Big Wow To ‘State of Repair’ from And the Wasters


So fitting for the times: And the Wasters are making music for the millennials!

Music is a substitute for caffeine. If you wake up in the morning and the music is right then the day is auspicious! I am always looking forward to releases from this group (Now called And the Wasters) as their subsequent albums have proven to be really good! Notice the change in the line-up(and name). Here’s a blurb from their site:

2016 saw the band change name and take on a new lineup to play main stages at UK festivals such as Bearded Theory and Boomtown Fair, complete an extensive tour of Europe and bring global influences into their sound with their instrumental diversity of accordion, trumpet and violin.

They are the most hard working group I’ve known and they get better every year in both their studio and live recordings. It is no brainer that everyone in the group has his or her own musical influence and the diversity makes And the Wasters appealing to all music lovers. There is also nuance and complexity I’ve noticed in their music as they strive for artistic growth:

Lyrically, the EP reflects on a sense of sadness, anxiety and uncertainty faced in the modern world, while also promoting an empowering message of solidarity, DIY culture and collective action in their rowdy Punk sound and spirit.

I think this is shown in their song Small Victories. I get that mournful tune on top of the ska-powered rhythm. It is fitting for the times. This contradicting forces are present in all songs. Notably in Reduce, Reuse, Rebel. The Wasters are showing us that the punk spirit is still alive. Despite the excesses and the entitlement that litter this generation, there are still those going against the flow. The production quality is noted here:

Recorded in 2016 across at Music Ape studios & Worse than Bad studio. Mixed and mastered by Matt Martin at Made of Ale (Pumpkin Records). Overdubs on ‘Intro Dub’ by Ian Upsettah.

So the album just dropped. Check out their awesome video below:

Give this band your two thumbs up and buy their albums! It’s a pay-as-you-fee download. Free if ya like 😉 Show your support by giving the world conscience through music!

And the Wasters are: Dan Kemp, Ivo Johansen, Jared Dyer, Celeste Cantor-Stephens, Jo Dobraszczyk, Danny Epstein & Jack Kitchen.



Will Tun and the Wasters Bring Out Their Best Musical Ideas with The Anachronist’s Cookbook.

 Will, Josef, Deaglan, Jared, Dan, Ivo, Johnny and MC Amalgam of Will Tun and the Wasters Bring Out Their Best Musical Ideas with The Anachronist’s Cookbook.

I am honoured to get a preview of this fantastic new album by Will Tun and the Wasters. It’s called The Anachronist’s Cookbook. And it has all the wonderful flavours of fusion music. This is for ska lovers with nods to Celtic, urban and punk music. If the goal of the Wasters is to make life a party, then they have succeed in this new album.11261415_10153146270106045_5083489851014269271_n

Wow six years as a band. That’s amazing considering that they always record fantastic tunes and I think you would agree with me(as a fellow fan) that we always expect any release from a band that we follow fervently!

So what can you expect from The Anachronist’s Cookbook? It has twelve electrifying songs. They are fast and good to dance to, but also artfully crafted. The production is superb. It’s clean, lush and the emphasis is on the rhythm. You can expect instrumental greats with the Wasters. For example, Move Your Mind has a Gypsy-inspired intro. And I think having a French rapper in the team balances the creative influences. MC Amalgam adds an Urban feel to the mix.

The Other Side is the current single off Cookbook. It’s vocally and instrumentally powerful. It sounds like a great party. It also features Feminist Punk-poet Jenn Hart. Hey it’s got a cool music video too. Why don’t you check it out. It features a cut-out animation that comes to life.

This new album celebrates the power of music that celebrate diversity. I will take this blurb from their press release:

The album represents their journey of personal and political discovery through alternative communities and underground culture, bringing together styles from Klezmer to Ska, Folk to Hip-Hop, Punk to World Music. When combined, The Anachronist’s Cookbook represents arguably the most eclectic representations of underground music existing today.

You better the album upon its release later this week!

Here’s the rest of the press release:



Having spent the last 5 years touring Festivals, squats and far-flung venues, Will Tun and the Wasters are finally ready to unleash their debut album to the world on September 25th.

The album represents their journey of personal and political discovery through alternative communities and underground culture, bringing together styles from Klezmer to Ska, Folk to Hip-Hop, Punk to World Music. When combined, The Anachronist’s Cookbook represents arguably the most eclectic representations of underground music existing today.

The Anachronist’s Cookbook will be released on CD and digital via underground legends Riot Ska Records in the UK and the world-renowned Plan-It-X Records in the US, both labels perfectly encompassing the DIY ethic the band have held since they began.

From humble roots the band have toured Europe, supported protests and occupations, received regular airplay on BBC Radio 1, had songs remixed by electro legends including Slamboree and amassed a dedicated online fan base, including over 40,000 YouTube hits.

The record also continues their long term collaboration with conscious French rapper MC Amalgam, as well as featuring a guest spot with Feminist Punk-poet Jenn Hart.

On Friday 18th September the band will be revealing a video to definitive track “The Other Side” created by award-winning BBC screened animator Tim Wheatley.

Will Tun & the Wasters are a renowned live band, as they bring their genre-defying sound and infectious energy to the stage. The band will be playing the following album release shows:

September 25th – RISC, Reading

September 26th – The Golden Lion, Bristol.

October 4th– Left Bank, Bristol (Emily Draws Club night)

October 9th – Hootenanny’s, Brixton. (ASBO Disco Club night)

October 30, The Exchange, Bristol.

The band is available for interviews upon request.

Popes of Chillitown : An Interview


My approach in doing interviews for bands has not changed. It is still made in the spirit of spontaneity. You know, that moment when you meet your favourite band and you scribble questions in a piece of paper (or ask them impromptu) and let them answer it shortly. I think it also depends on the occasion. There are times when the interview is complicated due to the schedule or the availability of the artists. But I always try to strike at a moment when I can get my answer out. Because it is fun that way. And I am darn sure you my readers will enjoy it.

I want to keep it simple and that thought made me decide to have a brief chat with Matt, the singer from Popes of Chillitown. They are a 6-piece band from London. They play a variety of Ska,Dub and Punk. They’re originally founded in 2006. This interview is a continuation of something I’ve written a few weeks ago.

Enjoy the answers and explore the music!

1.Tell us about your new album To the Moon.

Our new album to the moon…it’s our journey through space (uk ska scene and dance floors) and time (a year of line/up changes and our first European tour) What we wanted to do with to the moon was give people something that they could either dance to or sing along to as consistently as we could across 11 tracks.

2.Your new single Wisdom Teeth is out how was the experience shooting a music video?

Doing the music video with Craig from the snare was jokes. We’re all mates so we just had a laugh and ate monster munch and drank red stripe. It was nice that he knew what he was doing too. Check it out on the YouTubes.

3.You’re touring Europe promoting your album. What keeps you all energize while being on the road?

I’ve already mentioned monster munch and red stripe so add ginsters and walkers sensations to that list of energy giving fodder. Not that we’re looking for sponsorship or anything…More spiritually it’s an altruistic Bill and Ted style vision of musical utopia that drives us on. That. And Munroe.

4. How do you decide that the song is ready for recording?

When we finally get round to recording stuff we’ve usually tried and tested every could-be song at live shows. We feel that is the test of whether it should go on a recording. And that’s what we’ve done with this album. Other songs maybe fun to play or whatever but we were only after dance music on this one. Aside from that when a song is ready is a weird concept as some things burst into existence and some things linger and fester so you have to sympathetic to this and adaptive in the creative process.

5. What can the audience expect when they go to your gigs?

At live shows we try to bring as much energy as possible to the entire time that were on stage. We want people to dance so we have to take the lead in it, innit. We have sing along bits and we try to get people moving. Sometimes me and Tom go wandering on the wireless. Which is fun. Especially at festivals when you go too far from the stage and you’re trying to sing in time with an echo.

6. Are there other bands you hangout when you have the time?

I said The Snare and Millie Manders. We hang out with any of the bands we play with around the country. There are loads of safe people in the ska scene. People who have recently been safe; Tree House Fire, Riskee, Call me Malcolm, Stiff Joints, Cartoon Violence, Mad Apple Circus and Counting Coins.

7. Can you list down the band members and what they play?

Popes of Chillitown are:

Popes of Chillitown:Attitude, melody and energy- the reasons why I like these guys.

Popes of Chillitown:Attitude, melody and energy- the reasons why I like these guys.

Jck – drums / vox

Arv – Bass

Tom – Electric Guitar / vox

Jimmy Pingu – Trombone / vox

Classic Trev – Sax / Melodica / vox

Matt – Vox / Acoustic Guitar

8. What’s great about being in Popes of Chillitown?

Being in Popes is great because we get to live the glamorous life style of eating shit, driving all day to Germany and then sleeping on a strangers floor. We get to listen to a lot of music in the car though. We just love gigging and playing shows with other bands we like and can have a laugh with. We’ve had a really fun time this last year making the album and we’re enjoying playing it – as well as a few of the dancier tracks from the first one. We’re still exploring the continent one gig at a time and that’s fun too.

Yes, these fellas are fun. Be sure to visit their official links below:

Popes of Chillitown are Spicing Up Britain


Popes of Chillitown

These guys are about energy and fun melodies. You know, you tend to discover music in many unexpected situations. Sometimes, you get it from a friend of a friend, sometimes in a conversation. I get mine online when I talk to random people. Someone mentioned Popes of Chillitown to me and that’s how I was able to Google them and liked their Facebook profile.

Wisdom Teeth is their official music video released last month. If you haven’t yet you better check this video out and the music/graphics will leave a lasting impression in your  mind. The band is currently touring over Europe. You can get their latest updates by liking/following their official pages: