M-Extäz was a zine from Paris (Neuilly-Plaisance) done by Jean(not) Chaperon, the drummer of ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘M.S.T.’. We corresponded and exhanged zines, and in February ’89 I set up a tour for his band (‘M.S.T.’, together with fellow-parisians ‘Smegmatics’). Though the French scene was rather violent at that time, Jeannot tried to send out positive vibes through his zines. But music seemed to be most important and interviews were rather brief. Since his friends organised concerts for touring (quite often commercial) North-American bands, quite a few were featured in M-Extäz…
This interview with ‘S.N.F.U. was done on their 1st European tour (which brought them to a Smurfpunx show, 88-12-18). The line-up at that time was Kendall ‘Ken’ Chinn a.k.a. ‘Mr. Chi Pig’, the twin-brothers Brent and Marc Belke (both guitar), drummer Ted Simm and bass-player Curtis Creager. ‘Society’s No Fucking Use’ (from Edmonton, Canada) was an excellent HC/skatecore band but unfortunately soon abandonned the DIY mentality. The lyrics were insightful, clever but the guys also knew what fun was en how to bring a great show.
During those chilling and boring days of December, we were able to attend a concert that has warmed the hearts, minds and somewhat rusty bodies. It was an energetic and powerful show that brought us this great band that ‘S.N.F.U.’ is, despite the poor sound-quality of a place that was nothing more than an amphitheater.
We saw ‘Electric Bees’, ‘Krull’ and ‘Flitox’, the three support-acts; ‘Electric bees’: newcomers and a tad pretentious but for their first concert we don’t wanna just criticize them, wait and see; ‘Krull’: ouch, ouch! What a catastrophy! Saw and heard nothing more than a sound-porridge, and even more: they weren’t even tight; ‘Flitox’ on the other hand brought a decent set, there was a great atmosphere, the public and even ‘S.N.F.U.’ enjoyed it, they were even in the venue for most of the first part – I think that’s nice, others would have been satisfied staying backstage and ignoring the other bands (as did ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ the day before).
Getting back to ‘S.N.F.U.’: this article – and the interview that follows is related to them – will help you understand them better hopefully.
After this long and exhausting European tour, they succeeded masterfully in making us shake, sweat and boil with their intensity, their ease to move on a few square meters and their total control of their music devoid of make-up and glitter; they were able to tell us who they really were: simple people who don’t claim anything but to go for their kicks and go out of their minds for our delight. It was powerful and intense.
For us and for you, I’m sure it was Extäz!
CONSIDERING HOW YOUR SINGER MOVES ON STAGE, WE HAD THE IMPRESSION TO BE DEALING WITH AN ATHLETE IN FRONT OF US. IS HE DOING SPORTS OUTSIDE OF THE BAND?
Not at all, he hates sports in general and doesn’t practice any. He’s not an athlete either, he loves raving on stage, that’s all.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CANADIAN SCENE?
In Canada we’re able to round up about 500 to 600 people per concert, the HC-scene is not really big in Canada. Montreal is probably the largest of the Canadian scenes.
WE WERE ABLE TO WITNESS ‘SUCIDAL TENDENCIES’ IN CONCERT… DO YOU YOURSELVES WANT TO EXPRESS A MACHO OR OTHER KIND OF ATTITUDE (in the way ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ does)?
NO! Certianly not, we don’t need that, we don’t try to present whatever image of ourselves, we’re just five friends who go out of their minds like crazy on stage.
DO YOU THINK THAT THE UNITED STATES MUSICALLY INFLUENCES CANADIAN BANDS?
I think Canadian bands are very original musically but there isn’t one specific Canadian sound, each band has its own, is original.
WE CAN SEE YOU WEAR SKATE-STUFF. ARE YOU GUYS SPONSORED AND DO YOU SKATE?
Yes we are sponsored by the brand Airwalk that have a whole range of skate-clothes but they’re more like friends than just sponsors. We also skate since we were eight.
WITH WHO WOULD YOU PREFER TO PLAY: ‘SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ OR ‘GANG GREEN’?
We would perhaps prefer to play with ‘Gang Green’ because we know them, but we have no special preference for the one or the other.
HAVE YOU PLAYED IN THE UNITED STATES OFTEN?
Actually we play there quite often, it’s been three years that we play there regularly.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE CONCERT HERE IN PARIS?
The least we can say is that it was funny!!! Ian MacKaye told us that the French scene was one of the most violent but we didn’t feel that at all, quite the contrary: we rather laughed because we felt like we were in a circus: a ramp for slamming and even more: one had to queue up to slam, etc. HaHaHa…!!!
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON THE BANDS THAT PLAYED BEFORE YOU?
We missed the first but the second was rather messy; each time a band finished we thought it was our turn but each time there was still another one!
ON THE FLYER OF THE GIG YOU WERE ANNOUNCED AS A STRAIGHT EDGE. ARE YOU?
No! Not as ‘Youth Of Today’ or others are. We don’t claim anything, we live our life to the fullest and it is up to everyone to do the same.
ANY LAST WORDS?
We would like to have an extra day off in order to be able to visit Paris.
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