Half Japanese started in 1974. Having been around for wuch a long time, what were the early days of Half Japanese like?
In 1974 there were very few bands going in a similar direction as Half Japanese. We were in contact with Destroy All Monsters, and that was pretty much it. A couple years later I started corresponding with LAFMS. We didn’t sound like any of those bands, but we did feel we were doing something new together.
Where does the name Half Japanese come from?Are you a fan of the Japanese culture?
The name was picked by chance. We had two hats, and put words in one hat and words in the other. We picked a word from each hat and it was Half Japan. We changed Half Japan to Half Japanese because we thought it sounded better. We had all of Yoko Ono’s records and listened to hger a lot. I think that’s why the word Japan was placed in the hat.
What the main influences for you music? Have these influences changed and developed over time?
Bands I’ve been influenced by are MC5, The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, Captain Beefheart, and Velvet Underground. We’ve never tried to sound like them. We sound like ourselves, but they have influenced me.
You are also a visual artist, does music inspire your artwork as well?
I’m sure it comes from the same part of the brain, but I can’t say my music has anything to do with my art. It comes together in the packaging of the music, but that’s pretty much it.
You have been involved in the music industry for such a long time, at the moment it is facing lots of changing with the likes of downloading, do you think these changes are a good or bad thing for the industry as a whole?
It’s so hard now for record companies and for bands. It’s hard to make any money off of CD sales. There’s so much music available now for free.
You opened for Nirvana in 1993, and Half Japanese were one of Kurt Cobains favourite bands, do you have great memories of these shows?
Most of the shows were at colleges and I expected that we would be playing to a college age audience, but most of the audience was very young. 13 -16. Every fast song we did went over well and every slow one bombed. After the first show we only played fast songs. Nirvana were great every night. They were such a fine live band. I was lucky to see as many shows as I did.
You have lived through many era’s such a the punk scene of the late 70’s as well as the 90’s grunge scene, what are your personal experiences during this time and how did they reflect on your music?
I’m certainly aware of trends in music, but I don’t think it has much if any influence on what I do. I do whatever I feel like doing. Being involved in music for such a long time must take it’s toll, how do you keep going and what makes everything so exciting? I’m a big fan of music and the band members of Half Japanese are all good friends. We get along real well together. I think that helps a lot.
What is your personal favourite Half Japanese record?
I almost always like the first release a band does the best. The first EP my brother and I did is my favorite Half Japanese record.
You have also done many solo projects, do you prefer working on your own or being in a band? How are they different?
I like doing both. I’m able to go in so many different directions. I like that. I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to play with so many great bands. I’ve played with the best of the best.
Words: Katherine Canterwell
Half Japanese play this coming Thursday, Old Forest and Fanzine are supporting. Not For You are giving you a fun-filled after party, check the facebook link for deets.
Get the last advanced tickets here!
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What Ever Happened To P-Rock? Club are back on the 11th February, with some very special guests. Long Island’s finest I Am The Avalanche will be headlining, along with an acoustic set from Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife) teamed with a selection of his amazing back catalogue. It is going to one hell of a show, that any true P-Rock fan won’t miss out on.
I Am The Avalanche will take to the stage at 11:30pm and Vinnie will be picking up the acoustic shortly after. This will give any of you going to the Roundhouse show plenty of time to get over to The Macbeth. It’s a very quick journey from Chalk Farm, one straight train from Chalk Farm to Old Street to be exact.
Support comes from:
We Were Grownups
This will be followed by the usual P-Rock DJ’s playing the likes of:
Rancid | Comeback Kid | Gallows | NOFX | Sublime | The Descendants | New Found Glory | Reel Big Fish | Glassjaw | The Distillers | Transplants | Save Ferris | Bane | At The Drive In | Farse | A.F.I | American Nightmare | The Starting Line | Less Than Jake | Finch | Mighty Mighty Bosstones | Saves The Day | The Misfits | The Dead Kennedy’s
Ticket’s for the show will be £10 in adv.
Don’t miss out on such an intimate show!
Oh, its on the 11th February. Check the facebook event for more details and upates.
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So we have something new starting at The Macbeth this month for our weekends. Wouldn’t be great if you could go down the pub on a Friday night, listen to some great rock n roll, have a dance and watch one great band. Now you can, The Rocker’s Ball is here.
Hailing all the way from Leeds, The Rent Boys are coming to play. Known for their notoriously dangerous stage performances, this is going to be show unlike any we’ve had for a while. Dress up, sexual prowess and good ol’ Rock n Roll are just some of the many delights Rent Boys will be bringing to The Macbeth’s stage. Watch a video of the The Rent Boys here.
The guest DJs (William Michael (Throne), Nuha Ruby Ra & Conrad Black) will be playing the best mix of tunes the rest of the night. You will hear the likes of:
| Black Sabbath | The Rolling Stones | Nirvana | Iggy & The Stooges | David Bowie | The Strokes | The Doors | Sonic Youth | Metallica | The Cramps | The Clash | The Cure | The Misfits | Jimi Hendrix | Led Zeppelin | The Libertines | The Smiths | The Yardbirds | Patti Smith | The Velvet Underground | Alice Cooper | Iron Maiden | The Violent Femmes | Marilyn Manson | Black Lips | The Sex Pistols | Half Japanese | The Who |
Might even be some Live Go Go Dancers too.
It’s free entry, doors open at 8pm.
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So we’ve got some great lil parties in the build up to New Years for you, and to help you get out of the Christmas Slug.
Starting with tonight, Pete Heywood comes to host The Macbeth, for your listening pleasure. Free entry and is on from 8pm til 1am.
Thursday it’s James Howard’s Joint Birthday Party. Come and celebrate with him while beating off the Birthday Blues. Free entry starts at 8pm on til 2am.
Friday a Shoegaze and Grunge inspired night for your pre New Years pleasure named LUSH. Special Guest DJs are yet to be announced.
It’s free entry, starts at 8pm on til 2am.
It’s nearly New Years, and if you haven’t heard already, we have the return of Cherry Cola. We’re running our very own House cheap list, to get on board with £7 BEFORE 11pm. £9 for all after.
Write your name on the event wall!
We will also be having some drinks deals in the form of:
2 Tiger Beers for £5 before 11pm.Cocktails- White Russian, Mojitos & Velvet Elvis
2 for £10 before 11pm.
We’re keeping it simple here at The Macbeth. Come and join in the fun!
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On Thursday 1st December, We had the pleasure of playing host to one of the greatest bands in Punk Rock, Saves The Day. What Ever Happened To P-Rock? booked in this secret gig, and it was well worth it. Having an hour and a half of unplugged Saves The Day classics, and a beautiful little cover by Weezer, El Scorcho. The band themselves admitted to have not playing most of these tracks acoustically, but it still turned out beautifully. After I caught up with Chris, and asked him a few questions about the show…
How do you feel the show went? Any favourite parts?
Actually, it was my favorite show by far the band has ever played. Doing an all-request show is always fun, but the fact that the gig was acoustic made it special and memorable. I think my favorite moment was when people started stage diving from the bar and crowd surfing. And playing the Weezer song “El Scorcho” from Pinkerton was a hoot.
Would you do it again?
After the show went so well, I feel like it would be a great idea to set up more acoustic after-show parties and do all-request gigs at bars whenever possible. It was such a fun show, and we really felt energized by the crowd, and the feeling of love flowing in the room stayed with us for a week beyond that night. How bout next time we’re in London, we come back and jam out!
A few of your songs you hadn’t performed acoustically on the night. Did you enjoy this and might you bring in the future?
Yes, we loved doing the songs on the fly, and it actually breathed new life into songs we haven’t done in years. So we will definitely be incorporating acoustic versions of songs old and new into our live shows, since the experience onstage at Macbeth was so inspiring. Doing an all-request set is a challenge but it’s exciting too, and we were pleasantly surprised by the reaction from the fans and the good feeling we got playing the songs.
Think you’ll incorporate more covers into your sets in the future? El Scorcho went down amazingly!
Yea that was so much fun! We’re heading to Australia in February to play the Soundwave festival and we’re doing two sets a day; one set of originals, and one set covering Pinkerton in its entirety. We had so much fun covering “El Scorcho” at Macbeth that we may in fact start doing our own recordings of certain covers to release on 7 inch, so stay tuned for that!
Do you get to do many smaller shows anymore?
Not as many as we’d like. I actually prefer the intimacy of the smaller shows, where you can feel the whole crowd and connect on a deep level with so many people crowding around you and in your face. The big shows are nice too, but I came from the underground hardcore/punk scene, and the small shows remind me of my roots.
How was the tour with Yellowcard? Any interesting stories to share with us?
We had a total blast together, and we became fast friends. Sharing a bus, things can get intense quickly, so there were many nights staying up late passing around a bottle and laughing about tour stories. Amsterdam was particularly weird in the best way, out all night wandering the side streets seeing the lights on the canals and tripping down the cobblestone alleys. I’m told Amsterdam is always quite a wild place for adventure, and we definitely made the most of our two days stay.
What does the future for Saves The Day hold and when will the UK be seeing you again?
We hope we can make the UK our second home, since we love playing for the fans. Unlike America, the average level of musical intelligence seems quite high in the UK, and we feel like we fit in more with British bands and fans. So hopefully we can come back for the festival season next year, and maybe more support tours in the fall or winter. So spread the word! After we finish touring on our new album Daybreak, we’ll start writing material for the next album and then we’ll keep touring onward into the future. See you next time!
Photos: Joe Brady
Words: Chantel Beaven
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Violate Your Brain is back this December for its last party of the year on the 9th.
The usual residents who get you body poppin’ with be joining us again. Pissing Razorblades with be doing a special 2 hour set taking things back to the old school classics and heavy bass. Don’t miss out on this this lovely mixtape
by Suki Bedeaux who will also be DJing on the night. A new introduction to the DJ team is Lady B bringing you Classic UK Garage & Bashment tunes.
VYB have a got a couple of specials on for you with a free shot before 10pm as well as two Tiger Beers for a £5. Wicked.
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Fresh off the back of their recent European tour, Antlered Man will be seeing out 2011 with one final performance at our very own Macbeth on Tuesday 6thDecember. After the recent success of Octobers Goo Grrrl records label launch party, the boys have decided to return with support from the fantastic Exit International. However this time around they come bearing festive cheer when they invite us all to Goo Grrl records Xmas party! Ahead of Tuesdays Christmas bonanza we thought it were only polite to catch up with the band, ask them a few little questions and get a clearer idea into what may be in store for us. Read on children….
Other then performances from yourself and Exit International, what festive treats can we expect at next Tuesdays X-mas party?
‘We like to dress up, but it wont be festive. It’s a toss up between the bad guys from Karate Kid part 1, or red ass-less chaps. Xmas is good for 2 reasons,drinking and Bill Murray movies’
For anyone who is new to a Goo Grrrl Records night, what sort of vibe could they expect?
‘It’s a communal thing, the bands we ask to play are bands that we like and don’t necessarily have massive lucrative record deals because they are different to what the music industry deems sell-able. So if your sick of the same old thing, it has your name written all over that vibe’
We understand that this is Antlered Mans final show of 2011. Can we prepare ourselves for anything different as a final blow out for whats been a successful year for you?
‘Apart from the possibility of the visual treat of ass-less chaps, we are playing new songs we’ve been working on and after a 2000 year hiatus, Jesus Christ is returning and will be DJing some rock and his favourite childhood metal favourites. No shit, he’s on board’
Do you have any exciting gossip to share regarding the Goo Grrrl Records label?
‘Yes, there is also a very successful German website with almost the same name, don’t look it up with children around though. Little warning’
What plans do you have for Goo Grrrl Records in the new year?
‘Releasing the full album here and in Europe, plus we are in talks to work with some bigger bands on some split live recordings, but that’s still in the early stages, it would be good to bring it to the Macbeth in the new year’
So there you have it folks. For a chance to catch Antlered Man on their final show of 2011, possibly sporting ass-less chaps. Not to mention support from Exit International and DJs playing your favourite Metal and Rock sounds head to your favourite Hoxton music venue The Macbeth on Tonight from 8pm. If that’s not enough, entry wont cost you a dime! You could say Christmas has come early……
See you in the grotto children!
Facebook Event Link HERE!
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You know how here at The Macbeth we like to keep you on your toes and love treating you with something new every now and then. That’s why we are pleased to announce a brand new night that deserves a regular slot in your calendar and will particularly appeal to all those hip-hop fans out there.
RAW HIDE makes it debut on tonight here at your Favourite Hoxton music venue The Macbeth. With a tag line of ‘The Next Generation of UK Hip-Hop. At last’ they promise to bring you 3 superb live acts, DJs and freestyle jams all hosted by DJ Maintain and ‘The Furs’ Murmur…
Kicking things off for Raw Hides debut night are ‘Nah Mean ft. 4i2i’. The crew formally known as Sound Science On a High Spec Voltron merge with Gluvs and Stoaway from crew4i2i to deliver some long awaited rawness. Quite simply A unique mixture of talent that will certainly get your body moving. Have a listen below and get a preview of what will be gracing our stage…
As well as Nah Mean ft. 4i1i, Raw Hide will also bring you Camouflage Children. Two life long friends, battle rapper press1 and all round talented MC/Actor Lenz Wan who formed solely to enter a battle of the bands competition at the O2 arena….. that they coincidentally won. A superb South London two piece with clever lyrics and catchy melodies. Catch them handing out free copies of their debut CD Bangalore Vol.1. Take a look at what their all about below with the superb ‘Essex Girls’. The videos not half bad either!
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Mission Creep is a new monthly club night run by Emily Mackay (NME), Alex Denney (NME, Stool Pigeon) and Daniel Djan (Fiction, Flats, What’s My Name?) at The Macbeth on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Ahead of their next visit on Tuesday (8th November) where by they will be featuring a selection of their favourite new bands plus guest DJs playing all your favourite indie/alternative records. We thought it would be a good idea to get in contact with Mission Creeps Daniel Djan to give us a better idea of what’s in-store for us come 8pm Tuesday night. Here’s what secrets he had to tell us. Enjoy….
What sort of vibe can we expect at next Tuesdays ‘Mission Creep’ event?
‘It’s Pet’s Debut London show who have been getting a bit of press in magazines like NME etc. so we are quite excited for that obviously and we managed to get two very decent supports in Trailer Trash Tracys and Crushed Beaks, both of which will be turning heads left, right and centre in the near future. There will be DJs playing lots of classic indie and alternative tracks before and after the bands as well so hopefully people will be staying for a drink and a dance until closing time and not leave right after the bands have finished.’
We are aware there will be guest DJs. Can you tell us what kind of music we might be hearing?
‘Anything from the Smiths to the Horrors, The Strokes, Active Child and also more upbeat stuff like Caribou, The Weeknd etc. etc. If you have any requests I guess you can just leave a message on the event wall and we’ll see what we can do.’
How long has ‘Mission Creep been’ running for now?
‘The next one’s only the second one so we’re still in our infantry’!
What’s the inspiration behind the name ‘Mission Creep’?
‘Emily (Mackay, NME Journalist and co-promoter of the night) came up with the name with one of their friends. I think it was meant to be their name for their fictional band or something.’
I understand that the night is run with NME journalists, This must be a great help for getting different bands in…
’It’s just a couple of friends of mine who I thought it would be fun to put nights on with. The fact that they can feed us with the odd tip from the NME towers obviously helps a bit but it’s just great fun doing it with two people I have a lot of respect for both musically and personally. And also Emily is our in-house artist and very helpful with stuff like designing posters etc’!
What can you tell us about the bands you have got in for the next ‘Mission Creep’?
‘It’s probably best to just give them a listen and see what you make of them yourself. Links to the music can be found on the facebook event.’
We understand that you also help run the ever so popular ‘What’s my name?’ here at The Macbeth. Will there be any familiarities to this event on Tuesday at ‘Mission Creep’?
‘Quite frankly, no, not really. WMN? is a completely different vibe to Mission Creep and a lot more commercial, I guess.’
So there you have it folks. Visit The Macbeth on Tuesday 8th November to catch live performances from ‘Pet’, ‘Trailer Trash Tracys’ and ‘Crushed Beaks’ as well as a host of DJs playing out your favourite body moving classics. Doors are from 8pm with a £3 admission. Last but not least, as Dan previously mentioned, if you have any requests post them onto the event wall and they’ll see what they can do.
See you there party people…
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The time of year has come once again when we raid our local supermarkets for sweets, fancy dress essentials and of course eggs. Here at The Macbeth we are getting ever so excited for the Halloween season, which is why we have a number of spooky themed nights to get you in the mood.
Ahead of this Saturdays ‘Whoopi Goldberg’s Halloween Frat Party’ we thought it was only right to get in contact with Frat Party’s Tim Hilton in order to get a better understanding of what tricks and treats are in store for us. For your very own viewing pleasure, here’s what Tim had to say…
For kids who are new on the ‘Frat Party’ scene, What can they expect at this Saturdays Halloween event?
‘Well you can be sure to expect the usual Frat Party vibes such as our trademark red plastic cups and beer bongs as well as an awesome Beer Pong Tournament. It’s free to enter the tournament as usual but there’s some super special Halloween prizes for the winners so be sure to enter if you think you’ve got what it takes… There’s obviously going to be loads of other goodies, but you’ll have to wait and see’!
We understand that guys from both ‘Electic Like Whoopi’ and ‘Frat Party’ are teaming up for it. Bringing along a generous host of DJs, what kind of records can we expect will leave our ear drums ringing?
‘We’ve got some of our favourite DJ’s coming down to play and it’s hard to list it all here without running the risk of ruining the internet, but there’s going to be a truly awesome mix of all your favourite party tracks, as well as some special little gems of course. Just make sure to put your dancing shoes on and we’ll take care of you’!
You’ve got some free drinks from 8-10, What have you got coming in? How could you be so kind? Not that we’re complaining of course.
‘Well it’s all thanks to our legendary friends over at Fentimans and Relentless, they’ve been so kind as to give us drinks to give to you. We’ve got an alcoholic ginger beer called Hollows, and with the Relentless and black vodka courtesy of Eristoff we’re going to mix up some special Halloween cocktails for everyone to enjoy. It’s definitely one not to miss’!
Other then the fun activities on offer such as beer pong tournaments, beer bongs and free sweets. Should we raid our parents wardrobes for horrific fancy dress costumes? If so, is there any particular theme?
‘Well I’d love to see some zombie Whoopi Goldbergs on the night, but all scary costumes are welcome. Scratch that, ALL costumes! We love people dressing up. And I can say that we will be giving away good stuff to people who make a real effort, so put some thought into it’!
Can we expect any more ‘Frat Party vs…’?
‘Absolutely, if there’s anything better than putting on a party it’s putting on a party with friends! There’s plenty more Frat Parties to come, and I can reveal that there’s going to be a real special one in December… Remember, you heard it here first’!
So there you have it folks. No need to go knocking on strangers doors for parties or money this Halloween. Head to The Macbeth on Saturday for all the fun and sweets you could possibly consume. From 8 ‘til late, get your full name on the Facebook wall for £3 entry. £5 otherwise. And don’t forget, as Tim ever so generously said, FREE drinks for the first two hours so get down early. See you at the bar scaredy cats…
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