me a little bit history of the group?
Rebelion started as an all-acoustic project (fiddle, bouzouki, Irish
whistle, acoustic guitar) in January 2005. We drank and busked around
our hometown. We added electric bass and drums and played our first
venue show in January 2006. We recorded our first album in the end of
2006 and did our first tours in 2007. Greg joined on electric guitar in
2008 which changed the sound dramatically. Since then we've had various
band members come and go. It's taken awhile but we finally feel like we
have the exact right people in the band now. We leave on our sixth US
tour in a few weeks, in support of our 3rd full album release "Another
Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age,
family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands?
-Dave-acoustic guitar and vocals.
Dave is 40
years old, has three teenage kids, is an original member of the band,
and is an elementary school music teacher.
Greg is 39,
has one young daughter, and works as a pipe fitter. Greg played in All
Out for several years in the early 2000's and has played bass for
Beerzone and Control during their US tours.
Tyler is 29
years old, is an original member of the band, and works at a printing
Jon - drums
Jon is 26
years old and is an auto mechanic.
Hyatt is 22
and works at the same shop that Tyler does, where they have secret band
meetings without the rest of us.
We are all
into outdoors type stuff like whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, and
having BBQs. Most of us are in relationships but none of us are married.
I can hear a lot of folkpunk in your music? But also a lot of old punk?
Am I right? Favorites from the past?
nailed it! We listen to a lot of bands like Cocksparrer, Booze n Glory,
Perkele, Street Dogs, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Pist, along with
more celtic-influenced bands like Blood or Whiskey and The Pogues.
Rum rebellion are you satisfied with the name?? How did it came up?
Which is the best bandname you know?
Rebellion was an actual historical event that happened in Australia in
1808. William Bligh, the conservative asshole governor of New South
Wales territory, tried to put a stop to the common practice of using rum
like money…people traded with it. When he tried to stop it there was a
popular uprising, the the army turned on him. They found in cowering
under his bed in the governor's mansion and send him back to England in
a rowboat. Mutiny, one of the bands we were strongly influenced by,
wrote a song about it which we covered on our new album.
name: Raw Dog and the Close Calls. They're a local band in our town,
they play dirty rock n roll…the name is hilarious and it fits them
What´s the best thing with playing live?
thing is going to a city we've never played at before and having people
know the words to our songs and singing along. It's pretty cool to know
that all our hard work over the years is paying off. Rum Rebellion shows
are always a party!
And where is best to play? And the worst place?
Oregon, our hometown, has an awesome scene and everyone is very
supportive of us! We've had a lot of fun in Salt Lake City UT, Boston
MA, Austin TX, and tons of other cities. Worst place is probably Spokane
WA. Cincinnati OH has been rough for us too.
How is to play this sort of music in USA right now? The difference from
when you started to play and now?
-When we started there were a lot of bands playing celtic-influenced
punk in our region of the US but now there are very few. Most of the
folk-punk scene has gone more towards a gypsy-type sound or Americana
string band sound. We've moved more toward street punk and oi!, and
those are the types of bands we usually play with.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Anthemic Celtic Oi!
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
much a lifestyle. My ex-wife divorced me when we finally discovered that
punk was not something I was going to grow out of.
How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
internet has changed the way the music gets out into the world. Nowadays
it's probably the biggest way. It has both good and bad sides to it. You
can't fight it. All the illegal downloading definitely makes it hard for
smaller bands from a financial view, but it also makes it easier for
people to hear your music.
How is it to live in USA now? Politically?
Oregon is a mecca for the strange. It's a very progressive city compared
to most of the US. Marijuana is legal now in Oregon (we are growing in
our backyard and the cops can't arrest us!) State laws seem to be more
important than national laws. The US is very different from region to
region - the West coast of the US is the most forward-thinking part of
the country, while the Southeast is the most conservative. All of us in
the band are hoping that our next president is not another conservative
religious douche like George Bush or Reagan, although people like that
have inspired some fucking great punk songs!
Is there any good bands from USA now? Is the punkscene big? How is it in
-There are hundreds of good US bands! We've built a pretty strong
relationship with Opposition Rising from Boston even though we play
totally different styles. Some strong up-and-coming bands are Sniper 66,
Avenue Rockers, and Evacuate. Portland Oregon, where we are from, has
one of the best scenes in the country - we have a huge local scene but
also a lot of well-known bands who tour nationally & internationally,
such as MDC, Defiance, Poison Idea, Tragedy, Wehrmacht, and PROBLEMS. We
have a big metal scene here too.
What do you know about Sweden?
-Unfortunately not much. None of us have ever been to Europe before! We
are trying to change that. The metal scene from Sweden is legendary as
is the D-beat scene (bands like Anti Cimex).
Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
huge favorite of all of us. A few of us listen to Opeth.
Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?
writes all the lyrics. Rum Rebellion shows are parties, so we try to
write songs that will get people singing along and moshing in the pit.
Often times our lyrics are just about drinking and having fun. Sometimes
we write songs about unity and against racism since racist people can
sometimes be a problem in our city. Other times our lyrics tell stories.
Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?
away from love songs…that has been done far too many times. We also
don't want to get too political.
Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand? Is it important like you
do take a stand against think you don´t like and like?
-We try to
write more about what we are for than what we are against. We are all
about punks and traditional skins unity so we write about that. We don't
write much about current political situations, war, bullshit laws, stuff
like that. There are a lot of bands that already do that. We want our
albums and our shows to be about having a good time so we write about
that. Most of our songs that have a more angry feel are about standing
up against ignorance as a whole. We don't want to tell people what to
think, just encourage them to be intelligent and not be selfish bastards
or ignorant pricks.
Best political band/artist?
Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I
mean people who listens to music?
necessarily change anyone's life but it does push people toward the
things they already identify with or want to identify with. Whatever you
want to believe you can find music out there that will reinforce that
belief. If someone wants you to believe something they can use music to
strengthen their argument but it seems really unlikely that music alone
can truly change someone's path in life.
Your cover on your CD looks really nice, is it important to have a
record cover which shows people which type of music you play? … Your
favorite recordcover? Who does your covers?…
never done an album cover like this one before but we are all really
happy with how it turned out. Every album cover should somehow represent
the music contained within the album. Our album covers are about the
music and not about the band members...I don't think we will ever put
our pictures on a Rum Rebellion album cover unless it's a live photo for
a live album. Our friend and tattoo artist Dan White draws our album
covers and does most of our graphics for us. I think every one of us has
at least one tattoo by Dan!
Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why
Vinyl is making a huge comeback and honestly vinyl has the best sound.
Digital copies of stuff can get lost easily when technology doesn't work
right, and a lot of people collect vinyl and CD's.
Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and
under some gig?
we were playing a festival inside a huge automobile junk yard in
Washington state. The stage was made of cheap plywood. Our whistle
player Tyler is very tall and he was very drunk, dancing around onstage.
Suddenly one of his legs went right through the stage and he got stuck
there, right in the middle of a song. People from the audience came up
and yanked him out. The song never stopped.
How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your
concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?
audience is usually a mix of street punk kids in spiky vests and mohawks
and traditional skinheads. A lot of different ages of people come to our
shows which is cool. We have fifteen year-old fresh cut punks rocking
out next to sixty year-olds. We are very grateful to have played with
many well-known bands. The biggest band we've played with is probably
The Misfits although it was a terrible show!
Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five
most important things in life?
Fuck the 90's
Little Fingers - Inflammable Material
- Shock Troops
Molly - Drunken Lullabies
- Back to the World
Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas Nevada is a huge party that we
love going to!
Neurosis perform their Through Silver in Blood album while on mushrooms
was an experience I will never forget.
One time we
played on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. The culture there
was so different…most of the people there had never left the reservation
in their entire lives. By the time we left the reservation they declared
us honorary members of the Navajo Nation.
show we ever got to play was us, Krum Bums, The Tossers, and Street
Dogs. That was the first sold-out show we ever played.
Rancid and Cocksparrer concert in San Francisco - two of the biggest
punk/oi bands in the world together!
Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews??
interviews can be tough sometimes. Sometimes we do a lot of interviews,
then sometimes we do none for months. Live interviews can be strange
because you usually don't know what the interviewer is going to ask you.
One time an interviewer was asking us about favorite cities to play and
two of our bandmates who were really stoned answered based on which
cities had the best Mexican food.
If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and
nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with
your band. Which five have you been chosen?
Cocksparrer, Perkele, Filth, and The Pist.
Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nice person
outside the music??
definitely helps alleviate frustration unless you've got a deadline to
have a certain song ready and you're struggling with a section of it at
practice, in which case playing music can become a source of
frustration. But when you're on stage it's always fun and you feel
exhausted but great when you are done playing.
Which is the most odd question you ever have got in an interview?
products do you use to charge your mohawk with?
Futureplans for the band?
Europe!!! We also are planning our next record release, which will be a
double-album: one record with a more traditional sound and using more
traditional instruments, the other record a balls-out punk album.
-Get my neck and head tattooed once I retire from teaching. Too many
tattoos can make it hard for my kindergarten students to learn and I
don't want to deal with conservative parents judging me on my abilities
as a teacher because they don't like how I look.
NOT Excuses. You want something out of life - make it happen! Get out
there and enjoy your life!
Something to add?
-We didn't know anyone in Sweden had ever heard of us before! Hopefully
we will make it there in 2016!
-Dave / Rum