A few Words With Walter Schreifels

By Ed

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Thanks to Freddy Twice And Greg Brown for some of the photography.

Also Adam at Rev For always Hooking it up!

DR: Hey Walter, thanks for taking time out, where are you at right now?

Hi, I’m in Zurich, Switzerland.

DR: How do you make time to play in so many bands? Haha

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With careful scheduling.

DR: What instrument did you play first and what bands were you listening to at the time?

I learned violin at a young age but picked up guitar as a teenager. I was listening to AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix and Dead Kennedy’s to name a few.

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DR: We all know the story behind Project X getting together but did you have any idea Kids would go off for that band?

I thought the ep was good, am surprised by it’s continuing resonance. I didn’t see hardcore records in that light.

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DR: What were some of the craziest stories of that time?

It’s difficult to describe what would pass as crazy at that time. The whole scene was pretty far out, lots of characters and strange circumstance. The stories are told through the music and the remaining photos.

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DR: Tell us how Moondog came about? And what’s the story with the name?

I wanted to try singing for a band, Luke and I went to Don Fury’s studio and demoed some songs, these turned into Moondog. I wish we had done more, the band evolved into Quicksand so all went well in the end.

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DR: There was a lot of people going here, there and everywhere in those days like switching from bands and stuff all the time, was there lots of failings out about that stuff?

We were a collective there was a feeling of unity and scene support. I don’t remember much in the way of bad feelings, we were routing for each others success, because it was part of our own success.

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DR: Which out of the early bands you guys played with (that you were not in) were you super in to?

I was into all the bands I played in. Youth Of Today was probably the most fun because Ray was so daring at that time, he was very confrontational, more than music. It was also the first band that I got to tour with.

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DR: What do you think about the current resurgence of a lot of the old HC bands?

I think it’s great that the music still resonates with people. I love that I can keep in touch with so many old friends and keep a connection to some of the new bands coming up as well.

DR: Why would you say Hardcore has had longevity?

The ethos of “do it yourself” culture is the “core” of Hardcore. That the music is often unlistenable to the average person also helps, this makes it “limited” and accessional. These are just theories.

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DR: What do you think an all round music fan in 2017 would make of listening to BDTW and then WNITA for the first time?

I think they’re still interesting, good songs, great messaging, imagery.

DR: As YOT line ups go most people would say that the Sammy & Walter line is the best, but in your own opinion what would you say the reasoning is?

We were the longest lasting line up, the one that toured Europe, the US. We had the chance to develop, the other line ups generally didn’t last more than a few months at a time.

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DR: Recently met up in Oslo with the Guys from Sportswear/FPS. and as me and Arne were walking back from dinner he took me on a kind of pilgrimage of when you guys played there in the late 80’s.

What do you remember from those Norwegian shows?

I remember “Mot Riving”, the Oslo squat culture that was running the scene then. We were loved and hated there, bottles were throw at us when we played with So Much Hate. I remember Katja from Life But How To Live It, they were great.

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DR: What made you guys decide to play shows again with this line up?

With everyone playing again it seemed less crazy, the songs are still meaningful and the band can still play. YOT had played a few years prior with cool musicians but I personally thought it would be cool to allow people to see the “original” band while we could still do it.

DR: Which one of the recent shows has been your favourite? I’ve heard people say you guys sounded great.

Have enjoyed them all, SO36 and This Is Hardcore shows do stand out though. The Electric Ballroom in London was pretty awesome too.

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DR: Would you say you feel the same way about HC present day as you did in the 80’s?

In some ways yes, as an aspect of who I am and the music that I like or that inspires me. That said in the 80’s I was pretty much all in and didn’t care much about anything else.

DR: How was it working with Title fight?

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Loved it, fun, great people and great band.

DR: How did you feel the last Japan , Aus & Euro tours with GB went?

Japan is a favorite place to tour. I have great friends there, always a joy.

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DR: What are your current music ventures?

I have a band called Vanishing Life and another called Dead Heavens.

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DR: Which now defunct venue do you miss playing at the most.

CBGB’s of coarse.

DR: How did you end up in Warzone?

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Raybeez asked me, was an easy yes.

DR: What were some of the most stand out shows for you with Warzone & YOT?

Too many to single out, it was a generally great time for our scene.

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DR:  Which band would you say you were most siked to be in?

I liked being in all of them for different reasons, they appeal to different sides of my character and interests.

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DR: Do you have most or all of the records from bands you have been in, tests etc?

Sadly no.

DR: What are you listening to right now?

Amon Düül II and 60’s Bee Gees

DR: Thanks for your time dude.

Thank you.

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