90-03-03 (Netwerk) Hell’s Kitchen – Militant Mothers – Dawn Of Liberty

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 16:51

The ad-flyer reads [No this is not the intro to a Star Trek episode ;-)…]:

“Smurfpunx…carry the internationalist spirit. Thé pre-eminent HC-collective has hosted bands from far beyond our borders since a long time. On March 3rd hardcore-freaks can enjoy themselves in Netwerk, listening to the music of…

‘Hell’s Kitchen’, a band from the San Francisco Bay Area with ex-members of ‘Attitude’, ‘Fang’, ‘Capitol Punishment’ and ‘Verbal Abuse’. Connaisseurs already know what this means: solid HC with thrash-influences, with brutal but ironic lyrics.

We’re also glad to be able to let you hear the best of our Eastern neighbours: ‘Militant Mothers’. After his activities in ‘Morbid Outburst’ and Hackfleisch fanzine, Karl Nagel launches an attack with this new band, where he is surrounded by excellent musicians from Hannover. There first album ‘Acid of Life’ was about the best from Germany in ’89. Musically they refer to ‘Bad Brains’: varied HC with power.

Of course also domestic bands get a chance. With their new guitarist, the Limburgers ‘Dawn Of Liberty’ are rising from their own little swamp, which they’ll prove to you. HC with a pinch of metal.”


All I can recall from that day is that people tried to steal our equipment… I remember being on the first floor of a building, looking down on the street where we parked our van. Someone saw some guys trying to break into it… Everyone started screaming downstairs. The thieves were surprised, got some kicks and then ran away.

The tour was organised by some guy…very unable to organize. We fired him in the middle and did the rest on our own. I don’t know his name anymore.

Karl Nagel (‘Militant Mothers’ vocalist)

L=>R: Mike (drums), Jimi (vox), Chuck (2nd guitar), Troy (bass), Luke (lead guitar)

We lost about 20.000 BeF (€ 500,00) on this one ‘cause there were only 70 people! Luckily we were usually able to maintain a small financial reserve from when there were bigger turn-outs. Unfortunately things wouldn’t last… It kept us from taking more ‘chances’ in other venues and with exciting but lesser known bands (e.g. ‘President Fetch’ from Denmark). Anyway, the bands were excellent that day and those that didn’t show up were proven wrong! ‘Dawn Of Liberty’ existed 3-4 years – very intelligent people, playing HC with metal influences – but split up soon after this (leaving only one, but a very decent, 7” behind. ‘Militant Mothers’ played versatile HC with fast and slower (“more experimental”) parts. I found Karl, the singer (who has my age), to be a very gentle, intelligent and caring person. A pity I couldn’t spend more time talking to him. ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ were a thrash band with powerful music and ironical lyrics.


90-03-03 Pyrobolum #3 reviewgig-review from Pyrobolum #3

I was the singer for ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ during the European tours and on [the album] ‘Fistful of Chicken’. We played a couple of gigs for Smurfpunx [the 2nd: Roxy, Dendermonde, 14 sep 90 (M.D.C. & Spermbirds)]. My memories of the first time is blurred because the bassplayer (Troy, ex-‘Boneless Ones’) opened his wallet and noticed he had forgot to remove 2 hits of acid and in the true spirit of punk-rock we took them a hour before getting on the stage. So mostly Troy and I laughed the lyrics. We had a great time with the Smurfpunx-team after the gig, they took us to a great little pub and introduced us to Duvel and other very strong Belgian beers. I am still great friends with Ludwig, he still helps bands who need shows; my band ‘Strychnine’ has played in Belgium many times thanx to him and Mokka. These were great times and the friendship that we made has lasted, thanx to all the Smurfpunx. The MiMo’s were great too…

Karl fails to mention that he was the guy who saw those assholes trying to steal our gear and yelled “The vans are getting broke into; get them!”. Wé caught and fought ‘em, they were fast but we were faster…

The tour was booked by Tottie [Torsten ‘Toddi’ Mergell], a German dude but he quit half way through; guess he could not take our brand of humour. He told us the only reason he did our tour was for the fame of booking American bands…what a joke. We never let him forget that and made him teach us Traditional German cute songs that he changed the lyrics to make a joke on us but we sang the song with him and it made him so mad when we would sing it on stage and dedicate the song to him. He bailed on us in Italy and left our driver in charge. Ghert was the driver and booked the second tour for us…

Jimi ‘Haze’ Hayes

Loved ‘Dawn Of Liberty’ as far as I remember… ‘Militant Mothers’ were way too experimental for my (perhaps poor) taste, somehow funky and very melodic, not for me, not in a million years. ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ also featuring former members of some legendary Californian bands were OK, not so much musically, but tons of goofy American…uhmm…’comedy’ made it a fun to watch band.

Tom Van Hauwaert

Some pictures of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ (shot by Ludde):

Jimi entertaining Smurfpunx’ Mokka, Pascal & Ine in Hengelo (Nl)

Jimi Haze (vocals; ex-‘Capitol Punishment’, now ‘Strychnine’ ) @ Netwerk

Mike Branum (drums; ex-‘Capitol Punishment’, ex-‘Fang’, now ‘The Hanson Brothers’) … Troy Takaki (bass; ex-‘Boneless Ones’;  film-editor in Hollywood) … Luke Skeels is the guitarist in the background (ex-‘Boneless Ones’, now ‘Verbal Abuse’)



  1. Yep, its me who brought ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘Militant Mothers’ to you. I also organised tours for bands like ‘Sink’, ‘Shudder To Think’ [Brob: We couldn’t get a venue for them in 1990.], ‘Instigators’, ‘H.D.Q.’, ‘Leatherface’ and many more in the late 80s/beginning 90s. Working together with Frank Babel of Blasting Youth recs.
    Nowadays I’m still busy with music but it’s more electronica/funk and some goatrance. I run my own club in Mannheim since 8 years together with my wife.

    Comment by Torsten 'Toddi' Mergell — 01/13/2011 @ 17:00

  2. Was this the last ever concert by ‘Dawn Of Liberty’?

    Comment by smurfpunx — 01/15/2011 @ 17:39

  3. A couple of videos surfaced on YouTube, featuring ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ live in Germany, back in 1990; enter >>Hell’s Kitchen German interview<<, you will get a link to that and a second video which is a live version of our song 'Feast with the Beast'…

    Comment by Luke Skeels — 02/19/2011 @ 16:13

  4. For an interview with ‘Dawn Of Liberty’, go to Dawn Of Liberty (interview Tilt! #2)

    Comment by smurfpunx — 12/05/2011 @ 15:07

  5. ‘Dawn Of Liberty’ * Realise * from the ep

    Comment by Danny Brebels — 12/27/2011 @ 09:13

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