Break The Chain was done by ‘Loux’ Laurent Planchon from Mons (Wallony, Belgium). He popped up at the Vort’n Vis from time to time and also ran a little distro (called Botaca). He did mostly interviews with punk-thrash-metal-HC-grind-doom bands and for this issue he was joined by Sylvie Louis (ex Adrenazine) who was more interested in gothic-newwave-indy-rock…
‘Subway Arts’, a political hardcore/punk band from Esch/Alzette (Luxemburg), were: Claude ‘Bourano’ Bour (drums; Mike played on the split-LP but left also soon after, in a later stage Thierry Thill joined), Steve ‘Diff’ Differding (guitar), Fränz Laureys (bass), Sabrina D’Aurelio (vocals; David on the split-lp) and Xavier (guitar). The played at the Vort’n Vis quite a few time. In 1991 they released a split 12” titled All Life is Equal together with their mates of ‘No More’ on Per Koro recs and 2 years later they released a 12” titled “Una Definizione Perversa Della Pace” (‘93) – a collaboration of Genet recs and ‘Diff’s label PeaCy recs.
I was amazed when I saw them in concert, almost a year ago already. Then I purchased their album Una Definizione Perversa Della Pace; it’s fantastic, I can’t find any other words. Very moving hardcore punk, with a feminine but powerful voice. As I’m not selfish, I conducted an interview which will allow you to to get to know this Luxemburger band better. Hail Franz.
1/ Who are you? And since when does ‘Subway Arts’ exist?
‘Subway Arts’ exist since ‘89. At first, we were 4: Diff (guitar), ‘Bourano’ (drums), David (vocals) and me, Fränz, (bass). Our music was simple punk-rock and we recorded a demo-tape. In 1990, Xavier (second guitar) joined and we did a second demo-tape and later a 7” EP. The music became faster and aggressive. Then we had a few changes of drummer. When the split-LP with ‘No More’ got out, in ‘92, we had problems with David; and Sabrina became our new singer. In ‘93 Bourano returned and we recorded our LP Una Definizione … which was released in July of that year. After a small tour (with a lot of problems; among other things: a car-accident) in the Czech Republic and Germany, ‘Bourano’ left the band again, Thierry became the new drummer. Soon a 7” EP will be released.
2/ Most of you play in ‘No More’, can you talk about that?
The idea regarding ‘No More’ was to make more aggressive and more political music than ‘Subway Arts’. But the line-up of ‘No More’ also changed. Unfortunately the band no longer exists, as some members had private problems. Our last concert was during the tour in July. The members were Pattex (guitar), Stephan (guitar), Schof (drums; also in ‘Wounded Knee’), Diff (vocals) and myself (bass). I’m really sad that the band no longer exists, because it was my favorite one! We released the split-LP with ‘Subway Arts’ and a 7” EP. I hope ‘No More’ will come back some day.
3/ You excepted, what other bands are there in Luxemburg? And fanzines?
There’s not much bands in Luxemburg: ‘Wounded Knee’ c.o. Stéphan Machel, 48 rue Kirchberg L-4612 Niedercorn. ‘Because’, that band no longer exists. ‘Sonic Attack’ c.o. Dan Gehlen, 3 Walraut str. L-2715 Luxemburg. ‘Def Dump’, I don’t know the address. Fanzine: Disagreement c.o. Tom Grethen, 52 rue de la Forêt L-3317 Bergem.
4 / Sabrina sings in several languages, why this choice?
Sabrina is Italian and therefore knows the Italian language and in Luxemburg we learn French, German and English at school, and therefore we have all these possibilities to express ourselves in music. It’s more original to sing in multiple languages. In fact, it’s also fun.
5/ Where and how do you get your inspirations?
Most songs are made by Diff who finds inspiration in all genres of punk music (HC, but he also listens to a lot of hippy music). But we never tried to copy a style or band. Normally Diff comes up with an idea in our rehearsal-room and then we try tomake into a song.
6/ Difficult question: What song from your album satisfies you the most and why?
I think everyone has a different favorite song on the album and I really can’t say what my favorite is. It would be more simple to name a song that doesn’t please me. In any case, we are satisfied with the album.
7/ What do you think of pogo? Do you think it is violence?
We love it when people dance to our concerts but sometimes there are macho idiots who don’t get things and do a violent pogo. In that case we stop playing and try to make them understand that there are people who don’t like to be pushed around violently. When I dance the pogo, I try not to hurt others and I don’t do karate!
8/ Do you read zines, if so: which ones?
We read a lot of fanzines in many languages and from different countries. ZAP, Streifschupb, Breakdown, … from Germany; Maximum R’n’R, Ras L’Bol, Profane Existence, Are You A Man Or Are You A Mouse? and more. In Luxemburg there’s only one fanzine: Disagreement. But we can’t read too much zines because of financial problems. Personally, I especially like zines by people I know well, my friends.
9/ Your projects?
A new record, a 7” EP, will be released soon. In April, we’re going to tour France, Spain and Portugal. But there are also other things to do, such as the antifa-group Mirabell or organising concerts in the Kulturfabrik in Esch and also play in other bands.
10/ Let’s invert the roles: do you have a question for me? I’ll answer it without problems.
In Germany, the number of fascists is growing but there are also many anti-fascists groups that are trying to destroy the nazi-movement. Here in Luxemburg, the number of fascists is still small but we do have a anti-fascist group. How is the situation in Belgium? Have you ever had problems with nazis?
Loux: It’s difficult for me to answer this one because I think it depends on the provinces and cities where there’s many foreigners, such as Brussels, Charleroi, etc. With the European elections approaching, a lot of right-wing parties such as Agir, UCD, Vlaams Blok, Front National are becoming threatening. The big problem in Belgium are the cops who’re are fascists and love to let off steam in neighborhoods where there are immigrants, drug-addicts, marginal people, etc.
Fränz Laureys, 18 rue du Canal, 4050 Esch/Alzette, Luxemburg