Thursday, June 24, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Where does your work ethic come from? Why the need to keep yourself busy?
Is there any person in particular who has made a large impact on your life? If so, in what way?
From Black Flag on, you have come under an unbelievable amount of criticism. Why is?
What instrument do you listen to when you sing? Example, some vocalists listen to the drums, or the bass, etc.
You had a great record label with , Infinite Zero that reissued Gang Of Four, The Contortions, etc. What happened with that?
Where do you see the future of the music business going?
Is there any record in particular that was 'life changing', so to speak? That once you listened to it nothing was the same.
What record in your collection is the rarest?
If there was a fire at your place and you had time to grab 10 records, which would they be?
UK Subs – Brand New Age
Damned – Black Album
Rites Of Spring – Rites of Spring
Buzzcocks – Another Music In A Different Kitchen
The Ruts – The Crack
The Clash – The Clash
I don’t know what else to put. There’s a many records I admire very much but can’t play too often because of their density, Hendrix, Coltrane, stuff like that. It’s great but a heavy place to visit. The incomplete list are records I can play any time for the most part.
If a record is mediocre, but rare, do you think it's worth adding to your collection?
When collecting punk records, is there any particular era, or country that you think put out the best stuff?
What's the one record you are looking for, but have yet to find?
When I saw you at McCabe's in a couple years back you mentioned that you like to read heavy and dense books on tour. What are you reading currently?
Do you ever wake up in morning and think, "fuck yeah, I was in Black Flag!"? Seriously.
What is the most valuable life lesson you have learned so far?
R I am on my own.
OUR GANG "Uprising" LP
One of those bands you may have seen their name mentioned in zines, or on a flyer with other classic bands from the 80s, and you, for some unexplainable reason were curious to hear them. So much so, that they became sort of legendary as a result. For those of us that have never heard OUR GANG, the mystery is now solved. Jack Roy Records has has released both versions "Uprising" demo from 1988, along with some additional tracks on the second side. All material was recorded between June 1988 to June 1989, and this is the first time this band has made it to vinyl.
Despite recording these songs in the late 80s, OUR GANG sounded more like early 80s NYHC - razor sharp guitar sound that has a tinny edge, speedy tempos with breakdowns, and snarled vocals. The songs from "Uprising" are fast, direct, and awesome. "In Anger" is a great opener that charges with speed and weight, all the classic components of NYHC. "Something To Say" is fast and raw. Then there's the song "No Motive" which was not on the demo, but still a great song. The recording sounds a little cleaner, but this song still has the power and punch of the earlier songs. They also cover NYC MAYHEM's "Penguin Romp".
There's a definite change in sound on the recordings from 1989. The songs are slower, less abrasive, and more tuneful. As though they're channelling their inner "New Wind" era 7 SECONDS. Not my favorite of the collection, but it was what bands were starting to delve into during that time period.
The packaging for this album is pretty good. The insert has lyrics, reproduction of the original demo artwork, flyers, reviews, a few words from Lewis Dimmick, and a download card. If you still have time, get the blue vinyl version, of which I think there were 200 pressed. So, go on over to http://jackroyrecords.blogspot.com/ and get yourself some.