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Political Asylum (UK) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-09-03)


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(soundcheck) / (2:36) Solitary / (5:35) Flight Of Fancy / (8:03) System Of War / (12:17) Window On The World / (15:21) Symptom / (17:31) Apathy / (22:33) ??? / (25:53) Down Amongst The Olive Groves / (27:58) Winter of Our Discontent / (31:30) Disarm Or Die / (33:49) Not For Tomorrow / (36:58) Do They Care? / (42:57) Standing Over Me

This is a recording (by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt) of the second concert that Political Asylum’ did for Smurfpunx (88-09-03; with ‘Ripcord’, ‘Lethal Gospel’ & ‘Yuppies’Death’).

The band-members at that moment were Ramsey Kanaan (vocals), Keith Burns (drums), Ewan Hunt (bass; R.I.P.) & Steve Dewar (guitar). Their first Smurfpunx gig (87-07-05) was still with guitarist Stephen Brown. During the summer of 1988 ‘P.A.’ played all over Europe (Italy, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium), promoting their album Someday (recorded with Stephen Brown) – most were also on the Window On The World LP (with Steve Dewar) – and playing some older songs…

Someday reviewed in Tilt! #4: >>To all people who say ‘P.A.’ plays pop: fuck you! There’s definitely something wrong with your brains. One of the most refreshing and addicting records ever. What a power and enthousiasm, in both words and music. There’s an all-cleaning storm waving through my mind when I hear this. Fabulous guitar-wizardry (slobber, slaver…). Excellent lyrics too…<<

Window On The World reviewed in Tilt! #6: >>One of my all-time faves. Super-melodic and sensitive stuff here. These Scottish ‘lads’ sure know how to brew a decent song. Tight rhythm-section, inventive guitar-playing (brilliant) and convincing vocals. Intelligent lyrics that put your mind at work. Yeah, I really like this a lot!!!<<


The unknown track is a song we never recorded. I think it was called Henry and dedicated to H. Rollins but also about all the straight-edge madness at the time and hordes of baseball-capped boys’n’girls (uniform)…

I believe I joined ‘P.A.’ 1987-88. Previously I was in ‘Sad Society’, another Edinburgh punk-band with more of a ‘Sex Pistols’, ‘The Clash’, 77 attitude rather than the anarcho sound that came later. I was impressed by the honesty and non-punky attitude of the band, they were a bit like more like me at that time and that appealed. At the same time, I found the music a bit too prog-rocky and something had to be done about that, and they knew it. We started working on my tightness, since it was lacking and I got working on giving them a harder sound. In retrospect though now I would have made it sound harder. There was still too much cleanliness to the sound. We live and learn…

Ramsey was good at getting gigs through all his contacts and teamed up with ‘5Les’ to tour Europe. For me it was a big experience, having never been on the road before. I lost it once in Winterswijk (NL), throwing Ewan’s bass-guitar out the bus. I think I still have a temper.

Steve Dewar


‘Political Asylum’ @ Finkel, Jette, 88-08-28 (photographed by Mike Du Bois)

Leberwohlstand (Ger) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-10-23)


(part 1): (soundcheck; Insane) / Verstehen Sie Spaß? / Conform / Wasted Vinyl / Leberwohlstand / Schizophren / Weißt Du Noch? / Iron Curtain / (new song; no title) / Insane / Vergangenheit

(part 2): Vergangenheit / Tonight / Schreie In Der Nacht / (pause) / Greensleeves (instrumental) / [no space on the tape for Streets Of London]

I got know ‘Leberwohlstand’ (“prosperity of the liver”) (‘L.W.S.’, from Wilhelmshaven, Germany) when they replaced ‘Upset Noise’, supporting ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ in Scherpenheuvel (87-07-06). This is a recording (by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt) of the show they did for Smurfpunx (88-10-23; with ‘No Pigs’, ‘Anti-Toxin’ & ‘Violent Mosquitos’).

The band-members were ‘Jacke’ Carsten Bucher (bass/vocals; later ‘Acid Rain Dance’), ‘Ölz’ Jens Ölze (guitar/vocals), ‘Fuchs’ Stefan Groβe (guitar) and ‘Hipp’ Heiko Sudholz (drums). In the beginning of 1988 they had finished the recording of their LP, entitled Just Confused…, which was released on We Bite recs.

My review of their LP in Tilt! #4: >>Solid hardcore/punkrock-mixture; energetic and powerful. Now and then you hear some reggae-influences. Catchy chorusses and Ölz’ guitar playing tuneful melodies, make this a very good album. When I saw and heard them live in Aalst, I knew they had something but I never thought they were going to bring out an album (specially not on We Bite recs…) because they weren’t giving in to any trend. Keep it up lads! Lyrics wander in the dark side of our existence and deal with (as I see it) powerlessness. Powerless to live one’s own life, to understand everything; powerless againts authorities…<<

Metal Duck (UK) Quackcore; demo (1987)


tracks: Mother Death / Destruction / Bomb Bay Duck / Stepping Stone to Hell / Visions And Reality / (pause) / N.D.Q.C. / The March of the Metal Duck to the Ponds of Hell

A tape donated by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt.

‘Metal Duck’ was a thrashcore band from Manchester/Wigan that Andy Barnard (guitarist of ‘Electro Hippies’) joined on guitar & vocals. The others were Dave Burton (drums; ex ‘Rampant Duck’), Fozzy Daniels (guitar) & Keith (bass). The vocalist on QuackCore 87 was ‘Arse’. ‘Huttie’ (ex ‘Reprisal’) sang on the LP…

Some of the tracks re-appeared on the split- with ‘Lawnmower Death’ (’88) and their Drunk And A Flirt tape (’89).


‘Metal Duck’ as such formed about 86-ish. The start line-up was with was me (drums),  Foz (guitar) & Keith (bass). We just jammed in the cellar of my old house. Eventually got a few songs together and then decided to record a demo. We got a mate from back in punk-scene, ‘Arse’, on vocals. He only had 2 band-practices (in Stockport) I think; that was before we recorded. We sent it to Don Kaye (Kerrang): he did a page called Deathzine (demo-page) every month or so. It got a really good review apart from the vocals (too loud)… It got us a lot of orders from all round world.

Andy didn’t play on this demo; only on Drunk & A Flirt.

N.D.Q.C. stands for Napalm Death QuackCore… Our sort of ‘Napalm Death’ type song. If you listen to the words: it’s us counting 1>10… That’s how we kept in time also.

Dave Burton

Evasive Action (NZe) Looking For A Battlefield; demo (1984)



A Nation Divided / DogFight / Possession / Agony / Slow Death / Militant Takeover / Evasive Action / Humungus (Ayatolla) / Live For Fun 2 / Seconds To Live / High Walls / Friday 27th / Bureaucrat / Live For Fun 1

This tape is from Steven ‘Stel’ R.’s collection. It’s indicated as “studio demo”. It contains the same songs but in an other order. It was probably meant as a promo… The B-side of the tape is a live registration of ‘The Union’ @ the Auckland Uni Café (84-08-04)…

The band, from Christchurch (New Zealand), was Mark ‘Gibby’ Gibson (drums), Erik Van Den Hoven (bass), Eugene Butcher (vocals), Harry Hepworth (guitar).

From Audioculture, The Noisy Library Of New Zealand Music: >>Eugene and Erik wasted little time on ‘Desperate Measures’ demise in early 1983. They quickly formed ‘Evasive Action’ with two former members of ‘Unauthorised’ – bassist Mark on drums and Harry Hepworth, ‘Unauthorised’s singer, playing guitar. […] A Nation Divided, Dogfight, Possession, Agony (Harry on vocals), Slow Death, Militant Takeover, Evasive Action, Humungus (Ayatolla) and Live For Fun 2 were recorded at Nightshift Studio on 9 February 1984 and released along with the July 1983 sessions as Looking For A Battlefield on Failsafe tapes in 1984.<<

Nowadays Eugene lives in London where he has a contemporary version of ‘Desperate Measures’ (his other band) going. He’s also the publisher/editor of Vive Le Rock & some other music-magazines (Big Cheese Publishing Ltd)…


We remastered this tape and did some nice artwork for it: The band went on to become ‘Southern Front‘ and before that they were 2 different bands: ‘Desperate Measures’ and ‘Unauthorised’. Eugene from ‘Desperate Measures’ is actually performing under that name in the UK playing songs from all 4 bands in their set. He’s managing their material. [Eugene agreed to publish this.]

I’m a big fan of blogs on music. Great to see people write about music with passion.

Rob Mayes (Failsafe recs)

Eugene – Harry – Erik – Mark