91-04-21 Zygote – Hiatus – (Dirt)

Posted: December 8, 2011 in VV 1991
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extra poster (made by Jurgen ‘Spatje’ Fiems):

91-04-21 Dirt Zygote Hiatus (Spatje)

I organised 2 shows for ‘Zygote’ at the V.V. Herwin of ‘Bad Influence’ asked me to set these up. Financial disasters! I didn’t arrange any concerts ever again. This time ‘Dirt’ was gonna come along but they didn’t show up…


‘Zygote’ from Bath, the “descendents” of ‘Amebix’, consisted of Chris(tian) ‘Stig (da Pig)’ Miller (vocals/guitar), George ‘Smutpig’ Fletcher (vocals/guitar), Tim ‘Crow’ Shapland (bass, ex ‘Smartpils’) and Robert ‘Spider’ Richards (drums). They came over for the second time. People described them as “crusty ‘Amebix’ with influences of ‘Motorhead’ and ‘Killing Joke’…”. This was right before the recording of A Wind Of Knives (released on MCR UK recs), so perhaps Mike Foster was there too?

Older and younger bands were combined as usual… ‘Hiatus’ was off course not brand-new – they already did a show for Smurfpunx e.g. (91-03-23) – but they didn’t have the track-record (yet) the British lads had. ‘Daydream’ was the band that evolved from ‘Chaotic Contrast’ with Kris ‘Kid’ Verhelst (guitar & vocals), Joeri Vleurick (bass) and Sling (drums, also of ‘Chronic Disease’). Kind of local…

It’s very well possible that I met the guy from Skuld releases (‘Kleister’, Oliver Schmid) there for the 1st time. He released vinyl of ‘Zygote’ and ‘Bad Influence’…


This was one of the few gigs we did (maybe 3, 4 in total). We didn’t rehearse enough (as always). I recall that we had to start one song 4-5 times over again ‘cause we kept playing out of tune…

Kris ‘Kid’ Verhelst, ‘Daydream’ guitarist

I just remember enjoying the bands and being surprised to see punks with long hair and leather pants, metal-head style… I still had the ‘punk-rocker style’ stereotype in my head, silly prejudice… I woke up in the middle of the venue, totally covered with benches, chairs and other stuff. British humour…

Willy ‘Hiatus’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

On top, Kid writes: “We like the Vort’n Vis alot; it’s awesome here. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to play (even though it wasn’t an immense success, better next time).” At the bottom, some words by Leffe: “Muchos Gracia to the VV for putting on this gig.”

Apparently Joris De Buysser (Bonds of Friendship zine; later Conspiracy recs) was there too: “Finally a fun little pub in Belgium. Ha! I’m the first SxE in this guestbook. Anarchy and stuff.” (with some of his Greek friends?).  And Herwin gives some compliments aswell… ;-)

And Vrokker (‘Chronic Disease’ bassist) attended aswell: “This is some totally different than going to work.”

additions wellcome!…

  1. Brob Tilt! says:

    For an interview with ‘Hiatus’ (1996-97), go to: Hiatus (interview Tilt! #9)

  2. I’m suprised we (‘Zygote’) played twice in ’90 and ’91… Times of outrageous messed up fun but a great place (from what little I can remember), good people, great times…
    Stig C Miller (‘Amebix’ / ‘Zygote’ / etc.)

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