Blood or Whiskey (Beano)

Blood or Whiskey: Sticks and Stones – an interview with Beano (11/14/04)

(S’n’O)

1. First of all, congregations on the new US record deal with Punk-core. How did the deal come about? I know when we spoke back in April, you mentioned you had a few labels interested in signing the band but none would commit on tour support. Will Punk-Core be giving you the necessary tour support and can we expect to see a lot more of Blood or Whiskey in 2005?

(Beano/BoW)
YEAH THANX, THE DEAL CAME ABOUT ‘COS BASICALLY WE WERE FISHING ABOUT FOR A NEW DEAL BASED IN THE U.S. WITH GOOD DISTRIBUTION IN THE U.S. AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE WORLD.I KNEW WHAT PUNKCORE’S CAPABILITIES WERE, BUT I MET DAVE THE LABEL BOSS SOCIALLY FIRST WHEN HE WAS ON HOLIDAY IN IRELAND SO AFTER THAT I KNEW HE WAS SOUND ‘COS WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT THE BAND OR BUSINESS, WE JUST TALKED ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT ORDER AT THE BAR WAS! SO WE HAD TO WORK WITH SOMEONE WHO WE COULD GET ON WITH PERSONALLY SO THAT WE WEREN’T JUST A “PRODUCT” TO THEM, THAT THEY WERE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN US AND NOT JUST IN FUCKIN DOLLARS.BUT SO FAR WE’VE BEEN TREATED GREAT AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. PUNKCORE WILL GIVE US WHATEVER RESOURCES THAT THEY HUMANLY CAN IN ORDER TO SEE THIS JOB THROUGH COS LIKE US OURSELVES , THEY BELIVE IN WHAT WE’RE DOING AND WHAT WE PLAN TO DO. YEAH WE’LL BE GETTING A U.S BOOKING AGENT AS SOON AS, THEN THE ALBUM WILL COME OUT EARLY FEBUARY 2005 THEN WE’LL BE ON BASICALLY A NEVER ENDING TOUR.

(S’n’O)
2. Speaking of touring, how did the US tour with the Dropkick Murphys go?

(Beano/BoW)
YEAH THE DATES WITH THE MURPHY’S WERE GREAT. THEY TREAT US FINE ( WHY WOULDN’T THEY?), & ALLOW US ENOUGH TIME AND SPACE TO DO OUR THING. THE BAND AND THEIR CREW ARE NICE FELLAS Y’KNOW? WE WENT DOWN WELL WITH THEIR CROWD TOO AND SOLD A LOT OF MERCH AT THE GIGS. THEY DON’T OWE US ANYTHING AND IT’S GREAT EXPOSURE FOR THE BAND AS WELL OBVIOUSLY.

(S’n’O)
3. How is the new CD coming along, with the line up changes can we expect a different sounding Blood or Whiskey to what we hear on the previous releases?

(Beano/BoW)
THE NEW CD IS GOING GREAT.WE’VE LITERALLY JUST FINISHED RECORDING AND IT’S GOING TO BE MASTERED THIS WEEK. THERE’S 14 SONGS ON IT & IT’S GONNA BE CALLED “CA$HED OUT ON CULTURE” – ‘COS A LOT OF PEOPLE CASH IN ON OUR CULTURE SO WE’RE CASHING OUT! IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT SOUNDING DIFFERENT .WE’VE PURPOSELY GONE FOR A MORE PRODUCED SOUND SONICALLY BUT LIKE OTHER BLOOD OR WHISKEY RELEASES IT’S GOT STRONG MATERIAL PLAYED BY A BAND THAT BELIVES IN ITSELF. WITH REGARDS TO LINE UP CHANGES IT’S BOUND TO SOUND SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT, BUT WE’RE PLAYING TO THE SAME BEAT WE’RE JUST BANGING A DIFFERENT DRUM!

(S’n’O)
4. Blood or Whiskey seems to had a ton of bad luck over the last few years – contract problems, label problems, van crashes, line-up changes, illness and jail time – what keeps the band together? mearer mortals would have knocked it on the head a long time ago.

(Beano/BoW)
A BELIEF IN WHAT WE DO AND IN WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER ,A GOOD DOSE OF STUBBORNESS TOO PROBABLY. THERE’S X-AMOUNT OF DETRACTORS AROUND WHO HAVE NO LIVES AND WHO CONTINUALLY TRY TO SOUND OFF ABOUT THINGS THEY HAVE NO FUCKIN CLUE ABOUT REGARDING THIS BAND.AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED IF WE’RE DOING NOTHING ELSE APART FROM ANNOYING THESE SAD PATHETIC SACK HOLES THEN THAT ALONE IS REASON TO CONTINUE.

(S’n’O)
5. Irish/Celtic punk bands seem to be everywhere these days – from Norway to Japan and the Billboard top 20 – and while Blood or Whiskey were argubally the first of the post-Pogues and authentically Irish as well, nothing else similar has come out of Ireland. Why do you think that is? What do you think of all the non Irish bands playing trad. Irish based punk?

(Beano/BoW)
I THINK THE MAIN REASON THAT BANDS/PUNX FROM IRELAND DON’T PUSH THE “PADDY” ANGLE IS BECAUSE I THINK IT’S SO BRED INTO US THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO WEAR IT ON OUR SLEEVE.IT’S NOT SOMETHING TO SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.IT’S JUST SIMPLY WHAT YOU ARE WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. IT SEEMS IN THE U.S. PEOPLE ARE REALLY PROUD OF THEIR FAMILIES ORIGINAL ROOTS TO GO ALONG WITH THEIR AMERICAN ROOTS HENCE THEY’RE “IRISH-AMERICAN” OR “ITALIAN – AMERICAN ” OR WHATEVER.THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT BUT PERSONALLY I COME FROM AN ANGLE IN PUNK WHERE NATIONALITY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH PUNK ROCK.IT DIDN’T MEAN YOU WEREN’T PROUD TO BE IRISH OR WHATEVER IT JUST WASN’T AN ISSUE Y’KNOW? IT WAS AN ANTI-SYSTEM THING I THINK.OBVIOUSLY FOR SOME BANDS IT’S A PRIDE THING OR FOR OTHERS IT’S A COMMERCIAL THING BUT FOR SOME OF THE BANDS I’VE HEARD FROM GERMANY AND THAT IT’S JUST A FUCKIN SAD THING! THINGS LIKE THIS DON’T REALLY BOTHER ME EITHER WAY , EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN TAKE ON IT. A GOOD EXAMPLE IS THE AMOUNT OF ENGLISH OI! BANDS WHO I WOULD PERSONALLY KNOW NOT TO BE NAZIS/RIGHT WING, BUT AS SOON AS THEY SING ABOUT ENGLISH PRIDE THEY GET A NAME FOR BEING RIGHT WING.WHY IS IT OK FOR “IRISH” PUNK BANDS TO BE PROUD AND NOT ENGLISH/BRITISH ONES?? THIS TO ME IS WHY NATIONALISM FUCKS UP PUNK ROCK. ANYWAY WHEN I HEAR THE TERM IRISH PUNK I DON’T THINK OF US OR THE MOLLY’S OR THE MURPHY’S , I THINK OF THE OUTCASTS, SLF,DEFECTS, RADIATORS ETC. ANYWAY.

(S’n’O)
Beano – thanks for thaking the time to answer my questions – anything else you’d like to say?

(Beano/BoW)
JUST THANKS FOR THE INTEREST AND THANKS TO ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS US AS FOR ANYONE WHO DOESN’T SUPPORT US FOR WHAT EVER REASON , FUCK YOU! WE’RE DOING IT ANYWAY, GET A LIFE!!! – BLOOD OR WHISKEY WWW.BLOODORWHISKEY.IE

http://www.bloodorwhiskey.ie/

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