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The Pride
20/12/1999



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

We started in the middle 80's with a punk band called The Mushrooms. At the beginning off the 90's we decided to change our name in to The Pride. The music changed from simple punk rock to old school streetpunk. The line up has never changed and still is :

Steve : guitars and vocals
Berca : guitars and vocals
Chris : Bass
Patrick : Drums

Discography.

The Mushrooms :
EP To drunk to Fuck

The Pride :
EP Fresh and Burning
CD No Holding Back
EP The History of ...
CD And the Glory
CD Life After

Do you think oi bands on the continent have a different sound to British Oi bands? Explain.

I think that Belgian Oi Bands even an Oi band from Holland are related to the British Oi sound while German and French Oi bands have more a sound of their own. When you here a lot of new Oi bands I come to the conclusion that a lot of these bands and specially the American band have more a sound that is very much related to the hardcore scene.

What are the main themes in the lyrics?

The lyrics in our songs are practically about everything you can imagine. We have songs about social problems, working class spirit and when we are out off inspiration we start about women and booze. Anyway our lyrics are not always that serious because having a lot off fun is one off the main themes in our band.

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

Steve : This is my world (The Crack)
Berca : Should have known better (The Business)
Chris : Our House (Madness)
Patrick : Skinhead girl (Bad Manners)

What is the best gig The Pride have ever done and who else was on the line-up?

The best gig we've ever done was in Dresden ( East Germany) together with Section 5. There were about 800 people who all went crazy during the gig when both bands played. Seeing about 400 people doing the pogo was an amazing sight.

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

I think the scene in Belgium is OK Sometimes there are riots because of a little group of Antwerp that are making a sport out of it to mess up gigs because of political bullshit and blaming skinheads to be nazi's. For the rest we have a very tight scene where everybody knows each other and that always results in big parities with lots of fun and beer beer beer...

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

We just released our new album Life After on Hit records and in March we are going on tour in Europe. We're also asked to play in Ostend for Darren Russels Holiday in the Sun in May.

Any final comments?

Thanks you for your interest for the band and to all who stood by us in the past and present Cheers.


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