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Retaliator
20/2/1999



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

The band was formed by Rob & Pete in 96 but didn't really get going until 98, when we started gigging locally. The line up has totally changed since then its now Ian on Vocals, Rob & Mark on Guitars, Pete on Bass & Shaun on Drums.

Discogrpahy.

We have only had one release & that is the "Feel the Power" 7" on Data Records, which contrary to the Utter Bollocks "Maximum Rock & Roll" wrote about it, its not about "Kicking the shit out of gays". WE ARE NOT A POLITICAL BAND.

Has any band member played in other bands, if so what?

Ian is Opera trained and still sings in his local choir hence the Retaliator gigs on a Sunday. Rob (Hank) was the bloke who played the theme tune to the "magic Roundabout" and still gets hassled by CITV to do occasional cartoon fill-ins. Mark was in a boy band but was kicked out when they found out that he could play an instrument. Pete played on the "Starsky & Hutch" theme tune & frequently gets hassled by blokes in flares & big affro hair do's. Shaun dresses up as a clockwork bunny for the "Duracell" ads thats when hes not driving his clown shaped car advertising the circus. Other than that no we havn't been in any other bands.

Describe your sound.

This a tough one, the people who said the single sounds like early Exploited were right but our whole sound is very diverse with some numbers being out & out Oi! others are pure Punk & some are kind of hardcore but its all very loud!!

Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what?

Yes we do the Exploited's "Alternative", Combat 84's "Rapist" and the classic 4 Skins "Chaos". We are toying with the idea of doing Condemned 84's "Unite" but only if we can do it justice.

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

It changes for all of us every week so this is a dodgy one to answer but for this week we are mostly listening to...

Ian: Sick of it All "Scratch the surface"
Rob: Condemned 84 "Fuck You"
Mark: Machine Head "Take my scars"
Pete: Mato Ratos "Leis de Merda"
Shaun: Metallica "One"

Do you think street music will rise again?

Yes but not as it was before. Streetpunk seems to be mutating and becoming accessible to a wider audience. Oi! will never die as there will always be Skins & Punks about. The hardcore thing is attracting new blood and some of this will eventually filter through.

If you could be any age again, what would it be and why?

Ian: 16 because then I could change all the Fuck-Ups I have made in life.
Rob: 16 because that was a great time for me, Bank Holidays & all that.
Mark: I am happy as I am (Still Young 19 & having a ball!!)
Pete: I am having a great time now but I wish I had done it 15 fucking years ago!
Shaun: I feel the same as Mark.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

Our plans are to do as many gigs as humanly possible. Record a stonking album, which will go to No1. Get Pissed, take over the world and kill Boyzone. Seriously though we are off to Portugal in March to support Mato Ratos. We will record the album in May which will be entitled "Sentite Imperium" which is Mongolian for "I have a sausage". We are going on a CD Compilation Album from Brazil on Rotton Records & on an EP with Dizzy Dizzy (USA) & Mato Ratos which will be released in the USA.

Any final comments?

First we would like to thank Rebecca & Ste @ Punk & Oi! in the UK for doing this interview and giving us a chance to set the record straight, for any of you who have read the review of our single in Maximum Rock & Roll (latest issue). We would like to re-stress that Retaliator ARE NOT A POLITICAL BAND so for those of you wishing to pigeon hole us "Fuck Off & leave us alone to get on with producing our own brand of Streetpunk". If we were political we would be playing political gigs not struggling to put on good value Oi! Punk gigs in our area!! We would also like to thank the bloke who wrote that muck, for the Character Assaination and the damage it has caused "Cheers Mate". We would like to thank Peter @ Pure Impact for giving us the chance to get our songs down on CD & thank Dave & Sarah ' Data records for doing the single (sorry for the grief & temporary loss of sanity), & thanks for sticking by us. And finally (thank fuck for that) Cheers to anyone who has/will buy our stuff and come to watch us play live (& get injured sorry Jane!!) Cheers All.


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