Side A – Side B
Singer ‘Klef’ Kees Klomp (he did background-vocals on – Dutch SxE band – ‘Betray’s 7″) sent me this tape and a letter (in English!) to try and get some attention for his band. Quite some people playing crossover/thrash/metal were trying to make a connection with the HardCore/punk-scene at that time… These guys were from Bloemendaal (Haarlem area); the other musicians playing on this one were Ernst ‘Renske’ van Baak (bass), Emiel Hannink (drums), Ben Humpig (guitar) and Louis Melger (guitar). Here’s my review – from Tilt! #5: >>Very technical thrashmetal with fast and mosh-parts. Political lyrics – no metal-attitude (?!) Songs are a bit long…<< The tracks (God Is Just A Fairy-Tale / Defensor Minor / No More Feelings Left / Hangover D.D.D. / The Overtaking) were added as bonus-tracks on the CD-version of their first LP (It’s Because Of The Birds And The Flowers).
From their ‘press-package’:
Side A – Side B
Miseria Y Dolor (Misery & Pain) / Nadie (Nobody) / Chiapas / Macho Hombrio (Macho Man) / No Escapara (No Escape) / Acción Directa (Direct Action) / Jesusito (Little Jesus) / Testigos (Witnesses) / Skacobeo / Perros Vendidos (Sold Dogs)
Can’t remember how I obtained this tape; possibly from my correspondent Carlos Leon Liquete (editor of El Otro Mundo zine)… Or was it sent to me by the band or someone in their entourage asking for a review or a show…? No recollections… The band on these recordings consisted of Victor (vocals), Rober(t) (guitar), Chema (guitar), Foxy (bass) & Hevylin (drums), and they resided in Valladolid. A Bocajarro means ‘close combat’ or ‘at point blank’. A political band playing enraged trashy HC; lyrics on anti-fascim, anti-sexism, anti-religion, etc.
‘A Bokajarro’ was a HC-punk band from Valladolid (Spain) that started in 1995. The original line-up was: Victor (vocals), Rober (Roberto Marina; bass), Isa (Isabel Carpintero Extremo; guitar) & Jebi (Antonio Carpintero Extremo; drums). Later Fosi (Jorge Martin) joined to play bass and Rober took on second guitar. In 1997, they recorded the tape – the booklet is entitled Ni Olvidamos Ni Perdonamos (“neither forget nor forgive”) – when Chema (Chema Lorenzo Parro) joined to play guitar (instead of Isa). Besides this tape, there are some recordings from the last concerts with new and emotional HC songs. The band quit in 2000.
Some explanations about the songs… Miseria Y Dolor talks about the clergy, the misery and pain they cause. The lyrics of Nadie deal with oppression (social, personal) and speak out against all authority (nobody can rule you). Chiapas is about the conflict in that Mexican district, and the solidarity towards the people and their social revolution. Macho Hombrio speaks out against sexism and the social behaviour of the ‘virile’ man. Acción Directa is against fascism and racism. No Escapara is a song that tells a story of a rape, and calls for a response against all rapes and rapers. Jesusito is a parody on the life of Jesús and christianity. Testigos speaks out against sects and the Jehova’s witnesses. Skacobeo is a parody on religion and talks about the business around the pelgrimage-route to Santiago de Compostella [Camiño de Santiago]. Perros Vendidos is a song talking about the manipulation of the media.
Carlos Leon Liquete