This promo-tape was provided by Torsten ‘Toddi’ Mergell (from Germany) who booked the first tour for ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. It has 5 tracks from the If You Can’t Take The Heat… LP (out on Boner recs from Berkeley). They played 2 times at one of our Smurfpunx gigs (90-03-03 & 90-09-14). The second tour was set up by the Hamburger label Weird System (who released their second album LP Fistful Of Chicken). Although H.K. is a neighborhood in New York City, the band was from the San Francisco Bay Area: Jimi ‘Haze’ Hayes (vocals; ex ‘Capitol Punishment’ – Sean Condon sang on the first LP), Troy Takaki (bass; ex ‘The Boneless Ones’), Mike Branum (drums; ex ‘Capitol Punishment’, ex ‘Fang’) & Luke Skeels (guitar; ex ‘The Boneless Ones’, later ‘Verbal Abuse’). Chris Kontos (‘Attitude Adjustment’) was their first drummer… Their muisc? Solid HC with thrash-influences, in a “mock-speed-metal/punk style” as someone wrote… Lyrics were brutal but ironic; weird sense of humor.
‘Nessun Dorma’ (from Bristol) were Seamus Cummins (bass), Paul Perry (vocals), Phil (drums), and Ju(lian) Newby & Tony ‘Tone’ (guitarists). In the Bristol-based zine Read It! one can find: >>They were originally called ‘Night Terror Syndrome’, formed in early 1988 by Tony (guitar) & Luke (bass), Paul & Phil, and Julian had played in ‘Organised Chaos’ and sang for the ‘Stupid Humans’ [early 80s], the earliest incarnation of the ‘Subhumans’. In spring ’89 Luke left to join ‘Maggot Slayer Overdrive’. Their old friend Seamus replaced him. They took the name ‘Nessun Dorma’ (None Shall Sleep – the opera-song Pavarotti did at the soccer world-cup), at the time of their 2nd demo (1990) [this one here].<< I got in touch with them when they were touring with ‘Sons Of Ishmael’ (read 90-09-02). They would come over a couple of times again later (see Vort’n Vis concert-list). They recorded some tracks May ’90 and put them on this tape with others from March ’91. Some of the songs were re-recorded, together with others, in Oct 1991 for the Chew It Over LP (released on Mike Foster’s label M.C.R.). The band described their muisc as “loud and heave progressive punk”… From my review of this tape in Tilt! #6: >>Raging, straightforward HC (that rips your head open if you pump up the volume) with breaks and tempochanges. […] Quite desperate and emotional singing. Personal lyrics about the hard edges of life. A very promising band.<<