Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Keept It Real #9 (Review)

Maybe you remember this post from March - I finally found the time to read this whole thing and write a review about it. First of all, the guy who's doing this zine, Apostolis from Athens, Greece, seems to be a very nice dude, so I didn't buy only one zine but six, so if you're from Germany and want to have one of those babies, drop me a line. Price is three Euros plus shipping haha. But back to the review. First thing you realize when you pick this up is of course the artwork, and this one looks really cool, as you can see on the picture to the left. It was done by a guy named Peio. Second, the paper is quite thick, especially the cover, but the normal pages as well, so reading this thing is also a haptic experience, which is cool. Zines that are made of this super thin paper (like MRR for example) always tend to annoy me after a while, because the pages get ripped up quite fast. No diss towards MRR intended by the way. Content-wise, this zine offers a good mixture of bands, and from a subjective point of view, of bands I can relate to. I especially enjoyed the interviews with Pulling Teeth, Poison The Well, Vitamin X (I didn't know Wolfi of Tangled Lines fame is drumming in that band now, I did an interview with him like five years ago) and above all (and to my own surprise) Greg Bennick of Trial. He has a lot of interesting things to say, and manages to do it in an entertaining way. The let downer is IMO the Lewd Acts interview, due to the LA-guy's laziness to come up with a little bit more interesting answers. The questions in all interviews are above the average you usually get to read, although I wish that Apostolis would have pressed on certain topics a little bit more. Then there's an article about Krishna consciousness, not something groundbreaking new, but on the other hand, 90 percent of today's Hardcore kids surely don't know about the connection between Hardcore and Krishna anymore. Personally, I always thought it was kinda strange, and this not only due to the fact that Krishna also involves some kind of organised religion, and with that, religious leaders, something that doesn't go to well hand in hand with Hardcore in my book. The other side of the coin is that I'm still siked about hanging out with the guys from 108, especially Vic, three years ago or something when we had the chance to play with them. Vic is cool, and for sure wouldn't be the person he is without all that Krishna-rave. But back to the Keep It Real zine, well, there's not much left to tell you, there's also a photo report from last years Fluff Fest, I never understood what's so great about festivals, because this is not what keeps Hardcore alive, but I can understand that a lot of people appriciate the chance to see a lot of good bands in a very short time. In addition to this content there are a couple of record reviews as well, I know people who only read the record reviews in zines. Whatever, to bring this to an end, this printzine is definetely worth your money, all in all it's nice to read, looks great and seems to be the perfect match with a hot summerday by the swimming pool, hanging out, drinking ice tea, and reading a zine. 

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And like I said, I also have a few copies flying around, if you're interested, let me know!


  1. Haha, ich hab leider mit dem Lewd Acts Interview angefangen, was natürlich gleich mal ein großer bummer war und mich davon abgehalten hat, den Rest objektiv zu lesen (ich fand, dass die Fragen nicht so gut überlegt waren und dass in den einzelnen Fragen viel zu viel Inhalt steckte). Auch das Krishna-Zeug ist nicht so mein Fall -ansonsten war's aber alles in allem trotzdem ganz OK und die Bilderkollektion vom Fluff fand ich super ^^ Bin zwar normalerweise kein Festival-Fan (das absolute Gegenteil eher), aber das Fluff hat einfach was besonderes ... Atmosphäre etc blabla. So genug Senf von mir ;)

  2. I just got a copy of this from one of my friends and its pretty neat. I don't think the Lewd Acts interview is as bad as everyone is saying it is. Some of the questions were more appropriate for other members of the band so the guy doing it couldn't answer what was being asked. And his answers to most questions were prompting thinking for yourself; he was pointing out that what the band thinks about stuff isn't more valid than anyone else's opinion, make your own mind up about things, go experience things for yourself. I also don't think it's the bands job to make an interview 'interesting', an interview isn't done for entertainment purposes, you ask questions you get people's (hopefully) natural response).

    I've never heard Lewd Acts but this interview makes me want to.