Classic Rock Issue #173
Negative For Fun Review
London 2012 via Detroit 1972

The Don't Fucking Cares are the kind of band that come along every now and then to strip all the superfluous gilding from the face of rock'n'roll, leaving it in its purest, most feral state.

The Stooges are kings and The Runaways are queens, and there's no time for anything more than raw power, curled lips and explosive cherry bomb hooks. With front women Marta Larsson verbally kicking the rest of the band gleefully down the street while channelling her inner Joan Jett, it's all pure, uncomplicated thrills.

Negative For Fun is unlikely to make much of an impact outside of the scuzzy world of dive bars and car park brawls that it joyfully inhabits, but one look at their name will show you how much that will bother the band, so long as they're making a gloriously unpolished racket. 7/10

Emma Johnston


Negative For Fun Press Release 28 May 2012

With the smell of cordite and sedition still hanging in the air of riot and recession torn England - The Don't Fucking Cares (The DFCs) release their debut album "Negative For Fun" on 3rd of July 2012.
Produced by Pete Lyons at Zed One studios and cover design by the legendary Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks, Magazine), the DFCs enter the fray armed with a set of songs destined to be blasted out from the burning barricades.

Songs like "Real People" and "Reality Bugs Me" explore the agenda of distrust and alienation that stalks the land. Guitar strewn rock with a soul that calls for retribution against a political class that tear gasses the masses - as singer Märta Larsson proclaims, this music is 'like breathing CS gas'!

The blazing guitars of "Repercussions" lay down their own percussive code while the layered attack of "Babeland" and "Download" catch the tone of the times with humour and aggression.
Negative For Fun follows previous vinyl outings Underage Demon (coupled with a live Kerrang session) and Download which featured in Guy Richies' 'Rock'n'Rolla'. Released on Röka Records Ltd. Negative For Fun is populated by "a grizzled, melodic mutation assembled from second generation punk dialects and skewed n scuzzy garage beat pop that's been informed by both glam and CBGBs."

The release gig for the album is on the 27th of June at the world famous 100 Club, with special guests Bermondsey Joyriders & Stash.

Don't Fucking Care? All in this together? Negative For Fun shines a search light into the dark corners where the noses of privilege are deep in the trough.


The Don't Fucking Cares... a swaggering sleaze rock attitude with girl singer and punk/rnb riffs...
A London band pursuing a Pistols meets The Runaways wavelength. Influences include... The Stooges, Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Patti Smith, Ramones, Girls Against Boys, Alice Cooper, The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hives, Rocket From The Crypt, Led Zeppelin, Pixies, MC5, Husker du.

The DFC's are: Dean Lewis (Guitar), Phil Whoare (Drums), Märta Larsson (Vocals), Steve Ives (Bass)


A Rock Manifesto... BLAH BLAH BLAH

We Don't Fucking Care about tomorrow or the next day
We Don't Fucking Care about poxy day jobs
We Don't Fucking Care about bling
We Don't Fucking Care about pissy celebrities
We Don't Fucking Care about the financial climate
We Don't Fucking Care about rave culture... man

We Do Fucking Care about amplified guitars
We Do Fucking Care about live gigs and rockin out
We Do Fucking Care about primitive instincts
We Do Fucking Care about creativity and doing it for ourselves!

We may be a mess of moral ambiguitys!
But we are The Don't Fucking Cares!

We also like...

krautrock raushenburg punk rock (black flag)
glam rock the straight edgers ripped clothes
leather Da Da black & white photos
brooklyn bridge feedback solos bootlegs
riffs berwick street bad acid
bad brains sleazy 90's guitars strobe lights
strip lights barbarella(orig) cult t.v.
weird holywood rizillos fucked up art
sex films FX dbc pierre
james elroy mainliner sleazy holywood
the kills platform shoes the y.y.y.'s
alcohol ramones 1st, ramones last & always... altermont
make up jet lag life on mars
the sweet live skull berlin
stoooges g vs b 7 day riots
the modern dance the old blue last the gun club
DFC's TS nyc sleaze Emanuel
old black suits vu boots clash/crass
bowie bolan leigh bowery
colony club pub on the corner danelectros
mc5 bad dogs graverobbers gigs
white trash flipper gun control
bad holywood chip kebabs jack daniels
fender amps the sweeney sgs/strats
nam books husker du henry rollins
white powder trainspotting yeh cbgb rip
talking when speeding camden dub cas mc5
the wire    

please check out our song "subtext" for clarification of the above...
and any more abuse or motivation.


93 Feet East Gig Review
24th July 2009

This is a great venue but it's surprisingly empty on a Hot Wednesday night - I can't help thinking the promoter could have tried a little harder. Maybe half the admission or cheaper bar prices, because this could be a great scene - and change the DJ - they were playing salsa ! between bands!
The Don't Fucking Cares are their usual indifferent, arrogant selves to night, stepping on stage with studied nonchalance. They kick off with The Rest is Just Noise, a slamming riff - reminiscent of Mudhoney with maybe an hint of Arctic Monkeys. Then straight into new single Underage Demon a bluesy yet mechanistic beat. Imagine Iggy doing krautrock and you're in the right area. Download a tale of sordid behavior Lou Reed could be proud of, starts with a chord change that reminds me of the Beach boys - if they were on heroin. They end the set with a climatic version on Speedtrap, no covers tonight.
Monocle Rose have problems - Richie breaks two strings in the first song and has to use an unwieldy spare guitar. Its not until Alley cat that the band hits its stride - a lean manic 's style riff & boogie. The promised crowds don't emerge but an anthemic Tired of London lifts everyone. The song has a cinematic feel with strong Suede style power chords. Feedback problems persist and after six songs the band call it quits, if this bunch of youngsters can keep their nerve they'll make it.


The DFC’s Top 30 (Rock) Singles of the Noughties

1. Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
2. Standing in the Way of Control - The Gossip
3. Main Offender - The Hives
4. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret - Queens of the Stone Age
5. Whatever Happened to my Rock n Roll - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
6. Bang - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
7. Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
8. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
9. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
10. Hate To Say I told You So - The Hives
11. Spread Your Love - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
12. American Idiot - Green Day
13. Steady, As She Goes - Raconteurs
14. Last Night - The Strokes
15. Red Morning Light - Kings Of Leon
16. Somebody Told Me - The Killers
17. Highly Evolved - The Vines
18. U.R.A. Fever - The Kills
19. Oh My God - Kaiser Chiefs
20. No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
21. Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash
22. Freakin' Out - Graham Coxon
23. The Pretender - Foo Fighters
24. The Modern Age - The Strokes
25. Time To Pretend - MGMT
26. You Know You're Right - Nirvana
27. House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture
28. Living Well is the Best Revenge - R.E.M.
29. Bullets - Editors
30. Can't Stand Me Now - The Libertines


Dean’s All Time Top 10 Albums

1. Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The most subversive album ever made - dirty weird sounds and linear beats, up from the sleazy back street world of New York's avant garde - packed with new ideas, art trash experiments and feedback. This album invented the concept of underground rock! like finding a bag of smack in the back of a taxi.

2. Raw Power - Iggy Pop & The Stooges
Rude, crude and dangerous to know the Stooges most aggressive album. Needle sharp guitar riffs and Iggy's best ever street loser lyrics - Search & Destroy, Penetration, Raw power and James Williamson's demented guitaring!

3. Never Mind The Bollocks - The Sex Pistols
The anthems that rebuilt the UK, snarling vicious barbs of lyrics and breeze block wall of rhythm guitar. Blood snot and anarchy - the real thing!

4. The Clash - The Clash.
Broken glass guitars and amphetamine burns - the sound of lonely alienation under the Westway. Anti-apathy, anti-boredom message that turns all that aggression into something positive. White Riot, London's Burning and Garageland - classics all.

5. In Utero - Nirvana
Twisted sulking soul-fired anger and dreamy heroin fueled daydreams, there is no finer example of alienated youth ever recorded. Slabs of bass, great drums and the best vocal howl of all time.

6. Marquee Moon - Television
Crystal shards of guitar, New York latenight underground cool, poetry and ice cold solos. Razorlight nicked their stuff from here, even Tom Verlaine's strangled vocal sound.

7. 1st - The Gun Club;
Jeffery Lee Pierce's visionary epics, burning guitars, violent delta blues & voodoo malice - the razors edge! They got there before the White Stripes.

8. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan;
60s suburban amphetamine blues. The multi layered word miester, intellectual, articulate rapping before its time. Black shades N/Y cool, Like a Rolling Stone defines the era.

9. Venus Luxure No 1 Baby - Girls Vs Boys;
Sordid nasty dirty funk - the Stooges taking downers in a disco! In like Flynn and Bulletproof Cupid are all edged with filth.

10. Vol.4 - Black Sabbath;
Riffzilla from the dark lords, D tuned monsters of songs- Supernaught, Snowblind and Wheels of Confusion represent an avalanche of riff, proggy but fun.

one for the road…
11. Still - Joy Division
This is the uncut diamond of J/D pre martin Hannett dark and vicious guitar hymns from a psychological underworld. Live tracks, demos and B sides from a new heart of darkness.


Dean’s Playlist

1. Date with the night - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2. No Wow - The Kills
3. Magic Colours - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
4. Stormy High - Black Mountain
5. The Devils gone to Whitley Bay - The Janitors
6. Deadpan - Six Finger Sattelite
7. Nobodys fault but mine - Led Zeppelin
8. 30 seconds over Tokyo - Per Ubu
9. Dive - Nirvana
10. A Letter to Dominique - Louis X1V
11. Make it Wit Chu - Queens Of The Stone Age
12. Primitive - The Groupies
13. Shoot - Sonic Youth
14. Step Right Up - Black Lips
15. In your Honour - Foo Fighters
16. Why Don't you Kill Yourself - The Only Ones
17. Tumbling Walls - Liars
18. Nothing ever happened - Deerhunter
19. Time to Pretend - MGMT


Dean’s Playlist 2

1. Solitary Confinement - The Members
2. Harmonic Generator - The Datsuns
3. This Town - Gumball
4. After All - Dave Bowie
5. Fuel My Fire - The Prodigy
6. Rosalyn - The Pretty Things
7. Hold On to Your Genre - Les Savy Fav
8. U Gotta Rush For Me - The Don't Fucking Cares
9. Zero - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
10. Baron Saturday - Pretty Things
11. Little Sister - Queens of the S/A
12. Summer Days - Gumball
13. 30 Century Man - Scott Walker
14. American Waste - Black Flag
15. Choci Loni - Young Marble Giants
16. Rings Around The World - Super Furry Animals
17. 12:51 - The Strokes
18. Facility Girls - Soft Cell
19. Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
20. Set It Off - Peaches
21. Arnold Layne - Pink Floyd
22. Big City After Dark - Link Wray
23. Bullet Proof Cupid - Girls Vs Boys
24. Yellow Pants - Gumball
25. She's A Rebel - Green Day
26. 505 - Artic Monkeys
27. I Got A Right - Iggy Pop & The Stooges


Phil's All Time Top 10 Albums

Finally got round to the shit... I'm most definitely the most coolest member of the band, although I'm sure my albums are the most uncoolest of everybody. I've based my selection on honesty and actually listening to these albums quite a fucking lot.

These are in no particular order apart from the one they are in:

1. The Wildearts - Earth Vs
This was my band of choice back in the day... There have been better bands I'm sure, but this was the scene in my formative years and they kicked the shit out of most of the big bands at the time. This album still sounds killer.

2. Alice Cooper - Love it to Death
The coop is the fucking man. Had a fascination with him all my life.This album blends Detroit with California... Like that fucking works!!!!!!!!!

3. Guns and Roses - Appetite For Destruction
1987... and this album is still the most rock and roll sounding album ever made. Great songs played like they meant it... Shame they are a bunch of cunts!

4. Sepultura - Chaos A.D
This band were fucking Superb!!! The nearest metalheads got to dancing and they didn't even know it.I think they had alot to do with metalers getting into dance music. Great beats and rhythms proper punk!!!

5. Nirvana - Nevermind
Everyone is still feeling the ripples from this album... It was like an earthquake, it changed everything.

6. AC/DC - Back in Black
love it or hate it????? it's the blueprint for any self respecting rock. "Givin the dog a bone", fucking classic.

7. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
I could put every single album of the sabbs in this list... My favourite because it was the first one of theirs I bought!!!!! Its that deep.

8. Led Zep - IV
This album is just killer. Anyone that don't dig, it is either dead or a vegetarian.

9. Bad Company - Bad Company
Rogers is a god!!! If everybody in the world could sing like him, we would have no wars, religion or poverty... just Harmony... and seagulls.

10. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
This album came totally out of left field at the time... but shit... this was the alternative, again brought all the people together.

Thats my 10, my new friends will say " were are the clash, pistols and ramones?", my old friends will say " Were is DIO, PRIEST, MAIDEN", and my mum will say "Were is Buddy and Elvis", fuck you all this is my list you cunts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!