94-03-05 Health Hazard – Kitchener – Ex Cathedra – Nessun Dorma – As Usual

Posted: July 20, 2013 in VV 1994
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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…


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!…

  1. Michael Maes says:

    The split-tape ‘As Usual’ – ‘Hiatus’ was made by Olivier Hogie from Toulouse…
    ‘Hiatus’ recordings were live.

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