No Defences: Released 12" (new)

No Defences: Released 12" (new)

Tags: · 80s · anarcho-punk · Bf2019 · clearance · post-punk · punk · reissues · UK
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"Recorded in 1985 for Crass Records but never released, Demo Tapes do the decent thing and release this five track lost album by five piece South London band No Defences.

The album was recorded at Southern Studios with Pete Wright producing , but it was never completed. This album has been painstakingly put together and remastered from tapes taken from the studio at the time. Their sound was anything but anarcho punk - it had a strong tribal element in the rhythm section, post punk flourishes in the guitar work and lyrics that were poetic, individual and radical. The songs were often long with multiple timing changes but always with an intensity and passion.

No Defences played gigs with everyone at the time from Crass to Flux Of Pink Indians to Crucifix (2) and toured with Chumbawamba and Reality Control but sounding like none of these bands. No Defences were a special band and after years and years of trying to release this album, Demo Tapes are proud to release ‘Released’ 32 years after it was recorded.

It comes with a full sized, full colour (12-page) booklet with photos, lyrics, archive and a full list of every gig No Defences played.Ôªø"

Our take: Archival release from this vintage UK anarcho band. Apparently this was slated to be an LP for Crass Records, but the band dissolved before they could finish work on the album. Listening to this now, it’s a delightful little time capsule. Comparing this to a lot of retro anarcho that’s been making the rounds in the punk scene for the past couple of years, I realize that modern bands have a lot of trouble living down the influence of hardcore. They might inject some Penny Rimbaud-esque skittery snare work or a melodic vocal, but the shape of modern anarcho-punk is very much grounded in hardcore. However, No Defenses bear no marks of that influence. This is true weirdo music, and it still sounds radical in 2017. I mean, you can certainly hear the influence of the bigger UK punk stuff of the time (a few tracks are quite Banshees-esque, which seems like it might have been a particular influence) as well as the original group of anarcho bands (particularly the more melodic / less rock ones like Zounds, Chumbawumba, and Flux of Pink Indians), but in a lot of other ways the music of this area and era is totally singular, and this LP is very representative. The artwork is a little on the weird side, but you do get a Radio Raheem-style booklet packed with ephemera, so that’s pretty cool. If you’re the kind of person who jocks bands like Hysteria Ward and Hagar the Womb this is going to be right up your alley.