Analena (Beatless #3)

Beatless was the zine done by Ivan Jakič (from Zagreb, Croatia). Never seen (let alone read) it until I found this bit here and Ivan was kind enough to inform me about it. Apparently he was in several bands and nowadays he’s the guitarist/vocalist of the band ‘Ponor’.

This was the first ‘Analena’ interview ever. That was a Croatian (based in Zagreb) HC (screamo) band that I got to know through my friend Fré Danneels and because Miran Rusjan (formerly ‘Man In The Shadow’ and 13.Brat zine), from Slovenia, joined them later on. In the beginning the band consisted of ‘Six’ Danijel Sikora (bass), ‘Mijo’ Miodrag Gladović (guitar/vocals), ‘Zet’ Dubravko Dragojević (drums) and a woman named Irena (vocals). The interview was done when Ana Franjić (vocals/bass) was not in the band yet. The band’s first recordings with Ana were for a tape (99-07-14) and a 7″ (Arhythmetics) in February 2000…

Brob

We wanted to do a different zine that covers a wide range of topics. From different kinds of music, to art, literature, etc. We only did 3 issues. The first one came out in the late 96 and the last one in 98. There were interviews, columns, reviews, art, comics, but from different people with different tastes. Can’t remember everything but I know we did interviews with regional bands (‘Analena’, ‘Peach Pit,’ ‘The Mad Men’, ‘ZOCH’, ‘Five Minutes To Steve’) & international bands (‘Braid’, ‘Integrity’, ‘Ignite’,…), printed some original comics (by Zoja Bajbutović, Ivan Molnar), ran columns on various subjects either by ourselves or by guest-columnists, printed original poetry, photos from various shows…

Ivan Jakič

[Translation below; thanks Ivan Jakič]

Interview conducted in Opatovina park in Zagreb; present: ‘Mijo’, ‘Six’, Marin [co-editor of Beatless fanzine], Ivan, some kind of dog (probably a dalmatian), sky, darkness, bushes and a trusty old Panasonic recorder. Altogether, it was quite an unusual day…

I: Check, check two. There, it’s recording. OK, ‘Six’, please introduce the band…

S: ‘Zet’ – drums, ‘Mijo’ – guitar and vocals, and me. I know where you’re heading with this question… We used to have a singer, her name was Irena. I mean, her name is still Irena but she’s not a singer in our band anymore.

I: Why’s that?

S: Let’s just say there are personal differences. I wouldn’t go into details at the moment.

I: Maybe some other singer in the future? Is it also going to be female singer?

M: Of course, we’re going for commercial success. 🙂

S: Are you gonna answer that?

M: Nope. I’m a bit embarrassed…

S: Well, I don’t know… We kind of wanted to have a female singer in a first place but in the end, it’s not necessary. If we don’t find anyone, probably ‘Mijo’ will continue to sing.

I: How good of a singer are you?

M: Me? I sing like Ian MacKaye…

I: How did the band got together? I know that ‘Six’ and ‘Zet’ are playing in ‘Ha Det Bra’, so how did you find ‘Mijo’?

M: Well, ‘Six’, Pavle and me were pasting posters for the ‘Shades Apart’ show around town, and I said that I was writing some songs at home and I would like to actualize them with a band or something and ‘Six’ said “Yeah, we should do a band together!”. And that was it.

I: And that was it. How many shows you played so far?

S: Five.

I: And, as I heard, you had a fantastic, almost legendary show in Sarajevo, right? In front of a sold-out crowd?

S: Who told you that?

I: I’m just kidding. I know it was in a small venue and it was overcrowded.

S: Yeah, there was, like, hundred people in a venue that looks full when there are 20 people inside.

I: Apparently, they wrote something like “Thank you ‘Analena’.” graffiti somewhere in town the next day?

M: And I even broke my guitar…

S: But, yeah, it was really extraordinary.

M: Unforgettable show…

S: The crowd in Sarajevo is completely next-level. Probably because they lack of underground shows so they really appreciate when bands visit their town.

I: How was the show in Varaždin?

S: Which one? We played there twice.

I: The one with Paruzija.

S: Oh, that was our second show ever…

I: Kutina was first?

S: Yeah, Kutina was first. I don’t know, we were not really satisfied with the sound but…

I: I’m asking because that was the first time I saw you live and I was pleasantly surprised.

S: I don’t know, I can’t really say anything in our name. I can tell you about other bands or maybe the audience. I really liked the ‘Request Denied’ show, there you go.

I: So, what would you say, what is the type of music you’re playing? Some kind of noisy emo?

MA: Metal. I think ‘Analena’ would look great written as a metal logo. 😊

I: And where did the name come from? Sounds really cool.

S: You really think it sounds cool?

I: Yeah, sounds great…

S: Because most of the people said it sounds silly and that remind them of ‘Anathema’, or ‘Amalka’, or chrysanthemum, or like, Ana and Lena and so on… The name ‘Analena’ means fire in Sanskrit. I found it in Bhagavad Gita and really liked it. And it has 3 A’s so you can circle them all… 🙂

M: You can also circle the E.

I: As I said, I really like it. It sounds very, how can I say…

S: Emo?

I: Yeah, I guess it sounds emo. 😊 Should I ask you about your influences? There are probably too many to mention…

S: I’m influenced by ‘Ha Det Bra’.

M: Me too.

S: The ‘Ha Det Bra’ bass-player [himself: Danijel Sikora] is my real influence. 🙂

M: But honestly, when we had our first rehearsal, I was quite nervous to play with guys from ‘Ha Det Bra’.

I: So, when is the 4-way CD coming out?

S: It should be out by the end of May.

I: How satisfied are you with the recordings? I heard the rough mix and it sounds a bit bassy.

M: Yeah, it should be bassy. Just write down that it sounds great.

I: OK, it sounds great. 🙂

S: To be honest, I’ve listened to our recordings so many times that I got sick of them. But I really like to listen to the other 3 bands on the CD. I also liked them as people, and the whole idea of sharing the CD with them.

MA: Where did the 4-way split CD idea came from, anyway?

S: Well, first ‘Paruzija’ and ‘Five Minutes To Steve’ were planning to do a split. At that same time, ‘FNC Diverzant’ were planning to do a split with ‘Razlog Za’. But it turned out that ‘F.M.T.S.’ were staying behind with their songs and recordings so the ‘Paruzija’ guys approached ‘Ha Det Bra’ for a split. But I said it will take us even longer to record than ‘F.M.T.S.’ and then suggested that ‘Analena’ would record songs in time. At that moment, we thought that the Czech company that produced vinyl records is no longer in business (which turned out not being the case) so we opted for split-CD. I the meantime, ‘F.M.T.S.’ finished their recordings and ‘FNC Diverzant’ came with their songs, and what was supposed to be a split-CD became 4-way CD. Which turned out cool, since this way we can probably sell more CDs. [That CD, Tribute To Our Parents, was released in 1998 by the Croatian label Anubis recs & Earwing recs.]

I: I think you should have released a 7” by yourself. That would be great.

S: There will be time for that.

M: We already got some offers, you know…

I: From Dirty Old Town?

MA: Carrot Productions?

M: We’re gonna keep it a secret for now…

I: There aren’t too many bands in Croatia playing that kind of music. What do you think, why’s that?

S: I wouldn’t know. We listen to a lot of music which you may consider emo. Even some metal…

I: There is one of your songs that really reminds me of ‘Metroschifter’. Does that make sense?

S: You may say so…

I: And one sounds a lot like ‘Girls Against Boys’.

S: Well, that is a compliment.

I: So, when do you think you’ll have a record-release show?

S: I was hoping by the end of June.

MA: Since the record is coming out for Anubis recs, who will distribute it?

S: I think Dallas recs (Croatian major label) are distributing Anubis releases through the stores.

I & MA: Woohoooo! You’re gonna be famous! 🙂

I: ‘Mijo’, did you play in any band before ‘Analena’?

M: I’m originally from Zadar and I had a band there called ‘Kiks’ where I sang. I bought my first electric guitar when I started playing with ‘Analena’. Before that I only had an acoustic at home.

I: Well, considering that, you’re doing really well.

M: I think ‘Kiks’ was actually quite good. Although we didn’t play many shows. Mostly local ones and one in Rijeka.

I: I’m afraid I never heard of the band before.

M: We even had an interview in Demonica Substrata (local fanzine).

MA: Which issue?

M: First.

MA: Haven’t read that one.

M: You know, it was kind of a high school type of a band but it was good.

MA: At that time Demonica was also high school type of fanzine and later turned into Nomad. 🙂 (Same editor who did the fanzine later started mainstream magazine Nomad.)

M: There you go. One moment I’m in a high-school band and the next I’m playing with professionals from ‘Ha Det Bra’. (laughs) Even the ‘Ha Det Bra’ website has info saying something like “The drummer and bassist are doing a new band called ‘Analena’ and they are really good.”.

S: By the way, since you mentioned ‘H.D.B.’ website, we recently received five out of five stars from NET magazine for our website.

MA: What is the address?

S: Damn, you’re asking too much. It’s hosted on GeoCities and the address is three miles long. 😊

I: What are your band plans for the future?

S: We’re waiting for the CD to come out and then we’ll play shows around Croatia and Slovenia to promote it. Maybe Hungary, Italy also…

I: Just out of curiosity, you two guys are straight-edge, right? I know that ‘Zet’ isn’t.

S: Basically yes, but this band is definitely not about that.

M: But all three of us are vegetarians.

I: Who is writing the lyrics?

S: Well, Irena used to write the lyrics in Croatian but since she’s not in the band anymore, we changed all the lyrics and from now on they’ll be in English.

M: Both ‘Six’ and I wrote the lyrics. They are kind of personal nature.

I: Cool. Anything else you wanted to say in the end?

S: Thanks for the interview. it was our first interview as ‘Analena’.

M: This was my first interview ever. When I was in ‘Kiks’, I never wanted to give interviews.

S: I like the Beatless column on guns.

I & MA: Cool! 🙂

S: I would really like to try playing paintball. 🙂

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M.S.T. (Hemorroids #1)

Hemorroids was a zine from France done by 2 guys (Christophe Chojna & Stéphane Ll.) from just across the border (Valenciennes/Lille, France). Stéphane was friends with the guys from ‘Scraps’ and visited gigs in Belgium from time to time. He was also running a distro/tape-label (later named Kalimero) and went on to do a radio-show – Écrasons La Vermine (Crush The Vermin) – on the local ‘free’ radio-station Radio Campus Lille. Also ‘Scraps’ vocalist David Dutriaux had a show there: Raw Power. Even though this was in France, a lot of us in Flanders could also listen to it… In the early 90s Christophe Chojna became the vocalist for ‘Behind The Smile’, a HC band from Valenciennes.

This first issue contained interviews with French bands ‘Les Gnomes’, ‘Sherwood’, ‘Verdun’ and info on the ‘Dirty Scums’ & ‘No Numbers’ from Belgium. I didn’t get to see the following editions but saw an announcement for #3 (‘B.G.K’, ‘K.G.B.’, ‘Les Cadavres’, etc.).

Brob

Initially the zine was called BK Zine, a product purely from Valenciennes. Three persons were doing that: Chojna, Didier Renard (who later founded the band ‘Lost Generation’) and a guy named Hervé Collet (disappeared). They quickly scrambled; to tell the truth I don’t remember if they released a single issue…

Regarding Hemorroids: we did some real interviews (La Souris Déglinguée …) and some concert-reviews, but otherwise many things were done through the mail… We did 3 issues (87-88).

Stéphane Ll.

Hemorroids started in ‘86 when I split with then friends Didier and Hervé. Our zine was to be named Skandal; it ended as two fanzines, BK Zine (one issue was published as far as I know) and Hemorroids. The first issue of Hemorroids was in fact made with fellow university-mate ‘Bis’ (Jean-Paul), who quicly disappeared from the ‘scene’. Stéphane then joined and we published the 2nd and 3rd issues together.

Christophe Chojna

HC/thrash band ‘M.S.T.’ (Maladies Sexuellement Transmissibles = sexually transmitted diseases) was the band (from Paris) that a correspondent of mine and fellow-zinester (M-Extäz) Jeannot (Jean Chaperon) drummed for (he was also in ‘Razzle Dazzle’). When I got to know them, the others in the band were vocalist ‘Mickey Maouss’ Micaël Pichet, guitarists ‘Bouss’ Boussad Lacheb & Christophe ‘Teuf/Töf” (ex ‘Les Gnomes’ & ‘Sherwood’, R.I.P.), and bassist Amédée ‘Bu’. In February ’89 I set up a small tour (Belgium/The Netherlands/Germany) for them and their mates of ‘Smegmatics’. At the time of this interview they had done 2 tapes (a self-titled one, and Too Much Warhead, Too Much War). When they toured they had just recorded their album P.U.C. and had a 7″ (Scrunch!) out.

[Translation below]

M.S.T. [1986-87] is a band consisting of: ‘Crazy’ = vocals, ‘Fayot’ = guitar, Amédée = bass, Jeannot = drums.

HEMORROIDS: First off: why ‘M.S.T.’?

M.S.T.: We are a infectious band, musically and with our ideas, and we hope to become as underrated and famous as them… [M.S.T. = S.T.D.]

HEMORROIDS: Yeah, but to you, what does it stand for, ‘M.S.T.’?

M.S.T.: “Moi Sur Toi” [Me On You], “Merde Sur Tous” [Shit On All], “Mouvement des Skaters Trash” [Trash Skaters Movement], “Marijuana-Salad-Tomato”, “Mourir Sans Travailler” [Die Without Working], “Monory Suce Toubon” [“Monory sucks Toubon” (politicians)], etc.

HEMORROIDS: By the way, why did ‘Doctor Destroy’ leave the band?

M.S.T.: ‘Dr. Destroy’ [Gilles Gourgand; the band’s first bassist] left at the time when our former singer began to stir shit up, he didn’t come to rehearsals anymore and even became a nationalist. The group was no longer moving on, so ‘Dr. Destroy’ preferred to leave.

HEMORROIDS: What is your state of mind at the moment?

M.S.T.: Our state of mind is the same as it was in the beginning. We are and will remain libertarians, we fight a personal struggle what seems to us like a good fight… We’re humans, so we’re different, and our ideas, our means and our ways are too. We make our ideas known through a zine, radio, through music, a distribution-network; everyone lives their ideas in a personal way, such as vegetarianism, not drinking alcohol, graffiti, etc.

HEMORROIDS: What are the themes of your songs?

M.S.T.: Each song has a different theme. And often the title is enough to know what the main theme is. We have songs about: life in the suburbs, street kids, the poor, the rich, son of a bitch, son of immigrant and still a child, a song on the army, military/executionist service, disciplinary camps, the military, war; there is also a song dedicated to William Normand, Loïc Lefèvre, Malik Oussekine, Abdel Benyahia [young people killed by the police] – called ‘Mort Aux Vaches’ [“death to the motherfuckers”], it’s the story of cops that are easily triggered, the killers in power that form our police, and also on war, animals and vivisection, on news and media, big labels, those that rip off Rock’n’Roll, and others …

HEMORROIDS: Do you have particular issues?

M.S.T.: No, we don’t have any particular problem that is so important that we want to talk about it in a zine; we can eat when hungry, we sleep in a warm space and we escape the daily grind by making music. Our problems are everybody’s problems, that is to say the problems that correspond to today’s society and that are inseparable of it nowadays, like cops, beatings, censorship, injustices, and TV, corrupted with fascist propaganda.

HEMORROIDS: The question that has become classic: What is Pasqua to you? [Charles Pasqua was the French Interior Minister from 1986 to 1988]

M.S.T.: A primate, completely deprived of the slightest human feeling. An assassin in power, someone with a sexual complex, a fool who thins he’s still fighting the Algerian war [between colonizer France and the Algerian National Liberation Front, in the 50s]; in summary: simply a fascist. The guy isn’t worth to be talked about anymore…

HEMORROIDS: What are for you guys the most important problems, in France and abroad…? How to fix them?

M.S.T.: ‘M.S.T.’ doesn’t own the absolute truth, we only have completely subjective opinions. For us, there’s no problem in France, it’s France that is a problem, France is in decline, politicians are pleasing themselves and problems grow bigger; right, left, and especially the right turn us into the victims and the martyrs of their ravings, about security, the A.N.P.E. [Agence nationale pour l’emploi = National Employment Agency], reforms, security for the French and insecurity of immigrants… As for the foreigners: the biggest problems are the countries at war and those under threat of dictatorship: Chile, Uruguay, Libya, Pakistan, USSR and USA… The remedy, in our opinion: reflecting on the values of human beings, questioning of all our principles, and a maximum of confidence and love amonst mankind.

HEMORROIDS: What holds the future for the world?

M.S.T.: ‘M.S.T.’ is not a medium; in our opinion, to live fully the present, we shouldn’t think about the future, because in the end our future may not be very beautiful.

HEMORROIDS: What are your favorite dishes?

M.S.T.: C.R.S. [Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité = specialized unit within the National Police] marinated in politicians’ fat. And for our singer: only herbs (vegetarian).

HEMORROIDS: Who would you like to be and who not?

M.S.T.: Jeannot would have liked to be nobody and not to be Jeannot. ‘Crazy’ would have liked to be Proudhon [one of the first anarchist thinkers] and not be Michel Sardou [French singer/actor]. ‘Fayot’ would have liked to be Ted Nugent and not be a white guy.

CONTACT: M.S.T. (& M-ËXTAZ INTERNATIONAL PRODUITS) c.o. Jean Chaperon, 3 rue de la pelouse, 93360, NEUILLY-PLAISANCE, FRANCE.

M.S.T. 6-song demo-tape avialable from M-ËXTAZ (15,00 Frs +4,50 Frs postage). M-ËXTAZ 06: Too Much Wars [Too Much Warhead, Too Much War; recorded 86-06-22]

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DisChord recs (Sold Out #7)

Otto Buj published Sold Out zine (with the help of contributers such as Trent Reeve, Stefan Cieply, Mikey Red). They were from the Windsor area (Ontario, Canada). Otto also put on shows. Their first issues came out in 1987 but I only got to see this #7 (from 1989). Can’t remember who send me this. It looks really professional (with a glossy cover) but unfortunately contains ads I can’t support so I chose not to distribute it (allthough the interviews are more than decent).

Back-issues, as mentioned in the editorial, featured ‘Slapshot’, ‘Fugazi’, ‘Blast’, ‘Soulside’ (#4), ‘Agnostic Front’, ‘All’, ‘Verbal Assault’, ‘Token Entry’ (#5) & ‘Scream’, ‘Underdog’, ‘Swiz’, Martin Sprouse, ‘Half Off’, ‘Final Conflict’ (#6); and a next issue was supposed to have ‘Fire Party’ and more. Also saw a cover of #9 (including ‘Bad Brains’)…

Otto also announced a new publication (Grand Guignol) devoted to contemporary culture. He became a film-maker and established/programmed the Kinotek Film Society (respected showcase that screened rarely-seen foreign and independent films, 1991 to 1997). He curated Representing Cinema and the Art of the Film Poster, an exhibition of rare and original film-posters from his personal collection. In 2004 he completed his first feature-length film: The Eternal Present.

Brob

I started Sold Out fanzine with my friend Otto. I named it after a song by ‘Gang Green’. Otto booked bands in our small city of Windsor. Directly across the river from Detroit, Michigan. I decided to start a fanzine in a way of adding to a Windsor punk scene. The zine would be a way to interview the bands booked to play Windsor and also bands playing Detroit. Otto and I both did the zine’s layout, photos and record-reviews along with a few close friends.The zine started at my family-home. I think we were both 17 at the time. It was later done on a computer when Otto attended university. We stood outside Detroit punk-shows and sold the zine. It was also sold by mailorder, reviewed in Maximim Rock’n’Roll and Flipside and later distributed. I think the zine ran from 1986-1990. I moved away in 1989 and had no involvement in the final couple issues. I now live on the west coast of Canada and Otto still lives in Windsor. I have only seen Otto once or twice since 1989. I understand he’s not on social media. He recently made a film about the early Detroit punk scene and the venue known as the Freezer Theater. This is where many bands played their early shows in Detroit. The film will be released soon.

Trent Reeve

I’m reprinting the interview with DisChord recs’ Ian MacKaye here. People might remember I fell out with him soon after the first European tour ‘Fugazi’ (when we did a show for them with Smurfpunx), because of his/the band’s choice to deal with commercial promoters. But no need to re-hash that here…

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Ratos De Porão (Chickenfoot #1)

This hardcore zine was done  by a correspondent of mine at the time: Cesar Campiani Maximiano from São Paulo (Brasil). He studied history and was particularly interested in WW2: he ended up writing books about it (e.g. Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II). He teaches Contemporary History and History of International Relations in public and private universities.

I only got to see this first issue (with Brazilian bands ‘Ação Direta’, ‘Dizintiria’, ‘Ofence’, ‘Ratos De Porão’ & ‘Skarnio’, and ‘Blockade’ (Ger) & Austria scene-report; plus news & reviews) and don’t know if there were any others… Cesar had done another one before (DG) which I haven’t seen either…

Brob

By the mid 80s the punk/HC scene was undergoing a hiatus: there were no gigs, few bands were still active since the boom of punk in the late 70s/early 80s here in São Paulo. I belonged to a slightly younger generation and resented the fact I had missed the high point of the whole thing. Along with a bunch of friends, we tried to escape the little to none punk-activity in our local scene by means of a network of contacts throughout Brazil and Western Europe. We always had a harder time getting replies from the US, don’t know why. Over these three decades I still maintain my friendships from those times, all of us felt great insatisfaction towards Brazil’s huge array of social and political problems – which we still do, even if our attitude and points of view concerning on how to fix them have changed. The DIY culture of punk is something I will carry for the rest of my life.

Cesar Campiani

The line-up of ‘Ratos De Porão’ in 1989 was: ‘Gordo’ João Francisco Benedan (vocals), ‘Jão’ João Carlos Molina Esteves (guitar), ‘Jabá’ Jarbas Alves (bass) & ‘Spaghetti’ Nelson Evangelista Jr. (drums) – the people that recorded the album Brasil (released on Roadracer recs – a sub-label of Roadrunner recs and hence related to the multinational Warner Music Group).

 

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Huasipungo (Cryptic Slaughter #6)

I started doing Cryptic Slaughter zine in 1995. The intention was for it to be ponderous collage-type ‘art’, found material and overheard gossip/snatches of conversation (the name comes from this, just something I overheard, people on the porch discussing old metal bands…).

The first few issues (#1-5) were some of that, lots of contributions from locals, as there weren’t too many other zines around in our town and in the pre-internet days lots of local kids in the punk scene had things to say, and I was willing to print whatever they contributed… These first few issues were not distributed out of town, strictly local in-jokes and gossip and found things.

Later I found that by including band-interviews, and things that went beyond our town, I could send the zine to people elsewhere and they could make some sense of it, and people were more up for trades and so on. So I toned down the local gossip a bit and added more band interviews, record reviews, all that, but it was still mostly a collaborative zine (#6-12, maybe).

As I got older, I got very frustrated and began to travel and move around a bit, and I lost touch with many of the contributors and with our little local scene. This wasn’t a great time period for me and I had a lot of mental health problems, which I’m afraid dripped into the zine and resulted in many angry rants and deliberately provocative rambling attempting to irritate people and get a rise out of anyone I could… I’m quite ashamed of most of this nonsense (#13-20 or so). I took a break and left the country.

By the early 2000s, I was living overseas and often traveling, far removed from any punk-scene, and I’d also become more interested in writing. So, the later issues are most all long-form travel writing, without any overt ‘punk’ content. I think there ended up being about 30 issues or so, the last one being in 2013 or so. Because I had moved away from ‘punk content’, I found that I’d lost the support of the punk network as far as distribution, reviews, etc., and also the internet was fulfilling a lot of the communication aspect of zinedom.

There are plenty of gems here in my zines, and I had a wonderful time doing it, making lots of friends through zine-trading and writing people, but I’m very glad of the ephemeral nature of zines…

The zine ‘crew’ in the earlier years was me, Judd, JT, Cody, Rice Pilaf, DJ Mac, Kameron, Sybille, quite a few others. JT, Kameron and Sybille also did zines and I did splits with all of them. Sybille’s zine was Lockdown (3 issues?) followed by Rien A Foutre (2 issues?). JT did Tangent zine (4 issues?), Kameron had some various zines, Judd also did Funky Snuts zine with me (5? issues, this was essentially a local offshoot of C.S. once C.S. lost that part). There was also Canadian Passport zine by Griff, which was essentially an offshoot of Cryptic Slaughter. The ‘crew’ was the ’95-’99 period, after that the writing improved and the tone deteriorated. Other split-issues were with Gullible zine (Chris Terry from Richmond, Virginia), Heart Murmur (Benji from Seattle) & Larceny (Shaun Allen from Michigan). These were all personal zines, more or less…

Giovanni C.

Somewhere by the end of the 90s I learned about 2nd Hand Noodles distro (Spokane, Washington). The guy doing that also published a zine of which I only got to see very few issues. Cryptic Slaughter was edited by Giovanni C. – nowaydays an academic with interests in journalism and storytelling, translator and graphic designer – (and some friends). He was kind enough to tell me a bit more about it and contribute some bits. As an ‘appetizer’, here’s an interview he did with ‘Huasipungo‘, the band of my comrades (and volunteers at the NYC ABC No Rio) Esneider & ‘Yeastie’ Jane… Here, in 1996, the line-up was Mike (bass), Dave or Emile (drums), Christian (guitar) & Esneider plus David (vocals).

Brob

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Ceresit (Graffiti #2)

This is a contribution by Steven ‘Stel’ R. Graffiti zine was done by Markus Staiger (Donzdorf, Germany) who would found Nuclear Blast recs. Never seen issues of Graffiti but later got a copy of another one (Message From The Gutter) that he contributed to. This one here dates from 1985 and in the editorial there’s mention of the distribution of (punk) records. The first issue was with ‘M.D.C.’, ‘D.O.A.’, ‘Mottek’, ‘Upright Citizens’, ‘Inferno’, etc. ; #3 got out in June ’85 and apparently there were 5 issues in total.

At its foundation (in 1987) there were already hints that N.B. would drift away from DIY HC/punk. Now it’s a mainstream commercial (multinational) metal label…

My own band played a Smurfpunx gig with ‘Ceresit’ (from Berlin) on 86-12-19. They had already omitted the ’81’ by then. This info-sheet dates from before that (a time when they had changed their line-up and before the recording of their album Three Gallows)…

[Translation below]

‘CERESIT 81’ has been around since December ‘81. Back then ‘Jeusel’ (drums), Daniel [Hansch] (bass), Marcus [Renner] (synths) and Marcel [Fery] (guitar + vocals) were playing. Since ‘Jeusel’ couldn’t really follow our tempo, he was replaced and Ralf [Herrmann] began handling the sticks. ‘Skunky’ then joined the band as second guitarist and off we went to concerts with several German punk bands. But after some time, the existing 5 chords got a bit boring, so we decided to play somewhat more sophisticated and harder. Since ‘Skunky’ preferred to stick to her ‘D.R.I.’ style, Sven joined as second guitarist in October ‘84. ‘Skunky’ is now playing for ‘SM-70’ (some promotion for them, they also need it). The music, as said before, became more melodic, harder and more complicated. Ralf wants to try double-bass drums. We will see. The lyrics should also be more sophisticated. With our lyrics we want to try to encourage people a bit to think about their situation and themselves. That is, we don’t just want to scream ‘destroy and fuck’ but to say something more positive and encourage people to take meaningful actions so that they do something constructive. It doesn’t do any good if you soak your brain every weekend, scream anarchy and go back to work on Mondays. That doesn’t change anything. But we have to emphasize that we don’t refuse alcohol: we also drink, but you shouldn’t try to create total shit, like e.g. some hardcores who took apart a youthcentre where cocnerts could have taken place. We see alcohol as a means to create a good mood but that certainly also works without alcohol. This is also expressed in our drink- and mood-songs. There has to be fun, otherwise you could hang yourself right away. “Let’s have more fun!” Concerning bands we like: there’s ‘Toxic Reasons’, ‘Youth Brigade’, ‘Slayer’, ‘Accept’, ‘Varukers’, ‘Slime’, ‘English Dogs’. Anyone who knows how to get us gigs in the West should definitely write us!!! We want to do a tour in April. So please write!!! People can listen to our music on several tape-compilations and so on. E.g. on 7 After 77 [1983] on 007 Tapes with ‘Toxo[plasma]’, ‘Razzia’, etc. Also on Noise Attack 1, The Great World Swindle, Underground Sound 004 and more. We also have 3 tracks on the first and second [Let’s Have] More Fun compilations. Also with ‘Boikottz’, ‘ST-37’, ‘Inferno’, ‘Rotting Krackers’, etc. There’s also our demo-tape with 4-track recordings on one side and live pieces on the second. A total of 36 titles. All this is on a BASF Chromdioxid II, 90 minutes, + all lyrics. Costs 5 DM + postage. It’s really quite good. I don’t know what more to say. Bye. Marcel

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The Inapt (Macht Van De Onmacht #5)

At a certain timepoint some people from the Brussels’ region got together to cooperate. By then Onno Hesselink had done 4 issues of his zine Peace Or Annihilation, Erik Van Der Veken had 3 issues of Macht Van De Onmacht and Koen De Cleen 2 issues of Snot. The WC-Papier (“toilet-paper”) collective was meant to help distribute their stuff and organise “activities” and concerts. There was also a band with the same name: ‘WC-Papier’ was Erik on drums, Onno playing guitar, Pascal De Wilde (and Koen?) (bass/vocals). Frank Geeraert was doing bits on a casio…

Macht Van De Onmacht (“power of impotency”) was dubbed an autonomous or libertarian publication. Erik was actually from Wemmel (near Jette, where we met during gigs at De Finkel). I never saw his earlier efforts. The first issue was mostly political/personal stuff and some drawings. The content of #2 (1984): El Salvador, apartheid, Amnesty International, vivisection, conscientious objecting. #5 (’85; done with help of his cousin Frank & friend Patricia) was kindly donated by An Hendriks. It contained some band-interviews (‘The Inapt’, ‘Rattus’, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, ‘Scoundrels’) and bits about political prisoners in Chili, anti-militarism, nuclear missiles, etc. #6: Chantal Paternostre [anarcho-communist], Heinrich Böll [German author], interviews (a.o. ‘Rapt’), … #7 (July ’86) contained pieces about fascism, Mexico ’86, nuclear plants, Hare Krshna, etc. #9 (January ’87): resettlement of Navaja native Americans, interview with god, vegetarianism, is dating repressive? and more. #10 with a.o. things, thoughts on compulsory schooling, progress vs. well-being, disposable packaging, etc. Own work and contributions. All in Dutch.

Brob

I started Macht Van De Onmacht (solo) when I was still in Sint-Lukas [School of Arts in Brussels]. It came out on a three[/four]-monthly basis. There were 10 issues so it lasted for about 30 months. Soon after we took of with De Nar [“the jester”; anarchist mag] (not a solo-project; Patricia witnessed the birth of De Nar; my partner at the time, Kris, the growth). Onno’s Peace Or Annihilation (Onno) got off in that same period. My cousin (Frank Geeraert) also published (a more art-oriented thing): Zin Van De Onzin [“sense of nonsense”].

Erik

‘The Inapt’ was the first band of my mate Bruno ‘Duco’ D.C. (later in ‘Pigs In Blue Glue’ and ‘Hate Crew’). He was the guitarist/singer, Dimi(tri) Timbremont played drums and a guy named Carl (on bass) was replaced by Karel De Backer (later in ‘ Heart Explodes’; sound-technician at most Smurfpunx gigs). They had a track on a Swiss/German compilation-tape. The guys were from the Aalst region and played one gig in the local punk hang-out (Gele Limonade): 85-05-23, with ‘Dirty Scums’ & ‘X-Creta’. Soon after ‘Duco’ & Dimi joined ‘Pigs In Blue Glue’… Nowadays Bruno teaches political science and studies international conflicts; Dimitri plays jazz.

[Translation below]

1) What are the band’s influences and when did it all begin?

Everything started about nine/ten months ago with the following line-up: Dimitri (drums), Carl (bass) & myself Bruno (vocals + guitar) but after a few months Carl had to leave the band for practical reasons (he lived too far away) and we kept practicing with the two of us. A friend of ours playing bass in a new/cold-wave band from Aalst sometimes joins us to help us out.

Our influences: we try to create an own, specific punk-sound with a dash of rockabilly in it, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not influenced by certain bands (‘Frites Modern’ or ‘Dead Kennedys’ e.g.).

2) Are there any ideas behind the band or is it just fun?

Of course there are ideas behind ‘The Inapt’ but not everything revolves around those ideas. Let’s put it this way: 35% is about the ideas and 65% about the music and the fun.

Our lyrics deal with topics such as fascism, racism, the nuclear menace, etc. The usual stuff actually! We are anti-fascists and also anti-racist. Besides that, we have our own points of view, but if I have to type this all out then I’ll still be here tomorrow…

3) What do you think of the punk-scene, particularly in Belgium and the Netherlands?

Well, see, we think that the punk-scene in the Netherlands is much broader and better developed than over here. The people there are also a lot more more openminded and more critical. This also applies to Germany and Italy. To be honest: Belgium (or rather Flanders) isn’t fertile soil for alternativism. But mind you: that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any nice things here! There are quite a few fanzines and enough bands, the number of punx has diminished lately, but that has a big advantage: all (or most) fashion-, fake and bastard punx are gone; there are a lot more DIY productions and illegal distribution-labels now. Also the communication with foreigners has improved, that wasn’t the case before. The punx have become unnoted in terms of clothing and behaviour. The era of huge mohawks, studs and bondage-trousers seems to be over somewhat. A lot of punk-shops close their doors or get involved into another commercial fashion. That’s not a bad thing. Yesterday I was walking through the Agora-corridor in Brussels with our drummer Dimitri… Man oh man. What garbage one gets to see there… Unbelievable! That had nothing to do with punk, that was pure consumerist seduction! (Apart from a few exceptions, of course.) End of the sermon!

4) Musical influences? Cookbook songs?

As I said before: our musical influences are coming from bands such as ‘Dead Kennedys’, ‘Frites Modern’, and also ’77 punk such as the ‘Sex Pistols’; plus I also like some faster bands such as ‘7 Seconds’, ‘Minor Threat’… We also love decent old rockabilly and genuine reggae.

So far I’ve written all song and lyrics, except for one that is Dimi’s. Inspiration is coming coincidental and unexpected. We currently have about twelve songs, with both English and Dutch lyrics.

5) Your opinions about multinationals, vivisection, …?

We see anarchy as a creation of a society within this society. Well, if there is no state left, who’s gonna pay unemployment-benefits? To us anarchy means: to isolate yourself from the rest in order to live an alternative life. Let the stupid mass and the system suffocate!

6) Future plans?

Well, the first thing that has to happen is for us to find a new and permanent bass-player, and then perform and perform again! If you know someone who wants to play bass for us, let us know. We rehearse in Affligem [village near Aalst (Belgium), known for its abbey and beer]. Anyone interested must of course have their own bass-guitar, but not necessarily an amplifier. If s/he doesn’t have one: we have one ourselves wher you can plug in a bass. My phone-number is: (053) xxxxxx In case I’m absent: please give your name + phone-number + reason so that I can call back.

7) Experiences with neo-nazis + last message?

In school there are enough, too many of those bastards. Usually those neo-nazis are worthless, sick mutts who pretending to be original, but in fact they’re ridiculous! In the past they always harassed Frank P. ([‘Violent Mosquitos’ bassist] who’s in my class) and myself, until we beat one up. Since then we’ve had no problems anymore! Violence is indeed the only way to eradicate such trash. Fascism: is dangerous and too well organised. They have the support of polic[SS]e and other wankers… They screw up our lives and our environment. They bully strangers and then they’re surprised that they encounter resistance!!!

Anything else to say? Yes! Bassists of all countries, unite! Please join ‘The Inapt’ and continue the unrelenting struggle against racism and fascism with us! Spread the news…

‘The Inapt’ will appear on a German compilation-tape together S.C.A.’ (Ned) ‘Die Erben’ (Ger), ‘Urban Desolation’ (UK), ‘Eu’s Arse’ (Ita) and a few other bands. See ya!

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