Create to Destroy! Meltasia Fest

23 07 2014

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Andy Animal needs no intro but you may know him from the STALKERS or from just having a good time with him if you’ve been within a few feet of him- to say he’s a personality is an understatement. We met at a Two Boots Pioneer Theater (RIP) at a B Horror movie double feature in the East Village in 2008 but really became friends when running into each other at the Lemmy doc premier. He’s continued to do a lot of cool stuff over the years but facilitating Meltasia is a massive undertaking and event and definitely deserves a Create to Destroy inquiry.

What is Meltasia? What the hell does that even mean?
Most people who know me know that I like to use the term “melt” or “getting melted” as a term for partying. “Meltasia” is more than a festival, it is a land. A land of melty fantasy.

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Andy Animal

Did you ever think you’d be booking a fest?
It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, yes. It seems to be something I’m kinda good at. I’ve been doing a more private one in Upstate New York for almost five years now. My “Meltdown Funabration Weekender.” It’s a weekend-long bender I do with a few hundred friends and acquaintances at a campground. It started out with a bunch of tiki torches and the music turned up on my car stereo. A couple years later we started having bands. It started getting all kinds of write ups, so I thought to myself, “I can do more with this.”

Is it just you doing this?
No, no. It started that way but I made a bunch of phone calls and put out the word that I wanted to do something big. I hooked up with this dude Richard McSherry who runs Onward Indian Touring out in Asheville. He seemed hungry for some serious action down South, so we shook hands over the phone and he has assembled a powerhouse team. I’m really impressed with what he has gotten done.

How long have you been planning this? I’m assuming it’s a hell of a lot of work (and fun) but hard work.
Not that long really. About six months later than your average fest planning. That makes it a bit more nerve racking but I am way in to the challenge. My people are working around the clock to assure that Meltasia will be an outstanding experience for all and I just can’t be more thankful for it. It is a lot of fun but can be stressful as fuck.

Why Georgia?
One of the first guys I talked to about helping pull it together suggested doing something down South at a time of year that isn’t disgustingly hot but just regular everywhere in the country else hot. There doesn’t really seem to be any other festivals happening that weekend either, so yeah. It’s close to where all these outstanding bands live. It just works. I love the South.

What’s the best way for us to get there?
ROADTRIP!!! Or a flight to Atlanta or Chattanooga. Flights to Atlanta are cheaper but Chattanooga is closer. 90 minutes versus 30 minutes. We are working on a shuttle bus from Atlanta.

Andy with Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas

Andy with Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas

Who are the headliners?
To me really, the headliners are all in the eye of the beholder. I can tell you that the more well known acts that are playing are Black Lips, Danava, Shannon and The Clams, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Cherie Currie, The Coathangers, Bloodshot Bill, The Coathangers, Biters, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Black Oak Arkansas. I’m a Black Oak fanatic and have worked with them before and I am proud to call them my friends. Lots of people don’t know. They hear the name and think Allman Brothers. They are southern rock pioneers, but are almost like the Stooges of the south in weird way. Ask Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, Greg Ginn or any of those guys what they think of BOA. They will speak with very highly of them. Ya know that star belt buckle that Jello wears? That is his salute to Jim Dandy. But yeah, I hand picked just about every band on the bill and the bands that I have listed are not all closing out the each night.

Did you get the headliners first and then book the fest around them?
Yeah.

Are you doing any shows prior to the fest in NYC or Atlanta?
Yeah, I got little things popping up here and there. I put a band together a couple shows for NYC’s legendary hippy/punk/marijuana rights advocate/Jabbers producer David Peel. I put a band together for that, including myself on guitar. He is playing at my upstate thing and at Grand Victory in Brooklyn. That’s gonna be the after party for the upstate thing. I’m also DJ-ing all “Weird Al” Yankovic for a UHF 25th anniversary party, also at Grand Victory. Things come up here and there. I know some people in ATL are planning some cool pre-parties for Meltasia.

Where are you expecting people to come from for the fest?
All over the south it’s looking like, but I’m hearing of a lot New York buddies coming down as well. We will see.

I see our very own Bay Area’s LECHEROUS GAZE are playing as well as NYC punk staples like HANK WOOD and CRAZY SPIRIT. How do you feel this fest brings together all genres of hipper punk and rock ‘n’ roll?
I’m just bringing what’s good and trying to cover all the in my opinion bearable styles of raunch. You will naver catch me sniffing molly at some “EDM” festival. I got a little something for everyone.  All these bands combined will create something psychedelic in a way. You’ll see.

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Is this a camping fest? Or is this a festival? Is there a difference?
Well there is camping and it is a festival. You be the judge.

What do you advise for those wanting to go to the fest?
Just get ready for the time of your life. I throw good parties. Bring camping essentials, tents, sunscreen, condoms, socks, undies, bathing suits. Please don’t bring any booze. We will be selling it at very reasonable prices. That is how we can keep this thing going.

Where can we get tickets?
www.meltasia.com

Did you have a choice using a corporate medium like Ticketfly? Are they taking a certain percentage of the sales? Do we have an alternative to buy tickets or is that the only way?
They were recommended to me by some friends. That’s about it. They do take a bit. I’m gonna work on finding a more independent way of selling them next year, but time was limited so I jumped on the first reasonable deal. This stuff is pretty new to me. Tickets will be available at the gate as well.

Are you adding any new acts from now until September?
The chances are slim. We are working on scheduling right now, so we will see.

How can we stay up to date on the fest?
facebook.com/meltasiafest, Twitter [at]meltasiafest, meltsia.com and/or Instagram [at]meltasia

Any last words, Mr. Animal?
I’ve been reading MRR since I was about eight. Hand-me-downs from my older brother. It’s a real honor. I love you. See you at Meltasia!

July 23rd, 2014 by Amelia


Record of the Week: FEMACOFFIN Dismal Twilight EP

22 07 2014

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Following their excellently abominable 2013 demo, FEMACOFFIN continues to break new crust ground with anguish, crux and blood-curdling sincerity. What I most appreciate about this band is their no-fucks-given tempo. The overall haplessness of this recording does not give a shit what you or your scene expects from a punk band. There is that kind of awesome respect when you hear FEMACOFFIN live, as well. If I may: hear this risen from the ashes of STORMCROW as AXEWIELD was spewed from EFFIGY. As if either needed be improved upon, yet here they are. Side one dooms the mood with “Dismal Twilight,” a four-minute bulldozer. Side two: “Trinity” quickens the pace with additional metal riffs. You can’t get much better than the vocal dynamic between Brian and Tony. A ghostly, brief, guitar solo depresses further into their music void of optimism. This is truly saturated, septic crust punk. A spaced-out sample mid-side reminds me of AMEBIX “The Moor,” straight into the best ICONS OF FILTH cover ever: “Midnight.” Absolutely ripping drum fills here. Holy shit, this cover fucking rules! Beautiful stipple artwork by Stiv of VISIONS OF WAR, hand lettered insert, profound lyrics, great production; this is a must have debut EP for any crust resurger out there.
( Brainsand Records)

— Jason Ryan

July 22nd, 2014 by MRR


Monday Photo Blog: Pat Blashill and Texas punk!

21 07 2014

A few weeks ago we ran some stellar shots from Pat Blashill in the  Monday Photo Blog, and we’re running some more. This batch is from the mid 1980s Texas punk era. I’m personally stoked to see the Meat Joy photo, as they were a bit of mysterious band for me. I used to hear them on Dave Fallis’ radio show on KGOU out of Norman, OK in the early to mid 80s. Then heard them on a Damned mix tape I found in a parking lot in Moore, OK in 1986 before finally procuring a copy of their self-titled LP on ESR/Flesh & Blood (seek it out). For more from Pat, check out his site.

Biscuit strong man. Big Boys at Liberty Lunch, Austin 1984. (photo by Pat Blashill)

The Offenders in the studio, Austin, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Scratch Acid on the terlet, Austin 1986. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Meatjoy in Voltaire’s Basement, 1984. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Meredith, Dumplin Beth Danger and Tales of Terror at Woodshock, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!

July 21st, 2014 by Matt Average


MRR Radio #1410 • 7/20/14

20 07 2014

On the last day of their West Coast tour, WARSONG from Zaragoza swing by the MRR HQ for a late night radio show, joined by their US punk-docent Lena of No Nostalgia Recs (nonostalgiarecords {at} gmail(.)com). Beer and conversation flowed, in English and Spanish, while Tim Yo’s ghost fucked with our speeds! Salud! Viva Zaragoza punk!

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Intro song:
WARSONG – Restitution

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Diego, Jorge, Carlos, Jose

Carlos
XAXAXA – Indie, Independent, Fan Fanatic
AUTISTIC YOUTH – Couriers of Kings
POLISKITZO – Niños Suicidas
INSOMNIO – I’m Lost
THE BELLICOSE MINDS – Tension Building

Jose
UNA BÈSTIA INCONTROLABLE – Vaixells Oblidats (Forgotten Ships)
BIKINI KILL – Jigsaw Youth
IV REICH – Genocidio
ACCIDENTE – Las Victorias Màs Bellas

Diego
EATER – Room for One
SUDOR – Tu Coche, Tu Casa y Tu Novia
NOI!SE – Brothers in Arms
THE RIVIENAS – California Sun

Jorge
POL POT – The One
RIZILLOS – Joaquin
LA URSS – Dicen
NOVEDADES CARMINHA – Te Vas Con Cualquiera
LA TERMINAL – La Espera

Lena
SUICIDAS – Contra el Suelo de Hormigòn
OTAN – Esto Es el Punk
KOLLAA KESTAA – Tata Oli Elamani
STRESS – Aghos
COPY CATS – Blood Is the Way

Outro song:
THE SCAM – All By Myself

July 20th, 2014 by Lydiya


Create to Destroy! Floridas Dying/Total Punk Records

20 07 2014

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MRR: When did you start Floridas Dying?
Rich Evans: It will be 10 years this coming January, and I’ve been doing Total Punk for about 3 1/2 years now.

What internet mediums do you use to do “business”?
The usual. My website, Discogs, the holy trinity of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also advertise on message boards like Terminal Boredom, and buy occasional ads in zines and fest programs.

What do you mean by “Floridas Dying”?
Whenever I go anywhere on tour people are always shocked to find out that we have bands down here and that we actually leave the state. People think we have nothing other than swamps, roller coasters, and golf courses. Florida’s Dying was a bit of a joke on that assumption. You can’t put apostrophes in website names so it got dropped.

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What do you mostly specialize in?
Mostly punk, garage rock, some psych reissues. A few odds and ends. Mainly stuff I like.

How do you feel about the MC5?
They’re no Bob Seger.

Why Florida?
It’s where I’m from. I’ve been here my entire life and I love it. I sometimes toy with moving somewhere else, but I really have it made here.

What’s your community like?
I live in Orlando. Despite what most people believe, Disney World is not in Orlando. It is about 30 minutes south and has nothing to do with where I live. That being said, my community is awesome and just getting better. We have a large young population that is very active in the community. The area I live in town, all the bars, shows, restaurants that I want to go to are within walking distance. I only really jump in my car to go to the post office.

Shows here are awesome. Tons of young, enthusiastic kids going wild. People who don’t come down here because “Florida sucks” are really missing out. Most bands, once they make the trip once, change their mind about this place.

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Who supports you?
I support myself, but if anyone would like to throw some money my way to pay my bills, feel free.

I meant, like, where does most of your business come from, but I’m all for being self-supporting! Do you get a lot of international orders?
Yeah, I would say about 30-40% of my business is overseas. The international shipping rates have put a bit of a damper on that, but I allow overseas customers to build their orders to save money on shipping. I think that has really helped keep my overseas customer loyal.

How do you feel the internet has changed punk and garage distribution?
The same way it has changed everything. Stuff is more accessible than it used to be. Bands can get the word out about themselves a lot easier. Touring isn’t as integral to the process as it used to be. Neither is advertising. It’s easier to stay in contact with your customers.

Do you distro in person or are you just an internet presence?
Yeah, I have a record store set up in my dining room and people come over and shop. Also, I’ll bring records out to shows or on tour.

How do you feel about internet personalities?
I hope to one day be one.

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How do you have such an on-point and good collection of rock ‘n’ roll? Were you born with good taste?
I’d like to think so. I just buy what I like. Sometimes some stuff I don’t completely dig slips through the cracks, but luckily not all of my customers have as good taste as I do, and the bad stuff slowly makes its way off of my webpage to never be ordered again.

Any exciting new releases?
I’m excited about all of them, but I have 12″s coming out for GOLDEN PELICANS and BUCK BILOXI this September, as well as new singles from CUNTZ and MIDNITE SNAXXX. Also, I’m putting the finishing touches on a BROKEN TALENT LP that compiles the tracks off of their lone 7″, cassette tapes, and some unreleased demos and live tracks.

Any last words?
Florida rules. If you live here and disagree with me either do something about it or move.

July 20th, 2014 by Amelia