Interview with Proton Packs

Who are your favorite bands to play with at shows?
We always have a blast with the guys from The Livermores, Chromosomes and Ratbones! Speaking of foreign bands, last year we played with the Haermorrhoids from Germany in Siena and it was really a cool show!

Tell us your favorite memory of Manu Livermores?
He was such a sweet guy, one of those people who are really pure at heart. He was truly passioned about punk rock… a real rock n roller. Our favorite memory of him is all the times he sent us funny vocal messages with his heavy accent about new albums or about stuff that had happened in the scene. He really knew how to cheer you up! We will all miss him a lot.

What do you think about the current state of punk rock?

We think underground punk rock is as healthy as it’s ever been, in terms of new albums and hype surrounding it. There are a few crucial factors that have contributed in the last years to this new interest in the scene: cool festivals like Raduno, Puke Fest, The Fest and so on, dedicated podcasts like The Dummy Room, exciting labels like Mom’s Basement, I Buy Records, Striped, Badman, Stardumb, Hey Pizza, Monster Zero and many others that keep putting out cool records. Also a lot of people from the old guard still believing in it. There are a few new bands coming up too, so we think it’s safe to say punk rock is doing fine, at least in our specific bubble. The problem we see is that touring has become increasingly more difficult and less profitable. It’s almost impossible to make a living off playing punk rock and this will affect the new generation, as there probably won’t be the right environment to generate new “higher level” bands. I’m not talking about the next Green Day, but the next Teenage Bottlerocket or even the next Lillingtons. We also need to factor in what will be left of clubs and bars and of live music in general after Covid. We have a big question mark ahead of us.

What is your favorite project that you’ve been a part of?
Every album we do is special to us because it’s really exciting to see a project coming to life and becoming real and tangible as you go ahead: the artwork, shaping the songs, sequencing them, going to the studio etc. We really love this process! Besides the albums, we loved working on the “Party time for astronauts” split with The Livermores That split is a memento of our time with Manu and we will always cherish it.

What made you guys want to organize Lobotomy Fest?
In the past years we never played too much in Tuscany, because we always preferred to go play around northern Italy, where most of the scene is. Then, a couple of years ago we started talking with the guys from Corte dei Miracoli who run an amazing multicultural space in Siena and we saw that there was the chance to organize something punk rock-related there. It all started like a one night-only event, but it soon turned out to be a much more inclusive project that spanned 5 whole days with movie screenings, art happenings, book readings and many many bands. We had so much fun doing it that we decided to replicate it this year. Unfortunately, Covid put everything to a halt, but we are determined to make it work again, when things will smooth out with the virus. We had big projects for this year.

What are some bands that you want to play Lobotomy Fest?
We like to dream big and we always nurtured the idea of having the Lillingtons play! Nowadays it seems things aren’t too good with those guys, but we also love Sack very much and it would be awesome to have them play over here! Anyway, 2021 is already lined up, because we want to have all the bands that were scheduled to play in 2020 to play the next edition!

What is your writing process? How do you guys pick a topic and then write such great concept albums that are cohesive as they are fun to listen to?

We always start with a concept that we all like and we try to convey the mood of the album in that direction, both musically and lyrics-wise. We also have a very long working list of kick-ass song titles, which we often use as a stepping-stone to begin working on a new tune.
Actually, we consider Space Opera our only true concept album, because it has a single storyline from start to finish. Conspiracy ’66 and P A R A D O X are all centered around a specific theme and topic but the songs themselves are not necessarily related. We like to write about conceptual and specific stuff because we’re not versed in the trivial side. A lot of bands are really good at the girl-songwriting thing and we love to listen to those bands. It’s just not something that works for us specifically. I think our approach to lyrics and themes is a nice thing for the more dedicated fan (given that we have any :D) because the songs contain a lot of references that can be researched and linked to one another.

What other projects or bands do you guys have going on?
Brodie and El Leon Blanco play in The Thirtysevens. They’re great, check them out!
Alex and Brodie manage Commando Records and lately they’ve been putting out cool cassettes like the first Sack album and the latest MEGA LP. So cool!
Matt plays in Bentoniac (garage blues) and I Diavoli Blu (country folk).

HEAD Tribute Album – Mom’s Basement Records presents Proton Packs

Moving right along with the HEAD tribute band announcements. We’re back with another Italian Band on the comp (half of the Mom’s Basement Records roster is from Italy so Is that a surprise at all?) we’re very pleased to announce that the Proton Packs from Siena, Italy is on the tribute comp! They are hard at work on their 4th full length Lp which will be out next year on the label.

Proton Packs chose “Gladys Kravitz” for their contribution and they had this to say about the mighty HEAD.

HEAD are an anomaly. In a pop punk world largely dominated by fake drum tracks, overdubs, studio gimmicks and autotune, they unapologetically continue to exist and play their own askew and unpolished brand of “street rock”, which is equal part garage punk and Ramonescore. Their lyrics are at times goofy and at times subtle. Their melodies are weird and unforgettable. That’s why we love them. We have no idea how they came up with this strange formula, and probably neither do they. They just do their thing and they don’t give a shit. And not giving a shit is as punk rock as punk rock gets”.

Their contribution is yet another killer on an album full of em, this makes 6 out of 24 announced. Stay tuned for another announcement in a couple days and more cool news to.

Lobotomy Fest

Horn Ok Please, Commando Records & Palombaro Productions presentano:

▲Lobotomy Fest @ Corte dei Miracoli▲
Due giorni di concerti Punk Rock all’ex Ospedale Psichiatrico!

Una due giorni frenetica e divertente riempirà la Corte dei Miracoli con tanto spirito Punk Rock. Questa volta Horn Ok Please si è avvalsa della valida collaborazione di Commando Records e Palombaro Productions per mettere su il main event della primavera musicale senese. 7 band, 2 dj e tanti eventi collaterali impreziosiranno la prima edizione del Lobotomy Fest!!! Venerdì 12 e Sabato 13, dalle 22 a tarda notte la musica la farà da padrone ma aspettatevi tante altre sorprese!

Immagine di copertina di Filippo Rossi
Elaborazione Grafica Valentina Sanesi

<><><>VENERDI 12/04<><><>

The Livermores ( Ancona) >> uno dei combo più richiesti ultimamente nei festival punk rock di tutta europa! 1-2-3-4 mentality!

Kerosene (Firenze) >> una colonna portante del punk rock anni ’90! Altamente esplosivi!

The Mugwumps (Austria) >> veloci come proiettili e dolci come un milkshake alla vaniglia, stanno seminando il panico tra gli amanti dei Ramones! Banana brains!

DJ SET by Aladino from Kerosene!

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Proton Packs (Siena/Arezzo) >> Punk rock a base di spionaggio e fantascienza! Ecto-Punk!

Volkov (Milano) >> Ex agenti segreti sovietici in missione per conto dei Ramones! обращаться с осторожностью!

The Chromosomes (Livorno) >> Un piede sul surf e l’altro sull’acceleratore! Punk rock legends!

The Manges (Las*Pezia) >> I veterani del punk rock italico, una garanzia dal 1993! What are you looking at, dicknose?!

DJ SET by Gighe from The B-side Vinyl Quartet!

Riservato ai soci CdM, possibilità di tesserarsi direttamente la sera del concerto

Horn Ok Please
Commando Records
Palombaro Productions

BAM Fest 7 @ ARCI Taun

BAM FEST 7! 4th/6th May 2018 Arci Taun – Fidenza (PR)


Day #1 Venerdi 4 Maggio


  • Radioactivity (Usa – Exclusive italian show)
  • Bad Sports (Usa – Exclusive italian show)
  • Proton Packs (Ita)
  • Djettes Germi Patterson e Debra Jean

Contributo straordinario 10 €, ingresso con Tessera ARCI 2018.

Day #2 Sabato 5 Maggio


  • The Love Boat (Ita – Exclusive Reunion Show)
  • Movie Star Junkies (lta/Fra)
  • I Guerrieri (Ita/Usa)
  • TWISTER (lta)
  • Djettes Toprak Basgit, Sara Bonnie Bang

Contributo straordinario 10 €, ingresso con Tessera ARCI 2018.

Day #3 Domenica 6 Maggio

Presso: La Taverna Del Pellegrino

Via Antonio Gramsci, 37
Fidenza PR

Lazy Sunday Munchie w/Menagramo
Pranzo ore 12:30, anche Vegan.

Quota: 16 € bevande escluse.

Prenotazione obbligatoria all’indirizzo

Info generali:
Dove dormire a Fidenza?
In centro:
Hotel Astoria
Telefono: +390524524314

Hotel Due Spade www.Hotelduespade.It
Telefono: +390524523290

Hotel San Donnino
Telefono: +390524071438

Appena fuori città
Hotel Fidenza www.Hotelfidenza.It/
Telefono: +39052482718


Associazione Arci Taun
Via Gandolfi N. 2 Fidenza (PR)

The Manges Tribute Album – Mom’s Basement Records presents Proton Packs

Tra il sottoscritto e Mr. John di Mom’s Basement Records si è creato proprio una bel rapporto, parliamo spesso tra di noi, quasi sempre di punk rock ma anche d’altro..qualche settimana fa un po’ per caso abbiamo scoperto che entrambi avremmo contribuito alla realizzazione di un disco:la prima vera collaborazione tra di noi come label.

Il disco in questione è il prossimo split dei toscani Proton Packs (momento spam: puoi pre-ordinarlo qui): tutto questo giro per dirvi che anche loro hanno contribuito alla realizzazione del tributo ai Manges.
L’intervistato di oggi, è Matt, batterista nonchè una delle due voci principali della band, che a proposito dei Manges ci dice “È facile adesso sottovalutare cosa volesse dire formare un gruppo punk rock nel 1993. Erano davvero altri tempi… niente internet, poche band e ancor meno locali. Per tenersi in contatto con il resto della scena servivano tanta passione e olio di gomito. È incredibile che i Manges siano riusciti a mantenersi vivi e produttivi per tutti questi anni. La cosa che più ci piace del loro approccio è che non hanno mai esagerato buttando fuori troppi dischi o facendo troppi live. Sono riusciti a rimanere un punto di riferimento per gli altri gruppi della scena e, allo stesso tempo, hanno mantenuto un alone di mistero che invoglia i fan a desiderare altre sorprese dalla band. Urrà per i Manges!
Sinceramente, credo che Matt sia stato in grado di concentrare in poche righe la vera essenza dei Manges, posso solo condividere in pieno la sua opinione al riguardo.
Ma adesso è il momento di svelare anche il pezzo che hanno scelto “Abbiamo scelto 80’s Soldier perché abbiamo sempre adorato i loro pezzi più cupi. Nella nostra mente questo brano parla di un Dee Dee nella sua fase più oscura, afflitto dai problemi di dipendenza ma al contempo capace di scrivere alcune delle sue canzoni più belle e inquietanti di sempre. Stay clean, kids!”




Prossimi concerti

I Buy Records è lieta di annunciare le prossime date organizzate, come sempre nella nostra location del cuore, lo Spazio Ligera

IBRN#28, Venerdi 16 Febbraio 2018:

a partire dalle 22:15 si esibiranno :

Proton Packs (Ecto Punk da Siena)
– Bandcamp:
– FB:

The Livermores ( Ramonescore da Ancona)
– Bandcamp:
– FB:

Toxic Sox ( Garage-Punk da Verbania)

Evento FB: qui


IBRN#29, Venerdi 9 Marzo 2018:

sarà il turno di:

Killtime (Punk Rock Veterans from Roma/Berlin)
– Bandcamp :
– FB:

MEGA ( Brianza Local Heroes)
– Bandcamp:
– FB:

Presto sarà annunciata la terza band.

Evento FB: qui


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