The Lie / You Take Part In Creating This System (‘Discharge’ cover) / Din Högsta Önskan (Your Supreme Evil) / Livslust (Joie De Vivre) / F.O.S. / (s)Hell On Earth / No Means No / Meaningless? / Can’t See The Justice / (s)Hell On Earth / Dom Ljuger (Igen) (They Lie Again; ‘Mob 47’ cover)
Probably got this from ‘Yuppiecrusher’s Joakim Bergman…
‘Snifter’ (from Staffanstorp, Lund/Malmö area, Sweden) played D-beat/crust hardcore-punk. Members were bassist Mattias, first drummer Karl-Anders was replaced by Stefan Larsson (also in ‘Anoretix’?) in ’95, David played guitar until ’95, then Jonas Nilsson (also in ‘Integrity’; later in ‘Tolshock‘) & vocalist Johan Svensson. ‘Pavan’ (also in ‘Rakitis’) – Mathias Blixtberg (‘Integrity’/’Satanic Surfers’; nowadays in ‘Revenge’) joined on second guitar in ’97.
The band recorded a first demo in 1994. Later there was a split-7″ with the Japanese ‘Battle Of Disarm’ (96), their Action… …Reaction! 7″ (97) & a split-7″ with ‘Yuppiecrusher’ (98). In between they appeared on a few compilations (Distortion To Hell Again!! Vol. 2, Really Fast Vol. 10 & Swedish HC Compilation on the Japanese label HG Fact).
Check ‘Snifter’ out live on video @ Hemgården, Lund 1994 & 1996
side A – side B
No this is nót the Belgian death-metal band but the anarcho ska-punk band from Birmingham with John M. (guitar/vocals/sax), Paul H. (bass/vocals) & Scott D. (drums; ex ‘Anorexia’). On this tape Rob ‘Overdrive’ (a.k.a. Rob ‘Tarana’) played drums, Tony Baloney organ & Charlotte B. sang. It was released (CD) on Kollusion recs. Charlotte & John are living in Australia nowadays and said it’s OK to re-publish the tape here. They‘re all happy for the music to be shared. At the time they also had had their own little label Bob The Dog recs.
In an interview, John mentioned ‘Dr Feelgood’s guitarist Wilco Johnson’s other R’n’B/reggae band as his main influence, besides the West-Indian music that is abundant in ‘Brum’. Yeah, it’s danceable stuff!
Review in Tilt! #9: >>Ska has never been away really but a band like this makes it more apparent. ‘The Specials’, ‘Madness’, etc. played cool music but were a business. This lot brings (and hopefully keeps) the punk into ska. Dance but keep aware of the dangers ahead (like the New Economic Order, religion, Big Brother, etc.). Lyrics full of wit about serious matter.<<
Intro / The Wounds / Why Should I? / My Faith / Waikiki / Right To Change / She Don’t Wanna / Like A Page In A Book / Sonic Reducer (‘Dead Boys’ cover) / Counting The Lonelyness /
Communication Counts / Leave Now / Y.D. Rap
(recordings by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt)
After my first band ‘Repulsives’ folded, ‘Lompie’ (ex ‘No Numbers’, who was also in the last line-up of ‘Repulsives’) suggested to start a new project. He was heavily into ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’, ‘Beastie Boys’, ‘Doggy Style’ and other “freaky” stuff at that time. Though not a very technical guitarist, I tried to some more versatile riffing (though I still wanted to play fast stuff, influenced by ‘Stupids’, ‘Ripcord’, etc.). Joost Goeminne sang and rapped. And the young Hans Verbeke picked up the bass… The band was named ‘Yuppies’ Death’. It didn’t last long because Hans had to do military service, I was quite busy with my zine, distribution, setting up gigs/tours and wanted to do more political stuff. We did a show in Terneuzen (The Netherlands) – with my maties of ‘The Vernon Walters’ and ‘Winterswijx Chaos Front’ (88-08-20). And a bit later we were asked to play a surprise-set by the Smurfpunx collective (of which I was a part). Being able to support great bands such as ‘Ripcord’, ‘Political Asylum’ and ‘Lethal Gospel’ was an offer I couldn’t refuse. Check out the report on this show (88-09-30).
More on the band: ‘Yuppies’ Death‘
Champs Violents (Violent Fields): Révolté (Insurgent) / Engrenage (Gears) / Frappe (Hit) / Poussière (Dust) / Les Mains Sales (Dirty Hands) / La Nausée (Nausea) / Loin Au Ciel (Far To Heaven) / Massacre
Sculpteur De Cris (Sculptor Of Cries): [side A] Lumière (Light) / Marie Et Moi (Mary And Me) / Solitude / Sales Pensées (Dirty Thoughts) / Masque (Mask) / Les Oeillets (The Eyelets) / J’Veux Pas (I Don’t Wanna) / Dégoulinade (Dripping) – [side B] Danse Macabre (Dance Of Death) / Volcan (Volcano) / Revolver / J’Aurais Tant Aimé (I Would’ve Loved So Much) / A Quoi Bon! (What’s The Point)
‘Ivich’ (from the Paris suburbs) was the band of a correspondent of mine – Eric Mirguet, a very kind and intelligent chap. They started out as a 3-piece – Eric (vocals), Yann Maisonneuve (guitar) & Yves Maisonneuve (drums) – in January 1991. Cédric became their bassist in May ’91. Even though trumpetist Thierry joined in May ’92, he’s not on the recordings for this tape (which were in July ’92). Their tape Champs Violents was also from 1992, I believe. At that time (92-07-25) they played the Vort’n Vis for the first time. The second time (93-05-01) was a few months after the recording of their 7″ Chacun Sa Vérité (recorded in a Belgian studio; out on Pikaϊa): “fast and fiery emotional HC, chunky mosh-metal and odd, free-form undistorted pauses”. The last time (94-09-18) was in the year my mates Olivier Lépine and Nicolas Fisseau released the band’s album La Mort Heureuse on their label La Libre Expression; “noisy, messy and unpredictable, but equally riveting, passionate and sincere” music.
Besides the above mentioned releases they were featured on a whole bunch of compilations. I described their music as self-willed emocore (some would say ‘screamo’), quite innovative and sometimes interspersed with nervous trumpet outbursts. The band themselves referred to a mix of ‘Born Against’ & ‘Nation Of Ulysses’, “aggressive but also bucolic” or “a bit of poetry in a world of brutes”.
Review of both tapes in Tilt! #7: >>Wild and energetic, varied HC. Layers of playful guitars over a cunning bass in different tempi. Over-the-top intemperate vocals. Poetical lyrics with a ‘mal-du-siècle’ feel to it. Reminds me of romantic French poets such as Rimbaud, Baudelaire,… Great live band!<<
The brothers Yann & Yves would later turn up in ‘Vanilla’. Eric Mirguet became a lawyer (human rights).
‘Ivich’ interview in Persons Unknown #1
‘Ivich’ compilation of photos in Ludovic Haché’s zine Ras l’Bol #1