Booze & Glory are purveyors of loud and proud street punk and oi and their stirring new album Chapter IV is out now and it’s a record that’s not to be missed by any punk and oi fan. We had a chat with vocalist/guitarist Liam to talk about the new album, the bands touring plans and memories on the road and his beloved West Ham United.
Can you give us a brief history of Booze & Glory?
We formed in London 2009, I had just returned from living in Australia and heard that Mark was forming a band. The original line up of Mark, Bart, Mario and myself lasted for a few years before Bart and Mario decided to start families and leave. Bubbles joined on Bass, Tommy took over one on drums before moving back to Stockholm and thats when Frank joined us. We have recorded four Albums and several EPs and toured extensively since the beginning!
Who are some of the bands influences?
We all have a wide range of influences, so its hard to single out bands that we all draw inspiration from but some that we would all agree on are Cock Sparrer, Dropkick Murphys and Social Distortion.
Your new album Chapter IV is out soon. Can you tell us a bit about the album and what the songs on it are about?
Its our fourth studio album and the first album Frank has played on, He has definitely added a new dimension to our sound. There are songs are about Friendship, Loss, Struggles pretty much everything that effects us everyday.
How did the recording of the new album go?
It was recorded over two month in South London at Perivale Studios, Mastered by Audiosiege in Portland, USA and produced by Pat Collier of The Vibrators, We have worked with Pat for many years and are very happy with the result again.
What has the reaction to the album been like so far?
We have had nothing but positive feedback so far! Our sound have developed over the years and we are really proud of this record and hope that people are going to like it as much as we do!
Do you have a favourite song on the album yet?
Its always difficult to pick out favourites but I’m looking forward to playing Back On Track live, Its up tempo and a fun song to bounce about to.
What are your tour plans when the album comes out?
We are going to be touring more than we ever have this year, Starting off in March and April in Europe and May in USA, after that theres more Europe, Asia and Back to the USA again so its going to get pretty hectic.
You’re playing at the Punk Rock Bowling event in Las Vegas in May with Cock Sparrer, The Adicts and Discharge. Are you looking forward to that?
This will be our second time at PRB, Its a great festival, fantastic location and theres a ton of great bands on the bill. We are particularly looking forward to playing alongside our friends Cock Sparrer & Lions Law.
Do the audiences you get differ between the U.S. And the UK and Europe?
No not really, wherever we play everyones there for the same reason, have a few beers and listen to some cool music!
Who is the best band that you’ve ever toured with?
Supporting Rancid & Cock Sparrer in London was like my childhood dream come true, thinks it going to be hard to ever top that.
If you could tour with any other band, who would you choose?
Social Distortion & Dropkick Murphys!
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to as a punter?
The Pogues at Brixton Academy in 2010, it was a drunken mess and so was I!
If you could go back and see any band from the past who would it be?
I would love to see The Ramones in CBGBs or The Clash in Victoria Park 1978.
What’s the most memorable gig that Booze & Glory have ever played?
Probably our first gig at Fiddlers Elbow in 2009. Still remember It well. We have come along way since then! Another memorable one, not for the right reasons was recently in Poland, there were three power cuts during our set! Im still trying to forget that gig.
What song goes down the best when you play it live?
London Skinhead Crew is our anthem, shit gets crazy, usually people storm up on to stage, knocking amps over, spilling beer all over the place but its great!
You’re all loyal West Ham fans, how is this season going for you and how do you think the season will end up for the club?
We had a rocky start at the beginning of the season but things seem to be improving so hopefully we will finish in the top 10, I think thats the best we can hope for.
What’s your favourite memory of following West Ham?
Making it to the FA Cup Final in 2006, the game didn’t go our way but was still a great day.
Who is your all time favourite West Ham player?
Julian Dicks, He was at West Ham when I was a kid and he was one tough bastard and he is still with us coaching, A true Hammer!
As Hammers fans, have you ever had any problems from fans of other clubs at all?
Not at all, We have played for fan clubs of St Pauli, Olympic Marseille and in may we will play the 10 year anniversary of ACB (LA Galaxy). I enjoy a bit of banter but fighting over football is pointless and I’m happy Its not a big problem in the UK anymore, Everyones welcome to our shows no matter who you support.
What is the bands drink of choice?
Bourbon for sure, we always have a few together after a show. And Pheffi If we are in East Germany!
What are your favourite punk and Oi albums of all time?
Cockney Rejects – Greatest Hits I, Cock Sparrer – Here We Stand and Social Distortion – Sex, Drugs, Rock N Roll.
Can you recommend us some new bands to check out?
As for Street Punk, check out Arch Rivals and Knock Off from the UK, And from the US, The HardKnocks and Legion76. Last year we discovered a band from Sweden who are definitely worth checking out, called The Baboon Show.
What have been some of the undisputed highlights of being in Booze & Glory over the years?
Every show and every trip is a new adventure and always fun. Playing in South America, Russia and Indonesia were moments that particularly stood out for us and we can’t wait for the adventures still yet to come!