Well obviously we have a mosh warrior in the pit. He is walking on your head, snatching the change up, so you all need to hide, hide your girlfriends and hide your merch because he is crowd killing everybody out here. I am okay with moshing, i do it all the time at the concert , but one thing what bothers me is crowd killing. Are you out of your mind?
-You are beating up kids for no reason, do you think that you are fucking GG Allin? No you are not. I think you have ego complex because you are beating up ordinary people.
- And for the record, to the people I’m talking about. You look straight up fucking ridiculous stomping around waving your arm everywhere like you’re walking in the dark trying to find what is in front of you. Stop that, (anon) its embarrassing everybody. Please , poop yourself and eat it because i think your God is GG Allin. Yep , you are everything and “our” kids are your kids. Get a life, have fun at the concert but no with beating up people, please.
1. Who showed you this lifestyle?
I know (not so many) people who are vegetarians, just only few people who are even vegans. But there was nobody concrete who showed me it. My vegan friends taught me some tips, but I was my own teacher :) I have learnt a lot about healthy lifestyle, I have learnt a lot about eating habbits and its influence to us, to animals and realized I dont want to hurt anybody and anything, not myself, not the animals.
2. What made you take the step to exclude meat and other animal products from your diet?
1. At first I refused to eat meat because I didnt want to kill animals. Animals are our friends, they dont hurt us at all. But we hurt them so much. Its so sad. I love animals, sometimes more than people Its the main reason why I am vegan,
I dont eat my friends, nobody has to suffer because of me. In my opinion nobody has right to give judgments of anybodys life, not even animals. For me eating meat is just an addiction same like smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs and people cant stop to eat it even they know its not okay at all. I have seen so many videos how animals suffer at slaughter houses, in dairy industry too. Its intolerable!
Everybody with heart cant permit it. Another reason is my body. Im sportman, always interested in healthy living. As I said I have learnt a lot about food, about human body and realized the truth that we are herbivora and animals products are harmful for us.
Its not consumable and thats why so many people suffer cancer and similar dangerous diseases. So for me there is no other way, just be vegan and be happy with myself
3. For how long have you been vegan?
I was vegetarian for almost two years, now I have been vegan for more than a year. Its not so long but its a good start Im looking forward to be vegan for my whole life, hope I will get it and nothing change my mind :)
4. Do you feel any contrast, health-wise, between your present eating habits and your vegan period?Of course I do. Im vegan and I dont suffer any of diseases. Im not sick, I dont have flu, my digestion is perfect. I feel healthier, full of life, full of energy, even feel I look prettier.
5. What food products do you use on daily basis?
1. If you are vegan you have to eat very variously way. Its true that single-sided nutrition can damage your body. Thats why vegan has to cook a lot,. Restaurants dont offer qualitative meals for vegans. Maybe its not a problem in other countries, but our country is poor in this way.
I eat mostly vegetable and fruit, but its important to eat a lot of cereals, legumen, nuts and oils. I use soya or cereal alternatives of meat too. You can buy a lot of kinds of plant- milk. I can prepare almost every single basic meal without animals product.
6.Can you share your best veggie tip?
Haha, Im not sure what should I say :) I love cooking and I think Im good at it. You can find some of my meals on Instragram- hashtag „mythraart„. If you are interested in any of meal, just contact me and I will write you a recipe :) Hope, one day I will have my own vegan cook book or at least web site :) Easy veggie tips? Use avocado, its delicious and very healthy. I eat it very often. And another tip I have one tea spoon of poppy oil every single morning because of B12 vitamin. My vegan friend told me almond oil was very healthy too. I havent tried it yet.
7. How did your family/friends/boyfriend react?
1. I have the best boyfriend on this planet and even he is not total vegan, he supports me a lot. He became vegetarian after we started to date, so Im really happy that my lifestyle inspired him. But because we live together,
I am vegan and I am the main cook in our kitchen, he is vegan for 80% :) He loves my food, loves my lifestyle and tries to be vegan, maybe just needs his time. Even though Im really proud of him :) My family tries to respect me, but honestly, parents arent very happy that I live this way.
My father is typical flesheater from village and doesnt understand it at all.
8. Where do you draw inspiration to recipes?
I studied Hotel Academy where cooking was a part of studies. I worked in restaurant for 3 years, too. Although I wasnt vegan and it wasnt vegan cooking, working there gave me some experiences. But still think cooking is my native talent :)
Sometimes I have inspiration from recipes from the Internet, sometimes just open the fridge and cook delicious meal by myself.
9. Do you have any “vegan tattoos”? What and where?
1. Yes, I do. My favorite one is cuttlery in „X„ shape with „V„ as veganism on my face :) Its on my left cheek and Im really proud of it. It expresses my love to cooking and to veganism. „X„ is a sign of Straight Edge philosophy I live with.
I have a little pig hunting little red heart on my shoulder too. I draw the designs of both of them, even tattooed piggy by myself :) There will be more vegan tattoos on my body in future for sure :)
10. What do you think about people who despise veganism?
Im not here to judge others. I live my best, do my best, my conscience is clear and I am happy. I just can say Im sorry about those who dont care about themselves, animals and our planet in general.
11. Thank You for your time, if you have got any last words GO ON!
You are very welcome :) Thank you for the opportunity to say my feelings to the world. I hope at least one person likes my ideas and thinks about it more. Maybe there will be another „new„ vegan on this planet just because of me :)
For everyone who considers to change their life, I should say that its not so easy to become vegan, mainly the beginning because of our eating habbits, but its totally worth it. Go for it, change yourself, change the world and be happy :)
Mirka X Mythra
Photos : Juraj Bartos
1.Hey, how is your day?
Hey! I’ve been a bit sick the last couple of days, but otherwise life’s good.
2.So as is customary first introduce you, your band, who are IRON and where are you from?
IRON is Thomas (me!) on vocals, Carl-Johan on drums, Yohanna on bass and Erik on guitar. We’re from Malmö in the very south of Sweden.
3.What straight edge and vegan lifestyle means to you and to other members? How did you became edge and vegan?
I can only speak for myself, but the vegan straight edge is immensely important to me, both personally and politically. Personally, I want to meet life’s challenges with clear eyes and a strong mind, so I can always try to be constructive and empowering.
Politically, being edge is an expression of solidarity with all the victims of intoxication culture and a way to promote effective resistance against the status quo. If you’re gonna fight, you gotta know what you’re doing. So if you’re gonna fight, fight sober.
Being vegan is a question of animal rights and environmental decency. The animal industry is such a fucking waste of lives and resources that I get filled with rage just by thinking of it.
I got into punk and hardcore in 1994, at the same time as bands like Refused and Earth Crisis broke through. Hardcore was huge then, and there was a lot of discussion about politics, straight edge and animal rights. I just felt it made sense to me.
4. What is your home scene like?
The scene in Malmö is great. Tons of really good bands and dedicated kids. The only bad thing are the lack of venues for all ages shows. Almost all shows are in bars.
5.What do you do when you are not touring?
I am a tattoo artist, Erik works in a vegan warehouse, Carl-Johan takes care of people with disabilities and Yohanna is a student. When we’re not on tour or practicing we hang out, eat pizza, take part in social movements, work out and go to shows.
6.What can we expect next from IRON?
We’re releasing our new album, Desperate Fight, in may. We’re also trying to get a tour organized around september.
7.Can you tell us story behind your new album? What are songs about? And what are your 2 favorite songs from album and story behind the lyrics?
The songs cover various things we find important to discuss, from veganism, science & space, to gender issues.
My two favourite songs are Get Out! and Songs of War. Get Out! is about sexism and homo/transphobia in the hardcore scene. Songs of War is about class struggle, fighting and winning. It’s also about the power of music and the way it unites us and creates common ground.
9.Have you any favorite new, old bands? Introduce us some.
There are so many bands that have been extremely important to me throughout the years, almost all of them from the 80’s & 90’s. Final Exit, 108, Bad Brains, Snapcase, Earth Crisis, Refused, Catharsis, DS-13, His Hero is Gone, Misfits, Amebix, Breach, Ebba Grön, Integrity etc etc.
„Newer“ bands you should check out are Night Fever, Hårda Tider, Concrete Cross, Primitve Rites, No Fealty, Låt Dom Hata Oss, Agent Attitude, Foreseen, xrepentancex and about a thousand that I forgot or don’t know about.
10.Have you any favorite show yet and if yes why is that show your favorite?
We’ve had a lot of really cool shows and it’s hard to choose which one was the best. Prague was awesome, Kassel was amazing, we’ve also done a couple of shows in Stockholm that were super cool. Sorry, can’t choose. Every show where people let loose and go insane.
Thank you for your time, if you have got any last words , just say them right now.
Thank you so much for your interest in us, thank you for doing your zine (so cool!) and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak my mind.
Go vegan, stay vegan and think about space. Space is the place.
My name is Bianca. I am from Slovakia/Bratislava. I am 16 years old and i am studying at Italian high school.
WHY I STARTED WITH MY WEBZINE?
For me hardcore music/scene means a lot in my life, so i decided to return everything good that hardcore gave to me by writing this zine.
and also it is great opportunity for me to start improving my englishhaha
So i just wanna thanks everybody who read this little zine, and i want to thanks Outcasst crew and hard-core.sk for sharing my webzine with friends.
1. So first can you introduce yourself, your band and how your band was founded?
Hey I’m Benni, I live in Vienna, Austria and i play bass guitar in the band Make My Day. Make My Day was founded in fall 2011 and after some line up changes I started to play in this band, because their old bassist left the band. First I was just a fill-in for their european tour with Bitter Verses in september 2013 and after the tour they wanted me to stay.
2. How did the name Make My Day came out?
-„Go ahead, make my day.“ - Dirty Harry
It’s from Clint Eastwoods movie Sudden Impact and I think the others really love this movie haha.
3.What is your favorite band right now? And what band is your ultimate favorite?
in the last few months I mostly listened to Balance & Composure and Brand New, two really amazing bands! It’s hard to say which is my absolutely favourite band but I think it’s Rise Against and Title Fight. But I like the old stuff of both bands more than the new stuff, but they are also really good.
4.Who introduced you and got you into hardcore? It was a band or a person?
After listening to many different bands and different types of music I found some hardcore bands and started to go on hardcore shows as well and really enjoyed it. So I think I slipped somehow into hardcore.
5.What do you do guys, when you are not touring?
- Everyone is working (shopkeeper and that stuff) except for me, I’m studying photography, cause I´m quite younger than the others haha. Arthur has a record label called „Last Note Records“ with some awesome bands on this label. Beside skating and playing video games I’m booking shows in Vienna and started a record label called „Featherlight Records“ with Mikey from New Native/Grey Years.
6.If you have got some last words go on!
- Don´t do unto others what you would not have done unto you, so
don´t be a dick. Thank you.
1. So first can you introduce yourself, your band and how band created?
- I am Justice from Angel Du$t. We’re a hardcore punk rock band created for the purpose of making people slam in the mosh pit.
2. I ask this question only for fun, if you have listen to only one album for the rest of your life, what it would be and why?
- This is such a tough one. The answer could change any time, but right now ill go with the misfits - static age. It’s so dynamic and explores so many feelings. It’s dark and scary, but warm and welcoming.
3. Can you reccomend us some bands to check out? Your favorite, new ones, old ones..
- I love take offense, Turnstile, Give, Cruel Hand, Rival Mob; but I’m sure you are familiar with most of them. Some cool newer bands that I like who may be flying under the radar include King 9, Criminal instinct, Freedom, Beware, Caught in a Crowd, Hard Stripes, and Friend or Foe. As for the classics we all know and love The Ramones, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Madball, Breakdown, Terror.
4. What are band future plans?
- We just recorded and LP that should be out in a few months. Going to tour a lot in the US when that comes out, we’re going to Europe with turnstile in August, then we’re basically open to playing anywhere to anyone who wants to hear us play our stupid songs.
5. What do you think about oppression of girls in hardcore scene?
- I think it does exist in the hardcore scene, but less than it does in the rest of the world. I feel like that type of behavior has existed in the world since always, but in a place like the hardcore scene we do have a few more enlightened and considerate people. Although it is still a problem everywhere, including our hardcore scene, and that is a battle we have to keep fighting worldwide until everyone knows better.
6. What is hardcore scene in your hometown?
In Baltimore, where I’m from, its small and everyone knows everyone. Bands like next step up, stout, and harsh truth set a precedent of heavy groovy styled hardcore similar but still very different from the style coming from New York. Today a band like turnstile or piece keeper carries that sound out in a way that is modern and original. But Baltimore is not exclusive to that sound we have lots of dynamic bands like mindset, give, praise, peace, in between, and so on. Everyone knows everyone. When I was a kid, Baltimore was a lot scrappier. People liked to fight. Though, in 2014, I feel like the hardcore scene is more welcoming then ever.
7. What do you do when you are not touring?
- I don’t know. When I’m not on tour I have no idea what to do with myself! I spent the last 6 months writing music in my room alone for 5-8 hours a day. I lift weights a little. I work odd jobs here and there I get by. I just barely get by financially. I’m broke and that’s ok. I’ve been moving around a lot. Moved from Baltimore to Richmond to Atlanta back to Baltimore recently. Now I don’t know where I live. I have good friends and my family who let me sleep on their couches. It’s getting to the time in my life where I know I have to focus on making money and building a life for myself, but I won’t do it unless it allows me to make music on my terms.
8. Tell us about your 2 favorite songs from Xtra-raw (btw. incredibly perfect album) and whats the story behind the lyrics?
- Cool question! My favorite songs would maybe be ”rage” and ”jean shorts”. Both have good energy and the lyrics are about being so mad. The general idea for the lyrics and the record was to find a minimalistic approach to saying the things that we all think while trying to say it in a different way than other bands in 2014. Some of the lyrics are about sex and love. Some appear to be about sex when they are not. ”Extra raw” is about keeping hardcore stripped down and influenced by punk, but its meant to sound like its about having unprotected sex.
9. Thank you so much for your time! I cant wait to hear some new songs from Angel Du$t, of you have got some last words go on!
- Thanks for taking time to ask and hear what I think. Hardcore punk rock is cool. Squat below parallel. Take care of your pets and respect your mother. Very cool interview! I enjoyed the questions. Thanks!!
1. Hey quys, what are you doing right now? When you are not touring or in a concert?
- We are currently in the works of recording another song, or a few of them and hopefully releasing one. We’re not on tour at the moment, and are just playing shows as they come.
2. So who is Upperground, tell us about band history? And how was created name of your band - Upperground?
- We’re just 4 good friends who really enjoy listening to, and playing hardcore music I guess. Not much band history as of yet, we only started 3 or 4 months ago!
But it started with me just telling our guitarist, Harry, that I wanna start a band and he just took my idea and made it into reality, it was really cool to see it unravel so quickly.
Our name came from us standing in an elevator as our bassist Aron pressed the upperground level button in the lift and he just kinda blurted out the idea of it being our band name, we all laughed at first, but then it stuck.
3. Why female vocals?
- It’s not something we even thought about. We didn’t start this band because I am a novelty, or a benchmark for women in hardcore, it was just like, you know, I wanna play this music, let’s just do it.
4. What do you think about oppression of girls in hardcore scene?
- I think misogyny is extremely prevalent within our hardcore community internationally, but in juxtaposition, I also think it is rapidly evolving into a place of acceptance. It’s weird, because also, in retrospect.
I don’t think women would have such an impact within hardcore, if it weren’t so out of place and unaccepted.
5.Who showed you hardcore music? And recommend us please some of your favorite bands.
My brother, who plays drums, he introduced me to hardcore and I’m very glad he did. Some personal favourites of mine would include: Warbrain, Survival, Legions, Imprisoned, Mood Swing, Downside, Leeway, Turnstile, Cruel Hand.
6. Trapped Under Ice or Rotting out?
-Trapped Under Ice
7. Bad Brains of Black Flag?
- I don’t listen to either in all honesty haha
8. Thanks for interview, last words or shout outs?
Yeah, just a big, general shout out to anyone who has even given our release a listen and not liked it at all. We’re really happy people are giving it a go, that is enough for us, so thank you. . And thank you for your time!