Chronic Disease (Bel) Trapped Again; tape (1989)

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studio: More Important – Selfdenial – Blood For Leeches – Nothing But Injustice – Armed With Truth – Nightmare Business – The Abuse Of Intelligence – Sacrilege – Dare To Face – Disturbed Nature – Easy Prey – Progress To Nowhere – Animal Massacre – Shocked!

live: Dare To Face – Easy Prey – Disturbed Nature – Blood For Leeches – Nightmare Business – Progress To Nowhere – Money Money Money – Selfdenial – Consumption Drunk – More Important – Sacrilege – Lost Dimension – Armed With Truth – Animal Massacre – Reflections

A lot can be and is written about this legendary band from Bruges/Brugge. I already posted an interview from 1988 and about their Smurfpunx shows (88-11-11 & 89-12-25) and Vort’n Vis gigs (89-09-16, 90-01-20, 90-08-25 & 91-04-28). I consider(ed) ‘Leffe’, ‘Sling’, ‘Vrokker’ & ‘Meyer’ mates. Nice guys with their hearts in the right place; a political band with attitude…

This tape was distributed by His Master’s Noise (Bruno Vandevyvere). It contains the band’s demo (Who Will Pay The Price Of Our Disregard) – recorded in June ’89; plus the live registration of  a show in Bissegem (near Kortrijk, Belgium), 89-04-28 (the last track 88-11-11). In the spring of 1990 they recorded a 7″ (Born To Live In Chains) that was released on Kurt Horemans’ label Innerforce.

[For those interested I also have live recordings from their gig in Terneuzen (Hol) on 88-11-19.]

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Leben Und Leben Lassen (Den) live (Aalst, Bel, 89-02-25)

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Listen to the live set part 1 & part 2:

Freakline (part 1 & 2) / Past And Present / Ignore The Fact / Freakline / Danger Thought / Stop The Violence / Dystopia [on the set-list: Intro] / Disrespect / The Choice We Made [on the set-list: What’s Up?] / Apeshit For Your Conscience (Save The Whales) / Bastards (end of part 1) Where The Iron Crosses Grow [on the set-list: Iron Horses] / Radio Tucson / My Rooms

[recordings courtesy of Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]

‘Leben Und Leben Lassen’ (L.U.L.L.) were mates from Odense, Denmark (playing great tunes to good lyrics): Andreas Ludvigsen – drums, Niller Sørensen – bass/vocals & Lars Thomsen – guitar. Actually I’d gotten to know them through their former vocalist Kent Nielsen (who had just left the band – he had already been in the studio with ‘Attent!on’ and was about to record with ‘Ugly Food’, etc.) whom I had visited  in the summer of ’86… I’d helped them with gigs before and they spent a night at my place a few years before this.

This gig (“animal day”, organised by Smurfpunx, 89-02-25) was on their “final tour”. Their second album Freakline (recorded with Kent) was about to be released on Mike Just’s label Starving Missile (Münich, Germany). Lars told me that Andreas was also “on his way out” already, and the band quit in the autumn of that year.

Check the interview I did with them after their 1st album ‘The Highest Wall’ got out: ‘L.U.L.L.’ / ‘Leben Und Leben Lassen’ (interview Tilt! #4)

Brob

Dystopia, Disrespect, The Choice…, Apeshit… were new songs. The latter 3 of these where recorded once by the Danish National Broadcast. I’m not sure of these song-titles but since I was the one who came up with the riffs, I can call them whatever I want…

Lars Thomsen

 

Bambix (Hol) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-03-13)

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Listen to the live set:

What’s Worse / Death Or Glory/ Unnecesary Barbaric / Business Machine / 4 mei [May 4th] / They Even Took The Memory/ I Only Wanna Be With You [Dusty Springfield cover] / The Lesson/ Ongelijkheid [Inequality] / Zomerdag [Summerday] / Fugitive / ‘musikalletie’ [???]

This registration of ‘Bambix’s first (of two) performances at Netwerk (Aalst) – 88-03-13 – courtesy of Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt. The band (from the area around Nijmegen, The Netherlands) still exist after all these years but in a totally different line-up (www.bambix.org). Personally I’ve always preferred the original trio (once described as “girls, nice melodies and good vocals” – but so much more than that; I reviewed it as uptempo punk-rock) with Nathalie Delisse (guitar), Willia ‘Wick’ van Houdt (drums/vocals) & Maniet ‘Petite’ Voets (bass). At this time they had done a demo and were on some compilations. In 1989 Martin Pick (Wuppertal, Germany) released their initial 7″ (They Even Took The Memory).

Here’s a ‘Bambix’ interview from around that time…

Brob

Maniet – Nathalie – ‘Wick’

Nice to hear something from the ‘good old days’ when we were energetic, jumped around with guitars and stuff, drove for hours, etc. The first memory coming to me is that there was an active bunch of people in Belgium, with fanzines and such. We regularly had the honour, after or before a concert, to get interviewed and were asked to give our opinions (people were still listening to us back then – haha – nowadays we’re not asked much) about communism; world-peace; nuclear arms; animal-suffering, etc. The straight-edge movement was also quite active. A lot of idealism, friendship and creativity, and a heart for a better society; that’s still something worthwhile to strive for now. The bands we played with were mostly (like ourselves) enthusiastics with a mind of their own. And both the authenticity and the fact of doing things together, was awesome.

In ‘93 I quit ‘Bambix’ because of a burn-out. I missed things enormously and it was difficult to talk about it for a while; but later it got nice again to dig up a fun anecdote once in a while. I still love music; to put my heart into something, cooperation, nature, creativity, craftsmanship and idealism. ‘Bambix’ meant a lot to me.

Nathalie Delisse

Don’t recall much about the period 89/90. We played Belgium regularly and these were often great shows, sometimes not. Later, first Nat and then Maniet left ‘Bambix’, and I went on with other people. We came to Belgium from time to time: for concerts of course (e.g. small tour with ‘G.B.H.’ and with ‘Fabulous Disaster’) and we recorded an album with Didier Moens (guitarist of ‘La Muerte’). ‘Bambix’ mainly played Germany but also Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and The Netherlands. In ’99, I made a kick-ass compilation-album with female punk-bands only; which taught me about many new bands, that I helped here and there with a show or introduced to a label. We regularly tour in Brazil, all our records are available there. I also booked many gigs and tours for Brazilian bands. And bands from the U.S. (e.g. ‘TurbonegrA’). With ‘Bambix’ we also toured Argentina with ‘Eterna Inocencia’ – cool band – and ‘All the Hats’, a super tour that was! The icing on the cake is that we just finished the recording of our best record ever: ‘The Storytailor’. It contains everything I ever wanted to make. It’s the culmination of why I’m punk, why ‘Bambix’ is in my heart, what music does to me and how I can express myself with lyrics & music; together with the two best musicians I know. Wonderful that the alternative punk-scene has formed me through friendships and how that scene, even before the internet, made the world smaller; that we swapped punk-tapes through the mail with people from Brasil or The Philippines; and that those friends from back then are still my heart-buddies. Keep up the spirit!

‘Wick’

Cringer (USA) The Vinegar Tasters; tape (1986)

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When I finally got to see ‘Cringer’ live (91-05-19; promo), they existed already for over 6 years. They did their first tape in 1985. Gardner Maxam (who later played bass) was singing in that early stage, Lance Hahn played guitar. The others were Ed Tarantino (bass) and Dave Carr (drums). This second one was recorded with the same line-up. I probably never would’ve heard these songs if Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt didn’t dig it up from his archives. Thanks! The Fog was a song by ‘Hypo-Depression’ (another band that Lance was in) and Tainted Love is a cover of the ‘Soft Cell‘ track… The cassette also includes 5 tracks (Nowhere To Run – [new song, no title yet] – Berlin Wall – Zen Flesh Zen Bones – Another Day, Another Death) under the heading ‘demo April 88‘…

Heresy (UK) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-01-30)

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Listen to the live set:

Consume – The Street Enters The House – Too Close To HomeFlowers In ConcreteFace Up To ItCornered RatBelieving A LieInto The GreyNetwork Of FriendsTrapped In A SceneWhen Unity Becomes SolidarityDedication From InspirationAgainst The Grain – Conform – Open Up (‘D.Y.S.’ cover) – Stand Proud (?) – Sick Of Stupidity – Face Up To It – Cornered Rat

[recordings made and kindly contributed by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]

Read all about this legendary Smurfpunx concert in my post on 88-01-30 and have a look at the extra photos. ‘Heresy’ played here with guitarist Steve ‘Baz’ Ballam (of ‘Ripcord’). I’d seen them for the first time at a Hageland Hardcore gig (86-10-05) but I can’t remember if this was still with ‘Reevsy’ (Malcom Reeves) or with Mitch Dickinson; when my band ‘Repulsives’ played with them (87-02-15) Mitch was the guitarist. They played at Scherpenheuvel a third time (87-08-30) – right after I tried to follow them a bit on their tour of the UK with ‘Lärm’ & ‘Heibel’ – and I ran into Micth again when he played with ‘Napalm Death’ in Wakken (87-11-07). The others were of course John March (vocals), Kalv(in) Piper (bass) & Steve Charlesworth (drums).

A bit before leaving on this tour (January 19th/20th 1988) they had recorded the tracks for their album Face Up To It! (released on Kalv’s label In Your Face recs). After that they still did the 7″ Whose Generation? (recorded 19th-21st December 1988). The band’s last final gig was on December 23 1989 (documented on the Live At Leeds 7″). I believe ‘Heresy’s last studio-recordings appeared on the split with ‘Meatfly’ (a band that Kalv & Steve were in from ’90 to ’92). I met Kalv again when he was in ‘ForceFed’, and John & ‘Baz’ when they were in ‘Can’t Decide’. I did gigs/tours for both in 1990…

Review of Face Up To It! in Tilt! #4: >>Even before this record got out, some people felt the urge to vent their criticism on it. “Their style has changed.” and “They’ve become big.” were some statements that went around. The gig in Aalst surprised me positively however. The music was calmer sometimes, yes: but it sure didn’t loose any of its energy. You could hear that Kalv and their new guitarist ‘Baz’ did an effort to get away from the speedy hardcore/thrash from the split with ‘Concrete Sox’. And on the record you can hear how John did the same with his voice. Speed is still a valuable part but the mid-tempo pieces are a welcome relief by times. Rap seems to have been another influence. Where other people are not looking any further then the ‘flat’ production, I see the refreshing efforts towards versatility. They didn’t get stuck in their role, they evolve and that is far more important then what ever can be reached with technicalities in a studio. Remember what a punk-record was? And then the lyrics… “Nothing but scene-talk, everybody can do that.” (and that’s not even true, read e.g. Too Close To Home). Well, I’ld rather read and hear somebody’s honest opinion about something close to his heart then talk about big world-problems that they think they’re supposed to sing about (like a lot of bands do) and don’t live/act like it. That’s also whate Make The Connection and Cornedered Rat are about. I’m not saying “Don’t sing about politics.”! But only “Sing about things you can relate to.”! I’m not going to go into them ’cause eveything’s explained very carefully on the lyric-sheet and I can’t do any better than the writer. So now you know why I like this record so much (especially Flowers In Concrete)! Thanks lads!<<

Catweazle (Hol) demo (1994)

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I believe I met Michael ‘Bacteria’ live for the first time at the Vort’n Vis (95-09-17) when his band played there and I would run into him when he (and his partner Eva) were travelling with bands that they did tour for… He’d probably sent this tape to get a gig. ‘Catweazle’, from Groningen, played raw, uptempo HC/punk with a metal touch. The band consisted of Michael Kopijn (drums & vocals; later ‘Tuco Ramirez’, ‘P.C.P.’, ‘Shikari’; Bacteria.nl), Erik Timmerman (bass), Emil ‘Reason’ (vocals; originally Maynard Schut of ‘Fleas & Lice’ was singing) and Axe Kooi (guitar; ‘Oene’ of ‘Fleas & Lice’ rehearsed with as 2nd guitarist for a while). They did a few tapes (2 demos in 1989 & a promo-tape in ’93, before this one here) and afterwards the Cash And Pain Remain ‎mCD (recorded Oct ’95 and released by Profane Existence Far East), a split-10” with ‘Seein’Red’ (Kangaroo recs, Wicked Witch recs ’97) and the Form Of Fear ‎7” (Bad Card recs ‘98) followed.

My review in Tilt! #8: >>Technically well-played and pretty exciting mid-80s HC. Straightforward and melodic at the same time, with some metal-tricks and breaks. Reminiscent of old-school Italian bands (e.g. ‘Indigesti’). Political and positive (not naive) lyrics. Good stuff!<<

Skeezicks (Ger) live (Tielt, Bel, 87-05-02)

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Listen to the live set:

Fast/LoudGrowing UpWe Are SkeezicksFriendshipSelling OutLivin’ On The Country – Slam Brigade – Stupid Questions – Nothing Lasts Forever – Charlie Brown – What You Are – Blast Away – Consequences – No Second Chance – H.M. Sucks – Nothing (‘Negative Approach’ cover) – We Are Skeezicks – We’re Gonna Fight (‘7 Seconds’ cover)

[recordings made and kindly contributed by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]

After the release of their demo We Make Noise… in 1985, Armin Hofmann released their first 7″ (There’s A Charlie Brown In Everyone Of Us; recorded in Amsterdam, April ’86) on his own label X-Mist recs. (In Tilt! #2, I wrote “…They sure know how to get rid of their energy with their super-fast fun-hardcore. 7 high-quality tracks…”) A few weeks before this gig (April ’87) they had recorded for their first LP (Selling Out!). The guys playing here were (besides bassplayer Armin): his bro Andy Hofmann on drums, guitarists Carsten Bauer & Marc Helber, and singer Jürgen ‘Sunny’ Findlinger (R.I.P.). Read how I did this gig in my hometown and how legendary it became: 87-05-02. It was the second show my own band ‘Repulsives’ shared a bill with them (after 87-02-15)…