0.00 Falling / 5.18 Desolation / 7.14 Reality / 10.40 Lust For Death / 13.30 Borderline / 15.55 Shoplifting / 18.15 Easy Street / 21.23 World Press / 25.11 Black Day (cut) Burning / 32.55 Down / 36.45 (unknown) / 38.55 The Lion & The Dove
In 1984 ‘No Pigs’ (from Amsterdam) got their first (self-titled) 7″ out. The line-up on that one was Nils Koning (guitar), Ingrid Dodeman (drums; also ‘Nog Watt’), Guy ‘Pinhead’ Pinhas (bass) & ‘Smog’ Maarten Luijendijk (vocals). The tracks of this appeared also on a bootleg split-LP (with ‘Neuroot’ & ‘Stanx’) after the turn of the century. The 1st line-up also had 3 tracks on the Beware Of The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing compilation-LP (’85). In 1986 my band ‘Repulsives’ played with them (86-04-26) when Robert van der Meyden had taken over the drum-kit. This second line-up apparently recorded a 7-song demo (which was never released), the song Down for the Emma compilation-LP and another demo of the songs Black Day and Desolation. A bit later (’87) their 12″ EP Black Day was released on the Berliner label Destiny recs (who also put out the LP In Her House, in 1988). Smurfpunx set up a couple of shows for them: 87-10-11 & 88-10-23. The latter was with ‘Syd Migx’ (ex ‘C.C.M.’) singing and Steven Nieuwendijk (ex ‘Deadlock’/’Nitwitz’) hitting the drums. Their music was described as “awesome heavy crossover thrash”…
These recordings here (kindly donated by Kurt Christiaens) are from the day they played with ‘Raw Power’ & ‘Negazione’ in Scherpenheuvel (another fabulous show Werner Excelmans set up): 86-06-06
This was a band an old Smurfpunx buddy – Ludwig De Bock – sang for. He’s from Wetteren and played bass for ‘Statskirielja’ in the 80s. The others in this metalcore outfit were Nic Seghers (guitar; later Peter Van Hecke), Hans Vlaeminck (bass; later Bart De Keulenaere R.I.P.) & Geert Braeckman (drums). Besides the recordings of this demo, they released a mini-CD (Code Of Silence) themselves (1998). They also had 5 tracks on the New League Of Hardcore Vol 1 split-CD (with 3 other bands) on I Scream recs (the label of ‘Deviate’s drummer Laurens Kusters) in 1999 and a one on the compilation-CD that came with the French WIL fanzine.
Review in Tilt! #9: >>Bold, macho-sounding metal-core that makes me think of a slower and more simple version of ‘Channel Zero’. The band is tight but the sound could be a bit more intense: I would’ve mixed the vocals more upfront and the guitars even a bit louder (and leave the soli out). Not bad but can be improved. No need to act as professionals guys, stay with your feet on the ground…<<
Vedran Močibob from Pazin, Croatia probably sent me this tape when we corresponded or gave it when he visited our autonomous centre Vort’n Vis. Just like myself he did a zine & distro (Make A Change)… Besides Vedran (bass/vocals), there was Siniša Družeta (guitar/vocals) & Rajic/Ray (drums). Vedran & Siniša also did a zine entitled Make A Change…
My review in Tilt! #8: >>These guys are SxE but that doesn’t show in their music, which is – by times original – HCpunk and atypical for ‘western’ SxE bands. Under their (material) circumstances these recordings still sound more than OK. Mostly ‘positive’ and some political lyrics.<<
Someone wrote on the www: >>My Life/My Dream were active in early 90s and they probably gave more interviews for zines than they played shows but at least they released this great demo-tape which was recorded in their rehearsal-room sometime in 1993. The band’s music and lyrics were havily influenced by the early 80s Washington DC hardcore scene, especially ‘Minor Threat’. […] Some of the ML/MD members also did a few zines in the 90s, also HC/punk shows, a radio-show and a distribution. […]<<
I would say this was indeed recorded some time in 1993. I think this is the only recording we did. We tried doing another one, some sort of ‘real’ studio-recording but it was a failure, due to technical problems (if I remember correctly)…
(0:40) Suicidal Maniac / (3:18) Subliminally / (6:22) The Prisoner / (9:50) Fascist Pig / (11:15) Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right / (14:12) I Saw Your Mommy / (18:53) War Inside My Head / (23:20) Possessed to Skate / (25:55) Suicidal Failure / (29:06) Join The Army / (32:53) Human Guinea Pig / (35:48) Looking In Your Eyes / (38:46) I Shot the Devil
[not recorded: I Feel Your Pain / I Want More / Institutionalized]
We were all wild about the band’s self-titled debut. My own band (‘Repulsives’) even covered some of their songs but by the time the LP Join The Army came out (recorded January that year) – on Caroline recs, a subsidiary of the major label Virgin/EMI – my enthousiasm had cooled down more than a bit. I questioned the band’s commercial attitude and went to the gig to do a critical interview with Muike Muir (published in Tilt! #3)…
The concert was organised by Hageland Hardcore (Werner Excelmans and friends) in Scherpenheuvel. On the original flyer (87-07-06) ‘Upset Noise’ from Italy (who had a record out on Hageland recs) was announced together with ‘Unwanted’ Youth (Ger) & the local ‘Capital Scum’ (Bel). The Italians had to cancel because their guitarist Fausto Franza broke his pelvis and a leg in a motorcycle-crash a few days before, and were replaced by the Germans of ‘Leberwohlstand’.
The band here was: Mike Muir (vocals), Rocky George (guitar; replacing Grant Estes), Louiche Mayorga (bass) & Ralph (Raymond J.) Herrera (drums; replacing Amery Smith) – The line-up of Join The Army.
This was the band’s first European tour (June 26th – July 8th; 4 gigs in The Netherlands, 5 in Germany, 1 in Belgium and 2 in the U.K. ). The show was recorded by Kurt Christiaens. Thanks for sharing!