This zine, from the area around Eeklo (Belgium), was done by ‘Rabbit’ (Peter Ginneberge; drummer of ‘Creep Insanity’) and 2 mates (‘Eddie T.B., the beast’ & ‘Moddy’). It says #4 on the cover (see below; drawing by Peter ‘Trash’ De Zutter, guitarist of ‘Creep Insanity’) but it’s actually the first edition. Since it was a joint effort with 2 other zines (W.O.M. and Highspeed; which counted already 3 issues), it was started at #4. The content? Info on animal-protection, fur-trade & fox-hunting, on the ozon-layer, an article on fascism, demo-reviews, interviews with Pascal Mariën of Resist zine, ‘Lärm’, ‘Hate Crew’, So Much Hate’, ‘Rough Justice’ and ‘Violent Mosquitos’.
As I wrote in the post on their demo, the ‘Violent Mosquitos’ was the band of Smurfpunx collaborator Frank ‘Drank’ Parewijck (bass/vocals), and his buddies Jean-Claude ‘JC’ Roosen (guitar) & ‘Moiz’ Jean-Yves Bogaert (drums).
Here’s an interview with a band from (near) Aalst. The following is filled with ‘Violent Mosquitos’…
Your origin and subsequent history?
The ‘Violent Mosquitos’ arose in Oct. ‘86 in the current line-up: Moiz – drums, JC – guitar, sometimes singing, Frank – basss, most of the vocals. There was initially a lot of messing about with with 2nd guitarists, bassists and singers, but this didn’t yield any mprovement, so we’re doomed to continu with the three of us.
Are lyrics important and what do they talk about?
The lyrics are very important to us and in our view represent 50% of the music. They deal with different subjects such as militarism, the ‘moral majority’, vivisection, McDonalds, the whole fucking mess. Lyrics are a good way to express our anger about something. They’re also always clear, without too much fantasy or symbolic bullshit. It comes down to representing the harsh reality and show that not everything is a bed of roses, etc.
Do you find it important to play intricate songs (with 53 different chords and 57 riffs, not to mention a solo); or do you think it’s more interesting to make good, simple songs with decent lyrics?
According to us, what you say and how you say it is still more important in punk and hardcore (ed. Totally agree.). Besides: we can’t play well enough to make really complicated songs and actually we don’t give a shit. Something simple can often be good too.
In my opinion you’re a band that is a bit influenced by metal. Don’t you think it’s difficult to be original or isn’t that your intention?
(Makes coughing sounds) Excuse me!? Hopefully this question is just inspired by the fact that one of us sometimes wears a T-shirt of a metal-band or because our hair is somewhat longer. But please don’t go maintaining that our songs sound metal, or accidents will happen. Were actually trying to keep the metal stereotypes out of our music as much as possible. I think for some 10 seconds we play something that sounds like metal: the introduction of Execution (shit, that title also sounds metal) but for the rest we have better things to do than copying stereotypes. Regarding originality: we do think that’s important, also for other bands. So far there is not one person who managed to tell us which band(s) we resemble and we also don’t know it ourselves.
What do you think about skating? Isn’t it another one of those fads that some follow to be part of it?
We can’t skate ourselves – way too difficult and tiresome. (ed. But still fun if you can do it.) Regarding the fad aspect: we don’t believe that it’s the case for skating. There are only a few who can do it well enough and those who participate because it’s a fad, will be exposed (and fall on their face of course). As for the other fads (ed. Bandanas/caps/palmtree-shorts/…): that’s also been diminishing lately. We’re curious what the next craze will be, then at least we know what we shouldn’t follow.
More and more people develop an aversion towards metal-influences. And especially because it tends to commercialise things and the fact that the ‘attitude’ is anything but positive. Your opinion?
We ourselves belong to the people who start resenting metal. The fact that one bands makes music with a bit of metal-influences, so be it, but one shouldn’t exaggerate. In terms of mentality, metal has got nothing to do with hardcore. Metal is mainly focussed on show and big business, and content-wise usually means ten times nothing. Genuine reggae, for example, is much more akin (in terms of ideas) with hardcore than metal on the other hand. Some feel than metal has innovated hardcore music and that there’s more variation between bands. That’s bullshit! If you take a good look, you will see that there’s already quite a lot of variety within the punk and hardcore scene. Compare, for example, bands such as ‘Political Asylum’, ‘Minor Threat’, ‘Disorder’ and ‘Napalm Death’ with one and other. What do these bands have in common musically? Nothing, the dog’s bollocks. There’s enough variation already, without having to play those stupid stereotypes.
Your opinion on…
Straight-edge: We’re not sXe ourselves but even if we drank, we still having everything under control. We’ve got nothing against someone being straight-edge, we wouldn’t be able do it ourselves but you shouldn’t force it on anyone. (For insiders: also positive peer pressure is and remains peer pressure, Brob.)
Fanzines: Fanzines are obviously a good thing, since they are the main source of communication within the scene. Especially if interviews are interspersed with political articles it’s certainly worthwhile.
Vegetarianism: Eating meat is murder, dear people, and vegetables are tasty and healthy. So we’re vegetarians; Moiz does still eat fish because of osteoarthritis in the knees.
Racism, fascism, sexism, multienationals: The turbulent 4 in a row – the one makes us puke even more than the other. The struggle against these will – we estimate – still last millions of years (ed. If the Earth and its residents are still around by then. For more explanation: see the lyrics on the ozone-layer, somewhere in this ‘zine.). So there is still work to be done, dear readers.
The army, freedom in Belgium: As long as there is obligatory military service, you can’t speak of freedom. Frank & Moiz will both do civil service and JC is now busy doing unarmed military service. If you take a decent moment to think about what the army contains, you can’t but oppose it: it deprives you of all your freedoms for a year, you have to take orders from guys that you’ve never seen before and that are often 10 times more stupid than yourself. If you refuse to play along with this game, you can do something else (and at present you can’t even choose yourself what) for twice as long or else the cops come to pick you up and put you in jail. Freedom? My ass!
‘Suicidal Tendencies’ en ‘D.R.I.’: Bands that have got nothing to do with hardcore anymore and fell back to the level of bands such as ‘Slayer’ – everything is business and even more: they’re idiots and scumbags. In the pamphlet on ‘D.R.I.’ done by Definite Choice, it said Get Back To Hardcore. Well, for us they don’t need to come back, we can surely do without bands like this.
The HC movement in your neighborhood: That is pretty decent in the Aalst area. There are indeed some bands here: “‘Youth Crew’/‘Rough Justice’/‘Hate Crew’/… Most important thing here is obviously Centrum Netwerk – a perfect venue to organise gigs – and Smurpunx.
People who only come to gigs because foreign/known bands playing: Idiots of course. Who does that, has definitely been missing out on a lot of great gigs. (ed. Quite right.)
How do you feel about anarchy and people who claim to be anarchists but actually don’t have a clue about it?
Anarchy, to us, is certainly not a regime but a way of living, thinking and acting. Above all it means to think independently, to rebel against the army, church, injustice and animal-abuse. There are so many who claim to be anarchist, without them actually being it; but there are others that are, without knowing it. It’s the attitude that counts, not what sign is on your jacket.
Now a very original question: your favorite bands…
This is really a very important question. Now everyone will know what they always wanted to know: the favourite bands of the ‘Violent Mosquitos’! Well dear readers, here they are: Suske and Wiske [cartoon-characters], Armand Pien [Belgian weather-man] and the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. Got it? (ed. Yeah, but can I perhaps get the address of the latter band because I didn’t know that one yet.)…
Would you like to play abroad or is it less important?
That’s not really important but if we get there, we won’t let it pass by off course. By the way, in May we do a gig in Alkmaar (Netherlands).
What do you think about the Belgian bands and the organisation of concerts in Belgium?
That’s all going very good. If you hear some people talk shit (ed. How does that sound?) how cool it must be in the UK or The Netherlands, we get the cramps. (ed. And probably diarrhea.) If you hear the stories of British, American and Dutch bands, we certainly can’t complain over here. It’s no perfect but things are working out. A Smurfpunx-festival is always well organised. Also the smaller gigs are, with the resources that they have, properly organised, like in De Finkel Jette [gig-place in a Brussels suburb] on April 9 [88-04-09: Mental Disturbance (Bel), Violent Mosquitos (Bel), Disgorge (Bel)]: only Belgian bands but still very fun to play. The other Belgian hardcore bands are overall nice people and that’s what’s important.
What do you think about the work that the people of De Nar [The Jester; anarchist magazine] (Erik/Kris/Frank/…) are doing and the Do-Something-Day in Netwerk (Aalst – Smurfpunx) [88-04-02]?
The people of De Nar do a wonderful job of course and we’ld like to take the opportunity to shower Frank, Erik and the rest with praise and fame. (ed. That’s what we also want to do.) Regarding the Do-Something-Day: that’s how all concerts should be – many people (there were 400 men!), (ed. Women too of course.) a lot of information-stalls and a great atmosphere (except for that little rumble during our set, haha). In that way a gig becomes more than some bands playing and it’s all a bit more commited.
Do you already have plans for an LP, demo, EP, stickers or something like that…?
The weekend of May 1st (ed. So this interview was done before that.) we’ll record some songs and splash them most probably on an EP (some 4-5 songs). We also plan to market racing-bikes, ironing-boards and ping-pong-balls. (ed. Why not skateboards?)
Your favourite drink, food and the size of your underpants…?
Drink: Vodka, beer. Food: Everything without meat, vegetarian food, especially vegetables. (ed. I’m getting hungry already…). Size of underpants: 1 metre by 1 metre, because we only have one, joint, underpant, for weddings and proms.
Something to say/shout/rant/roar/…?
Write us!!! If you have interesting questions or comments, please let us know. Don’t come nagging for stickers because we don’t have any anyway … Bye!!! ‘Violent Mosquitos’ are also keen on playing benefit-gigs when its purpose pleases us a 100%. For more information write to the address below. (You need to do that!!!) VIOLENT MOSQUITOS – PAREWIJCK FRANK – KORTENHOEKSTRAAT 32c – 9308 HOFSTADE – BELGIUM