CROSSBONE FEST - saturdayayayayay

Whoa, man. Must've been the best day of my life.
After waking up on a cold floor I went to the venue. The party didn't start until 5 pm but there were possibilities to hang out and stuff so that was good. Besides the hangouts, the swimming session, the jokes, the anti-hangover beers, the stupid woman at the sandwichbar and the general fun, Saturday was full of awesome bands.

Starting out with Off The Charts. I came in stomping during the second song or something because I love those guys and they play great music. The show pretty much sucked, though, haha. The songs sounded good, I'm superstoked for the new songs. They also played Off With Their Heads' Clear The Air, which is also a great song. Good guys! They also brought me pizza (which I yet have to pay, haha), so that's a win as well!

Next band was Tyred Eyes. Swedish garage punk band with a pretty lady on guitar and a Mario-look-a-like stereotyoe Swedish guy on bass. The bass sounded super bad-ass, by the way. It got my bass-boner going for sure. The songs were great, the show was good, just all-round a great band!

I didn't see Impo & The Tents because I interviewed Mikey Erg. I didn't see International Diamond Thieves because I didn't care about them, sorry. I kinda liked Teenage Gluesniffers but all the songs sounded the same so it wasn't really interesting. They did cover Jawbreaker's Boxcar and that was great.

But then the party started and it literally didn't stop. Every band was a band I wanted to see. Starting out with the Bat Bites. Holy fuck they're such a good band, and they played such a good show. I was singing along while eating pizza and when I finished my pizza I was dancing a bit. Their songs are great, the Joan Jett cover was great and they rule.

The Windowsill played next and they are also really cool. The show wasn't up to scratch, I guess, but I sang along cause the songs are just so dman catchy. Marino's voice rules.

The Dauntless Elite also played, and I was stoked to see them. It was their last day on tour, and they played a fine show. I sang along when I knew the lyrics, and sometimes I also sang along when I didn't know the words. I danced a bit. They definitely deserved more attention, cause they're awesome. Nicolas Cage also thought so. Their new record is amazing, check it!

Next: The Accelerators. They're a great band, but I didn't care to really check them out at the time. Sorry guys.

The Hotlines, though, they killed it. Wow, what a fucking awesome show. Including all their hit songs, 2 Queers covers (Psycho Over You and See You Later Fuckface) and a keyboard player.Song For All The Girls is such a great song. Great show, danced a lot, sang a lot, had a fucking lot of fun. WHOO!

The Real Danger put on an insane show, including OpIvy and Undertones covers, great songs of their own.

The Priceduifkes started World War III, with punk rock music. I think they played a House Boat cover, I could be wrong though. Insane either way, they're sooooo good.

I don't really have words for the show Mikey Erg did. He started out with Introduing Morissey, went on to play Hey Jealousy on request, WHICH WAS THE BEST THING EVER IN MY WHOLE LIFE AND NOTHING WILL TOP THAT. Then hit song after hit song, Ergs! songs, solo songs, covers, and as encore he played some Dopamines songs, while the crowd was on stage singing, he played a Copyrights song, he played all these bitchin' songs and it was the best thing ever. I almost cried I think. Da is echt nen hele goeie mens.

I'm sad I couldn't see his acoustic show yesterday, but I loved every minute of his show.

Thanks a whole fucking lot, Lost Youth Records, Crossbonefest, for my favourite weekend ever.
I don't want stuff like this to end, it's just perfect. I'm watching punk rock shows, I'm hanging out with some of the coolest people ever, I meet so many new people, I get fucking shitfaced, I laugh my ass off, I fall on my baking house (dutchism) a whole lot and I don't give a fuck about anything but having fun.

Punk rock is literally the best thing that happened to me. I'm getting emotional now.



CROSSBONE FEST - fridayayayayayay

Without any doubt one of the best weekends I will have this year. (Other contestants are th Groezrock festival and the Summer In October festival)
Let's start off by giving "mad props" (this means "a lot of praise") for everyone who helped to set up Crossbone fest. Holy fuck, it was insane.

It all started on Friday, which is hardcoreday. After eating a pizza that was way too cheesy (no pun) I arrived at the venue in time to catch the first band. That was Trapped Inside. There's a girl singing, and some dudes playing hardcore music. I'm not a hardcorekid, and the hardcore I do listen to will probably be frowned upon by the hardcorekids, so I'm just gonna go with 'good show'. I don't really know. Could've been really great, could've been mediocre. It wasn't bad!
DRS/Dr. Schnabel played next. They're a couple of kids from the other side of the country coming to play fast trashy hardcore. That's cool!
I didn't really get Conviction. Not the cup of tea of mine.
Get Wise was cool. I don't know. they had a good vibe. I was getting pretty drunk. Good music to hit people by.
Shredder was cool and all.
Rebuild played a home game. I moshed and got hit in the head a lot so I stopped. I'm a fragile kid, and Rebuild's fans aren't. Awesome show, this is an amazing band. I finally managed to get the EP, stoked! You should get it too! And if you're a tough dude, you should mosh at their shows!
Insanity Alert was really awesome. Crossover band with Heavy Kevy/Kevin Aper/Kevin Stout. He rules, and the rest of the band as well. Really cool songs, cool performance and all that.
Didn't really see Vitamin X.
Mikey Erg & the Pricepigeons played a set of hardcore and punk classics which was great. Started out with Project X, and further on they covered Descendents, Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, Psyched To Die and Black Flag I think. It was great. It's fun to dance to Straight Edge Revenge while being shitfaced. It's also fun to dance, period. Mikey Erg is a really good person.

Afterparty was good, don't remember a lot. Jelle Gommers took over the DJ booth so it must've been good. Danced, got drunkererer and eventually just left for no reason. Kinda weird.

Slept horribly, but felt really great.



Zine #5 is out today! 50 cents, 20 A5 pages, black'n'white!

- interviews with Alex "Jerk Store Zine" Leech, Like Bats, Be My Doppelganger
- write-up about Estonian hardcore by Bram
- various rantings about punkrock and related stuff
- record reviews
- downloadable mix

#3 and #4 are also still available!


Line Out+F.O.D.

Wednesday night I decided to check out Line Out and F.O.D. in Antwerp punk rock city. Antwerp is far from a punk rock city. It sucks. There were not many people in de Rots. Like, 2 or 3 I guess.

Line Out is an Italian punkrock band, on tour. They were super shy but put on a decent show. Taking sounds from power pop, melodic punk rock and straight catchy pop punk, they played some nice tunes I'd gladly hear again. unfortunately they didn't have any recordings (with them). Real cool band, and they even were kinda excited they got to play for a lousy 3 people, so I think that's admirable. Check them out please!

F.O.D. played a show. It was... "aight". Nothing more to say about it, haha. But they're really great guys and were pretty funny on stage as well. So check them out too, normally they put on a good show!


What up hardcore?

Hardcore has a lot of things to offer. Good music, meaningful lyrics, a sense of unity, helpfulness, also parties, dancing in various ways and feeling emotions. Hardcore is about going through the motions.
Midnight Souls understood that.

Yesterday they released their first full length record "Going Through The Motions" with a bang. A show in 't Verschil, an awesome youth center, with 5 other bands among which headlining band The fucking Carrier, playing their last Belgian show ever.
Upon arriving right before the first band was to play, there was already a lot of people. It's cool to see people coming early, being siked and the likes.

The Homeless kicked off the night. They're a good band. They are getting better it seems. The first couple of songs they played were really good. They played some EP stuff and some new stuff. The set was pretty intense, but it's not always easy opening so I think that kinda held them back? I don't know. I enjoyed the show. (Oh-whoa-oh-oh-oh.)

Next up were Daggers. Well... I don't know. Their music is good and all, but what the fuck? This set had more feedback in it than songs. This could've been a really, really good 15-minute set, but they made it a spun out and boring 30-minute set. I didn't get it, probably, but this was wack. Good band, there not from (dutchism), but I'd like to see them just go at it instead of doing weird interludes.

German time! Lasting Traces came up and they pretty much killed it. I wasn't blown away and they're not doing anything I haven't heard yet but they performed a really strong and intense set so that's definitely very cool.

More Germans! Together have played 't Verschil 3 times now, and I've seen 'em there 3 times, coincidentally. This band is so powerful. Their show becomes so much better every time and this was no exception. Such a great, great band, great riffage, great lyrics, great vibe. I love it. Modern Life Is War cover is still there, so that rules as well.

Then the Midnight Souls took over. I had been building up anger all afternoon and night (among others by drinking lotsa cheap beers) and at this point I felt I was angry enough to dance to the Midnight Souls show. Holy fuck. Their set was intense. Amazing. I think the Souls finally made a record you can mosh to, without losing touch with what they were doing. The new record is really off the hook. Accordingly, I moshed the hell out of me and others around me, played a lot of air guitar, sang along when I knew the words and got more angry by the minute. I loved it. They played Jawbreaker's Jet Black which was unreal. So awesome. It gave me shivers. The band obviously gave their all, like they always do, and it's cool to see them once again, now with a new record. They're definitely going a lot of places.

The Carrier concluded the night. Last European tour, last show in Belgium. I wanted to mosh but I was too tired to dance again so I just watched from the back. Great show, lotsa fun, lotsa emotions. I'm not so familiar with their latest record but everything sounded fine. Best moments were No 51 and Memoirs, those are probably some of my all-round favourite hardcore songs. Great band.

I need to work on my physique so I can dance more.



Thursday night Kickass did a Rock Café show for ska bands.

No seriously, the place was packed, lotsa party and really most people I've ever seen at a rock café show I think.

Saw half of Bamboo Avenue's set which was good. With horn section.

Saw Swift Manouver's set which was also really good. They played a Black Sabbath cover and a Chuck Berry cover. Also ska songs. Without horn section.


Zele what the fuck.

Yesterday I was in Zele and I'm still not good of it (dutchism).
The punk rock/ska show was in Juvenes and it was the release show for CanIrepeed's demo. Cool!

First band was No Refund, youngsters out of Zele City. I understood it was only their third show or something. They're a pop punk/punk rock band. Their songs weren't half bad, I guess I liked what they were playing. They played a Dear Landlord cover which was really bad though and a cover of Country Roads that was not so good. But yeah, their own songs sounded alright, it wasn't tight but they're just starting out so I'll cut them some slack of course. I'm curious where these guys'll end up!

Second band of the night were the Morning Woody's. Ska in the pickitup-style. I mean, it's good but it gets pretty boring to me. But they were a fun band, so thumbs up.

Time for pizza. Whoo! With pepperoni, that shit was hot, but good.

Then the PDS played. I'd seen them the day before so I wasn't really in for any surprise. Best band, seriously. Danced like hell, which was pretty tiring because I just ate a whole pizza. Fell down a couple times, that shit's always funny. Mosh, stagedives, singalongs, high fives, whoo! Great guys!

Scheisse Minelli took the stage. Really drunk Germans playing fast hardcore. I think they're a real cool band, but they did smash a mic which makes them kinda assholes. On the other hand, when I went to buy a CD they gave me a shot of vodka, so that makes them awesome. Good band, good vibe!

CanIrepeed finished the night. I'm not a ska kind of guy. I used to listen to a lot of it, and nowadays I still like the skapunk/skacore kind of thing, the rough, gruffy and fast kind. I didn't know what Kanariepiet sounded like so I was surprised when I found out I really dug it. They have like 9 members, among which a horn section of 3 or 4. They sound ska-ish, but there's a lot more going on and most of the time it works a treat. The horns were really good actually, quite creative. I really dug the lead vocalists' timbre and the harmonies with the backing vocals. All in all, one helluva par-tay, lotsa fun, and a great demo. Everyone go buy the demo!


Punkrock is your friend

After the mainstream monstrosity of Tuesday I got back in my comfort zone at a real punkrock show. All the ingredients were there: the venue was a regular youth center (Vleugel F), beer was cheap, entrance was free, there were people I knew, there were not super many people, and I got drunk. WHOO!

First band were the Leuven resident skatepunk foundation Face The Fax. They get better everytime I see them. I mean, I think they're better everytime I see them. The new songs sound really good so go check that out ( http://facethefax.bandcamp.com/album/reboot-restart ). They covered a This Is A Standoff song, one off of Be Excited but I can't recall which one. Good cover anyway. Rest of the set was great too, these guys are full of energy and amazing melodies.

Next band were The Sex Toys. I had seen them a couple weeks ago and well, it was quite the same thing obviously. Cool band, they've gotten way better nowadays and they play some bitchin' covers as well! I found myself singing along to some of their own songs as well, so that's pretty cool!

The last band were the Priceduifkes. Seen these guys a million times already, but they never bore me. I actually haven't seen them a million times, but, like, a lot of times. They play everywhere. They played a rockin' set, some cool covers and got the few people who were still there dancing. As I was already drunk and careless at that point, I danced too and almost broke my glasses twice. Next time I'll take em off, I don't know why I didn't.

Tonight Punk Rock weekend part II in Zele. Whoo!