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Here’s a new episode of PingPongRocks !! Mr. Chris Sutton (Hornet Leg, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Chain and the Gang, etc) have answered a couple of our questions and also have made a really cool playlist with his favorite jams.

Remember that Hornet Leg will be touring Europe during September and part of October, you can find all the confirmed dates
HERE !!!

Can you tell us a little bit of the story behind Hornet Leg and how did you find the actual line up with Bob and Robert ?

Chris: Hornet Leg started as a four track project I was using to get back into music after I suffered a van accident while I was on tour with Dub Narcotic Sound System. I was bedridden, so I used that time to learn how to play guitar and write songs and when I was healthy enough to perform some of them, I recruited various friends in my hometown of Olympia, WA to play local shows as a duo, including Claudia Meza, who went on to form a great band called Explode Into Colors and played on the first Hornet Leg 7”. In 2007, I moved to Portland, OR. Around the same time Bob and Robert moved here from where they were living in Boston and San Francisco respectively. I knew Robert pretty well from when he lived in Oly for a brief spell and when it was time to continue writing and touring, he was the natural choice. A little less than a year later, Bob approached me after a show about the possibility of playing bass on some of my songs and after our first practice, a bond quickly formed. Our abilities, temperments, and astrological signs all mesh so easily on a musical level that I can’t even imagine a different lineup than this one! And so it continues on..

What are you listening to these days ?

Chris: I pretty much listen to anything I can get my hands on in any genre, all the time. But lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Thai Country Groove music, 70’s David Bowie, North African guitar music, and horror movie soundtracks.

What’s your opinion about days off while touring ? (i know some bands that really hate days off while on tour)

Chris: Whenever I tour in America, I hate days off! Over here, if you are a touring musician who isn’t rich, you are basically a degenerate hobo and society looks down harshly on transient people (at least on a DIY level). In Europe I don’t mind extra time because a lot of the cities and people are generally more beautiful and there is a certain level of exoticism for me as a foreigner, plus there is still a semblance of the idea in other countries around the world that a musician is still actually an ARTIST instead of a beggar. There is a touch more respect on a social level and a sense of purpose when I’ve toured abroad.

What happened with the house show scene in Portland ?

Chris: In the last few years there has been a sharp spike in population in metro Portland. This means a lot more types of people moving next door to you, including older, more square, people that don’t like punk rock music and call the police when it gets too loud. It’s hard to keep up a show house when your neighbors hate punk rock music.

Beer or a shot of Whisky before going on stage ?

Chris: A hit of weed.

Any new bands that you like and we should know about ?

Chris: It’s very rare that I like many new bands these days, but the last few bands that turned my head in recent years were Danny & The Darleans, Hunx & His Punx, UV Race, Nu Sensae, Goat, and Tyvek.

Please tell us a little bit about the creative / recording process for “Wrecking Ball”, the new Hornet Leg record.

Chris: “Wrecking Ball” was comprised of recordings we made over a year and a half in Robert’s basement studio, The Frawg Pound. Every time we would get together to practice, we slowly integrated new songs and ideas. The great thing about Hornet Leg is that we are all prolific song writers and we like to work fast, so every song has tasteful input from every member and get finished very easily. After a year and half we already had a full album mixed and ready to go with more songs already on the way! Thanks to Hovercraft for putting it out!

How can you describe the playlist that you have made for us ?

Chris: Hypercolor Rock

Benefit show at The Know in Portland

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Since a couple of weeks ago the Hell Yeah Family have been dealing with a really serious health situation. Two weeks ago Jorge’s mother (booker ,tour manager and whatever-the hell-we-need-him-to-do here at hell yeah) suffered a serious brain stroke that almost put her in a coma, since then two emergency neurosurgery operations have been necesary and -as you can imagine- the costs involved for meds and treatment are beyond all expectations.

Some amazing people in Portland, Oregon will be organizing a benefit concert to show some love to Jorge’s family in Líma, Perú (no words guys, you are AWESOME). So if by any chance you live in Portland and you want to help please go to the show, the line-up is insane: Blood Beach is reuniting for the ocassion, The Woolen Men will also be there with their jams for skaters and drunk people and last but “hells-to-the-no-least” Hooded Hags will also be joining the party.

Thanks a hell of a lot to Robert Komitz and all the bands involved (we love you).


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Here’s the first episode of something we have called PingPongRocks. The idea behind you asked ? pretty simple, we will ask bands, promoters, friends, etc to answer a couple of questions and make a playlist with their favs jams for us.

For our first episode we roll egomaniac-style: Chris Sutton (Hornet LegSpider and the Webs, Gossip and many more) have shooted eight questions to Jorge (Booker / Tour Manager / Improviser at Hell Yeah)

Thanks a lot to Chris for his questions, you can stream Jorges playlist at the end of this interview.

Chris: When/Why did you start bringing bands to Europe with Hell Yeah?

Jorge : I’d say around 2009 probably, I was doing record reviews for a fanzine with a couple of friends, it was a really small DIY thing but then we decided to try to go “big” and interview our favorite bands and surprisingly a lot of those bands were kind enough to get in touch and talk with us. In talking with them, the question always was the same at some point: “Why aren’t you touring Europe?” and most of the time, the answer was also the same: “because apparently nobody cares about us there.” So that’s when the idea of trying to help in any way began to grow on me, it was kind of a selfish thing also, if I’d want to see my favorite band in my city the only way to make that possible was trying to help them get enough shows over Europe, that’s how Hell Yeah started….well actually, it started the day I saw this guy wearing a t-shirt that just said “Hell Yeah, let’s do this,” but that’s another story.

Chris: Is there is a person/show/band/or moment that inspired your passion for independent music ?

Jorge: More than a specific band/person/show, it was being part of an independent scene (I feel really weird about that tag though) that made me feel inspired and really appreciate what it means. I was born in Líma, Perú, and back in the day there even if you were in a heavy metal band, you just had to be independent, nobody would care if you just didn’t do shit by yourself. So at some point there was a really interesting group of people in Líma playing in bands, writing about records that they love (and probably 3 other people cared about), doing fanzines, recording songs on their tape recorders (not even 4-tracks), opening illegal record stores (because there were not even distros interested in selling records in some parts of South America), etc. Being part of that taught me a lot and I had the opportunity to meet awesome people and made the best friends, it made me realize how beautiful and powerful the music is, and it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are, you just have to follow your heart and guts and do whatever makes you feel good, just for the sake of it….i mean who the hell cares about what i have to say…right ? but here we are, just having fun.

Long story short, i guess is all about The Replacements for me, that band….don’t even make me start, every time I’m on tour and one of their songs comes on i’m like an 8 year old again secretly listening to my old cousins punk records.

Chris:What are some new bands that you have been listening too?

Jorge: I’m a huge Clean fan so i have been stalking Hamish Kilgour on the internets for a while waiting for his new project so i’m pretty excited about Roya, his new band, im totally digging David Kilgours new record too…¿what else?….Landlines, Rangers, Spray Paint, Honey Bucket, Piad Guyvessant and tons of stuff from Mali and Turkey (they are not new though) like Terakaft and Haivanlar Alemi. Serpentina Satélite from Perú is also an all time favorite, i don’t know a lot…i’m kinda obssesed with Craig Leon’s Nommos reissue too…etc, etc.

Chris: What are some of the differences that you have seen between the European and American DIY scenes?

Jorge: I wish I had the chance to go on tour in the U.S. to really have a solid opinion on the American DIY scene, from what I have heard from bands and friends, it’s really hard. I guess the main difference is the way they visualize a touring band here in Europe, I like the idea of thinking about a touring band like a group of people (human beings / persons) that need to sleep well, eat, have a cup of tea or coffee, get paid and feel welcome, for me it’s like having a road trip with my family / friends when i’m going on tour and I feel SO lucky to work with promoters that share the same idea.

Chris: Who is the first band that you ever tour managed or booked?

Jorge: So Cow from Ireland was the first band that I booked and toured with. It was really funny how that happened: I was listening to the radio one day and they were playing a radio show, it was love at first sight so I contacted the DJ (if you are reading this thanks A LOT Liz) she put me in touch with them and a couple of months after that I was touring with them around Spain and Italy.

Chris: Do you play music in any bands?

Jorge: 
I have played in bands in Perú (where i’m originally from) and now in Spain it’s really hard but I’m starting to record some stuff in my room, just an old 4 track and my guitar.

Chris: What is the best city that you have visited in your travels?

Jorge: 
That’s a tough one. For me it’s not only the food, the buildings, the museums or the parks, it’s more about people and how people interact with their cities, there are beautiful cities all over Europe but the combination of amazing people and beautiful cities is hard to find. I’d say Aarhus in Denmark (my new favorite one), San Sebastian and Oviedo in Spain, Warsaw in Poland and Montpellier in France, everytime I go to any of those cities I feel really excited, it’s almost like visiting family and friends. 

Chris: What is your favorite food to eat?

Jorge:
 
i’m really flexible with food but any home made meals are always really appreciated. I also get obssesed with the most stupid-unhealthy-cheap food sometimes when on tour just to have fun. Last time with The Woolen Men i was asking the universe to send all kind of fried chicken my way, i pointed all the KFCs on the road, i was asking the guys in the van about their favorite fried chicken spots all the time but  i didn’t actually bought any myself. Then when we were in Zurich, Switzerland it finally happened, i probably got the most ridiculously expensive fried chicken in the world and somebody else paid for it so that was good….i guess.

Jorges playlist for this episode is called “Directamente al entrecejo”….¿enjoy? :

Spray Paint (Monofonus Press / SS Records / USA) gira por España !!!

SPRAY PAINT son un grupo de NO-WAVE PUNK de Austin - Texas formado por Chris Stephenson (baterí­a / voz), Cory Plump (guitarra / voz) y George Dishner (guitarra / voz). Todos los componentes de la banda les pueden sonar de proyectos anteriores como When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Expensive Shit y Dikes of Holland. Las guitarras de Spray Paint corren precipitadamente a través de túneles laberí­nticos de reverb perseguidas por ritmos primitivos de esos que te sacuden bien la cabeza.

Hablamos de una banda con tres vocalistas, factor que influye definitivamente en un directo demoledor y con ambiente de fervor constante.

Noisey acaba de estrenar un nuevo tema que formará parte de su próximo LP editado por Monofonus Press.

http://spraypaint.bandcamp.com/
http://sprayingpaint.biz/

Las fechas disponibles son :
26/10 disponible País Vasco / Norte
27/10 disponible Madrid / Zaragoza
28/10 disponible Valencia / Barcelona

TBC poster art for the upcoming Hornet Leg European Tour // Ya tenémos previo del poster para la gira Européa de Hornet Leg. VAMOS !

TBC poster art for the upcoming Hornet Leg European Tour // Ya tenémos previo del poster para la gira Européa de Hornet Leg. VAMOS !

SCHWERVON EUROPEAN TOUR NOVEMBER 2014 !!!

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Great news on the Hell Yeah friends side, we are really happy to announce that SCHWERVON (featuring Matthew Roth from Major Matt Mason USA) will be touring Europe during November so spread the word !!!

More about SCHWERVON here:

SCHWERVON! is a two piece American rock band. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. Their music is an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism. Their latest album, entitled Courage, was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders). Schwervon! have toured the world performing with Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, Jeffrey Lewis, Speedy Ortiz, R. Ring, Wussy, and other luminaries.

WEBSITE: http://www.schwervon.com
VIDEOS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu00ArGtQX0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVcbc9QjTJ0
BANDCAMP: http://schwervon.bandcamp.com
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/schwervon

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f you need more information about their upcoming tour or want to put up a show for them don’t even think more about it and shoot an email to our pal jorge here: jorge[at]wearehellyeah[dot]com.

The Woolen Men Tour Pics !

Thanks to all the promoters, friends and radical people who made the woolen men first european tour such a wild rollercoaster of fun. Here are some pictures for you all. If you want to read the band tour diary @logladyrecords click here: 

http://logladyrecords.com/news/2014/5/woolen-men-reports-from-the-road-pt-2

Gracias a todos los promotores, amigos y gente de lujo por hacer de la primera gira de Woolen Men una montaña rusa de buenas sensaciones. Aquí tienes algunas fotos para su respectivo disfrute, además pueden encontrar en este enlace el diario de gira que hizo la banda para @logladyrecords.

http://logladyrecords.com/news/2014/5/woolen-men-reports-from-the-road-pt-2

Welcome to The Woolen Men !!!

versión en Español al final del post.

We are really happy to announce that The Woolen Men (Woodsist / US) is now part of our European Roster !!!
 
The Woolen
Men
 are from Portland. They play punk influenced DIY music in the Pac-NW tradition of Dead Moon and The Wipers. More than a sound or style, that means a kind of work ethic — do-it-yourself and do it a lot. The band is happiest touring up and down the I-5 or bunkered in their practice space with the cassette 4-track rolling. And it shows. Live, the band is thunderous and energetic and the magnetic chemistry of the three of them playing together shines through in the recordings.

The Woolen Men - Two Brothers from Leo Townsell on Vimeo.

Their self-titled album released by Woodsist Records is their debut LP, following a handful of largely self-released EPs. Instead of changing their technique of recording fast and loose to capture the live energy of their sound, they recorded and recorded and recorded until they had enough songs to make up an album only of material with that elusive spark of a great recording. The ten tracks here represent five different sessions, and as many songs made the cut as were left behind. The LP was made to endure, with little attention payed to current trends or “in” sounds — what matters to the band is that the songs are well written and executed with integrity. The whole thing was recorded to analog.

Meet The Woolen Men: @facebook  // @bandcamp

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The Woolen Men son de Portland, Oregon y su música una factoria DIY que produce canciones de esas que se te quedan impregnadas por todo el hipotálamo. Podríamos decir que su forma de trabajar -prolífica a la par que buenísima- nos hace recordar a bandas míticas de Oregon como Dead Moon y Wipers pero finalmente lo que hace a The Woolen Men especiales es que su música está plagada de aristas que son difíciles de encajar en un estilo, eso -en los días que corren y especialmente en la música de guitarras de hoy- es muy difícil de encontrar.

Su LP de debut editado por Woodsist este año, es la continuación de una serie de EPs, CD’rs y K-SETS autoeditados y está lleno de canciones donde la rapidez, los riffs de guitarra memorables y la energía de la banda en directo chorrean como sudor fresco por todos sus surcos, la experiencia de escucharlo por primera vez nos trae a la memoria sensaciones parecidas a escuchar por primera vez a Guided by Voices o Wire.

Feels Like Home #49 - The Woolen Men “Alien City” from INTOTHEWOODS.TV on Vimeo.

The Woolen Men son unos insaciables trabajadores tanto en la carretera como en el estudio, han recorrido ya varias veces USA de la mano de bandas como Woods, The Fresh and Onlys, Crystal Stilts, Naomi Punk o Parquet Courts y Raf Spielman (guitarra, batería) es una de las figuras actualmente más destacadas en Portland no sólo por su trabajo en proyectos anteriores como The Polyps de la mano de sellos como Digitalis o Not Not Fun sino por ser el hombre detrás de Eggy Records que junto a Gnar Tapes (sello donde también edita TWM y que tiene en su catálogo a bandas como White Fang, The Memories o Eat Skull) son dos de los sellos más destacados en el panorama DIY norteamericano actual.

The Woolen Men: @facebook  // @bandcamp