Free Noise #6

Mortal Terror / Generic cover

Artist: Mortal Terror / Generic
Title: Untitled split
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 00:36:55
Size (mb): 64.6
Label: Meantime (defunct)
Year: 1989
Notes: Best played / burned without gaps

Mortal Terror:
1. Release (intro) / Horrible Death
2. Ignorance Kills
3. Sick Butchers
4. Die!
5. Burned Alive
6. Yankee Go Home
7. Groove Along
8. Egg
9. Burn Bernard
10. Mortal Terror

11. Feet On The Ground
12. Cracked
13. Jump
14. Grown Up
15. The Spark Inside
16. Never Forget
17. Viloation
18. Untitled

This is classic brutal hardcore with added oomph! Mortal Terror pick up from where the first generation of Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror left off, twisting it up with extra madness and packing in 10 tracks in a little over 21 minutes. Generic take a more schizo approach, blasting along headfirst one moment, grinding it right down the next, and then throwing in a little bit of abstract noodling just for the hell of it. Everything is as tight as fuck and, although production values aren’t as polished as similar bands from the same time, the anger and energy are loud and clear.

MT & Generic inner detail

I saw Sned of ex-Generic fame a couple of months ago, when he was drumming for his new band (whose name I can’t for the arse of me remember) alongside an old mucker of mine called Romsey Matt on bass. If anything, the bloke’s just got more brutal with age, and it was wicked to see and hear him pound the skins to within an inch of their life. The young whippersnappers could learn a trick or ten from this old dog.

OP’s opinion: Four


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Free Noise #5

Antidote cover

Artist: Antidote
Title: Destroy Fascism!
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 00:12:30
Size (mb): 24.8
Label: Looney Tunes
Year: 1986

1. Education (Part 1)
2. Education (Part 2)
3. Shock! Horror!
4. There’s No Need To Vote NF When There Are Twelve Tory Fascists In The Cabinet
5. Remembrance Day
6. K-2 (Indian Restaurant)
7. Irish Joke
8. We Support All Forms Of Resistance Against This Racist System

Antidote were a one-off collaboration between The Ex and Chumbawamba (although a 7″ white label bootleg, ‘One Does Not Sell The Earth Upon Which The People Walk’, appeared some time after this EP – if anyone has a high quality rip of this I’d be very grateful and happy). Both bands are at their politically angriest best here and the musical synergy is enjoyably intense. They pull no punches with the lyrics – in essence ALL FASCISTS ARE FAIR GAME! There’s no room for nice liberal debates about ‘freedom of speech’ when braindead boneheads are marching down your street, something they were still doing a lot of at this time (although AFA and friends were soon to take care of much of that). The tactics of the fascists may have changed, as have our responses, but the message remains the same – ¡They Shall Not Pass!

OP’s opinion: Five

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Foxy Has Left The Building

I read this today:


Legendary guitarist, Paul Fox, died at home in Uxbridge at 3AM this morning.

Over the years Paul has performed and recorded with many of the worlds greatest musicians but he will mainly be remembered for his revolutionary punk/dub reggae fusion guitar playing with influential punk band The Ruts.

Paul had been in semi retirement for several years but went back out on the road again in 2006 playing the Ruts music with Foxys Ruts which featured his son Lawrence Fox on drums. The band were well received, both in the UK and Europe.

Following his diagnosis with cancer at the end of May 2007 a benefit gig was organised featuring many of the musicians that Paul had worked with or alongside over the years. There was no doubt about the high esteem in which Paul was held by his fellow musicians as the line up read like a who’s who of the UK punk scene with performances by The Damned, Misty in Roots, the UK Subs, Tom Robinson, John Otway, Splodge, TV Smith and many more.

For the first time in 27 years the surviving members of the Ruts took to the stage together with Henry Rollins standing in for the late Malcolm Owen who died of a drugs overdose in 1980.

The night was a fitting tribute to one of our much under rated and unsung guitar heros.

Paul leaves behind his sons Lawrence and William and his wife, Sharon.

He will be dearly missed.

Sarah Pink, on behalf of the Ruts.

The Ruts are part of my life’s soundtrack, and Foxy’s guitar work was central to making the band the visionaries they were. His ability to mash up the chaotic power of punk with the laid-back dub chops was a blast of fresh air to mine and many other young (and not so young) ears, taking me in new directions and giving me a much-appreciated musical lesson. He’s been frequently imitated but never bettered, which seems like a fitting memorial to the bloke.

‘Staring At The Rude Boys’ is my favourite track, and pretty much sums up some of the best and worst nights of my life. Listen with a smile and raise a glass to the man.


Free Noise #4

Underground Macau cover Artist: La Haine / Dongfang Hong
Title: Sindrome Colonial (Underground Macau)
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bit rate (kbs): 320
Running time (h:m:s): 00:12:27
Size (mb): 28.5
Label: Tian An Men 89
Year: 1997
Notes: Some minor background noise

La Haine:
1. Tupac Amaru
2. Curto-circuito

Dongfang Hong:
1. The Red Killer
2. East Is Red

This is a split single featuring two bands from Macau, an island off of the south coast of China that, until 1999, was a Portuguese colony. It is now part of China again but has a similar status to Hong Kong. La Haine sing in Portuguese and Dongfang Hong (Eastern Red) sing in one of the Chinese languages (sorry, don’t know which one – any help appreciated). Both recordings were made under ‘difficult’ circumstances and aren’t super high quality, but they’re at least as good as any other punk demo you’ve ever heard!

OP’s opinion: Three half

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Free Noise #3

Undergound Indonesia cover Artist: Various
Title: Injak Balik! (Underground Indonesia)
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bit rate (kbs): 320
Running time (h:m:s): 00:14:50
Size (mb): 34
Label: Tian An Men 89
Year: 1997
Notes: Some minor background noise

1. Puppen – Freedom To Defecate
2. Closeminded – Born Bad
3. Savor Of Filth – My Own Hate
4. Deadly Ground – Fear
5. Piece Of Cake – Tak Perduli
6. Runtah – Mega
7. Jeruji – Pi Anjingeun
8. Turtles Jr. – Die My Girl
9. All Stupid – Sia

A little while back I raved on about one of my favourite micro-labels, Tian An Men 89 Records. The label’s been a bit quiet this year, but there are still loads of absolutely unique recordings available to the more discerning and adventurous punk. Fancy an album of Uzbek Paxta-core? You know where to go.

This compilation features 9 bands from the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia, regarded as the birthplace of the Indonesian scene. They’re pretty decent demo-quality recordings ranging across the punk / hardcore spectrum. It’s a good insight into the early days of punk in a country with a vibrant underground. For both a bit more history and to find out what’s happening now, try Googling ‘indonesian punk’ and checking out what pops up.

OP’s opinion: Three half

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Remembering Absent Friends

This Sunday, 21st October, some of the finest bands in the UK underground are gathering to pay tribute to Stig, one of our own who sadly died three years ago. It’s at TJ’s, Clarence Place, Newport in Wales, kick-off from 4 p.m. It’s only a fiver in and all money goes to Stig’s wife and kids.

Stig and Icons Of Filth raised tens of thousands of pounds for those who want a better world, and helped open the eyes of millions more. He was also more than willing to get involved at the sharp end. His kind don’t come along very often and we feel the loss even more keenly when they leave too soon. But the light he sparked burns brighter every day.

Cheers mate.

Stig memorial gig flyer

Free Noise #2

The Ex / Alerta sleeve and label

Artist: The Ex / Alerta
Album: The Red Dance Package
Source: Vinyl 12″ EP
Running time (h:m:s): 00:14:14
Bitrate: FLAC
Size (mb): 96.6
Label: CNT Productions (defunct)
Year: 1983

The Ex:
1. Crap-Rap
2. Long Live The Aged

1. Park Avenue
2. Violet Days

It’s hard to believe that The Ex are still going strong, nearly 30 years on from their first appearance on the Dutch punk scene at the tail end of the 70’s. Not just going strong, but aging like a very fine wine. These days they can be found collaborating with Ethiopian musicians or composing pieces for theatre companies, as well as still touring with their own unique brand of leftist agitprop. This lot are still defiantly pushing the boundaries of politics and punk with their eclectic avant-garde approach to it all. Hurrah!

This is one of their earlier offerings and is a fine example of the potential to come. Jarring guitars, punchy bass, staccato vocals, abstract piano and the familiar military drumming style favoured by many of the early anarcho bands (albeit with a lot of added polish), sit together in an almost free-form jazz-punk mash-up that grabs you by the ears and won’t let go until the last beat. Reminds me to some degree of the Poison Girls. Classy stuff indeed.

Crap-Rap lyrics from insert

I don’t know that much about Alerta other than they produced one side of this record and an album. What I can say is that here they create a sound that resembles a slightly more discordant Astronauts getting jiggy with Flowers In The Dustbin. Violins sit well alongside the more traditional punk instruments and it’s always good to hear people using less familiar noises. There’s a really good write-up of the band (in English) on Niels’ blog Eet U Smakelijk.

OP’s opinion: Four

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Noise Solution Part Two

A few posts back I told you what my all-time top ten punk albums are. To give you a fuller flavour of what I’m banging on about, I’ve put together a compilation with a track from each of the records (with the exception of the Pistols track, which is from the pre-NMTB, and much better IMHO, ‘Spunk’ LP), just on the offchance you don’t know what these bands sound like. It goes as follows:

Artist: Various
Album: Noise Solution compilation
Source: As shown
Running time (h:m:s): 00:39:08
Bitrate: V0 VBR (unless stated otherwise)
Size (mb): 75

1. Conflict – The Ungovernable Force (vinyl)
2. Stiff Little Fingers – Tin Soldiers (vinyl)
3. Crass – I Ain’t Thick, It’s Just A Trick (CD, 320 kbs CBR)
4. The Ruts – Jah War (CD)
5. MDC – I Remember (vinyl)
6. Antisect – Tortured And Abused (vinyl)
7. The Mob – Prison (CD, 320 kbs CBR)
8. Operation Ivy – Sound System (vinyl)
9. The Levellers – One Way (CD)
10. Sex Pistols – Nookie (Anarchy In The UK) (vinyl)

You should still be able to find all of the albums that these were taken from for sale in some form or another at a fairish price. Whether you think the bands or labels are worth your money is up to you to decide.

OP’s opinion: Five (but I am definitely biased)

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Green Your Eats!

Thursday 1st November is World Vegan Day, a chance for vegans globally to show just how positive veganism is. And not just for the animals we don’t kill, but also for our own wellbeing and for the health of the planet. In fact, this year the focus will be on the ecological catastrophe that is animal farming. ‘Eating The Earth? How Your Diet Could Change The World’ (PDF) pulls together the evidence and makes a forceful case for veganism for those who claim to be concerned with environmental issues.

I’ll be inviting a few friends round for some good vegan nosh, sociable amounts of alcohol and a bit of high- and low-brow debate to mark the day. I don’t expect my bonecrunching friends to give up eating dead stuff, but if they eat a bit less of it it’s no bad thing.

There are plenty of excellent vegan recipes online – I’d particularly recommend Post Punk Kitchen for some really top-class fancy examples of vegan cuisine. The rich chocolate cake is the best cake I’ve ever eaten, vegan or otherwise, a view shared by most of those who’ve also tried it. But to help you get started, here’s one of my own creations.

Tofu & Veg Thai Curry

It’s sometimes hard to find food that is both light and substantial, but Thai food is generally just that. Lots of fresh flavours, sharp spicing and a certain creamy fattiness all make for a lovely mouthful. It’s also bloody quick.

This recipe uses Thai curry paste, which isn’t cheating as the fresh ingredients can be a bit of a bugger to find sometimes (and even harder to prepare – lemon grass should definitely be renamed lemon wood to honestly reflect how tough it is). One thing to watch out for – many Thai pastes contain fish in one form or another, so check the label carefully – I use the ‘Maesri’ brand.

Serves 2-3.

  • 1-2 tbs sunflower oil
  • 150g of smoked or marinated tofu cut into cubes (Taifun smoked tofu with almonds and sesame seeds is very good in this recipe)
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 stick celery, sliced diagonally
  • 2-3 shallots, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 medium florets broccoli, halved
  • 75g sweetcorn
  • 75g green beans, sliced, or fine green beans topped, tailed and cut in half
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced
  • Half a red pepper, halved lengthways again and sliced
  • 2 tbs vegan red or green Thai curry paste (or according to your brand’s instructions)
  • 3/4 -1 tin (approx 3-400g) coconut milk
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbs shoyu, tamari or vegetarian ‘fish / oyster’ sauce
  • Fresh basil (Thai if available), shredded

Heat the oil in a wok or big frying pan over a medium high heat for a minute, then throw in the tofu and stir fry until starting to brown. Add the carrots, celery, shallots, garlic, broccoli, sweetcorn and beans, and continue to stir fry for about 4 mins. Add the mushrooms and pepper and stir fry for 2 mins, add the curry paste and fry for a further min. Pour in the coconut milk so there’s enough liquid for your own preferences, lime juice and shoyu / tamari / ‘fish’ sauce and heat until it starts to bubble, then remove from heat. If you like your veg a bit softer, then let it simmer for a few more mins in the coconut milk. Stir in the shredded basil to taste and dollop over rice (white works best with this recipe, both basmati and jasmine rice are excellent and will cook in the time it takes you to make the curry).

Best eaten with a spoon to get all the juices (call me simple, but I always prefer an easy shovel motion to the complex two-handed approach when eating saucy foods).

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