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94-10-09 Dystopia - Unhinged - Deconsume

Did ‘Gluebag’ play??? Can’t remember… (See guestbook… Was a short-lived band with Phil ‘Hiatus’…)

Brob

I think ‘Dystopia’ didn’t play that show [They did write something in the V.V. guest-book and ‘Mauz’ & others remember…]. It was our (‘Deconsume’) 1st gig by the way… I believe ‘Unhinged’, ‘Hypocritical Society’ and ‘ABC Diabolo’ were billed but ‘ABC …’ never made it over… So there were only 3 bands.

‘Deconsume’ were 6 class-mates [Koen, Bart, Steffen, Pieter, Michiel, Nico] who decided to make music. After having seen ‘Disrupt’ (93-10-31) at the Vort’n Vis the choice to also play crust was easily made. We did about 6 or 7 shows I think, but they were all great: two at the Vort’n Vis but also with ‘Masskontroll’ in the Antwerp region, with ‘Kosjer D’, ‘Insane Youth’ and a lot more bands in Tongeren. After secundary school the band fell apart. Half also got different musical interests. One of our singers (Steffen Geypens) sang for ‘Visions Of War’ for a moment (he’s on their first split 7”). Koen Luyckx became the second singer for ‘Vuur’ for a few years after Yannick Daems had to stop singing. I still jam with Stef ‘Empower’ & Nico Peeters (‘King Terror’) sometimes (in the vein of ‘Drop Dead’, still hard and fast). I’m also in ‘Nervous Mothers’…

Bart Jansen, ‘Deconsume’ guitarist

I clearly remember being really disappointed when ‘ABC Diabolo’ was supposed to play but didn’t turn up as one of their guys had to get his welfare-stamp that day or something…hehe. [They did play the year before: 93-12-20.]

Stijn Druyts

It was the first appearance of ‘Deconsume’ (Bart Jansen – guitar, Koen Luyckx – vocals, Michiel Mostmans – bass, Steffen Geypens – vocals, Pieter Brosens – drums & Nico Braspenning – guitar) here but they came back 95-04-29

‘Unhinged’, from Liège, was the band of my mates Manu (vocals; later Nat) & Alain (guitar) – both running Nabate recs & distribution, with some lads of ‘Hiatus’: Wills (later Tomoy of ‘Scraps’) on bass and Azill (later Ben) on drums. They’d played at the Vort’n Vis a few times before (94-01-30 & unannounced on 94-08-06). Their 2nd demo was recorded (at Ape studio) April ’95 and these songs were later released (combined with 4 songs recorded in ‘96 at 195 studio) on the band’s debut LP Win Our Freedom In Fire (released by Nabate in ’96).

+++ 94-10-09 Unhinged+++ 94-10-09 Unhinged'‘Unhinged’, photos by Piero Majocchi

‘Hypocritical Society’ had been here before with ‘Disrupt’ (93-10-31)… Bart ‘Deconsume’ had the idea they were due here again but no-one seems to be able to confirm this…

‘Dystopia’ (from California) was termed ‘sludge’ (a mix of heavy metal and crust-punk – “doom-laden, metal-tinged, down-tuned punk”). Their sound embodied all of the horrors, pain, agony and desperation of modern day society; brutal, hateful and misanthropic – a “love earth – hate people” philosophy. The band consisted of Anthony ‘Dino’ Sommese (drums/vocals; nowadays in ‘Noothgrush’ & ‘Ghoul’), Matt ‘Mauz’ Parrillo (guitar/vocals), Todd Kiessling (bass/vocals) & Dan Kaufman (vocals; also ‘Mindrot’). Their very first European tour was booked by Michael Knopp of the German label Common Cause (he also did their tour in ‘97). They had a split-12” with ‘Embittered’ & a split-7” with ‘Grief’ out on Misanthropic recs (1993). The Human = Garbage LP (1994) was without Dan. (Later it was released as a 12 track CD on on Life Is Abuse (Mauz’ label), Misanthropic recs and Common Cause, featuring additional songs from their splits with ‘Embittered’ and ‘Grief’, and one unreleased track).

Brob

Dystopia - Human = Garbage

‘Dystopia’ did indeed play. ‘ABC Diabolo’ did not, they were supposed to but one of the guys couldn’t miss work that day for some reason… I think half of the band was there with us. We had van-trouble along the way there and arrived late, showing up right when ‘Unhinged’ was starting. So I don’t remember if ‘Deconsume’ played? I don’t think ‘Hypocritical Society’ played as we’d met them before and I don’t remember them being there. But yeah, we had a great time playing there with ‘Unhinged’ which was the beginning of a long and great friendship with them and the ‘Hiatus’ folks. After the gig we had wonderful evening partying with them and the locals… The equipment was still set up after the doors were locked and we started jamming covers with Azill and Wills. And I remember drinking a lot of amazing Lambics as well!

Dan wasn’t there as he left the band 6 or 8 months after we formed. Everyone in ‘Dystopia’ are still in contact with each other and we’re still good friends (though the band will remain finished; it’s much easier for all of us). Dino is still in Oakland and now singing in ‘Noothgrush’. Todd lives in Minneapolis now – he was playing in ‘Sour Vein’ for awhile but not active with any music at the moment. Dan lives in Long Beach, working at postman and plays in the band ‘Destroy Judas‘. I’m currently playing in the band ‘Kicker‘ and running a print-shop.

Matt ‘Mauz’ Parrillo, ‘Dystopia’ guitarist (monolithpress.net)

I was the driver for ‘Dystopia’ on that leg of the tour. Basically it was Andreas (the singer for ‘ABC Diabolo’) who couldn’t play because he had to report back to the unemployment-office the next morning). I’m fairly certain ‘Hypocritical Society’ didn’t play either… I went to sleep almost straight away after the show was over, only to be woken up (around 3:00 a.m., if my memory serves me right) by ‘Dystopia’ playing Sleep at full volume… How befitting, I thought. I think one of the Belgians talked them into it. I don’t think they played that song at any of the regular shows on that tour. There might or might not have been an incident involving a Belgian and the impossibility of peeing out of a roof-window that night, though the details of that part of the night escape me… Fun times.

Jürgen ‘Evil’ Bäuerle

During the winter of 1994-1995 I visited the Vort’n Vis many times while I was living in Leuven. I could write the same thing for every gig; that it was very exciting and fuckin’ funny, very good bands, the best available at that time (at least for me, living in Northern Italy). In those years Belgium had a historical HC-scene (I adored ‘Nations On Fire’) and crust-scene (‘Hiatus’, my favourite band), the best bands from all over Europe and USA were touring there and there were lots of active people, distros and organisers; plus endless rivers of excellent beer and mountains of Dutch weed. Also lots of music, talks, engagement, fun. The main difference with punk-gigs in Italy was that in Italy it was absolutely clear that you were in a political anarchist squatted social centre at a punk gig; most important was the political message, not the music as simple entertainment and fun. Belgian gigs were much less politically oriented but still DIY, not commercial, and with a very positive atmosphere; less problems (or no problems) with drunken aggressive people, no violent pogo. In Italy at that time, we still had problems with that… So, to describe just this one night: it was the second time I went to Ieper – as always alone and by train; the classic ritual of a punk gig (for me, at least): a look at the distros buying some stuff, talking with people, eating and dinking beer, then the gig. ‘Dystopia’ was a wall of screaming sound, a mix of political US hardcore (a mid 90s scene that I loved, with ‘Rorschach’, ‘Born Against’, ‘Nausea’, ‘Antischism’, ‘Subvert’, ‘Initial State’, … and European crust such as ‘Doom’, ‘Hiatus’). Then there was ‘Unhinged’ – the first time I saw them: fantastic, half of ‘Hiatus’ with Alain and Manu of Nabate recs. I was in contact with Alain since 1989 by mail, we shared the same feelings and ideas about punk, DIY, anarchy and life, we shared the goals (the death of the state and of money) and the way to achieve them (DIY, political engagement, creating alternatives to the shit, unified life resistance, no fuckin’ money!!!). All those years I distributed Nabate records in Italy. The ‘Unhinged’ gig was great: the feeling of all of this expressed in music and screaming, I still remember it… But the following part of the night was even better: an hoard of barbarian crusties (the Liège-block, with whom I shared a unforgettable alcohol-marathon in Liège that winter, was present) remained around the bar drinking all night, singing, shouting and making noise, hitting wood sticks against every possible surface in the room, total fuckin’ chaos. Late at night (morning?), I went upstairs to the sleeping-place where I met a gang of young punx from somewhere in Flanders; we talked, drank, smoked ganja, sat on the sleeping-bags, with the endless noise of the demonic hoards dowstairs, untill dawn. Holy shit, in grind we crust!

Piero Majocchi, AZ distro (Pavia, Italy)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 94-10-09 - (book B) Dystopia

VV 94-10-09 - (book B) Deconsume

VV 94-10-09 - (book B) GluebagVV 94-10-09 - (book B) Gluebag Phil

additions wellcome!…

On Oct 16th ‘Uutuus’ & ‘Selfish’ played definitely in Luxemburg!!! [Brob: I thought there was a 2nd gig at the V.V. on that tour and so does Petri…]

Wim De Leersnijder

‘Corpus Christi’ (from Oostrozebeke) played an unannounced set with Peter Vancolen on bass (see pics). [Wim: They only did 4 songs. The guys of ‘Disrupt’ insisted to see/hear them play.] Their ‘normal’ line-up at that time was: Bram De Cock (drums), Peter ‘Coli’ Vancolen (vocals), Stef De Leersnijder (bass; later guitar) & in the very beginning Bart ‘Goemie’ Goeminne played guitar (and a bit later Tom Van Laere). On the split 7” with ‘Força Macabra’ (Fin) – on Genet recs (1993) – the songs were done by Stef, Bram, Goemie & Coli (recorded May that year).

‘Uutuus’ & ‘Selfish’ played several gigs around Belgium on that tour… Petri tells us who was playing in the bands (below). On free days between gigs they hung out in Gent (sleeping at the Genet recs HQ). I wasn’t working during that period and Bruno, Joeri & myself had started to merge our distributions into Fuse! (which was supposed to make some profits for the Vort’n Vis but that didn’t work out in the end…); so I showed them around town. I remember that they weren’t very interested in seeing the sites but more in the many kinds of beer that were available…

‘Hypocritical Society’, from Hannover (Ger), were Timo Schröder (bass), Dennis (vocals), Christian (drums), Arne & Steven (guitar)…. They had a double 7” (Pyre) out on the label run by Corey & Bernd, Equality recs… (Later they did the LP Failed & Loyal). Their music was compared to ‘Neurosis’. A friend from Berlin wrote me once that the cops came down to shut down a gig of them there because it was almost “ear-splitting” loud…

Markus Haas from Per Koro recs did most of the driving for the ‘Disrupt’ European tour in 1993…

The music of ‘Disrupt’ (from the Boston area) could be described as grindy/crusty D-Beat… From May 1991 on the line-up was Pete Kamarinos (vocals), Jay Stiles (vocals), Terry Savastano (guitar; later in ‘Grief’), Jeff Hayward (guitar; later in ‘Grief’), Bob Palombo (bass) and Randy Odierno (drums). After they toured Europe in Oct/Nov of 1993, the band broke up due to personal and musical differences.

Brob

I rode along in ‘Uutuus’ tourbus for 2 days together with ‘Kroezel’ [Frank Saen]. Great guys!

Kurt van den Eynden

That was the tourbus that left a black cloud [see guestbook-excerpt below] of smoke in the street when taking off and could still be even when it reached the other side of Ieper. One of those Finnish blokes also had had a nipple-piercing while being pissed out of his head, on one of the medieval stone slabs where the fish is sold. The day after I had to disinfect his nipple because it was done so amateurish. :-)

Jan Claus

Yeah! I think we played the Vort’n Vis twice on that tour. The line-ups were: ‘Uutuus’: Petri ‘Pete’ (guitar), Otto Itkonen (drums), Tuomo (bass) & Marko Karimo (vocals). Guitar-player Reko couldn’t make it… ‘Selfish’: Petri ‘Pete’ (guitar), Otto (drums), Jaakko ‘Jasko’ Penttinen (bass) & Sebastian ‘Basse’ Särekallio (vocals). Also ‘Selfish’s guitarist Vikke couldn’t come along. When we found out two people couldn’t tour, Otto and myself replaced one member of each band. I’m originally the drummer for ‘Uutuus’ but I could play the songs on guitar and Otto took care of the drums. I helped ‘Selfish’ playing guitar because Vikke was unavailable…

I have good memories from Vort’n Vis. But our playing/gigs sucked always. So ashamed for that :-( But it was amazing to see bands that I never could have seen otherwise. Loved the beer aswell. Especially that one with cherry taste!

I am pretty much the same guy. Young till I die. Still play in bands (‘Kuolema’, ‘Força Macabra’, ‘Jumalation’).

Pedro Anthares, ‘Força Macabra’

The day after this one the Fins played at the Pits in Kortrijk and some of them spent the night at my house and some stayed in Ingelmunster. ‘Corpus’ opened twice for them and we had a lot of fun. The Fins were a bit surly at first but after a few litres of alcohol, they opened up, before falling into a coma. I sang the last song with ‘Uutuus’…can ’t remember which one it was: not one of theirs but probably something by ‘Discharge’ or ‘Mob 47’ (a big influence of theirs). [pics by Wim & Bram]

‘Corpus’ was rooted in the marginal tradition of writing and singing in your mother-tongue (Dutch, in our case). ‘Zyklome-A’ had definitely opened our eyes for the possibilities of the Dutch language. Unfortunately we were to young to have seen that band live.

Bram De Cock, ‘Corpus Christi’ drummer

I have a TON of photos from that tour but I’m not sure that I have any from this gig in particular. We did 2 shows in Belgium [the first being 11 oct ’93 (‘Planète Interdite’, Liège): Disrupt (USA), Hypocritical Society (Ger), Hiatus (Bel)]. As far as stories…that whole tour was somewhat of a blur for obvious reasons but I do remember partying it up with ‘Hiatus’ after a show. I think they might have put us up for the night as well but I’m not too sure. One thing I do remember is trying to find our way back to where we were supposed to be sleeping for the night, wandering the streets of Ieper with only a vague recollection of which way to go – haha.

Randy Odierno, ‘Disrupt’ drummmer

Here’s a small summary of how I remember the Vort’n Vis and the days surrounding it… We had played the previous night (Oct 30th 1993) in Homburg, Germany. It was rather cold and we huddled around a barrel-fire outside the venue. The gig was great, lots of people going crazy and then we decided to get really crazy after the gig! October 31st (Halloween) is my birthday so we decided to start celebrating early! All I remember was a lot of broken glass, chairs and screaming until the sun came up! Needless to say I don’t think those in charge were too happy with us! We then drove to Ieper, Belgium; a trip which took all day but I slept through the whole thing!

Arriving at the Vort’n Vis I met my long-time pen-pal Steve McMillan from the band ‘Neuthrone’ and we settled in with the gear and the merchandise, drank quite a bit… ‘Corpus Christi’ played an unexpected short set followed by our Finnish friends ‘Uutuus’ and ‘Selfish’. ‘H.S.’ played their usual set – I think they played the same songs in the same order every night for 7 weeks! We got on and it was a super friendly, intimate atmosphere. I remember some lunatic jumping up on stage to grab Randy in between songs! He was obviously a drummer! I’m pretty sure we played Down My Throat, one of my favourite songs from the Unrest LP. All in all a very good gig! We walked around town afterwards and then went to Steve’s house to indulge in ‘Trouble’ and ‘Celtic Frost’ videos and plenty of beer and hashish! We then walked/stumbled back to the Vort’n Vis and all slept in a small room which was surprisingly comfortable! Another nice walk around town in the morning to enjoy the wonderful architecture and huge churches, and it was off again to the next mission!

I loved touring Europe and I especially loved Belgium, and I hope I get to do it again someday soon! Corey was the one who set up this tour and that’s how we ended up with the folks of ‘H.S.’! 23 shows, 9 countries… I doubt it will ever happen again! Jay and Pete are very against ever doing ‘Disrupt’ again. That’s ok but of course I would do it immediately if possible!

Terry Savastano, ‘Disrupt’ guitarist

‘Disrupt’ (pic byKurt van den Eynden) [Jan guarding the stage; in the crowd: Steve W., Arnaud W., Yannick,…]

photos below (full set available on request) with kind permission of Philippe Raynal:

‘Uutuus’

‘Hypocritical Society’

‘Selfish’

‘Corpus Christi’ (ad interim)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

Translation by Petri: “Fuck, seems like we are playing here!” (‘Selfish’+’Uutuus’); “Smell a poo, we are also playing here!” (‘Juggling Jugulars’+’Fauna’, written in ’94)

additions wellcome!…