Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Update about #4

The machine has slowly been put in motion and all the contributors are working hard.
Records are being reviewed now and the interviews are almost all done.
Here the list of the contents for the next issue:

INTERVIEWS:

KURT BLOCH
GO LIKE HELL
THE TEMPORAL SLUTS

CS PROFILE SERIES:

DR. BOOGIE (Los Angeles)
GRANDE ROYALE (Sweden)
S.O.A.B. (Italy)

A new Chikara tournament has been reviewed as well and a couple of pieces about local bands are on their way.

PLUS 40 records reviews!

be patience and soon you'll have a new copy of CITY SLANG 'ZINE in your loyal hands.

Cheers

Dee

Sunday, August 23, 2015

City Slang #4

We are starting the new issue of our little fanzine. got a lot of records to review and some cool interviews for ya! Stay tuned here!
if you wanna place an ad on the zine you know where to contact us.
cheers!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

THE LEECHES

We interviewed them on our second issue and in just ten days they will be here in Seattle when their first US West Coast Tour will start. Do yourself a favor and, if you live near one of the nine cities that will be invaded by these pizza eaters, go see them live.




If you haven't gotten your copy, and you should fix that now, here's the full interview to introduce you to this punk rock powerhouse.  


Lake Como is known all over the world for a few things, but I'm pretty sure punk rock ain’t one of them. This misconception is about to change. A handful of bands are fighting tooth and nail to keep the punk rock flame alive and kicking. If you already know Temporal Sluts and Faz Waltz, you are on the right path to redemption. For over 12 years these four juvenile delinquents spread their gospel all over Europe, and finally they got what they deserve: Dessert. Ladies and Gents, I present you the Undisputed Fat Rock Heavyweight Champions of the world. The Leeches. Here are their adventures according to Massi, singer and bass player in the band.

Interview: Miguel Basetta - Translation: SeawolfDee, Angelatini - Photos: Homeboy Photography and Paolo Proserpio



Ok, so for a starter, when did The Leeches start and what's the origin of your name.


We formed in the winter of 2002. We picked up the name from the movie “Stand By Me”. In the movie there's a scene in which the kids are trying to cross a swamp and half way  through they are attacked by leeches and Teddy Dychamp, Corey Feldam’s character, starts screaming “Leeeeeches!” We thought it was the best thing ever.

At the beginning you guys were a trio, right?

Yes. We started as a trio with me singing and playing bass. Messicano on guitar duty and Mone on drums. Me and Mone had already played together in a band called Orange Juice from the Crypt and after that band broke up it just felt natural to keep going on together. We recruited Messicano from another local punk rock band called Serena Grandi Fans Boys.

Who are your influences?

That's easy! Angry Samoans, The Adolescents and all the first wave of punk hardcore bands from California; bands that we already liked when we were in OJFTC and when it was about time to start this new project keeping on the same path was a no-brainer. During the years we added some rock n roll elements to our sound after listening to Iggy & the Stooges and The Devil Dogs.

Your first release was a split cd with The Good Ol'Boys if I'm not mistaken. Is that correct?

Yep. Our very first release was in fact a split cd with The Good Ol'Boys, (for you who don't know, GOB was your editor's band when he was still in Italy) Dee's band. I believe it came out in 2003. GOB were supposed to put out a couple of split 7”s, but both projects went belly up and they found themselves with a bunch of songs and no record. Was exactly at that moment that, after my other band Mauser broke up, we formed The Leeches and we already had a bunch of songs ready to go. We all used to hang out together, us and the guys in GOB, all the time so it came naturally. It was supposed to be a split 7” but at the end we recorded so many songs that we opted for a CD. We used to play together all the time all over Italy. I remember, like it was yesterday, some memorable shows in Brianza, Milan, La Spezia at La Skaletta Rock Club (one of the best punk rock venues in Europe) and so on. But now I'm side tracked…

After that you released quite a few records.

The split was only the beginning and now we can count 4 full length LP’s (Fun is Dead, Eat The Leeches, Get Serious and Underwater) a couple of 7” a split 10” with Temporal Sluts and a “Best Of” for our tenth anniversary. Not bad for a lousy punk rock band, huh?


When did you decide was time to add a second guitar?

Right after the CD split we felt something was missing and after a little bit we figured out it was a second guitar and we asked Freddie to join the band. We found Freddie in an old barn outside of Cantu', our hometown, surrounded by old car wrecks, horses, bows and arrows and bullets. It was obvious he was the perfect guy.

I know you guys play a lot. How many shows would you estimate you have played?

I believe we have played something around 600 shows so far. No one ever kept track of that. We mostly played Italy but we went abroad several times: Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Austria to name a few. I believe our golden era, when we played all the time, was between 2005 and 2010.

The best and worst show you've ever played?

I’d start with the worst: I remember that one time in Sardinia when we played on the sidewalk in a resort in front of French and German tourists that could care less about us. That night scarred me for life. Another time we played in a pizzeria in Switzerland for a middle school prom. The cook (ok, the guy that was making pizza) jumped on stage and requested a Green Day song. We didn't know the song but he started singing anyway and all the kids went nuts. What a night.

Ok but you had some great nights too, right? Any unusual anecdotes you wanna share with us?

Oh man, I have plenty of those! I remember the guys in Bad Religion in the backstage getting massages right before the show when we played The Alcatraz in Milan with them. I'm not talking about the kind with a happy ending. Danko Jones sitting in the locker room checking stuff on line constantly.

Is it true that Danko Jones looks like Messicano?

Well, they look alike a lot but he's way skinnier than our axe man. But Messicano is definitely better looking. I don't know what’s up with him but he gets better and better year after year. He's like Benjamin Buttons I guess. He gets younger…but I'm digressing again. What was I talking about? Ah yes, shows! We played with The Adolescents a few times and we ended up becoming good friends with them. They are awesome people. We played also with Agent Orange and Turbonegro lately and those were cool shows, too.


What can you tell me about the time you opened for Blink 182.

Oh boy, what a nightmare! We played this huge outdoor festival in Bologna, called Independence Day, in front of a crowd of 15,000 kids. We had so many people in front of us, obviously not there to see our show,  that they almost immediately turned into a mush in front of our eyes. It felt like there was nobody there. And if you add to the fact that there was a gap between the stage and the crowd of almost 200 feet you get the point of how surreal it was. It was also the middle of August and there was a temperature of a million degrees. Never again. If I have to pick a show among all the ones we played recently, as the best one, I'd definitely choose the one with The Dictators NYC. I adore that frikking band!

Do you play any Dictators' cover live? 

Oh yes we play quite a few: “The Party Starts Now”, “Who Will Save Rock 'n'Roll?”, “I Stand Tall”. Ok, but we play this last one only to warm up at rehearsal.

Do you play any other covers when you play live?

Oh yes. We like to please our crowd so we have a few sing-alongs just to keep everyone in party mode till the end of our set, you know the classic stuff: The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick. Stuff like that. We like to add some covers to our records too but usually we pick less famous songs. Lately we recorded Tom Petty's “I Need To Know” (that I know has being covered by other bands) and

“Me 262” by Blue Oyster Cult, band that we like a lot. And as a matter of fact the guys in the Dictators like them too, and when we played with them Mone was wearing a BOC t-shirt and all the guys in the band went crazy. Especially Ross the Boss. And they are also Daniel Ray's favorite band. He told us that in the studio.

That was gonna be my next question! Right before that show you went into the studio to cut your latest record “Underwater” with Daniel Ray. How did that happen?

Our record label, Tre Accordi Records, set it up. We were talking with the guys in The Valentines, another band that was on our label, that  worked with Daniel Ray on their last record and they told us they loved it. At that point we got all excited about the possibility of maybe working with him, and we asked our boss if he could make it happen and he said yes. At the same time we played with CJ Ramone, he was touring with him, so when we met we suggested that and since he liked us he sais yes right away. We recorded with him “Underwater” at Saman Studio in Milan in ten days.

How was the experience of recording with a guy like Daniel Ray?

He's a very reserved and gentle person. He worked with us, helped us with the song writing but without imposing himself. He played on some tracks and sang back up vocals. The acoustic guitar that you hear in the  intro of the song “Into the Storm” is in fact played by the man himself. He insisted.

Speaking of “Into the Storm”; tell me something about your lyrics. Where do they come from?

I'm definitely influenced by movies, history and food. Tales of sea monsters, zombies and food but sometimes I like to go deeper. What is my secret ingredient? My not so perfect but straight to the point English that makes everything interesting and funny at the same time. We don't take ourselves very seriously.

Name three movies that influenced you that can explain what The Leeches are all about.

As I said before “Stand By Me” is definitely in the top three for obvious reasons. Then I have to name “A Nightmare on Elm Street”; “Dream Warriors” was the first single out of our third record and you bet your ass it’s about Freddy! Last but not least there’s this movie called “ La grande Abbuffata” that is one of those 70’s Italian masterpieces with the great Marcello Mastroianni that is about food. I'd also like to add some movie trivia here: in this movie there's another great Italian actor, probably not well known in the US, called Ugo Tognazzi that is cousin to our buddy Roby of Temporal Sluts. It doesn't matter but I have to share this with you anyway.


You also released four videos so far and they all could be considered short movies. Wanna talk about them?

We released four videos so far. One for each record. The first two, “Big Gorilla” and “Fun is Dead” were two short self explanatory stories while “Dream Warriors” and “Piranha Boys” were part of a more complex  plot. Think about a monster movie divided into two mini-episodes. The first one about an Italian werewolf terrorizing Messicano in some forest in the south of Europe, and the second one where our heroes, yes us, had to fight a vicious humanoid piranha coming out of a lake somewhere in northern Italy. There's actually another video in the making but considering how slow we are, it will probably be out for our 20th anniversary in 2022 .
You have different side projects, to keep you busy. You also play in Alpha Flight, right?

Yes, I do. I play in Alpha Flight with two ex Good Ol'Boys. At the beginning it was an instrumental band with two bass players and one drummer. After a little I joined the band as guitarist and our friend Carolina got the singer gig. Why two bassists? No frikkin idea. But they sound really good together. One plays straight bass lines while the other is more like a mix between a lead guitar and a keyboard. Does that make any sense at all? Playing live is a challenge but is also fascinating. We put out a CD a year ago and a new 7” is coming out right now.

What do you like better? Playing bass and singing like you do with The Leeches or just playing guitar?

If I have to be honest, I’d rather just sing or play bass. But I always complain and I guess challenges are what make you stronger, right?

Can you explain  to me how in the hell you and Mone ended up playing in TV Smith's band? (TV Smith of the Adverts, in case you were wondering)

We need to go back and talk about The Valentines. At one point they were his touring backing band and right before one of their European tours, the drummer had to step out for personal reasons so they asked Mone to join them. The next year the bass player had to cancel too, so they asked me, I learned all the songs and joined them for their tour. We also played The Rebellion Festival (the most important punk festival in England) and I had a blast. TV Smith is the  most humble person you will ever meet. He was so grateful and never stopped thanking us even if, believe you me, we were the ones that should do the thanking. One night Gaye Advert showed up and she was standing right there in front of me. It was like being back in school for the finals. I was a nervous wreck. She’s retired now and they live in Sheperd Bush, the same neighborhood where The Clash started.



Your show are known for being crazy and out of control. Do you ever plan what you're going to do on stage?

During the last part of the set I hand the bass to Freddie, so that I can focus on singing, and that's when the magic happens. Usually I get naked and I start throwing food at the audience. Sometimes I don't do that. It's not really set in stone. I just go with the flow. I'm a huge movie geek and I'd like to get into the movie biz or performing art eventually. I’m also a devoted Alice Cooper disciple so I take any chance I get to add some acting to my performance. You can see everything at our shows, especially food fights. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don't. We are there to entertain the crowd, but first of all we wanna have some fun on stage and we wanna make every Leeches show a memorable one.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Issue

We are already receiving lots of material to review for the next issue and some of these records are pretty cool. Also throwing some ideas around about who we should interview and such...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

City Slang #3

...We Are Ready...




CAPTAIN'S LOG: Third issue. Who would have thought that this little dream of mine would have lasted this long? No, don’t worry. I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon. I’m just stating the fact that I'm pleased on how everything turned out for the first two issues and, knowing that people from all over the world care about what this old fart has to say, it warms my wrinkly heart. First of all, If you looked at page three, you probably noticed that the number of collaborators improved exponentially and I thank you all for payin’ attention to my last Captain’s Log and answering the call. But I gotta be honest; this issue has been hard to pull together. Not complaining about the, strongly solicited but un-expected, help at all but it comes with the territory that the more heads involved, the more mouth are gonna talk. The aspect that saddened me the most was the staggering number of people that bailed out at the last minute or simply just dropped from the face of the earth after swearing on (put here your most sacred book or most precious album) that they’d deliver. They obviously didn’t. Lesson learned. But lest’s move on to better topics, shall we? So many great records came out in the last six months, especially from our local scene, and we did our best to review as many as possible. More exiting news! The Funhouse is back! Its was so weird to have paid tribute to them on the last issue, if you noticed the details in the cover artwork, as one of the fallen clubs and have them back with an interview to the owners to celebrate their new adventure in a new location! Ah! We love happy endings...anyway...It looks like Rock is slowly coming back in Seattle after a very dark couple of years. Almost every active band is putting out new material in 2015, including the frikkin’ Sonics (can you believe that?) and a bunch of bands that were on a hiatus are slowing getting back on track. Now tell me again Rock ‘n’Roll is dead! But for sure, as my friend Earle noticed, is aging. This was actually a very interesting topic. Are there any true new Rock ‘n’ Roll acts out there? I mean, new blood? If you think about it, the “new” bands are all formed by veterans and I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the groups that have kids in them. Is this the same everywhere? Are we really the last generation that believes in the power of the electric guitar? Not in Europe though! I've been contacted by so many new European bands lately it almost left me speechless. To quote Earle again “They like their rock in Europe”. You can bet your ass they do! But we are not hopeless here. If they only stop playing all those pointless, super fast, metal scales and focus on writing epic riffs, the situation would be definitely better. But we are getting there and I’m ready to bet on an all new generation of rockers that will stomp of those stages soon. In the meantime, if we can find our walkers, we will keep them entertained.



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New LIVE! Page to help promote local shows

Here it is folks!
Now there a new and easy way to find out what's happening in town.
You feel like going out and check out some of the PNW talent? Easy! Just check out our brand new LIVE! page and you'll know where to go in a second. Let us do all the dirty work for ya!
And if you are in a band and want City Slang Zine to help you promote your next show, send us an email here!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Good news for the Seattle Punk Rock/Rock 'n' Roll scene!!!

SEATTLE, WA – March 9, 2015 – Seattle’s live music scene is getting a boost as The Funhouse’s Brian Foss and Bobby Kuckelburg and El Corazon’s Dana Sims announce a joint partnership, effective April 1st.
Foss and Kuckelburg join Sims in ownership and co-management of El Corazon, the legendary Eastlake Avenue venue that operated as ground zero for the Seattle grunge scene. The building — which is now owned by the partners, thus insuring the club’s long-term survival — has a storied history extending back to the early part of the last century, most notably as the Off Ramp in the ‘90s. After the sudden closure of The Funhouse in 2012, El Corazon became one of the last remaining live music venue catering to the local scene in the downtown area — a position that will be strengthened and solidified through this partnership.
The venue’s main showroom will be referred to and branded as El Corazon. The room currently referred to as the El Corazon Lounge will be re-branded and referred to as The Funhouse and will be opening earlier in the day for happy hour, seven days a week, with the Funhouse mascot Spike The Clown watching over the proceedings. Both rooms will feature live music regularly.
Foss and Sims will handle booking duties, while Kuckelburg (who also owns and manages the nearby Victory Lounge) will focus on bar and kitchen management. Other ownership/management duties will be shared.
Changes will be a stronger presence of ownership, a rededication to better customer service and artist relations, and an increase in quality shows/bookings.
El Corazon — which consistently outpaces other well-known venues like Neumos and The Crocodile on Pollstar’s Worldwide Ticket Sales ranking for Club Venues — just celebrated its 10th anniversary in February. Sims, Foss and Kuckelburg look forward to serving the local music scene for decades to come.
“I’ve been a business owner in the Cascade neighborhood for the last 17 years,” says Kuckelburg. “Every day we see Seattle change bit by bit and maybe it’s not to our liking, With the three of us joining forces and by purchasing the building, the local music and bar scene can be assured there’ll be a place for people to come together, to enjoy quality live music, and to collaborate and share ideas over a few pints for years to come.”


WELCOME BACK FUNHOUSE!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

CITY SLANG #3

We just started the new issue of City Slang. If you're a writer and wanna help or you own a business and wanna place an ad, contact us at cityslangzine@gmail.com