STRAIGHT OUTTA EUROPE

“Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.”

“Feminine force is that inner strength, that power, that will to face down any negative circumstances in life and defeat them.”

Well this week has been a real shocker for England. Over 17 million people voted to leave the EU and then the England football team was knocked out of the Euro’s in a humiliating defeat by a nation the size of Leicester. But all is not lost. There are so many incredible and determined people in this country with love in their hearts, prosperity on their minds and the intelligence to think for themselves and hold steady in the knowledge that political leaders don’t speak for them. I urge the rest of the world to look to the unity displayed recently at Glastonbury and other festivals which shows Britain still knows how to love, unite and party.

Way Out Radio HQ has been busy doing what we do, interviews, gigs, filming, organising and meeting lots of amazing people. This week we’ve launched a new Youtube channel and will gradually be uploading many of our interviews so please feel free to check it out and subscribe. We also have a new online store with t-shirts, zines and prints so head over and bag yourself some very limited merch. Tonight you’ll find us a Purple Turtle, Reading for the BBC Introducing night!

So till next time, Love, peace and blessings,

Way Out Radio x

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Way Out Radio on Kane FM

Here are some wicked pictures taken in the Kane FM studio last week when we broadcast live on the Thursday Breakaway show! Thanks to Shola Roden for these great snaps.Paula 3 - send - 1 of 11Paula 3 - send - 2 of 11Paula 3 - send - 3 of 11

This is Tom who organises a charity event called ‘Rock 4 Refugees’ in order to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. He joined me in the studio for an interview!Paula 3 - send - 4 of 11Paula 3 - send - 5 of 11Paula 3 - send - 6 of 11Paula 3 - send - 7 of 11Paula 3 - send - 8 of 11Paula 3 - send - 9 of 11Paula 3 - send - 10 of 11

ASTRAL LITE INTERVIEW

 

12552581_1531903457138192_8687377033814129042_nASTRAL LITE are a post-punk and psychedelic influenced 4-piece from Niceville, Florida. If you’ve ever dreamt of viewing life through a kaleidoscope, they’re distant and lurid image, dirge guitars and obscuro sound will be perfect for you. Way Out Radio spoke to the illustrious and striking front man Johnny Palmer about their brand new release and debut EP “Mesmerist’s Mainline”.

 

Where did your band name come from?

“Astral Lite” is a bit of a double-entendre. Obviously there is the light of the astral plane, but there is also the sensation of treading the astral lightly.

How did you all meet?

I started the band with a guy who used to play banjo for me when I was in a folk band — Ricky — he and I formed the band when we realised we both had a very common interest in starting a psychedelic rock band. We started off with two other guys, and Ricky was on bass. The drummer and second guitarist weren’t up to par, one left and the other was kicked out. Ricky took a break from the project and in the meantime I helped salvage the group by finding a great bassist and drummer — Andy and Kaelin — through a mutual friend, and they’re the best rhythm section I could ask for. We’ve done a few shows and recorded the EP as a 3 piece, and now Ricky has recently returned to the band 2nd guitar. So now the sound has come full circle and we couldn’t be happier.

What’s life like in Florida and is there a music scene for what you do?

Northwest Florida sucks. I was born and raised hear and I hate it. I hate heat. I hate sweating. I hate massive hoards of tourists hanging out where I live. And as far as a music and culture scene goes… well, it’s been dead for awhile. Most bars in a tourist town want cover bands. But a truly great independent music scene is starting to sprout thanks to two new venues in our downtown areas (Mosey’s and The Green Door) who only want bands to play their original music. They’ve really done a lot for our local scenes to the point where I can almost sense a musical renaissance coming to this area. Local musicians are no longer afraid to get weird.

13335526_1602678910060646_3509367498615699036_nYour music style is dark psych / dreamy garage – What bands influence you?

Very much so, The Cure and Brian Jonestown Massacre, even more so now that I’ve seen them both live this year. I’m also greatly influenced by Wire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Telescopes, Joy Division, The Chameleons, Sonic Youth, and a good plethora of post-punk, psychedelia, shoegaze, etc. I label our sound as “dark psych / dreamy garage” because I feel like such are broad enough terms to encapsulate how much it is psychedelic as gothic, as much it is punk, as gazey, and so on… Most artists don’t like to put a label on things, but I do.

How do you make your gig posters and artwork?

Occasionally someone else designs the gig posters, but when I do it myself, I usually do it all on my phone with a plethora of apps. I even made the EP art doing just so. I guess that’s how you know it’s the 21st century.

What was the recording process like for the new album?

We did it over the course of 2 months in Kaelin’s dad’s chapel, which we dubbed the “Astral Chapel” during the sessions. I went into the idea of recording an EP of 3 songs, but we got very creative during the sessions and it ended up becoming it’s own entity of 5 tracks, as I began writing songs as I was recording them. It was a drunken, tumultuous, and magical time.

Can you talk us through some of the songs and tell us what they’re about?

Well the entire EP — “Mesmerist’s Mainline” — is a conceptual record. An exploration of the hell of heroin addiction. I’ve never shot up myself, but it’s rampant in my area and therefore I’m exposed to it a lot. Known friends to OD and all that. So I wanted to make a record that was sort of symbolic of the vibes I get from these junkies. “Pray To Mary” is the sensation of overdosing, “Act Of Mercy” is the tribulation of admitting your condition, “Seventh Circle” is your ticket to hell, “Embers” is the double entendre of the fire under the spoon and the fires of hell, and “Ease My Mind” is the acceptance of death and realising you were quite the idiot for being a junkie.

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How has music helped you in your life?

I believe it. Whenever I’m playing gigs regularly, I never feel like I’m going mad. Playing in front of people expressing myself the best way I know how leaves me free of anxieties and rids my head of negative thoughts. I always feel at peace after a show, and it’s one of the only things that does it for me.

 

Will you be coming to the UK to perform in the future?

That would be my dream! If we ever get big enough to tour overseas, you better believe it. I want nothing more out of life than to play my music in Europe. In the U.K. especially. Being out of America would be fantastic too.

Thanks Johnny, Way Out Radio wish you and the band all the best for the future and hope you guys make it across the pond in years to come! For more on Astral Lite, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/AstralLiteMusic

Hear their Debut EP ‘Mesmerist’s Mainline’:

https://astrallite.bandcamp.com/album/mesmerists-mainline

 

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WONK UNIT INTERVIEW

wonk-titleLast week, Way Out Radio caught up with Daddy Wonk, lead singer of the hilarious, no-money-fun, punk band WONK UNIT. We talked skating, touring, working in postal rooms and much more…

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Alex Wonk started out by forming a band in the early 90’s called The Flying Medallions. At this point the punk scene was very underground but the band began emerging in the mainstream and the music press lapped up the chaos of their gigs. “Riots and chaos at every show. But live by the sword, die by the sword…” tells Alex. In 1995, the band suffered the devastating crash of their tour bus whilst in France. MC Mr Stephen suffered critical injuries but later made a full recovery. Bassist Dougie sadly didn’t make it.

Today the band continue to bring their 21st Century Punk music to fans everywhere, now renamed Wonk Unit, with members Alex Wonk, Tommy, Pwos, Benny, Simon and Ed. They are a continually touring band, travelling across the UK, Europe, and embarked on a USA tour in 2015.

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In the early 1990’s your original band were called The Flying Medallions. What was that band like and did you release anything?

The Flying Medallions happened in the early 90’s. We were complete nut cases. Every gig was like a mini riot. We didn’t even know the meaning of the words “political correctness” but we would always be at the front of the fight at any anti nazi league, animals rights etc demos. We went for the thrill, the fight. We were dumb and naive and a lot of folk didn’t understand us but we definitely stood for punk rock values. We didn’t write our songs to shock, we just wrote about our world, our way. This was without filters. We released “We Love Everybody and Everything’s Great” on Big Life Records in 1994.

Music, especially singing, releases endorphins. How has music helped you in your life?

I am an alcoholic/addict. I’ve now been sober for 17 years. When I first got on the wagon I poured all the pain, horror and insecurity that you feel into songwriter. You learn from AA that sharing your experiences with likeminded people helps (the ethos of AA). I found that putting my pain into song worked for me. Exercising those demons live was such a release for me. Gigging became my AA.

Where do the dance moves come from?

I’m a prince! Princes learn to dance from a young age!

You’re a fan of Slaves – are you friends with Laurie and Isaac?

Yes. I knew Laurie before Slaves formed. He is a Wonker. When they first formed I was TOTALLY blown away by how perfect they were. The complete package. They had the songs, the look, but most importantly they are just the funniest most beautiful freaks you could ever hope to meet. I love freaks. Isaac is a freak. I saw myself in him and I haven’t met many people like me before. They are the ying and yang. Isaac would be nothing without Laurie though. Laurie ran the Slaves ship whilst Isaac just bumbled along being beautiful hahaha. Yes, I LOVE Slaves. For me personally, the most important thing to happen in music for 2 decades. Fuck all the wannabes that they get lumped in with. These boys have always just done their own thing. Leading not chasing.

What major record label post room did you work in as a teenager and how did you get the job?

I worked in the post room of MCA records (before all the majors merged and it became Universal) at the end of the 80’s. I was lucky enough to experience the glory days of the majors. When there was loads of money and champagne being thrown about. As with most major label/music industry people, I got the job through family. My uncle Rod Cunningham was head of the production department. The majority of folk working in that industry ain’t got a clue what’s going on and don’t actually care about music. It’s just a job to them and the reason that majors labels churn out so much shit. But that’s the music industry throughout. From the labels to the radio stations. It’s all about who you know.

Do you still skate and how long have you been skating? What are your favourite skate spots?

Yup I skate. My skateboard has been my most loyal friend for most of my life. I started in 1984. Wow that’s 32 years!!! As long as I can walk I will skate. I love to skate pools and bowls. I like concrete skateparks. I love the flow.

Wonk Unit was originally a name for a t-shirt company you wanted to start – How did you learn to make t-shirts and do you have a t-shirt company now?

Yeah, t-shirt/skate company. I actually made the first Wonk shirt before I had the band. I design the shirts, I don’t screen them myself. One of my fav things in the world is opening a box of brand new shirts!!! My artwork is very organic. I do it with marker pen and they are pretty much all first attempts. I like to keep the mistakes in. If I can’t capture my vision first shot, I won’t push the design. Just my stupid way. Haha. We sell a lot of Wonk shirts. It’s how we fund our constant touring.

“Wonk Unit” we exclaimed.
What a great name for a band.

For more on WONK UNIT check out their videos below, get along to a gig or their annual WONK FEST. Visit their website for details.

WWW.WONKUNIT.COM

The name Wonk Unit came about like this:-

About 5 years ago,myself and original Wonk axe man Gavin “Mad Dog” Kinch were laying a crazy paving driveway.

It was miserable,cold and wet,and then it started snowing on our sorry asses, and i looked over and said;

“Look at us,we’re a right f**king Wonk Unit ain’t we!”

Pretty In Punk Pictures

Yesterday, On Margate Sounds held ‘Pretty In Punk’, a concert in aid of The Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. The lineup featured the bands Ray Gun, Fuoco & GANG, aside a raffle including prizes from Plinth, Haeckel’s, Breuer & Dawson, Sexx Tapes and more. Packed wall to wall, Cliftonville’s Tom Thumb Theatre was awash with a multitude of era defying fashion statements from mop haired indie cuts to patched up punk jackets, fisherman’s dungarees and hemp shirts. A big thanks to Jess and Eoin of Ray Gun for running the venue including the bar (which they had to close for Ray Gun’s set!) and sound at the Tom Thumb Theatre (with assistance from Harry) and to Sammy Clarke for organising the event.

Here is some footage from the night!

Here are some snaps we caught on the night!

The wonderful Tom Thumb Theatre

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Ray Gun perform first

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Fuoco perform second

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GANG play the headline slot

Eric – vocals and guitar, Joe – bass and Jimi – drums

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P.U.S Radio: Anarcho Punk Special

Listen here: https://hearthis.at/qq3dr7tw/pus-radio-show-2-anarcho-special-final-cut/

On Saturday night, we guested on the second ever broadcast of P.U.S radio: Oozing Out Of Thanet! It was an Anarcho-Punk special so we got pretty carried away reciting Crass, Conflict and Poison Girls lyrics. Have a listen!

For more P.U.S Radio shows, click here:

https://hearthis.at/qq3dr7tw/

Presenter Dave said: “Playing music that I love and hoping people enjoy it. Lots of great bands out there that I hope to help share my enthusiasm for and as a consequence widen their audience. Not just punk but also reggae, glam, ska, rocksteady and whatever else has taken my fancy over the years! Cheers.”

WHISTLER & HIS JUG BAND

Whistler & His Jug Band were a group from Louisville, Kentucky and the very first jug band to perform. At the turn of the century, jug groups played string band arrangements to entertain people during the Kentucky Derby. Between 1924 and 1931, they recorded 21 titles for 3 companies. Interestingly a rare movie clip exists of the unfamiliar players and a still from the film was used by R. Crumb to draw their famous cartoon portrait.

 

Foldin’ Bed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iXzIvN4JI4