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#1 Indlæg af Jess Franco » 11 jul 2005 13:32

Brutal Knights : Feasting In Denmark!

By Jens

It sure ain't no secret that Brutal Knights' 2nd album, "Feast Of Shame", is my fave of 2007, and the Toronto punks delivered the very best show I've seen all year. So it was only natural that I interviewed singer/stand upper xFlansx aka Nick Flanagan when the band destroyed Elværket in Helsingør. Enjoy.

(xFlansx is enjoying one of my Red Cecil smokes, his first Danish cig)

LC: Toronto. Canada. North America. Smoking.

xFlansx: In America you can still smoke at the hospitals, not in Canada, but it's banned to smoke at clubs.

LC: Toronto compared to Montreal. Montreal has lotsa great bands like Spaceshits...

xFlansx: CPC Gangbangs, Born Dead Icons and other stuff. The difference? First of all, Montreal got like 2 different populations, the french and the english, the french makes a lotta music within itself, a lot of crust punk. And the english scene, but the scenes band together more than in Toronto which is more isolated...

LC: Toronto is mostly english speaking?

xFlansx: It is. Mostly english speaking college students. The hardcore scene is good now, it took a long time, but with bands like The Fucked Up, Career Suicide the hardcore scene came in to itself, and then our band started with a group of bands like Bayonettes, Terminal State. It's a bit more individualistic pursuit in Toronto. There's also later drinking times.

LC: Toronto is like a neat, clean city?

xFlansx: Yeah, but not like Denmark or even places like Germany, there's a lot of homelessness so there's lot to write about in Toronto. And it's a young city, Canada's such a young country like The States compared to Europe.

LC: Has it become easier for Canandian bands to tour America?

xFlansx: It's gotten a lot easier, but it's still hard. But people are nice, talking about different Toronto and Montreal bands. Canada is annoying cuz you can't tour, because all the cities are so far apart...

LC: Well, you wrote a song, "Don't Tour"...haha

xFlansx: Well, yeah, well it's annoying! I think I wrote that after our 1st tour of America, we all got the flu etc. It's our 1st euro tour, they feed us better here, I think it's good we waited til after our 2nd album. And we got stuff on P.Trash Records and people know us a little better. Thanks to your zine, we found it on the internet!

LC: Well, thanks. And I must say that so far this year "Feast Of Shame" is my favorite album. Why is that? Since there's nothing new to it...

xFlansx: Yeah, early80s punk, garage. It's like this, our guitarist Jon Sharron writes most of the music, he's been through so many bands like Union Of Uranus, Choke Hold, Rammer etc., he loves 80s hardcore and Jay Reatard, so do I. And we love short songs, that's what it comes down to, you can say a lot in a short time. A band like Zeke was also an influence, "Kicked In Teeth" Zeke. And my old band Teen Crud Combo also did short songs. So Jon knows exactly what he wants, and then I combine it with my lyrics, it fits pretty well.

LC: I really like the in-your-face and ridiculousness of the lyrics, like "You're Fired!"; you can't fire me, I quit!...Donald Trump?

xFlansx: Hahaha, yeah he was a big influence! That's what I do, references to tv and stuff that people notice and make a funny point.

LC: Fuck Your Extreme Lifestyle ("Extreme Lifestyle 07"), I'm sooo tired of all that extreme sports this and extreme skateboard that.

xFlansx: Yeah, it's pretty stupid, I've been writing about that stuff for 7 years, back to the Teen Crud Combo days we got lyrics for a song called "Extreme Lifestyle", but we never recorded that song. I think the last line is like 'life is a tattoo', haha.

LC: I almost feel sorry for young punks nowadays, you gotta have extreme piercings, extreme tattoos etc.

xFlansx: It's too much! I only got one tattoo, and I regret it.

LC: I have none!

xFlansx: That's the true punk style. But the song is a response to a lot of pop culture; strong men competition etc., why bother?

LC: Like Henry Rollins is hosting a tv show where 'extreme' cars crash into each other and stuff.

xFlansx: All that macho bullshit. Okay, I've started to appreciate a bit more what he did in the 80s, but from 90s until now, forget it. Like he started Black Flag, yeah right.

LC: So do you have anything released after "Feast Of Shame"?

xFlansx: Yeah, we have this 12" picture disc on P.Trash Records with us on this tour only.

LC: Jay Reatard plays solo on "Extreme Lifestyle '07", and sorta produced the album.

xFlansx: Yeah, he took the guitar and did a crazy job, I still don't know he did it. The mixing job he did on "Feast Of Shame" is excellent, just as we wanted it!

LC: I heard you do stand-up comedy, under your real name, of course, Nick Flanagan?

xFlansx: Yes I do, I toured with this comedian called Neil Hamburger, do you know him?

LC: No, I'm not familiar with the new ones, I like guys like Bill Hicks. What are you heroes?

xFlansx: I like Richard Pryor. I do this intentionally bad comedy, yet sarcastic and trying to be funny and smart.

LC: 80s stand-up, guys like Sam Kinison?

xFlansx: Yeah, and Andrew Dice Clay especially the record "The Day Laughter Died", it's just him bombing, really terrible, I love it.



Human Eye : Alien Fish Head Punk!

By Jens

Once in awhile along comes a band which approach to r'n'r is vastly different that most, Human Eye of Detroit is such a band. DIY 'alien punk' with weird stage gimmicks and very strange lyrics. Musically they sorta belong somewhere between Chrome, Dead Boys, Devo, Hawkwind infused with some krautrock. Tobias (drummer of Jørgen Teller & The Empty Stairs) and I saw'em at Elværket in Helsingør, and a week later we put up an extra show at Dæmonens Port in Copenhagen. Tobias was kind enough to help out with the questions. Here's the Human Eye lineup:

Alien pianos-Johnny Lzr
Drums/percussion-Billy "Tornado"
Hafer Guitar/vocals-Timmy Vulgar
Lamps Bass guitar-Brad Hales

LC: You played Gonerfest 2 in 2005 in Memphis, but Human Eye is not included on the dvd/cd, why is that?

Human Eye: They must've been scared of us.

LC: You threw fish heads around?

HE: Yes, we had fish heads a little bit bigger than a 45 on knives, like a bayonette, in encore songs.

LC: But the throwing of fish heads is in the Gonerfest documentary, in the trailer, like a selling point?

HE: You should protest to Goner, make a new and improved Gonerfest dvd! We were the most important band there, haha. It seems like a lotta record labels are ignoring us too. Noone wants to put out our new album, we're sitting on like 14 new songs, we're ready to go! In The Red who released the first isn't interested, which is strange since our new material is the best yet.

LC: You tried labels outside America?

HE: Oh yeah, this Italian label called Disordered Records is putting out a 45 with two brand new songs, "Rare Little Creature" and "Self Transforming Machine". A-side; rock'n'roll, B-side; crazy noise, haha.

LC: Your debut album shows a lot sensibilities to sounds and the transforming of sounds that's quite unique. Is it difficult to get that sound live?

HE: Well, it's not gonna sound exactly like the album live, but we try to come close, it'll be louder and raunchier. People generally think we're better live than on record, and we have octopussies and shit.

LC: Have you brought props with you from the States? Or has it all been confiscated cuz it looked like weird terrorist tools, haha.

HE: No, unfortunately we couldn't bring any props with us.

LC: Sad. We seen the youtube vids. You're pretty much Do-It-Yourself?

HE: Yeah, we make everything ourselves. We don't have much choice, haha. We bring the same DIY work ethics into the music as well. We did the cover of our new 7 inch ourselves. Visual art etc. In '95 I saw Teengenerate play and it changed my perspective on punk, I was only 18 but it was an amazing live band, they looked cool and they had this visual aesthetic. I loved the combination.

LC: So you got two guys interviewing you, one's into rock'n'roll and other one is more into avantgarde, so speaking of which, what do you think of Captain Beefheart?

HE: He's an amazing influence. Especially his drummer John French, and his solo albums. He was probably the most important member in the Magic Band.

LC: Especially on the "Trout Mask Replica" record since he transcribed all the music from Beefheart to the other bandmembers. What about the lyrics on your album, who the hell is "Seymour"?

HE: That's like a metaphor for somebody that's a fictional prophet, not in a biblical sense, but a spiritual prophet that sees more, seymour.

LC: You have this house in Ann Arbor near Detroit called Awesome House...

HE: Oh, The Totally Awesome, yeah. That was just a show we did in their house with weird bands, punk bands, noise bands, but it's not open anymore. A house like that can only last for less than a year in a college town like Ann Arbor. The lifespan for that kind of thing is short, the cops will close it down or arrest you. In Detroit the normal clubs are horrible so you make underground clubs in run down places in the ghetto to stay under the radar. The Bohemian National Hall is an amazing place, an abandoned ballroom which people fixed up. It's massive! With everyting from free jazz, improv, rock, punk and films. The underground spots are always way more interesting. Brad is a Northern Soul DJ there, and has a record shop. He was also playing with Easy Action for a bit. Billy is also playing drums with The Paybacks of Detroit, and Johnny doing solo stuff like Functional Fragments, noise synth stuff.

LC: And Timmy also sings in Clone Defects, a bit more 'traditional' Detroit sounding band, a bit of Stooges and some Dead Boys, "Shapes Of Venus" is an excellent album!

HE: Thanks. Yeah, stuff like that and old Alice Cooper, Stones, New York Dolls. And I did acid with Danny Doll Rod the other night, haha. But I also like krautrock.

LC: Yeah, Human Eye and krautrock...

HE: Some have said that our live shows reminded them of Can, don't think we sound like them, but as a point of reference to 'strange rock', I totally get it.

LC: Any closing remarks?

HE: Yeah, we hope that more crazy avantgarde dudes will get into us more, as well as the crazy rockin' punkrock dudes!

Senest rettet af Jess Franco 15 nov 2007 13:23, rettet i alt 94 gange.

Lasse R

#2 Indlæg af Lasse R » 11 jul 2005 19:04

hm, jeg kan ikke linke til et søgeresultat, men den er drøftet og anbefalet flere gange.

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#3 Indlæg af Rudi » 11 jul 2005 19:57

Jess Franco skrev:Har tænkt på at se http://www.americansplendormovie.com/main.html

nogen der har set den?
Smut du bare ind og se den. Den er god hvis du interesserer dig for amerikanske tegneserier. Den er god hvis du er glad for Robert Crumb. Den er god hvis du kan li' at se på skæve eksistenser.
http://densurefar.wordpress.com/ - så er sommerferien forbi.

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#4 Indlæg af helle b » 11 jul 2005 20:31

Ser nu: Toy story 2
Be soft, don't be stern.

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#5 Indlæg af Kapt Kirk » 11 jul 2005 21:21

Har lige set (igen!) Tim Burtons "Planet of the apes".
Jeg måtte lige se om den egentlig er så ringe som folk siger.
Klart Burtons svageste film og og karaktererne er mange steder utroværdige. Især der hvor "helten" tager afsked med den smukke unge dame. Altså, hvornår har han snakket med hende?. Jeg ville egentlig have startet med at sige at filmen da ikke er så ringe endda, men ved nærmere efter tanke så er den sgu ret dårlig. Nå ja ja, nu skal jeg se et eller andet Jarmusch. Måske Mystery Train (igen igen!) :D
Hmm... den døde! Nå!

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#6 Indlæg af LSDiddie » 11 jul 2005 22:52

Jess Franco skrev:Har tænkt på at se http://www.americansplendormovie.com/main.html

nogen der har set den?
He-he, ja, den er sgu' fin. Det er vel et års tid siden, den var oppe og vende i USA. Har været på dvd længe.

Men han var jo med i "Sideways", so det er nok derfor, at et par af de danske biffer har taget den hjem?

Burton's "Abernes Planet"? Dårlig? Næ da....

Den er hamrende elendig!!!

Well, hvis man kun går op i make-up og kostumer, så er det sikkert et mindre mesterværk. Men altså.... uha nej, selv med små forventninger, så synes jeg den var helt igennem latterlig. Og hvad er det lige med den slutning der?! :roll:

Blev ærlig talt også en smule skuffet over "Big Fish". Men det er nu stadig en god film. Fra Burton forventer jeg dog lidt mere.

Har mine bange anelser m.h.t. Chokoladefabrikken. Men måske kan Depp hive endnu en film i land på bare at være med i den?

Igen må jeg lige udbryde: se for helvede "Oldboy"! Fremragende film!

Har den overhovedet været i biffen herhjemme (udover Slagtehal 3)?

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#7 Indlæg af esbenc » 11 jul 2005 23:06

Jeg så lige festen i går på tv3 :shock:

Jeg kan ikke beskrive hvor meget jeg elsker den film..

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#8 Indlæg af Julius Umulius » 11 jul 2005 23:48

Jeg så Remember The Titans igen-igen. Jeg kan ikke helt finde ud af, om jeg synes det er en fed film, eller om jeg sætter pris på den, fordi jeg længes så meget efter sæsonstart i NFL. Jeg følte mig i hvert fald i godt selskab

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#9 Indlæg af Julius Umulius » 11 jul 2005 23:52

Og nu, hvor vi er i gang: Er der andre har set traileren til Ambulance og synes at det lyder som det værste lort siden 2pac og Janet i Poetic Justice?

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#10 Indlæg af Leif Erektion » 12 jul 2005 00:13

Jeg så reklamen for en ny film med dyr i hovedrollen, som lignede noget fra Pixar, bl.a. med karatepingviner. Den så afsindigt sjov ud. Og så har man lige set Collateral. Cruise ligner en idiot med det grå hår og skæg, men den hænger fint sammen og dialogen fungerer fint, omend til tider på grænsen til det corny og selvfede. Og så er jazzklub-sekvensen virkelig effektfuld.


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