We asked Tone from Burnt Tapes what his favourite Lockjaw Records release is: he went with the most fun record we’ve ever released!
Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Tone. Playing bass and shouting as far away from the mic as possible. I also hope and dream everyday for a better tomorrow… and world tours.
What’s your favourite of the Lockjaw gigs you’ve played?
It has to be Bonsai Mammoth anniversary gig. Mad times in Guildford with the Lockjaw fam, seeing sick sets and hitting the bar for refreshments. Should have done yoga damn it.
What’s your favourite Lockjaw Records release?
Oh and Darko.
What makes Geezers so special for you?
Apart from me loving the guys, The Wonder Beers have been part of our second home scene in Kingston forever. Entertaining us all with songs that make us laugh and get loose. Geezers was the collection of every song we’d howl out at their live shows like we were some cockney lager louts. Well, there was always beer, to be fair.
To me it’s a sound that rarely gets appreciated for what it is. Pure fun and parody of a life that is actually hilariously accurate. But most of all, the people who dug this record all turned out to be saints. It’s no coincidence.
If we only have time to listen to one track, which would you recommend and why?
Anthem, their calling card and invitation to join the resistance to life’s bullshit. Catchy chorus makes it for me as it gets everyone at shows to join in, collectively screaming hard-hitting lines.
It’s a classic, cheeky bit of The Beers.
If you could steal one part of Geezers and pretend you’d written it yourself, which bit would you choose?
During Anthem the bass jumps into some sweet rhythms and funk that I so often can’t squeeze into our own stuff. Beers do it well, while staying close to what we consider punk. I love me a good bass walk and here we definitely have an interlude I’d be proud of in one of our tunes.
What’s your favourite thing about seeing this band live?
Live is the key word. Like most DIY bands in the UK, I discovered them by going to either random shows or to see a band I know only to get exposed to new ones. Some of those bands stuck and Beers is one of those bands. Seeing them many more times I became a fan of their show and music. Naturally I couldn’t wait for them to release recorded versions of all their tunes.
At their live shows I can pretend to be an OG lad. It’s an experience, not a show. They took back for me what it meant to be a lad, all the cheekiness, none of the violence.