Re-reading back 80s zines I was reminded of a band I saw a couple of times locally but who got lost in the lesser active cells of my brain…
In the early 80s some friends from the Deinze/Gent area started making music under the name ‘L’Union Fait La Force’ (“unity makes strength”): guitarist Peter, bassist Piet, drummer Eric and singer Ben. They split up in ’84 but re-started in ’86 as ‘The Sikhs Dah-Nies’ (a name referring to pretending to be Danny to mislead the police) with Piet also behind the drum-kit (yes, 2 drummers). They said they were influenced by West-Coast HC bands (e.g. ‘Dead Kennedys’) but also thrash, hardrock & blues. They also liked punk bands such as ‘Sham 69’, ‘Stiff Little Fingers’, ‘Clash’ etc.). I think a good description of thier music would be garage-punk. The lyrics dealt with socio-political subjects: imperialism/colonialism, the illusion of freedom, the hypocrite religious cult, etc.
The live sets were recorded (through the P.A.) at the Vooruit in Gent [86-06-05; supporting ‘Sonic Youth’] and at the Ack-Ack concert [actually Smurfpunx together with Kurt Boelens] at the Roxy in Dendermonde [86-05-03]. In Dendermonde we were still called ‘Naked Nuns’, later we changed the name to ‘The Sikhs Dah-Nies’ (referring to the 6 band-members but no other special meaning). The demo-recordings (May/June ’86) were made via a mixing-table in our rehearsal-space in Deinze. Both the live tapes and the demo recordings were distributed at gigs.
‘The Sikhs Dah-Nies’ line-up was: Piet Van Oost (drums; R.I.P. 88-01-30), Eric Monsaert (drums), Luc Van Den Heede (guitar), Peter Van Paemel (guitar), Erwin De Waele (bass) & myself (vocals).
As ‘L’Union Fait La Force’ (1981-1983) we played mostly locally (Deinze, Astene, …). ‘The Sikhs Dah-Nies’ took us a bit further: we played De Marbel in Tielt twice, Benefietski Libertadski (for the striking miners, organised by Mario Mathijs) with ‘Sponky Business’, in Gent (@ Kanivoo with ‘Magic Mushrooms’, @ the 17), Watervliet, Oudenaarde, etc. etc.