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I arranged 3 shows (unfortunately the 3rd got cancelled, as did the UK shows) for ‘Resist’ (from Portland, Oregon) & ‘U.F.D.’ (‘Uncounted Faces of Death’, Ger) (a tour organised by Ueli Schill of Romp Productions in Luzern, Switzerland).

‘Resist’ (political HC/ anarchopunk) – on this tour – were Kelly Halliburton (bass), Tony Mengis (vocals), Ty Smith (drums; R.I.P.) and Ward Young (guitar). ‘Resist’ only played about 20 minutes here since Kelly had hurt his hand…

‘U.F.D.’ were a political hardcore band from the Metzgerstrasse-squat scene in Hanau. Their lyrics were in German. Although I think you could call their music metal-influenced, the band themselves labeled it “Psycore” (from ‘psychedelic’?). The band consisted of Norman Schlimmer (vocals), Arno Hartmann (guitar), Robert ‘Roi’ Wellershoff (bass) & Jeff Howard (drums). I think it’s also worthwhile to state that they produced great, elaborated artwork…

The French ‘Pilgrims’ were apparently a straight-edge band… Can’t remember anything about them. I was told the guy singing for them (Ian) used to be in the Paris punk band ‘Flitox’ (he also ran Jungle Hop recs) and they did a ‘Bad Brains’ cover…

This was the 2nd passage of my mate Dirk ‘Scum’ and his ‘Zero Positives’ at the V.V. (They’d also played in Poperinge)… [See: 23 feb ’91]

Brob

‘U.F.D.’ played a long set. Indeed: heavy and rather technical metal! I think that was a joke by Lord Moloch about the ‘Pilgrims’ being straight-edge. They were anything but… as far as I can remember. I organised (a part of) the European tour for the ‘Pilgrims’ at that time. I also drove for them…

Dirk ‘Scum’, ‘Zero Positives’ vocalist

The Ieper days were special to me, as was that whole time-period in the early and mid-90’s when I was first touring over there a lot.

Kelly Halliburton (also in ‘Cluster Bomb Unit’, ‘Defiance’, ‘Masskontrol’, ‘Detestation’, etc.)

It’s been 20 years and all I remember from then really is stealing wine with those guys from ‘Hiatus’ after I had already passed out once that day and drinking ’till the sun came up and passing out on top of the tour-van. Not very productive or political that day but damn it was fun!

Tony Mengis, ‘Resist’ vocalist

I don’t remember much of these shows because to the heavy use of some substances. We played 30 shows in 5 weeks so memories kinda blur. Our set was about 1 hour long as it usually was and that we called our music’s term ‘psycore’ was derived from ‘psycho’ not ‘psychedelic’. All in all our stay in Belgium was good in my recollection, it was the only time in my life I visited that country and sadly we didn’t have time to see much of it.

If someone remembers us and is interested in listening to our music (again): you can find some of it on youtube and everything is available to download freely [Brob: links in Norman’s comment].

Thanx to Brob for making it possible for us to play Belgium!

Norman, singer for ‘U.F.D.’

‘Resist’ photgraphed by Karl Penando:

‘Resist’ photgraphed by Eric ‘React’ W.:

‘Resist’ (Kelly-Ward-Ty-Tony) on tour (somewhere where there’s mountains; source unknown):

‘Resist’ & ‘U.F.D.’ (source unknown):

pictures of ‘U.F.D.’ (by Eric ‘React’):

pictures of ‘Zero Positives’ (by Eric ‘React’) * guitarists Bart & Maarten, drummer Borre, ‘Scum’ the skirt & bassist Kris:

The night before ‘Resist’ played at La Zone in Liège. They spend a heavy drinking night in my flat above the venue. Kelly broke his hand… They asked us to join them to Ieper the day after. I puked in their van… We played a set at the V.V. That must’ve been the day when the SxE HC kids grabbed me off the stage and held me up during one song [Brob: see pics that Willy provided below.]. Scary. “Cheers for the flight!”, I said. ‘U.F.D.’ had a little quarrel with Phil [‘Hiatus’ guitarist], who used their amp without asking before.

Willy ‘Hiatus’

I visited that one. My girlfriend (who’s now my wife) & I were traveling Europe, staying with Willis Nollomont (from ‘Hiatus’) & his girlfriend Isabelle in Liège at the time. I used to run Desperate Attempt recs (89-97); we put out the ‘Hiatus’/’Embittered’ split-7″…

Christopher R. Eagan; Louisville, Kentucky

see also ===> 92-06-13 Kelly ‘Resist’s extra photos

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

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My pal Ilja S. (Berlin, Profane Existence contributor) wrote me a whole argumentation about why ‘Pissed’ shouldn’t have toured Europe (yet) at that time. I’m not gonna rehash it here. Bruno (Genet recs; who set up the tour) obviously thought otherwise… Actually only Joel made it to the Vort’n Vis. (Unfortunately we didn’t manage to sit down and talk a lot because there were loads of people – ‘Doom’ played and after the show he took off with them and Bruno to Spain.) Todd, the guitarist left the band after the gig in Eindhoven (Nl). I’d hoped to speak to Dan again (First met him at the ‘Nausea’ gig: 91-04-28) but he wasn’t in a good mood and went to Amsterdam after the gig. My friends from ‘Alians’ from Poland did it alone… (They would also have troubles continuing later on…) I wanted to help Bruno out by tryin’ to find other bands (‘No More’, ‘Hiatus’, ‘Acid Rain Dance’ – the drummer of the latter, Quaddel drove for ‘Anarcrust’ in the earlier part of the tour) to come along but none of these were available…

‘Doom’ (crust band from Birmingham) at that time was (Anthony) Tony ‘Stick’ Dickens (drums) (ex ‘Extreme Noise Terror’), Brian ‘Rancid Trout’ Talbot (guitar), Sned (bass, ad interim), I think Tom Croft (ex ‘Genital Deformities’) was singing at that time…

4th appearance of ‘6 Feet Over’ at the Vort’n Vis… (More about their 1st time: 91-06-08)

‘Acoustic Grinder’, a -what else- grindcore/noisecore band from Riemst (Belgian Limburg), were Raf ‘Stevie’ Vandeweyer (vocals), Jan ‘Gore’ Beckers (guitar), ‘Putrid’ Peter Peumans a.ka. ‘Slebber’ (bass) & Joost Peumans (drums).

Brob

flyer kindly provided by Peter Peumans. Cheers!

I think that no US band should tour Europe without having first made a tour in the States!

Ilja S., Profane Existence Berlin; personal communication 1993

I guess I can’t thank you enough for your help with our tour-disaster. Yes, the blame for the demise of the tour sits mostly on our shoulders for splitting up half way through.

Dan ‘Troll’ Siskind, bass & vocals for ‘Pissed’, Profane Existence Minneapolis; personal communication 1993

‘Pissed’ were indeed supposed to play at the Vort’n Vis in Feb. 1993 with ‘Doom’. We broke up that day so it was all pretty dramatic. Dan (‘Pissed’ bassist) was actually at this gig, too. He was really depressed and got really drunk, and then took off to Amsterdam and then home the next day. Then I went off to France, Luxemburg, Spain and Portugal with ‘Doom’. That was as fun as playing with my own band!

Joel Olson, ‘Pissed’ drummer [once co-editor of HippyCore zine & contributor to Profame Existence]

‘Pissed’ split up before this part of their tour they played U.K. in January . We took Joel on the tour though; he was a good friend from HippyCore…

Sned, bass for ‘Doom’

One of the ‘Pissed’ guys came with us. I remember playing there on a tour Bruno “organised” (the tour was badly thought out; too much driving & no cash left at end – all went on diesel & road-tolls) & we played in the garage & it was so cold I played in my coat & wooly hat. That’s only ever happened there.

I have no idea why ‘Pissed’ broke up but the tour was such a disaster it would have cost a lot more money for both bands to travel so Bruno would still be paying for it now…

Stick, ‘Doom’ drummer

One memory I have of the Vort’n Vis is being attacked while I was having sex with a girl upstairs. I didn’t know she had a boyfriend and was at the gig also! I think that was the ‘Doom’ gig when we played in the garage at the back in winter. It was so cold that Stick played the set with his donkey-jacket on.

Bri, ‘Doom’ guitarist

None of us were there: ‘N.O.F.’ was touring around that time, played elsewhere…

Jeroen Lauwers

Stick ‘Doom’ & Karl ‘6 F.O.’ (Sned & Bruno in the background) [courtesy of Karl]

‘Doom’ in the snowy V.V. yard (courtesy of Sned)

‘Doom’ & ‘Pissed’ on the road…

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

Yep, it was cold indeed (no heating in the ‘big room’)… Wim & Chat’n (‘Blindfold’ singer & drummer) apparently ‘stood guard’ at the entrance

‘Pissed’ was supposed to play here but we didn’t. It’s okay ‘cause we suck anyway. Cheers to Bruno (master of the universe), ‘6 Feet Over’, Sned & ‘Doom’. Also, a fucking huge thanks to all who work at the Vort’n Vis. Many European people don’t realize how great the autonomous/anarchist/punk culture here is and how well organised it is, especially compared to the shitty U.S. Work to keep what you’ve got so it grows and eventually all nazi/capitalist jerk-offs die a crushing horrible death while we fuck shit up to the new ‘One By One’ lp. Anarchy & peace. Joel/Profane Existence

Sned filled in on bass for ‘Doom’ on this tour; Billy Steele (‘Sedition’) was the designated driver…

‘Doom’s way of saying thank you to Bruno ;-)

additions wellcomed!…