‘Refused’s singer Dennis sent me this tape as an introduction to his band because they wanted help for gigs. They were announced for a gig in Kortrijk (93-08-01; with ‘Feeding The Fire’, ‘Spawn’ & ‘Spirit Of Youth’) but I believe I didn’t see them then because there was a gig at the Vort’n Vis. In the end they didn’t whow up anyway… I had to wait until they came over to Belgium in 1994 (for the V.V. Hardcore Festival).
Side A – Side B
Manu & Alain P. from the label/distro Nabate (Liège) are friends since the late 80s: they visited our Smurfpunx-concerts and I sometimes gave them a lift to other gigs (where we both did distro-stalls). In the early 90s they formed ‘Unhinged’ with Willy Nollomont (bass) & Azill Kamizol (drums), both from ‘Hiatus’; Manu did vocals and Alain played guitar. This 1st demo was recorded October ’93; the first 4 tracks were released (by Nabate & Flat Earth) on vinyl as the Resisting The Murder Of Self 7” the same year. (The 8 songs were added as bonus to the Win Our Freedom In Fire CD.) I was a big fan of their “crust-emo” immediately (from the review in Tilt! #8): >>A blast of power and anger. […] I hope they leave me this when they lock me up…<<.
Beginning of 1996 Manu left ‘Unhinged’ because singing made her throat worse and worse. She was replaced by Nat(halie) Linotte. In spring 1998 Nat, Alain & Wills toured the US with Ben (ex ‘Hiatus’) replacing Azill on drums. On tour in Spain (Oct ’98) Wills was replaced by Tomoy (‘Scraps’). After the turn of the century Manu & Wills resurfaced in ‘Twisted System’… Alain played in the rock-band ‘Two-Star Hotel’ (with Ben) and is/was active in a few non-profit organisations (Jonruelle, Casa Nicaragua, La Zone).
Part 1: Tom Cat Cocktail / Tin Mad Dog / Heart And Eyes / Isador / Equals Jihad / Obsidian Sun / (Route) 666 / Action Speaks (Louder Than Words) / Sergeant Bacon / Terra Peace / Insatiable / Keith’s song / Evan’s Mommie’s Arm
Part 2: Diana Cross / Cherokee People / Still In Love With You / instrumental / Ignite / Now I Wanna Be Your Dog (cover)
‘Lethal Gospel’ was perhaps not the most popular of the US punk bands that toured Europe in the 80s but they were so in Smurfpunx-land. The band played here 3 times. Mattx Bergren (guitar & vocals) and Dan Seelig (drums & vocals) each time took a different bassplayer along: Fred LaRose (87-10-11), Keith ‘Condemned’ Chatham (88-09-03) and Geoff Alman (89-10-01). Their saxophone-player, Dave ‘Papa’ Cherry, only managed to come over once (1989). Their bluesy punk’n’roll was introduced to us by Smurfpunx-founder ‘Mokka’ and their party-shows here were appreciated by many.
Personally I liked the fast hardcore thrashy bits better than the meandering blues-stretches but when they rocked, they rocked! Mattx’s lyrics and attitudes weren’t always clear (sober?) or PC but every now and then there were some brilliant ideas…
These live recordings were done by ‘Bugs’ Jan De Vriendt (Thanks for providing the original tape!), a frequent visiter of Smurfpunx (and other) gigs. In the song Cherokee People the vocals are shared with Ramsey Kanaan of ‘Political Asylum’ (who also played that day). Most songs are from their LP Equals Jihad and the 7″ Beware Of God (of which I still have copies available for those who’re interested, as well as of Now It’s Time To Party!)…
photos appeared in the Danish zine Sorte Rose #9 (Jakob Nielsen)
Ramsey (‘Political Asylum’) + Mattx (‘Lethal Gospel’) sharing the stage (88-08-28 ‘ De Finkel’, Jette, Belgium – pic by Onno Hesselink?)