French Group Clean Cutz Vinz have been so nice to me and answered a lot of questions about the group. He excuses him self for the bad English…but I don´t think ha speak/write bad English…October-2006-10-10
Please tell me a little about every member, age, family,
work, interests and
-Vinz: I’m Vinz, I’m 25 and I sing in the band. My all life is devote to rock n' roll, and tattoo, punk rock in particular. I could send you a very big list of what is bad about me...
KiD: Well, I am Kid, I’m 23, I play the guitar. I love skateboarding, dj-ing some rockabilly, northern soul, 60’s pop and garage 45s at parties, and riding my ’65 Vespa. I am the worst guitar player, skateboarder, and dj you’ve ever seen and heard.
Tonnie: Tonnie 21, swinger,
Industrial technician worker. Bass player with the clean cuts and usually
”My review of your stuff is like that:
-Vinz: Hey it's a really cool review, thanx a lot.
KiD: Yeah it sounds great to me, thanx.
Is there any other bands you’re being compared with?
-Vinz: The Hatepinks from Marseille.
-Vinz: Yes, I care a lot about reviews, I’m always happy when it's good, and always sad when it's bad.
KiD: And it’s also a good way to know what people think about your work.
-KiD: It was Vinz idea…
Vinz: I think appearance is very important(even if it's not necessary) in punk rock, I like punk clothes( when it's D.IY., stop buying punk trademarks, do it FOR yourself !!) in life ,and on stage, so I wanted a name about that.
-Vinz: What's cool is that
everything is a victory, a good show in front of 10 people, someone you
don't know who tells you that your music is great, a good review and an
interview in a Swedish webzine...cause it's a passion. What's bad is that we
have no money to do all we want to do. Being a punk rock band in 2006 is
very hard cause labels take no risks with little bands, everything 's going
faster and bigger in the scene, in some country in particular. In the U.S.A
, punk has become a "job"...There's tons of great bands, perhaps because of
Green Day and Offspring, but the real diy punk mentality is dying perhaps
because of them too.
-KiD: It’s sucks.
Vinz: That sucks, of course. Ten years ago everyone kicked or laughed at me because I had a green hair and slim trousers, today it's in fashion. I don't know what is the worse.
-Vinz: Like every government, it sucks.
Tonnie: OH! Great ! I think they feel well, only a little migraine for Jacques but he feels good now! Adolescent crisis for Nicolas Sarkozy (“the next one”), I think he’s a facsist, sorry for him....
-Vinz: Yes it can. But we're not a political band. I used to be very involved in the anarchopunk scene, but now it's over. The only ideology I believe in now is nihilism, I hate people, I hate the world, I hate the fuckin' human race. I told everything I had to say in my old anarchopunk band called CIDER BREAKFAST.
KiD: Music is probably the best way to give a political message.
Tonnie: of course many years ago....but now, it became really ridiculous for much bands! . With the clean cuts the message is no politic, punk rock is more a way of life. We lead our politic fight personally, .... sorry. It’s more serious. Politic is more interesting with concrete life experiences.... and we think our music can’t be “stick” to these cases.
-Vinz: Conflict not under Crass influence, Anti-Flag 10 years ago, Oi Polloi, Aus rotten, Refused for the lyrics and many more.
KiD: The Clash.
Tonnie: I think music and politic goes hand in hand with three bands : Bad religion, Dead Kennedy’s and Fugazi.
-Vinz: Yes of course, but honestly, we're the best....no, seriously I really like bands like the Zoomen or Operation S for exemple.
KiD: There’s a lot of great bands in France now: the Hatepinks, Operation S, les Terribles, Plastic Guns, just to name a few.
Tonnie: Ken park (hxc, Saint Etienne), Strong as ten (hxc, Metz), Kiss kiss martine (Saint Etienne)
-Vinz: There's a lot of
punk rock bands, slim trousers, blond girls...someone told me that in Sweden
it was girls who chat up guys, is that true? If it's true I want to live in
Tonnie: Wasi Wasa, Krisprols, Volvo, Saab (expensive cars!!!!!!), The new “nest” of punk (the next one is Saint Etienne), IKEA, Ecologic life.
-Vinz: So many man, that I can't all name them...I think Asta Kask must be the first one I knew. I like the Bones, Voice of a generation, Bombshell rocks, Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Perkele, Clockwork crew, Down and away, Diskonto, for the biggest. The Drive-ins were really fuckin' cool too! Hanoi rocks are Swedish no? They're one of my favourite band.
KiD: There are too much great bands in Sweden that I can’t listen to all of them. But I like: The Hives, Backyard Babies, Randy, Hellacopters, Refused. And I heard a band called Miss45 the other day, I don’t know if they are famous in Sweden but they rock.
Tonnie: Randy, the Hives!!!!!!!!
-Vinz: Definitely a lifestyle of course. Punk rock saved my life, it's MORE than a lifestyle.
KiD: Being punk is a lifestyle, and above all a huge (counter-)culture, that seems endless. cause there are so many things to learn, and bands to listen.
Tonnie: Se annan fråga « It is the bond between the rebellion of the r'n'r and the anti-culture underground»
most important things in life?
-Vinz: vVry difficult
question...i'll tell you the favourite 5 I bought/seen this year...:
Things : punk rock, tattoo, clothes, my bands, girls
Records: River City Rebels-No good No time No pride, One Man Army- Last Word Spoken, Merton Parkas-Face the crowd, Buzzcocks-another music in a different kitchen, and every songs recorded by Eddie Cochran.
Concerts: Radio Reelers, Buzzcocks , Backyard Babies/Social Distortion, Generators/US Bombs, The Briefs.
Important things: My girl, Family/Friends, Music (from western swing to punkrock), oldschool skateboarding, playing shows.
Tonnie: Top five of
records: Minor threat : out of step, Fugazi : red medicine, Husker du : Zen
arcade, Nirvana : In Utero, Gorilla biscuits : Star Today
-Vinz: My first record was a tape of ELVIS, but the first record I bought by myself, it must be G n'R Lies of Guns n' Roses. The last ones was the last Mötorhead, a damned and two vandals. The most expensive must be the first 7" of asphalt jungle, a French 77 band. It cost me 30 euros.
KiD: The first record I bought with my own money was Parklife by Blur, the last lp is the American pressing of the Undertones first album. I am a record collector, I mostly buy rockabilly, northern soul, French 60’s beat and mod stuff, I think the most expensive record I bought is the 1st EP of Les Problemes, which is in great demand by 60’s mod music lovers. I bought it 45euros, but I have saw it several times for more that 120euros on e-bay.
Tonnie: First : NOFX: heavy
petting zoo, I was 11.
-KiD: Maybe a cover in French of the Beatles Twist and Shout called “Twiste et Chante”, it sucks and its ridiculous but its really fun to hear.
Vinz: An FM rockabilly band called "les forbands"...it's a shame in france.
Tonnie: Double LP best of
Eddy Mitchell (French blues/rock crooner)
You sound really much 1977 , how come?
-Vinz: I've got a real passion for "old school" punk rock, so it's a pleasure to try to make it again. And it's a way to say "fuck off" to all those trendy "big sound" styles like shitty screamo-emo, or "MTV punk rock" shit. Roots music & roots attitude.
KiD: And we listen to a lot of bands from ’77 like the Undertones, the Ramones, 999, the Damned, the Jam, and also many bands of today like the Briefs, the Hatepinks, Radio Reelers, so it help us to do some stuff sounding ’77.
Tonnie: I think our music is like many 77 bands in their early tapes so our music is more from 75-76 I think because of the sound and the stupidity (joke)!
-KiD: I don’t really like French punk music from the 70’s and the 80’s.
Tonnie: Metal Urbain was a good band.
Vinz: I love Edith N, and
Telephone was a really good r n' r band, but they turned like shit. Now the
two guitarists make mainstream shits. Metal Urbain had reissues last years,
and a record on Alternative tentacles....but I’m not sure cause this band is
not my cup of tea. If you like old French punk (with French sing) check out
Bulldozer and Starshooter.
-KiD: It’s only our 3rd interview, so it’s quite unusual.
Vinz: Not enough...I like making interviews, but I prefer live ones, cause I’m very slow with a computer.
Which is the question you never get, please ask it and answer it?
-Vinz: "-Do you want to
sleep with me(us),even if we don't know each other?"
KiD: “-Pretty boy, Have you ever heard your mommy say noise annoys”
Is it any chance to see you in Sweden soon?
-KiD: I hope so.
Vinz: I hope. If someone is interested to make a tour...With so many great bands the scene must be really exciting. I'd like to visit the country too, I’m sure it's pretty cool.
-Vinz: Not in France, believe me !I don't know where, but my dream is to play at the CBGB.
KiD: Yeah, the CBGB seems to be one of the best place to play.
Tonnie: Mark o brian show on cnbc live!!!
-Vinz: Cause my inspiration
comes from bands that I don't understand the lyrics and who sing, for a lot
of them, in English. I like French sing, but it's not the "sound" I want to
bring into the Clean-Cuts. And my lyrics are too stupid, I don't want to
hear them in French.
Futureplans for the band?
-KiD: We will self produce a 7” for the end of the year and we are looking for a label in order to release a 10”.
Vinz: We're looking for a label that makes vinyl. Making a lot of gigs, coming in Sweden and kicking Millencolin in the ass.
-Vinz: Buy some new records, ties and sunglasses. We also have another band with Tonnie (bass player), with a lot of Scandinavian influences(Turbonegro, Psychopunch, Puffball...),it's call WEAPON CITY BRATS.
KiD: Well, I will try to create my own record label to release our 1st 45, and maybe release other bands records in the future.
Tonnie: Find a job
-Vinz: Fuck the
Something to add?
-Vinz: Thanks a lot for your interest and your really cool interview. Hope coming one day in Sweden.
KiD: Thanx a lot for the interview, and cheers to our friends back in France, the Plastic Guns.