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

Waster consists of Mike Rivis - vocals and guitar, Hank Bartram - guitar and backing vocals, Rob Ing - bass and backing vocals with Rich Hardy currenty on Drums.

Both Hank and Rich joined Waster at the start of this year (Hank joining 3 days prior to recording Shut Up & Listen - clever twat! The new guys really charged up our sound and energy and recently we've have had some shit hot gigs because of it. Prior to this We have been on the go for around a year but existing on and off for about 2 or 3 years using various crap names. We're sticking with this name now!

We come from a small town 25 miles north of York called Kirkbymoorside. We try to get around thought and have recently played venues in London & other major cities, filmed for TV and recorded Shut Up & Listen earlier in the year.


2001 The Waster EP
2002 Shut Up & Listen

If you were writing a review about Waster, how would you describe the band?

Simply : Four strange creatures puking up fast, catchy, kick ass anthemic punk tunes.

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

With the exception of Rob, the youngest member of our family all the rest of us have played in other bands. Nothing too serious, you know the usual pub covers and stuff.

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

Mike's favourite song is a new Waster track called "Don't Know What You're Missing" which hasn't been played live yet but promises to be shit hot!!
Hank - "Timebomb" by Racid
Rob - "Orion" by Metallica
Rich - some crazy metal shit so who cares!

What can people do to make the scene grow - what has your experience of promoters etc been?

It is nothing new but we are trying to set up Street Teams based in the different cities/towns we are playing who dish out shed loads of posters and flyers well in advance of the gig. It would be good for all bands to have access to a register or email list of enthusiasts who would willing to do this in different cities for our genre of music. Maybe as a start Punk & Oi could put up an email link asking anyone who might be interested. We're convinced there are plenty of people who like punk orientated music but aren't sure where and when to find it. It's also down to the bands to make more effort to plug gigs and sell CD's etc and not necessarily rely on a hardcore (but very valued) selection of fans.

Name the best 5 releases of the past 12 months?

Waster "Shut Up & LIsten" (sorry had to be done)
Rancid/NOFX cover album thingymajig
The Hives "Your new favourite band"
Joey Ramone "Don't worry about me" and
SOAD "Toxity"

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

York is the nearest place to us which is building up a half decent punk scene. There's plenty of up and coming young bands and a couple of venues that are keen to put on the bands. It's definately worth checking out considering it's only a small city.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2002.

We should have a TV appearance coming real soon, details of which will be on our web site. We are also planning to go into the studio again before around the end of August which will be followed by a London and UK tour and then hopefully a small US tour.

Any final comments?

Check out our website www.wasterhq.com other than that...like the CD says!

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