tisdag 22 december 2015

Diverse scenkaraktärer summerar 2015 - Ramon (The Upset etc)

Paco avrundar 2015 med att låta scenkaraktärer från Sverige och utlandet enligt ett standardiserat formulär och ur ett subkulturellt perspektiv utvärdera 2015. De "intervjuer" som är gjorda med icke svenskspråkiga har jag låtit bli att översätta, såväl för att spara tid som för att inte omedvetet färga svaren.

Ytterligare en katalan - den här gången subkulturella illustratören samt sångaren i The Upset - Ramon! 

Music Release of the Year: There's a few I really like, in no particular order: - 45 Adapters Patriots not fools -Black BallCoward's Punch -No ResistanceNova Methodus -No Parole EP -La Force dans la Oi! Vol.2 - FreedomUSA Hardcore - ReconquestaRecupera el que et pertany ...I guess I could go on for a while, so we'll leave it there

Best gig of the year:  Beach Beer Chaos is always special to me. This year all bands played really good shows. And the most important, everyone had a good time. That's why we keep doing it, and I guess that's why we have already sold almost half of the tickets in less than two days. Then with The Upset we had tons of fun in Dresden playing at the Contra Summer Bash with Rixe, On The Job and many others. And Pogorausch was brilliant too, great bands, good ambience and way too much booze. And about gigs attending as audience Komintern Sect with Bishops Green in Barcelona was good too. I almost forgot! A few weeks ago Shipwrecked played in Valencia with La Oposición. That was a hell of a show!

Biggest disappointment of the year/worst release: Last Crusade calling it a day right before the release of their brilliant album. I was lucky to see them play in Paris in March with Rixe and Secret Army and gotta say that was awesome. Long time I wasn't that pleasantly surprised by a new band. It's sad we won't see them play their album live anymore! About worst release... honestly I can't think of something really disappointing, the records I didn't like I already knew they were not going to.

Some other thoughts on the scene 2015? Did something special, bad, sad or spectacular happen?  Well, it seems after a few years of some kind of skinhead explosion, things are going back to "normal". Hopefully some of the decent people will stay around and start bands, promoting gigs etc... Sadly, gossip and rumours and scene cops pointing fingers at people for whatever they think is a reason to is still a thing. That's why we can't have nice things, they say... And the music scene lost some important people lately, that's always sad.

What's your plans for 2016? The Upset are going to play some gigs next year. Galiza in January, Italy and France in March, Germany in June. In the meantime, we'll try to finish our new songs and get them recorded and released! I plan to keep drawing and designing nice stuff for good bands and labels as much as I can. And for gigs, we've just announced the line up for BBC'2016, with a couple of Swedish bands, so we expect to see you all there again! Thanks for the interview, it's always good to squeeze the braincells answering interesting questions! Keep up the good work!

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