In 1986, I visited Anderz Nielsen in Kopenhagen. He was a friend of my mate ‘Duco’. Anderz had been the guitarist of ‘Enola Gay’ (1984) and was in ‘Misanthropic Charity’ at the time. He also did the zine Alles Krig Mod Alle (“everything war against all”) and ran a tape-/record-label (Boston Tea Party). He also set up tours (nowadays he runs Gearbox agency) and organised gigs at the squatted alternative centre Ungdomshuset. Chris ‘Ant’ Juris (vocals) started ‘President Fetch’ and soon after Anderz joined – he played bass – together with Per Eriksen (guitar) and Martin ‘Morgengrim’ Larsen (drums). In 1989 they did the album The Eternal Need Of… and in 1990 a tour which brought them over here (90-05-27 @ the Vort’n Vis). After that, they kinda disappeared from my radar; though they kept recording in the 90s. From 1995 to 2000, Anderz also played in the band ‘Heatfarm’. In 2012 ‘P.F.’ celebrated their 25th anniversary with a new album.
Five of the tracks on this tape also appeared on the compilation-LP La Nouvelle Frontière…Pas De Frontière (on the French label Panx Productions). In 1989 they released their album The Eternal Need Of…, which I reviewed in Tilt! #5: >>After the already superb demo, they have their record out. Their music’s both melodic and powerful: wandering and punching HC with a raw edge (‘Black Flag’ isn’t far away).<<
(B) live in Durban: I’m Not Gonna Die / Disco Beat / Venegance Of Youth / Man Destroy Man (83-03-08) – Total Onslaught (83/05/28) – Victimized (83-10-01) – I’m Not Gonna Die / War Machine (83-03-15) – Why! / War Machine (85-04-27) – Adapt Or Die (85-05-03) – Radio Shima/W.W.III (84-09-15)
‘Power Age’ (from Durban, South-Africa) was a political hardcore-punk band blatantly resisting the apartheid-regime; they had an “aggressive performance-style” and their “lyrics were angry/cynical”. This is their first real demo; it contains studio- and live-tracks. The songs World War III and Vengeance Of Youth were already on their first vinyl – a 7″ released in 1983 (and the band had also appeared on the UK compilation-LP Beating The Meat in 1984). After that (’85) there was the Protest To Survive 7″ on a French label (that also featured them on a compilation EP – Single Ticket To Paradise – with ‘C.C.M.’, ‘Rattus’, etc.). But people here got to know them even better with the releases of their self-titled 7″ & The Last Dove EP (’87)…
The tape comes from my mate Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski’s collection. He tells me: “I think I read a review of ‘Power Age’s demo in MRR and wrote to their address. It took quite a while for the reply to arrive but it turned out Brett had spent some time in prison for ‘inciting to refusal of military service’. We kept in contact for years. Always had a huge respect for that band: very courageous guys that had to live under constant police-surveillance in the South-African state of those days, regularly being arrested by the state-security, etc.”.
The people playing on this tape were vocalist ‘Spike’ Lance Rattray, bassist ‘Vacant’ Paddy Beverley, drummer ‘Wildman’ Rubin Rose (ex ‘Wild Youth’; replacing Mark Pills) & guitarist Brett ‘McKaye’ Rattray.