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Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in News, Videos | 0 comments

Alaskan rockers 36 Crazyfists have revealed the video for ‘Swing the Noose’

This song lives on the brand new album Time and Trauma, which is 36 Crazyfists’ Spinefarm Records debut. Upon release, the band enjoyed the best chart numbers of its career, as Time and Trauma bested the first week performance of its predecessor, which came out back in 2010.

Following their recent extensive run of UK tour dates, 36 Crazyfists will continue out on the road, supporting the album with headline shows all over the US.


Time and Trauma is out now via Spinefarm Records.



“Time And Trauma, then, is not only 36 Crazyfists best record since ‘04’s A Snow Capped Romance, it’s their best record, period. KKKKK” – Kerrang!

“Where this album succeeds is in finding that sweet spot between pummelling impact and melodic restraint.” – Rock Sound

“A collection of songs that will make fans very happy to have them back” – Metal Hammer

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The Black Flag Talks to Tony Mayo

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Club Nights, Featured, Gigs, Videos | 0 comments

Regular visitors to the Black Flag will know the name Naked Lunch, the band fronted by the elusive Tony Mayo were early pioneers of the post punk Futurist movement back in the early 80’s. Now over thirty years later Naked Lunch are back, bigger and better than ever before. It’s been a long while since we last had a chat with Mr Mayo, so we thought it was time to remedy that. After a year of prolonged harassment Tony finally gave in and agreed to an interview. Good timing as well as the band have taken on some new members, released an album and some awesome videos and are about to have their biggest year yet…..

The black Flag: A lot has happened since we last caught up with you guys in wow 2012, you’ve added an extra bandmate (that we all know and love), you’ve recorded your album, had a few awesome video’s made and recently supported Combichrist. Let’s start with the addition of the lovely Jet Noir…

What was the reasoning behind adding a female singer?

Tony Mayo: We added Jet as a replacement synth player, as Mick lives too far away and it just so happens that there were some lines that felt better with Jet doing them.

TBF: Has jets addition changed the sound of Naked Lunch and overall dynamic of the band?

Tony: We were happy to have Jet join as her ideas match our own and the sound of Naked Lunch is a fusion of electronic genres, not ring fenced into one area. What she has added is some awesome cyberspace skills and is a great addition in the writing of the new material, that we working on. In short Jet has fitted in perfectly as have Clint our new drummer and Sam our Bass player

TBF: Was this the reasoning behind rerecording your original tracks or was that more a case of taking advantage of modern technology to make them sound a way that maybe you originally envisioned?

Tony: It was a case of giving a nod to the past and bringing it into the present, which I think old and new fans would understand. Plus it was good for us to revisit some of the old tracks and tweak them and to have Jet’s input too.

TBF: Has much changed since tracks like Slipping again and Rabies were originally recorded? Do you feel there’s much difference between the old and new versions?

Tony: They have changed a little but essentially they are the same tracks

TBF: What has been the reaction from your fan-base?

Tony: People appear to like what we are doing and that includes those who know us from before and those of us who only know us as a band of the here and now

TBF: You’ve had a few excellent videos released as well. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Tony: We approached Pete Lankston after an introduction by Jet and asked if he would do some videos for us. We felt that having videos out there would give people a better idea of our vision, similarly to that of our art work and T shirts. It is all about being creative and moving forward

TBF: The video for Alone is really unsettling and works great with the track. Did you have much input or did you leave it all to Pete?

Tony: We discussed it and Jet suggested the grain effect, which we all though was a great idea and we suggested trying to get some band footage in. Pete lets us know what he was doing and we liaised with him but we trusted him to deliver and he certainly did.


TBF: You’ve recently supported Combichrist on tour how did that come about?

And how did you find the tour in general?

Tony: We saw that they were doing UK dates and asked about doing them and sent though info and links about us and luck had it that we got the gigs. We really enjoyed doing the tour as it was the birth of the new twenty first century Naked Lunch, with our new line up. There were a couple of technical hicups but we got over them and played on. Awesomely we had brilliant audiences who really liked our set and it made the whole tour so worthwhile. Thank you to everyone who came to see us you were all fantastic and we hope to get up to you all in 2015

TBF: You’ve got a few more live shows coming up in early 2015. Tell us about those?

Tony: On the 10 Jan we are playing at Elektrowerkz along with Sigue Sigue Sputnik and then the 23 Jan we are headlining on the opening night of a new electronic club, Analogue Nights at The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Rd, SW8 2HJ London. This will be a pre-release event for our Evolve EP we have coming out on the 13 Feb. This is four of the tracks from our album that we revisited and had Carlos Peron produce plus we have some dates in March that will be announced on Boxing Day plus we have been asked to play in Switzerland in November.


Looks like we are going to be busy in 2015

TBF:  Wow. That is a lot of Naked Lunch in 2015. Any UK festival dates where we can expect to see you?

Tony: We are still in the process of taking bookings and would love to do some in the UK and in Europe too

TBF: Ok our final question. We asked you it last time we spoke but obviously things have changed a lot for Naked Lunch since then. Where do you see the band in five years?

Tony: Evolving and still moving forward, with more fans and yes we are still aiming at total World Domination…. perhaps (laughs)


New EP coming out on Friday 6 March

Catch the Covenant tour dates Birmingham 6 March, London 7 March and Bristol 8 March

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Mr Grimez Poet Warrior Meets Joe Wheeler

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Featured, Interviews, Movies, Videos | 0 comments

Joe Wheeler is the mastermind behind the grindhouse classic Jengo Hooper.

It was great to meetup with the film director at Balham for the cast & crew screening.

For all the years I have known Joe, I have witness the development of his character Jengo.

Trust me he has come a long way and I’m sure that this film will eventually be a cult classic.


Be prepared to be plunged into a disturbed world of confusion, gore and insane Jengo antics.

If you like your horror films twisted and gritty to the max, then this is for you.

I would say it’s definitely hard to stomach as I feel it really does screw the mind.

So if you are expecting a haunted house type of film, then you will be disappointed.

To be honest this film is no way near suitable for mainstream.

But saying that still, it could become it’s own mainstream due to the content.

Snobby Hollywood Executives will frown on it.

Well hardcore lovers of horror will embrace it.

Jengo Hooper takes you on a rough edgy rollercoaster ride.

So you might need a sick bag.

The soundtrack is well put together with a variety of songs to keep the mood of the film going.

Speaking to Joe in Balham, I asked him what’s next for Jengo Hooper.

He told me and the cast crew that another film will be on it’s way.

As well as a possible animated series.

Jengo Hooper also makes it’s appearance at the RIP Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles California in November 2014.

You can keep up to date with Joe Wheeler & his projects on Facebook.

Mr Grimez Poet Warrior

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INTERVIEW: The Black Flag Talks ‘Sex, Drugs & HIV’ with Mat Sargent

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Charity, Interviews, Record Releases, Videos | 0 comments

Mat Sargent is a name that is well known on the UK Punk scene, the Chelsea Guitarist has worked with everyone over the years from Jimmy Pursey to Splodgenessabounds. You could say that Mat is Punk aficionado.

What isn’t as well known though, is that Mat is actually HIV Positive, having been diagnosed in 1989. Six years later Mat began working on a project to raise awareness for HIV and funds for HIV charity the Terence Higgins Trust as well as other charities including Release, Rape Crises and Cancer UK. That project was ‘Sex, Drugs & HIV’ a three disc CD album containing 40 tracks of original music and featuring over 200 Musicians as well as videos charting the albums creation.

I sat down with Mat to discuss HIV, the making of the album and the competition of a  project that has been almost 20 years in the making….


Sex, Dugs & HIV is released on November 2nd 2014 from

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Roam Announce Debut Headline Tour

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in News, Tours, Videos | 0 comments

Eastbourne based pop punk clan ROAM have just announced their debut UK headline tour for July 2014, with support for all dates from Birmingham based Light You Up, and long time fellow south coast pals As It Is.

The tour rounds off a whirlwind eight months for the band, which has seem them grow to a new level following 2013’s ‘Head Down‘ EP (now in its second vinyl pressing); enabling them to support bands such as Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Tonight Alive, Man Overboard, The Wonder Years, Real Friends, State Champs, New Politics + many more across the UK and Europe.

The tour looks set to be the last measure of fresh air for the 20 year old lads for quite some time as August is chalked off to hole away and record new material for the as-yet-untitled forthcoming EP with Seb Barlow (Neck Deep) and Drew Lawson (Bring Me The Horizon, Me Vs Hero, While She Sleeps). The EP is pencilled for a late 2014 release.

Limited presale tickets on sale now via; general sale Friday 6th June.

11th June – Old Blue Last, London – w/ New Politics  (SOLD OUT)
26th June – The Forum, Hatfield     – w/ Enter Shikari (SOLD OUT)

10th July – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton
11th July – The Joiners, Southampton
12th July – Cockpit 3, Leeds
13th July – Classic Grand, Glasgow
14th July – East Arts Village Club – Loft, Liverpool
15th July – The Flapper, Birmingham
16th July – Undertone, Cardiff
17th July – Hobgoblin, Bath
18th July – The Garage (Upstairs), London
19th July – Redroom, Nottingham



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Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Tours, Videos | 0 comments

DECADE have been revealed as main support to Lower Than Atlantis on their July run of intimate shows up and down the UK. The announcement was made by Radio 1 dj, Zane Lowe, and follows the success of Decade’s recent (and first ever) headline tour last month.

Says Alex Sears, Decade frontman;

“We’re so happy to be going on tour with LTA! We’ve always been big fans of their music since the days of the Bretton EP and Far Q and I’ve always hoped that we’d one day get to tour with them. Really looking forward to (hopefully) hearing their new stuff live too. It’s gonna be a sweet tour!”

Furthermore, Decade are confirmed to play two additional headline shows, in Liverpool and Leeds, between their appearances with LTA.

July tour dates as follows:-

14th – O2 Academy / Liverpool (headline)

15th – Tunnels / Aberdeen

16th – King Tut’s / Glasgow

17th – Cluny / Newcastle

18th – Fibbers / York

19th – Leeds / Cockpit (headline)

20th – Deaf Institute / Manchester

21st – Fruit / Hull

22nd – Rock City Basement / Nottingham

23rd – Sugarmill / Stoke

24th – Temple / Birmingham

25th – Guildhall / Gloucester

27th – Clwb Ifor Bach /  Cardiff

28th – Fleece / Bristol

29th – Wedgewood Rooms / Portsmouth

30th – Epic Studio 3 / Norwich

31st – Dingwalls / London

Tickets available now:

Check out Decade’s current video for ‘Coffin’, taken from debut album, ‘Good Luck’. This official live clip was filmed during the band’s recent tour with Mayday Parade in January this year, and sees the five playing to crowds all over the UK!



The band will also be appearing at a host of UK summer festivals, including 2000 Trees, Nass & Boardmasters.

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