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No Defences - Released

THE DEBUT ALBUM by No Defences has secured a belated release on the Demo Tapes label, 32 years after it was first recorded for Crass Records. The twelve-inch vinyl Released LP has been pressed from a ‘cassette copy of a rough mix’ shared with the band before the Crass Records project was abandoned late in 1985.

The record is available for purchase online from Lavidaesunmus, and Rough Trade (in the UK), Faith / Void (Canada), Grave Mistake Records (USA) and other independent retailers.

Recorded in 1985 for Crass Records but never released, Demo Tapes do the decent thing and release this five track lost album by five piece South London band No Defences. The album was recorded at Southern Studios with Pete Wright producing, but it was never completed. This album has been painstakingly put together and remastered from tapes taken from the studio at the time. Their sound was anything but anarcho punk – it had a strong tribal element in the rhythm section, post punk flourishes in the guitar work and lyrics that were poetic, individual and radical. The songs were often long with multiple timing changes but always with an intensity and passion. No Defences played gigs with everyone at the time from Crass to Flux of Pink Indians to Crucifix and toured with Chumbawamba and Reality Control but sounding like none of these bands. No Defences were a special band and after years and years of trying to release this album, Demo Tapes are proud to release Released 32 years after it was recorded. It comes with a full size full colour booklet with photos, lyrics, archive and a full list of every gig No Defences played.

A note from the band in the full-size colour booklet explains:

This recording comes from a cassette recording of a rough mix made during the recording of our album for Crass Records in 1985 (as the original multi-track tapes had been recorded over or lost). At the time we hoped to take it further sonically than what you hear on this record but sadly it was never mixed or finished and No Defences then disbanded at the end of 1985. Huge thanks to Sean for now releasing this. Some of us had lost touch and not spoken for decades and it’s been great to catch up and work together again. Thanks also to Paco [Mus] and to those who lent material for this booklet. No Defences were Dik, Sid, Bev, Iggy, Andy.

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Omega Tribe - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Omega Tribe
Rubella Ballet - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Rubella Ballet
Lost Cherrees - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Lost Cherrees
Hagar the Womb - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Hagar the Womb
The Pukes - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
The Pukes

The Another Winter of Discontent (AWOD) 2017 punk festival, held at The Dome, Tufnell Park London, 16-19 February, came to a memorable and fitting conclusion yesterday with ‘Vi Day’, a memorial for and celebration of the life of Vi Subversa of Poison Girls. Vi’s son Pete Fender, who performed on stage with Hagar the Womb, Lost Cherrees and Omega Tribe posted his appreciation to the organisers and bands who made the event possible.


 
Elsewhere on Facebook: Chris Low has posted some excellent photos of the sets by Dirt and by Rubella Ballet; Omega Tribe has added a gallery of photos from the band’s set.
 

 
Poster for AWOD 2017 - Vi Day

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A new interview with the reformed Omega Tribe has been published in the Bulgarian zine Sofia Rebel Station (13 October 2016), which has been translated into English by DIYConspiracy.net.
 
Omega Tribe - Angry Songs - sleeve

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In a feature in The Guardian‘s music section, published earlier this month (4 November 2016), Steve Von Till of the Oakland metal band Neurosis select tracks from the 1980s British anarcho-punk scene and concludes that: ‘Crass were the mother of all bands’.

Von Till selects Discharge (Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing); Subhumans (From the Cradle to the Grave); Rudimentary Peni (When You Are a Martian Church); Crass (Mother Earth) and Chumbawamba (Stagnation/Liberation).
 
Neurosis - Crass were the mother of all punk bands - The Guardian

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A group of film students at Falmouth University are looking to crowdsource the funding for a documentary exploring the history and legacy of “anarcho-punk within the southwest of England” and, specifically, the work of The Mob.

It depends on how much you know, but it is quite fair to say, that although the anarcho punk scene was not the most commercially pleasing, it definitely meant most “business” of anyone of its counterpart punk waves! The standard conversation is about bands like Crass, Conflict, Poison Girls, Rubella Ballet, Flux of Pink Indians, Rudimentary Peni, Dirt, Omega Tribe! (this is not only a quick grouping, but a loose one) but what I want to consider is the idea of anarcho-punk within the southwest of England!! How the politics of rural England perhaps influenced young minds differently to the urban perspective.

The other aim is to explore the idea of youth politics, how have the old school bands kept to or or changed their politics! And how does it influence their lives three decades on.

We have been in talks with Mark Wilson of The Mob and members of Virus! More TBC

You can find out more and leave a donation, or fund a reward, on the Old Life, Our World Crowdfunder site. The pitch stays open until the morning of 20 December 2016, when all pledges will be taken to fund the project.
 

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Twenty three of the exhibition pieces from the recent The Art of Crass exhibition are on show as part of the Punk in the East festival taking place in Norwich.

The Art of Crass pieces are on show in the The Alley, 20 Brideswell Alley, Norwich NR2 1HX (Wednesday: 11:00-18:00; Friday and Saturday: 11:00-23:30; Sunday-Tuesday: closed). Entry is free, and the exhibition runs until 3 December 2016.

The full programme of the festival can be found on the Punk in the East site.

 

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Gee Vaucher - poster for Introspective exhibition

THE POSTER FOR the upcoming Gee Vaucher ‘Introspective’ exhibition at the Firstsite gallery in Colchester has been released.

The exhibition runs from 12 November 2016 to 19 February 2017, and admission is free. A series of events, talks and performances will also run in parallel with the exhibition (details and ticket prices to follow).

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High St, Colchester CO1 1JH
http://www.firstsite.uk.net
http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/gee-vaucher

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