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intro: 97-02-28&03-01 VV Doe-Wat dagen

‘Les Schtroumpfs Alcooliques (“the alcoholic smurfs”) had been at he V.V. already (96-02-24). Hailing from Merchtem (near Brussels): Gerd Van Hoof (bass), Mike Du Bois (drums & vocals), Raf Du Bois (guitar; R.I.P.). Somewhere in 1997 Tim Leten of Filth Ear distribution released Screams From Belgium, a 4-way split with ‘Les Schtroumpfs Alcooliques’, ‘Muggles’, ‘Hirudo’ & ‘Honey Honey’. ‘L.S.A.’ also recorded a self-titled mCD (at Midas studio 98-10-17). Later Gerd & Mike formed ‘Sunpower’.

‘Holefiller’ (also played 97-12-26) was a misanthropic bunch (from the Ghent squat-scene) playing slow, dark, doom-metal mixed with industrial parts. Sometimes they performed as a combo producing industrial noise, then they’ld call themselves ‘Hellfiller’. The core of the band was Karel Busschop (bass), David Stubbe (drums; ex ‘Neuthrone’) & ‘Leffe’ (guitar; ex ‘Chronic Disease’, ‘Private Jesus Detector’). Their mate Billy did the electronics for ‘Hellfiller’. Michael Maes recorded their demo in his attic-studio in December ‘97. Both David & Karel were in the sludge-bands ‘Thee Plague Of Gentlemen’ & ‘Möse’ later on.

‘Counter-Attack’ had played their first V.V. the year before (96-04-27) and they’ld be back (98-03-29). Originally the band was from Alken in Limburg but gradually ‘embedded’ in the anarchist/squat scene in Ghent). They played anarcho-peace-punk influenced by ‘Crass’, ‘Flux Of Pink Indians’ & ‘Dirt’. ‘Groovy’ Jochen (vocals; replaced the original female singer), Stef ‘Irritant’ Heeren (guitar/vocals), Wim ‘Simsallabim’ De Neve (bass), Jeroen (drums; later replaced by Yvan Meers who’s now in ‘Visons Of War’). Autum of 1998 they would record for their Laments And Skulls LP on Prejudice prods (JP Vandestien, Louvain-La-Neuve). The recordings for Masters And Jesters (LP out on Nabate) were done at Michaël ‘Link’ Maes’ studio in December 1999.

‘Subway Arts’ played the V.V. for the last time here after an impressive series (9212-20, 93-02-06, 93-07-04, 93-08-01, 94-04-02). Guitarist ‘Diff’ had already set up ‘Petrograd’ in October ’96 but there was an overlap with the existence of ‘Subway Arts’. Can’t remember if he played here. He’d also been here with ‘Bakunin’s Children’ about half a year before (96-07-07). Since April 1994 the others in the band were Thierry Thill (drums; replacing Claude ‘Bourano’ Bour; ex ‘Because’, also ‘Bakunin’s Children’), Fränz Laureys (bass; also in ‘D’Rotzbouwen’), Sabrina D’Aurelio (vocals; also in ‘D’Rotzbouwen’) and ‘Gull’ Alain Gouleven (guitar; ex ‘Because’, also in ‘D’Rotzbouwen’).

‘Cornucopia’ had played here on 96-02-24 for the first time and would retun a couple of times more (97-10-04 & 98-04-19). Bert Dexters (bass), Erik ‘Smerik’ Minnen (vocals), Jim Faes (who probably played the drums by then) & the (new?) guitarist Robin served the audience their frantic brand of grindcore.

‘Bullshit Propaganda’, from Hellevoetsluis (near Rotterdam, The Netherlands), were John van der Mee (bass/vocals), Niels van Beers (guitar/vocals) and Bowie de Weijer (drums/vocals). They played fast and heavy punk/crust with socio-political lyrics. They had done a demo called Belo-Fi. Later a 7” entitled Dirth World (‘97) and a split-LP with the Belgian ‘Karma’ on Tim Leten’s Filth Ear label (‘98) followed. There’s also a tape together with ‘Agathocles’) of their performance in Edegem, Belgium April 19th1997. After ‘B.P.’ split up (somewhere in ’98), Bowy teamed up with guitarist Joop ‘Jopie’ van Reede (related to ‘Die Nakse Bananen’) – who was also present here – to form the 2-piece (Mandy did ‘guest’-vocals) ‘Jesus Cröst’ (crust; they were supposed to play with ‘Doom’ but it didn’t happen…). John formed ‘Het Trio Broertje Dood’ (“furious mix of hardcore, grind and noise”) after the split. Niels became ‘Mr. Point’, guitarist/singer of ‘Low Point Drains’ (garage trashbluespunk).

‘Katastrophobia’ s first appearance at the V.V. (the second time was 98-02-13)… Some of the guys had to play twice: ‘Leffe’ (guitar; ex ‘Chronic Disease’, ‘P.J.D.’, etc.) was also in ‘Holefiller’, Stef ‘Irritant’ Heeren (drums) played also in ‘Counter-Attack’. The others were Gratiën Versypt (vocals; ex ‘4 Minute Warning’) and Nico Van Der Eeken (bass). In the summer of ’97 they would record (at Patrick Delabie’s 195 studio) their 7” (that came out on Nabate). Their next 7” (Homo Morticinus) was released by Morning Star and their LP (Age Of Aqvarius) by both labels.

Brob

Two-day fest. First day grindcore/crustcore. Second day straight-edge. First few bands on Saturday were cool. ‘Counter-Attack’ very neat. ‘Crass’-style with singer Stef. Totally my kind of thing. Then ‘Cornucopia’. ‘Smerik’ on vocals and just a bass-guitar then. We got to know Tim Leten of Filth Ear [record-label/distro] that night. He’ld become a good friend and he released some records on his label, ‘Bullshit Propaganda’ and ‘Jesus Cröst’. Also ‘Holefiller’ played. Sludge. It was quite likeable but it lasted too long for me. The venue was pretty much emptied when ‘B.P.’ played around 1.30. I sang 5 songs as guest-vocalist. We went sleeping – nackered and especially drunk – in one of the rooms upstairs with a bunch of Germans.

The next day fresh straight-edge boys. Also ‘Seein’Red’. We’d already seen them many times the last few weeks al and they made the same jokes between the songs, and we also reacted the same way. Brob was watching ‘Seein’Red’ through the window from outside… Because the distros were in the yard or he didn’t have the money to get in? I don’t know. We laughed about it.

It was a great weekend. Last time we were there.

Joop van Reede

A punk festival at the Vort’n Vis. One of our First ‘foreign’ gigs. A memroable evening, both in a positive and a way zin. In retrospect this had an influence on our attitude and view on the punk-scene, and perhaps this is also true for my later band ‘Jesus Cröst’. What left a positive impression were some of the bands that I saw for the first time that night. ‘Cornucopia’, with singer ‘Smerik’ rolling over the floor (on bare feet!), left quite an impression performance-wise. These guys became pen-pals; very nice people. Musically it was especially ‘Holefiller’ who impressed: slow, heavy music with fast eruptions. In my memory a kind of forerunner of powerviolence. It led ‘Jesus Cröst’ later to do a song called Fileholler – call it a  tribute. ‘My own band ‘B.P.’s kept being postponed; other bands kept getting priority: we finally got on stage around 3 p.m. Not very fair, being a band from The Netherlands, but we just started out and didn’t have much to demand. But because of that our show was for some 3 heavily drunk people and a dog. The audience had pretty much left or laid sloshed on the floor. I recall that most of my liking had already disappeared before we could start to play. A missed opportunity and big downer. Somewhat illustrative for the scene at that time indeed; I’ld experience it many more times later on. The lack of organisation, facilities, structure; the alcohol-abuse and the political correctness… (Our bassist got into a brawl because he ordered a beer – that was associated with being extreme-right…). ‘Bullshit Propaganda’s first and only album wasn’t entitled Don’t Support Your Local Scene [split with ‘Karma’] for nothing. And the first CD by ‘Jesus Cröst’ was – significant – entitled The Feeding Of The Party Punks. Our experiences in Ieper definitely played a role in that.

The next day there were a few Hardcore en Straight-Edge bands on the bill. Also ‘Seein’Red’ performed. Brob – who reminded us strongly of Jopie’s (guitarist van ‘Jesus Cröst’) dad – was eager to hear them play. Unfortunately he obliged himself to stay outside with his distro. We’ll never forget his face, peering through the tinu window during ‘Seein’Red’s show. Something that was discussed many a times afterwards… [Brob: By doing so I wanted to give expression to my conviction that distros should all be treated alike and that it was unfair that I had to pay entrance because I wasn’t part of the association anymore.] There was another great image on Sunday: the exodus of the punks vs. the entry of the ‘new’ audience. A bigger contrast is hardly imaginable. A stumbling procession of staggering, stinking crusties with an excess of dreads and patches, observed by a row of fresh, shaved urban hardcore dudes. Instinctively I was appreciating the second group actually more, while certainly at that time I belonged to the first. At the same time the image also represented the sectarianism of the scene. The narrow-mindedness, the uniformity and the peer-pressure. In fact nothing that you would associate with the ideals of punk (freedom, individuality), but it was there: clear and to a large extent. By the way: the ‘Seein’Red’ show was fantastic (sorry Brob!), and was marked by another funny occurrence. The guys’ talks between the songs were identical to tose we heard at a previous gig. And therefore also the shouted reactions (“Feyenoord!”).

By the way: I can’t remember if, and if so where, I slep that weekend. Probably that’s a good thing. It wouldn’t have been unworthy of man. Luckily the human mind works that way: so that on the long term only the positive things remain. For Ieper these were: the other bands, the meeting of acquaintances and the growing of new friendships. The mentioned negative things didn’t disturb me not very much back then, but would prove a cruel equation over the course of the years.

Bowie de Weijer

We had to play with ‘Holefiller’/’Helfiller’ and ‘Counter-Attack’ as for some reason or other, people tended to ask us in 3s. Some of the ‘Holefiller’/’Katastrophobia’ guys lived together at that time and Stef from ‘C.A.’ was our drummer so in a way it makes sense…I guess. Although we each had a pretty different style. We weren’t anarcho-punk and we definitely didn’t play sludge, although our sound intensified and got more heavy and more guitar-oriented over time. We had played a gig with ‘Bullshit Propaganda’ shortly before in a squat in Ghent (and I saw them for the first time in a squat in Venlo or Veldhoven, in Holland). I especially remember the gig in Ghent because the guys from ‘B.P.’ actually made quite a fuss about some packages of meat they found behind the counter (which actually turned out to be food for the dogs), which I found pretty disrespectful at the time. Not that a lot of people bothered to get their facts straight at the time…

We played pretty early on in the day because there was still light and it was in February so it must’ve been pretty early. There was quite the crowd and we played a long time (or so some people said, which isn’t quite the ‘compliment’ I expected… I mean, gigs who turn out “too long” aren’t mostly the most successful ones). We didn’t have too many songs, as we were just starting up the band but they were all pretty long for a punk-band (one song clocked at around 8 minutes, so yeah). But every crust-band wanted to be a bit like ‘Nausea’ or ‘Antisect’, plus I really like long songs and actually we initially constructed the songs around the lyrics, that’s why they mostly turned out pretty long. It became a bit of a trademark in the long run, I guess because our later songs were really long, the lyrics taking up pages and live we spun ‘em out with a lot of guitar-improvisation and noise which always was a lot of fun. We always tried to approach things a little differently and, of course, that didn’t always turn out as good as we planned. But at least we tried…

The gig felt quite comfortable, meaning I didn’t blow out my voice right away. The other bands I don’t remember clearly enough but I’m sure ‘Holefiller’/’Helfiller’ were nice, and ‘Counter-Attack’ as well. I wasn’t really into the other bands (and after their stunt at the squat in Ghent-, I tended to skip ‘Bullshit Propaganda’ a little..)…or in other bands in general. We lived in a place in Ghent where we organised gigs almost every other day and after a while I guess I had a bit of an overkill of bands repeating each other and sounding like everything else. Hope that doesn’t sound too condemning, it’s just how I felt at the time. And I always got attracted more by the art surrounding the music than the music itself, again something we tried to do with ‘Katastrophobia’, giving befriended artists the chance to get other people to know their work through us (as part of a live-gig or included in the artwork on our records,…). I still do… Don’t really recall if I stayed for the second day but I believe I did because we had our stalls from ABC and the Ghent squat-scene, and I helped out with that. All in all, there were quite a lot of people but I remember the videos and info-stands didn’t quite attract the crowd they should’ve had. I believe they were on the first floor somewhere? The videos disappointed me some, as this was the pre-DVD era: sound and image-quality weren’t always that good at the time, which had its charms of course… So, I guess that’s it, don’t remember all that much about them 2 days so I guess it must’ve been quite okay, considering…

Gratiën Versypt, vocalist of ‘Katastrophobia’

I’m not one to dwell on the past and I have to admit I hardly recall all our shows at the Vort’n Vis. I remember some moments but hardly a chronology. I think we were a 3-piece band at that particular moment. We had some technical problems due to our shitty equipment; a problem that followed us around during our short career. I don’t remember seeing much of the other bands and after all those years I don’t feel like commenting on their performance, although I remember most of them playing in squats, the Vort’n Vis and some other places during those days. ‘Cornucopia’ had a great name and a great singer; and every local hipster nowadays knows Stef from ‘Counter-Attack’ for a being a famous dark folkie. I remember the other bands by name but don’t ask for details. One is from Luxembourg, one from Belgium and there’s also a Dutch band, and they all played (fast) punk-rock: that is where my memory stops. I don’t recall the people in those bands but I have no bad memories of any of them. We played extremely slow, which was not the smartest move for a long standing career in punk-rock. We’ve met some very hostile audiences along the way but I don’t remember us caring much. Just wondering sometimes why we were such miscasts. I think we stayed in Ypres after the gig and probably got extremely drunk after the gig. A pattern that was often repeated and very common in the ‘scene’ both for audiences and bands. The extreme alcoholism in those days and in that particular crowd still strikes me to this day. I guess most of us got sober in the end and personally I pursued my career of evil in a whole different direction. Thanks for reminding me of my crusty pants days.

Karel Busschop, ‘Holefiller’ bassist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Bullshit Propaganda

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Cornucopia

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Counter-Attack

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Holefiller

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Katastrophobia

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Les Schtroumpfs Alcooliques

VV 97-02-28 - (book C) Subway Arts

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97-02-28&03-01 VV Doe-Wat dag

Organised by Wouter Biesemans (from Merchtem; he had put up gigs in his hometown already) who did an internschip at the Vort’n Vis during his studies social welfare.

Info by/on:

A.E.G. (anarchist economical community) was a collective of projects (connected to the Anarchist Centre in Ghent) such as the mobile kitchen Kokkerellen, the garden-group and the people’s kicthen, all working in a DIY/direct democratic manner. (Later also action-groups such as the Autonome Vluchtelingen Steungroep – autonomous refugee support-group.)

Actie Dierenbescherming – animal-protection action

Ghent squatters & Anarchist Black Cross (international network of autonomous groups supporting revolutionary prisoners)

De Nar (anarchist monthly publication)

Blokbuster (anti-racist/anti-fascist organisation)

H.L.B. (association for gay, lesbian & bisexual people) were invited but the Federatie Werkgroepen Homifilie (federation working-groups homosexuality) did a presentation

Tegenstroom (counter-current), distributors of socio-libertarian literature (later also info-, culture- & info-shop)

Zonne-Arc (non-profit organisation working around solar energy)

Esperanto

More on the bands playing on seperate days:

28 feb ’97: Subway Arts (Lux), Bullshit Propaganda (Nl), Counter-Attack (Bel), Katastrophobia (Bel), Holefiller (Bel), Les Schtroumpfs Alcooliques (Bel), Cornucopia (Bel)

[Beginning of 1996 Manu had left ‘Unhinged’ because singing made her throat worse and worse. She was replaced by Nat(halie) Linotte (vocals)… They were asked to play here but couldn’t make it.]

1 mar ’97: Seein’Red (Nl), Honey Honey (Bel), Outrage (Bel), Confrontation (Bel), Instinct (Bel), Resist The Pain (Bel)

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VV 97-03-01 - (book C) visiter Albano

VV 97-03-01 - (book C) visiter Dave

95-09-17 Spite (by Albert C)‘Spite’ (photo by Albert Cheong)

95-09-17 Extinction Of Mankind (by Wim DL)‘Extinction Of Mankind’ (photo by Wim De Leersnijder) [Yannick Moulière on the L]

3rd day of the 7th Leed Festival

There was a band called ‘Spite’, from Bristol, with Beckie ‘Beki’ Gibbons (bass; ex ‘Chaos UK’), John Millier (drums; ex ‘Ripcord’ & ‘Can’t Decide’), Pete Rose (guitar, also ‘Icons Of Filth’) and Steve Hazzard (vocals; ex ‘Ripcord’). But the ‘Spite’ that played here was the band that would be named ‘Ebola’ (from Newcastle) – see 96-05-19 & 97-09-12 – with some people of ‘One By One’… This was their 2nd gig: Karin R. (vocals), Micky McGuinness (guitar), Andrew ‘Andy Stick’ Nolan (bass), Jonny (Jonathan ‘Lobster’ Shaw; guitar; R.I.P.) and Chris Patterson (drums). In the guestbook they compared their music with ‘Green Day’ (irony! – Bruno compared them with ‘Spazz’/’Crossed Out’).

‘Catweazle’, from Groningen, played raw, uptempo HC/punk with a metal touch. Michael Kopijn (drums & vocals; later ‘Tuco Ramirez’, ‘P.C.P.’, ‘Shikari’; Bacteria.nl), Erik Timmerman (bass), Emil ‘Reason’ (vocals; originally Maynard Schut of ‘Fleas & Lice’ was singing) and Axe Kooi (guitar). They did a few demo’s and afterwards the Cash And Pain Remain ‎mCD (recorded Oct ’95 and released by Profane Existence Far East), a split-10” with ‘Seein’Red’ (Kangaroo recs, Wicked Witch recs ’97) and the Form Of Fear ‎7” (Bad Card recs ‘98).

95-09-17 Catweazle bass+vox95-09-17 Catweazle drums95-09-17 Catweazle git‘Catweazle’ pics; courtesy of Michael Kopijn

After not showing up (or late) on 94-08-06, this was the 2nd time ‘E.O.M.’ was announced at the V.V. After the 1994 tour with ‘Doom’ Fozzy had left the band and was replaced by Ginny on bass. The others were Ste Dux (vocals), Dave Foz (drums) & Mass Centi (guitar). Work on the Baptised in Shit album began. The album recorded, the band set out on another tour of Europe with ‘Warcollapse’ in 1995 and the album was released during this tour. In 1996 they toured with ‘Misery’, were expected at the V.V. (96-01-20) but again didn’t make it…

95-09-17 Extinction Of Mankind Dave Foz95-09-17 Extinction Of Mankind vox95-09-17 Extinction Of Mankind bass Ginny95-09-17 Extinction Of Mankind guitar‘Extinction Of Mankind’; source unknown

There was something of ‘Contramenation’ (a German band – their guitarist Erol Schilder lived in Köln) in the guestbook and they had been mentioned in a newsletter but I don’t remember them playing. All I know of them, is that they featured on a compilation-7” with ‘Intestinal Disease’ (on Andreas Föcker’s label Born To Booze recs)…

A few of the ‘Uutuus’ (Finland) people improvised with a Turkish guy… This one-and-only project was called ‘Äpärä Kaaos’ (“Bastard Chaos”)… ‘Uutuus’ had played the V.V. already (93-10-31). I though it was Tay Ipek from the Turkish (Istanbul) band ‘Turmoil’ who joined in (He’d been at the V.V. before; 93-08-01) but apparently it was Kerim…

Brob

95-09-17 Apärä Kaaos (by Wim DL)‘Äpärä Kaaos’ (photo by Wim De Leersnijder)

‘Äpärä Kaaos’ was just a drunken “project” where couple of guys just played some shit. [Marko Karimo (vocals), ‘Pedro’ Anthares (guitar)] We recruited a bass-player from the street during the festival – some Turkish guy [Kerim Gönencer; ex guitarist of ‘Moribund Youth’ & ‘Turmoil’] – and only did this show at the Vort’n Vis. We didn’t have any own songs, just covered classics. Jonne Kauko (‘Kirous’ drummer) joined in too.

‘Pedro’ Anthares

We were called ‘Spite’ at the time (for our first two shows only). The ‘Spite’ with John [Millier] was in, started at pretty much the exact time as us, we changed our name to ‘Ebola’, discovered there was a bunch of other bands called like that but big deal, at least we didn’t live in the same country as them…

That ‘Uutuus’ project was pretty funny/ terrible… ‘Äpärä Kaaos’ being so drunk the guitarist had to teach the bassplayer the next tune between every single song. On stage. In front of the entire audience. Quite the spectacle, I think they were just doing really bad covers of Finnish classics and formed on the spot when whoever it was dropped off…

After we played someone sincerely thanked me for head-banging the entire time we were playing. After the show there was almost a fight in the bar when some locals dared each other to come into the punk-bar and David (I think that was his name and I think he was maybe the drummer in ‘Neuthrone’ [He was in ‘Carcer Molochi’ at this time…]) jokingly said he couldn’t serve them because they were wearing the wrong shoes. A stand-off occurred and Jonathan (‘Spite’s vocalist) very helpfully decided to stand behind me with his hand on my shoulders, jumping in the air and yell “Me & Andy are from Benwell (the not particularly nice part of Newcastle we lived in at the time) and we’re going to fuck you up!”. It was stupid but also hilarious.

It was my first time in Europe and my first time experiencing punk as a global, spatio-political phenomenon.

Andrew Nolan a.k.a. ‘Andy Stick’, ‘Spite’ bassist (later ‘Ebola’, ‘Shank’, …)

This was a memorable concert…

‘Oene’ of ‘Fleas & Lice’ rehearsed with our band (as 2nd guitarist) for a while (autumn 1995) but he never did any concerts with us…

Michael Kopijn, ‘Catweazle

Well the thing is: the Vort’n Vis shows were always on the return for the boat… I think the pics were a sort of tour we did with ‘Warcollapse’. The ‘Misery’ one was 28 gigs in 1 month; so full on… When we landed with ‘Doom’ in ‘94 on the Police Bastard tour… I just remember Brian being pissed off as his cab had blown a speaker… Did so many parties since… I remember my mate Wim who took the pics; nice guy. I did look through a box of ‘E.O.M.’ flyers I kept but no info on this… I did see a flyer with a date that we never ever knew about. Think the promoter had watched Wayne’s World: book the band and they will come… Then you get slagged off; LOL! Looks like Foz wrote in the book…

Mass Centi, ‘Extinction Of Mankind’ guitarist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 95-09-17 - (book B) SpiteVV 95-09-17 - (book B) Spite'

VV 95-09-17 - (book B) Catweazle

VV 95-09-17 - (book B) E.O.M.

VV 95-09-17 - (book B) Äpärä Kaaos KarimVV 95-09-17 - (book B) Äpärä Kaaos Lalli

VV 95-09-17 - (book B) Contramenation

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Ebola logoRubbish Heap logoInsane Youth logo

‘Ebola’s precursor ‘Spite’ had already played at the V.V. (95-09-17). ‘Ebola’ (from Newcastle) was Karin R. (vocals) & her hubbie Micky McGuinness (guitar) – both ex ‘One By One’, Chris Patterson (drums), Jonny/Jonathan ‘Lobster’ Shaw (vocals; R.I.P.) and Andrew ‘Andy Stick’ Nolan played (bass; also ‘Sawn Off’ & ‘Shank’). The LP Incubation (out on Flat Earth recs in ’96) was recorded Dec ’95 with Andy, Chris, Karin, Mickey & Jonathan. The 7” Imprecation (Flat Earth & Refusenik; recorded Feb ’97 with Andy, Chris, Karin, Mickey & Nick Loaring (Enslaved recs). The latter became the second vocalist and Jon left between these first two records. They played intense, fast, powerful HC with highly intelligent, critical and political lyrics. Apparently Sned organised this tour here (see guestbook). They would be back again later (97-09-12) aswell. Well into the new century they recorded (with Andy Irvine from ‘Disaffect’ on guitar and Set Dixon from ‘Active Minds’ on drums) for a split-LP with Mickey’s new band ‘ Jinn’.

‘Rubbish Heap’, a HC/metal band from Antwerp were Dave Vanderplas (drums), Kim Vandyck (vocals; later guitarist of ‘King Terror’), ‘Peche’ (guitar), Tijs Geerts (bass; later ‘Bad Influence’) and Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Royers (guitar). They were friends of Joris De Buysser (Conspiracy recs) who released their Path Of Lies 7” (“mix of ‘Rorschach’ & ‘Downcast’…”) that year (and their other stuff later). It was recorded at Pat DeLabie’s studio a few months after this gig (August ’96). Before this, they had done a rehearsal-tape and a demo (Slow Defeat; the songs appeared on a split-tape with the Greek band ‘Hibernation’).

‘Insane Youth’ (Sint-Niklaas/Gent) had already played a bunch of shows here (94-09-16, 94-10-22 & 95-09-16) and there would a couple more later. Stef De Leersnijder (guitar; ex ‘Corpus Christi’ and later in ‘Visions Of Change’) had joined Tim De Baere (guitar), Jan ‘Fons’ Wuytack (drums), Thomas ‘Tomaz’ Van Rumst (bass) & Steve ‘Stiv’ Descamps. Don’t know if Vanessa Hoskens (their 2nd vocalist for a while) was still in the band here. The recordings for the split-7” with ‘Boycot’ were done February ’96 where she’s still mentioned doing “throat chants”…

96-05-19 Insane Youth (by Wim DL)‘Insane Youth’ (pic by Wim De Leersnijder)

Portugese Guilherme Charters was helping out Bruno & Kathy (of Genet recs) getting things done…

Brob

I was the second vocalist – Jonny would have been in ‘Ebola’ at the first gig, as I didn’t play my first gig with ‘Ebola’ until Autumn 1996. Sadly Jonny died a few years back. Micky & Karin live in Brugge, Chris lives in Newcastle & Andy lives in Canada. The line-up would go on to change a great deal over the years. My first and only time at the V.V. was 97-09-12.

Nick Loaring

We were called ‘Spite’ for our first two shows only. When we changed our name, we discovered there was a bunch of other bands called ‘Ebola’ – big deal, at least we didn’t live in the same country as them. They called me ‘Andy Stick’ because I was in band called ‘Needlestick’ (which eventually became the much better ‘Sawn Off’).

I live in Toronto, working as a manager at a harm-reduction program for homeless alcoholic males. Also did a masters in Environmental Studies, looking at how space informs identity-politics, particularly issues of race, space and post-colonialism. My thesis was on how contemporary paganism is used in North-America to regain a lost sense of meaning in whiteness. I still play(ed) in bands (‘The Endless Blockade’, ‘Column Of Heaven’, ‘Pick Your Side’)…

There was a a posthumous e-book published after Jonathan died: Chemo Diary

Andrew Nolan (survivalist-deathcult)

We never gigged as ‘Spite’ [Brob: the name is in the Vort’n Vis guestbook (1995) though…]; we were calling ourselves ‘Ebola’ by the time we played our first gig in La Zone [Liège; 96-05-17]. ‘Chrissy’ (Chris Patterson) was our first drummer and played on the first LP and the 1st 7”. ‘Skater’ (Jake Thurlow) played on the split 7” with ‘Servitude’ [recorded September ‘98]. Andy and Set were both in the 2nd last line-up of ‘Ebola’; Duane Ager (ex ‘Bloodshot’) played bass. ‘Jinn’ never played in Ieper…

Micky McGuinness (gibboncore.com)

‘Insane Youth’ started out in Sint-Niklaas around 1992-1993 (lo-o-ong ago) with Tomaz (bass), Tim (guitar), Smet (drums) and me (vocals); later ‘Fons’ joined on drums, learning the songs in a few sessions before doing his first gig. Then Vanessa joined briefly on vocals too and Stef on guitar (ex ’Corpus Christi’, now still ‘Visions Of War’, ‘Chaka’). He started ‘Visions Of War’ and I joined him, not leaving ‘Insane Youth’. After 7 years of touring, gigs they called it quits. Releases were the split 7” with ‘Boycot’ and a song on the compilation-LP Europe In Decline’ (Six Week recs).

Luckily ‘Ebola’ helped us out with the P.A.; otherwise we would’ve been ‘mute’…

Steve Descamps

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 96-05-19 - (book C) Ebola AndyVV 96-05-19 - (book C) Ebola ChrissyVV 96-05-19 - (book C) Sned

VV 96-05-19 - (book C) Rubbish Heap

VV 96-05-19 - (book C) Insane Youth

additions wellcome!…