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Krakatoa Exxxclusive An Interview with Masenko

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Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to Krakatoa’s THIRD EVER exclusive interview! Maskenko as always played magnificently on our stage at Krakatoa. These guys were Fantastic at Punk Fest. Krakatoa had the privilege to catch up with the lovely Masenko band prior lockdown at our Eruption shows, they were so fantastic to chat with!

Masenko: “He’s here! Typical! Always one!” *Laughs

Krakatoa: “No worries! We’re all good? So, first of all, introduce yourselves and your band.”

T: “So, we’re Masenko, the bassist is Jack…”

C: “… I’m Chera, I play rhythm guitar.”

T: “I’m Tony and I’m the drummer and more or less lead singer.”

B: “I’m Bensi and I play lead guitar.”

Krakatoa: “Nice! That’s interesting, having the lead singer and the drummer in the same role.”

T: “Well, funnily enough, we started off with me as the bassist!”

J: “And me as the drummer.”

Krakatoa: “Oh, okay!”


T: “I have been playing the drums for a lot longer and to a degree more classically trained through sheet music and… I think we just thought he was a much better base player than I was.”

J: “Yeah and we were also switching around in the middle of songs… and decided to stick to a structure.”

T: “And I had done the whole singing and drumming thing before.”

J: “And it just worked from there…!”

Krakatoa: “Out of interest, what inspired your band to be as it is? How did you guys come together?”

T: “Funny you should say this, my mum and Chera’s mum are friends. Two Filipino ladies, we’re “halfs” and it’s just like most mums, especially in Filipino culture “Oh! Your kid should play with my kid!!”, so me and Chera were messaging each other trying to arrange a jam together -never did- but we did so Bensi, my childhood friend was invited.”

B: “We’re honorary Filipinos!!”


T: “So I was like “Do you wanna come along and meet my mum’s friends daughter? We’re gonna have a jam.” Me and Bensi played together since school. So, we did that and became three people and were missing a drummer, and Jack…”

J: “We’ve known each other like for a good long time now.”

T: “… So I called him up and we played covers for a long time, then started playing original stuff, just going into the archives, played like each other’s songs and went with the flow from there.”

Krakatoa: “Nice!”

T: “And here we are.”

J: “One thing I would say about us is that we’re close friends; more tightly close than band members. We just have that vibe together, not just musically.”

Krakatoa: “That’s great though, isn’t it? Because you get that creative collaboration.”

B: “Exactly! When it comes to playing on stage and to having that presence, I wouldn’t say showmanship but along those lines –CHEMISTRY!”

T: “We learn as we go! We’re still learning.”

Krakatoa: “How long have you guys been together?”

: “Four/five years!”

: “Three and a bit…”

: “Well, we’ve all done something together at some point.”

: “Three or four years then!”

Krakatoa: “How would you describe your band’s music style? Or what musical styles or icons do you relate to and why?”

: “I think we had trouble defining ourselves for a long time.”

: “It often felt like we were three different bands.”

: “Rock and alternative?”

: “We’re rock and alternative!”

: “Though when we first played at Krakatoa, we got the reject genre. We didn’t know what this was, like “What even is that?””

: “We just write songs and bring them to each other and just adapt to how we want to feel musically.”

: “What do you like about Krakatoa and why?”

: “Well, its sound system and production team are amazing to work with, we get feedback… the communication between the band and the sound team are top-notch!”

Krakatoa: “That is really good feedback! We’ve never had anyone talk about our sound team in such a way. They shall be absolutely delighted!”

Krakatoa: “That’s great! Thank you very much for your time!”

Chera: “Thank you!” 

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Krakatoa Exxxclusive Gypsy Roots at Alt Fest

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After reopening the Bar, we had a fantastic Autumn as the Granite City got in full swing! The team managed to catch Gypsy Roots after their brilliantly successful set at Alt-Fest. With their latest members: Isaac, Chris, Johnny (of Bliss), Paloma, and Joseph, we had a great natter to get  to know them better from their music and how they experiment with their styles musically and politically. 

Krak: So, Just finished an amazing gig at Alt-Fest with the fantastic Gypsy Roots Band at Krakatoa Aberdeen! How are you guys doin’? How was the thrill of it all? 

Paloma: always so much fun! It was awesome, good to be back in Krak. It’s been two years.

Krak: Two years?! How did you guys cope with the Pandemic, what did you do over that time-space? 

Issac: It wasn’t too bad, we had our flat, and practised there… When Covid restrictions went down, we jammed, hung out in my spare bedroom which was really good because I was able to learn all the songs, then we moved into the living room where we practised all the time rather than buy a practice space.

John: Which helps a lot. 

Issac: totally chill environment at home, Chris the drummer lives with me at home as well so it was chill.

Chris: It was a rollercoaster… like… with restrictions so when we could jam.

Joseph: Always challenges. 

Krak: Well I can tell ya, it was certainly a good show tonight so give yourselves a pat on the back like check you’s!!! you’re back!

GR: Yaaayyy!!!

Krak: Who are the original OGS and who thought of kickstarting Gypsy Roots? 

Paloma: I used to run events in Aberdeen called Abedontique and had a Reggae band come to Aberdeen and we needed a support band so I thought “Oh hey guys! let’s form our own support band!” so it was me, Joseph, Chris, Liam and AJ and then John replaced AJ later on.

GR: So we had a month to play songs for Tunnels… worst gig ever. [Laughs]

Paloma: Chris was on keys at the time, Liam was on drums, and Chris had this keyboard, y’know it had those background tunes that come with it, like the cheesy….yeah

Krak: Oh no!

Joeseph: Yes! so halfway through the gig, Tunnels and the next room and the next band were really loud also we heard this drumbeat and it was playing through the song! So we swapped the band about… kinda hectic 

Krak: Challenge accepted though! Considering how reggae is a very political music genre historically, and your Instagram page seems political, is that just part of the territory or is that something you are into? You’re part of different co-operative groups outside the band, and your songs do give out positive and powerful political statements.

Paloma: For me- I can’t write about anything else! That is something I’m really, really passionate about so if I’m not into it, can’t write about it like “love” I can’t as it’s really really cringey. 

Isaac: we all have a very similar view of the world which does connect us as friends and as bandmates. Really feel very happy to be part of the statement and the band.

Paloma: Family man.

Issac: It’s so rare to see that on a lot of bands as it is very difficult, but we all fit and we’re all good friends too.

Krak: How do you feel about playing at Krakatoa? As we do have similar political interests and viewpoints, how do you guys feel about being here?

Isaac: It’s our home.

GR: For a whole year, we played at Krakatoa once a month or even every second month.

Krak: What is your favourite drink here by the way? 

Issac: I like the Tropical Cider, the lilies one?

Krak: Oh Yes! We have that on rotation!

Joseph: My best and least favourite drink is the Zombie Pirate. [Laughs]

Krak: YES!

GR: Does the job, it does exactly what you need it to do which is to get drunk.


Krak: Well our cocktails are all rum-based, have you tried them? 

Paloma, Yes, I’ve tried the Zombie.

Krak: Have you tried our 1883’s?

Issac: Oh yes! The one with the strawberry in the middle? That was good memories with that, the bowls for them were ace! I’m surprised they haven’t broken yet!

Krak: Touch wood! [Laughs]

John: Proper shoutout to you guys though, you do really good absinthe!

Krak: Thank you so much for your time guys! Especially so last minute. Hope you guys come play again here very soon. 

John: Thank you very much for talking to us! 


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Congratulations Vulpine!!!

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One of our fave bands Vulpine released their EP and partied with us in October!

We at Krakatoa Bar are so happy that they chose to celebrate their success with us! We’re even happier that they came back and went hardcore for our fundraiser ALT FEST the very next day!

Here is a taster of the top tunes they had on for us:

Check out their Social Media Pages and get your hands on their EP!

Well done lads! Hope to see you soon!

A Welcome Back and a Happy Hogmanay

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Welcome back you cool cats and kittens and Merry Freakin’ Christmas…

After two years all comfy during watching Netflix, video chatting to our pals and grannies through this Armageddon facing many a scary challenge during our 9-5s and at home – we have been REOPENED!!!!

Dust off those Doc’s n dancing shoes, work that casual comfy- or glam the F up – with a mask and get your post-apocalyptic freak on at our Hogmanay Hula!

While we have been away, we’ve been flexing our tentacles with our fundraisers for a STATE OF THE ART ventilation system that cleans our air inside every three minutes, taking care of our you, our bar, and having one amazing good time in the process. Because we all love a party… without an unwelcome present afterwards.

Since we’ve reopened, we had excellent Cocktail Training with our lovely newbies, met the cast of the Circus of Horrors, and Partying til’ dawn from 3pm with our Punk, Metal, and Rock Fests!! You guys sure knew how to party!

Thank you so much to our bands who came to play for us! It was great to see everyone supporting us and with your help, we made a lot of Surpluses to fund our new Ventilation Project! It’s great we have these fundraisers because it gets the Music and Creative Community to re-connect and gives you the “Who’s Who” to listen to in Scotland! 

If you didn’t make it, or you want to rehear samples of tunes from the Bands Check them out here!

In seriousness, thank you all so much for your contribution to our Social Media Pages to make this possible! A round of applause to our Krakatoa Team with our armoury of brooms, rubber gloves, and cleaning sprays to make our neon-lit cave of wonders spick and span. Massive applause for the Essential Workers, the Students, who resiliently adapted through, the artists who collaborated with us online, and lastly, YOU for supporting us during these strange times.

We Rockin’! We Rollin’! If you haven’t seen us yet:

Come By!

Have a Bevy!

Welcome, Home!

Monthly Squid Happy Halloween Special

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To our dearest: Customers, Musicians, Rockers, Tiki Drinkers, Hula Enthusiasts, Crazy Black Cats and Ghoulish Creatures of the Night and Party Scene of Aberdeen;

We hope you love our little pastel, sickly, sugary-sweet nightmare…

Have a Happy Halloween Weekend.

Sluggish Hugs and Fishy Kisses:

Everyone at Krakatoa. x

Monthly Squid COVID Catch Up

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Hello, hello- long time no see? Currently Krakatoa is coming back-back-back again after our time in lockdown and oh boy aren’t we so excited to see you all again!

Although our beloved Silver City is currently going through it’s second rounds of lockdown, Krakatoa and it’s amazing crew is currently doing a fundraiser to create a brand new Ventilation System that can help our crew and you safely as we rock out to our latest and greatest gigs coming up in the next year.

Within 3 days, we are a third of the way towards our goal of £20,000! We would also like to thank Chaos Creations, the Granite City Roller Derby and our amazing customers and friends and family in supporting our cause!

We are so excited to glamour up the place and we hope to see you soon!! To help us out- just gis’ a cheeky click on the link below.

Virtual Concerts Scotland Check them OOUUUTTT!!!!

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Hello you Mad Maxes and Mad Maxines. So! COV-19 or Corona (not the beer) has closed our bars and have us locked insider homes and it’s barely a week and it’s grim outside like some dystopian sci-fi crossed with a Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Movie. No worries good chaps!

a few of creative geniuses kick-started a Virtual Gig which starts rocking out tonight and play those COV and post apocalyptic blues away!

If you want to join in our merry band of good tunes or just to blast out and support your Local Music Industry by promoting amazing and talented Peeps: put on your dancing shoes; those grooving trews; a dash of red lippy and click this link below!!!

And then click watch party! Can’t wait to see you Hunnies!!! x Its gonna be a wild one and in the safety of your homes!


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Oh me! Oh my! Stuff Valentine’s! This is a date that needs saving in your diaries, calenders and mobile phones!

Krakatoa’s Eruptions Finale is coming on FRIDAY 14TH!!

We have musicians such as :

AngryMan Carpark

Ghost Tape

Forest Fires



Valentines eat your heart out with our Strawberry Sacrifices! Chill with us as our Four Freaky Tiki Titans, ignite and erupt Friday 14th to claw and snatch that £2K CA$H PRIZE!

Krakatoa Exxxclusive Interview with Angryman CarPark

Starting the new decade the 2020’s in style is Krakatoas own Battle of the Bands Weekend where musicians near and far come by and strut their stuff and blast some tunes. Stay tuned to get hooked into the Who’s-Who playing at our Venue.

Our first Band EVER to play for 2020 is the charismatic and endearing Angryman Carpark who we had the honour of meeting after their performance discussing a variety of topics: who they are, their music with various banter regarding mattresses and Craig the Haunted Crack Baby.  

Krakatoa: First of all, tell me about your band and how did you start collaborating?

AMCP (Adam): Well we were all in bands previously. Me an Euan were studying in college together at one point- ah yes!- funny story me and Euan like, met years ago before the band at a mate’s house where he only had one mattress and we had to share this mattress together and we kinda lost contact after that and he was at college and I was at college so we reconnected after that. We just practised and we didn’t have any drummers in our class because they all dropped out so Joe joined as we played in the College Band.

AMCP (E): And I dragged Stephen and Joe into the mix 

(AMCP J): Me, Stephen and Euan were in a Band before that so it was like 3/4s of the same.

Krakatoa: So it it was like full circle that somebody knew somebody personally at one point and then just smooshed together?

AMCP S: More of less, yeah 

AMCP A: I think bit was definitely more of a smooth transition into working together.

Krakatoa: What particular music style or icon inspires your work? I kinda noticed there’s a varied aesthetic going on since everyone has their own style.

AMCP (J): We’re definitely the Alternative kind of part. I kinda get a lot from Fatherson

AMCP(ALL): Yeah,

AMCP: We  listen to a lot of that and get a lot of that similarities Adam’s a bit different though, yeah?

AMCP (A): I think from when I first started playing in bands it was a little more punk, a little bit Emo/Grungey musicians kinda shifted to Alternative then I found myself listening to composers such as Hans Zimmer and liked how they structured their songs which is interesting.

 Krakatoa: Have you been enjoying Krakatoa? Or is this your first time here  as customers and musicians?

AMCP(E): Well we played here for part of our college.. Us three have played twice so this would be our fourth time, second official gig.

Krakatoa: Nice! That’s pretty good! 

AMCP (E) :As customers, we’ve been here a few times for drinks as well,

AMCP(A):, One time, ordered the volcano one- it was so strong!

Krakatoa: The Krakatoa 1883 right?

AMCP(S) Yeah! we went to see Beta Waves, we had to put lemonade in because it was so strong!

AMCP (A) I was dying!

AMCP(J): Wasn’t it on fire too??

Krakatoa: Ah, yes. We put our special rum to light it in the volcano bit.

AMCP(A): I like the whole aesthetic of the venue. It’s different. I mean, you get a lot of good pubs in Aberdeen but they’re all similar pub looking. When you’re playing in a pub, it’s like playing in a pub but

AMCP (E): Here, it’s a proper venue with the fancy lights and the neon.

AMCP (A): I like the neon it’s cool. I like the Doll too. *points to Krakatoa’s own Haunted Baby. 

*Before the interview, AngryMan Carpark observed the mysterious Haunted Doll called the Crack Baby (now christened by the band as Craig, thus weaving a piece of themselves into Krakatoa history) that was perched on our staff corridor shelves. Stories and Sightings  of said  Haunted Crack Baby will be discussed another time as there are many Krakatoa hauntings regarding this object- some that will make you scream in terror… others in sheer laughter.* 

Krakatoa: It was an honour to have to guys playing at our venue tonight and hope to see you again when you’re rich and famous to come by and play for us again. For sure, you’ve definitely brought the house down as strong contenders, coming up first. Like “WHOA! The is us!!”


AMCP(E): The good thing about this kind of event is, if we play at a normal gig, it’ll be all the same genre but with these Battle of the Bands stuff there’s different genres. It’s cool because we don’t get to see this many genres in one place. There’s even a Mod Band on! 

{Second Band does sound checks in background} 

Insert Krakatoa and Crack Baby

AMCP(E): Its cool because you don’t get

AMCP(S): This big mix of genres

AMCP(A): The other band they’re.. he’s doing like a vocal compressor for a trombone..

AMCP(E): We’re going completely off track,

Krakatoa: That’s okay! It’s good, that’s the thing about creative people is that we love to waffle when we have good vibes. It’s great you have this confidence and charisma to still promote yourself after facing a load of people. To even speak to one person is different to a crowd. Never be ashamed to be waffley! We like waffles! We love Waffles. Thank you very much for coming by and I hope you enjoy yourselves, have an amazing night, it was nice to meet you.  

To hear more from the delightful AngryMan CarPark, here are their links and details below where you can have a listen to a tune, like and subscribe to their various channels!