Here is a link to a very cool article by Oliver Sheppard about contemporary post-punk.
Reviewed by Mickeyslim at KFJC 89.7 FM in California
Red Dons is the primary band from what’s called the Vagabond Sound Music Collective based in Portland, started by Doug Burns (lead vocals/guitar) and Hajji Husayn (bass/vocals). While many folks have been in and out of the band, this collection is Burns, Husayn, Richard Joachim (drums/vocals) and Will Kinser (lead guitar) of Born/Dead (see A library).
Pariah is a very fast, in yo’ face punk track with a flat, repetetive guitar melody in the background. These guys know how to rock out.
It’s Your Right is a GEM! It changes tempo a couple times in the song, and switches from what sounds like three different tracks. They fit together very well. PLAY THIS SONG!
Very versatile for a punk group, these guys are pro.
Good news for anyone upset that they had no way of rockin’ out to Fake Meets Failure on their Walkman. Our friends from The Great White North, Hosehead Records, have just released a cassette version of our 2010 album. It’s an extremely limited run, so be sure to get a copy before supplies run out. We have a limited amount available off our website. Just go to the store link at the top of the page. If we’ve run out, there should be more available at http://hoseheadrecords.bigcartel.com/ .
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Here is a piece by Trish Bronte about Portland Punk featuring interviews with Red Dons and Tragedy. This originally aired on September 12th, 2011 as a segment on the Bra Trommis program on Radio Nova in Norway. It is narrated in Norwegian but our responses remain in English so you can still make out most of what the interview covers.
Portland Punk on Radio Nova
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By this point, most of you probably already know and / or love RED DONS. For those of you who don’t, this band is comprised of members of the OBSERVERS, CLOROX GIRLS, and BORN/DEAD. As for influences, I can hear X and WIPERS the most, and maybe even some MISSION OF BURMA here and there, but not as artsy. Their overall northwest sound brings it all together nicely. Highly recommended! (BD)
A Forced Turning Point
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Se Foi: Mastered
This is an interview we did last April after our show in Erlangen, Germany. The interview was first broadcast on DiY OR DiE. DiY OR DiE is a monthly live radio show on the only non-commercial independent radio station in Bavaria, Radio Z. Thanks to Andi and Jess for setting up the show and conducting the interview.
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Here is a video from our April 22nd show at La Fabriketa in Barcelona.
Without sounding too cliché, we’d really like to thank everyone who came to our shows this Spring. We’d also like to extend our deepest gratitude to those of you who helped set up our shows, press our records, make posters, screen shirts, put us up for the night, and/or everything else that made the tour possible. It was an amazing time. We played with a lot of great bands and met a ton of cool people. Everyone’s hard work was definitely appreciated and we hope to return to Europe soon. If anyone has photos or video of our shows, please send us links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Again!
4/4- M- Hamburg @ Hafenklang
7/4 – Th- Bremen @ Spedition
8/4 – F – The Revisions @ Green Hell Records
8/4 – F – Münster @ Gleis 22
9/4 – Sa – Hannover @ UJZ Korn
10/4 – Sun – The Revisions @ Static Shock Records
10/4 – Sun – Berlin @ Kopi
11/4 – M – Leipzig @ Zoro (w/ The Revisions)
12/4 – Tu – Prague @ 007
13/4 – W – Vienna @ Arena/3 Raum
14/4 – Th – Budapest @ Trafik Klub (w/ The Revisions)
15/4 – F – Brno @ Melodka
16/4 – Sa – Revisions on Szene M on m94.5 Radio 3pm
16/4 – Sa – Munich @ Kafe Kult
18/4 – M – Erlangen @ Jugendhaus Erlangen
19/4 – Tu – Tübingen @ Epplehaus
20/4 – W – Brussels @ DNA
21/4 – Th – St. Etienne @ Assammoir
22/4 – F – Barcelona @ La Fabriketa
23/4 – Sa – Madrid @ Wurlitzer Ball Room
24/4 – Su – Valencia @ La Residencia
25/4 – M – Zaragoza @ Alberque Juvenil
26/4 – Tu – San Sebastian @ Mogambo
27/4 – W – Bordeux @ Saint Ex
28/4 – Th – Paris @ Belushi’s
29/4 – F – London @ Garage
30/4 – Sa – London @ Lexington
1/5 – Su – Brighton @ The Hydrant
2/5 – M – Nijmengen @ Onderbroke
3/5 – Tu – Groningen @ Crowbar
4/5 – W – Aalborg @ 1000 Fryd
5/5 – Th – Oslo @ Blitz
6/5 – F – Gothenburg
7/5 – Sa – Stockholm
12/5 – Th – Copenhagen @ Bakken
13/5 – F – Malmö @ Punks Only
14/5 – Sa – Hamburg @ Storte
15/5 – Su – Hamburg @ MS Hedi