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F.F.F. (Ger) promo (1988)

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

Armes Schwein (Poor Pig) / Zuviel Ist Zuviel (Too Much Is Too Much) / Schwarze Hirne (Black Brains)

These tracks were on a tape that the band’s drummer Dominik sent me (after having met at a show in Winterswijk, The Netherlands) to promote them and try to find them a few gigs (together with their Italian friends ‘Upside’). 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). Later I also interviewed them (‘F.F.F.’ in Tilt! #6). The name of the band is short for “Fanatike Feinde des Facismus” (Fanatic Enemies of Fascism) and proves their political stance…

According to Andi these 3 songs were probably recorded in 1987 or 1988. They were only used as a demo and re-recorded for the Electric Violin Thrash LP (1989). Their demos were actually recorded 87-11-29, their (self-titled; but sometimes referred to as Arbeit Macht Dumm) 7″ in May ’86 and the LP was their last release… (History, Discography, Lyrics & more)

The band (from Bonn) consisted of Vladimiro Olavarria (guitar), Dominik Schetting (drums; ex-guitarist ‘Canal Terror’, nowadays in ‘Molotow Soda’), Andreas ‘Andi’ Gohlke (bass; nowadays in ‘Dr. Ranzik’) & Dolly Enzenberger (vocals/electric violin). In 1996 ‘Vladi’ returned to Chile (where he was born). He got married and has a daughter but is not playing any music anymore. Dolly is living in Italy (in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere), together with her partner ‘Gamba’ (drummer of ‘Upside’) since 2009. They got married in 2013…

‘F.F.F.’ live 1988

Review of Electric Violin Thrash in Tilt! #6: >>Always busy but not often in the spotlight. After a few demos and a 7″, their first album (on their own label). If you were able to witness them live, you know their qualities. Strong and inventive HC. Their (female) singer has got an enormous vocal capacity and gives the music an original touch by adding some electric violin (which fits in brilliantly). The lyrics are sung in German and prove they’re a politically engaged bunch of people. Excellent!<<

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).

lyrics from the demo:

lyrics from the compilation-LP: