is your space modeled after another space?
Not so much modeled after another space, we just work with the space and materials that we have. That being said, if someone comes into the space and has some ideas on how to improve the set up then we will gladly hear them out.

Are there any other spaces like this in Halifax?
As far as other spaces that offer up the ability to put on shows, rent out a jam space, do screen-printing and have other workshops I think Radstorm is unique in Halifax.

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What was your first show?
The first show was made up of all local bands and of people that make up a good portion of the members of the collectives. The lineup was 4 LOM, who has one of the founding members of the original Sadrad venue George on guitar (shout-outs to George) —4 LOM plays a fast and pissed style that has influences of powerviolence and anarcho punk. Also on the bill was Half Read, a band that got started from a band lottery that was put on at a Sadrad show. A bunch of people had put their names into a draw then bands were started by randomly pulling names. I think Half Read might be the only band that persevered out of that and is still active. Lastly was Eekum Seekum, a local queercore band and the longest-running band on the bill.

What was your show?
Most every show is my show and everybody’s show because I try and support by being there to work the door, go early to set up, stay late to clean up or if I can’t make it I still pay the cover just to help support. I have yet to promote my own show but I very much plan on doing so. If I could have a dream show the bands on the bill would be: Confuse, Defector, Frigora, the Partisans, Disorder and Chaos UK. Or bands like Wretched, Lip Cream, Gauze and Appendix. Current bands that I would like to put on a show for would be: Reconsideration, Beer Belly, the Wankys, Sex Dwarf, Exithippies and Chaos Channel.

Any fests coming up in Halifax?
No fests scheduled as of yet, but in the past Elly has organized and put on Harbour Water Fest so I am hoping now with the new space we will be blessed with another installment of that wonderful event. Bands that have played that in the past have been mostly local/Canadian bands.

Any issues with neighbors, landlord or cops?
Yup just like most and or all venues we have had issues. Radstrom is located in a commercial building that has multiple other units. There is a recording studio downstairs and they have complained about some of the noise which I guess has been disrupting their ability to function.

What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future are making Radstorm as fucking rad as possible. Getting more touring bands to come through, acquiring more members to the collective and just trying to make the scene here in Halifax as good as possible.

Any last words?
Yeah, the Sadrad collective is going to be putting out a comp tape in the next few months. It will contain material from bands that jam or have played shows at Radstorm. Thanks to MRR for all the shit they have done over the years and thanks to all the Radstorm peps.

How can we help? How can we stay up to date?
You can help by getting out here to play some shows and supporting the Halifax scene.
You can stay up to date by checking the website (as long as it stays up to date — thanks Elly):
diyhalifax.ca
sufferdamage {at} gmail(.)com



Record of the Week: LAST SONS OF KRYPTON Teenage Trash LP


May 12th, 2015 by

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This band has managed to ride a glowing Tim Yo record review from nearly 20 years ago into the realm of near-legend. Surprisingly, that debut 7” is one I still count amongst my faves of the era, worthy of being mentioned alongside REATARDS, LOLI AND THE CHONES and EPILEPTIX when it comes to primitive, shitty-teenager punk rock. And Wisconsin’s LAST SONS OF KRYPTON may be the shittiest teenagers of them all—at least that’s the case this long-overdue LP is making. Every one of the twenty tunes collected here represents a life’s work for some true teenage fuck-ups, and the quality of the racket is generally higher than it has any real right to be. Their sensitivities and “worldview” couldn’t be any lower though, offering up some kind of perverse balance that keeps them punk boneheads until death. Whatever. A gang of insufferable, bratty and delinquent assholes making a racket outta sheer frustration and hatred of their lives and surroundings is always gonna be punker than shit, and LAST SONS OF KRYPTON fit that bill perfectly. True teenage assholery on display…waste no time in acquiring a copy of your own!
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Monday Photo Blog: Graham Meldrum


May 11th, 2015 by

Graham Meldrum sent us some photos for the Monday Photo Blog. Here are a couple. These were taken at the 13th Note, which I believe I  was at back in the year of 2000, at the recommendation of MRR staffer and roving Canadian Allan MacNaughton. From what I remember the place is a resturant as well as music venue. Glad to see it is still around. If you go, be sure to get the vegan bangers and mash.

Harda Tider (Sweden) at the 13th Note, Glagow, Scotland (photo by Graham Meldrum)

Damaged Head (Sweden) at the 13th Note, Glagow, Scotland (photo by Graham Meldrum)

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MRR Radio #1452 • 5/10/15


May 10th, 2015 by

Rob throws the devil horns with an all female-fronted metal band show this time. Time to get that headbanging going!!!

Play

Intro song:
JURASSIC JADE – Go to the Dogs

Jurassic Jade!

Jurassic Jade!

Start
VOLKANA – Descent to Hell
MALIBU BARBI – When Lightening Strikes
CARRIE – The Assassin
BLACKLACE – Call of the Wild
CATALEPSY – Obituary Fear

The

BATTLEFIELD – Nuclear Death
RHIANNON TOMOS A’I GRWP – Cer A Hi (l’r Eithaf Un)
METAL LADY – Kegyetlen Hajsza
ZNOWHITE – Live for the Weekend
GIRLSCHOOL – Race With the Devil

Pit
HARI KARI – The Blade
5X – Midnight Train
LUNAR SEX – All the Kids
MARI HAMADA – Noah
LOCHNESS – Zduo Pero Kuo
AIRRAID – Armed Children

Outro song:
PMS – On the Run

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!



The Young Person’s Guide to Loud! Fast! Philly! Part 1


May 6th, 2015 by

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As punks, we’ve got to take documenting our histories into our own hands. Joseph A. Gervasi discusses his oral history project Loud! Fast! Philly! in MRR #385. Joseph and Stacey Finney have built a significant resource about the history of Philadelphia punk, right up to the present, told in the participants’ own words.  I’ve spent hours delving into the audio interviews online—here, Joseph chooses some worthy points of entry. Read Stacey’s picks in part 2.

Looking over a list of nearly 60 interviews (as of the time of this writing) and deciding where to take the plunge — or even the tentative dip of a tiny toe — is a daunting prospect. With many of these interviews clocking in at over an hour (and some at well over two hours), the act of listening can be a formidable time investment. And yet, if they are to be considered successful, they will serve to be both informative and entertaining. There is something about the immediacy and intimacy of the regionally-flavored human voice nestling into one’s ear canal and speeding on a collision course with one’s brain that I find to be ceaselessly appealing. When individuals ask me what they should listen to, I always point them toward those who move or have moved through a different era of punk than the listener. There is a certain comfort and reassurance in surrounding oneself with one’s contemporaries, but it is from those who came before or after that one can potentially learn the most from. This experience also allows one to make connections between one’s life and those of others many years and possibly hundreds of miles away from the listener.

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Joseph A. Gervasi

I’ve been asked to direct the new listener to ten interviews to start with. Since I’ve worked with Stacey Finney on some of these interviews and she’s one of few people I know who’s listened to every damn one of them, I’m going to defer to her to contribute five of the ten recommendations. We’re going to exclude anyone associated with this interview or involved with the L!F!P! project. This includes Grace Ambrose (though her interview with the DIY PHL folks is very well worth listening to), Yoni Kroll (I love his interview with John Paul Golaski about Philly’s WKDU radio station), Stacey Finney, and those that I appear in as an interview subject. We’re also excluding the interviews featuring my brother Bull, since punks hate nepotism even though their fathers run corporations and give them cushy summer jobs. As well, we’re excluding some of the most popular interviews (Elizabeth and Allen Fiend, the members of the Dead Milkmen, Dan Yemin, Sean Agnew of R5 Productions) because we’ll assume most prospective listeners are familiar with these people and because they’ve received the lion’s share of the attention thus far.

In looking back over two years of interviews, I am struck by a collection of moments that I will forever treasure. Nearly every interview had for me, as the interviewer, several ah-ha! revelations or tidbits of related experience that quickened my pulse. It’s been such an honor to find myself in the company of the people who were kind enough to sit and talk with me. Choosing just a few to highlight is an agony, but providing some direction to the curious is essential. Quick, then, before I change my mind:

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Mark Pingitore
While Mark is best known for playing in one of Philly’s most iconic hardcore bands, The Pagan Babies, what most appealed to me about talking to him was that he was a “punk’s punk.” That is, when Mark discovered punk he wholly immersed himself into it and took part in many aspects of it. Mark played in a band, made flyers, did a ‘zine, released records, traded tapes, booked shows, and more. It was Mark’s enthusiasm for the world punk showed him outside his NE Philly neighborhood (and the fact that this enthusiasm still appears to be a coruscating presence in his life) that made listening to him such a joy. Listen to the interview.

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Pete Tridish and Kate Wendland Duncan
Pete and Kate fall into a category of interview that I love: how people did neat shit. While neither Pete nor Kate are strongly associated with the punk scene, they both struck me as people who took the DIY ethos out into the world and managed to do tremendously impressive things with it. Their work with Radio Mutiny (and later, for Pete, the Prometheus Radio Project) and the Rebellious Nursing activism of Kate can not only inspire others to action, but also detail how they did it so the listener can perhaps use Pete and Kate’s experiences as a guide to their own engagement. Listen to the interview.

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Elizabeth Arnold
Elizabeth’s interview has two things in common with the Pete Tridish/Kate Wendland Duncan interview: Elizabeth is better known outside the punk scene than within it and it serves as a guide to active engagement with social/political issues. Elizabeth’s interview is one of the most popular on the site, but I believe it’s largely listened to by people outside of punk. Since she’s very well known in the community of anti-fracking activists, many look to Elizabeth as an insightful and impassioned voice on the issue. They may not know Elizabeth’s goofier side, some of which she allows out in the interview. Mostly, however, I hope the listener will come from this interview inspired to fight for the causes that matter to them, whatever they may be. Listen to the interview.

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Joey Jap
I can honestly say I’ve never listened to Joey’s band, the Blessed Muthas, but I love Stacey’s interview with him, especially the first half where he details growing up in a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia and moving through a young life of crime and drugs. There are some who think that the story of punk is only that of middle class white males. Phooey! This has never been the story of Philly’s HC punk scene, and listening to Joey’s interview is a reminder that inner-city kids could be drawn to punk, too, and it wasn’t always a popular — or even safe — choice in their neighborhood or among their non-punk friends. To mention some of Joey’s antics would be to spoil the fun of listening to him recount his tales. This interview also serves to illustrate why I’ve been so happy with Stacey’s guest interviews: her warmth, empathy, and good cheer. These qualities, which she employs in her professional life, allow for interview subjects to loosen up and speak freely. What she’s achieved in her interviews is pure audio gold. Listen to the interview.

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Tim Dunn
Tim is known here in Philly as the “Mayor of Baltimore Avenue.” (Note to non-Philadelphians: Baltimore Avenue is a street in West Philly that is best known for being the home of the A-Space, Books Through Bars, Mariposa Co-op, and a diverse collection of funky-smelling people.) Tim has been a beloved fixture in this city for decades, and every accolade and profession of admiration and adoration he’s been given has been earned. Tim’s generous humanity makes me feel like a small toad enjoying a steady diet of bugs. Tim’s interview is not as long as some others, so it’s ideal to start with for an introduction to the city of Philadelphia, a personal history of its early HC scene, years of activism on behalf of those often overlooked, and the story of a man who’s made a positive difference in the lives of so many people. I don’t care if it’s corny, I just have to say it: I love Tim Dunn. Listen to the interview.

Next week, Stacey Finney shares her L!F!P! highlights.