Fine Czech punkrock in a different way


Jiri which is the singer in the Czech Republic Group Anyway was very fast with his answers to me and we get an introduction in their musiclife…..14 december 2006

-The band has been around from circa '96, but the new era started when Jiri joined the band in late '99.
First gig took place in January 2000, and a couple of weeks later we went to studio to record a first seven-inch. We have been recording and gigging since then.

Please tell me a little about every member, age, family, work, interests and
something bad about every one?
-Guitarist: Bob
Paranoid, nervous transport co-coordinator, childless & sometimes hopeless, too
Interests: music, literature, movies, jogging until heart attack
Bass: Petr
Speedy and stoned amigo with no time to think, one little son, no steady job
Interests: music, making his own T-shirt logs during sleepless nights
Drummer: Rob
Nihilist with a heart of a hippie
Interest: music including playing in a second band called Lvmen and DJ-ing for drum'n'bass sound system, trying his stomach what it can bear by eating junk food
Singer: Jiri
Nervous, panic, sometimes hard to deal with, with an inclination to be pathetic, works in engineering department of a multinational telecom company
Interests: music including singing for his second band called Eastern Star, travelling in Latin America
We're all in our early thirties.

Is there any other bands you´re being compared with?
-Dead Kennedys, Husker Du, Fugazi, Mission Of Burma, Mudhoney, At The Drive-In, Nation Of Ulysses

Do you care about reviews?
-We do actually.

You have a little bit odd style, is it so that all you in the band likes different music???
-I wouldn't say totally different. But it's definitely a garden variety. There're a lot of bands we agree on.

How would you describe your music in three words?
-Listen and feel

How is it to live in your homecountry?
-It's relatively wealthy and safe. But sometimes too small and even boring. That's why we play rocknroll.

What about the government?
-We don't have any at moment and it's some six months after election.

Do you think that music and politics goes hand in hand?
-Not necessarily. Politics stink. Not everybody can handle it.

Best political band?
-Dead Kennedys

Is there any good bands in your homecountry now?
-A lot. Check and

What do you know about Sweden?
-Excellent music. High taxes. Expensive booze.

Have you heard any good swedish bands?
-Refused, Entombed, Randy, Hellacopters, Hives, Division Of Laura Lee

What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-It is definitely a life style AND A GOOD PRODUCT!

Please rank your five favourite records, five favourite concerts and five
most important things in life?
The Clash - s/t
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Fugazi - Repeater
QOTSA - Rated R
The Bronx - II
Radio Birdman
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
The Cooper Temple Clause
Born Against

First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-Iron Maiden - Killers was the first,
Gallows - Orchestra Of Wolves was the last one and
V/A - 20 Years Of Dischord was the most expensive one.

Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-A lot discs of mostly local bands I have been given.

How can I get your other records? And which records have you done?
-Check and

When do we see your next CD?
-Hopefully in early 2008

Is it many interviews? Is it boring?
-Not really.

Which is the question you never get, please ask it and answer it?
-Would you sign to a major label? Yes, if someone gave a good offer.

Is it any chance to see you in Sweden soon?
-I'd doubt that.

Where is the best place to play? Have you been out the Czech Republic and played?
-Places like Cheb or Tabor in The Czech Republic are always fun!
We had good gigs in Berlin, Bristol, Leeds, Bremen…

How is a good gig with you? And which style of people comes to your concerts?
-I'll try to take it seriously. I appreciate when audience does it too.
It depends where you play. In England it's mostly kids. On the mainland it's older kids.

The name where does it comes from?(yeah it´s a boring question but it´s interesting)? ? Not so punkish?
-It doesn't really matter ANYWAY.

What shall we do about all racists? Is it a big problem in Czech Republic?
-Satirize them! Just like elsewhere in Europe.
The best band in punkhistory? And in Czech Punkhistory?
-Perhaps Black Flag. Anyway...of course.

The most important punksong?
-The Clash - Complete Control

Futureplans for the band?
-Write and practice new songs.

For yourself?
-Not to go insane.

-You're not what you own.

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