Red Shift is a punkband which knocked me really much when
I heard them and I really wanted to have an interview with them so Mark
answered my questions the same day as I sent them and I´m really happy for
-Yes we love history...Many of our songs speak about
History...In fact Theodore Rosevelt once said "You must know about the past
to change the future"... as for our History...
We’re not commies, and we’re definitely not bible salesmen; just three guys
in red ties playing punk music the way it should be. No love songs, and no
tune over three minutes long.
Rooted in 70’s punk and 50’s rockabilly, if the Ramones got into a barroom
brawl with Carl Perkins this is what it would sound like. Combining three
chord guitar riffs, melodic bass lines, chain gang sing-a-longs and a
rockabilly backbeat, the Red Shift writes and performs all original music.
Marky strangles his guitar like a dictator on a rampage and leads the Shift
into battle with his commanding vocals while Scotty walks the fret board
like it’s nobody’s business and Rev. Jerry fills out the rhythm section with
his dead-steady backbeats. Themes range from songs about deviants and
drunkards to politics and criminals—all of which are related in one way or
Having recorded and produced their first two albums independently, the Red
Shift went into the studio to record the seven song EP “I Don’t Wanna Get
Gassed", nd is currently touring to promote the album :Just Another Red
Please tell me a little about every member, age, family, work, interests and
something bad about every one?
Married, Employed, Sports, This guys perfect
Married, Employed, Comics, Once had a Mullet
Scotty 24, Not Married, Unemployed, Graphic Design, Once had emo hair.
My review of your record is like this RED SHIFT-JUST ANOTHER RED SCARE(CD)
Here I got really positively surprised because Red Shift is a group which
really sounds good. Good streetpunkstyled music which is really cheeky and
halfaggressive. Sometimes it's some horns in the songs and that´s makes this
even better because it's a little bit different then. I think that the horns
suits into the music really good on this fast punk and that I have thought
since Stiff Little Fingers used in the beginning of the 80´s. I think I hear
some of the old 77-punk also in the background and that´s not wrong
either….Red Shift is a group to check out….do that…(EIGHT) 16/1-07
What about it?
-M:Nice review...I think you understand what we are getting at...
Is there any other bands you´re being compared with?
-M:Yeah we have been compared to everything from Screeching Weasel, The
Testors, The Clash, to Chuck Berry on Crack...
Do you care about reviews? Which is the most trustful, the bad or the good
-Nah...Most are good for us...If someone dislikes us they usaully don't
write about us...
Which is the most peculiar review you ever have got?
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Energy, Rebellion, Truth...
How is it to live in your homecountry?
-It is great for some, Ok for most, and horrible for the rest...The Red
Shift comes from the forgotten middle class, and strives to help the less
What about the government?
-M:The Red Shift does not agree with many choices the current government is
making... We are very upset with the way things are run...You can get this
feeling from our music...Revolution or Bust!!!
Don´t you think that music and politics goes hand in hand? Or it doesn´t
seems to be so if we hear your song Politics?
-M: Yes they do, but nobody wants to hear someone preach too much...Everyone
must make their own decsions...We try to keep an open mind, as we open other
Best political band?
-The Clash and our hometown heroes the MC5
But do you think that music can change anyones life?
-M: Yes...Music is possibly the greatest invention of all time...Think about
it...You wouldn't be talking with me if it wasn't for those tunes we sing...
Is there any good bands in your homecountry now?
-Sure...Tons...We love the Queers, and the U.S. Bombs (which we have played
We also love these groups...
the Ramones, the Clash, Merle Haggard, Social Distortion, Rancid, Dropkick
Murphys, the Briggs, Tiger Army, Voodo Glow Skulls, the Street Dogs,
Bouncing Souls, Pixies, Flatfoot 56, Reverend Horton Heat,the Stray Cats.
Local Favorites: the Dewtons, the Betty Fords, Koffin Kats, Amino Acids,
Casket Gasket, the White Lies, No Regrets,The Fightin Hellfish, St. Thomas
Boys Academy, Hoppin Mad, Cash O'Riley, Twistin Tarantulas, Malpractice, the
Warning, the Eastern Block, Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Expierence, Mustard
Plug, the Off Beats and the Suicide Machines
What do you know about Sweden?
-M: The Kingdom of Sweden (Swedish: Konungariket Sverige is a Nordic country
in Scandinavia. It is bordered by Norway in the west, Finland in the
northeast, the Skagerrak Strait and the Kattegatt Strait in the southwest,
and the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia in the east. It is connected to
Denmark in the southwest by the Öresund Bridge.
Sweden has been a major European exporter of iron, copper and timber since
the Middle Ages. However, improved transportation and communication allowed
it to utilize natural assets from different parts of the country on a far
larger scale, most notably timber and iron ore. Economic liberalization as
well as universal schooling contributed to the rapid industrialization, and
by the 1890s the country had begun to develop an advanced manufacturing
industry. In the 20th century, Sweden emerged as a welfare state;
consequently, it usually ranks among the top countries in the UN Human
Have you heard any good swedish bands?
-Abba, Refused, the Hives, and Opeth to name a few...
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
Please rank your five favourite records, five favourite concerts and five
most important things in life?
Pixes- Surfer Rosa
Social Distortion-Mommy's Little Monster
Harvey Sid Fisher-Astrology Songs
Dropkick Murphy's 01'
The Ramones 95'
The Queers 99'
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-Bell Biv Devoe "Poison"
The Queers "Munky Brain"
Most expensive ??? I try to find stuff used...
Most embarrasing record in your collection?
-Bell Biv Devoe
Do you do any covers on stage? Why or why not?
-Yeah we do some old rockabilly covers...usually Gene Vincent or Sonny
Burgess Stuff...Their as fun as hell and we get a kick out of them...
Is it many interviews? Is it boring? Which is the biggest zine/paper which
have interviewed you?
-Sometimes they can be a drag...We have been interviewed by Rock N Roll
Purgatory...and the Metro Times (Detroit)
Which is the question you never get, please ask it and answer it?
What does your name mean?
-Answer: Alot of things...Look it up...
Is it any chance to see you in Sweden soon?
-Book us a tour and we'll rocket...
Where is the best place to play?
-Detroit at the 2500 club...
How is a good gig with you?
-It makes us happy...and the crowd feels the same way...
Which is the biggest band you have played together with?
-We played on the warp tour so we got to play with Bad Religion, Bouncing
Souls, Tiger Army, and Lars Fredrickson to name a few...
What shall we do about all racists?
-We must start with the young to change their views so they can live in
peace instead of a world of hate handed down through generations...
Whichlabel are you releasing your records on?
Do you have done any more records than Just another red scare? If you have
how can I get it?
-Yes we have one other record...
The best band in punk history?
The most important punksong?
-Blitzkrieg Bop And your best song? I Don't Wanna Get
Futureplans for the band?
-Conquer the World one mind at a time
Something to add?
-Try Steel Reserve it will change your life