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Concrete Sox (UK) live (Scherpenheuvel, Bel, 86-10-05)

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Tracks:

Senile Fools / Eminent Scum / Each Day A New Low / Speak Siberian Or Die / Your Turn Next / Sadists / Key To The Door / Tortured And Abused (‘Antisect’ cover)

This was the second gig Werner Execelmans organised in the ‘Parochiezaal’ (parish-hall, locals call it “het patronaat”). That day (86-10-05) ‘Concrete Sox’ played with ‘Government Issue’ (USA), ‘Strong Concentration Of Anger’ (Ned), ‘Capital Scum’ (Bel) & and their buddies ‘Heresy’ (who weren’t announced on the flyer). Recordings courtesy of Kurt Christiaens.

The band – here bassist Kalv(in) Peiper (replacing Les Duly), drummer John March, guitarist Vic ‘Victim’ Croll & singer Sean Cook – had their 1st LP (Your Turn Next) released out on Tim Bennett’s label (Children Of The Revolution recs) and were about to record the tracks for the split with ‘Heresy’. It was their first passage on the continent, I believe…

It was the first time I saw the band and met the members. Shortly after I did an interview for Tilt! #2 with Jon March. I had already reviewed Your Turn Next in Tilt! #1: >>The guys have listened to speedmetal/thrash records carefully and are able to the same now. Definitely: rough guitars, heavy riffs, drum-break with cymabls and all that on speed; so there we go. A guitar-solo here and there, a dash of synths or some female vocals; the another break and off we go again. Transparent perhaps but you have to be able to do it. Perhaps not always that original (what is nowadays?) but technically quite good. And what is most important: it grabs you by the throat. You can’t resist them. Lyrically I find the ‘Sox’ showing intelligence and thinking things through… Pro human and animal…<<

Brob

The first song, called Senile Fools, somehow didn’t make it to the Your Turn Next album. It should have, as it was a great song. I don’t think we actually released it, which was a shame…

In 1987 John left ‘Concrete Sox’ to just sing for ‘Heresy’. He played drums at the shows in 1986. Andy Sewell took over from him late 1986. John leaving the band was very very disappoiting for me. He was my catalyst for us going from being a pretty-average band to being a band with something-quite-special. His level of musicianship inspired me to become a better player and I did it in quick-time. It was never anywhere near as good once he left ‘Sox’. I’m glad you got to know him. We were much more solid with him in the band. I think that’s when I realised the band was never going to be as good as it should be. Les missed one of the 1986 tours as far as I can remember because Kalv Piper played bass for us for a while. Good guy Kalv; I always had time for him. 1986 was also the year we recorded the split-album with Heresy and Les did not feature on bass (he did not turn up); I played bass. Les had left the band. Later I allowed him back in. It wasn’t always fun unfortuantely and that’s  why I was thinking of packing it in. I don’t know what happened the next few years after I’d left after my final show (south Germany; 87-10-10). I left in a bad way and didn’t talk to anyone in the band for many many years afterwards. I knew I was leaving around 1 year before I left but I wanted to record Whoops Sorry Vicar album and then to do the tour. It was always my intention to leave the band I created at the end of the tour! I actually agreed to join ‘The Idiots’ (from Germany) at that time but that never happened after I came back to England. I never played in a punk band again, though I was asked by a few bands (including ‘Varukers’) and I almost auditioned to play for ‘Conflict’. To be honest, those bands don’t play the style of music I’m into; I’m much more at home playing power-metal! I have no regrets though. What happened is done. My shining-light looking back will always be the Your Turn Next album as it was: me in full-flow! Obviously, I write much better stuff nowadays but I will always be proud of YTN.

Vic Croll

>>A Short Commercial Break<< (various) compilation (1986)

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This was the first compilation on the (German) Koma tape-label. This was done by Thorsten Zahn from Kamen & Holger Schmidt (singer of ‘Grinning Kids’) from Bergkamen. They also did Hustensaft zine. Some of their other tapes were named The Wrong Way To Use A Gun, Things Are Dissolving Now, and Does Every Sound Have A Meaning? There’s also live-recordings of ‘Youth Of Today’ in Germany (1989). Nowadays Holger is running Amok recs (Dortmund). The tape is part of Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski’s collection. Cheers to him for the contribution.

(booklet below)

side Aside B

Äni(X)Väx (Münster, Ger): Steve Jeske (drums; later Henk Hakker/Matthias Hirzel), Adam Riese & ‘Matu’ (vocals), ‘Zank’ Carsten Krystofiak (bass), Frank Naber (guitar), ‘Fast Gonzo’ Gero Wiedemuth (guitar)

Asocial (Hedemora, Swe): ‘Tompa’ Tomas Andersson (bass), ‘Kungen’ Håkan Aspnäs (drums; later ‘Jonken’ Johan Jansson), Mats ‘Svenne’ Svensson (guitar; also Distad fanzine), Tommy Berggren (vocals) [Håkan & Mats did Distad fanzine and Dis-Tapes]

(The) Bedrövlerz (Fagersta, Swe): Fredrik ‘Fredda Frivolt’ Brickman (guitar/vocals), ‘Hängpung’ [hanging scrotum] Håkan (drums; R.I.P.) => Marko Vuorinen, Micke ‘Bedrövlig’ (bass) [‘Fredda’ did Ayatollah fanzine with Peter Ahlqvist of Uproar recs/Burning Heart recs]

Bluttat (Mühlheim, Ger): ‘Atti’ Anja Mülders (vocals), Hans-Uwe Koch (bass), Jörg Ramin (guitar), Ralf Mertingk (drums)

(The) Boikottz (Hamburg, Ger): Ander (drums), Christian Claussen (guitar), Jan (vocals), Lemmi (guitar), ‘Frankie’ Dorthe Kühl/Stephan Schlanske (bass)

Ceresit 81 (Berlin, Ger): ‘Jeusel’/Ralf Herrmann (drums), Daniel Hansch (bass), Marcus Renner (keyboards), Marcel Fery (guitar/vocals), ‘Skunky’/Sven (guitar)

Fallout (La Spezia, Ita): Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ De Ruggiero (bass), Giampaolo Vigna (drums), Marco Rinaldi (guitar), ‘Benzo’ Renzo Daveti (guitar)

Meine Schuppen (Hamburg, Ger): ‘Napoleon’ Frank Crisan (bass), ‘Rex’ Gerd Gard (drums), ‘Rasputin’ Gerd Sulfrin (guitar), Fred Schauma (guitar/organ), ‘Robespiere’ Rob Garnier (vocals/guitar)

Offensive Weapon (Presteigne, Wales, UK): Twizz(le) (vocals), Mike/Thommo (guitar), Martin (bass), John/Alec (drums)

R.A.F. Gier (Münster, Ger): Michael ‘Eni’ Enenkel (bass), Michael Rolle (guitar), ‘Ralle’ Ralf Plaschke (vocals), Wolfgang ‘Wolle’ Schröder (drums)

ST-37 (Sarstedt, Ger): Hachy Hachmeister (drums), Marcus Wichary (guitar/vocals), ‘Alki’ (bass), Iska (vocals), ‘Schorse’ (guitar), ‘Abdul W. Clozz’ (guitar) [Michael Max = Rawilli recs; 6er Pack zine]

Störaktion (Herne, Ger): Herbert Dee jr (?), Wotan Wilke Möhring (guitar/vocals)

Viva La Mort (Unna, Ger): Ralf Gräwe (drums), Michael (guitar), Holger (vocals), ‘Gamasche’ (bass)

Wut (Langenfeld, Ger): Holger Kammermeyer (bass), Jörg Gawlyta (drums), Oli(ver) Galbierz (guitar), ‘Schetty’ Peter Schettina (vocals)

Brob

I started the tape-label with Achim Hicking who later was one of the owners of Trashmark, a well-known merchandise-factory for loads of punk and hardcore bands. Thorsten Zahn came on board after Achim moved to Berlin… ‘Viva La Mort’ were from my region; never officially released anything. They recorded tracks in a studio but never put out a demo for sale.

Holger Schmidt

A Short Commercial Break was done by me, myself and I, not by anybody else or together with someone else. After the third Koma tapes release, I agreed with Holger Schmidt to continue together with him but that almost never really happened.

Achim Hicking

We [‘Wut’] did two tracks (Eigene Hölle & Krieg Gegen Frauen) in ’86 with ‘Fisch’ (Stefan Dörsch) as drummer. The  ones here are studio-versions, they’ve been done in ’84…our first recordings.

Oli ‘Dread’ Galbierz

We [‘Bedrövlerz’] tried to re-unite like 10 years ago, practiced 10 times and broke up again…

Fredrik Brickman

‘Störaktion’s guitarist Wotan Wilke Möhring became a real well-known TV-Star in Germany, playing in the crime-series Tatort (“crimespot”) that was on the German TV-channel ARD.

Helge Schreiber

A.M.D. (Hun) Sucking Stalin; tape (1988)

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Side (A)side (B)

‘A.M.D.’ (‘Anti Military Demonstration’) from Budapest, Hungary were (at that time) Sotar (vocals; R.I.P.), ‘Lörke’ Sandor Fuleki (guitar; ex ‘Leukemia’), ‘Kiskovacs’ Zoltan Kovacs (drums) and Sik Endre (bass)… Their music was metal-influenced HC/thrash and the lyrics were in Hungarian. This tape dates from 1988; it was most probably a promo for a tour they planned. The band didn’t get to play a show in Belgium a few years later, at the Vort’n Vis (92-04-18) – a tour that was managed by Esteban, brother of Macario (Alternativnoise from France). In 1991 they also released an LP out called The Horrors Of War, And Worse!

About the tape: >>Fast/melodic HC. Ultrapolitical. Great stuff…<< (Tilt! #5)

My review of their LP (in Tilt! #7): >>Energetic and fast metal-influenced thrashcore. They listened carefully to known examples in the genre (‘S.O.D.’, ‘Anthrax’, ‘C.O.C.’,…). Technically very good and powerful. Strong vocals in Hungarian. The lyrics are translated and contain quite sarcastic socio-criticisms. Very good!<<

Brob

After Sotar passed away Cséb became the singer and we did a new album (Túlélők [Survivers]) but it was somehow different than before. My drug-addiction also progressed and ‘A.M.D.’ started to fall apart. The band-members changed a lot. In 2005 – when I had been clean for a while – I was asked to play again. Until that time we just played concerts in our country. The members of ‘A.M.D.’ are the same: ‘Kiskovács’ (drums), ‘Sík’ (bass), ‘Lörke’ (guitar); we asked our old friend Fido to play guitar as well. And we found a good singer: Seza. In 2012 we finished our new album. All ‘A.M.D.’ albums can be downloaded from our blog: http://amd-bphc.blogspot.hu [More info there for those who speak Hungarian.].

‘Lőrke’

Lärm (Hol) live (Tielt, Bel, 87-03-28)

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Tracks (with help of Paul & Jos * recordings courtesy of Kurt Christiaens):

Sheer Mountains / Animals Have Feelings Too / Bubba’s Revenge / Troubled Mind / Start / Metal Attitude Sucks / Settled / Negative Approach / Russian Lie (later re-named to Move to Russia) / Woensdrecht / Drunk Freak / Puppets On A String / Sheer Mountains / Animals Have Feelings Too / Non-Conformity / Mouth Full Of Teeth / Wodka / It’s Up To You / Negative Approach / Somewhere Over The Rainbow / Bubba’s Revenge

Listen!

I think I saw ‘Lärm’ for the first time during the first Smurfpunx concert-night (85-12-21) at the Roxy in Dendermonde (together with ‘Combat Not Conform’, ‘Funeral Oration’ and some other bands). Their earlier gigs in Belgium – 84-06-30 (@ Paradox in Antwerp) & 84-12-15 (in Zichem) – had been out of my range at that time. I developped a lively correspondence with Paul and organised this gig here in my hometown (before I joined the Smurfpunx collective): 87-03-28 (they played together with ‘Heibel’ & ‘Hate Crew’). Later that summer I saw them back during their U.K. tour with ‘Heibel’ & ‘Heresy’. I also interviewed vocalist Menno & guitarist Paul for my fanzine (‘Lärm’ interview in Tilt! #3).

At the time of this show they had the Campaign For Musical Destruction split-LP (with ‘Stanx’) out, the Straight On View album & the 7″ No One Can Be That Dumb. Nothing Is Hard In This World If You Dare To Scale The Heights (7″) was going to be recorded September ’87. The band-members were Jos Houtveen (bass), Menno van Gaalen (vocals), Olav Van Den Berg (drums) & Paul Van Den Berg (guitar).

My review of Straight On View (Tilt! #3): >>In a letter he wrote, Menno demanded (haha) that I did a review… I can’t refuse them anything after their great performance in Tielt. Yes, sometimes it sounds a bit out of tune and yes, the production could’ve been better… “Booh, booh!”, I hear them yelling. “What do we care!.” What is important is the energy and the decent lyrics. Well there’s no lacks of these on this album. When you turn up the volume, you get the urge to jump around like a madman ‘specially if you already experienced them live… Lyrics… Well read them (and the interview). There’s no less than 29 different on the sheet and they’re all worthwhile. This LP reflects the real punk-spitit!<<

About Nothing Is Hard… (Tilt! #4): >>These guys always said music wasn’t the most important thing but people pin-pointed them on their fast noise-core. That’s also what you hear on this (13 songs). What people usually didn ‘t see was their lyrics. Perhaps you read them, mostly you don’t act like you understand them! Yes, their music is wild and ranging but it certainly isn’t the only reason why they exist. Try again!? Listen to them, to what they have to say…<<

‘Lärm’ – Paul / Jos / Menno / Olav (1987)