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INTERVIEW WITH SYCO MIKE LEAD SINGER OF PIPES AND PINTS.
we would like to thank Syco Mike lead singer of Pipes and Pints for taking the time to be interviewed by Neil from the studio, we know he is really busy and we are sure that Pipes and Pints fans all over the world will eknjoy reading this.
NEIL - HOW ARE YOU?
SYCO MIKE - Hi im fine this is Syco Mike I will try to answer all of your questions as good as possible.
NEIL - CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THE BACKGROUND OF PIPES AND PIPES, WHERE YOU COME FROM, HOW YOU FORMED?
SYCO MIKE - Well the band was formed in 2006 in Prague by Vojta and Tommy, Ondra Vince and Syco Mike joined in 2010 . Everybody is cz exept for Syco Mike he is from the states.
NEIL - HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN PUNK MUSIC AND WHO WERE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES IN PUNK MUSIC?
SYCO MIKE - We all listen to different genres of music my influences come from the hardcore seen It started out with glamor rock then Pantera and then punk hit me Black Flag, Misfits, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Rancid, US Bombs, Social D.
NEIL - HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND?
SYCO MIKE - The way the line up is now 4 years.
NEIL - HOW MANY ALBUMS HAVE YOU RECORDED AND FOR HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN RECORDING?
SYCO MIKE - Well its been 4 years together 2 full albums recording here abd there and still going on.
NEIL - WHAT ARE THE BAND MEMBERS NAMES AND INSTRUMENTS THEY PLAY?
SYCO MIKE - So Ondra the pounding bass man Vince the rythm drummer Tommys amazing guitar sound Vojta the piper and Syco Mike the singer.
NEIL - IS BEING A PUNK ROCK BAND YOUR FULL TIME JOBS?
SYCO MIKE - We all have part time jobs.
NEIL - I'M SCOTTISH AND OF COURSE EVERY TIME I HEAR THE PIPES IT FILLS MY HEART WITH PRIDE WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO FEATURE THE BAGPIPES IN YOUR BAND?
SYCO MIKE - Well in this band its good connection.
NEIL - HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO SCOTLAND AND DO YOU HAVE ANT PLANS FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES HERE AND IN THE UK?
SYCO MIKE - We played a few shows in the UK and will continue to play ed everywhere if we get the chance.
NEIL - THE SONG KENSINGTON CLUB, WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?
SYCO MIKE - The Kesington club is about leaving a girl while your having hangover and getting on plain from Frankfurt to San Diego and driving straight to the Kensington club to get a few drinks and find another love for while until you realize it was wrong again.
NEIL - THE TRACK RUNAWAY IS A SONG ABOUT HARDSHIP IS IT A TRUE STORY?
SYCO MIKE - Every song I ever wrote was true that is what makes a song good.
NEIL - THE SONG WHEN THE PIPERS PLAY WHEN I LISTEN TO IT IT IS SCOTTISH, WHAT IS THE SONG ABOUT AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE PIPES THAT STIRS YOU UP?
SYCO MIKE - I can only say great sound.
NEIL - IS THERE ANY CELTIC CONNECTIONS IN THE BAND AND ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO ANTY CELTIC CONNECTION GIGS?
SYCO MIKE - A question for Vojta
NEIL - DOES SCOTLAND INSPIRE YOU?
SYCO MIKE - A question for Vojta
NEIL - IS THERE A BIG PUNK SCENE IN CZECKESLOVAKIA?
SYCO MIKE - I would say yes and its a good one.
NEIL - WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS IN THE BAND AND IN LIFE?SYCO MIKE - Staying true to yourself and this amazing musical connection we gave on stage together it brings out the best of us.
NEIL - IS THER ANY BANDS THAT YOU RECOMEND TO ANY ONE TO LISTEN TO AND GO AND SEE?
SYCO MIKE - I would say Social Destortion
NEIL - WAS IT HARD TO PUT THE SONGS INTO ENGLISH AND HOW DOES YOUR FANS AT HOME THINK ABOUT YOU SINGING IN ENGLISH?
SYCO MIKE - Nop because the singer is american.
NEIL - HAVE YOU ANY ADVICE TO BANDS JUST STARTING OUT?
SYCO MIKE - If this is what you want then do it and dont let no one tell you different believe in yourself.
NEIL - WHAT IS YOUR TOP 20 SONGS OF ALL TIME?
SYCO MIKE - There are to many thanks guys see you in the pit.
Thank you very much Mike for taking the time to answer our questions we at New Dawn Studio wish you and the band all the best for 2014 .
Pipes and Pints (cz/usa) - Punk Rock meets Highland Bagpipes
Pipes and Pints were formed in 2006 by Vojta Kalina (Highland Bagpipes/Vocals) who dreamed of a band that would combine punk rock with dirty folk music such as The Pogues. Soon after, he met Tomas Novotny (Guitar/Vocals, ex-Who Ate My Skate) who shared the same dream, though his was also flavored by a passion for country and rock and roll. They did not only dream. The first sign of the band’s life was the release of their debut demo CD in 2007 shortly followed by tours throughout Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Czech Rep., Slovakia), both as a headlining band and in support of The Porters, Society Parasites and others. However, the vision of the future of Pipes and Pints was not shared by all of the original members and a line-up change proved unavoidable. Lukas Vincour (Drums/Vocals, ex-Punkhart, ex-Thalidomide, ex-R.A.F.) moved to Prague from Moravia just to join the ranks of the band. So that he could sing, Syco Mike (Lead Vocals, ex-Mugshot76) cancelled his plan to return from Austria back home to his native California and moved to Prague with only his dog Tequila. Eventually, Ondra Balvin (Bass/Vocals, ex-Super Pilot, ex-El Paso), a good friend from the streets, squats, and clubs of Prague, also joined to be a Piper, with no less passion for the band or his bass.
In December 2008, after only a month of rehearsing, the new Pipes and Pints line-up (yet still without Ondra on the bass) recorded a 5-track EP which immediately became a promise of better days and the beginning of a new adventure. This EP release was well received and the boys didn't hesitate to hit the road with it. It was during that tour Pipes and Pints added new bass player Ondra and proved they were serious about their music by their relentless and voracious playing at European clubs and festivals. The year 2009 brought results of all the work so far. The band gained a reputation of true believers who give all they have. No matter, whether it was while supporting bands like The Porters, Church of Confidence, Born to Lose, Deadline, Hudson Falcons, Al & The Black Cats and more, or as they headlined their own shows. In November 2009, Pipes and Pints released their debut LP, full-length album entitled "Until We Die,“ with the cooperation of Wolverine Records for Europe and Unrepentant Records for North and South America.
With plans to support the album with as many tours and gigs as possible, i.e. to play “until they die” the band charged into the following year. The record proved a great success. Heaps of praise were written about it in both mainstream and genre press, as well as in the electronic media. Radio stations also did not ignore the record. Singles from Until We Die were aired all over the world and apart from Europe, the songs were heard in Japan, North and South America and even in Australia. It didn’t take long before the songs made their way into the radio charts, Top Ten at Shite ´n´ Onions (http://www.shitenonions.com/) and on the charts at the German Celtic-Rock.de (http://www.celtic-rock.de/), for example. Local media in their native Czech Republic also didn’t overlook Pipes and Pints. TV Očko, a national music TV station, nominated the band as the Best New Artist of the Year and put their music videos in high rotation. The charts at RockZone FM radio station saw Pipes and Pints claim the top position for several weeks. Numerous articles, interviews and reviews were written but the most obvious sign of their drastically increasing popularity were the sold out shows and ever-increasing dedicated fan base. In 2010, Pipes and Pints managed to play 110 shows and festivals, either as one of the main bands or as the headliner. The tours included a month long European tour; a four-day long tour in large arenas in the biggest cities of the Czech Republic with The Locos (project of the members of Ska-P) under the banner of the Rock For People festival; as well as the sold out Mighty Jäger Tour in clubs all over the Czech Republic.
The plans for 2011 were no less ambitious. The band have toured Russia, England, European mainland with Born to Lose and played at several awesome summer festivals, for example, Rebellion (UK), Force Attack (DE) or Mighty Sounds (CZ). It seemed as if nothing could stop them now. Yet, the total dedication and absolute surrender of their lives for the band started taking its toll. During the summer tour, Mike has announced that he wants to quit the band and move back to California. The rest of the band did not feel like breaking up, so while they played the last confirmed shows with Mike, they already started actively looking for a new lead singer. With the summer season finished, the 4 remaining Pipers did not seem to enjoy the long deserved break from touring, because replacing such a remarkable persona and frontman was really not an easy task. To choose a new singer from all the suitable candidates was a hard decision to make. Fortunately, they were saved from having to make that final call by Mike himself. As he took a break from the stressful band environment, it soon dawned on him he would badly miss all the rehearsing, recording and the shows, so he decided to return to the flock and rejoined the band.
Complete again, Pipes and Pints dived head-first into preparation of their second full-length LP. After the success of the first album, the band did not want to take any chances and enlisted the help of Darian Rundall, a known producer from California, who has produced records by bands such as Pennywise, US Bombs, Suicidal Tendencies or Yellowcard. After several months of writing new songs, Pipes returned to touring in February 2012. Two months later, back in shape and with the new bunch of songs already tested, the band and Darian hid away in Sun Studios in Prague for three weeks. Once the sessions were completed, Darian left for California, taking the recording with him for the final mix and mastering. The summer of 2012 was then all about preparations for the upcoming record and appearances at awesome summer festivals both home and abroad, Rebellion (UK), Resist to Exist (DE), Punk Rock Holidays (SLO), Open’er (PL), Mighty Sounds or Keltská Noc, to name a few.
Found and Lost, the second full-length LP, came out in November 2012. The album was released by People Like You for world-wide distribution except the Czech Republic, where the release and distribution is taken care of by a traditional music label Supraphon. The immediate success of the record was confirmed by endless stream of articles and reviews in both Czech (MF Dnes, Full Moon Magazine, Report) and international press. More importantly, the album received very positive feedback from the fans, and the following winter tour in Czech, Germany, Poland and Austria was basically sold out. And finally, as if 2012 was not yet successful enough, Pipes and Pints were invited to play at a prestigious music fair CEETEP in Netherlands, which showcases a cross-genre selection of the best European bands every year.
In early 2013, Pipes scored in the end of the year music polls. Found and Lost was voted the best album by the fans at, for example, Kids & Heroes webzine. More official recognition came from the Czech Academy of Popular Music, which awarded the album as the Album of the Year in the Punk & Hardcore genre category. With the summer slowly starting, Pipes are still touring diligently to support the new album. They have just returned from a successful 3 week tour of European mainland (FR, ES, CH & DE) and they probably won’t even unpack their bags, as the festival season is coming up fast. Once again, great number of festivals both home and abroad will host Pipes and Pints in the summer. Les Feux de Lete (FR), Rock’n’stock (FR), Eier mit Speck (DE) or Czech own travelling festival Czech and Moravian Castles will all see the Pipers play. And although it might seem too early to look ahead for autumn and winter of 2013, the plans for the second leg of their European and Russian tour are already in the making.
It is just seven years since the idea of Pipes and Pints started to form. Since then the band has gone a long way. They went ahead and upwards, as they have always been destined for. With more and more demand, Pipes are getting more popular and better on stage every day, yet they still cling to their roots, keep their feet firmly on the ground and continue to support the DIY scene, GNWP campaign, and other helpful activities and friendly bands.
Neil from New Dawn Studio is proud to have been able to interview Jim Threat of Jim Threat and the vultures and this is the entire interview .
NEIL - HOW ARE YOU JIM?
JIM - I'm doing fine Neil thanks, slow start to the year as we all partied a bit hard at Christmas and New Year and kinda suffered for afterwards, fun time though !
N - CAN YOU TELL ME A WEE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND ?
J - Born and raised in Dalkeith Midlothian since 1962, my Dad was a miner since he was 15 and my Mum fed us and kicked me and my sisters arses when we deserved it. Served my apprenticeship as a Joiner and still do that to this day !
N - DO YOU COME FROM A MUSICAL FAMILY.
J - My dad plays guitar so there was always guitars lying around, i was always mucking around with guitars but don't really class myself as a guitarist as singing was always my thing, i just muddle by on guitar really, kinda the spirit that Punk gave us to just learn a few chords and bash it out, my Mum plays Piano and my Sister recently started singing with a folk group...she's bloody good too !!
N - HOW LONG HAS JIM THREAT AND THE VULTURES BEEN TOGETHER?
J - The Vultures formed at the beginning of 2013.
N - HOW DID YOU FORM?
J - Really just me and my son Rik who plays drums started jamming for the fun of it, then Lewis' Rik's mate said he was interested in playing Bass which he'd never done before,tried it and that's how the band came about, purely for fun !
N - WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME, AND HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
J - As we were doing some of my songs from my old band The Threats, my mate Craig suggested that i should go out under the Jim Threat name, i fancied having an old School 'and the' in there so i put it to the guys who instantly came up with The Vultures as it's in a lyric from PIL's One Drop from the latest album which we were listening to a lot at the time so 'Jim Threat and the Vultures' really just fell out of nowhere which is a blessing in disguise really as choosing a band name can be a bloody nightmare !
N - HAVE YOU BEEN IN BANDS PREVIOUS TO JIM THREAT AND THE VULTURES?
J - I was Lead singer/songwriter/rythm guitarist in The Threats from 1979-1983, few gigs with the band in the early 90's then properly reformed from 1999 until i left in 2009.
N - WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS AND DO YOU HAVE A VISION FOR PUNK/ROCK MUSIC IN SCOTLAND?
J - I was very driven when i was in the Threats and worked my arse off to promote us as much as possible, this time with the Vultures it's a more relaxed, let's do this and see what happens approach. Our wee vision for our own brand of Punk Rock n roll is very much DIY, i spent my time since leaving the Threats building a home recording studio where we record everything and are due to do another 3 songs soon, our Video for Wargames which was done by my mate John is also a do it at home deal, more Videos to be shot this year as well.
N - HAVE YOU PLAYED ANY BIG GIGS, AND DO YOU HAVE ANY GIGS COMING UP?
J - Played gigs big and small and still prefer the small gigs where it feels like your in the middle of the crowd, love that feeling ! We have gigs coming up with TV Smith and Drongos for Europe, i'm sure there'll be more to come as it's our mission to play as much as poss this year !
N - I'M A BIG GUITAR FAN I NOTICE YOU PLAY A GIBSON THUNDERBIRD, FOR US GUITAR MANIACS WHAT IS YOUR LIVE SET UP?
J - It's actually an Epiphone Firebird ( thats why I ask about guitars cos I aint got a clue edit Neil ) but it's built every bit as good as it's big brother, it's still a work in progress as i'm about to re-wire it and fit different pick ups. My main guitars of choice are Gibson SG's though, I have a Limited edition 1998 SGX which is a cracking guitar and has been everwhere with me, has it's knocks, bumps and dings and still looks good and stays in tune. Also have a Gold SG Raw Power which is made from Maple rather than the usual Mahogany, i had heard Gibson fell out with the suppliers of the Mahogany and decided to try something different, they definately got it right with the Raw Power as it's an awesome guitar ! The amp i use is an old VS100 watt valvestate head which i picked up for 20 quid and repaired myself, i use this with 80's marshall 4x10 cabs, one straight and the other a slant, awesome cabs and quite difficult to find and they also beat lugging 4x12's around !
N - THE TRACKS WARGAMES, BACK IN HELL, NO ROOM , ARE BELTERS PURE OUT AND OUT ROCK N ROLL WHAT ARE THEY ABOUT?
J - Wargames which was the first Vultures song proper is about (certain) people being brainwashed and de-sensitised by video games, it was inspired by a late night visit to Tesco's for fags and milk and there was a queue out the door waiting to by the new Call of Duty game ! Back in Hell was the first song i wrote for the freshly re-formed Threats in 1999, we'd only been back together for a few months and had already come up against some real idiots in the music scene so it's a kind of Oh no! here we go again song :) No room is just about my distaste for Nazi's and Politicians !
N - WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOU?
J - Everything from Slade, Iggy and the Stooges to the Pistols and Motorhead !
N - ARE THERE ANY UP AND COMING BANDS ALONG WITH YOUR BAND AND WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO KIDS STARTING OUT?
J - There are many many great bands all round Scotland at the moment some of my faves are Thirteen Tombs, Panic Attack, Sunday Punk club and also The Eddies who i'd like to personally thank for putting us on in Dundee, one to watch out for is my old mate Rossko who organised the Vultures first three gigs new band, Rope Spasm. My advice to kids starting out...try and scare the pants of the old guys in bands cos we need fresh young angry bands with something to say !
N - WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE VENUES AND ARE THERE ENOUGH VENUES?
J - My recent favourite venues are the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy and Beat Generator in Dundee, i think there are enough Venues around but a lot of them seem to be difficult to get into these days and the pay to play thing hasn't helped the music scene much.
N - HAVE YOU ANY PLANS TO RECORD MORE MUSIC, HAVE YOU ANY ALBUMS OUT AND HOW CAN YOUR MUSIC BE BOUGHT?
J - The Vultures will be recording more songs in the next few weeks. Were really just dipping our toes in right now and letting folks hear what we're doing and if it keeps going well we're going to record an Album later in the year which will go up for download and i'd hopefully like to see a Vinyl release if we can get enough interest.
N - WHY ARE YOU IN A BAND AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN A BAND?
J - I played my first gig when i was 15 in an early incarnation of what became the Threats, i just loved the feeling of being on stage with the band and the feel of the music blasting out all round me, i've never lost that feeling and it's what makes me keep on doing it, also, i never write songs to a plan, they are always for myself first and foremost so if other folks end up liking them then that's a huge compliment !
N - WHAT DOES PUNK ROCK MEAN TO YOU JIM?
J - No rules, freedom of expression and a soapbox to say how you feel about anything you want ! I always think about Punk as being a huge umbrella to work under where all bands don't need to sound like each other to actually BE a Punk Band...Attitude i guess is the key, well that's my view anyway.
N - WHAT PEOPLE/BANDS HAVE INFLUENCED YOU?
J - I was first influenced by Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis as a kid cos my Dad used to play all that old rock n rolll/ rockabilly stuff which i still love to this day, then along came Slade, T. Rex and Iggy and the Stooges and then of course Punk kicked in with The Pistols, Damned The Saints and countless great bands which i still love to this day, not forgetting Motorhead !!
N - HAVE YOU ANYTHING TO SAY TO ANYBODY WANTING TO GO TO A LIVE JIM THREAT GIG?
J - Come along and have a bounce around and don't expect anything too deep and meaningfull, it's all about having fun !
N - WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 20 TRACKS OF ALL JIM.
J - In no real order...
1 Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential
2 - Little Richard - Hey Hey Hey
3 - Slade - Them kinda monkeys can't swing
4 - Iggy and the Stooges - Open up and bleed
5 - Iggy Pop - Sixteen
6 - Sex Pistols - Satellitte
7 - Damned - Problem Child
8 - The Saints - I'm Misunderstood
9 - The Clash - White man in Hammersmith Palais
10 - The Exploited - Beat the Bastards
11 - Bauhaus - Terror couple kill colonel
12 - T.Rex - Sunken rags
13 - Rose Tattoo- Nice boys don't play rock n roll
14 - Discharge - Doomsday
15 - Motorhead - Burner
16 - X Ray Spex - Obsessed with you
17 - The Meteors - Earwigs in my brain
18 - The Ruts - Your Just a
19 - Ruts DC - One Step
20 - PIL - Careering
Thanks Jim for taking the time to do be interviewed by us, we wish you and the band all the best in 2014. You can find the band on facebook by copying and pastin this link.
I am very proud to announce that I have been given the opportunity to do a radio show in America.
January 1st, 2014 - It's a new year and we have a new show called Friday Night Punk Rock And Oi hosted by Neil McIvor every Friday night from 9PM to 10PM Pacific. Check it out starting this Friday!
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Show time is 9 - 10pm pacifice U.S.A.
that's 5 - 6am Saturday morning U.K. time.
First show has been recorded and passed. There are 4 mighty new dawn tracks and one mad frogs track, all recorded in the new dawn studio.
also on the show are the sex pistols, 4 skins, cockney rejects, sham 69, S.L.F. Angelic Upstarts the lurkers, Argy Bargy peter and the test tube babies, Blitz and G.B.H. have a good new year.
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