Biyernes, Disyembre 7, 2012

100-POPUNK-ZV #2

#3 Germs vs. Youth of Today

#4 Crass & Conflict

One Hundred Portraits of Punkitude by Zernain Villain

Huwebes, Disyembre 6, 2012

100-POPUNK-ZV #1

#1 Dead Kennedys

#2 Bad Religion

One Hundred Portraits of Punkitude by Zernain Villain

Huwebes, Oktubre 4, 2012

Collecticon 2012

What: Hobbiworx & present "Collecticon 2012"
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10:00am - Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9:00pm
Where: Robinsons Midtown Mall Atrium, Ermita
Admission: FREE

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Linggo, Setyembre 23, 2012

DIY Pinoy Zine + Comix Archives #3

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Blatant Underground #6 ('88, Sucat-Parañaque)

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Critical Bound Underground Network #1 ('02, Binmaley-Pangasinan)

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Doublethink #1 ('05, Malolos-Bulacan)

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State Of Shock #1 ('99, Malabon & Malate-Manila)

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Sabado, Setyembre 22, 2012

Baguio on a budget

(I sent this to the 2007 “If My Life Were a Book” essay-writing contest of the Philippine Star, and I don’t think they’re going to publish this...for obvious reasons. This article was originally posted here as “On the back of a truck: A punk rock sumvac”)

Parental advisory: This article contains four-letter words not suitable for adults (but there isn’t anything in here that you haven’t heard/used before).

They say that if a writer pours his heart and soul into his work, that work lives--or gets turned into a movie. If my life were a book I wish its pages would burn with the passion of On the Road--a mid-50’s paperback that hardly anyone reads. But it appears that a certain Jack Kerouac has done his job rather well. For life does imitate art--even fiction of the transgressive kind. And these are two days from one of those lives:

May 19, Monday. Work is a four-letter word and we were all so pretty vacant. I was on forced leave from my Makati slave job after my five-month contract expired. Louie was on summer vacation from his sixth year in art school. Philip had just gotten out of college and, like all of my friends, was jobless as fuck. Slowly being killed by the heat wave in Bulacan and the hopeless boredom of our modern existench, we thought of going up north: Baguio. Only problem was, we were all dead broke.

Not to worry, with a combined total of 200 pesos in our pockets, Louie and I grabbed our good old backpacks. Two shirts, two shorts, a pair of underwear, a sweater, a sleeping bag, and a lot of courage are all we’ll need for a week. From Malolos crossing, we took a jeepney to Tabang tollgate (several rides actually, ‘cuz we just hitchhiked). Then we were off on a van carrying drums of chemicals to Manila. We arrived at SM City in time for supper and met up with Philip who came all the way from down south--Cavite.

Before hunting/gathering food at the basement, we planted our butts on the mall’s benches and watched all the credit card-operated automatons, este, people around us. The masa window-shopping; coños and phonies speaking in colegiala tongues; the burgis and jologs displaying their signature clotheshoes, expensive cameraphones, and all the scum of consumer culture. Ah, the fashion show of life where you are no more than the logo on your shirt, the model of your celfone, or the contents of your shopping bag. At the food court, I had quite a fill of food scraps and leftovers from plates half-full and soda bottles half-empty. Imagine all the waste our fastfood mentality churns out every single day, while many of our kababayans subsist on instant mami noodles--if they’re lucky. By the way, Louie and Philip are vegetarians while I’m “freegan”--that is, I’ll eat anything as long as I don’t have to buy it. Lured by posters saying “Sale!” I took the up-escalator to the department store and indulged in a shopping spree. Socks, a towel, a bonnet--I got ‘em all on 100% discount. Thanks to the overworked sales ladies and underpaid security guards who, like me, are just cogs in the machine.

It was closing time when the three of us jumped on a bus going to Balintawak. From Cloverleaf interchange, we walked to the Camachile tollgate under the cover of darkness, and waited in the shadows. Our prey came in the form of a ten-wheeler truck with “Vegetable Dealer” scrawled on its sides. As the driver stopped to pay the toll, we pounced on it and scaled its eight-foot high body. Fat-assed Louie had trouble getting on and was left dangling like a pile of shit just as the truck was speeding towards the North Luzon Expressway. A bunch of shocked tollway cops tried to give chase on foot but thought better as the herd of speeding vehicles overran them. Hanging on to dear life, Philip and I hauled poor Louie’s carcass onboard.

With hands for pillows and frayed ropes for beds, we lay on our backs, faced the night sky, and told our stories as if around a campfire. It’s the sensation of sucking the marrow out of life, of the wind rustling your hair, of bathing in the light of the moon, of counting the stars, of sleeping in a blanket of clouds. At two in the morning, the driver, who hadn’t the slightest idea of his extra cargo, made a stopover at Hacienda Luisita. We dropped ourselves off and hopped on another truck, much to his dismay. Surveying my surroundings, I couldn’t help but wonder how much land a person really needs.

May 20, Tuesday. The red skyline greeted us at Rosario Junction, just at the foot of Baguio. From there, we got a ride to Pogo, then to Marcos Highway. A great thing about riding on the back of trucks is that I get to interact with the scenery and all. It’s an experience alien to commuters who are trapped inside the comfort of their airconditioned cars. For one, I get a certain kind of high smelling the air and the grass and the soil and, somehow, the cow dung. Can you put a value on a beautiful day?

Touchdown. First on our list was the City of Pines’ downtown ukay-ukays or wagwagans. I always thought that changing our consumption patterns, buying second-hand stuff, or recycling saves a lot of things: labor, raw materials, energy, and money. Not to mention it minimizes the junk we dump on earth. For lunch, I asked this girl at the carinderia if she could spare me some tutong. She obliged with a bagful, plus tirang ulam. Ah, the kindness of total strangers. There is hope for humanity. As for my two companions whose food group is different from mine, they had to find other means to secure their nourishment. Asking vegetable/fruit vendors for rejects, my friends had proven that if you use fictitious pet rabbits as an excuse, you’ll get free food. For some strange reason, telling people you’ll eat their spoils turns them off.

As the last light drained and the cold mists rolled into the empty streets, we found ourselves climbing one of the tribal Ifugao huts on display at the Botanical Garden. Amidst the wet cobblestones, eerie animal sounds, creepy plants, and thick fog, we rested like modern primitives and slept the sleep of the just. For no matter what glamor magazines and reality TV shows profess, there is a difference between life and survival. There is more to being alive than just having a heartbeat and brain activity.

So, if you’re life were made into a book, would you read it? Is reading things as exciting as doing them? Could danger be joyous? How much of your life comes at you through a book, vicariously?

Huwebes, Agosto 30, 2012

8Q with Toxemia's Corix Baluca

Corix Baluca (Naic, Cavite) -- No Bullshit Zine publisher / Toxemia guitarist, babysitter, drunk

1. Tell us something about yourself, what keeps you busy and what do you do for a living?

Hello Hippie! My Name is Corix Baluca, I write a fanzine called No Bullshit Zine, 1st issue was released last 2003, my last issue was issue #9, I am now preparing and working for my 10th issue to be released early next year, together with its 10th year anniversary (A Decade Of Existence). Watching my son growing up every day, changing his diaper makes me busy, and of cors drinking alcohol is included, I do just a small business that support my son’s need.

2. How/when did you first get involved in the UG scene? Who/what influenced you?

I was fed up by LA 105.9 and head bangers ball on MTV at that time, reading Hit Parader, Kerrang and stuff like that in the early 90’s, Later, It was 1997 or 98 when my friend from Cavite City handed me a Cross Blood Distribution catalogue, at that time while reading the band titles written I was being stunned because the titles are fuckin’ rare! Because I haven’t seen them on worthless magazines I have been reading, until I got/borrowed some zines in 2000 as far as I still remember like; Betloogs, Noisecore zine, Under The Volcano, Scrawlshop, Newskaster, Dead Reckoning etc… Fanzines influenced me a lot, and actually change the way I think about life, a couple of years later, I started my own zine.

3. Tell us about your band, Toxemia, and the music that you play. How/when did you guys start and what are your releases so far?

I play guitar on this band, our music ranges from Death metal to grind, we were formed 2003.

2003 - Sealed with Blood - Tape/Cdr (Jobless Production)
2005 - Death To Us All and Let This Rotting World Empty - Cdr (MortHumain Production)
2006 - No Bullshit Zine Compilation Vol. 1 - 4 - CDR (MortHumain Production)
2006 - Underworld Art Philippine Death Metal Compilation Cdr
2007 - Denial Against Humanity 4 Way Split CDR with: Decrusted, Anus De Satanus and Vomitarium (4Discunt Records)
2007 - Kalawang Records Compilation Vol. 1 "Shattered Silence" CDR
2008 - 3 Ways Split Tape with: Ego Death (Greece), Cripple Slaughter (USA) (Undergrind Production USA) cassette tape only
2012 - Cavite's Beast EP - Pro Cdr/Tape (Mort Humain Production)

4. For someone who plays a sick mix of noise/grind/crust/gore/death, do you think UG music can still outdo this and get any more brutal? What do you think is the next big shitty thing to come?

Yes, as you could noticed, underground music is getting more brutal these days…the next big shitty thing to come would be “BLACKENED EMO” hehe! :)

5. How's it going in the Cavite scene? How/when did it start? Any bands worth mentioning?

Cavite scene in my observation these days is good and I could proudly say, Alive! There are lots of bands here who are active releasing their own materials doing the DIY ethics from Punk, Hardcore to Metal, active bands these days like Pus Vomit, Anal Fissure, Nuclear Punishment, Grind Matador, Censorshit, The Squat, Tsimpayne, Holocaust of the Dead, Flash Elorde, Distorted Anger, Obliteration, State of Calamity, etc. and of corpse my band Toxemia hehe! Fanzine like; Tripalium Zine, Guttural Sickness, Gloryeye, Bangketa, Trencrusher and my very own No Bullshit! :)

When did it start was a very hard question for me, shameful to say, I am not doing my assignment yet, all I know is the band Feud existed in the mid or late 90’s, “This Is Cavite, Not L.A” compilation is quite old now…I’ll update you soon about the Cavite underground history.

6. Tell us about your zine, No Bullshit, and what inspired you to do it? Do you think the internet killed the hard copy zines?

Old zines inspires me lot in doing one, my first goal and purpose is to let people know in my area about the underground thing, but they don’t like it, they prefer a glossy one.

About the internet, yes, I believe, internet killed the paper zines in a way, but I also believe that it’s not the internet’s fault, it’s man’s intellect ideas, so why not use it?, the thing that we think internet killed it because people abuse the internet, kids today are being dependent on it, and don’t care about fanzines anymore, because of those blogs with mp3’s to download, facebook and youtube, whether it is a webzine or a kvlt metal “blog” run by a self proclaim elite metal head, it’s all fuckin’ the same, man! Still run by the internet, I put up a webzine last 2004 because I believe people will get a lot of information in it, to let kids know what underground is all about, that’s the goal in every fanzine in the first place, since internet nowadays is like a necessity already, it has pdf files in every printed issues I release on paper, to print out for themselves, spread without any commercial value, or just keep it on their own collection, because No Bullshit Zine is ANTI COPYRIGHT ever since! But it looks like kids don’t need it anymore as long as there are mp3’s , youtube and facebook to LIKE in every pictures uploaded, the underground feeling wasn’t there anymore that modern day fans could not feel the same way 20 years ago.

7. You've done some pretty ear-splitting compilation albums in the past. Can you tell us about them?

Compilations I’ve made was intended free for No Bullshit Zine issues, it was my small way of helping a band spread their music here and abroad without any commercial purposes.

8. In closing, what are you looking forward to/hoping for in the local scene? Any last words?

The true essence of the underground today wasn’t there anymore, music and gigs are easy to access, what makes that underground? You can be elite by liking cult music on facebook. I just hope that the modern day fans would get off their asses by supporting bands, zines, labels and distros in the underground and buy their merchandise, go watch an underground gig, not just liking and watching it on you tube. Support Fanzines because they are the true medium of the underground.

Thanks a lot Hippie for including me to be part of your amazing project, thanx for believin’ and good luck to your projects!

For info and any underground subject matter:
c/o Corix Baluca
Blk. 14 Lot 11 Villa Apolonia Phase 2
Naic, Cavite 4110 Philippines

20 Sept. '12 Upd8 from Corix Baluca:

9. Why the name "Toxemia," who came up with it? What about "No Bullshit"?

- The name Toxemia was my idea, it's because Toxemia is a one man band originally, hehe became a full band later after a month. I guess, I just saw it on the dictionary or in the internet or something, and I find it cool...hehe! No Story behind it, actually!

-The name No Bullshit was just suddenly prompted up in my mind, because from the name itself it sounded very underground, but after the release of my first and second issue, I start thinking to change the name, because I feels like, there are lots of zines doing this kinda name already, someone told me to search at Yahoo search, and at that time I already started to learn how to fuck this fucking technology, so I tried to search at Yahoo search engine, there’s no google search yet in early 2k, I guess, correct me if I’m wrong, and I haven’t found any related/similar name like mine as a fanzine, so, that motivates me to continue the name, and yeah! Until now!

10. What year did your zine start and how many issues have you published since then?

-I started to write the first issue in 2002, but it was released 2003, I only have 9 issues, my last issue #9 was released 2010, but the 10th issue is currently on the works.

"Blog now, book later. A coffee beer table book by Zernain Villain and friends..." -- The Punkblisher

Lunes, Agosto 27, 2012

DIY Pinoy Zine + Comix Archives #2

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Another State Of Mind #1 ('9X, Mandaluyong-Metro Manila)

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Anti #3 ('98, Davao)

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Chaozine #1 ('00, Taguig-Metro Manila)


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Kardia #1 ('99, Manila)

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Biyernes, Agosto 24, 2012

8Q with Konspirazine's Jep Peligro

Jep Peligro (Biñan, Laguna) -- Konspirazine publisher, music fanatic since 12, all around nice guy

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what keeps you busy other than music?

Hello Hippie. How are you doing, bro? Thank you for considering myself to be a part of your cool project. I don't think I would be the best person to include on your series of interviews, but I would be more than happy to take part in it and share what little I know. My name is Jeff, I go by Jep Peligro. I was born in Santa Cruz, Manila, and grew up all over Manila and Q.C. Other than being a music fanatic, I keep myself busy with trying to run my own music-related fanzine, a web blog (not web zine, *cough cough*) and in between those, I try to pretend to be a normal human being slaving myself away for the man 7.5 hours a day/ 5 days a week. Thank you so much.

2. So how/when did you get into the scene? Who/what influenced you?

I never imagined there had been an active U.G. scene here in our shores back when I was a kid and collecting tapes from Manila's record/tape stores. In my ignorance, I thought the re-issued TRC tapes I collected (during the mid-90's, mind you) were of bands that were no longer active and altogether ceased existence. Man, was I so wrong. Reading local scene reports and show reviews in the Rock & Rhythm magazines made me aware we had an active, thriving U.G. scene, and that it was myself who was out of touch with this scene. By '96-'97, my elder sister joined a Riot Grrl band [Cherry Bomb], whose sound shifted to a 90's Victory Records-inspired Hardcore style, and from there, my knowledge of the scene grew more. The earliest crew that baptized me more into Hardcore Punk were from Washington, Makati composed of the guys from Dominus Cross. Countless gigs tagging along with those two bands later got me introduced to all these great bands who rounded up the bar scenes (haha), the basketball court gigs, multi-purpose halls, garages, hell, anywhere an open space can accomodate band equipment for a show were all fair game. My influences were all my early mentors in the scene, including the fine fellas at Loads Of Motherhood, Mindrape, Tame The Tikbalang, Resurrected, Gas, Skrewheds, Bulldozed, Milagro/Barrier, Eight Ounce, Children Of The Damned, Homecide (pre-Piledriver), Ground Zero, and almost all of the early Laguna scenesters. That was mostly where gigs were prevalent and I almost always attended their shows there.

3. How did the Laguna scene come about? How is it different from other scenes, say, Manila and other provincial scenes?

Like I mentioned, I wouldn't be the best resoure person to consult as to how the scene, particularly in Laguna, came about, as I pretty much got involved only during the scene's 2nd wave. But if you go into the Laguna scene's history books, you will find out the scene's pioneers were of two excellent, well-respected Hardcore Punk bands by the names of AGGRESSIVE DOG ATTACK and of course, the almighty BIOFEEDBACK. These 2 bands started the ball rolling with playing their brand of music whenever Manila & other provincial scenes invited them over to play gigs, and from there, these crew brought that same DIY attitude back home and began organizing local shows as well. That move spawned the birth of other great Laguna bands like Camote Chunks, New Found Heritage, Social Outrage, they were mostly crews and collectives made up of these above mentioned bands. As well, there were the groups behind these bands such as the Strong South Laguna, Killing Squad crew, Crossxblood crew, Southside Strong Locos, Dare To Care, etc. These were from the lower Laguna areas, not to forget the upper Laguna scenes brewing in the Calamba, to the San Pablo-Los Baños areas, namely the Acid Cow collective, Playground Suicide & such. As you can imagine, we've had plenty enough to keep our little scene growing at a steady pace. Notable bands that came out of this era include Anal Scream, Aberrant, Autumn Willow, B.N.B., Barrier/Milagro, Balance, Before 21, Bent, Bio-Jerks, Brainsalad, Broken Frame, Bubblegum, Charved Neck, C.B.E., Chilidogs, Crackpots, Crimage, Counter Attack, Catacomb, Downgrade, Expendable Youth, Failure Of Truth, Hand-Painted Wall, Holding Hands, Hulk Hogan, Jellyfish Babies, Jolly Pops, Kiddie Corps, Kambing, Life Is Short, Lotus Pride, Mellow Del Prado, Mortus, N.S.P., On A Day Like Today, Outlast, Parkas Atropos, Progression, Rabid Chihuahuas, S.A.W., Sk8 Fags, Space Cow, Spanky, Spenglers, Touchdown, Tons Of Intense, This Was I, Thin Line, Valley Of Chrome, Village Idiots, Whatanoodle, and lots more my memory escapes me.

How is it different from the other scenes? I can proudly say that during the 90's, when the scene was laying dead, Laguna put that spark back and jump-started the dying scene back to life. Look it up in our history books and you'll see that this scene was the first to manage the feat of hosting the first ever DIY tour of a foreign band to our local shores (1995 with punk band All You Can Eat from California, USA), that inspired countless other scenes/crews to follow their lead. We also had the country's first mail-order distro Crossxblood Distribution dubbing foreign lp's, cd's and cassettes into dubbed cassette tapes made easily accessible (Read: sold dirt-cheap) to local kids at local shops and local shows, thus spreading the Hardcore Punk reality to the masses hungry for their fix.No other scene achieved that status during the 90's as far as I recall.

4. How much do you think the local scene has changed in the last 30 years? Why do you think "divisions" still exist? You know, punk vs. hardcore/metal, old school vs. new school.

I honestly couldn't round up the whole 30 years as I have only been observing our scene for the past 16-17 years since I was introduced to it bro. But from what I've seen, the scene we have now couldn't be any better. You have countless, talented bands I can seriously say we could throw in there with the other international acts with pride. A lot of bands have become better musicians and even those are no longer limited to the Metro Manila areas anymore. Although recently, I've observed as well that new kids/bands entering our scene all have it too easy thanks to this age of the interwebs. Sure, we all started from scratch and built our knowledge on the scene by attending countless gigs, collecting zines, interacting with bands we dig, and networking through snail mail and word of mouth, til we satisfied ourselves and learned all we could from such activities, that all has changed now. Kids today have it too easy with Google,Youtube, Facebook and such. I just hope they all put their hearts into it because if you're just a bored kid with nothing better to do, you only make our scene a superficial one and it loses meaning that way. Anyhow, I would not fuckin' encourage it and sure as hell won't allow it.

As far as I'm concerned, these so called divisions no longer exist. That may have been through for the 90's scene, but I've been to alot of shows lately where Metal dominated gigs have a couple of Hardcore bands lined up, and some Hardcore gigs have got a couple of Metal bands lined up too., I don't think these so-called divisions are tolerated much as almost everyone I know from these different scenes all know each other. Of course, there's gonna be that 1 or 2 bands/guys who will insist on having it divided, but don't let it ruin anything for you. They simply need to grow up.

5. What are some of your fondest memories in the scene? Any funny/sad experiences you'd like to share? Anyone/anything you miss?

My fondest memories of the scene are those times I experienced with the Laguna crew back in those "glorious" years of our youth, man, The Crossxblood, Skrewheds, Bulldozed, Barrier & Milagro crews were a crazy bunch and were my "kuya's" in the scene. I miss hanging out with these bunch, countless nights getting drunk at the Crossblood headquarters in Binan, Laguna, watching how those guys operated (dubbing tapes, photocopying foreign zines for local, sell-at-cost distrubution, etc), attending & watching gigs with 30 or more of us in attendance doing the public commutes to and from venues, pooling everyone's money to get by, etc etc. Man, those were fun times, indeed. I hung out with those motherfuckers when I was 16 and all through my teens. Yeah, I've been schooled by the cream of the crop and that's a pride I wear in my sleeve to this day. much love and respect to the Laguna crew.

6. You have a lot of experience as a zine writer and probably one of the very good few who are still at it. Can you say something about the role of zines in the scene, for those who might not be familiar with them?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Zines are the backbone of our local underground Hardcore & Punk scenes. Forget all the trendy, glossy magazines trying to penetrate our scene (especially Pulp mag and their likes..) Fanzines are our scene's history books. These are done by honest scene fanatics who want nothing more for the scene than to be properly documented and immortalized in their work. We don't have corporate bosses who lick asses of major, multinational, capitalist "sponsors", and don't have to make a trend of a movement led by honest, hardworking bands/people. Simply put, we keep it real, motherfuckers. We are selfish that way, yes. Ask yourself and answer it honestly. If these glossy mags reach a wider audience and our Hardcore Punk bands want in on it because of that lame-ass excuse, isn't it more sensible for these bands to tour their asses off and correspond through snail mail or even the internet to reach these supposedly "wider audience"? Will they say that touring out of pocket is expensive without a glossy mag sponsor? Well, do their understanding of Hardcore Punk translate to living a Hardcore Punk band life the easy way? you tell me. Support your local zines and keep it steady at a grassroots level. Love it or get the fuck out of the underground.

I wasn't born knowing what fanzines are. I learned about it from reading the 90's local music magazine Rock & Rhythm. From there. my interest in zines grew, and helped me dig deeper in my research. Communicate and write your local zinemakers now.

7. In pre-internet days, zines were a big way for kids to learn about new bands, records, gigs, etc. The net has had a huge impact on the scene, as it has on indie music as a whole. How has zine/music culture changed since the rise of the internet/blogs/social networks?

Well for one thing, the internet age has spawned a lot of poser web-log sites ("blogs") since it's advent and that has encouraged the stay-at-home mentality and learn everything you can through the internet type of kids who don't come out to live shows, don't purchase records directly from bands and don't purchase or trade paper zines directly from zinemakers. Good thing or bad, I dunno man. Although the fact remains the internet has made it a hundred times easier to get connected to like-minded individuals halfway across the globe, but only up to a certain extent. The most adverse effect I can see this internet age has on our scene is to make kids more lax and more ungrateful to the pioneers who started the scene they now enjoy. You see all these little fucks claiming punk or hardcore but as soon as you discuss G.I & The Idiots or Wuds or I.O.V. or Betrayed or R.D.A. or Urban Bandits and these little fuckers think you're fuckin' crazy or on drugs. WTF is up with that, mr.Internet, eh? You bring fanzines to sell or trade at shows and these li'l fucker woukd rather purchase their latest band t-shirts that cost 90% more than your zine you just have to grin and bear it. These little fucks have to remember to use the internet to their advantage and not to their enprisonment.

8. Finally, how can we get a copy of your zine? Any websites/stuff you'd like to promote? Shout-outs?

My zines are mostly available in Laguna (Binan-Sta.Rosa) gigs or Quezon City gigs or hell, at any gig I feel like supporting, I mostly bring a bunch for trade/selling. Mail orders are welcome but don't expect a quick reply as I can be a lazy fuck oftentimes. Just send me your mailing address and we could go from there. I have a download blog that ocassionally have excerpts of contents from old issues of my zine I had put out but even that had not been updated for the longest time. So sue me, I don't care. Haha. Kidding aside, it's at Drop me a line there on my chatbox. Please do not stop listening to Biofeedback, ever. Listen to their songs, understand their message (applicable all throughout your life), and enjoy life with them. I did, and still do. They take away the pain and make this shitty life bearable. Communicate and never tire supporting your local zinesters, bands, show organizers, and the fans. DIY by all means necessary. Sincerity, Integrity, Faith & Action! Shout out to my real strength Gighie Bravo, for giving life and love. Cheers Hippie Teenage Anger! Always keep the faith!

Jep Peligro, Konspirazine life & thought fanzine. Binan, Laguna. Music fanatic since I was 12. I love New Wave and that's where it all started, thanks to my cousin JJ and my elder siblings. I ride a trike and a jeep everyday going to and from the corporate penitentiary and I hate the fact that I do that. I'm an all around nice guy according to my mom, but whenever I declare facts I observe within the scene, I lose friends & make new enemies. Such is life. Cheers!

17 Sept. '12 Upd8 from Jep Peligro:

9. Why the name "Konspira Zine," who came up with it? What year did your zine start and how many issues have you published since then?

Back in 1997-1998 I really can't recall bro, I had my own zine (the amateurish Propaganda zine that had a bold print run of at least around twenty copies, ultra-rare even I don't have a copy of it) based out of Makati, where I was residing at that time. During those times I was going up to hang out with the fellas at Binan, Laguna, and it was there that I got to meet and be friends with Treb, who used to do vocals for San Pedro-Binan's Children Of The Damned, before eventually forming Piledriver with the fellas from the old Sta.Rosa City's Homecide who were splitting up around that time. Treb had his own zine back then (Have You Zine Your Life?) and one day we got the idea of joining forces to do a new zine. That was were we got the name Conspirazine from. After our initial first issue, things just kept getting in the way and we were never able to pull off the 2nd issue (all saved on soft drives that had since vanished into oblivion.)

Some interviews were still saved on my email inboxes and some went to heaven. Until Treb eventually went full time vocalist for his band and sometime after relocated to the U.S. for the most part, in early to mid 2000's I went into hibernation mode, missing a lot, I mean really, really lots of shows, activies and all, as I began to get myself counted into the corporate workforce lifestyle. Now, that sucked man.

It was only around late 06-07 I began going back to shows, and by 2009, decided I wanted to get back to my zinewriting duties as I wanted a more focused approach on paper publications covering the real underground and not just those that get mentioned in big name glitter magazines. So far as of press time I've come up with 5 issues on a more or less 12-13 years stretch, yeah that's pretty lame, I know but you have to exclude the decade-long hiatus I went on. I'm now rounding up the latest issue (6) which hopefully, if time and laziness permits, should be out on the streets anytime soon, a month or two perhaps.

"Today a blog, tomorrow a book. A coffee beer table book by Zernain Villain and friends..." -- The Idiotor

Martes, Agosto 21, 2012

8Q with Drastic Noise's John-John Serna

John-John Serna (Taguig, Metro Manila/Cebu) -- Drastic Noise vocals, United Hate recording artist, concert producer

1. So tell us something about yourself, where you are from and such like. How/when did you get into the scene? What/who influenced you?


2. What do you make of the whole 90's scene? How was it different compared to the scene now?


3. What are some of your fondest memories--funny/sad--in the scene? Any person/thing you miss?


4. Tell us about your band Drastic Noise and the "Combabatants of Anarchy" album. How/when did you guys start?


5. How's it going with Aggressive Music Society? How/when did it start? Care to enumerate some of the concerts you guys produced, particularly in the Pateros-Taguig area?


6. What about United Hate Music, how/when did the record label start? Care to give a rundown on the compilation tapes you guys produced? How's the deal with major label Aquarius Records?


7. Let's go back in time. Care to harp on accusations hurled at you by LA105's Ramon "The Doctor" Zialcita and others that you scammed/ripped off people back in the day? You know, taking off with the gig money, tampering tickets, messing band line-ups and all?

[Check out "Concert Organizers From Hell" by Ramon Zialcita (The Doctor)]


8. In closing, what are you looking forward to/hoping for in the local scene? Parting shots? Hate speech?


23 Aug. '12 Upd8 from John-John Serna:


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