Passion for vinyl: Gerd Ruymen

Introduce yourself?
Gerd the singer/ guitarslinger for a little Belgian punkband called the Spacelys. I used to be in the Red light Rumors, Murdocks, Toyboy Violence, System Shitter. No scenestar credentials, I’m not the shit! Just a small time order taker who wastes too much money on music. Bought my first turntable with my first salary in February 2002 it costed 3000 BEF (€75) and bought together with a microwave. It was a Sony PS -LX 250H and it still works.

Why your passion for Vinyl?
I love the sound, the cover and the smell. There was no turntable in my house growing up. And I always wanted one. So the first thing I bought when I started making enough money to really support myself was a turntable. I still own a lot of cd’s, you have to remember that in the nineties vinyl was considered a dead medium and I was a bargain bin digger who worked in a record store. I had very little money and growing up in Landen there was not a lot of cool stuff around. So, I’m not your typical vinyl fetishist. I prefer vinyl but in the end it’s all about the song!

Which turntable do you use?
Well, the Sony PS -LX 250H still works, but is retired to backup status. I recently bought a PS-LX 300USB to transfer some stuff to my phone and to make mix lists with audacity. Downstairs in the living room we use an old early seventies Philips 777 direct control with a diamond needle. And that again is a funny story! Me and Liesbeth went to some sort of market for baby stuff, and it was boring as hell. But in a corner there was a guy who sold hammers, screwdrivers, nails and a turntable. And we really needed a good solid hammer. So we went over and I noticed the turntable and informed about the price. So, Liesbeth started negotiating and we got the hammer, 2 screwdrivers and the unused turntable with 2 diamond needles for €50! (My wife is really good negotiator) Cynthia Reekmans (miss Limburg) was the host of the market and she gave coupons to all the couples leaving the market. She really gave us funny look as we walked out. Imagine couples with diapers and cradles followed by a couple with a hammer and a turntable.

What are your 5 most favourite records?

Only 5 records?! Only 5?!!! Well, today I feel like this will be my top 5.

1. Teengenerate – Get action (crypt records) A sloppy Japanese no fi no speak English well garagepunk band. Imagine if the Ramones were Japanese! They also released a 7 inch with Kids (yeah that Belgian band) covers. The album got released in the nineties on crypt, got it on cd bought in on vinyl in 2002. Still love the energy! crazy band! Kicks any skatepunks ass! Crypt rocked my world in the nineties! (they still do)

2. Business- Suburban rebels. I always loved the Business! Mick Fitz was a great singer and this album really did hit home with this angry teenager! and it still does! I originally had it on tape! (I used a boombox that my dad won playing pool till I was 16!) Bought it on vinyl a few years ago. Great album! Great band!

3. Specials – ST. I always loved a lot of the two tone stuff . But the specials stood out for being darker! Concrete jungle still makes the hair on my arms stand up straight! There are no bad songs on this album! Had it on cd for years ! Bought the vinyl copy six years ago at a fleamarket in Diest for €1. I also love the latter stuff! Still looking for a copy of the ghost town single. Ghost town was my anthem growing up in Attenhoven (Landen). Because it really felt like a ghost town!

4. X ray specs- Germfree adolescents. Talking about a fun band! Great lyrics! Great singer, I always loved Pollystyrene’s voice. I also love Kathleen Hanna’s voice for the same reason. She sounds like Pollystyrene Great first wave uk punk band! The copy i have is a Earmark reissue on 180 gr. High quality stuff for a ok price!

5. Nekromantix -Curse of the coffin: It’s no surprise ! I love old psychobilly! Great album! They lost me after live is a grave and i dig it!

What is your most favourite album cover?
Don’t break the oath – Merciful Fate. How cool are eighties heavy metal album covers?


Original or repress?
The cheapest one! And the one who sounds the best! Sometimes the reissue on 180 gr sound a lot better than the original. Depends from album to album. Metal (Heavy Metal, old school death metal) sounds better in its original mix, Blues reissues are generally really good. Same for rockabilly. Punk/hc can lose its balls sometimes…depends from album to album. But in generally I will never spend more than max €30 on an album. Ich zen Rottchilds neh.

Black, Colour or Picture disc?
Same here, the cheapest one! Colour is cool! Colour is really cool! But I really like black 180 gr vinyl. Wonky thin colour vinyl don’t mean shit! And like I said before at the end of the day it’s all about the songs  How rare are colour /picture disc albums these days?

A vinyl tip
Stay away from the vintage looking turntables with USB/ K7, CD and all that crap. Buy a descent turntable and a descent amplifier. Buy a good turntable mat (cork or anti-static). Buy a kit to clean your vinyl, especially when you buy a lot of second hand stuff. Take care of your records and your needle. Recordstore day sucks! You don’t need that crap to support indie retailers. Never forget that it’s about the music and not the lim. ed.

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NEWS: Ulrikes Dream releases new album to celebrate 20 years of punk.

Belgium punkband Ulrikes Dream celebrate their 20 years existence by releasing a new album called “Anarchie in Leuven”. Check the video.

INTERVIEW: Ignite (USA)

In 1993 this melodic hardcore punk band was formed in Orange County. Fronted by Zoli Teglas Ignite became an international touring force with numerous air miles on their counter resulting in headlining sold-out shows in venues and on festivals across the world. Including this year’s edition of Groezrock. This summer you (Belgian fans) can also catch them at Rock Herk with Dog Eat Dog, Channel Zero and many more. More info at http://www.rockherk.be.

Over the years the band members also took some time to explore other musical adventures: Zoli took up vocal duties for Pennywise, Craig played in Strife, Brian was writing and recording with Into Another and Brett was touring with Nations Afire. We also had Zoli band but it is not likely that Zoli band would happen again. “It is not likely but who knows. Some people liked it and it was a fun time. To be honest we are open for everything but everyone is pretty busy with his own life, work at home, new businesses and also Ignite takes a lot of our time”, Brett and Kevin say. Brett also helped former Ignite Member Joe Foster with his new band Last Light. “I’ve been friends with Joe for a long time and one day I started working on some of the songs with these guys: I co-wrote some of the songs and helped producing them”, Brett explains his relation with the Orange County hardcore band Last Light.

IGNITE is a social political band who speaks their mind about social issues, human rights, the environment, animal welfare, the state the world is in, … They play music to make a change. Earlier this year they cancelled a show in Germany with Böhse Önkelz, a major but controversial German rock band. “We don’t know Böhse Önkelz in person and we didn’t knew about the controversy this band creates. We just got a pretty negative response from our fans when we got announced on that show. Because our fans are the most important thing to us, they are our business and to show them our support we cancelled the show. We met the negative response and we certainly would do it again if something like this happens again in the future”, Brett and Kevin explain why they cancelled the show.

If you have seen or heard the “Our Darkest Days’ Live DVD/album you also know that Ignite weren’t president Bush supporters, But what about Trump? Well they are not fans of him either.  “It is hard to say what the future for the USA and the world will bring. Hopefully Trump doesn’t screw up to much so we can all go back to a normal life. We have to see what happens.”, Brett and Kevin add.

Earlier this year the band also re-release the ‘Our Darkest Days’ album on vinyl, on a public demand of the fans asking for vinyl issues of the bands records in general and ‘Our darkest days’ in particular.  Kevin, who is a vinyl enthusiast himself is very pleased about that. Also, keep your ears and eyes open for a new ignite album. The band started working on new songs and they hope to get into the studio somewhere next year.

www.igniteband.com

www.groezrock.be

 

 

REVIEW: Raw Power – Inferno

Raw Power – Inferno
CD/LP 2017 Demons Run Amok

Legendary hardcore band Raw Power is about to release a new album through Demons Run Amok. This Italian hardcore punk outfit is around since the early eighties and in their long history they shared stages with nearly every big name in Punk and Hardcore.

With their new record ‘Inferno’ they make no compromises sticking to their raw and straight forward social political hardcore punk. Nothing new or innovative: no mess no fuzz just pure 80s old school as it can be. If your fine with that then you can’t go wrong with the new Raw Power.

Track list:
1. Look the Other Way
2. You Don´t Know Your Enemy
3. Inferno
4. All It Takes Its One Minute
5. How Many Bands
6. Sono Morto
7. I Lost My Patience
8. Mean Machine
9. The Jurassic Hounds
10. Amici
11. Didico Queste Righe
12. Prison
13. You Were Right
14. Harassment
15. La Paura

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Raw-Power-36776807466/

REVIEW: At Both Ends – Wheel’s Out The Window


At Both Ends – Wheel’s Out The Window

CD 2017 Morning Wood Records

‘Wheel’s Out The Window’ is Sacramanto, California ‘At Both Ends’ début full-lenght and the followser to the band’s 2015 four-track EP called ‘Knackered’. Founded in 2014 they bring a mix of skate punk and ska.

‘Wheel’s Out The Window’ is mostly packed with straight-forward skate punk full of heavy riffs, good harmonies and nice melodies. Imagine Pennywise with a horns section playing some skate punk influenced by Less Than Jake and the Voodoo Glow Skulls in between. Noting mindblowing or genious but decent punk with some ska mixed in. 7,5/10

Track list:
1. Jump Ship
2. Out Of Time
3. Freedom
4. Sunshine & Love
5. Your Way
6. Where’s The Line
7. Go
8. Burning The Candle
9. Blinded
10. Up To Me
11. Come And Gone
12. Daze Of Praise
13. …That’s Why I’ll Die Alone

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/atbothends

REVIEW: Sons of Death Valley – Fathers of the Free

Sons of Death Valley – Fathers of the Free
CD 2017 Prime collective

Sons of Death Valley is a Denmark based hardcore band formed in 2014. They released their first album ‘The Day of Reckoning’ in 2015. ‘Fathers of the Free’ got released on May 12.

With ‘Fathers of the Free’ Sons of Death Valley drag you to the darkest corners of Death Valley in the middle of the 19th century. The songs are based on stories of oppression, unity and dreams of freedom, as told by outlaw Joaquin Murieta, who lived in grief, with a dying wish for bloody revenge.

Don’t expect some old school or tough guy hardcore or metal core but hardcore influenced by the Denmark rock scene and with a bluesy groove giving it some extra soul. 8/10

Track list

  1. Wars
  2. Path of the Righteous
  3. Fight Song
  4. The Undertaker
  5. Three Finger Jack
  6. Death is Coming
  7. Your God
  8. Unforgettable Hate
  9. Redemption
  10. Devils Dance
  11. Fathers of the Free

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfDeathValley/

REVIEW: Mise En Scene – One Way

Mise En Scene – One Way
CD 2017 DIY

Listening to the new Mise En Scene album while riding my bike on a sunny morning on my way to work is quite a pleasure. I lost track wih this band after their 2004 ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ album and it seems that the band throughout the years has undergone some line-up changes. Also musically the band evolved from a more streetpunk ska band to a ska, reggea, rocksteady, dub, gipsy band. The music of today certainly sounds great and much richer then during the ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ days with the gipsy elements, the dub and the two-tone ska influences. One Way is an album with a good vibe and a must have for the Ska fans. 8/10

Track list:
1. Blackout
2. Warpath
3. Mexican Dub
4. Control
5. Set My Mind Free
6. Fragile

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/miseensceneband