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11/09/2013

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 13 sep ’87

87-09-13 Social Unrest - Upset Noise - GOD

13 sep ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Upset Noise (Ita), Social Unrest (USA), Swampsurfers (Nl), GOD (Nl), Heibel (Bel) ?

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

Here are some pics of ‘Social Unrest’ taken by Hugo Van Speybroeck (‘C.P.D.’ bassist/vocalist):

87-09-13 Social Unrest bass+vox (Sharphill) Hugo CPD87-09-13 Social Unrest git-b+bass+vox (Sharphill) Hugo CPD87-09-13 Social Unrest git-a+drums (Sharphill) Hugo CPD87-09-13 Social Unrest git-b (Sharphill) Hugo CPD87-09-13 Social Unrest bass (Sharphill) Hugo CPD87-09-13 Social Unrest vox (Sharphill) Hugo CPD

Very few people showed up for this one, though it was some of the best I ever saw in Scherpenheuvel. ‘Social Unrest’ was top!

Paul ‘Larrie’ Laeremans, ‘Capital Scum’ guitarist

I remember that show! I was very sick that night, I had 38° fever and had to sleep in Werner’s kitchen (’cause I did’nt want to infect the others…) in the company of Werner’s granny’s dog… Great memories!!!

Lucio Drusian; vocalist of ‘Upset Noise’

photos of ‘Upset Noise’ taken by Mark Vael:

87-09-13 Upset Noise bass Stefano Bonanni (Sharphill) by Mark Vael87-09-13 Upset Noise git Fausto Franza (Sharphill) by Mark Vael

87-09-13 Upset Noise Lucio Drusian - Scherpenheuvel (Foto Mark Vael)87-09-13 Upset Noise Stefano Bonanni - Scherpenheuvel (Foto Mark Vael)Paolo ‘Boffo’ Cattaruzza (bass), Fausto Franza (guitar), Lucio Drusian (vocals) & Stefano Bonanni (drums)

2 photos of ‘GOD’ [Tos Nieuwenhuizen (guitar), Michael Cavanagh (bass) & Daan van der Elsken (drums/vocals)] from Onno Hesselink’s zine Peace Or Annihilation (#11):

87-09-13 GOD - Tos (Sharphill) P or A #1187-09-13 GOD - Michael (Sharphill) P or A #11

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07/04/2013

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jul ’87

87-07-06 Scherpenheuvel - Suicidal T, Capital S bisbiscut

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6 jul ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Suicidal Tendencies (USA), Unwanted Youth (Ger), Capital Scum (Bel), [Upset Noise (Ita) =>] L.W.S. (Ger)

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

From a local newspaper (summer ’87)…

>>American ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ demonstrate in Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall *** Fun: music at the speed of an express-train and than jump of stage in the crowd<<

Five years ago a few teenagers from Venice, Los Angeles formed a band and called themselves ‘Suicidal Tendencies’. Their music, a combination of hardcore and heavy metal left people indifferent at first: too punk for the metal-fans, too heavy for the punks; but their debut-album, released in ’83, sold 150.000 and the single ‘Institutionalized’ (heavy metal rap avant-la-lettre) was even picked up by commercial radio-stations and MTV. The quartet signed a deal with Virgin, draws audiences of 4000 in the US and were even hosted in ‘Miami Vice’

Their 1st European tour (they’re playing in Japan and Australia soon) guided them to Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall (!), where 600 fans – recognisable by their baseball-caps, bandanas, checkered shirts and shorts – showed hardly any interest for the double support – the Belgian ‘Capital Scum’ and the German ‘Unwanted Youth – but went crazy for about an hour on the ultra-energetic speedcore; still the new music for today. For the outsider, the sight of the -diving and ‘slamming’ crowd is at least astonishing.

“Stage-diving started around ’79-’80.”, singer Mike Muir told us before the show. “It begun with enthusiastic fans climbing on stage and were pushed off by the roadies. Slam-dancing evolved from the pogo, the music was even faster so there was more pushing and shoving. It looks like a frenzied affair but the kids know what they’re doing. After a concert they all go home with a smile on their faces.”

The amount of victims from the daring dives in Scherpenheuvel remained indeed zero but in amidst the bustle a girl lost her balance and had to be taken to hospital for a few stitches. For the rest there was a touching atmosphere of fun and excitement because the chubby ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ guys (they look much older than their average age of 22) rammed the new songs of the 2nd album ‘Join the Army’ plus some of the older songs at the speed of an express-train through the speakers. Only a single sorehead was disturbed by the poor vocal abilities of Mike Muir.

“In the beginning we had to hear several times we wouldn’t get anywhere with our music.”, the man tells us. “But the term ‘suicidal’ for us means exactly that we force ourselves to do things, that we don’t allow ourselves to be foiled by what others say and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A lot of people don’t achieve anything in life because they don’t even take the trouble to try. But if you believe in yourself, you can determine your own fate. We did prove that, I think.”

Suicidal Tendencies crowd shot>>Stage-diving in Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall: ‘dancing’ to ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ speedcore<<

87-07-06 Suicidal stagedive (Sharphill ) by KassieSuicidal stagedive (pic courtesy of Kassie)

Upset Noise à HH - Lucio-Werner-Paolo-Kockie'Lucio – Werner – Paolo – Kockie (‘Upset Noise’ LP release; the band didn’t play here because…?)

Can’t find any pictures of the bands playing at this concert… Was everybody too impressed or did the ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ management prohibit taking photos…? Fact is this wasn’t ‘as usual’… Read the interview I did with them that day: Suicidal Tendencies (interview Tilt! #3)

The band here was: Mike Muir (vocals), Rocky George (guitar), Louiche Mayorga (bass) & Ralph Herrera (drums)

Here’s some pics taken from the Belgian fanzine Deadline (#2):

87-07-06 Suicidal Tendencies Mike & Rocky (Deadline #2)87-07-06 Suicidal Tendencies Rocky (Deadline #2)

‘Suicidal Tendencies’, photo courtesy of Stephane Bruyaux

01/22/2011

88-04-29 (Netwerk) [Upset Noise] – So Much Hate – Crowd Of Isolated – Rough Justice

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 11:03

To me, this was another fantastic evening. Things looked bad a couple of days before when we heard ‘Upset Noise’ (who had a fabulous record out on Hageland recs) weren’t going to show up because they had split up. 390 people payed entrance (a lot of metal-fans were keen on hearing U.N.)  in the end and we could give a part of the profits to an organisation that set up survival-expeditions for disadvantaged youngsters as an alternative to internment in a institution or imprisonment.

Personally I was very happy to meet the people in ‘So Much Hate’ (and Ote, Gunnar’s girlfriend at that time) again: great people; and their music is fantastic!

‘So Much Hate’ (photo: Philippe Anthonis)

‘Crowd Of Isolated’ were a promising, young outfit that Armin of X-Mist (ex-‘Skeezicks’) introduced to us. Kind of emo avant-la-lettre… Guschtel, Jürgen and the Kammer-bros Claus & Gurke had come all the way from Saarland in their car for this one and head back the same night. I remember it took ’em a while because the vehicle didn’t seem to want to depart anymore but after a while we somehow managed (I recall various people running up and down from De Ridderstraat to the car-park that misty night) to get them back on the road…

‘Rough Justice’ were a local (Aalst) metal-influenced band with singer Koen Taeleman (who’s sister Veerle ran a pub, de Kiët, at that time). Also playing for his thrashy metal outfit were drummer Joost Van Den Broeck (later in ‘De Laatste Show Band’ that performed in talk-shows on the national TV), bassist Manu Cambier & guitarist Piet Marcoen.

Brob

I remember that time… The tour was cool until our old van’s engine broke down coming back from Norway (where we had an unforgettable gig arranged by Gunnar..). As we were a low-budget band, we spent almost all of the band’s money to buy a new one, but the fuckin’ Danish engineer whom we ask to fix it provided a new one (in fact an old but renewed engine) for a hell of price. It broke down again just a 100 m before the ferry to Germany, so with the help from the guys in Ungdomshuset (the squat were we played a week before [in Copenhagen]) we got another engine from that sucker engineer, that brought us very slowly back to Italy where it finally died.

At that point, the band and neither Hageland’s chairman Werner (max respect by the way…) couldn’t afford to buy or rent another van in time to finish the tour as Fausto & Stefano had to go back to work. (Hey, we never earned money enough to live from our music but that wasn’t the band’s goal anyway… Guess that’s clear!)

Suddenly Boffo, the bass-player and founding-member of the band, decided he would quit the band together with the second guitar-player that joined the band just for that tour, and everything went SHIT. Too bad, the band split up and it took almost a year to reform by adding Guido on bass and Max on 2nd guitar. For what it’s worth: we apologize for the cancelled dates of the tour, it was a damn bad thing for the band…but that was being in an Italian HC band back then… Cheers, mates!

Lucio Drusian (‘Upset Noise’ singer)

88 Upset Noise tour

The pictures [of ‘Rough Justice’, below] are probably taken at de ‘Kiet’ [metal-pub ran by ‘tante’ Veerle Taeleman in the 80s] or ‘Parkhof’ in Alkmaar (Holland). For the latter, Koen had everything arranged: food, drinks and a place to sleep. According to Dutch standards that was sleeping on the floor in a squat, the food was brown bean soup with rock-hard baguette but luckily we got a few crates of Grolsch pils, the best pils there is in The Netherlands. Afterwards, because we were ever so hungry, we spent our hard-earned money on cheese- and other sandwiches that, mind you, they were selling in the venue. Don’t teach the Dutchies how to do business. Even the punx were capitalist. I think the ‘Violent Mosquitos’ joined us on this one, probably 1988 or 1989.

Still, a great time…

Joost has the songs on our demo as mp3… [Brob: Here’s my version of the Pink Elephants In Yellow Trees demo (1988)]

Manu Cambier (bassist ‘Rough Justice’)

‘Rough Justice’ in Netwerk: Piet – ‘the Swat’ – Koen – Manu

the young Joost at the Kiët

Piet – Manu – Koen

I have to confess: my recollection of this show is pretty modest but a few memories came back reading about it. What I remember above all was the meeting with the nice guys of ‘So Much Hate’ from Oslo. At this time also on X-Mist-recs. What else?…Maybe people will laugh: my precious red-black-chequered pants (Where are they now?) I also saw a pic somewhere: me…on stage…in Aalst, on my knees…and I was feelin’ like Keith Morris [the singer ‘Black Flag’ / Circle Jerks’ ?], really… Don’t ask me why. Next: someone asked for an interview with the band…from a distance I heard my brothers voice: “…Ask ..my brother…upstairs…” He was not in the mood to answer as using English was hard work. Since that time we had a new running gag, called: ‘Ask my brother…upstairs!’ …Another thought: the singer of the band ‘Rough Justice’, a very impressive ‘Black Sabbath guy’…We met ‘m a few days later in Amsterdam in a coffee-shop…. Can’t remember the out-of-order car story. But the cars were fucked up on every tour we had. After years we were masters in the car-repairing business.

The first show we played in Belgium was in a town called Geel [Kockie has pics from Herk-de-Stad ’88 ?], an absolutely great show in a small place…and in the afternoon! In Germany shows never started before 22:00; we played the gig, turned on the motor of our car…and…in the eve we were already sitting in our local pub again exchanging impressions of the gig. We met a guy called Dirk Stynen, he organized an few gigs for us in several places in Belgium…

Michael ‘Gurke’ Kammer (‘Crowd Of Isolated’ singer)

‘Crowd Of Isolated’ live at Netwerk (pictured by Philippe Anthonis)

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