DO YOU LIKE THE BUZZCOCKS, BUTTHOLE SURFERS, DEAD KENNEDY’S, STRANGLERS, APTBS, SEX PISTOLS, STOOGES, NIRVANA, RAMONES? WELL NOW KKK ARE MAKING THE LEAP. GREAT MUSIC NEVER DIES IT JUST GETS RE-BORN IN THE NEXT WAVE OF YOUNG PUNKS. THESE ARE PAINT BLISTERING SOUNDS, THUMPING MELODIES, MUSIC TO BLAST LOUD AND REMIND YOUR NEIGHBOURS YOU ARE NOT THEM, YOU ARE WITH KKK.
VETERAN PUNK, BROADCASTER AND WRITER AIMAR VENTSEL HAD SOME QUESTIONS FOR THEM PRIOR TO THEIR ESTONIAN TRIP. HERE’S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY….
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Aimar Ventsel: Who play in KKK?
Kapitan Korsakov: Pieter Van Mullem (bass), Jonas Van den Bossche (drums), Pieter-Paul Devos (guitar and vocals).
A.V. How did you come to the band name and do you know who was Kapitan Korsakov?
K.K.K. Kapitan Korsakov was a Russian cavalry captain, who fought for the Russian Imperial Army against Napoleon in 1812. During the battle of Borodino, he was shot in the dick and captured by the French. However, he managed to recover, escape, only after killing and fist-raping his guard first. He then relocated to Japan to become a poet. He had many bastard children, Pieter-Paul believes he is one of his descendents. Kapitan Mikhail Korsakov would be his great-great-great-grandfather.
A.V. What sort of music you like and listen do?
K.K.K. Old skool hardcore and hip hop, noise – lots of it, Sonic Youth, anything written on dope.
A.V. Have you recorded albums, EPs and singles? Where do you sell these.
K.K.K. We’ve officially released our debut album “Well Hunger” in November 2009. It’s available in Belgium, the Netherlands, iTunes and at live shows. We’ve released two singles: “When We Were Hookers” and “Sylvie”. Both are available for download on iTunes.
A.V. What are your songs about?
K.K.K. Mostly about authority and how great it is.
Also about Jesus, ketchup, Wolverine, ninjas, the pope, cheese and the great breed we call mankind.
A.V. You have many videos on Youtube. What is the point in investing in videos today where everything is free?
K.K.K. We think it’s fun, and possibly it could bring a new dimension to the song. Or not.
We just like wasting money.
A.V. What is going on in Belgium, musically I mean?
K.K.K. Mainstream-wise not much really. But there are alot of great bands here. You just have to look a little further than they make you believe you should. I think there are starting to be more bands that are on the same level as us, and have the same intentions, whatever those may be.
Some bands have the same energy and honesty I think, without musically being exact copies of each other. Check out The Hickey Underworld, Drums Are For Parades, the Rott Childs, Deer, Vermin Twins… if you haven’t already.
Some day, mediocrity and shallowness will vaporise from the face of the earth, never to return again. It might have something to do with the year 2012 tho…
A.V. We have heard here about tensions between French and Flemish speakers in Belgium, how much does it affect you? Are venues and festivals in Belgium ethnically separated or mixed up?
K.K.K. Northern Belgium mostly speaks Dutch (= Flemish), Southern Belgium speaks French, in Brussels you have both, and a little part near the German border speaks German. I don’t give a fuck about those so called tensions, there’s only tensions there where fascists want them to be.
Festivals aren’t seperated. It’s really nothing like that. There’s only a small minority (even tho the newly elected government are right wing seperatists, so let’s hope that doesn’t mean they’re no longer a minority) that thinks Belgium should actually be divided in two independent states.
We’re also playing shows and festivals in Southern Belgium, and we speak Dutch. Media have made it blow completely out of proportion.
Fuck them all.
A.V. Is Benelux musically linked or does every country have its separated scene?
K.K.K. I don’t believe in scenes, and I believe even less in bands that are musically alike, just because they’re from the same city. If anything, I think that would be quite annoying.
A.V. Probably many people will like you. What sort of merchandising do you bring with you to Estonia?
K.K.K. We will bring t-shirts (both male and female models), trucker hats, cd’s. And lots of stickers!
KKK are storming the shores of Estonia in July with gigs at indoor Haigla skate board park in Telliskivi, Tallinn on July 30th (www.haigla.eu) and the Plink Plonk festival on Saturday July 31st in Tartu (www.plinkplonk.ee)
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Aimar Ventsel is a anthropologist inclined to music and youth movements across subcultures primarily but not confined to Russia, the Baltics and Germany. A broadcaster with radio 2 in Estonia, r2.err.ee, he is also a columnist with Estonian culture monthly keskus.ee.
Anton Coene Belgium Benelux Brussels Deer (band) Drums Are For Parades Flemish garage (music) Ghent Haigla (skatepark) Hickey Underworld Kapitan Korsakov Pieter Van Mullem punk Rott Childs stage dive Vermin Twins
haha, brilliant shots!
Great shots of KKK at Plink Plonk from Estonian snapper Aron Urb – http://www.orants.ee