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05/20/2010

90-10-06 (Netwerk) False Prophets – Feed Your Head – Scraps – Exhaustless Revolt

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 10:42

It’s great to see the history of the Smurfpunx collective here! The Smurfpunx shows were well organized and really fun!! I lived in Mons, Belgium with my family for a year when I was fourteen so it was great for me to be back in Belgium playing with False Prophets.

There are clips on the YouTube channel from shows in Germany that will definitely give a sense of what our European shows were like. We toured Europe three times, focusing on shows in squatted houses and put on by collectives like Smurfpunx. By our third tour, we were playing to pretty large audiences of around 800 to 1200 people and it was still very important to us to play the squats and collectives. Luckily, our road-managers Lorelei and Syd Migx (from the great Italian hardcore band ‘C.C.M.’) were also very committed to the squats and supported our decision. [Brob: they ran their booking ‘Big White Flash at Six’ from the famous Van Hall squat, where they lived]

Coming from New York City , which had a neo-Nazi problem in the punk-scene at the time, we also believed strongly in supporting the Anti-Fa (anti-fascist) movement throughout Europe. When we played the Leoncavallo squat in Milan shortly after the police had raided and damaged it, for example, we donated the money from the show to the squat to help them rebuild. We did the same at Haffenstrasse in Hamburg. We were chased through Poland by Nazi-skinheads and snuck into East-Berlin to play an illegal show in a church. It was wonderful for us to have these opportunities to show our solidarity with anti-fascists and support our friends living in totalitarian conditions.

It was very exciting for us to see how strong squats like Blitz in Oslo or Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen (where we played with our friends ‘Fugazi’) were. Back in our neighbourhood in Manhattan’s East Village, squats were having a very difficult time establishing themselves due to government and police pressure. We demonstrated and were involved in the Tompkins Square Park police-riots, Rock Against Racism, Refuse And Resist, Rock for Choice, ALMS (Artists for Limiting Military Spending) and other activist-groups.

Back in Europe , we were also excited to work with collectives like Smurfpunx that took good care of the bands and the audience and provided great places to play that were not nightclubs. Our soundperson, Caroline Moos, came from a collective of sound-technicians in Berlin that shared sound equipment and gigs and it was very cool for us to see how well the collective model could work.

Debra Adele (‘False Prophets’ guitarist)

cf.: Netwerk, Aalst, 10 jun 89 (False Prophets & Victims Family)

‘False Prophets’ bio

‘False Prophets’ are doomed to always be referred to as a hardcore-punk band, which they often were. However, at times they were also an aggressively political folk and, a hard-edged funk outfit, and a crack new wave band led by a prolific poet. To say that this music stretched the limits of hardcore is to understate how diverse it all was – this is hardcore as cabaret, complete with lyrical passages, a cappella sections and song structures rivaling progressive rock dinosaurs. The only other band to ever make hardcore this interesting was the ‘Minutemen’ and that’s good company for anyone. ~ Richard Foss, All Music Guide

NYC’s ‘False Prophets’ debuted in 1980 to 43 noise complaints and police termination of the performance after only six songs – an appropriate debut for one of hardcore’s first bands. The first single, Overkill (1981), was followed in 1982 by Good Clean Fun, which Rockpool called “one of the classic singles of the era”. In 1986 Jello Biafra tracked singer/poet/activist Stephan Ielpi down on the Lower East Side and signed the band to Alternative Tentacles. The resulting album, FALSE PROPHETS, was “one bitchin proud rampaging brain-melting slab of vinyl” (Jim Testa, The BOB). It captured the band’s sense of humor and intelligent take on “traditional hardcore themes like war, authority, violence and rebellion” (Trouser Press). In addition to Ielpi, who wrote all the lyrics, the line-up was Steve Wishnia on bass, Peter Campbell on guitar and drummer Ned Brewster. Campbell quit before the album was released and was replaced by George Tabb and Debra Adele on guitar.

In ‘87 ‘False Prophets’ recorded IMPLOSION with legendary producer Giorgio Gomelsky & Ramones engineer Jorge Esteban. The album included guest-appearances from friends like Gordon Gano of the ‘Violent Femmes’, Jeanette from ‘Apple’, James White, Ed Pastorini and Lefferts Brown. “Light years better”, according to Ira Robbins of Trouser Press, “speedcore takes a back seat as ‘False Prophets’ reveal their expansive and temperate rock imagination.” Wishnia quit during the first US tour for IMPLOSION in ‘88. He was replaced when the band returned to NYC by roadie Anthony Sepulveda.

Over the next five years ‘False Prophets’ toured extensively throughout the US and Canada , including a stint sharing ‘D.O.A.’s schoolbus with “the Italian Black Flag”, ‘C.C.M.’. ‘C.C.M.’ lead-singer Syd Migx and his wife Lorelei became ‘False Prophets’ European booking-agents, bringing the band over for tours in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

‘False Prophets’ developed a large following in Europe, supporting the anti-fascist scene and playing squats, youth-centres and rock-clubs from Italy to Tromso, Norway . The band traveled into the Eastern bloc, playing an illegal show at a church in East-Berlin and performing in Poland and civil-war-torn Yugoslavia.

Not a fan of touring, George Tabb left in 1989 to form ‘Furious George’. His replacement, Steven Taylor, was also poet Allen Ginsberg’s accompanist. Taylor involved the band in the St. Mark’s Church Poetry Project scene and with such ‘60s activists and artists as Ginsberg, ‘The Fugs’ and Abbie Hoffman. The band recruited Billy Atwell on drums from El Paso’s great hardcore-band ‘Rhythm Pigs’ and old friend Nick Marden from the legendary NYC punk-band ‘Stimulators’ stepped up on bass. This was the band’s final line-up, which also included violinist Heather Hardy.

‘False Prophets’ formed a partnership with artist/activist Eric Drooker, who designed the band’s logo and merchandise for the US and European tours, and the cover/insert art for INVISIBLE PEOPLE (Cargo 1991). INVISIBLE PEOPLE received mainstream raves (“a record worth shouting about” – Paper; “For those who want to think while they thrash” –Playboy; “brilliant” – Reflex). ‘False Prophets’ continued to present its “astoundingly manic hour of blistering rock/consciousness-raising/guerrilla-theatre” (Domnion Post) and lend its support to Rock Against Racism, Refuse And Resist, Rock for Choice, ALMS (Artists for Limiting Military Spending) and other activist groups until it disbanded in 1993.

(more info: youtube.com/falseprophetslive)

Excerpt of ‘Field Notes from the Punk Rock Underground’:

<<October 6 1990: Aalst, Belgium. Network Club. Small crowd. Selling lots of merchandise. Stef goes to the plaza market and buys tacky Christian paraphernalia. Everyone is tired. Gigs remaining: Paris, Bristol, Bradford, Leeds, London. Sloan [Deb: Marc Sloan, bassist from ‘Ritual Tension’, who joined for that tour.] says: “Which side of the stage you playing on tonight?”. “I don’t know.” “Will you play on my side? I’m having trouble with being in tune and you and I are usually in, but Deb is out a lot.” She overhears this. Later she talks about having trouble relating to Marc [Deb: He and I are still great friends today.]. “He seems cold.” “He says he has problems playing in tune on your side.” I tell her I’ve heard her out several times on the trip. We discuss possible hardware problems. She thinks it may be because her guitar is made of poplar.>>

Steven Taylor, guitarist ‘False Prophets’

‘False Prophets’, another almost forgotten American band. While some US bands were making tons of money at this moment, others were grinding to a halt with little public support. In F.P.’s case I think they were just too far out, the singer was crazy and it wasn’t your typical moshpit garbage. Still I liked this concert a lot (reminds me I have to start looking for the LPs to add to my collection).

Jeroen Lauwers

Mick Pye [who’s doing the band’s MySpace – feedyourheadonline] had left the band before the1990 gig. I just started ‘F.Y.H.’ again…

The gig we did with ‘False Prophets’ was part of a mainly French tour which was organised by Arnaud [Huftier] if memory serves me right. That was the last thing we did (Around Sept/Oct 1990) and Chad then went to the U.S. around Xmas that year. Frank didn’t do that tour- it was the only thing he didn’t do. All I can remember was all of us at some point talking to the ‘False Prophets’ singer and ‘Scraps’ doing a cover of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’.

The year before we did another one in Belgium on the ‘Oi Polloi’ tour. [see Concerts * POST Smurfpunx * 5 mar ’89 (‘Boterhalle’, Diksmuide): Oi Polloi (UK), C.O.T. (Nl), Feed Your Head (UK), Belgian Asociality (Bel), Dirty Scums (Bel), Get Stuffed (Bel)] Wasn’t this as part of a mainly German tour?

All I can remember is that we turned up late for that one and basically put what gear we needed on the stage, played, took it down straight after and then that was it… We were due to play earlier (it was a festival thing in a hall) and ‘Oi Polloi’ were one of the main bands. In the event, we played and then they played and that was the end of it I think. All a bit hazy in the grey cells… I think this is the gig were someone stagedived of an amp and it stopped working. We thought we could repair it and the whole thing fell apart!!! There were a lot of people there; from memory: 700+!

Unfortunately can’t remember much of individual gigs – but we always had a good time touring and we generally found mainland Europe to be friendly and helpful.

Chad has moved again – think he is in Canada now.

Robin ‘Rob’ Bain (‘Feed Your Head’) – with the help of Frank

‘Scraps’ were an exceptional moment in my life, and 17 years of concerts, meeting people, sharing… I remember you well and the excellent organisation of your gigs, the seriousness and respect for the bands… The concert with the amazing ‘False Prophets’ is a great memory! I took a look at the programming of the collective! It’s uplifting: all the important bands of the alternative scene have played there! Your work marked the hardcore-punk scene of the 80s/90s! Active members of ‘Scraps’ at the time were my brother David (singer; also in ‘Nation On Fire’), Tomoy (bassist; now in ‘Guns Addiction’ and other punk-bands’ in Lille), Xavier (drummer; squats in Barcelona) and Pierre (other drummer; now plays in a ‘surf-band’ from Lille)…

Raphael D. (‘Scraps’ guitarist)

Another great concert with a wide range of bands. ‘Exhaustless Revolt’, a young Belgian posi band from the Antwerp region (guitarist/singer Filip Staes, drummer Sven Bossant & bassist Ivan Marien) who really deserved to play ‘cause they were getting pretty good. ‘Feed Your Head’ – old friends – who play ‘Hüsker Dü’ like HC. ‘Scraps’- from France – who were enormously popular and moved away from their original drunk-punk type of music. ‘False Prophets’… What can I say? One of my all time favourites. A very political band with brilliant songs! I’d been really looking forward to meet Debbie and Stephan again after their first passage…

Brob

One of those Saturday-afternoon shows that past by without much excitement. ‘Exhaustless Revolt’ were a bunch of nice guys to hang out with but I think no-one remembers what they sounded like. [Brob: Sad to hear this because they definitely left a mark with me and I certainly remember how they sound…] ‘Feed Your Head’, I can’t remember playing, I like their 1st lp a lot but at this point I must have dropped out. ‘Scraps’ were in their more melodic period by then and ‘False Prophets’ were just plain weird, more like a costume-drama show. You could understand why they never were a big name and why not that many people came, they were amazing but just so different and weird that it was hard to swallow for a scene waiting to start another slam-dance.

By then, I must admit, I was going to a lot of shows and the novelty wore of, most gigs between 1990 and 1995 I was going to meet people and hang out, other people went to pubs or disco’s, I went to shows no matter who played. As time went by I even didn’t bother to go see the bands, I mostly had seen them already to much or I was having a conversation that was more interesting.

Jeroen Lauwers

05/19/2010

Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

People keep asking about other fests from this era that were not organised by our Smurfpunx collective… So let’s try to incorporate some of them here then. Counting on anyone for help/contributions again!

Hageland Hardcore logo

For an overview: Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx

Some photoshoots:

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jun ’86

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 5 oct ’86

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 feb ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jul ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 30 aug ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 13 sep ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 18 sep ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 4 oct ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 25 oct ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 1 nov ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 nov ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 22 nov ’87

A place where lots of hardcore concerts were happening was Scherpenheuvel, or ‘Sharphill’, as the guys from ‘Capital Scum’ would say (their hometown). Werner Excelmans of ‘Extreme Noise’ fanzine and Hageland Records was the main man behind all this… Collaboration was no idle words in these days. Werner ‘De Witte’ always arranged that bands could play elsewhere aswell and so I did gigs with him in my hometown, for Smurfpunx; and he booked them also in Antwerp, Leuven, etc.

Brob

I have a bunch of flyers of these concerts and also Moby, Pies ‘Capital Scum’ & Bert Petitjean provided me with some. If people have memories to share I can post them here…

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The Hageland Hardcore ‘house-band’ – ‘Capital Scum’

Peter ‘Pies’ Laeremans, vocals – Paul ‘Larrie’ Laeremans, guitar – Jurgen ‘Jurgenowski’ Surinx (bass) – Sox (drums)

* pictured by Helge Schreiber:

to be continued…

05/13/2010

89-02-25 (Netwerk) L.U.L.L. – Acorns – Ear Damage

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 17:43

On this ‘Dieren-dag’, ‘Animal-day’, we tried to get more people acquainted  with animal-rights  and veg(etari)anism . There were speakers, videos, stalls by associations such as S.E.D., ‘Beauty Without Cruelty’, etc.; and people could try out all kinds of veggie food…

‘Leben Und Leben Lassen’ – my Danish pals (Andreas Ludvigsen – drums, Niller Sørensen – bass, Lars Thomsen – guitar) played. They didn’t get to play for Smurfpunx the first time they were over (in ’87). In ’89 singer Kent (Nielsen) had already left the band (Niller took over vocalist duties after him.). I had met him (and some of his friends) in his hometown Odense (‘Wanker-ranch’ city, remember anyone?) during a trip to Denmark the summer of ’87 and when their tour through Italy got cancelled, I tried to help them out with some gigs (Hamburg, Antwerp, Neerpelt, Winterswijk) – not easy with only 3 weeks notice – but the band was satisfied. [December ‘87 I wrote: “I went to Hamburg and came with them to Antwerp. Afterwards we spent the night at my place in Gent – didn’t get much sleep…”] But I don’t remember much about this. Neither of the ’89 concert: I missed half of that afternoon because my grand-dad was burried in the morning and my mind was a bit elsewhere…

Also ‘The Acorns’, a melocic punk-rock band from just across the border in the Netherlands with Patrick ‘Labie’ of ‘Scoundrels’ on vocals/drums (plus bassist Johnny and vocalist/guitarist Johan) played. They had a self-titled 7” (sometimes referred to as Promised Land; recorded May ‘88) out on Pat’s label Swaddle recs (which I still have)…

The omnipresent ‘Ear Damage’ did a (looking at the photos) wild show. ‘Bie’, Mark & Dirk had recorded their LP Progress Of Humanity (Nightingale studios in Berchem, July ’87; released on Hageland recs). Their 2nd, The Hangover Of Loneliness, was done at Studio Swan (Heist Op Den Berg, November 1988; released by Punk Etc). So they had two albums woth of material to draw from…

Brob

Photos by Kockie?, courtesy of Dirk C.:

89-02-25 Q Ear Damage (Netwerk)89-02-25 Q Ear Damage Dirk (Netwerk)89-02-25 Q Ear Damage Mark (Netwerk)89-02-25 Q Ear Damage Bie (Netwerk)

One of my first Smurfpunx shows, finally after years of seeing the flyers and not being allowed to go (sometimes parents suck). Real eye-opener, this was. Distro’s selling records and T-shirts really cheap, see the table of anarcho collective De Nar. This was a animal-rights day kinda thing, a decent crowd for rather unknown bands and lots of small tables with people selling shirts, records and magazines. I have little memory about the bands, I can’t even remember ‘Ear Damage’ playing, I ‘m pretty sure they didn’t. [Brob: ???] I remember seeing ‘L.U.L.L.’ and ‘Acorns’ -perhaps- but I did get the 7” which was very sloppy but I ended up liking it. But it was a great afternoon cause I ended up meeting people that I would bump into the following years and it had a friendly vibe which I quite liked.

Jeroen Lauwers

Wow, memory lane… ‘L.U.L.L.’ was on the final tour, still waiting for our second album Freakline to be released – it was delayed for some reason – and it came out after we’d toured for a month, with a couple of weeks to go. The gig at Netwerk must have been right at the start of that tour… Which was without Kent and with Andreas already on his way out, so we were just trying to get the most out it. And as the pics [below] may suggest we were all going in new directions musically and personally, so no wonder that we stopped the band in the autumn that year after a couple of attempts on bringing in new drummers and recording a couple of songs that would have made Ry Cooder proud, haha.

I have very little remembrance of the actual gig but didn’t Netwerk have a rather high and big stage? I remember liking the place and also remember something about pushing our van/truck around in Aalst, trying to start it, but that might also have been on the December tour [was just a few gigs] that Brob arranged (HUGE thumps up and thanx, Brob!!) – anyway, great memories. Thanks to all of you, who created and did such a big effort for the scene, which we were part of!!!

Lars Thomsen

Lars & Niller (L.U.L.L.) (pictures by Nathalie Guyot)

05/05/2010

Paradox concerts Antwerp

‘Disorder’ was replaced by ‘Insane’ (UK) [did ‘Action Pact’ & ‘Newtown Neurotics’ also play?]

In that timeframe there were some gigs at the ‘Kaaien’ in Antwerp (‘Conflict’, ‘Insane’) that I thought I helped organise together with Marc (‘Zyklome A’). Here’s some of the posters for these. On those posters it says “responsible editor: Punk Etc.”. I really didn’t remember that. I don’t recall to what extent Dirk [Punk Etc.] was active in organising these. As contact-persons are mentioned: Dirk & Marc (‘Conflict’ gig) Marc, Stel & Bart (‘Disorder’ gig) and Dirk, Bart & Marc (‘Lärm’ gig). It could be that I wasn’t actually involved in the organisation with the first 2. I’m really not sure. What I ám certain of is: when ‘Disorder’ fell through, I did help find the replacement band. Because I dó still remember the troubles looking for a substitution.  ‘Insane’ did that job very well. I’m also not sure if I was at the ‘Lärm’ concert in the ‘Paradox’. No idea. I definitely was at the ‘Conflict’ gig. And I do also know that after one of these concerts we slept on the stairs of the ‘Palace of Fine Arts’ until we could take the train home in the morning. The guy Bart that is mentioned, is Bart Steens who helped doing ‘Het Schandaal’ [fanzine; ‘The Scandal’] and later was in ‘Koyaanisquatsi’. He seems to have disappeared from the globe.

Stel

As you can see enterance-fees (200 BeF, i.e. € 5) for these concerts were very reasonable considering the amount of bands! Nevertheless, it was a lot for a young lad, like myself, who was doing his civil service and get to get by with 80 BeF (€ 2) per day… Didn’t have a car and the train-ticket all the way to Antwerp was quite expensive. Of those 3 concerts I only managed to attend the one with ‘Conflict’. Quite an impressive event! Like Stel, I spent the night with a bunch of punx in a bus-shelter near the central station, waiting for the first train. I remember some of them strolling of at first daylight and returning with sandwiches and rolls, they had mysteriously ‘found’ somewhere and started to hand out…

Brob

I believe I was at the ‘Conflict’ show: Weren’t there fight with local skinheads in the back?

Marcel ‘Ko’ Kok, ‘Indirekt’ sound-engineer

We made a song about that: No More Fights (“Paradox 1984…No more fights no!!!” (which is on Punk Etc’s compilation d – Alle 24 Goed!)

‘Fab’ Deneve, ‘War Risk 3’ (WR3) guitarist

84-11-02 XPozez - Zyklome-A - No Numbers - WR3 - PIBG (Paradox)

05/03/2010

88-01-30 (Netwerk) Heresy – Ripcord – Cry Of Terror – Anguish

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 15:51

I can hardly believe that ‘Heresy’ only played ‘Netwerk’ once… This band has been a big part of my ‘hardcore’ life. I’ve follewed them on tour (with ‘Lärm’ and ‘Heibel’ in the UK), organised tours for them and their follow-up bands, had a lot of contact with John March (whom I considered a friend) and Kalv Piper (mainly helping him out getting the vinyl from his ‘In Your Face’ Recs around)… Also ‘Baz’ Ballam (‘Ripcord’) played for them a while. This was also the last continental appearance of ‘Ripcord’ with singer Buzby who was about to be “kicked out” due to “personal reasons”. Next time he was replaced by their former bass-player Steve.

The performance of ‘Heresy’ was one of the best I ever saw. 500 people attended this gig! Even Jos of ‘Lärm’ came all the way from Amersfoort. ‘Heresy’ & ‘Ripcord’ both played a powerful set and there was lots of stagediving, etc. John (‘Heresey vocalist) ‘s words were very heartfelt. He came across as one of the most caring people in the international hardcore-scene and definitely had my support. His slogan ‘A Network Of Friends’ didn’t fall into deaf ears with me.

It was a fantastic night. Everybody was pleased.

‘C.O.T.’ were (line-up on their 1st lp) Pierre/Peter ter Bogt – drums, Wouter Maarse – guitar, Walter Raben – bass, Hans Aalbers – vocals. Ronald Hogeboom (‘W.C.F.’ guitarist ) was the 2nd guitarist for some months in 1988 but he didn’t play at this concert. Afterwards (1989) Marc Baks joined on 2nd guitar. Nardo Ahlte, who helped organise concerts at the famous Chi Chi Club in Winterswijk probably came along as their ‘manager’…

Brob

I think you’ve done a great job in organising these dates for us. We’re very grateful to you. THANKS! We set off Thursday-morning to pick up ‘Ripcord’ in Weston-Super-Mare, Trev driving the 15 seater mini-bus (had to fit the 2 bands and all the equipment), and played a ‘No More Censorship’ benefit in Brighton, then took the ferry to Ostend and drove Straight of to Holland. [Brob: I’d set up a weekend of concerts for both bands (Baz had started playing guitar for ‘Heresy’ aswell) – Aalst, Winterswijk and Eindhoven – this time.]

John March, ‘Heresy’ (personal communication ’88)

Our concert was terrific, great audience (it was ‘busy’), terrific sound, beautiful venue, good stage; everything was up to standards. Also the organisation was first-class. Thanks for everything!

Hans Aalbers, ‘C.O.T.’ (personal communication ’88)

a ‘Cry Of Terror’ promo-photo from that time… (action pics below)

What I remember after 20+ years is the packed venue with tons of good-minded and enthusiastic people (slamming, moshing, diving). The audience went totally crazy from the first moment as was always the case in Belgium. A very successful evening. What I also recall is that we played with ‘Heresy’ and ‘Ripcord’ twice that weekend: in Winterswijk (Chi Chi Club) [Brob: I arranged that…] and in Aalst ( Netwerk). I néver forgot that we had great and amazing times in Belgium!

Hans Aalbers, ‘C.O.T.’

I definitely recall the shows of ‘Ripcord’ and ‘Heresy’ in Netwerk. What an energy! Such an atmosphere! Hundreds of people forming a ‘circle-pit’ and screaming from the top of their lungs full of enthusiasm. When you threw yourself in such a circle-pit, it was broiling; but standing tight next to it, it felt like a human fan that could cool us down a bit (smile). ‘Ripcord’ & ‘Heresy’ left such a unforgettable impression on me that I still remember it until today. Smurfpunx indirectly gave me and some others the inspiration tot start the Vort’n Vis in Ieper [Brob: independent youth-space for concerts, etc. that I would join when Smurfpunx folded…].

Jan ‘Doomy’ Claus

Reading ‘Trapped In A Scene’ by Ian Glasper and visiting the Smurfpunx site from time to time brings back good memories. One of the best gigs I ever attended was [this one here]: ‘Anguish’ from Belgium, ‘Cry Of Terror’ from Holland and ‘Ripcord’ & ‘Heresy’ from the UK. Can’t remember much of ‘Anguish’ but they were very political. ‘Cry Of Terror’ were a metallic HC band. They released a 7” and 2 albums on Old World Records and contributed to various compilations. And then came ‘Ripcord’ and ‘Heresy’! I was (and still am) very much into them and both played a great set which you can listen to here: Ripcord & Heresy Live Netwerk, Aalst 1988. There were like 500 people at the gig and the atmosphere was great. No troubles at all. If I could use the word positive hardcore then it should have been like that all the time.

Leffe

I couldn’t agree more with Leffe: we were huge fans of both ‘Heresy’ and ‘Ripcord’, especially after catching the surprise ‘Heresy’ gig in Scherpenheuvel some time before. The most energetic and ripping band back in those days. ‘Network of friends’…it really was. I don’t remember the opening bands but funnily enough I do seem to remember I once made a T-shirt design for ‘Cry Of Terror’…

Sling

This is a concert burned deep into my abused brain’s pleasure-centre. My girlfriend (at that time) ’s band ‘Anguish’ played… I was, together with Brob, backstage and after I think the third song, we looked at each other and we shook our head: it was that good; a totally own sound.

Victor ‘W.C.F.’

<<That concerts cán be fun, snug and great, was proven by these 4 bands. ‘Anguish’ is a Belgian band with a male singer (who occasionally recites poems between the songs) and a female vocalist. ‘Cry Of Terror’ is a Dutch band from Winterswijk. I hadn’t heard of them before but they were excellent. After them the English band ‘Ripcord’ hit the stage, and these set the venue ablaze. There was a whole lotta stagedivin’ going on. ‘Ripcord’ was awesome. They ranted against animal-torture, meat-eating, etc. Last up was ‘Heresy’: unbelievably fast and above par. A lot of new songs so can’t wait for their new album (‘Face Up to It’).>>

‘What’s Up?’ #2 (’88; Dutch fanzine)

John & Baz (‘Heresy’) (photo by Mike Du Bois)

Steve & Kalv (‘Heresy’) (photo by Mike Du Bois)

‘Ripcord’: Buzby in action, supported by Baz & Jim (pic: Nathalie Guyot)

Baz (‘Ripcord’); photographer on the left is Werner H. (taken by Bart Van Mulders, courtsey of Nathalie Guyot)

88-01-30 Ripcord Buzby jump (Bart Van Mulders)Buzby – Fur Is Murder (picture by Bart Van Mulders)

88-01-30 Ripcord John - (Bart Van Mulders)‘Ripcord’s John Millier (picture by Bart Van Mulders)

88-01-30 Heresy @ Smurfpunx (Face Up To It) by Werner H‘Heresy’ pic from the Face Up To It LP, taken by Werner H. (Anmie Geeraets in the R corner)

More photos here: Netwerk, Aalst, 30 jan 88 (Heresy, Ripcord, C.O.T., Anguish) photos

Buzby in Keep Laughing zine…

‘Cry Of Terror’ pics (courtesy of Mike Du Bois) * Walter (bass), Hans (vocals), Pierrre (drums), Wouter (guitar):

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