Hot Off The Presses

Just a quickie…Punk Torrents will be open for registration from sometime around teatime today until Sunday eve. It’s free, it’s friendly and it’s full of moist musical morsels.

And thanks to Burke for this email:

I just wanted to say thanks for posting this Culture Shock LP. I havent heard this in probably 12 years but has always been a record that I’ve been very fond of, although I unfortunately never owned it nor did I ever find it to buy.

Anyway, just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that you made my week by posting this.


Brooklyn, NY

My pleasure mate. Look out for more in the near future.

Free Noise #17

Artist: Hellbastard
Title: Ripper Crust
Source: Coloured vinyl 12″ LP (mauve)
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 00:40:16
Size (mb): 70.6
Label: Grind / Crust
Year: 1993
Notes: Mastered from original 4-track (!) studio tape

1. Intro…
2. Nazis Killed
3. Massacre
4. Deciever (sic)
5. Insanity
6. Death From Above
7. Life For Who?
8. Kill Or Be Killed
9. Outside Claustrophobia
10. Skag K.D.P.
11. And Now…(pt 1)

RISE OF CRUST!!! Yep, the band that gave us the term released this, their first demo tape, back in the dark days of 1987. Recorded in just six hours for twenty-five quid, this isn’t exactly hi-fi material. But it’s probably all the better for it – the primal power captured here stands strong in its own right and set the standard. The bells and whistles came later and, ultimately, Hellbastard morphed into just another boring extreme speed metal band by the time of the ‘Natural Order’ album, complete with dodgy wailing and even dodgier hair. Shame.

Ripper Crust vinylThe first track I heard from ‘Ripper Crust’ was ‘Massacre’ and it gave me the same hit that I’d got the first time I’d heard ‘Scum’ by Napalm Death and the Extreme Noise Terror side of ‘Earslaughter’. I began to hunt down a copy of the complete tape straight away, desperate for a bigger fix. Fortunately, my mate Pete (guitarist with Pro Patria Mori, a band that didn’t get anywhere near the recognition they deserved IMHO, but that’s another story) had a few and sent me one. The tape, which has long since passed on to C90 heaven, was a semi-permanent fixture of my audio environment for many years. No matter how muddy and hissy it got, I didn’t get bored with it. Fortunately, the vinyl re-release means that I’m still enjoying its rumbling rawness to this day. I suggest that you take this opportunity to experience it too if you haven’t already.

Best listened to with scrumpy and empty bowels.

Trivia fact: Scruff (vox / guitar) was part of ultra-leftist insurrectionaries The Apostles before getting Hellbastard together. I hold The Apostles in high regard for what they did, and will probably get round to putting up one or two things by them too (although compiling the artwork could be a bit of a task because every release came crammed with inserts).

OP’s opinion: 5 – Five

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Free Noise #16

Artist: Culture Shock
Title: Onwards And Upwards
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 00:45:38
Size (mb): 83.6
Label: Bluurg Records
Year: 1988
Notes: Some minor background noise in places

1. Pressure
2. Colour T.V.
3. Fast Foward
4. You Are Not Alone
5. Joyless
6. If You Don’t Like It
7. Civilization Street
8. United
9. Catching Flies
10. When the Fighting’s Over
11. Open Mind Surgery
12. Don’t Worry About It
13. I.S.D.

Centred around Dick Lucas (Subhumans), CS ran for around 3 years in the late 80’s and played in a tight, energetic dub-ska-punk stylee. They were always big free festival favourites and I had the pleasure of this experience, jumping around like a loon on acid, on more than one occasion.

The change in sound from the Subhumans gave Dick a chance to use his voice and words in new ways. The lyrics are more introspective and the vocals, while just as impassioned, have a gentler edge to them. The music bounces around nicely and matches the lyrical mood well. It’s driving and catchy but manages to add melancholic moodiness to the darker elements of the lyrics too. Each song is solid and coherent with just the right amount of variation to ensure that you don’t have time to get bored, and every one is more like a story than a verse-chorus-verse affair. You can read a pretty good track-by-track review written by someone else here.

And, as promised, I’ve also created and uploaded the CD cover and label art (which is why there are no pictures in this post).

OP’s opinion: 5 – Five

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A Bit Of Housekeeping

Over the next few days (or, more likely, months), I intend to take front and back photos of the covers of all of my albums and singles uploaded here. I’m also going to take one of the label, whichever side is more interesting. Then I’m going to edit and resize the cover pics so that they’ll fit in a standard CD case, and the label so it will fit on a CD label. Then I’ll zip and upload them somewhere convenient. Which means that you’ll soon be able to download them and print them off for use if you decide to burn any of the music to CD and want a fancy cover.

What a wonderfully selfless thing to do / I’ve got far too much time on my hands (delete as you see fit).

Free Noise #15

Solitary cover
Artist: Political Asylum
Title: Solitary
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 00:10:09
Size (mb): 17.4
Label: Off The Disk Records (defunct)
Year: 1990
Notes: Deleted. Limited edition of 2000.

1. Solitary
2. Flight Of Fancy
3. Apathy

This 7″ by the Scottish troubadors was recorded live at the Woolmington, Sherbourne, Dorset (England), was released by a Swiss label better known for its metal / extreme music, and raised money for mountain gorilla protection work in Rwanda. Punk internationalism in action! Political Asylum always put on a top quality live show whenever I saw them, and the three tracks here capture the energy and talent pretty well. It’s maybe a little bass heavy but still nice and clear, and nothing that a bit of equalisation won’t sort out if you’re really bothered. If you like it, stick a few coppers in the online gorilla fund hat.

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OP’s opinion: Four

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Free Noise #14

Window On The World cover
Artist: Political Asylum
Title: Window On The World
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:41:58
Size (mb): 270.4
Label: Looney Tunes / Katou / Electrode Records (last two defunct)
Year: 1989
Notes: Tracks 7-13 recorded live.

1 Solitary
2 Apathy
3 Wish She Were Here
4 Flight Of Fancy
5 Down Amongst The Olive Groves
6 Standing Over Me
7 Symptom
8 System Of War
9 The Fifteenth (And A Half) (Wire cover)
10 Window On The World
11 The Medley
12 Winter Of Our Discontent
13 Disarm Or Die

This band started out as staunch pacifists (or ‘passive fists’ as they put it), although they later developed a more combative political approach – even playing at the Class War international conference in 1991 and getting stuck in when a few braindead boneheads tried to crash the party (their first and last mistake). They were a welcome departure from the harsher punk world, producing poprock-tinged melodies and tuneful harmonising amongst very well-played instruments (although, with their Jockish accents, I still can’t help thinking ‘Proclaimers’ when I hear ’em! ). They were also lyrically astute and had a keen grasp of politics and history. Which is probably why Ramsay (their vocalist) went off and started a little distro called AK Press.

I used to have their demo tapes but gave ’em away when my tape player broke and it wasn’t worth the money replacing it. However, if anyone has decent quality rips of ‘Fresh Hate’, ‘Valium For The Masses’ or ‘Walls Have Ears’ (this one in particular), I’d be happy to grab ’em from you.

OP’s opinion: Four half

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Won’t Somebody Please Think Of The Children?!

On a slightly-different-but-still-related tack to the post directly below, we had another international sports-and-socialising tournament over the August bank holiday earlier this year to celebrate our club’s 15th birthday. Over a thousand people turned up for a weekend of ball-related madness, musical shenanigans and the freak show known as ‘Shame Academy’.

My personal responsibility this time round was to get a team of young(ish) Lithuanians that I’d stumbled across over here. The total cost to bring 15 of ’em to Devon from Vilnius was about £1500 so, armed with my trusty sidekick Punky, we smiled sweetly and persuaded some sympathetic friends to put on a few benefit gigs and DJ nights, took full advantage of practical help and freebies directed our way, and accepted kind offers of money from events organised by our sporting friends Red Star Bedminster and Lunatics FC. Punky also decided to come up with something himself.

His ‘something’ turned out to be a rather fine (and slightly controversial with a few of the gentler / parenting Cowfolk) t-shirt that raised about two-thirds of what we needed on its own. If anyone’s interested, a few are still available for a tenner each and the cash will be used to help buy the Lithuanians an ethically-sourced team kit. Let me know if you want one and we’ll sort something out.

The infamous t-shirt
Risqué apparel (front and back)

Needless to say, our proto-capitalist enterprises worked out and the Lithualiens (as we quickly renamed ’em) were a lovely bunch indeed, so much so that a few of us are trooping out to Vilnius next spring to spend a few days there as their guests.

A fine weekend of fun and frolics was had by all concerned and the obligatory transvestism was top-notch. I’ve uploaded my fave pics of the debauchery elsewhere, so take a look if you’ve got a strong constitution and don’t mind images of men dressed as ladies and vice-versa.

Free Noise #13

Football Bootleg
Artist: Subhumans
Title: Football Bootleg
Source: CD LP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 01:12:48
Size (mb): 123.6
Label: None
Year: 2001
Notes: Split into 2 folders for upload but can be burned as .wav files on one CD if needed. Best listened / burnt to CD without gaps.

Folder 1:
1. Intro
2. All Gone Dead
3. So Much Money
4. Can’t Hear The Words
5. Work Experience
6. Don’t Wanna Die
7. Society
8. Evolution
9. Apathy
10. Rats
11. Joe Public
12. It’s Gonna Get Worse
13. Where’s The Freedom
14. New Age

Folder 2:
15. Business Men
16. Point Of View (previously unreleased track!)
17. Human Error
18. Animal
19. Labels
20. Reality Is Waiting For A Bus
21. Mickey Mouse
22. Drugs Of Youth
23. Rain
24. Peroxide
25. Parasites
26. Reason For Existence
27. Religious Wars

I really hope there’s no need to introduce this band. If you haven’t heard (of) them, you’ll have to stay behind after class for extra ‘Punk Rock 101’ lessons.

This set was captured through the desk at Fiddlers Club, Bristol, on 13.06.01. The gig was a benefit for an alternative World Cup tournament that I was involved with, and the CD was released soon afterwards to raise a few more quid (which it successfully did). Only a few hundred were made and the bootleg was fully approved by the band as a few of them were taking part in the ball-kicking exercise too.

There’s no two ways about it, this a mighty fine recording of a classic live set. It includes an early version of ‘Point Of View’, only just properly released on their latest studio album.
Football Bootleg labelThe band don’t mind folk filesharing (they took down the mp3 section from their site due to bandwidth usage and advised people to do just that), so help yourselves in a guilt-free fashion to this gem. If you like it, buy something from the band / label or go see ’em live and give yourself a great workout at a fraction of the cost of monthly gym membership.

This one’s especially for Andrew J – hope you enjoy it mate.

OP’s opinion: Five

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A Friendly Request

A couple of the Blogger bloggers in my side bar don’t allow comments from non-Blogger bloggers. I’ve grabbed a few things from their excellent uploads but I can’t leave a thanks without signing up for a Blogger account. I can barely remember my own name sometimes, so there’s just no chance of remembering user names and logins for every social networking site out there (note the use of hip and modern terminology). So, if any of you ever find this post, ‘Cheers’ for the noise. And can I ask you ever-so-nicely to liberalise your comment regimes so I can leave a more personal response in future? Ta.

Re-open For Business

Punk Torrents has opened up registration again. I don’t know how long this will last for (in recent times it’s been 24 hours), so you may want to register quick if you want to jump on the BitTorrent bandwagon. If you use Windows I’d suggest using uTorrent as your client (I’ve not bothered or needed to update it since the 1.6.1. build 483 beta version), although I’m hoping that one of the open source options will soon match its specs.

You may also want to have a read of an older post I wrote that explains the whole kaboodle in a bit more detail.

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