KRONSTADT UPRISING slip under a lot of folks' radar, but their limited recorded output is brilliant dark anarcho punk. 3/4 of the band spent time in the short lived BLEEDING PYLES, but KRONSTADT themselves switched members around quite a bit, and after this demo vocalist Spencer Blake was gone, and vocal duties were handled by guitarist Paul Lawson. These tracks, from the first recording in 1981 sound disjointed and awkward, and even after trying to decipher what exactly is going on, I'm still not entirely sure if the guitars are played through a bizarre effect or if perhaps the bass guitar is just horribly out of tune. Spencer's vocals are so thick and accented that I think one might actually have to be from Essex to really understand everything he is saying. Regardless, these tracks fucking rule, and "Anthem For Doomed Youth" is one of my favorite examples of furiously angry and frustrated UK punk; the drums simply cannot keep up with the pace of the song, and the vocals are just spewed forth with such urgency that any semblance of timing or rhythm is long forgotten. "Receiver Deceiver" was the track that KRONSTADT featured on Bullshit Detector vol. 2, but I've never seen any of these tracks elsewhere before I came across this tape. For your pleasure and mine, if anyone comes across a scan of the cover (if there was one), that would be totally sweet. Cheers...
27 August 2009
(I know that the spelling here is different than the spelling of both the Kronstadt rebellion and KRONSTADT UPRISING, the band that appeared on Bullshit Detector as well as their EP on Spiderleg. I only transferred their own incorrect spelling of 'Krondstadt' from the cassette cover, as you can see.)