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Piotr Balkus Meets The Pistolettos

Description soul anger Native revolution Piotr Balkus: I’ve found your band at among “artists influenced by Nirvana”. How much are you influenced by this band? Den: Not that...

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Piotr Balkus:
I’ve found your band at among “artists influenced by Nirvana”. How much are you influenced by this band?
Den: Not that much. I mean Nirvana isn’t our favourite band. But we definitely find Dave Grohl an amazing drummer and Kurt Cobain a great songwriter.

PB: Your name Pistolettos and punk attitude make me think that you’re more influenced by the Sex Pistols than Nirvana. Am I right? Is Sex Pistols your guru band?
Den: You’re very right about Sex Pistols being a big influence though we don’t have such thing as a ‘guru band’. I’m pretty sure Bish, our drummer, had ‘Nevermind The Bollocks’ (one of the best albums ever recorded, in his opinion) spinning in his head when he suggested the band’s name. Rob, the singer, won’t deny his regard for John Lydon if you ask him… Alright, we all love the Sex Pistols, who doesn’t?!

PB: What’s punk music about in the XXI century? Is it still all about “no future” and rage against war, politics, rich people and so on?
Den: Well, what it is about nowadays is dying your hair, tearing your clothes and doing the Elvis sneer in public just for the sake of it. But if you ask me what it ‘should be, ideally’, then, first of all; being yourself! Punk is about freedom, detachment from some of those negative things you mentioned (war, politics etc.). Punk is a constant struggle to resist society’s brainwashing.

PB: Do you see any difference between the United Kingdom of 1970, 1980 and the United Kingdom of 2011?
Den: It’s very evident Maggie [Margareth Thatcher] and her cronies did a very good job in segregating even more the UK and bringing war affairs to a new level. She planted many seeds and must be really proud of Cameron. I mean, just take the riots and the London arms fair as two recent fine examples of typical events carried out under proper Tory management.

PB: Do you agree with Mr David Cameron that the English society is a “broken society”? How punk music can help those broken people?
Den: That’s probably the only thing we both agree on. Punk rock music can open people’s minds and make them read between the lines.

PB: What do you think about mixing punk with pop music or electro music? Is it a good or a bad thing in your opinion?
Den: People are free to do whatever they want. If the media started a campain saying curry with caramel on top is a new cool way of going Indian, there’s no doubt some people would buy the idea. I’ll stick with the original recipe though, thanks.

PB: You were formed just a few months ago. But people already like you, you play lots of gigs. What do people find interesting in Pistolettos’ music?
Den: Maybe they realise the spontaneity of our music; if something isn’t rocking at the rehearsal space we simply stop and won’t play it again. We really enjoy playing our songs and it’s very easy for the audience at gigs to notice that and join in.

PB: A few months ago you self released a demo. Why people should check your music out?
Den: We released the DEMO in September 2011 and anybody who appreciates good honest music sure will be pleased with those 3 tracks (‘Clones’, ‘Knights Suck’ and ‘Fire’). A weeks days ago we finished recording a killer 4-track EP, with evident better sound quality, and the launching gig was on the 17th December at the Dublin Castle, in London. You can listen our EP on our website

PB: Your album is gonna be released in 2012. Tell me more about this forthcoming album, please.
Den: Yes, new songs keep popping out so the plan is to record the debut full length in late January/early February, aiming for a release around the spring of 2012.

PB: One of your members is Polish. You think foreigners understand music as much as British musicians?
Den: I can only answer YES to your question, as I was born in Brazil and people there see rock music almost like a religion. Sly learnt to play the bass back in Poland inspired mainly by British punk bands – and as one checks out his performance on Pistolettos it becomes pretty clear he knows what he’s doing, no?
PB: Thank you and good luck.
Den: Thanks for the cool questions and the opportunity to let your readers know more about the band.
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