Thursday, 6 September 2007
ALL BURNT OUT
Arriving at 'Anarcho Central' Brougham Road, Hackney, London in 1981 on the same bus as fellow Yeovilites The Mob. These guys used to pop up everywhere from Centro Iberico, The Zig Zag club and a sqauted church on Pentonville Road in the early 80's, they even came to Stevenage for a gig with Zounds, The Eratics and notorious Crass haters The Special Duties. Like both the Mob and Zounds, Null & Void were a cut above the rest of the anarcho scene, with their rhythmic bass driven tunes with a choppy guitar to groove to and lyrics that smashed the system from a personal level. It's hard not to mention all three bands in the same breath, they even shared the same drummer, Josef. Their Four Minute Warning tape album and only vinyl release, Still are a couple of my favourite releases of the times. I maybe wrong here, but I believe that Null & Void are probably the only band to have worked with the two must important and influential punk bands; The Clash and Crass. Their 1984 cassingle Slow Down b/w Harder to Remember was produced by Andy Palmer from Crass, and their final recordings a cassette EP was recorded with a little help from Joe Strummer in his Lucky 8 Studios in Camden. Their latter recordings took a funkier direction, reminiscent of the Gang Of Four. All Burnt Out is a definitive collection of all Null & Void's recordings; a must for anyone with a love for all things anarcho. Get it here, but yer gonna have to pay. A bargain for £7.21 including postage.