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Beerzone
11/05/99

 

Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

Started playing live July 97..to date have played just under 70 gigs with 30 other dates already confirmed including dates in America, France & Belgium. We have played with Test-Tubes, Anti-Nowhere League, UK Subs, 999, Vibrators, One Way System and are playing HITS in Morecambe on the Saturday but get there early we're first on. Line-up has never changed ( fingers crossed ) and is Adam - Guitar, Spike - Bass, Bryza - Stix and Iain - Frontman.

Discography.

Beer Here Now - 4 track cd released December 97
Life in the Beerzone - 5 track cd released July 98
Gazza Gazza - 3 track cd and coloured vinyl 7" out next Monday 17th May

Has any band member played in other bands, if so what?

Some of us played in an eighties punk band Intensive Care who played around 100 gigs and had 7 releases out but called it a day 1989 due to work commitments etc. We got back together to play two benefit gigs to raise money for our guitarist's, Liam Knight, family after he was tragically knocked down and killed in summer 1990. The money helped pay funeral costs, a bench in the town and the rest went to the local sick children's ward at Crawley Hospital.

Another reason why we called it a day was we were fed up to the back teeth with politics in music as we just wanted to get out and play music and to try and entertain people but back then in the eighties politics was very much involved in the music scene and because we were not really political we were automatically assumed to be politically opposite to people who offered us gigs which we turned down when the gigs were of a political nature. We have always thought it is about playing music and that's all we've ever been about. It is sad when politics get so enmeshed in music, music should be about enjoyment.

Describe your sound.

It's hard to describe our sound as I am in the band but a lot of people think we are in the same vein as the Test-tube babies because all our songs try to be topical/fun and having a not too serious poke at this crazy world we live in. We are also told we are very lively and powerful on stage but you'll have to judge for yourself.

Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what?

We try not to do too many covers these days but do know loads of them and throw some in now and again, which include: Smash it Up - Damned, Somebody - Rezillos, Complete Control - Clash, Ace of Spades - Motorhead, Let's lynch the landlord - Dead Kennedys, Maniac - Test-Tubes and Alternative Ulster - SLF.

If you could see any band play live, either of the past or present who would it be?

The Pistols as I was abroad when they did their re-union gigs the other year. I have seen all the other main punk bands over the years. Present bands would be Dropkick Murphys but I saw them a few weeks ago at the Garage in Highbury.

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

Sculptures - Rezillos: Adam
The day the country died - Subhumans: Spike,
Dead Cities - Exploited: Bryza
No Invitation - Test-tubes: me.

Do you think street music will rise again?

There is plenty of life in the punk scene at present in the UK but a real lack of organisation. Bands seem to be in little groups instead of all pulling together which is a shame but I suppose it has always been that way in Britain to an extent. There seem to be more bands about which is a good sign and if you look in Kerrang it now has a fair bit on Punk bands but in their gig-guide there are always punk gigs on somewhere which is an improvement.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

We just want to keep playing as we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves and have dates arranged all over the place at present from Aberdeen ( being finalised ) to Isle of Wight not counting the dates abroad.

Releases: Apart from the new single out next week thru Cargo distribution we have a split 7" single coming out June/July with New Jersey punk band the Bristles who are a very popular band in the States and our debut album is 3/4 finished and will be out around August/September.

Any final comments?

Keep up the good work and just try and make the effort to get along and support punk/streetpunk bands when they are playing your area as bands put a lot of hard work and effort into arranging gigs often to lose money so everyone should try and do their bit by attending shows.