IT'S A LIVING… BUT IT'S NOT A LIFE #13.4
J Church and Honey Bear - It's already in the 90s
Still living with the English fear...
CRINGER LIVE VIDEO
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We're gonna do a little summer tour partly with Dillinger Four this
Summer in the Mid West. I don't know the dates yet. But I know it starts
on June 30th in Denton and ends on July 9th with the Soviettes at Beerland
in Austin. We will hopefully also be playing with Da Da Swing on the 11th.
As soon as I know more, I'll post it.
LET THE TRIBE INCREASE
For those of you who don't know, I've been working on a book for the
past few years about the UK anarcho punk scene from the late `70s to the
end of the `80s. I decided to name it after the classic LP from the Mob
as they were always one of my main influences (I almost named the book
You Can't Cheat Karma). Anyway, I'm in the final few
months of writing. Maximum Rock N Roll has been running the chapters as
articles with Antisect being the latest I believe. Recently, I've also
sent them the chapters on Amebix, Faction, Anarka and Poppy, the Apostles,
Chimp Eats Banana, Dominant Patri and Toxic Shock. Even if you were never
into the anarcho scene, I hope you can find some interest in these groups
as they tell some interesting stories and represent a time and attitude
in punk that for the most part doesn't exist anymore. There is still a
great tradition of anarcho bands and there is a wider variety of musical
styles relating to that ideology. Hopefully in a decade someone will be
writing about the `90s anarcho scene and so forth.
2004 "SOCIETE EST UNE FLEUR CARNIVORE" EUROPEAN TOUR DIARY
NOVEMBER 23rd – LILLE, France
I feel sorry for the local openers. They get a couple of songs off before
the PA Pepe Le Poop's out. We wait with Sainte Catherine's for two hours
until they find a replacement. The show must go on! By the end of the
night I'm feeling pretty sick. We stay with some kids who live nearby.
It's a little like a frat house. I need to get out so I decide to sleep
in the van. I walk the empty streets for a couple of hours to clear my
head. I figured I might be feeling sick from all the cigarette smoke.
NOVEMBER 24th – LILLE, France (Urban Chaos)
I was deliriously sick all day. I didn't eat anything and just slept in
the van. When I get sick on the road, sometimes 16 hours of sleep cures
me. Other times, it makes it far worse. This was to be the first of two
days off. But Frenchy punker pub, Urban Chaos, said we could play with
Sainte Catherines. I was really, really sick and don't remember a thing.
NOVEMBER 25th – POITIERS, France (off)
So, so, so sick. Sleep. No food. Fever. I guess we were supposed to play
tonight with Sainte Catherines. No way was that gonna happen.
NOVEMBER 26th – BORDEAUX, France (Local Universel)
So sick. So totally sick. Still, this is the first show to feel like a
European tour. A big ass squat, veggie chili and giant, overzealous squatter
dogs everywhere you look. Christophe from the great Stonehenge records
set up the gig. He's a cool guy but I was far too sick to hang out. I
spend a lot of time considering how sickness, overexertion and the freezing
weather is affecting my health. I cough myself to sleep in a dark funk.
NOVEMBER 27th – LYON, France (Ground Zero)
The stressful, ridden with illness, French leg ends with an amazing show.
Ground Zero is packed and both bands go down storming. I'm so sick I have
a hard time enjoying any of it. But it still feels good finishing on a
high and the promoter, Muriel, is very sweet. After a ridiculously long
walk in the freezing cold, both bands crash out at her flat and she gives
me a cool Cringer silk screen she had made years ago.
Tonight was our last show of the tour with David playing guitar. He could
only do the first part as he's got work and school obligations he can't
get out of. This is gonna be a problem at some point. He catches a ride
with some kids after we play to the airport so the last time I see him
NOVEMBER 28th – MILAN, Italy (Leon Cavallo)
I haven't been here in years. God, I love the food here. Vats of pasta
cooked perfect with an awesome sauce. I love it more than the pizza here.
The gig is great as are the opening band that I think are called the
Manges. They're one of the bands on Stardumb which is a pretty solid label.
We were supposed to do something for them at one point, but fucked it
up somehow. Some mean people say that Stardumb is the best American punk
label in Europe. But they've got their own identity. Especially once you
see a band like the Manges or the Apers, you know they don't at all sound
Sometimes I feel that even big receptive audiences don't really get what
we're doing. So few Americans get what bands like us are about, it's hard
to imagine people who don't speak English as a first language can relate.
But tonight was great. People weren't here just to be entertained by the
jumping American chimps.
NOVEMBER 29th – VIAREGGIO, Italy (Matilda)
You know how truck stop food in most countries kind of sucks? Not in Italy!
You can get pasta with a sauce and good olive oil on all the tables for
Even better, tonight's show is in a really nice restaurant where we eat
like kings. Another great Italian gig with a cool crowd, it didn't take
us long to hit our stride as a trio. Might even sound better on some songs.
The kid doing the show made a projected J Church with Power Point, which
was kind of embarrassing though well intentioned. Ah, it was cool. Another
great Stardumb related band played with us tonight. The Waukees are a
mix of catchy garage and pop punk with a good dose of covers. They were
pretty nice kids.
Ben is starting to suffer from his inability to score with the ladies
of Europe. In response, he gets really loaded lashing out saying, "Italy
is racist!" Later on, he'll think it's as funny as the rest of us
NOVEMBER 30th – TORINO, Italy (Antidox)
Sounds like the El Paso squat where we usually play is having some major
problems. Unfortunately, we play the Antidox club instead. It's a cool
place. It's just a little big for us. Tonight is half full, echoing and
Haymarket Riot opened. I'd never seen or met them before. Kinda reminded
me of Tar in a lot of ways. I guess I was expecting something a bit more
anarcho with that sort of name.
The great Frontiera also played. I've been a fan since the `80s when
they were called Kina. Great melodic Italian punk, I was as much a fan
of them as I was of Negazione, CCM and Indigesti. If you don't know either
band, everything has been reissued and is well worth tracking down.
DECEMBER 1st – BOLOGNA, Italy (Atlantide)
Went to the Magma Anarchist Collective before the show. Met some cool
people and got some cool posters.
I felt a little bad about this show. I just couldn't get it together.
It was just one of those shows where I couldn't play right. I felt weirdly
limited and completely frustrated. We didn't do an encore despite the
great crowd and I felt like a jerk. Maybe I'm still having a hard time
with the final days of my illness. Maybe I just haven't had enough sleep
these last few days. I could just feel myself out of step the whole night
and not playing at full capacity. It's an infuriating feeling.
DECEMBER 2nd – UDINE, Italy (Volturno)
I've always wanted to get to this squat and we did it just in time. Sounds
like this was their last show before the place was torn down. It's a fuckin'
shame when yet another old squat runs out of time. Another great meal,
the squat makes their own olive oil and a great fruit juice of grapes
and honey. It's like something the Zeus would drink.
IN THE J CHURCH LISTENING ROOM
EPOXIES, THE - Stop The Future CD
I'm not really sure why I love this group so much. New Wave seems so
evil. First wave was the blatant commercial co-opting of punk rock. I
guess now that punk rock is about as mainstream and commercial as it can
get, even new wave seems like a breath of fresh air at times. The Epoxies
are sort of like Rocket From The Crypt where you know at least some of
it is a put on. But they love it at the same time. It's ironic and a guilty
pleasure all at once.
The second album is a lot better than the first album in a lot of ways.
The production is miles better which is great. Good new wave needs a good
drum sound and well-recorded vocals. The songs are catchy as hell and
standup to anything on the first record. In fact they even further mine
areas like the Missing Persons and even Blondie. It's You
seems like the natural hit. But I'm usually wrong about these things.
How can anyone not love this song?
And it's funny. The backing vocals on Robot Man are
so, uh, new wave. The record cover even makes me think of Panorama.
I'm really looking forward to their Eat To The Beat.
(Fat Wreck Chords)
V/A - Anti-War: Anarcho-Punk Compilation Vol. 1 CD
Sean McGhee has been a huge help to me in finding old anarchos to interview
for my book on anarcho punk. His first compilation on Overground of classic
anarcho-punk is an amazing overview of British punk and how truly varied
it was for a time.
On the one hand you've got the more traditionally punk sounding groups
like DIRT, Instigators, Omega Tribe, etc. But you also get the country
folk punk of the hugely underrated Astronauts. You get the quasi new wave
of Youth In Asia. Of course, you get the melodic yet indefinable music
Zounds and Flowers In The Dustbin.
Twenty-three bands in all with a little info on each, this is the Time-Life
equivalent of the anarcho days. It's all classic stuff. I can't wait for
the next two volumes.
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