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Forty years of punk boyia!
"From 14 January to 14 February 2016, the true living legend of English punk music, Mr. Victor N. Pibrators, celebrated her 40-year honorable career with a European concert from 14 January to 14 February 2016 and made a stopover with three dates in Italy: On 23 January 2016 we were the first in Piacenza, at the Circolo Arci Sound Bonico.
Born in February 1976, UN PO' DI STORIA - Vivibrators debuted as a supporter of Stranglers and Sex Pistols and also took part in the 100 Club Punk Rock Festival. In early 1977, they were the opening act of Iggy Pop's British concert tours (with David Bowie on keyboards), they released the single Baby Baby, immediately followed by their first big record "Pure Mania", which immediately and indelibly shaped the English punk scene.
In 1978, with their second record "V2", the group finally established themselves in the international skirt scene. From this moment on the line-up starts to break down and reform several times, each member starts a solo career and / or plays in other bands, nevertheless the group produces two single songs in 1980, Gimme some lovin' and Disco in Mosco... and dissolves again.
They reformed in 1982 with many formation changes, but always with beautiful productions of Punk and New Wave. They play as accompanying bands for the British and European UK Subs tour: From this moment on the group finds stability and continues their production until today.
The original front man Knox only appears with the group on big occasions, as reported in the interview. In 2014 the album "Punk Mania: back to the Roots" was released, a real return of the legends of punk to their former glory: 14 tracks of inner old-school punkrocks! I was impressed by the small things, the smells of the places, the small rooms of the hotels, the landscapes along the way during the touring.
Normally we only had the places where we played, definitely garages where we were in London. Cos'è il punk per vooi? Darrell: An unconventional, non-mainstream lifestyle. When we think of punk as a musical genre, we only have to refer to 76/77 and after that date punk no longer existed, it was finished, and today we can define it as fashion.
Musically it is a genre of a big umbrella, which from 1976 until today includes groups and despite its historical and stylistic diversity also brings together Rancid and Greenday. If instead we call punk a mentality, a state of mind, then punk from 76 is a concept that does not fade, because punk is something that lies with people, which also includes an unconventional and unmainstream lifestyle.
Vo oi vi sendite punk? Yes, from every angle. Yeah, mostly because my lifestyle is punk. I' ve gotten to know people and started playing, so punk for me is a way of life that involves a way of thinking, a way of acting, it's also my job.
Not the vibrant strains and my favorite punk. Do you find a big difference between English and American punk? Eddie: Yes, there is a completely different style of music; the lyrics, the sounds, the way the songs are arranged. Darrell: American punk is technically more precise and professional. The punk music market in America is much richer, people spend a lot on concerts that take place in large rooms.
There is UK Ringing, a style that characterises British music, consisting of chords, arrangements and composition styles. Darrell: English punk is also made by people who know each other, punk is a big family of musicians who work together, who have common projects, a big family in which people support each other.
I' m the historical member who led the group. Punk Mania: Back to the Roots". In the old way there was the moment of composition, the immediacy, again the composed songs. Darrell: It was a punk experience in the old way and the producers encouraged us to follow this line, we are satisfied with both the way and the result.
The title follows the old Pure Mania. Darrell: Ready? Time passed very quickly and it was really a pleasant experience to meet this group, which has 40 years of career behind them, still "up and running", stainless and gravelly, very likeable. At Sound Bonico are The Nuts, a Piacenza group ( photo right) to open the concert of vibrators.
They play a few songs in pop-punk style, one with the presence of The Frerets' Vaster, and warm up the atmosphere. They are very dedicated and Pete remembers Joe Strummer on an evening of real old school English punk rock. Supporting the Sex Pistols, they were part of the 100 Club Punk rock festival group; the début singles We Vibrate was released in November of the same year and then they performed the new Pogo Dancin supporting the Chris Spedding's (known for Motor Bikin' from 1975) singles.
At the beginning of 1977 they were the opening act of Iggy Pop with David Bowie on keyboards) UK-tour and the single baby babe came out, followed by their first LP "Pure Mania", an LP which immediately sign British Punkrock Old school. 1978 the second LP " 2 " was the band's definite entry into the global rocking world.
Since then the line-up has changed - many gigs and now every member begins his own solocareer or plays in other groups. The guys have been touring and releasing a lot of new songs, always very good punk and wave. In 1986 Darrel Bath (ex UK Subs, Crybabies, Dogs d'amour) joined the line-up - in 2003 Pete Honkamaki (ex No Direction) joined as Bassist.
Eddie Edwards, singer, percussionist and vocalist, Darrel Bath, guitars and vocals, Pete, basses and vocals still make up the group. Meeting Darrell Bath, Eddie Edwards and Pete Honkamaki (photo, from l. to r.) in the Sound Bonico Live Club Piacenza (Italy) background area. There was always a down and up and up and up, down and up, down and up, down and up... and it was the only way to live in a punk show of those years... and it became a dancing!
You had to be always willing to drop down and help Giser get up off the floor... I recall that I was enjoying that afternoons. A lot of your songs are called "garage", do you approve? Garages was created in 1964, many years before the advent of the vibrator, and was very popular in Britain and around the globe.
Darell (photo left): From that point of fact, we're a real garages gang, really! Punk, what is it to you? It'?s just soundtrack. Darrell: It'?s an unorthodox way of living, not just straight-line. When we talk about musik, we only have to watch 76/77, because after that punk was over.
Punk is only vogue today. When it comes to musical it connects groups from 76 to today, so you can talk about Rancid as a punk group, but you could also say the same about the Greenday, even if they are more popular, they are different in terms of styles and histories. When we think of punk as a state of mind, from 76 punk to something in the brain, an unorthodox and non-mainstream lifestyle.
Feeling like a punk? Darrell: Yes, definitely. Yeah, my way of living is punk. For me punk is a way of living and affects the way I think, how I am living and also my work. I' m not living in the middle of the street, feeling like a punk. What is the difference between British and US punk?
Darell: Punk is accurate, technically and professionally. Punk in America is wealthier than British, punk musicians are paying a lot of cash for gigs. Americans are very professionals, their performances are very good in technique and they basically deserve much more than Britishers. There is a completely different way of punking in England than in America, it's a different way.
UK Sounding" is a stylistic characterisation of UK sound, which consists of various chords, arrangments and composition styles: something that is recognised as UK. It is less sophisticated, and sometimes tones are "dirty". Listening to your favorite songs isn't just doing it. Darrell: The English Punk is made up of interconnected folks, it's like a big one!
The line-up of the Vibratoren often changes, but since 2003 you three are in a kind of solid. I' m the founding member that pushed the group. "The Punk Mania: back to the roots." Eddie: The proposal for the LP came from the discbuilders. They asked us to return to 76 Vibrator's styles, back to the sources, to our styles, to our texts and to our identities.
The songs were not study, just a short brief artistic instant, to approach a song only two or three ways, to cast it without too much thought. Darrell: It was an old-fashioned punk thing and the labels were encouraging us to go the old way. Reminiscent of the old Pure Mania.
Darrell: It was a very short passage of times and it was a real treat to meet the 40-year-old act of this careers. They' re still in operation, very kind and still on punk. The Nuts (left) opens with a lokal live act at Soundbonico. Your stile is the tipical pop punk. Only a few songs, one of them with Vaster of The Frerets, heat up the group.
They' re listed all 40-year-old careersongs from rip up the town to baby baby, among them a much treasured Sonic's covers. Her effect is transportable and Pete looks like Joe Strummer, a punk rocking British fashioner.