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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Cover Story

No Effects Necessary

Comprising of four LA boys doped up on the best and worst that is world politics, sexism, drugs, religion and more, NOFX are about as cheeky as you get. Treating us to their head banging tunes and impertinent lyrics, the wait is over: White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean are here this week and theyre getting Punk in Drublic.

American punk band from California NOFX is in town this week, and giving us a little glance into their 30-year history, we sit down with co-founder and guitarist Eric Melvin. With dreadlocks as his signature fashion statement throughout the years, the science fiction fan is all about keeping it real.

You guys have been together for a long time arent you sick of each other yet..?
We have been sick of each other since the 90s, but thats a part of being any group of people that have worked together as closely as we have for 30 years. We are also very much like a family, Mike, Smelly and Hefe are like brothers to me, weve been all over the world together, stayed up long nights together and had to see each others faces the next morning at 5am to go to another airport to fly someplace and do it all over again, day after day, week after week, year after year. That goes for our crew as well: weve been through so much together, grown up some, regressed a lot, first and second marriages, children, divorces, you name it, weve been through it together.

Eric, you and Mike formed the band. Did you just want to play music back then or did you have some sort of score to settle with the various interest groups you seem to so enjoy pissing off?
We wanted to play punk rock music and go on tour. Punk is as Punk does.

Why punk? What did you grow up listening to was ska, punk and hardcore the natural evolution of those musical influences? And at what point did you think, hmmmm, what our band needs is a trumpet?
Punk rock music resonated with me from the first moment I heard it, which was the Circle Jerks Group Sex cassette. Its 15 minutes long; the entire album was on each side. The trumpet arrived along with El Hefe. As a child I listened to my parents records, my favourites were Queen and Elton John.

Do you see yourselves as part of the evolution of punk into mainstream? It seemed to coincide with your most commercially successful album to date, Punk in Drublic was this album a turning point?
I think we influenced a lot of the punk rock music that became commercially successful. We became more popular with people who sought us out, but we tried very hard to stay out of the mainstream.

You guys have some great nicknames: Mike Burkett is Fat Mike, Eric Sandin goes by Smelly, and Aaron Abeyta is of course El Hefe. What about you Eric, do you have one we dont know about?
Sometimes I go on tour with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes replacing Mike on bass. The drummer Dave calls me Uncle Buckle.

Whats your favourite/most hated/most interesting song/album and why?
I love them all.

How do audiences differ in North America as compared to Europe?
Read the lyrics to our song Insulted By Germans, Again.

Many of your lyrics are very clever who does most of the writing or do you collaborate?
Fat Mike does all the lyric writing since about 1987, I wrote the music for Cell-Out on our new release, Self-Entitled

Its been said you dont like to give interviews why did you consent to this one?
Because you are from Ukraine, my grandfather on my fathers side was born somewhere between Odessa and Kherson.

What are you expecting of Ukraine? Any final thoughts for fans here?
I half expect everyone to look like a brother, sister, or cousin of mine.

NOFX (US, punk)
Stereoplaza (Kikvidze 17), 2 July at 21.00
Tickets: 320 500hrv. 067-445-3458

by Lana Nicole

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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