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NOT VERY NICE VOL 5: FINISHED JANUARY 29, 2009

ACTIVE MINDS INTERVIEW DONE BY FILIP FUCHS. CZECH LANGUAGE VERSION APPEARS IN HLUBOKA ORBA #27. NOT VERY NICE PO BOX 2 BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI 48303-0002, USA CHAOSNONMUSICA@GMAIL.COM WWW.NOTVERYNICEFMP.COM PRINT RUN: 100 COPIES. THANKS TO TOM FOR THE PRINTING.


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ll. UK has long history of self-runnedplaces,collectivehousing,social clubs,co-ops... which arelweresomeof the most inspirationalplaces,you would recommend?Haveyou ever beeninvolvedin somethinglike this in yourtown?Whatdoesit taketo havea placelike this workingwell? As far as squattingis concerned,the UK hasa history of legalsquattingand squatter's rights that I don't think many placesin the rest of Europe have.But theselegal rights relateto peoplesquattingin housesto live, rather than creatingsquattedsocialcentres, etc. I think this has always producedvery different squattingscenesin the UK when comparedto mainlandBurope.Squattersin Europe,by necessity, usuallyneedto group togetherin larger projects for support and solidarityto resisteviction.It also helpsif they createor provide community spaceand activitieswhich will bring them support from otherswho don't actually live there.This has resultedin a very vibrant culture of squattedsocialcentres. self-managed, Thesesort of placesare largely absentin the UK, exceptfor a few placeswhere the peoplewho have set them up have either moved here from mainland Europe or have beeninspiredby what goeson there.Thereare sometimesrelativelyshort-livedsquatted gig venues,trut I don't know of anywherelike that which has been around for a long time. Squattersin the UK are often peoplelookingfor somewhereto live, who are not looking to draw a lot of attention to themselvesfrom the authorities by operating unlicensed barsor musicvenues. However,there have beena number of excellentself-managed, legal clubs/co-ops etc. I understandthere are somedown in the Southof the country,which I've never beento, but the one I'm most familiar with is the 1-in-12Club in Bradford which is excellent. The other one which standsout in my mind, but is sadly no longer around, was the WarzoneCentrein Belfastwhich I alwaysfelt wasexceptionaland inspiring. * '* 4t-

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I'd saythat to make sucha placework well needsa solid group of committedpeoplewho are preparedto do the work, and it needsthe respectand support of many more people who are goingto useit. If peopletreat a placeor its volunteersbadly then thoseworking on the project can soon get disheartenedand pack it in. And the other thing is that it needsto avoid being 'cliquey' - like a closedclub which feels like it excludesanybody new who might be interestedin comingalongand gettinginvolved.Without new blood and enthusiasmeverythingeventuallydies. There's never beenthis type of place in our town, which is too small and has too few potentiallyactivemembersand supportersto makeit viable. 12. I can imaginethat with lyrics questioningsomepunk sceneissuesyou can often get all sortsof reactionslike that you are someuptightP.C.weirdosneverhavinga fun, criticizing everything,trying to enforceyour point of view on everybody,dictatingto otherswhat is and with reactionslike thesewhat is not punk...I think that you musthavetonsof experiences whatwould you respond? We don't get so many reactionslike that directedat us personally,but I think it's how quite a few peopleview us. We've had a coupleof amusingexperiences where people havemet us and got on well with us,without actuallyknowingwho we were. When they then found out wherewe live, they'veaskedus if we know those'weird, miserableActive Minds folks, who have no senseof humour'. I think it's a little strange that people assumewe're like that, becauseI think that someof our stuff is quite 'tongue-in-cheek'. I thought "Dis Is Getting Pathetic...r'was quite funny - more humourous than most nihilisticgrindcorebands,surely? I wouldn't necessarily try to respondto thosesort of reactionsin any particular way. It's up to other peoplehow they want to react to what you say. I think a lot of it stemsfrom peoplebeing uncomfortableabout looking at their own lives in a self-criticalway. In what we write, sometimeswe will provokethat - to which peoplemay chooseto reactin a defensiveway. There's not much I can do about that. Some people do seem unnecessarilynervousabout approachingus sometimes,but I think that werre a lot more friendly than they perhapsassumethat we are. tM,,',,G*ili,ffiffil13.You stronglypromoteactivitieson personal/local scalethroughyour lyrics/comments or in interviews- tell us moreaboutyour involvement on locallevelin Scarborough. F.e.I read somewhere that you usedto havebillboardin front of your houseinformingaboutall sortsof issueslike multinationals, ecology,animalrightsetc. - tell us more aboutit and aboutthe reactionsit did attracted... The billboard on our houseused to be an advertisingboard for a businessthat was basedthere beforeI movedin. When I arrived I just left the board in place,paintedover it and startedenlargingpostersto fit on it. It's quite big (about6 feet high), and on the cornerof a busy road, so it's quite visible. The commentsI've had show that people do take notice of it. The poster that I rememberattractingmost interestwas oneI mockedup of Gordon Brown, when he was in i$ chargeof the Treasury(rather than beingPrime Minister, as he is now). It was based on a famousWorld War I army recruitmentposter.The posterI put up said "Do your r.,'.1,., nit for the economy- buy things that you don't need".There were then various images f;.X:..*i and statementson it about consumerismand the exploitativeadvertisingcampaignsof multinationals.A number of peoplecameup to me and askedfor smallercopiesof that posterfor themselves, and I usedto seepeoplestoppingand taking the time to read it all, whichwasgood.


so have you been successful? Also I think you were a candidatefor EuropeanParliament? What is your main agendaon local/national level?I think this may soundkind of embarassing to somepeopleas they may think aboutbandlike ACTIVE MINDS to be an anarchistband... so whatwereyour main reasonsto get involvedwith Greenparty? I first got interestedin the GreenParty when I was still at school.I read somestuff and felt really comfortableand at homewith the ideasand philosophybehind the party, as well as with the decentralizedand unconventionalway that it worked. There was no local branch in my hometownat that time, but a few yearslater when one was set up in 1988 I joined. I've stood in many local electionsduring that time, and also for Parliament(fwice)and the EuropeanParliament(once). Yes, I've been successfulwith it. In 2006 I successfullywon a by-election for a local Councilseat.As this electionwas a resultof a resignationby another Councillor,I only had a l year term of office and had to defendmy seatagainin Spring 2007.I won that electionwith one of the biggestmajoritiesof any Councillorin the area, so I am now a localCouncilloruntil Spring2011. On a local level our main agendahas beenconcernedhere with reducing energy use, better waste managementand better pubtic transport.When standing for national or Europeanelectionsthe issueshave been more nationallyor internationallybasedpeace'global wealth redistribution,oppositionto US basesand US-led wars, climate change,animal rights etc. It's still me. I'm still the samepersonwhether writing lyrics for Active Minds or writing electionaddresses, so the issuesare similar - althoughof coursewritten for very different audiencesand thereforehaving different stylesand emphasis. I've neverclaimedto be an anarchist,or that Active Minds were an anarchistband. If peoplewant to take what we say and assumea particular philosophythen that's up to them,but I don't think my involvementwith the GreenParty has beeninconsistent with what I've been doing with the band etc. I've never said, or believed,that more conventionalpolitical action like standingin electionswas necessarilylikely to have more success than other forms of action,suchas protestsor direct action.Nor do I think that doing one excludesdoing the other.Different methodsare appropriateat different times and for different audiences,and, in my opinion, election times offer an opportunity to speak,and get new ideasacross,to a public which otherwisewould be payingno attention. Having said that, after 19 yearsin the Party, I did decideto leaveat the end of 2007.So althoughI'm still a local Councillor I'm no longer involvedwith the Green Party - see below. IU-]j]E1

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3. What releasesis SEE YOU lN HELLplanningfor the future? How about upcoming tours? Releases:2-3 new songs on split 7" w/CROW,which should be releasedby Insane Society/Phobia on vinyl/mini-CD in April2009.We willtry a differentstudiofor the firsttime in lastfive years,so I am lookingforwardto hearthe finalresult.CROWalreadydid recorded for the splitand I haveto say thatthe theirfirstsongon this is one of the besthitstheyever did (andthis comesfrom a longtime dedicated CROWfan - MRTVABUDOUCNOST did covered"Last Chaos"alreadyback in 1995!).Otherthan that no more plans apart from havingour previousrecordsreissuedon differentformatsall aroundthe world- thereshould be "Umet se prodat"/"Utok" CD versionin Braziland "Umet se prodat"tape versionin Malaysia(just this year we had CDs/CDr's/tape versionsof these recordsre-releasedin Macedonia, Belarus, Philippines, Japan,USA...thanxa lotto allthe labelsinvolved!). Maybe 3rd LP or maybesplitLP?We will see,no hurryat all sincewe don'twantto crankout new recordevery2 months.


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6. What do membersof SEEYOU lN HELLdo to make a living in this c;.;azy fucked up daify fife? Do you ever find it hard to be in a band/doa tabei/doa zlneldtc, and still work a normaljob? Jozkais conductorcheckingout the ticketsin trains,Tom worksin laboratoryand Benoin pharmacy'David,who is nota fulltimeSYIHmember,just a friendor guest-guitar player(his mainbandsare THEMA11 and TUMMO)is currentlylookingfor newlob inFrague,200 km awayfrom Brno,so who knowsif he will continuewith us. And I wori as a soci-allawyerin Roma/Gypsie ghettoand as a side-jobI do the samefor drug addicts,who want to solve

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7. Can you tell us a little about the (much overlooked) Gzech hardcore/punk scene? Why do you think that people from abroad ignore awesome current bands like SEE YOU IN HELL, GRIDE, LYCANTHROPY, SHEEVAYOGA, FESTA DESPERATO,etc, just because they're not from Japan, USA or Sweden?Do you think there will ever be a time when kids in the USA will be wearing RADEGAST patches and KRITICKA SITUACEt-shirts? Hahaha,pleaseno, not this questionagain...I usedto spendhoursand hourswritingscenereportsfrom the wholeCzechRep.or from my city to foreignzines like MaximumRocknRoll,I put togethertwo comp. LPs with Czech bands,recordeddozensof RADEGASTdemosto foreignpenpalsetc. and now I feel little tired.I feelthat I don'tneedto persuadeanybodyanymorethat we are not some2nd class citizenswhen it comes down to some raging hardcore/punkand honestly,why it should alwaysbe us tryingto convertthe Westernpunxto our shittybands?SometimesI feelthat I shouldn'tgive a fuck anymore, seriously.I am all for internationalcommunication, places(Fuck,get some stuff from TAM discoveringnew punk scenesfrom unusual/"exotic" 89 and Darbouka, two of my favelabelsever,alsoreadWe GonaFightzine!)and honestly,I totallylovethe communication and tradingwiththe few international hardcore/punk fanatics likeyou, ZachtI reallyappreciatethe interestfromdie-hardpunkfansfrom all over the world, publicdid not changedat all duringall theseyearsof but the generalforeignhardcore/punk (l my hopelessattempts understandthat back in 1992 you had no source of information aboutthe situationhere in Czech,but c'mon,in 2008?!?).Mostof them continueto ignore the bands,whichweren'tborn in Sweden,Japanor USA,but I don'tcry aboutit anymore. CurrentlyI feel little too old to bust my ass trying to changethis and rather dedicatemy effortsto otherthingslikesupporting the localBrno-city scene,whichtodayseemsto be the bestwe ever had sinceearly/mid90's. By the way, it is little weird that when Japanesebands play here, they are always very interestedin our localscene,alwayswatchthe other bandsplaying,filmingthem on their camerasetc., but when we have US or Swedishbandshere,they are often boredand full of themselves or just plainignorant. Besidesthe bandsyou mentionedaboveI wouldalso recommendPRUMYSLOVA SMRT, SAY WHY?,RISPOSTA, EVIDENCE SMRTI,NEEDFULTHINGS,RABIES,DEMARCHE, MAD PIGS, HIBAKUSHA,REAKCE NA ZMENU, ZEMEZLUC,TOMORROWSHELL, INNOXIA CORPORA, COMPLICITECANDIDE, STOLEN LIVES, RED INSECT, DEZINFEKCE, LAHARor KOBRA11. Also you shouldcheck out coupleof ragersfrom neighborhood Slovakia: ROXOR,IDIOTSPARADE, VINTAER, ABORTION,E330or TIME OF MY LIFE.90% of these bandshavevinylsor myspacesites(mostof them both),so it shouldbe prettyeasyto find theirmusicevenfor overseasfreaks. Kids in USA wearingRADEGASTT-shirts??? Hahaha,I don't know...soundslike a true utopia.


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9. Do you see SEEYOU lN HELLstill activein 10 years? couldbe a problemone day,thisfucking Maybe,but I don'tplantoo much...alsodeafness Hahaha... musicis unhealthy!

10. Ok, that's all the questions I have. Thanks so much for the interview!Any final comments,contact info, etc? Well,one important thingwe didn'tdiscussed (= at all is our UnitedCrustiesgig collective basically all SYIHbandmembers+ somefriendsfromtimeto time).We organizes gigs in Brnosince2003,so far we did like60 showsand sincethe beginning we havetotalblast w/dozensof greatbandsfrom all overthe worldfromArgentinaor BrazilthroughRussiatill Japanplayingin our bestlocalgig-placeof all the timescalledYacht,sleepingon our floors and havinga greattime here!Justthisyearwe did gigsfor bandslike D.S.B.,VOETSEK, P I S S C H R I S TV, I V I S I C K ,A R M A G E D O M , ACTIVEMINDSand in 2007we hadGIUDA, SUMMON THE CROWS, GASMASK TERROR, AFTERBIRTH, FRAMTID, AGHAST,PAVILIONUL32, BORN/DEAD, NKO or DUDMAN here... Also every Decemberwe set up an annual Killed By Brno Fest, where SYIH always performs some special set involvingcover songs, stupidcostumesand some more shit, it is alwayscrazy fun. Sometimeswe organize gigs in our tiny practiseroom, where we couldfill like 40 peoplemax. We book only DIY hardcore/punkbands under fair conditions, no hotelrooms,no guarantees, no rock star attitudes.lt is reallycool to meet peoplefrom other bands from all over the world,from 99% we had alwaysonly good experiences and I am surewe willcontinuewiththis.Of coursethereare othergig collectives in Brnotoo and you can read more aboutthem in the bookletof compilation we already discussed above. Thanksa lot fo this interviewtoo, Zach,andalso big thanksfor your huge supportof SEE YOUlN HELLthroughtheyears,we reallyappreciate itl Filip,November 2008 Contact: orba@seznam.cz www.seeyouinhell.cz www.myspace. com/seeyou inhellthrash


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REVIEWS SPALTE BRNO NA PRACH comp LP Fuckin’ hell! If people start putting out more compilations that are as high quality as this one, then maybe comps will stop getting such a bad rep. This LP features 12 hardcore/punk bands all from the same city in the Czech Republic; Brno. The bands are varied enough in styles so that your attention won’t wander, but they also aren’t too varied either. My personal favorites were EVIDENCE SMRTI, SEE YOU IN HELL, AGE OF DEATH, FESTA DESPERATO, and PRIPYAT, but really, every band on here is great. Get this now or you’ll be kicking yourself later! (Released by many labels…try Insane Society for a copy: http://www.insanesociety.net) QUESTION – Insanity 7” EP Fast and raw hardcore punk! This record is really fucking great. All I really knew about this band is that Saira from DETESTATION is their vocalist. This is much more direct and furoius than DETESTATION was though! Six songs of fast, pissed off hardcore punk. Cool hand screened and blood splattered covers too! This is their 2nd EP by the way! (FASHIONABLE IDIOTS RECORDS, PO BOX 580131, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55458. http://www.fashionableidiots.com) THE WANKYS/EXIT HIPPIES split LP 100% noise punk through and through here! THE WANKYS present 5 tracks that just might be there best stuff to date. Total SWANKYS worship as usual, which is of course never a bad thing. The EXIT HIPPIES side is total noisy chaos, no house beats though! Oh well, you can’t have everything. (DETONATE RECORDS. http://www.myspace.com/distortdk) NK6 – Yellow Beauty 7” EP Apparently, this 7” was released for NK6’s European tour in 2007, but I just picked this up out of a distro box at a show recently so hopefully there are still copies out there. This is hyper fast, distorted HC in the style of GAUZE (which makes sense when you consider that members of NK6 are roadies for GAUZE!). Contains some re-recorded older songs and some new songs too of course. For some reason though, the guitars are mixed much lower than the bass, so that’s kind of strange. Regardless, if you don’t get this you lose at punk, so it’s up to you!! (Yellow Dog Records. http://www.yellowdog.de) NOISEAR/MAGNICIDE split 7” EP Devastating fucking grindcore terrorism! I was honestly blown away by how insane this EP is! NOISEAR continue to dominate over every boring fake tech “grind” band out there with their own style of pin point execution blasting. This was the first time I heard MAGNICIDE (from Singapore) and they just fucking crushed me. Amazingly heavy grind like 324 on speed. Unbelieveable! All grind freaks, GET THIS NOW! (Rescued From Life Records. PO BOX 14821, HALTOM CITY, TX 76117, USA. http://www.myspace.com/rflrecords) THE SICK – MATOHAZURE CD Straight outta Tsuyama city Japan, it’s the heirs to the throne of Sweden’s ASTA KASK! 10 songs of great melodic hardcore punk in the famed Trall style; hard and fast but amazingly melodic and catchy. In fact, these songs are so catchy that they will get stuck in your head for days on end! Ex-members of LAUKAUS so you know that these dudes know what’s up as far as Scandinavian punk goes. (Classick Records. Try natrecords.com for mailorder) OGO DYS – Neptune Everywhere CDR + OHM CDR From the genius behind ULCERRHOEA, NETJAJEV SS, and SYPHILITIC VAGINAS, comes the most recent project from the inimitable Magnus Lundberg: Motherfuckin’ OGO DYS! These two CDRs are truly next level. In fact, I can safely say that I’ve never heard anything like the music contained on these discs. A mix of hardcore punk, sci fi movie soundtracks, and fuck knows what else. I think “out of this world” would be an appropriate descriptor, as outer space seems to be a very apparent theme throughout these releases. Anyone who’s talked to me for more than 3 seconds knows I’m nuts about anything Magnus produces, so naturally these come with my highest recommendation. (http://www.ogodys.com. populationx@gmail.com)


SAYWHY?D.H.I.B.A.C split 7” More sick grinding thrash terror! SAYWHY? From the Czech Republic throws down five songs of killer grind/hardcore like early GRIDE. You definitely can’t go wrong with a band that sounds like that! D.H.I.B.A.C from France give us six songs with a similar approach as well, maybe a bit slower, but still fast as fuck on anyone’s radar. All in all, this is a fucking great split 7” and I would highly advise you to try and get a copy. (Out of Control Records. www.lycanthropy.wz.cz) TAKAHASHIGUMI - Trall-i-La-La CD Anyone who’s talked with me about hardore punk knows that for the most part, I hate melodic stuff; feed that fucking shit to the birds. However, this CD is one of the most melodic hardcore punk releases I’ve ever heard and to tell you the honest truth, it fucking rules! Like THE SICK, this is another Japanese band paying tribute to the mighty ASTA KASK, right down to lyrics and titles in Swedish. I got this back in August 2008 and have listened to it constantly since then, it’s just soooo fucking catchy! A total must!!! (http://www.hipcatsrecords.com) 902 – 犯される洗脳bang CD Ah, good ole Japanese hardcore punk! Charging HC in the traditional Japanese style like WARHEAD, NIGHTMARE, etc. I believe this band contains a member from ZONE, so you know it’s high quality HC for sure! Not much more to say other than the fact that it’s awesome! (Bloodsucker Records, get it from natrecords.com)


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