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Discipline
04/12/2002



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

We started Discipline back in 1991. Back then we had a different line-up and a different name. In the first few years we recorded some shitty demo-tapes and just played local shows in bars and youth centers. In 1995 we signed a deal to German label Lost & Found Records. They released our
first few albums and during that time we did a lot of shows in Holland and Belgium and we did our first few European tours. After we had some trouble with the label, in 1999 we signed to Belgian I Scream Records. They released our last 2 albums and also the brand new record "Saints & Sinners" in Europe. For the last 8 years we've done numerous European tours, played every major festival and shared the stage with bands like The Business, Agnostic Front, Cockney Rejects, Sick of it All, Dropkick Murphy's, Cock Sparrer, Madball and Cockney Rejects.

The current line-up is:
Joost de Graaf - Vocals
Erik Wouters - Guitar
Carlo Geerlings - Bass
Joost Strijbos - Drums

Discography.

Stompin’ Crew EP 7”single (1996, L&F)
Guilty as Charged CD (1996, L&F)
Stompin’ Crew EP MCD (1998, L&F)
Bulldog Style CD (1998, L&F)
Skinhead & Proud CD (1999, L&F)
Nice Boys Finish Last CD (1999, ISR)
Hooligans Heaven EP CDS (2000, ISR)
Love thy Neighbor CD (2000, ISR)
Everywhere we Go CDS (2002, ISR)
Saints & Sinners CD (2002, ISR)

Discipline has also contributed exclusive tracks to compilations like “The Dutch HC tribute to the real Oi”, “Worldwide tribute to the real OI”, “Respect your Roots”. All I Scream Records full-length releases have also been released on vinyl by german Knock Out Records. GMM Records will release the new album "Saints & Sinners" in the US and will also re-release the "Nice Boys
Finish Last" and "Love Thy Neighbor"-albums in the US.

You have Tez in the band who has played with every band ever, has other bands played in other bands, if so what?

Tez Bones is not really in the band. He just joins us as a second-guitarplayer when we do a tour or when we play the bigger festivals. Of course he can't join us for each weekend show since he
lives in Stoke on Trent and we all live in Eindhoven (Holland). But it's great to have somebody play with you who has been in so many bands like Section 5, Discharge, UK Subs, Broken Bones, The Business, GBH, Anti Heros and so on and so on. Most of us have played in other local bands but nothing worth mentioning to name here.

Your sound is often described as 'street-core', what does that term mean to you? And how would you describe the band?

Our sound is a mix of Punk/OI, Hardcore and Rock 'n Roll. I've already heard so many different names for our music, for instance OI-Core, Hooligan Rock, Thug Rock, Punkcore.....It's all the same to me. I like to call it Street Rock 'n Roll. I think that is the best word to describe our sound.

What differences do you find in the European and UK audiance, and where is your favourite place to play?

There aren't really major differences between the crowds in the UK or on the mainland. The British crowds are tougher to get them going on your music, that's the only little difference. We love to play everywhere, all over europe. But we have the biggest following in Germany, so it's always great to play over there.

If you could see any band play live, either of the past or present who would it be?

Hmmm, tough question, since I've already seen almost all my favourite bands perform live, for instance Cock Sparrer, Rose Tattoo, The Rejects. I'm really looking forward to see the Last Resort play at the same festival as where we play, this weekend in Berlin. But it's not the original line-up. I'd like to see the following bands play in their original line-ups: Last Resort, the Blitz and Motorhead.


Do you think street music will rise again?

Definitely!! Just look nowadays at the still-growing populairity of Oi and Punk music. That's a good sign, I'd say. The kids are sick and tired of prefab pop-music and are starting to go back to basic again.


What are the best 5 releases of the past 12 months?

In no particular order and I probably could have named 15 albums more...

- Hardsell - Breaking the Jaw
- Deadline - More than meets the Eye
- Argy Bargy - Songs from the Street
- The Forgotten - Control me
- Rose Tattoo - Pain

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2002/2003.

We just got back from a 3-week european tour with Agnostic Front, Biohazard and others. We will do some clubshows towards the end of 2002 and early 2003. We will do our 1st ever US-tour in march 2003, supporting Agnostic Front and Hatebreed. At the moment we are writing new songs for some compilations and for a splt on Captain OI with Argy Bargy. I Scream Records also just released our new album "Saints & Sinners" and the Agnostic Front/ Discipline split-CD "Working Class Heroes".

Early next year Captain OI will release a Discipline compilation album "Rejects of Society".

Any final comments?

Thanx for the interview. Everybody make sure to check out our new album "Saints & Sinners", you won't regret it. Thanx to everybody who supported us over the years and we hope to see you at one of our shows soon. Check out our website at www.discipline.nl Cheers!


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