No Front Teeth is a punk rock webzine and record label committed only to the true punk rock spirit. In a scene currently overflowing with phonies NFT delivers a breath of fresh air straight from the underground. It's all about unity and raw, raw, raw punk rock 'n' roll...
Chris: When and why did you start No Front Teeth?
NFT: We started in early 2001 as a paper zine, due to the fact that we think that the UK hasn't really got much to shout about punk rock-wise and there aren't many zines that cover the side of punk that we are into. It's all Oi! here, which is fair enough, but not what NFT is all about. We also wanted to put out releases of this type of punk.
Chris: So how come you became a webzine?
NFT: There were so many fucking problems with the distribution of the paper version so we canned that really early and decided that if we went online, NFT would be so much more globally accessible and that we could update it literally anytime... we are thinking of putting out a thick paper zine at the end of each year to sort of cover that year's events, but we'll see!
Chris: And all you NFT Boys are in the Blacklist Brigade, tell me about that...
NFT: There's way too much over-produced, friendly 'punk rock' about and we represent the very opposite. If we fuck up, we fuck up. No cover ups - the Blacklist Brigade is all about raw rock'n'roll urgency.
Chris: You've put out 2 compilations through NFT so far. Tell me about those...
NFT: Yeah, both of those came out last year. The first one was called Suburban Life Sentence and the point of that one was to unite small bands with well established ones. It was really a UK/US comp but there were also bands from Brazil and Germany and stuff like that. The bigger bands on there were like US Bombs, Candysnatchers, Hunns, Smogtown, Virus, Pinkerton Thugs, Showcase Showdown, Damaged, Restarts and then we had some smaller local-type bands like the Rogues from Wisconsin, Homebrew, Jim Dandy and Low Score City from over here. It was really to help the smaller bands get out there through the bigger bands.
Chris: So how come The Blacklist Brigade weren't on there?
NFT: We didn't exist yet! We were all in the band Low Score City at that time, and we did the title track on that comp. The other comp was a world punk collection called Global Hostility which was a fucking nightmare to put together but came out really well in the end. We had bands from all over on that one. From Nepal, Israel, Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, Japan, Estonia, Italy, Sweden, Argentina.... shit, so many... Croatia, Canada, US, UK, Czech Republic and a bunch more. We wanted to put together a really comprehensive global punk comp to represent the year 2002 worldwide. A lot of people don't really give foreign, or non-English peaking punk rock a chance so we wanted to change that.
Chris: The Blacklist Brigade / Smut Peddlers split has just come out. How did that come about?
NFT: We love splits, especially when the bands are from different countries, because it helps get both bands out there in new territory. Our first split was with the Inverted Nines from California and it was just a unanimous decision by all band members that that was the band we wanted because we included them on the Suburban Life Sentence comp and they really caused a stir! It was exactly the same with the Smut Peddlers - we all decided that's who we would like to do it with, so we just got in touch and there it is... we only consider bands that represent the punk rock we are dedicated to.
Chris: You also play in the Jabbs, whose CD has also just come out?
NFT: Yeah, that's right. It came out on the same day as the Smut split. The Jabbs are even more fucking raw! We didn't think it was possible to get any more unprocessed than the Blacklist Brigade, but we did it! We really don't know how the Jabbs will go down!
Chris: Why did you decide to create the "London Resistance" skateboard with Factory 13?
NFT: Factory 13 are a real underground company like NFT that truly believe in rawness and unity and are not about money or any shit like that. We really dig what each other are about and making a skateboard that represents both companies' unrefined approach to the underground was crucial. We worked on the imagery together and Danny at F13 designed a really aggressive shape to represent the rawness of NFT/Blacklist Brigade/F13 and it's awesome. It's No Front Teeth in wood!!! Skateboarding has changed so much and it seems like the punk rock element has slowly dissolved with hip-hop taking it's place. We say fuck that. No baggys!!
Chris: Looking at the NFT site, it's very heavily artistic as are all your releases. Do you try to emphasize that?
NFT: Definitely! We want to have an image that relates to No Front Teeth. Even though all of our release are very DIY, we never skimp on the artwork. A lot of effort goes into each release and that will always be the case. We can't be bothered to put out low quality stuff. The appearance is as important as the content. We are all about striking, raw imagery.
Chris: What NFT release is the biggest seller?
NFT: By far the Blacklist Brigade CDs, which is just so surprising considering some of the bands we have on the comps. It's totally weird! Maybe people are waking up to the unrefined punk rock! People are getting bored of the humdrum, shiny punk bullshit and we offer a crude, honest alternative.
Chris: But you put out the Fruit Cocktail CD with guest appearances by some really big names...
NFT: Yeah! It's totally weird! We had previously unreleased guest appearances by a bunch of Hellcat artists on there like Tim Armstrong, Duane Peters, Brad Logan, Al Barr, Vic Ruggiero, Stephen Jackson and a few more and we really thought that would sell like fucking hotcakes, and it has done very well but not like the Blacklist Brigade. Very surprising!
Chris: What's the biggest problem with NFT?
NFT: Definitely money! Lack of money. Every single penny we make from NFT goes straight back into it. If we had more money we would be releasing stuff all the time but that's not the way it is. We are a really small company that really has to watch what we're doing. You know, there's only four core members of NFT and that's where all the money comes from and it's just so limited.
Chris: What's next on the agenda for NFT and Blacklist Brigade, releases, etc.?
NFT: We are working on a skate/punk compilation with Factory 13 to coincide with the skateboard and to epitomize the skate/punk unity that we were on about earlier, and it's got bands like JFA, River City Rebels, The Hunns, Discontent, Smut Peddlers, The Ruiners, The Briggs, Curb Slappys, Blacklist Brigade, The Jabbs, Cheap Sk8tz, H100's, Los Rippers and should be out by early Summer. We are also working with Dogpile on some NFT/BB shirts, getting the "London Resistance" out there, maybe doing an NFT DVD or CD-ROM. There is talk of a Dogpile/NFT comp which we'd love to do. The Blacklist Brigade feature on a few upcoming comps...the second Vanity Rock comp over here in the UK, we have a track on the Rezist Records comp out of Texas and we cover '53rd and 3rd' on the second Ramones tribute compilation on Punk vs. Rave out of Uruguay...hopefully keeping busy the whole year with all sorts of raw shit...
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