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92-03-29 Yuppicide bis

92-03-29 Yuppicide

‘Yuppicide’ a band from NYC (Brooklyn) played catchy HC with slick riffs that stick to your brain. I can still hum the melodies of Envy or the later Greed. Lyrics were clever too. They were: Steve Karp (guitar), Jes(se) Jones (vocals), John ‘Kid’ Lynch (drums; ex ‘S.F.A.’; left the band after recording their 7”, replaced by Pete Guinan) and Joe Keefe (bass). At that time they had a self-titled 7” on Evacuate (’90) under their belt. Their LP Fear Love (Wreck-Age) was also released around 1992. Martin Valasek released a tape on his label (Malarie recs) of their gig in Brno, Czechoslovakia (92-05-09). They toured through Europe for 7 weeks. Right after this tour (July) they recorded (still with Kid on drums) the You’ve Been Warned! 7” – also on Wreck-Age (who re-released the 1st 7”). The band came back the next year (93-11-07)…

92-03-29 Yuppicide (band) by Eric W

92-03-29 Yuppicide (git) by Eric W92-03-29 Yuppicide (vox) by Eric W92-03-29 Yuppicide (vox)' by Eric W (-)‘Yuppicide’, photographed by Eric W. (React distribution)

After a bunch of shows together with other European bands (91-12-21, 91-12-31 & 92-02-22) ‘Blindfold’ got to ‘support’ a U.S. band… All this playing got them ready to go into the studio again for their 7” Sober Mind Meditation 7” in September. (Though they handed  out some copies of a promo-tape before that I think).

In the encyclopaedias the lemma for ‘Blindfold’ will always be “They played a blend of hardcore and emo with smart political and personal lyrics, and lived a drug-free lifestyle.”. This is, of course, true but to me they will be the guys that shared the shitwork with me (and others) at the Vort’n Vis (Chat’n, Wim & Hans) at that time. Friends also. I kinda taught Hans to play bass (over an old amp that was ‘forgotten’ in our rehearsal-space) so he could join us in ‘Yuppies’Death’. He was a fan of my first band ‘Repulsives’ and followed us (together with U.J., and Narre (of ‘Dreft’) – the Westland Hardcore crew, as they called them – if I remember correctly). I went to Kortrijk to pick him and his sis Saskia up to drive to gigs, had chats with his mum over coffee, etc. Wim was a smart guy, I distributed his zine-efforts and when he came to study in Gent a bit later, we discussed what he’d learned during his ethics and other courses (not always agreeing), developed a “post-modern” friendship (as he called it in one of his letters of that time)…

‘Suffocare’ (Brugge) played straightforward hardcore-punk. The guys in the band were Alex Monballiu (bass & vocals), Frederik ‘Bibber’ (guitar), Xavier ‘Stesse’ (drums); later replaced by Koen ‘Siesele’ Lammens). They released a 7” by themselves in 1991, called Shock Perfecta.

Brob

Our first 7” was Deprogrammers Do Not Exist. We recorded that [Brob: At Metropool Studio in Hengelo, NL; where ‘N.O.F.’ also recorded.] around ‘91, I think October.

Hans Verbeke

Suffocare promo‘Suffocare’

From Reminder zine (done by Wim & Chat’n ‘Blindfold’):

>>‘Blindfold’ and ‘Yuppicide’ hit the stage that Sunday. ‘Blindfold’ had a very nice sound. The audience wasn’t very active (though they knew the words: ‘It’s a suicide – spiritual suicide”). Almost every song was explained; the deal with ego-tripping, jealousy, drugs, meat. ‘Blindfold’ proves hardcore is more than music. ‘Yuppicide’ is a funny HC formation outa NY. The singer was enjoying himself with his water-gun and his funny steps. Musically: they play pretty original, not very fast (not rough) hardcore (not the typical NY-style).<<

‘Yuppicide’ interviewed (in ’93) in Hazel & Nathalie’s zine Superfluous #1 (U.J. shot some nice pics):

>>The show in ’92 was at the beginning of the tour. The only thing we felt weird about that show was that the crowd seemed to be divided between SxE, ‘clean cut’ people and anarchist punks. Our band has an SxE member, a beer-drinking member, a pot-smoker and a vegetarian – these issues do not divide us – we can respect each others opinions. […] The European tour was great; we had an amazing time. We were treated so well and it was great to know that people from totally different cultures were interested in what we were doing.

I’m pleased you could tell I was enjoying myself. [Jesse toying around with a water-gun and other attributes.] I like to put on ‘a show’; it makes the experience of seeing our band live more exciting and interesting. Also: we are having fun – and stage-antics and props bring a sense of humour tot the whole event.<<

The early tours we came to Europe for 5-7 weeks and play almost every night, so that’s 35-45 shows each tour! So they blend in together for me. Steve Karp’s memory is the best in the band (which could have something to do with him being Straight Edge, but who knows?).

Jesse, ‘Yuppicide’ singer

92 Yuppicide

We in the band were pretty sick and I think a few of us played with fevers because we had some kind of flu. I’m pretty sure we also slept on the stage of the club after the gig. I remember the place a little: not so many people there and I don’t remember any of the other bands we played with.

The tour was set up by Steffen Rose, who ran Navigator Productions. I think at this point of the tour, this guy Peter [Carstens; from Flensburg ?] was driving us – he was from northern Germany and had pink dreads. At another part of the tour (2) German women (and their dog) drove us. Bettina was the tall, pale gal with bleach blonde dreads and glasses. The shorter gal with shorter dark hair was Brigitte. They lived in Flensburg. [Brob: Bettina Geile lives in Bremen nowadays.]

Yes, John Lynch was on drums; he’d been to Europe with ‘S.F.A.’ before ‘Yuppicide’ went. Joe and I had never been to Europe [Brob: Jesse originates from London.], so it was a pretty overwhelming experience for us. Joe (the bassist) and I made the decision to bring our heads and power-converters; we carried them in these custom-crates that Joe made (he’s a carpenter). I had my brother’s Gibson Firebrand guitar and a black SG.

Steve Karp, ‘Yuppicide’ guitarist

Haven’t seen or heard ‘Bibber’ in years. Xavier lives in Kortrijk but not in touch…

‘Siesele’, ‘Suffocare’s later drummer

There was a good scene around the Vort’n Vis, I had been there since it opened (on the Kiekemarkt) and jumped at any chance to play there with ‘Suffocare’. Alltough they attracted an audience that wasn’t always very tolerant towards the likes of me, because of my extensive drinking-habits. I was quite fond of ‘Blindfold’. I stil have their music right here at home. I never part with old vinyl or tapes! ‘Yuppicide’ was quite a creative lot, they played their songs like natural. Their show was put together well. From that moment on, I found that the scene started to change, not better, nor worse, just different. We were still serving the old style concrete hardcore-punk, while audiences required actual musical performance. For me it was more about attitude and that message seemed gone at the time. I’m not sobbing about it, I’m still playing: we’re called ‘The Sillycons’ now. Still in touch with ‘Stesse’ (Xavier Charlet), every so often with ‘Bibber’ (Frederik Couleit) and I wish I would see more of ‘Siesele’ (Koen Lammens) our later drummer. I wouldn’t mind seeing the guys from both ‘Blindfold’ and ‘Yuppicide’ again. I hope they’re all well.

Alex Monballiu

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 92-03-29 - (book A) Jesse & Steve YuppicideVV 92-03-29 - (book A) Kid Yuppicide

additions wellcome!…

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More on this concert: 94-03-05 Health Hazard – Kitchener – Ex Cathedra – Nessun Dorma – As Usual

Pics kindly donated by Isobel ‘Issy’ Craig, unless stated otherwise

94-03-05 Ex Cathedra 1 (Issy)Alex (guitar) – Jim (drums) – Issy (bass) – Andi (vocals)

94-03-05 Ex Cathedra 2 (Issy)94-03-05 Ex Cathedra 3 (Issy)94-03-05 Ex Cathedra 4 (Issy)(Alain & Laurent from Liège paing attention…)

94-03-05 Ex-Cathedra (by Maynard Schut)pic courtesy of Maynard Schut

94-03-05 Ex Cathedra Issy (Issy)Issy in the upstairs room

94-03-05 Kitchener bass (Issy)94-03-05 Kitchener bass+drums (Issy)94-03-05 Kitchener bass+drums' (Issy)‘Kitchener’s Tim (‘NoMeansNo’ shirt), Pete (drums) & Steve (bass also; Tim & Steve switched instruments)

94-03-05 Health Hazard - Nessun Dorma - Ex Carhedra (+)

‘Kitchener’ (from Hulme, Manchester) were originally Tim H*** (guitar, vox), Pete Osmond (bass, vox), Pete Darlington (drums) and Steveland Minta (guitar, vox). In the beginning they were called ‘Body Bag’ and played fast thrashy hardcore-punk (some people compared them to ‘Born Against’ too…). Then came the name change to ‘Kitchener’ and they slimmed down to a 3-piece after Pete Osmond left to run Land Of Treason distro. Their 7” The Price Of Progression was released by Flat Earth with the help of Nabate & Refusenik in 93/94. Later Steve did a band called ‘Grover’ (together with his brother) and played a more melodic punky style… (Click here for some more info on ‘Kitchener’)

Touring with them was ‘Health Hazard’ (Bradford; Mandy / Sned / Alec / Gazza)… Sned writes on his flatearthrecs.blogspot: “We toured in Europe together, I used to love watching the crowd watching Pete on the drums as the chaos ensued and the jaws dropped.”… It was their 2nd time here after 93-09-18 and they would be back (2 weeks later 94-03-19, and 95-02-11). Seemed like those lads had a second home here in Europe… Their set in Toulouse (94-02-22) was recorded and Fred Jourdan (‘Ultimate Disorder’) put it out on a split-tape (with ‘Hiatus’). After this tour they recorded (with Bri ‘Doom’ Talbot behind the desk) for their 10” (released on Alec & Sned’s Flat Earth recs). For those who don’t know (?) or can’t remember: “abrasive, thrashing, overpowering blasts of hardcore fury with caustic female vocals”…

‘Ex Cathedra’ were/are an anarcho punk band from Glasgow, Scotland. Another band from Glasgow! But this one played ska-punk… The band consisted of Alex Aiken (guitar & vocals), Andy ‘Andi’ Chalmers (vocals), Isobel ‘Issy’ Craig (bass) and Jim (drums; nót the one who was ‘Fleas & Lice’). Around that time they had a 7” out (Stick Together; their first on their own label Tartan recs) which was rather eye-catching because of the fabric cover with a big ‘X’. More would follow, e.g. Karma Chameleon (with a cover of ‘Culture Club’s hit), an album entitled Tartan Material (produced by Frankie ‘Leatherface’ Stubbs), etc. The morning after the show they did a short interview for the 1st issue of the Vort’n Vis’ zine (Fifi).

‘Issy’ provided a whole bunch of photos which I’ll post soonish…

‘Nessun Dorma’… Passage #4/4. (see: 92-05-02, 92-11-01, 93-04-11)

‘As Usual’ was the band preceding ‘Carcer Molochi’. Vort’n Vis shitworkers Michael Maes (guitar) and Johan Seys (vocals) played in that band… Vik B. told me once that Pierre (‘Congress’ vocalist) played bass for them at a time… But I have no recollection of that. Mike tells their story below…

Brob

The difference between ‘As Usual’ and ‘Carcer Molochi’? Better musicians to start with/ people that really had the true DIY punk mentality… 6 people all with different tastes that got together at the right moment, not shy to do their own thing and not copying other bands… Unfortunately that feeling was quenched after a few years and ‘Carcer Molochi’ was over! 20 years later it’s just David & me who’re still in bands, playing and touring… Johan (who was our 2nd vocalist after a while and was also in ‘Carcer M.’) is totally getting into nature-photography (no contact even though he just lives a few km away…). Inge is concentrating on her sculptures (6 years art-academy) and myself, I’m still not bored with touring and recording. ‘As Usual’ were Frederick Wyckaert (drums), Dimitri ‘Dimi’ Loones (vocals), Danny Suffys (bass) and myself on guitar! Danny an myself were the only ones who were in ‘Carcer M.’… People who joined ‘Carcer M.’ [94-12-31, 95-03-05, etc.] later, were: Bram [‘Lawaai’ Calbrecht] (drums), Yannick [‘PikPik’] (bass) & ‘Gork’ (vocals). And even more later I played drums…

The story of Pierre ‘Congress’ is Vik’s phantasy! Pierre frequently attended our rehearsals together with Vik and probably there will have been some jam-sessions…. ‘As Usual’ started in 1991 and did one demo and a split-demo with ‘Hiatus’….

Michael Maes

I remember the response and enthusiasm from all our audiences were good; which surprised me ‘cause I didn’t think we were that good – haha! Plus it’s hard to remember anything as we were always full of beer and hash… Alex and Andy were always the original members. I quit in 1996; Jim kind of disappeared. The line-up after me was Stiff on bass and Jenny on sax…but various other drummers…

Isobel Craig, bassist of ‘Ex Cathedra’

I recollect there may of been some film-footage of that evening with ‘Health Hazard’… I remember that night at the Vort’n Vis fondly, it was a lot of fun. I was only there once this one time. It was a cool venue. Kinda dark if I remember right. The gig was great, full of energy and I recall members of the crowd were frequently on the stage…

Pete Darlington, drummer of ‘Kitchener’

94-03-05 Kitchener‘Kitchener’: Steve M. (guitar/vocals) – Pete D. (drums) – Tim H. (bass/vocals)

Pete O. had left the band by this point. Me and Tim used to share the bass and guitar duties…

I used to have the gig on vid but not entirely sure if it still exists, my brother filmed parts of it… Absolutely awesome centre and was proper inspirational to us. The way things worked in Europe and in particular Belgium was a real eye-opener. Thanks for having us! The V.V. was amazing, a great space for bands to come and play. Well organized and nice people. Beer-tokens, etc. haha stand out.

Band of the day for me was ‘Ex Cathedra’… Seen them a few times previous but had never had the opportunity to play along side them. The audience were very accepting of our set even if we did leave them with the usual mouth wide open expression of ‘what the fuck was that’ on their faces. ;-)

It was the last gig of our tour with ‘Health Hazard’, I remember it like it was yesterday, fuckin’ top! The whole thing  came about pretty much off the back of Flat Earth putting out our EP. We were good mates with Sned etc., having already done a mini UK tour with ‘One By One’ and played the 1in12 club a few times. We also had a squat venue called the 125 and we had put on ‘H.H.’, ‘One By One’, ‘Sedition’, etc.

Pete O. left shortly after we became ‘Kitchener’ and played on the early demos and the Headscrew flexi. We were good mates with Steve Hyland [Attitude Problem zine, A Network Of Friends distro, 1 in 12]. He didn’t come on tour with us but was at this gig [Brob: he had been at the V.V. for the 1st time in Sep 93]

Steve Minta, guitarist of ‘Kitchener’

We were totally blown away, while on tour, by the squats and community-venues we played (an enormous squat in Madrid next to an even more enormous police-station, a squatted alpine villa in Switzerland where they were discussing how to fix the outdoor swimming-pool, to an amazing squatted farm in Spain me & Pete visited), the amazing people we had met who were so interesting (their political commitment, warm-heartedness to take us in feed us and talk for so long) – I remember a snapshot of ‘Kitchener’ and about 5 people somewhere in Spain and a discussion that ranged from using LSD as a potential to shift consciousness in a framework of rebellion to arguments about being pro-choice and so on, and a Venezuelan illegal immigrant in Paris discussing problems with fascists there even infiltrating police & killing migrants but then saying how they were “no more” with the very minimum knowledge of what had happened or being involved in their being gone). Anyway starting to ramble…

Great job you are doing.

Feels strange that so many important bands in that era are just forgotten about while a band today has 3 practices puts it on Bandcamp and everyone knows them. Which do not get me wrong is actually totally amazing in many ways as long as we do not lose our history and voice from that time as well. It certainly would have made life easier back then but then there is something to be said for how it was done aswell.

Tim H***, bassist of ‘Kitchener’

‘Kitchener’ were always awe inspiring live. Proper explosion of chaotic magic. Great touring with ‘em + meeting lots of great folk like Tim said. Never really got the recognition they deserved. One of the best live bands + some of the best folk you could ever want to meet.

Gutted we didn’t get to Portugal because of the dangerous bread. I was pretty fried by the time we got back to the V.V. as I(d been doing all the driving, + it was a pretty full on tour, but the pics have reminded me it was a belting gig. Did we have to head off to the boat afterwards? probably…

Alec Mac, ‘Health Hazrad’ guitarist

94-03-05 Kitchener (Steve)94-03-05 Kitchener (with Sned)top: Steve M. (thx for the pics) – bottom: Sned

Some extra pics here: 94-03-05 Ex Cathedra – Kitchener (photos)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 94-03-05 - (book B) Health Hazard

VV 94-03-05 - (book B) Ex CathedraVV 94-03-05 - (book B) Ex Cathedra'

VV 94-03-05 - (book B) IBDid ‘I.B.’ (‘Disaffect’ drummer) drive?

VV 94-03-05 - (book B) Nessun DormaVV 94-03-05 - (book B) Nessun Dorma'

VV 94-03-05 - (book B) visiterBlanche was Alex Aiken’s girlfriend at the time…

additions wellcome!…

This is an essay that Françoise ‘Hazel’ Lepers wrote in her zine Superfluous #2 (1993) in relation to the discussion about homophobia that occured at ‘Congress’ performance (93-04-25)

Superfluous2 homophobia aSuperfluous2 homophobia bSuperfluous2 homophobia c (-)Superfluous2 homophobia d (-)Superfluous2 homophobia e (-)Superfluous2 homophobia f

92-09-05&06 2 day festival VV

92-09 extra

Hardcore ’92… This could be considered as the first Ieperfest… The years before around half of September there had already been a few fests named Leed (the Vort’n Vis’ alternative to the city of Ieper’s mainstream Leet festival). The latter had a more punky/crusty feel to it. The Ieperfest tended to offer more straight-egde bands… It gradually moved towards a weekend around half of August. And eventually turned into a huge event (not unlike a lot of the commercial summer-festivals) outside of the Vort’n Vis premises.

Unfortunately (and that already was from the beginning), it turned out to be a market-place for big/commercial labels and distributions (local and others). I’ve never been able to see what the value of that was and I kept reacting against it…

Brob

The first weekend of September there was the double-day fesitival. It was supposed to be a promo-weekend for vegetarianism (there was 1! stall by GAIA, Global Action in the Interest of Animals) but it was more a promo-weekend for Warehouse recs (Edward’s pre Good Life label) and ‘Nations On Fire’ There was a music (record/CD/zine) -fair on Sunday but also on Saturday there was already a market goin’ on! Awful! I refused to set up my stall between Bernd (Lost & Found) Granz‘s table with bootlegs and other crappy collectioners’ items, and other money-greedy ‘distributors’. Sunday they were there too so I decided to show an alternative with really DIY stuff and fanzines (no-one else was selling any!). Saturday I talked and talked (hardly saw any of the bands – I already saw most of the SxE-bands here 2-5 times; ‘Abolition’ were great, and nice people!) to old friends, new friends and people from everywhere: UK, Germany, Holland, Canada, Portugal, etc. [Peter Hoeren (Crucual Response recs & Michael Müller, Armin Hofmann (X-Mist recs), Moses Arndt (Zap), Big (‘Man Lifting Banner”), David Dutriaux (‘Scraps’ & ‘N.O.F.’) & Belle, Dennis Niesing (‘Crisis Of Society’), Wil Van Straalen (WRF recs)]

Jaak, the drummer for ‘Nations On Fire’ (Vegan Society and GAIA militant) announced that this was a last show with the band for him. Apparently the ‘Positive / Powerful / Political’ slogan had become to empty for him and selling/collecting records (of some of the others in the band) was not fulfilling enough…

Quite some people didn’t want to come because they thought it was too militantly SxE. I thought it was too consumerist. Pity they didn’t show up, we could’ve offered some ‘counterbalance’…

Brob, personal communications Sep/Oct ‘92

More on the complete bill:

5 sep ’92: Ironside (UK), Strong Event (Ger), Blindfold (Bel), Shortsight (Bel), No More (Lux), Feeding The Fire (Nl), Spirit Of Youth (Bel)

6 sep ’92: Abolition (Ger), Nations On Fire (Bel), Strength Of The Will (Bel), Inner Circle (Ger), Agent 86 (USA), Punishment Park (Nor)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Stef Smits“Long time ago I saw so much uniformity”; Stef Smits, sociologist

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Armin X-MistArmin Hofmann

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Bernd L&FBernd Granz

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Steffen Rosetour-promoter (‘Nations On Fire’ e.g.)

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Anneke“Long time ago I slept so much!” ; Anneke Schuurman, Puffy zine

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Corey AbolitionCorey von Villiez

VV 92-09-06 - (book A) Patrick, SwitzPatrick Kolb ???