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Thanks

Just want to say a massive and sincere THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported the band by buying our new album. This is what makes underground music so rewarding, because you know each and every sale was earned off the back of hard work, bought by people who really care about what you’ve created, and your amazing support has been the best birthday present! Thank you!!
Anté (Bass)
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#PunkIsNotASound #VIVA!

n REPRIEVE Report : US drone strikes kill 28 unknown people for every intended target

http://www.reprieve.org.uk/press/2014_11_25_US_drone_strikes_kill_28_each_target/

Disappeared without a face, and without a name. Somehow this absolute disgrace has escaped the front pages of every major paper. Leaving aside for a moment the ethics of wantonly bombing some of the poorest nations on earth to carry out summary assassinations – without trial or publicly scrutinizable evidence – when one is not even officially at war with them, this astonishing report means that OVER 96% of the victims are not even the intended targets. OVER 96%!!! I don’t know about you, but I’d say that’s a pretty sure-fire to lose the support and goodwill of ANY people, radical or not. Some may even say that’s a pretty good recruiting campaign for certain unsavoury groups, in this “comical-if-it-wasn’t-so-tragic” race to see which side can be more brutal and barbaric or have less concern for innocent human life than the other.  “The War On Terror”  may well go down in history as one of the most ironically named and counter-productive mis-adventures in human history.  But then, wars on nouns rarely end well.  In fact, they rarely end…
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PALMS

I wrote this song yesterday, finally inspired to put some words down in response to the recent events in Ferguson/USA, but actually it sums a lot of things I’ve been wanting to express for a while, and is dedicated to everyone around the world who has themselves (or had their friends and/or family) fall victim to police and military discrimination, oppression and brutality.  I know all too well from personal first-hand experience what it is like to be profiled, harrassed, assaulted, attacked, insulted, wrongly imprisoned and arrested, threatened with guns… all from the people who are supposed to “serve and protect” us.  This music is for you, my dear brothers and sisters – to keep the dream alive, and never give up the fight for equal rights and respect for all.

^Anté
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PALMS (live home recording)

VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND : OUT NOW

https://djevara.bandcamp.com/album/viva-punk-is-not-a-sound

A PRAYER (from new album \”VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND\”

One day to go : TSNK deal!

ROLL UP, ROLL UP! Our new record “VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND” is officially released TOMORROW! To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the hibernating The Super Nashwan Kids to offer a special deal – for anyone who orders a PHYSICAL copy of our new album (ie on CD or VINYL) before MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (SUN 23/11/14, UK time!), we’ll throw in a copy of one of their superb records. Yup, at no extra cost. The more observant among you will notice that TSNK included two of my li’l brothers. One of these was Mighty Tose – who we had the privilege of playing with on tour for the last two years as part of “Team Ace”, and who was heavily involved in the writing of the new album (You may also recall that for a period our very own Geoff was filled in on bass guitar for the young ‘uns… those were good days!) some of these memories and rock solid music can be yours if you visit http://djevara.bandcamp.com/ and get your order in on time! It’s finger-clickin’ good…
^Anté

BTW if you already ordered or bought your copy, don’t worry, you can still cash in on this deal : just post a photo of you with you and your “VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND” record to this thread and then email or message us an address . This deal is only for CD and VINYL orders remember!

LONDON: you’re next!

Hey there, fellow Londoners (and those nearby)!
One week to go ’til the official release of our new album “VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND”, we’re back in the UK and prepping up for a special home-coming, first post-release home show at THE BIRD’S NEST (in Deptford, London) on FRIDAY 5th DECEMBER!  With special guests in the form of the awesome “death n rollers” DEATH PEDALS, we’re looking forward to an awesome night at our favourite local venue with all sorts of things to celebrate!
Here’s a link to the FB event : Djevara @ The Bird’s Nest (FB)
The album is officially released next Monday on 24/11/2014… but if you’ve already picked up a pre-release copy on the road on CD or VINYL, let us know what you think – drop us a line via email or social media!  If not, remember you can order yours online at http://djevara.bandcamp.com/album/viva-punk-is-not-a-sound
Also… due to many requests, I’ve put the lyrics up online now too. You can see them here:
http://djevara.net/PINAS/VIVA!_lyrics.php
See you all soon!
VIVA!
Anté
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ALBUM POST-RELEASE SHOW! – THE BIRD’S NEST, DEPTFORD (LONDON) 05/12/14

On 24/11/2014 Djevara officially release the new album “VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND”, and so where better to play our first homecoming show post-release than our favourite South London venue, The Bird’s Nest, the alternative, artistic and cultural captial of The Republic Of Deptford?

It’s gonna be insane. And not least because we’ll be joined by Death Pedals – who describe themselves as “death and roll”, which could only be more accurate if preceeded by the words “totally kick-ass”.  These fellas play riff-fuelled, high-energy pumping riffola which is just simply fantastic live. I can’t wait!

PUNK IS NOT A SOUND

Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/592429354191111/

www.punkisnotasound.net
http://djevara.bandcamp.com/album/viva-punk-is-not-a-sound
http://deathpedals.bandcamp.com/

RADIO OVERGROUND…

Tonight: special live showcase onKILBURN TO KENSAL radio at THE FALCON in NORTH LONDON.

Details:

Presenter Andrew Hobbs and producer Howlin’ Anton Bleak return to Kilburn To Kensal radio with our most ambitious live show to date.

Djevara will be playing a full electric set at The Falcon in Queens Park which will be going out live on the radio as part of our show and if you’re in London you can be there!

Tickets are free but strictly limited and available from this link on a first come first served basis:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/djevara-live-at-k2k-radio-tickets-13872337535

If you can’t make it to join us in the studio then you can of course listen online to our show from anywhere in the world as usual at www.ktokradio.com which will feature all of our regulars including the latest cinema reviews from maverick filmmaker Nigel Doylerush, dramatic readings from legendary classical actor Hugh Hemmings, who will also be concluding his series of poems from the First World War, and a playlist bringing you the best new music and classic rock.

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http://democracynow.org’s show today ( stream it online) has excellent reporting on the huge problems in Mexico, for which the words “corrupt” or “horrific” are woefully inadequate.  I urge everyone to watch it and take an interest and put pressure on these governments and all Western governments to end this disastrous “drug war”.  We’ll be playing new track “MEXICO” – dedicated to the families of the missing 43 students, and those of all the people from the un-marked graves they are discovering daily.

LONDON : INCOMING! (Winter 2014)

LONDON (COMING SOON) :
Couple of special events comin’ right at ya back in London town:
13/11/14 – special radio showcase with K2K Radio at South Kilburn Studios.  We’ll be playing tracks from the new album as a 4-piece. Limited numbers so you can register via the ‘eventbrite’ link below.

05/12/14 – back at our favourite locale, The Birds Nest.  We’ve a new a record and we’re planning on kicking out the jams, South London-style.  It’s Friday night, let’s party…!

http://facsimileproductions.co.uk/2014/10/22/special-announcement-djevara-live-at-south-kilburn-studios-13th-november/

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Check out the tour event for more upcoming stuff here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/265392526993487/

WORDS as SWORDS

“WORDS AS SWORDS”
(or “HOW CAN YOU HAVE AN ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE OFFICIAL RELEASE?”)

We just got back from playing the launch party for our new album “VIVA!”/”PUNK IS NOT A SOUND”, right here at home in South London, Djevara’s 706th live appearance and probably one of the best shows we’ve ever had in our home city.  We played the new album in it’s entirety (“secret” bonus material excepted), with all four of “Team Djev’ 2014″, for what may be the last time ever.  We were fund-raising for victims and survivors of the appalling conflicts in Gaza and Syria.  It was Malc’s birthday.  Most of our closest and most important friends were there to celebrate with us (from all over the world, including as Czech Republic), and the atmosphere was truly incredible.  As a band, we really can’t imagine how it could have gone better.  To say it was a special night for us would be such a crazy understatement that it feels dishonest.  It was the perfect night in which to present our shiny new work – the ideal launch.  It’ll now be on sale at all our shows from now on.  However, it’s not officially released until November…

A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with Malc.  We have many debates and discussions (and, ok, arguments, let’s call spades spades) which often meander accidentally into the no-mans-land between philosophy, pragmatism, hyberbole and actual out-and-out bullshit.  At this time, I was complaining about some of the accompanying admin that goes along with something as ostensively exciting as putting out your new album. The subject of my ire? The “review process”.  You/your label/your “press people” send out (free!) promo copies to all sorts of places in the hope that the coverage will alert people to presence of your “art”, and even help convince some people to purchase it and get into it.  The problem is – I hate the process.  “A necessary evil?”, Malc offered.  “Hmmm… this exaggerates it – it’s more like a useful unpleasantness”, I responded.

My fundamental nature just finds it most disagreeable that a layer of self-appointed “taste makers” act as gatekeepers and determine what is and is not worth seeing or being listened to, and these evaluations are made on a whim by people who often have little time and almost no motivation for getting an emotional involvement or sympathetic ear to that which they are supposed to “review”. I very much doubt that most reviewers give more than one listen to a record they didn’t get into the first time round (disc #17 while they were washing up, between the aggro pop record from X and the bouncing underground hip-hop of Y on #19).  The funny thing is, it’s not even bitterness – we’ve traditionally received quite good reviews of such type, quite despite my obvious disdain (but don’t get me wrong, everyone likes praise and due credit or appreciation, even us British).  I even had experience of doing it briefly myself at a student paper in university, and it was a soul-destroying experience that certainly did not make me love music more.  The problem is- it works. These press outlets (even D.I.Y. underground ones) have access to audiences and people who may genuinely be interested in what you make or create and yet be destined never find you in any other way.  I found so many amazing artists myself through this exact process.  I can’t ostracize us, or bite off my hand to feed my face.  So, ok, we’ll do the review process.  But!  We’ll do it our way.  My real belief is that all reviews should be done by fans.  People who actually care about the art they’re reviewing and have the patience to try and draw out from it what they can, who can engage with it, know and understand where it’s coming from, have seen it grow… and truly appreciate what it is communicating with a sympathetic ear.  By conrast – the idea that someone in about 20minutes evaluates and “scores” something you’ve spent the last few years producing is just plain infuriating at times.  Contrary to what one may think, the former certainly doesn’t mean that all reviews such reviews would be good (visit any “fan forum” site of any band for evidence), but at least they would be “true” to an extent that their ‘published’ cousins often”anonymous” reviews can never truly be.

So: the decision’s been to ‘launch’ our album to our fans direct effective immediately, and to make it available at all shows in physical form, and to INVITE our fans to review it and send us their reviews.  And then (or actually, in parallel) we’ll go through the official “review” process up to our official international online release in November, and we’ll be able to compare and contrast the too.  I’m sure it’ll be interesting reading.

So, if you purchase or have purchased a copy of the new album “VIVA!”/”PUNK IS NOT A SOUND”, and if you are so inclined, we herby invite you to send us in a review, and we’ll share our favourites.  We’re interested in your honest reaction to what we’ve made.  They can be long essays, they can be short statements.  Heck, send a picture in if that’s what you feel.  Send them in to the usual email address (or reviews@djevara.co.uk).  Looking forward to hearing from you…

Anté
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ps Just gotta say again – genuinely from the bottom of our hearts (on fire), we’d like to thank everyone who came and made our launch so amazingly special.  I can’t say how touched we all were sharing this with you and receiving so much energy and positivity back. It was even better than Malcfest. Amazing. Love you all!
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