Open Season Interview

The following interview is with Jim from the Legendary Aussie Hate band Open Season.

 Hi Jim, firstly we would like to thank you for taking the time to do this Interview with WAU Australia.

No problem T, happy to help out.

How did you come up with your band name, does it have any significance?

I wish I could say that it came to me in a vision but I came up with the name from listening to an old metal album. I was listening to the fabulous disaster album from Exodus and they have a song on it called Open Season. I thought that it would make a good name as we were targeting a lot of problems that we were experiencing where we lived backed then. It seemed that everyone hated skinheads  (a bit like today) so I thought stuff it lets go with Open Season, we can put our own slant on it and it went from there. Everyone liked it and it fits the music that we play.

Can you give us a brief history of the band, the line up (past & present) & how it all got started?

We started way back in 88 with Anna, Hilly and myself playing. Hilly and myself were playing in other skinhead bands at the time who were more  oi orientated, we both had nationalistic songs but not in the OS vein. We decided to get something happening together that was a bit more racial. We both however played bass guitar. We tossed a coin to see who was going to be playing guitar and Hilly lost.

Gary then joined in on vocals where we did a party with him singing. At the same party we met a young guy who was still at school at the time called Russell, he jumped up and played drums on a couple of covers. Anna at the time was in the early stages of pregnancy so she pulled the pin and Russell {who we nicknamed stix) was welcomed aboard. At the same time we had Dave over from England, who was hanging around with us and we got him up singing at a practice and his voice suited us. This was the line up that recorded the Frontline Fighters demo which in turn was released to our amazement as the actual album.

We then had Mike who had played in an old English R.A.C. band Battlezone and who was currently living in Australia, come in alongside Hilly on guitar. Mike later went on to play in Western Australian band the Quick and the Dead. Mike left not very long after and he and myself did a side project  called Kommando. Allan who was going out with Hillys sister at the time then came on board, he was the best guitarist we had had in the band up  too that time. It was this lineup that we recorded the R.I.P. demo. After this we split up, Mike and myself recorded the Kommando ep, I also recorded some songs with Alan in his loungeroom which we were just mucking around with, I gave a tape to a friend of mine who was living just outside London and mysteriously this appeared on a split cd.

We reformed in 2009 to play the ISD which was a gig that I really wanted to play, the line up then was Hilly on guitar, Snake on drums, and myself on bass and vocals which went down very well. After this gig Hilly left and Snake was replaced. Jason came in on guitars who has actually been the best guitarist we have had and Mick on drums. Mick has now been replaced on drums with Brendan and I can honestly say that musicianship wise is the best line up we have ever had. We have another guitarist Rod coming on board early in the new year which will add to our sound. 

Open Season’s lyrics are very straight in your face, how did you go about writing them?

I wrote the lyrics back in the day on subjects that pissed us off. Most of the lyrics came really quickly, the easiest song I ever wrote was Apeman and that came while I was driving along Parramatta Road at Petersham in Sydney. There was a big group of muds standing on the corner who saw me looking at them as I stopped at the traffic lights. They started yelling out at me, it was pretty funny watching them carrying on. I gave them the finger and drove off,  three blocks up the road and I had the song complete.

Other songs like It’s Time and Frontline Fighters came around from problems that we had with the “chosen people”. It was a time when there was a lot of hatred towards Skinheads, they seemed to be in the papers every day. We were rather impressionable young National Socialists who had a thing to say about it. It seems the older I get the angrier I get with what is going on and I still have things to say haha.

There was a lot of things happening back then that our government were aware about but did nothing about, these problems have now escalated today into major problems not just here but Worldwide. If some of our so called leaders back in the day had of had the balls to have stood up, we would not be in the situation that we are currently facing. But nobody in power back then, and up to the present day wants to upset the minorities, seems the minorities always have the loudest voice. If you are into the Nationalist movement you know the path that these so called leaders are dragging us down and you know it is going to get a lot worse. We (Nationalists/National Socialists) are such a minority today we are sticking our finger into a dyke that is ready to explode, the future looks bleak and there are just not enough of us doing anything. Joe public does not give a shit as long as he is not personally involved in any drama, when he is affected it is usually too late. My apologies for going on a rant but a lot of my lyrics do revolve around the problems the lethargic white race faces. I am not at all slagging off the people who are involved in the movement but the people who just sit at home and bitch about how bad things are but do not want to be branded as terrible racists and do not do anything. You can be a drug dealer, rapist, paedophile, murderer, scumbag piece of crap but they are more socially acceptable then a white person who stands up and speaks out for his people and race. I am 100% for the white person standing up.

 As the Frontline Fighters album was originally supposed to be just a demo, did it surprise you how well received it was & how popular Open Season became? 

Haha It has become very popular and I am very proud of that. The songs, musically, may not be too complicated but the lyrics are straight to the point and that is what people want. We recorded it with the intention of sending it off overseas and see what happens, before we knew it, we had the record released. The actual recording that we did was quite different to what was finally released on the vinyl. Everything was mixed quite well, apparently when they sent the tapes off to where they transferred them to vinyl the people who were doing it were not too happy with what they heard and just left on tracks that were recorded when we were messing around and volumes of different instruments not mixed down correctly. Anyway it came out and everyone loved it. I have met people from all over the world who love it. Everyone knows those songs. 

I know you are just about to release a new cd, can you tell us about this new album & how it differs from Frontline Fighters?

Yes the new cd has been released and I am waiting for copies now. Musically it is a lot heavier and faster than Frontline Fighters. It has a lot of songs on it that I wrote back then, which we were just starting to play before we split. The lyrics have been slightly changed to be more current. The problems we are facing today get more of a mention. We have been playing a lot of these songs at our recent shows and they seem to be well liked from everyone. The new terrorist threats from the Middle East get a good mention (Blood on the Streets), Reds and history being rewritten (Kerbstomp), the media especially those slimey lowlife lot that go undercover(Payback), Ian Stuart (Come September Hail ISD) we also re-recorded Southern Comfort from the Frontline Fighters album. Behind Enemy Lines….In our Homeland is the title and one of my favourite songs from the cd, it is about the continued influx of  Immigrants into our land (it can be any western land that is being forced to endure this seemingly endless flood) and the handouts that they get when they get here. This Is something that governments have been saying they will cut for the last 50 years but while they continue to give them the handouts they will continue to come.

So after 20yrs of not playing, what was it that inspired you to get the band back together?

I went to see Kill Baby, Kill at ISD in Melbourne a few years ago, I was asked about the possibilities of getting the band back together to play another show. I spoke to a few people down there and they all wanted to see a return of the band they were all very interested to see what we would be like. Of the original band there was only myself and Hilly. We played the show and it went down very well. Since then the band has had the new line up as mentioned above and we have played several shows since including another ISD, White Xmas and the Hammered festivals. We also have the songs for a new cd waiting to go, we got the older ones recorded and are now hoping to get into the studio again early next year and the possibility of playing overseas by the end of this year.

As it had been a long time between shows, can you let us know what it is like to play nowadays opposed to how it was in the late 80’s early 90’s?

Back then it was a lot easier to play gigs, we played quite regularly, at least once a month and we advertised it in the music papers. We were starting to get fairly good crowds coming along as well. But there was always trouble at the gigs with people smashing things at the shows which we ended up having to pay for, which was actually quite shit. With the advertising you never knew who was likely to show up, we always had a lot of good people coming but you would get the idiots along as well. Nowadays the shows are underground and it is a lot better, the dickheads are quickly sorted out even though it takes a lot more effort to organise them. You tend to know the people who are coming to the shows and it is a better time. The internet and mobile phones have made it a lot easier to stay in close contact with people who are in the movement.

Can you tell us about some of the more memorable shows that you guys played?

Two spring to mind, one was the first show that we ever did, it was an open mike night at an inner city pub in Sydney. We only played four or five songs but they were Frontline Fighters, Its Time, Southern Comfort, Solly and Six Million Lies. It was just Hilly, Anna and myself. There was a fairly large crowd  of people coming to see other bands but we went over very well. We had a lot of people asking about what this music was, they all liked it, however we were not asked to play there again. The next one was ISD 2010 playing with Blue Eyed Devils, White Knuckle Driver and Deaths Head. I thought that was one of the best shows we have played and all the bands were great that night.

There are a lot of shows that were good the first White Mans Festival at Mount Hotham in Victoria, that was really the beginning of white power shows in the eastern states of Australia. There were shows before but not where we had three good Nationalist/National Socialist bands playing. It was in a little country town which I think are still wondering about where all the skinheads came from that weekend.

Compared to 20 years ago do you think that the music in the movement has improved?

Definitely the music has improved, we can even play our instruments better than what we did back then haha. I still really like the older bands though and listen a lot to the older albums. Midtown Bootboys is still one of my favourite bands along with Skrewdriver. Legion of St George I really like as well, there last album “Last Talons of the Eagle”, I personally think is there best by far. Definite Hate’s “Welcome to the South” I have had that in my car for about 2 years, that’s a great album and I am looking forward to new albums from both these bands. It is great all the styles of racialist music that is coming out now but there is not as much as there should be coming out and that is down to a lot of the downloading of cds, no money is going back into the movement to finance new cds.

Are  songs, that after hearing them you wish you had written them?

Way too many songs. The bands I mentioned above all have songs that I wished I had of written. There is so much good white power music out there, that if was given main stream airing would be really popular.

Open Season would have to be one of the very few bands in Australia that doesn’t have Jesse from Deaths Head in it, is there a reason for this? Haha

Basically he does not have the looks or talent to get into Open Season hahaha. Actually Jesse hooked us up with the label who has released our cd and we are very grateful to him for that. If you haven’t got Deaths Head, Ravenous, Kilgore or any of the other projects he is involved in, you should get them.

Are there any final comments that you would like to pass on to our readers?

I would like to thank you for the interview. Hope to see you at the shows. Keep up the fight.

3 thoughts on “Open Season Interview”

      1. Cody is honored to be in open seasons favorite gigs.said he’d give you a ring soon.Aggravated Assault/ Chaos 88 playing jan 10 here in filthy-delphia

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