21-11-18 00.20 GMT
DISTORT THE DEV - SHELTER BENEFIT
It can be easier than we might think to find oneself existing on the streets. Some of us know. Some of us have been there. A short notice benefit gig for SHELTER at the Devonshire Arms, Camden, London on Sunday, December 9th from 4.00pm onwards..
Due to the limited venue capacity this will be a ticket only show. No door sales. For ticket information please go HERE
16-11-18 19.05 GMT
FEAR AND LOATHING FANZINE INTERVIEWS PETE LYONS
Last month Andy Pearson from Fear and Loathing visited Pete at New Rose Studios in London. A good hour or so was spent chatting about "The Rising of the Lights" LP, the booklet that comes with it, the Punk Scholars Network, the so called 40th anniversary of "punk" celebrations and a whole bunch of other stuff besides. Read the full interview here.
UNDERWORLD STAGE TIMES
UNDERWORLD SHOW POSTER - STAGE TIMES TO FOLLOW SHORTLY
JAPAN TOUR POSTERS - All Venues and Bands Confirmed
14-07-18 20.11 GMT
VENUE CHANGE AT REBELLION
Previously scheduled to play the Arena stage at 9.05pm on Saturday the 5th at this years Rebellion Festival, tech requirements mean that Antisect will instead be playing THE PAVILION stage with the later stage time of 9.40pm on the same day.
18-05-18 08.41 GMT
THANK YOU USA and CANADA
A huge THANKS to all who helped put the shows together in the USA this year. Justin in Los Angeles, Christian in Oakland, Nick in Eureka, Tim in Eugene, Keith in Portland, Dav in Seattle, Cordie in Vancouver and not forgetting sterling merchandise and hospitality courtesy of the almighty Rooster at Nightgaunt Graphics in Oakland. The board below just about sums it up... Stay free.........
18-05-18 07.41 GMT
JAPAN IN NOVEMBER
27-04-18 01.52 GMT
EXTRA DATE FOR USA
A last minute addition to our US tour schedule.
Antisect will play Luckeys in Eugene, Oregon on Monday April 30th. Hopefully see you there...
27-04-18 01.52 GMT
RISING FROM THE VOID
A 25 minute documentary by activist filmmaker and old fan of the band Craig Hornby chronicling the reformation of the band and the making of "the Rising of the Lights".
On the Antisect - Official YouTube Channel now. Click the link below to watch...
12-04-18 10.44 GMT
ANTISECT IN GERMANY
06-04-18 08.20 GMT
JOHN BRYSON FEATURE IN BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE
In the April edition of Bass Player magazine John Bryson talks about his attitude to bass playing and how after 40 years the guilt of not playing with his fingers has finally gone.
29-03-18 09.48 GMT
FULL USA and CANADA TOUR INFO AND FLYERS
17-03-18 17.35 GMT
"THE RISING OF THE LIGHTS" on YOU TUBE
The whole LP, complete with lyrics now live on YouTube. You can listen to it as a whole or stream individual tracks. Click the link above to listen on our YouTube channel.
17-03-18 13.57 GMT
NEW SHIRTS NOW ON SALE
In a long overdue update we now have two new shirt designs available to buy online. A black T with Double Sided Print and a new Limited Edition black Polo Shirt. Both are available direct from us on the Merchandise page.
15-03-18 09.32 GMT
FULL LINEUP AND TICKET INFO FOR THE LEXINGTON
02-02-18 07.51 GMT
ANTISECT FOR REBELLION 2018
Yes. Finally. Earlier this week confirmation that Antisect will appear at this years Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. Exact date and stage will be announced nearer to the time.
23-01-18 13.17 GMT
USA WEST COAST AND CANADA SHOWS CONFIRMED
Other bands on the various bills will be announced here as soon as we have the relevant info.
10-01-18 13.36 GMT
ANTISECT IN VIVE LE ROCK
In the 50th edition of Vive le Rock magazine - (Yep. The one with Adam Ant on the cover) Dick Porter talks to Pete about the new LP. "Technically, I'm quite a crap guitarist really".
Sales directly from the publisher have now sold out but there are still copies available in the shops.
10-01-18 13.03 GMT
MORE UK SHOWS ADDED
Two more dates in Middlesbrough and Edinburgh have been added for the UK. The list now reads -
Bristol - Exchange - Saturday April 7th
02-01-18 20.09 GMT
UK SHOWS FOR 2018
The first of a batch of UK dates have been finalised for 2018.Bristol - Exchange - Saturday April 7th
Birmingham - Castle and Falcon - Saturday April 21st
London - The Lexington - Saturday June 2nd
More shows and more details to follow.....
12-09-17 19.29 GMT
NOISEY STREAMING "THE RISING OF THE LIGHTS" NOW
Vice magazine's music offshoot Noisey are streaming the new album in it's entirety today.
Read their review and listen to it HERE
16-09-17 07.53 GMT
REVOLVER MAGAZINE PREMIERES "ACOLYTE"
"Acolyte", the first track from "The Rising of the Lights" to get a public release gets an online premiere in US magazine Revolver from today.
To read Fed Pessaro's review and listen to it CLICK HERE
09-09-17 20.01 GMT
ANTISECT WILL NOT BE PERFORMING AT THE "SOMETHING FOR THE CORE" FESTIVAL IN BUCHAREST TOMORROW NIGHT.
Despite numerous attempts to contact the festival organisers to obtain the promised travel documents necessary for us to fly to Romania, we have had no response from them since September 5th. We therefore have had to make a decision as to whether we thought this would work out in order for us to let people who might be travelling to see the band know whether or not we would be playing.
We regret that without travel documents we are unable to fly out and offer our apologies to anyone who may have been wishing to see us there.
If you have purchased tickets, we would advise you to contact the festival organisers directly.
28-07-17 13.26 GMT
THE RISING OF THE LIGHTS IS COMING
The long awaited release date has finally been scheduled for the first Antisect LP since 1984.
Featuring 50 minutes of new and previously unrecorded material, "The Rising of the Lights" will be released on Friday, October 13th on Rise Above Records.
Track listing is as follows -
Click the link below to watch the video for the track "Black"
03-07-17 10.17 GMT
Two More Euro Shows for 2017
Two more shows have been added to the itinerary for this year.
On August 5th, Antisect return to Sweden to play the Hygett festival in Svartmyra. Scene of what has now come to be known as "The Swedish Incident". (Anyone who's followed the band will know what occurred there in 2013). Hygett is a small, intimate festival in the woodlands of Sweden and as such is invite only. If you want to come, email us here and we will see to it that you get an invite.
Another September date has been added. This time the band travel again to Romania to play the 3 day Something for the Core festival on September 8th, 9th and 10th.
Antisect will close the festival by headlining the Sunday night.
03-03-17 12.17 GMT
30 YEARS LATER
05-02-17 06.17 GMT
ANTISECT PLAY THE CANARY ISLANDS
05-02-16 06.16 GMT
BIRMINGHAM SHOW CHANGES VENUE AGAIN
The Venue for April's Birmingham show has been switched again. It will now be at the CEOL CASTLE, 402 Moseley Road, B12 9AT.
06-11-16 21.01 GMT
LONDON SHOW FOR FEBRUARY
06-11-16 20..57 GMT
VENUE CHANGE FOR BIRMINGHAM SHOW
The venue to the Birmingham show in April has been switched to The Flapper, Kingston Row, B1 2NU. See you there.....
11-08-16 11.50 GMT
FIRST UK SHOW CONFIRMED FOR 2017
24-06-16 16..38 GMT
POLAND SHOW CANCELLED
We regret that we have been forced to pull out of our planned appearance at the Ultra Chaos Picnic in Zelebsko, Poland this coming weekend. This is due to the sad passing of the father of our drummer Joe. We had initially thought it would still be possible for us to play, but the timescale of events has meant that despite our efforts, it was, in the end, simply not possible for us to adequately rehearse and prepare with a stand-in drummer for the show. We apologise to the organisers and all those who may have been coming to Zelebsko to see us, but we assure you we did try everything possible to make it happen. We hope you can understand. Our thoughts at this time are with Joe and his family. Peace!
11-05-16 19..46 GMT
THANK YOU UMEA
27-04-16 09..24 GMT
THE DOOR TURNS ONCE MORE
So, lots of people asking what's been happening in the last 12 months or so. No tours, no shows, no lp...
Well probably the biggest thing that has happened is that the Antisect revolving door has spun another couple of times. This has led to some major rejigging, so consequently no shows and yet more delays in the recording process while we get up to speed with the latest outs and ins.
The changes this time saw the departures of bassist Laurence Windle and vocalist Chris Caps and the re-arrival of Laurence's bass predecessor John Bryson.
Why? In the end it became clear that neither Laurence nor Chris could offer the band the levels of commitment that was required. Chris's teaching schedule took up so much of his time that he simply couldn't offer the band enough for us to progress the way we wanted to. Similarly with Laurence, his outside commitments left him unable to commit fully enough to us. As has been well documented, the membership of Antisect has always leaned towards a state of flux as it's members input has risen or fallen and it was with this in mind that It was decided that a new injection of impetus and energy was needed. Both decisions were agonisingly difficult to make, but we all wish Laurence and Chris the very best and thank them for the time and energy they were able to put in while they were with us. You will both be missed.
As some of you will know, John was the band's bassist during the mid 80's "Out From The Void" period, so it was nice to continue the links with the past in that way. John's energy and enthusiasm has been instrumental in kicking us on to where we are now. With the departure of Chris, we had dug a pretty deep hole for ourselves. The lp was three quarters done. The only things left were the bass, the vocals and the final mixes. John picked up the bass parts and laid them down pretty quickly and so it came to the vocals. We considered our options and although it was tempting to put it out there that we might have been looking for a vocalist, we eventually decided that the best way forward was to try out our voices on what we had already put down, and that is what we've been doing since. The result being that Pete and John now handle the bulk of the vocals, as they did when the band suddenly became a three piece back in the 80's. It's been a lot to take on all of a sudden with none of the material having been written with singing and playing in mind, but with the addition of backing vocals from Joe, little by little we're getting the hang of it, and it will be interesting to see how it works when we get back out there to play.
So, the priority now is to vocalise and put the rest of the finishing touches to what has been an incredibly long journey. More on that in the next update.
You will see us soon.
30-12-16 13.09 GMT
FIRST SHOWS OF 2016
After a year away from the circuit, the band are now arranging their schedule for what should prove to be an interesting 2016. Various things are already in the pipeline.
07-12-14 11.21 GMT
FREE SHOW FOR NEW YEARS EVE
To close out 2014 the band's final show of the year will take place at the Unicorn in London's Camden Town on December 31st. It will be a FREE ENTRY event.
08-09-14 21.51 GMT
NOVEMBER DATES SWAPPED
The two recently announced Russian dates have altered slightly with a venue changes for both shows and the order swapped around. The band will now kick off in Petersburg at Zoccol on November 8th before heading to the Rock House in Moscow on the 9th.
21-07-14 13.06 GMT
MORE EURO SHOWS CONFIRMED
The band return to Sweden at the end of August almost exactly a year after the aborted show at Hygget to play Stockholms Manglet festival. They will headline on the night of Friday 22nd.
If anyone who came to see us at Hygget last year is planning on attending this show, please email us here and we will do our best to cover the cost of your entry fee.
Also confirmed are the Russian shows rearranged from earlier this year. Antisect will play Moscow, Club Mod on November 9th before moving on to St. Petersburg, Plan B on the 9th.
25-04-14 11.41 GMT
DIRTY WEEKEND FOR SEPTEMBER
Antisect's first UK appearance for a year or more has been confirmed for the Dirty Weekend Festival in Llanfyllin, Wales during the weekend of the 5th, 6th and 7th of September.
25-04-14 03.54 GMT
US DATES POSTPONED
We regret that we have had to postpone the upcoming shows in the US and Canada. Unforeseen family circumstances have arisen that has made it impossible for our bassist Laurence to travel with us and after much consideration we have concluded that it would not sit right with us to complete the tour without him.
We apologise to all who have been involved in setting the shows up and to all of you who were looking to attend. We will be rearranging the tour for a later date and look forward to seeing you then.
25-04-14 02.41 GMT
The two Russian shows originally scheduled for this Spring have been moved to later in the year. They will now take place in November. Full details to follow.
18-12-13 17.53 GMT
Confirmed for the summer - The band are pleased to finally announce their appearance at the Ieperfest Hardcore Festival in Belgium on August 9.
Beginning in 2004 Ieperfest has grown steadily to become one of the largest hardcore festivals in europe. This years event takes place over the three days of August 8, 9 and 10.
Full details will appear here as they become available. In the meantime, festival lineup and ticket details can be found at www.ieperfest.com
24-11-13 12.41 GMT
FIRST SHOWS OF 2014 IN THE PIPELINE - RUSSIA, USA, MEXICO, CANADA, EUROPE
Plans are currently being laid for the band's next batch of live activity set for 2014.
March will see Antisect travel to Russia for the first time for dates in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Next up will be an appearance at the Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore, USA at the end of May. This will be the band's only show on the US east side on this trip.
Following on from that will be a short string of dates taking in the US west coast, including Mexico and Canada. Full details will be posted here as they become available.
A string of European dates including the UK are also being planned for early autumn, culminating with an appearance at the Enemy of the Sun Festival in Prague on September 13th.
24-11-13 11.32 GMT
NEW LP BECKONS
Although quiet on the live front during the latter part of 2013, the band have been busy in the studio working on their long awaited secnd lp.
Containing a mixture of material from the ill fated sessions way back in the late 1980's and tracks written over the past two years. It also promises to throw up one or two surprises along the way.
Loosely scheduled for release in the spring of 2014. Updates and progress reports will arrive here along the way.
23-11-13 09.26 GMT
As some might know, the shows in Scandinavia in August were curtailed. At the Hygget festival in Sweden, guitarist Pete Lyons was taken seriously ill midway through the band's set. Pete was rushed to hospital in Jonkoping and underwent immediate emergency surgery for a blocked main artery. So for obvious reasons the band had to pull out of the planned show in Copenhagen the following night. Pete would like to thank everyone who came to his aid that night and all who helped in any way.
After surgery Pete was kept in for monitoring and observation in Jankoping hospital and was released to return to the UK 4 days later. Life goes on............
29-07-13 05.32 GMT
SO LONG TIM - WELCOME ABOARD CHRIS
in yet another of the band's numerous twists and turns, we announce the departure of our dear friend Tim Andrews from the line up. Tim was with us from from 1986 till our original demise in 1987 and had fronted the band since our reformation in 2011.
Thanks Tim, for all you've done over the years. It's been a pleasure and a blast to have had you around. We love you mate, and we wish you all the best in whatever the future may hold.
Whilst never one for interviews, Tim gives a rare insight into his time in the band, his feelings towards it and the reasons behind his departure in a brief piece over on our features page. Read it here.
And so, we open the next chapter in the band's history.
It took a while, but finally, we welcome on board Chris Caps, who will take over vocal duties from now.
Chris will make his debut at the upcoming Sweden and Denmark shows and will give his first interview since joining the band in the next website update later this year.
02-07-13 12.08 GMT
Two shows in Scandinavia have been confirmed for the beginning of August.
Antisect will headline on Saturday August 3rd at the Hygget Festival in Svartmyra, Smaland in Sweden. Other bands on the bill include Bristles, Clown, Contorture and Iamus. Click here for the festival website.
The following night (Aug 4) the band will play at the 5th Anniversary of the opening of the new Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark. Others on the bill include Instinct of Survival, Lower and Metro Cult. Click here for a history of the venue.
20-12-12 10.02 GMT
The band's next live appearance will be at the Roadburn 2013 Rock Festival in Tilburg, Holland.
The festival will take place from Thursday April 18 to Sunday 20. Antisect will play at the Het Patronaat venue on Saturday April 20.
For more details and full festival info go to www.roadburn.com
13-10-12 18.59 GMT
The London, Scumfest show scheduled for November 30th has been put on temporary hold till a suitable venue and alternative date have been found.
For those of you who might now be stuck for something to do, may we urge you to consider checking out The Mob, Kill Pretty, Hagar the Womb, Andy T and The Astronauts at the Boston Arms, Tufnell Park on the above date.
03-10-12 03.10 GMT
Now confirmed - 3 more UK dates. These will be the band's final shows of 2012.
First up - The Means to An End Festival at Bradford's 1 in 12 Club on Saturday October 20th.
Also on the bill for Saturday -
Next - A benefit for London's Scumfest Collective, headlining the Friday night show of the 2012 Not Winter Scumfest in London on November 30th.
Full venue, ticket info and Friday night line up confirmation to follow...
... And finally, a benefit for the Bilston Glen Protest Camp at Edinburgh's Bannermans.
Tickets - £7.50
Also on the bill are;
Edinburgh's finest, Oi Polloi and Glasgow's Headless Cross
27-07-12 09.03 GMT
Next up - The Monte Paradiso Festival in Pula, Croatia on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August.
This years venue is Karlo Rojc, Gajeva 3, Pula, Croatia
With 20 bands on over 3 days, also on the bill are HARD SKIN on the Thursday and THE INNER TERRESTRIALS on Friday.
The band will headline on the Saturday night to celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary. On stage at 1.45am.
21-06-12 14.41 GMT
ANTISECT USA 2012 - 18 DAYS - 15 SHOWS - 14 CITIES - 6,500 MILES
Heads up to all the following, who's assistance and hospitality helped make it such a memorable and worthwhile experience for all of us.
Drew, Evelyn and all you totally insane people in Mentone, Brain, Andy, Jimmy, Jang and Chris in Los Angeles, Georgina, Ann, Amy and Sothira in Oakland, Jason at Starving Musician in Berkeley,
Nick in Arcata, Meghan and Melody in Portland, Zach, Brandon and Sasha and co (including Pan) in Seattle, Joe and crew in Minneapolis, Carlos and Hannah in Chicago, Jimmy, Christina and Chani in Pittsburgh, Matt and Sarah in Richmond, Gillian, Mickey and Mary Ellen in Boston, Diana, Ava and Ashley in Baltimore/New York. There are more. Plenty more. The many of you we had the pleasure to speak with at the shows, all the bands we played with who contributed to some great nights and of course each and every one of you who came along.
And of course, extra special mentions to all those who's efforts above and beyond the call of duty helped make everything go as smoothly as we could have wished for. Stand up and take a bow Mr. Adam (Rooster) Grimm at Nightgaunt Graphics - for exemplary merchandise, fine sofas, two superb dogs and a top gazebo, West Coast Joe and East Coast Dan - for looking after us on the road, we salute you. Kim at Catharsis - for helping to get the word about, Mark - for merch and photography and of course, Craig (Literally, a giant of a man) who almost certainly captured more footage than we will ever know what the hell to do with.
Finally though, and by no means leastly, hats off to a certain Mr. G. Daly, without whom... etc, etc, etc.......
21-06-12 11.26 GMT
29-05-12 00.03 GMT
VENUE CHANGE FOR BOSTON SHOW
The Boston show on June 9th has been moved to PJ's.
24-04-12 00.03 GMT
BERLIN SHOW POSTPONED
The Berlin show scheduled for May 12th has been postponed till later in the year.
Details of the rearranged date will be posted on here as soon as it's finalised.
02-04-12 17.57 GMT
THANK YOU BRADFORD
Many thanks to Irena, Charlie, Jim and all the staff at the 1 in 12 for helping to make Saturday night such a good one.
Thanks also to Cress, Hellkrusher and everyone who came and contributed. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with you
The 1 in 12 is a special place. Let's continue to give it the support it deserves.
28-03-12 09.49 GMT
BRADFORD 1 in 12 NOW SOLD OUT
Tickets for Saturday's benefit for the 1 in 12 Club in Bradford have now completely sold out. We regret that it will not be possible to gain entry on the night unless you have a valid ticket.
We hope we can catch up with some of you on the night. Let's make it one to remember for all the right reasons.
19-03-12 22.14 GMT
DIJON - IT WAS "MUSTARD"
Thanks to Jean Christophe, Eric and everybody at Moloka who helped make Saturday a great night.
Much respect for "Keeping it Real".
14-03-12 23.49 GMT
BRADFORD - ALL TICKET
Due to venue capacity and demand, the forthcoming benefit for the 1 in 12 in Bradford is an all ticket event.
Tickets will only be available from;
£7.50 for 1 in 12 members £8.50 for guests
14-03-12 23.27 GMT
In the past few days it's been decided by mutual consent that singer Pete Boyce is no longer a member of the band.
Antisect will continue from now as a 4 piece.
We wish Pete all the best for the future.
26-01-12 11.15 GMT
POLAND IN JULY
The band will appear at the 8th DIY Hardcore Punk Festival in Gdansk on July 14th. More details to follow.
21-01-12 23.31 GMT
BENEFIT FOR THE 1 IN 12 CLUB
06-01-12 02.50 GMT
LONDON SHOW SCHEDULED FOR MARCH
The band's first London show of 2012 will be an appearance at the "Another Winter of Discontent" festival on Saturday, March 3rd.
21-12-11 11.50 GMT
BELGIUM SHOW RE-ARRANGED
November's Belgium show has been re-arranged for Saturday, February 25th in Diest.
Also on the bill will be;
14-12-11 01.24 GMT
LONDON - GARAGE REVISED SHOWTIMES
7.00 - Zeitgeist: Addendum (The film will run with subtitles throughout the night)
12-12-11 22.23 GMT
LIVERPOOL - KAZIMIER SHOWTIMES
8.00 - Zeitgeist: Addendum (The film will run with subtitles throughout the night)
07-12-11 11.26 GMT
US 2012 TOUR DATES
Yep. Finally. It's been a while coming, and may be subject to the odd change as things develop, but here they are...
Check here or here for more info as it becomes available.
05-12-11 07.43 GMT
Last week Pete (Lyons) and Laurence were interviewed for internet radio station Total Rock. Catch it on Friday December 9th, online between 12 noon and 3pm at www.totalrock.com
+ literature, art, and other righteous paraphenalia from Active Distribution
19-11-11 19.44 GMT
NEW "TOUR ONLY" LIMITED EDITION 10"
The last few days have seen the band in the studio in London cutting their first studio recordings since their reformation earlier this year. A Limited Edition, 10" vinyl single, containing the previously unreleased 1982 track "4 Minutes Past Midnight" and a re-recorded version of 1985's "Out From The Void (Part II) will be released to coincide with the upcoming UK dates.
This will not be for sale in any shops, mail order or online outlet. It will only be available at the forthcoming shows.
19-11-11 02.15 GMT
BELGIUM - LEUVEN SHOW POSTPONED
Tonight's scheduled show at Plan Z in Leuven has been cancelled. Plan Z is a squatted venue and was evicted by the Belgian authorities earlier this week. Attempts to find a replacement venue at short notice have failed. Apologies to anyone who was planning to make their way there, but we do hope to see you some time in early 2012.
17-11-11 21.15 GMT
Val Landrum interviews the band for Thrash Head online 'zine. Read it in full here.
20-10-11 13.43 GMT
TICKETS FOR LONDON SHOW ON SALE NOW
This is a "Bring a Toy" event. You are invited to bring a childs toy which will be donated to the Hayward Adventure Playground, in association with KIDS, The disabled children’s charity.
29-09-11 09.57 GMT
FIRST UK SHOWS, PLUS MORE EUROPEAN DATES CONFIRMED
London, Liverpool and Bristol shows as well as dates in Belgium and Czech Republic have been added to the schedule to take us into 2012. Confirmed shows as it stands are as follows.
Denmark - Aalborg - 1000Fryd - Friday October 28th - 2011
More info including UK ticket information and full show line ups will be posted as soon as we have it.
17-09-11 10.51 GMT
2 more shows have been confirmed for Scandinavia for the end of October.
Denmark - Aalborg - 1000Fryd - Friday October 28th - 2011
Still working on some UK dates before the end of the year. Japan and USA tours will now likely go ahead in Spring/Summer 2012.
01-08-11 17.39 GMT
PUNTALA - ROCK(S)
A very big thanks to Marko, Yopi, Jukka, Servere, Anton, Mark, Seppo and all you crazy fuckers who made it along to Puntala at the weekend. You all helped make it a very special night. Kippis!
03-07-11 22.12 GMT
24 YEARS AGO WE LAST PERFORMED
24 years later, the world is a slightly different place. 24 years later, we are all slightly different people.
24 years later, we find that for the most part, a lot of the same problems and injustices are still with us. 24 years later, we find that for the most part, we still feel very similar about them.
24 years ago, we had lived through the first part of our adult lives. 24 years later, we've grown up, (a little) and have to deal with responsibilities and situations that simply didn't exist for us back then.
There are no hard and fast rules
Why did we decide to do it? It's been a long and interesting process since we first discussed the possibility. Everyone involved has through the years maintained a bond with each other that stems from feeling the same way about the hand that life deals us. We don't agree on everything. We never have. What we do all agree on is that the most important thing for us is to be able to evaluate and make decisions based on our ability and willingness to be open. When we met to discuss whether or not we should, after all this time, finally do this, we knew that things would be different, and we knew that there would be differences between us that weren't there previously. We knew that there were difficult conversations to be had, and we knew that it wouldn't be an easy decision to make, but over-riding all of that was an instinct that we would feel that the things we had in common, would far outweigh the things we disagreed on. We were right. We had and still have no idea how far this might go, but what we do know is that now, finally, it feels like the right thing to do.
Antisect, for most people, will never be just about the music. It was always more than that. Even from day 1 with the "Noise Addicts" flyers and all. We were always described as "uncompromising" and maybe in our early days we were just that, but isn't life and co-existance all about compromises? Or should we always do exactly as we want, because that is the "truer" way? For us, the evidence that we see of the consequences of a society that appears to be driven by an ethos of "doing exactly as it wants" makes for pretty ugly viewing. To do exactly as we want without social conscience leads us to where we are today. On the brink of global meltdown, with higher levels of corruption, governance, poverty and mistrust than ever before. Maybe this "true" way is the path that we should follow? After all, it could be said, that if our actions are governed purely by selfish motivations, we are, at the bottom line, at least being honest with ourselves, and it could be argued that at the end of the day, it is only ourselves that we must answer to.
"Look into the depths of your own beings, seek out the truth
Alternatively, if we believe in "Society", does it not best serve that belief to understand that not all those within society exist on an equal plane? Not everyone is born with the same opportunities. Not everyone takes the same paths in life. If so, does it not then follow that in order to preserve "Society", compromises have to be made to assimilate the various viewpoints that exist within it?
Individuality or collectivism? "Collective individuality"? We operate in many shades of grey.
On a conventional political level, the far left is often divided by the consequences of it's navel gazing. By it's very nature, it has a conscience and a will to examine itself, and when the inevitable disagreements arise, the pattern has been for splinters to form as the various elements dissipate into their own entrenched corners, with the net result being that the movement as a whole is weakened because of a less united front.
The far right on the other hand, has very little social conscience, and thus very few of the above dilemmas. Consequently, it is able to present a much more uncompromising standpoint and often has need to do very little other than stand back and watch it's opponents pull themselves apart.
Can you see where we're going with this?
We believe debate is essential. For without debate and opposing viewpoints we become insular and closed. Without challenges to our perception of what's wrong and what's right we lose the opportunity to re-evaluate who were are. We become intransigent. We remain the people we were, instead of embracing the opportunity to become the people we could be. We like the idea that life can teach us things that we cannot perceive until we have lived through it. We like the idea that we are able to be open enough and strong enough to re-evaluate our own priorities and adjust and adapt accordingly. However, none of us are perfect. Let's not make the mistake of thinking we are. We are all chameleons. We learn to walk the walk, and talk the talk that puts us closer to where we wish to be within the confines our own little worlds. We bite our tongues when we feel it's more appropriate to do so. We are all to a greater or lesser extent, imposters. Cogs in the machine. If it was possible to live outside the confines of this society, most of us would probably choose to do so. The very fact that it isn't possible, forms the basis for our frustration and rage. We can't allow ourselves to be marginalised, to be continually pushed to the periphery. But to engage means that our focus must be more outward than inward and we must be strong enough in who we are to be able to trade the blows. We must accept that yes, we are all individuals, we will not agree on everything, but this should form the basis for our collective strength, not our weakness.
18-05-11 16.22 GMT
FIRST SHOW CONFIRMED . PUNTALA-ROCK. FINLAND, 30-07-11
Pete Boyce - vocals
11-05-11 09.04 GMT
AFTER 24 YEARS, ANTISECT HAVE REFORMED.