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96 Kort Prosess tour

Disaster… [The ‘Kort Prosess’ tour or this gig…?]

Ilja S., Profane Existence Berlin; personal communication ‘96

‘Kort Prosess’, a band from Horten (south of Oslo), consisted of Alf Almén (vocals), Dag(gers) Halvorsen (drums), Dan (Mikael) Bjerkan (bass) and Robin Hagen (guitar). Their music was heavy, brutal, powerful hardcore with gruff vocals. They had 3 7”s out (on Florian Helmchen’s HeartFirst recs; the first one recorded in the autonomous centre Blitz in Oslo) and Filip M. put their discography out on tape (on his label Trujaça Fala).

Kort Prosess promo

‘Kurort’ had been here before (see 92-05-02 & 95-03-05): Andreas ‘Andi’ Wimmer (vocals), Florian ‘Flo’ Sedmak (guitar & vocals), Martin Wimmer (bass) and Rudi Vogtenhuber (drums). They played strong, powerful HC with personalized political lyrics (sung in Upper Austrian dialect). Joris De De Buysser (Conspiracy recs) released the Oslo 7” in ’96. The music on that one was described as “DC punk-rock”. Later Rudi & Florian played together in ‘Trailerpark Playboys’…

Kurort promo 96 logos

‘Seein’Red’ played here aswell. This was a few months after the recordings of their Marinus 7” (out on Ebullition recs).

According to the Vort’n Vis archive-notes a show ‘organised’ by Joeri Hoste. Other ‘shitworkers’ were Vincent Merveille, Bert Verschoot, Steve Noyelle & Steve Lammertyn.


I remember the gig but have no info other than it was a great place to play. Being very exhausted. Been almost 3 weeks on tour. We had 3 days off in Karlsrhuhe with nothing to do beside using money on food and beer we couldn’t afford. Then we left to Zürich only to find out the guy who managed the tour fucked up the dates. So everyone was there the day before and just wondering why the band didn`t show up. That fucked up the whole economy with the tour. Raimo, our merch guy, got most of the flyers/pictures.

Dan (Mikael) Bjerkan, ‘Kort Prosess’ bassist

Dan did bass and Alf vocals. I have no photos or posters from that time. I do have a lot of photos from ‘Kort Prosess’ but none from Belgium. I do remember that we where gonna play in Hannover (Germany) the day after Belgium but we were very late, since one of the cylinders of the car’s engine failed. It started to glow and we had to get out of the car, in the hills…

Dag Halvorsen, ‘Kort Prosess’ drummer

Can’t remember anything about that. We played so many concerts. It was also the year that we did our first US tour…

Paul Vandenberg, ‘Seein’Red’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 96-03-17 - (book C) Kort Prosess

VV 96-03-17 - (book C) Kurort

VV 96-03-17 - (book C) Sacro EgoismoSas ‘Anarcrust’: ‘Tibi’s [Tiberiju Nikolic of Sacro Egoismo] weird humor; just a joke from a band on the road; he probably thought that we would get to see that one day…

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95-03-05 Naked Aggression newyearcardNew Year card Kirsten sent me…

‘Propagandhi’ were/are a “Political, yet humorous punk-rock band” from Winnipeg. They were signed to Fat Wreck Chords (a commercial label dealing with majors). That’s why I didn’t want them to play the Vort’n Vis. Bruno had other opinions… The band was: Chris Hannah (guitar & vocals), John K. Samson (bass; replaced by Todd Kowalski in ‘97) and Jordy/Jordan Samolesky (drums). Mike of Bad Food For thought (distro from Propaghandi’s hometown) wrote me (March 96) that Jord, the drummer, got ill with mono(nucleosis) the day they were supposed to leave on tour. Guess they didn’t make it over then… Can’t recall them playing anyway…


That sounds right. Was either mono or he broke his foot playing hockey. Can’t remember which. We have played Belgium since. Marcus from ‘But Alive’ and Marco [Walzel] from Avocado bookings did the later tours I think.

Chris Hannah

The locals (Ieper and surroundings) of ‘Carcer Molochi’ had done their debut here (94-12-31) and filled in… Most of them were or would become Vort’n Vis shitworkers: Erwin Degryse (guitar), David Stubbe (drums), Danny Suffys (bass), Johan Seys (vocals), Michael Maes (guitar) and Inge Capoen (vocals) played pagan, back-to-nature crust-punk (“a mix of ‘Antisect’, ‘Hiatus’, ‘E.N.T’ & ‘Antischism’…”, I wrote in my ‘zine). A few months after this they recorded their demo. In ’97 Michael and Inge (who are a couple) started ‘Link’…

Carcer Molochi demo-coverdemo-tape

‘Naked Aggression’, an anarchist classic HC/punk band (originally from Madison, Wisconsin but at the time of this tour they were already living in N. Hollywood) were Kirsten Patches (vocals), (Phillip Emil) Phil Suchomel (guitar; R.I.P. 1998), Ty Smith (drums; he’d been here also with ‘Resist’, R.I.P. 2011) – looks like Greg Watson was the bassist on this tour (he was also on the Bitter Youth 7” & the March March Alive LP). On the ‘Aus-Rotten’/‘Naked Aggression’ split-7” & on the Plastic World 7” (both out in 1994) John/Juan Jiminez (later also in ‘Los Crudos’) played the bass but he didn’t do this tour as he had quit the band… At that time I distributed the They Can’t Get Me Down 7” that was re-released on the German label Campary recs (ran by Armin Heitman and his girlfriend Katia, from-Düsseldorf)…. Kirsten still keeps the band going. Have a look on their website:

95-03-05 Naked Aggression (by Wim DL)95-03-05 Naked Aggression' (by Wim DL)‘Naked Aggression’ (photographed by Wim De Leersnijder [1]-[2] & Joeri Hoste [3]-[4])

‘Kurort’, a HardCore band from Bad Ischl (Austria) played here for the 2nd time (see: 92-05-02). Andreas ‘Andi’ Wimmer (vocals), Florian ‘Flo’ Sedmak (guitar & vocals), Martin Wimmer (bass), Rudi Vogtenhuber (drums). They played strong, powerful HC with personalized political lyrics (sung in Upper Austrian dialect). They already release some stuff themselves but we got to know them through the Stachanov LP on Tiberiju’s Sacro Egoismo (Stachanov in ’94; Miss Fitness USA in ‘95). The latter was a co-release with Joris De Buysser’s Conspiracy recs). Joris would also release the Oslo 7” in’96. A fan wrote about them: “The flagship of Austrian 90s moshcore. ‘Kurort’ knew the handicraft of advanced thrash-riffing as no other Austrian band and embedded this in the drag-and-strain-Hardcore (Zerrcore) of the times. Their musical proficiency never resulted in technical hick-hack virtuosity but in well-constructed songs with doomy riffs checked by high impact drumming and driving blast beats. Andreas Wimmer on strained vocals added suffering and memorable choruses, that even showed some pop-sensibility.”…


Kurort (Flo-Rudi-Andi-Martin) promo‘Kurort’ (Flo – Rudi – Andi – Martin) promo-pic

I remember the Vort’n Vis very well, as it donated a running gag in the ‘Kurort’-conversations: “We have some nice sleeping-places upstairs.”, I think it was when we toured with ‘Naked Aggression’: it was March, it was very cold and it even snowed a bit. There was no heating in the venue except for all the people showing up. When we took a look at the ‘nice sleeping-places’, we decided not to use them, no matter what: What I recall, are empty and ice-cold rooms, broken windows and wet and foul mattresses. After the gig we wanted to sleep the on stage – even there with all the spilt beer, etc., it was cleaner than upstairs. And it was still warm from all the people that had gone then. But whoever was in charge refused because we were suspected to empty all the bottles at the bar overnight. We insisted anyway but our promise that we wouldn’t take anything from the bar was not trusted, so one of the V.V.-collective played the watchdog and slept on the floor behind the bar.

I also remember that the driver in the car riding before our van suffered a heart-attack on the highway and rolled off the road down into a field a few minutes before we came into Ieper – I guess that was in 1995 aswell.

Touring with ‘Naked Aggression’ wasn’t too enjoyable: up to 9 people in a small van… We only made friends with their hired drummer Ty Smith. He ‘who cannot be named’ [Dolf H.] and his network booked the tour…

I don’t remember ‘Propaghandi’ playing.

Florian ‘Flo’ Sedmak (

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 95-03-05 - (book B) Naked AggressionVV 95-03-05 - (book B) N.A. Greg Watson

VV 95-03-05 - (book B) Kurort

VV 95-03-05 - (book B) Carcer MolochiVV 95-03-05 - (book B) Carcer Molochi'VV 95-03-05 - (book B) Carcer Molochi JohanDavid Carcer’s surreal scriblings are untranslatable, I’m afraid ;-) * Apparently it was Johan’s birthday…

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92-05-02 Instigators - Nessun Dorma - Kurort

I will never forget this one because everyone was so sweaty when ‘Instigators’ played; superb concert! I don’t really remember ‘Kurort’…

Henk Loobuyck

Frank Babel (Blasting Youth recs) organised the ‘Instigators’ socalled ‘Reunion Tour 1992’ (mainly Germany, some dates I, Austria, Italy, Switzerland – see tour-schedule). I think the guys from Dewsbury/Huddersfield didn’t want to go home immediately so they ended up playing the Vort’n Vis… The line-up was the ‘usual’ Andy ‘Tez’ Turner (vocals), Simon Mooney (guitar) & Steve ‘Cuzzy’ Curran (drums), and Keith Whitely did the bass this time. They’d done some gigs for Smurfpunx in the past (‘87 & ‘88) so it was nice to meet them again… And they would be back the next year (93-04-04). I think at this timepoint Bruno was taking in some of the records of Andy’s Full Circle label for distribution…

Instigators 1992 tour (Blasting Youth)

‘Nessun Dorma’ (Bristol) had played for Smurfpunx a couple of years before (90-09-02) and I’d stayed in touch with Seamus (Cummins), their bassplayer. They were: Paul (vocals), Phil (drums) and Ju & Tony ‘Tone’ (guitarists). They had vinyl (the Chew It Over lp) out on Mike Foster’s MCR recs (actually MCRUK 001). From the review of that in Tilt! #7: “Raging, energetic bulldozer-HC with breaks and tempo-changes. […] Killer live band.”.

From the Bristol-based zine Read It! (winter ‘91-‘92): >>They were originally called ‘Night Terror Syndrome’, formed in early 1988 by Tony (guitar) & Luke (bass), Paul & Phil, and Julian had played in ‘Organised Chaos’ and sang for the ‘Stupid Humans’ [early 80s], the earliest incarnation of the ‘Subhumans’. In spring ’89 Luke left to join ‘Maggot Slayer Overdrive’. An old friend Seamus replaced him. They took the name ‘Nessun Dorma’ (None Shall Sleep – the opera-song Pavarotti did at the soccer world-cup), at the time of their 2nd demo (1990) [Your Chocolate Factory Needs You].<<

They came back to the Vort’n Vis a few times…

‘Kurort’ were a hardcore/punk band from Bad Ischl, Austria: Andreas ‘Andi’ Wimmer (vocals), Florian ‘Flo’ Sedmak (guitar & vocals), Martin Wimmer (bass) and Rudi Vogtenhuber (drums). They played powerful hardcore with personalized political lyrics and sang in their Upper Austrian dialect. They had released some vinyl themselves and on Trost recs (a Vienna-based label related to Club Flex – a indie/noise/rock venue). Later Tiberiju of Sacro Egoismo and Joris of Conspiracy recs would help ‘em out. They came back a second time (95-03-05).


Here’s what I think I remember from Ieper… We were booked to play Poperinge and I was asleep in the van as we arrived for the show (no one told me the show had moved towns). We unloaded the gear, set up, sound-checked and I went off for a walk around town before the show. I wandered for a bit and took a few pictures – I’d really only just started taking photographs (which is what I do for a living now). I remember turning one corner and there was the Menin Gate. I was really struck by the of it scale (Incidentally, my great-uncle William Mooney is named on the Thiepval Memorial as killed in one of the Somme battles.) and of course I didn’t expect it to be there as I still thought we were in Poperinge. I stayed for quite some time reading the names and taking photographs before deciding to head back to the venue. I had no idea what time it was.

As I got closer to the Vort’n Vis I could hear the support band. At least I thought it was the support, but it sounded like an ‘Instigators’ tune… It also sounded like Andy singing… I got inside to see the ‘Instigators’ on stage with our roadie Gary Jackson playing guitar (He was much better than me.). It seems I’d been away for hours at the Gate and there was no way to contact me as we had no mobiles back then. I wasn’t very popular with the rest of the band. I think the bass player on this tour was Keith Whitely.

Here’s a video from the same tour: ‘Instigators’ live in Schwenningen 1992

Simon Mooney

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 92-05-02 - (book A) InstigatorsVV 92-05-02 - (book A) Instigators'

VV 92-05-02 - (book A) Nessun DormaVV 92-05-02 - (book A) Nessun Dorma'

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