Upside (Ita) promo (1988)

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tracks – also appeared on the band’s first album:

Upside / Spara (Shoot) / Noi Non Siamo Morti (We’re Not Dead)

‘Upside’ (not to be confused with ‘Upset Noise’!) played for Smurfpunx (88-08-13) and at the Vort’n Vis (91-08-18). They were a political band coming from the area around Modena and played a powerful mix of HC and metal: Mauro ‘Anguilla’ Tincani (vocals), Giovanni ‘Vanny’ Anceschi (guitar; he replaced Marco ’77’ Trascendi), Andrea ‘Tritone’ Tincani (bass) and Massimo ‘Fonty’ Fontana (drums; he was replaced by ‘Gamba’ in  the early 90s)… After a couple of tapes and the 7″ Nati Per Soffrire (Born To Suffer), in the 80s, TVOR On Vinyl released their fantastic LP Tristi Orizzonti (Sad Horizons) in 1990. In ’93 they did a CD entitled Labirinti Della Menzogna (Labyrinths Of Lies) with 2nd guitarist Gionata and there was also a live-tape of (one of) their last concert(s) at Tien’a’Ment (93-09-11).

These tracks were on a tape that the drummer of the German band ‘F.F.F.’ (Dominik) sent me (after having met at a show in Winterswijk, The Netherlands) to promote them (& ‘F.F.F.’) and try to find them a few gigs. I recall booking them for a Smurfpunx show (88-08-13; that summer they did this ‘Punkrock Tour 88 * Italohardcore meets electric violin thrash’ through Switzerland, Italy, Germany) and at Van Hall in Amsterdam (88-12-25).

Review of Tristi Orizzonti in Tilt! #7: >>Some years ago we had ‘Upset Noise’ pampering our senses; ‘Upside’ takes over where they left off: the same kind of metallic HC. ‘Upside’ uses a little less technical wizardry but they certainly know how to make things sound energetic and powerful. Lyrics about the revolt against the daily tampering of the system with our lives. There’s also a booklet with pieces in Italian about apartheid, american native tribes, etc. Great record.<<

Promotional info: >>’Upside’ formed in 1983 but because of some problems there was a 2-year break after the release of a tape with 10 tracks. In 1985 the self-managed 4-song EP Nati Per Soffrire came out. The band exists because of the desire to communicate something in a society that constantly tries to suppress the human and material needs of every individual. Apart from the band there’s also a collective to which they belong: Tribo Libere (Free Tribe). It deals with various contemporay, socio-cultural issues such as animal-experiments, anti-militarism, ecology, human rights, etc. After a 3-day occupation, Tribo Libere achieved to obtain an unused school-building in which the collective is now located. To return to the band: their first LP will be released on TVOR on vinyl.<<

Honey Honey (Bel) demo (1995)

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(A, demo): Hit & Run – Alone – Barstool – Water – Going Home – Happyland – Inside

(B, compilation-LP): Intro/Ode – (In Your Face) – Waltz – Paranoia – Nothing Changes – M.M.M.

‘Honey Honey’ (from Leopoldsburg/Hechtel) was a melodic HC band with an emo touch. In the beginning the members were Wendi Geuens (vocals), Gert ‘Gonzo’ Hermans (guitar), Edwin Gielen (drums) and Sven Cuypers (bass). I really liked the people and the music (see presentation in Tilt! #8), and even set up a gig in Gent (98-03-15) for them; plus I did an interview with the band but Tilt! #10 unfortunately never materialised…

In a later stage Edwin’s girlfriend Pat Broux joined as additional vocalist. ‘Reiziger’s Pascal Hens (Wendi’s boyfriend at that time) was a stand-in for Sven on their tours (France, Germany & the UK); later Bart Elen replaced Sven. Bart played on their 7” Eat Shit (released by Dennis ‘Tyfus’ & Phil Merckx in 99-05; recordings by Pat Delabie at Studio 195). After the turn of the century Gert & Sven were in ‘Playmobil Assassins’ together. Later Sven & Pascal were in ‘Bronze’. Nowadays Gert plays in the band ‘Smäris’…

Besides the 7” they also appeared on the Ambala Sweet Centre compilation-7” (with ‘Malva’, ‘Curll’, ‘Cradle’ and ‘Useful Idiot’) in the early line-up; and on Filth Ear’s compilation-LP Screams From Belgium (‘Honey Honey’ recordings at Gilles ‘Anomie’ Ape studio in Orléans in ‘97). Those songs are also made available here… The demo-tracks were from their first recordings in Maaseik in 1995 (the song on the Ambala 7″ is also from that session).

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Angry Red Planet (USA) promo (1988)

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This tape was provided by Reiner Mettner of the German label Double A recs, who was also a very active tour-promoter that our Smurfpunx-collective worked with quite a few times. The tracks here were for promotional use for bands that he did tours for in 1988 (also ‘Stengte Dører’, ‘Collaps’ and ‘Billy And The Willies’).

The American band ‘Angry Red Planet’ (from Detroit, Michigan) was and still is quite under-estimated so I’ld like to give some attention again. When they did this concert for us (88-12-04), they were already active for about 6 years. The first 5 tracks come from their first album (Little Pigs, Little Pigs; released in 1987), the last 4 from the second (Give ’em Enough Dope…; released in 1989). The band was Tim Pakledinaz (guitar/vocals), Bill Blank (drums/vocals; Vince Delisi early on, Eric ‘Ewolf’ Wheeler on the 88 tour) and Dave Pentescu (bass, Tim’s bro John early on). Their music was quirky, innovative, original hardcore-punk… Just listen!

Tracks:

Hog Day Afternoon / Right Stuff / What I Do / Fuckwad / My Oil-Soaked Existence / Vandalism USA / Hotwire / Age Of Reason / Snakekilling Time

There’s some footage of ‘ARP’ filmed in 1988 @ AJZ Bielefeld (Germany) & Goudvishal Arnhem (The Netherlands).

Hate Crew (Bel) live (Zoetermeer, Hol, 88-05-01)

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Tracks: Eternal Losers / Limits Of Pain / Screwed By A Pusher/ Silent Rage / White Flag / Solitary Confinement ??? / Negative Score ??? / Rise Above (Black Flag) / Absolute Freedom (instr) / Urban Jungle / ??? / Stranded In Hell / Alea Iacta Est! / Hate Crew ??? / ??? (instr) / Benzine en idealen ??? (instr)

These live recordings were made at youth-centre Mevrouw Latenstaan in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. A concert that ‘Hate Crew’ played together with Dutch bands ‘Razende Roeland’ (Leiden) & ‘Ultimate Sabotage’ (Nijmegen), organised by a group of people who sometimes also visited gigs in Belgium (Arni van Driel, Cor Hoogerdijk en their mates). This was a bit before the band would do a 10-day tour of Germany (organised by yours truly). Guitarist Bruno ‘Duco’ decided not to do this tour so this might have been one of his last shows. The same month (88-05-22) they played @ the Lido in Leuven; with ‘Toxic Reasons’ & ‘Zero Boys’). The others in the band were Kris Fiers (vocals), Guy Temmerman (bass), Philippe ‘Mone’ Crombeen (drums) & Guido Duytschaever (guitar). My own band ‘Repulsives’ had done quite a few gigs together with ‘Hate Crew’ and by then I had joined the Smurfpunx concert-collective of which many of the guys were a member; so this was almost family and hitting the road with these guys (including Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski & Pascal Fiers) was always great… Their album (Silent Rage; recorded November 1987 @ Nightingale Studios, Berchem, Belgium) had been released by Punk Etc. by then, so most of the songs are also to be found there…

Seein’Red (Hol) Punk Is Verzet; live (Ieper, Bel, 95-04-28)

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Tracks:

(side A) Punk Is… / P.C. Not / No Shelter / De Broekriem / Manipulation / Cross The Street / Legitimatie Plicht / Eye For An Eye / Happy Me / Shut The Fuck Up / W.A.S. Lied / Nothing More / Dat Wilde We Effe Kwijt       / C-in Red / D.I.Y.O.F.D.

(side B) Choices In Life / Red Bullet Fired / Change / Life Is Short / Nazi Tuig / Shitty Job / Dream / Hometown Blues / Imagine / Nothing Is Hard / Hate The Rich

(bonus – live @ Ratingen, Germany, 90-11-23) Principal / Direct Action / 2 D Boon

Sascha May (Evilspeak zine) recorded the set ‘Seein’Red’ played at the first day of the ‘Ceaseless Suffocation’ festival (95-04-28) at the Vort’n Vis autonomous centre in Ieper (Belgium) and put the tape out (together with his mate Gregor Kanitz) under the name Punk Is Verzet (Punk Is Resistance).

Paul, Olav & Jos were almost like ‘brothers’: since the days when they were still doing ‘Lärm’ I had a lively correspondence with Paul and I met them at various places when I (or others) invited them for gig. Off course everyone should know their vast discography but just to give an indication: they had just recorded for the Trefwoord Punk 7” (Dutch lyrics) and Wicked Witch recs (Edwin Feenstra) had put out the More Of The Same 7” (recorded late ’94)…

Inhuman Conditions (Ger) live (Aalst, Bel, 87-11-14)

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(1) Positive Or Dumb? / (2) Same Assholes / (3) Be Counted / (4) Destroyed Earth / (5) Drugdeath / (6) Fascist Crap / (7) This Is Bochum – Not L.A. / (8) Last Steps / (9) Doppelkorn / (10) Inhuman Conditions / (11) Right To Booze / (12) Money Isn’t Everything

 

While setting up the ‘Ripcord’/‘Napalm Death’ tour (spring 1987), I got in touch with Bernd Backhaus (editor of Battlefield zine at that time). We corresponded and met at Smurfpunx gigs. He was also kind of the ‘manager’ of a metal/crossover band from the Rhurpott area (Bochum): ‘Inhuman Conditions’. I didn’t really know the band before but Bernd introduced me to them and sent me a tape asking to book a few shows for them. So I arranged that they could play this Smurfpunx show (87-11-14) and sorted them a gig for the next day with ‘Attitude’ in Scherpenheuvel (87-11-15).

At that time (I believe they’d just abandonned their old name ‘Evil Prophecy’), the band consisted of ‘Ridi’ (vocals), Arnie (bass), Piefke (drums), Thorsten Arndt (guitar) & Thomas ‘Tom’ Schremmer (guitar). Later Tobias ‘Tobi’ Falarz replaced ‘Ridi’.

Their first demo (Proceeding Decay) was recorded in May ‘87; their second (Positive Or Dumb?) was recorded 2 weeks after this Smurfpunx-gig. The live tracks from the above-mentioned show were pretty much the same as on the this second demo. In May ‘88 they recorded for their first 7” (Sanction S.A.)… Full discography & info

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Review (of the studio-recordings of Positive Or Dumb?) in Tilt! #4: >>My favourite German metal-band. Positive attitudes and good lyrics. The music is a mixture of speed-metal and thrash (cross-over as you might call it). Two guitars, some breaks…all the ingredients for powerful music. Comes with an extensive booklet. Excellent sound-quality.<<

Some bits from their promo-booklet:

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Vuur (Bel) demo (2000)

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(1) Model – We Are Rich / (2) Get Away / (3) Untitled / (4) Tabula Rasa / (5) Weerstand / (6) Art XX / (7) Slow Start

‘Vuur’ [“fire”] was the band of some mates of the Newland Collective (a group of people who organised gigs in Herentals and did a collective zine). The guys of ‘Vuur’ were Bart Jansen (guitar; ex ‘Deconsume’, later ‘Nervous Mothers’ & nowadays 2nd guitarist of ‘Days Of Desolation’), Nico Peeters (bass; ex ‘Outrage’/’Reller’, later ‘KingTerror’, nowadays singer of ‘TravØlta’), Stef Goos (drums; ex ‘Hopeman Path’, later ‘KingTerror’), Yannick Daems (vocals; initially there was a second vocalist named Koen Luyckx (ex ‘Deconsume’), he returned in the band when Yannick had to quit singing in 2005). This rehearsal-tape was recorded on an old tape-deck. Adter that they did split-7″s with ‘Seein’Red’ (on Nico’s label DayOne recs, 2001), ‘AmenRa’ (FiveStar recs, 2004) & ‘Grinding Halt’ (GraanRepubliek, 2007)…

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