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It’s been about two and a half years since
I last released a zine. The last issue of the
former incarnation of this shambles, Brew For
Breakfast, came out mid 2013. Bands have
split up, bands have formed, the country has
delved further into shit, my home town is nearly
(more on that later) and TNSrecords is fast
approaching the 50 release mark - but one thing is unchanged. The unity and determination of the UK DIY
punk scene. The North West now has Manchester
Punk Festival every April, Dirty Weekend has been
reborn as Common Ground Festival and Liverpool
finally has Dead Good Gathering to call its very own.
We’ve fought the fash, we’ve protested tory cuts,
we’ve sabbed many hunts, veganism is on the rise
and gigs are plentiful. All in all, I suppose it’s a good
time to be a punk. We’ve got a lot to say, a lot to do
and a lot of music to have as our backing track to it all.
I’ve been attempting to relaunch this zine as Get Tanked for the better part of a year, but there’s
so much happening so fast right now that half the things I write become irrelevant before I
can finish an issue. That being said, this is probably shorter than what I hope we can expect
in the future and somewhat hastily put together. But there’s still plenty of record reviews, gig
listings, political insights, a comic or two and some of my own whining opinions (that’s the great
part of doing a zine, you get to voice what you want and people can’t argue with you unless
they send you a facebook inbox you can probably just ignore – I’m kidding, I value you all).
There are a lot more zines around now than there were a few years ago. There seems to be
a revival going on and I love it. Everywhere you go in the UK right now, someone is cramming pages of things they love together and sticking it in your face. They usually have cool
covers, so you read them (there’s no ‘don’t judge a zine by its cover’ mantra – right?) Zine’s
are a way for those of us who have time enough to write them to publish our opinions and ensure at least 100 people read them. There’s something more satisfying about that than ranting
on facebook, I guess it’s easier to imagine someone paying attention to the hard copies of
us; I know I assume everyone just scrolls past my statuses, not that I do that to all of you...
There’s a contents to your left, for the lazy buggers who can’t be arsed reading the whole thing.
I’d like to whole heartedly thank anyone that has contributed to this in any way. Whether it be
writing, drawing (Big up to Adam Grainger for the ‘roo cover’ and Matty Roughneck for our new
Kangabrew logo) or chucking us two quid so we can get it printed on some nice paper, it’d be
damn near impossible with the help of you all. Right, now that’s all been said we’ll launch into the
real shit. As ever, if you’d like to get involved you can find us on facebook or chuck as an email at
h t t p : / / f a c e b o o k . c o m / s t i l l g e t t i n g t a n k e d
And find full length interviews/reviews/back issues at our brand spanking new website
ROTPM ANNOUNCE & RECORD ALBUM “COLOSSAL VELOCITY”
TNSrecords very own Revenge of the Psychotronic Man have finally released info about their
long awaited third full length album and in Revenge of… fashion it’s following their tradition
of using Alan Partridge quotes to name albums. “Make Pigs Smoke” and “Shattered Dreams
Parkway” are now to be followed with the Summer 2016 release, “COLOSSAL VELOCITY”.
ROTPM are a three piece fast-punk band hailing from Manchester, formed back in 2004. To date
they have released 2 full length albums (Make Pigs Smoke, Shattered Dreams parkway), 2 split
EPs (Revenge vs The Fractions, The Bear and The Tiger), 2 7″ EPs (10 Year 7″, Maida Vale 7″)
and an International Spit EP; as well having played over 500 gigs across the UK and Europe.
The new album has been recorded at Edge Studios in Cheshire, by Mark Winterburn.
These tiger shitting punks have yet to disappoint and continue to release
music that is hard, fast and worth every headache - it’s impossible not to blare it.
curriculum on their own terms. The NHS
is being carved up and sold off
harder hours for less pay - which
in turn opens the door for more
sions, and those who try and do
something to help are at risk of prostwo
Liverpool women were sentenced to
er’s charter has just passed its second
ing us ever closer to an Orwellian
But with every news article I read nightmare
people, can see everything you type, and
and crush dissent before it can even get on the streets.
the NHS, the horrific treatment of
our These are all telltale signs of creepby
government; the more I worry for our ing
a feel had off by National Action –
increased much more powerful enemy, the one
brutal which sits in government now and
who is passing laws as we speak. I,
refuses to get in line with militarised and like
National Action’s version – where they er the Nazi groups rear their ugly
call the shots - is a pipe dream. head. But if we can mobilize upthe wards of a thousand people to fight
hall are busy making their dreams a then should we not also use that
the fascists with power – our own
George g o v e r n m e n t ?
Osborne announced that all secondary
by “ J o h n n y R e n s h a w ”
hate racists. The EDL, the NF or
dickheads it is this time, are not fans
Sharia Law, and inevitably get their
a n t i f a s c i s t s
white pride group (they even have
in our city, and the results were much
the same as always: fascists were
home covered in eggs, spit and their
own blood. Job done well if you ask me!
It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to
an album that could toss me from the deck
of a pirate ship to a dingy blues bar and
rowdy punk gig just during the first three
tracks, but this does it. A definite showcase
of Tim Loud’s talent, lyrics cover a range of
topics, from shitty punk life to self discovery
and wanderlust. It’s January as I write this
and I feel “What Am I?” is already a strong
contender for best album of 2016. It’s folk
punk with so much more substance than
whining about train hopping and a girl who
broke your heart six years ago. Tim has
managed to find a perfect balance between
grit and flawless musical performance.
For fans of: Dropkick Murphys, Harrison
Wilde, Beans On Toast, Real Mackenzies.
Tim Loud has produced an absolute cracker with h t t p : / / t i m l o u d . b a n d c a m p . c o m /
his new album, “What Am I?”. The first track, “C*nt”
really sets the tone of the album for me. Acoustic Recorded & mixed by Kurt Wood @ Silent City, Leeds.
Mastered by Ed Hall @ Shamrock Recording Studio.
guitar gives an immediate folky tone, but Cover artwork by Matty Roughneck Art.
section of your local record shop. Tracks vary All
almost instantly and you find yourself Performed
thrown from gritty punk tones to bluesy Tim Loud: vocals, harmonica, 12 string acousfolk-rock tic guitar, 6 string electric guitar and percussion.
tromguitar. You’d be hard pushed to find a bone
person who wasn’t smitten with at least one of Nic “X-Ray Cat” Carew: additional electhe songs Tim has put on offer this time. The tric guitar on ‘Nothin’’ and ‘Threw it All Away’.
fifth track, “Threw It All Away”, will please those Joel
still broken up over the split of Tim’s old band, Kurt
nostalgic for their pirate punk performances.
An Alternative Socialist View,
by BENNY HASH
We have a choice to make on our membership
of the European Union. As leftists of all hues, I’m
sure we don’t agree with UKIP and ol’ Nige on
much (bar liking a pint or three). But if that’s your
reasoning for a “remain” vote, let me remind you
that we cannot associate ourselves with Blair,
Mandelson, Cameron, May, Hunt or Osbourne
either… Shit: if playing Political Personalities is
the game, the arena becomes a moral abattoir.
Voting to leave has been seen as Right Wing
due to Eurosceptics like Farage, Iain Duncan-Smith and Michael Gove, but the reality of
the argument – and the question – itself shows
that actually, particularly if we want a Corbyn-led
Labour government with a strong voice from the
Trade Union Movement, leaving the EU might
be preferable. The Morning Star, the only English-language Socialist newspaper, is advocating a “Leave” vote, and they are consistently
anti-Tory. Bob Crow and Tony Benn both had
major issues with the EU, and Labour policy in
the early 80’s was characterised by withdrawal.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies pro•
claims that over 2.6 million families will be
- on average - £1,600 worse off in the EU.
Reforming the EU can only take
place if all 28 member states agree on
the reform - how many of the big player
states will hand over their power willingly?
The list goes on, and while there are many
good things that the EU has given us, none
of them are legally binding due to the fact
that Britain has no written or formal constitution. This means that whether we stay or
leave, these benefits can be scrapped tomorrow if enough support is shown in Parliament.
UKIP had taken over four million votes at the last
General Election, many of which we taken from
Labour. UKIP’s end-game is leaving the EU, to
leave would render them null and void. That
in itself is a good a reason as any. If we stay,
Europe would still be on the table, constantly
setting the agenda and allowing Farage and
his ilk the voice we could do without hearing.
ry of why a vote to leave ain’t so bad: Lastly, let’s not forget that it was actually our
government – Blair’s government of all things
It is inherently anti-democratic - shown – that introduced the national minimum wage.
up by suffocating democratically elected Social- And it was the Liberal Democrats who equalism in Greece, while simultaneously turning a ised paternity leave in line with maternity pay.
blind eye to the self-proclaimed “Illiberal Democ- These are only two examples of legislation
racies” of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the that were not EU directives: we are more
Czech Republic and their far-Right governments. than capable, with the right governments,
Further membership of the EU to not have to rely on an undemocratic su•
will allow TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and pranational organization to be progressive.
Investment Partnership) to go ahead, putting our NHS and other remaining and high- It’s a vote of conscience at the end of the day:
ly-valued public services at further risk than you vote how you want to (that’s democracy,
they are already from this Tory regime. right? And we need more direct democracy in
The Europe Question will al- the form of referenda), but this is how I will vote,
ways be on the agenda if we do not and these are my reasons for this decision.
leave, preventing more important social
and economic issues being addressed.
Government economic interventions
are rendered illegal when companies go bust...
when it suits the EU’s neo-liberal agenda: remember the bank bail-outs? Yeah, that’s not
allowed for other companies like Tata Steel.
The Worst Thing About
I’ve found myself questioning just how PC
is too PC and if there is even such a thing
as “too PC” in the punk scene lately. There
are certainly a lot of words I personally
consider ‘taboo’, but I now find myself
conflicted.And not just on the topic of censorship.
the thunder away from the mouthy jerks of
this world who’d like to beat him to it. But the
difference between us having it and your friend
saying it is miles wide. We say it to mask the
pain - you say it for lack of a better expression
at any given moment.” – Chasing Amy, 1997
The conversations in my life that in the past
would have elicited the “*gasp* you can’t say
that response” seem to be being replaced
with a nervously wry chuckle and sometimes
all out laughter. That’s not to say my friends
and I have become insulting, but more, words
are mattering less. Yes, there will always be
certain words that no one will ever say – their
definitions are too sickening, too insulting, too
derogatory, but when we spend the majority
of our time combating injustice and fighting
hatred, do we really need to constantly clarify
that we don’t mean it when we call our friends
sluts in jest? Or that we’re not bigots when
we call something gay? Or do words still hold
so much power in society that no matter how
much we fight, we’re still part of the problem?
Does the oft considered problematic
language many of us use or so staunchly
refuse to use take away from the causes we
fight for/against? Or, in our society, have we
become too molly coddled, too used to trigger
warnings on tumblr and censorship on facebook?
If language wasn’t still considered taboo,
would we have all turned a blind eye to the
homophobic tripe Anti-Nowhere League
Rebellion tickets and lining up to see them?
How is a friend of ours telling a ‘gay joke’
any different to those bastards spouting
hate and being defended by fence sitters?
There are arguments on both sides. Some
rigidly believe in deeds not words; some
believe the pen is mightier than the sword.
I personally don’t consider my friend any
less of a feminist for using the word c*nt, or
homophobic when she calls something
gay, but I suppose it’s all about context. A
misogynist calling us c*nts and a homophobe
being wary of f*ggots is an ocean away
from that slightly offensive joke someone
told at the bar of an anti fascist gig. We fight
censorship on every front, and yet we’re
sometimes more concerned with what we
say than being off facebook for a day and
actually doing something on the front lines.
Is censorship taking away from the fight?
Or is censorship still a huge part of the fight?
I was always on the side of avoiding these
words and as stated, there are some I
will avoid until the day I die, but I now find
myself concerned more with the idea that
language is becoming far too censored. I have
interacted more this past year with the
homeless members of our society and, being
on the ‘front lines’ as it where, I have come
to realise that language is the least of these
people’s problems. I’ve always been a firm
believer in owning the insults others would
throw at you. Just as there are racial words
no one but certain races should say, there are
always thought only those in the
LGBT scene should own and use. There
“I call myself a dyke so it’s not too reality
devastating when some throwback screams it to be
at me as I’m leaving a bar at night. Same for
Hooper - by calling himself a faggot, he steals B
are no safe spaces in the real
Should we be hardening people for
or should we be going out of our way
the people that create safe spaces?
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