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Melodie&Rhythmus REVIEW

MELODIE&RHYTHMUS writer Maciej Zurowski did a very interesting little review of our nine year adversity party with photo from Anne Forrest Photography. The story above was published in the Jan/Feb version of the magazine and also mentions other acts on the night - The Flesh Happening and Gemma Moss.

"Not a trace of formulaic Chuck Berry rock 'n' roll ("punk"), the only concession to tradition being a Destroy All Monsters cover that paid homage to the more experimental undercurrent of the 1970s punk underground" Anarchistwood are described as a punk band that makes it seem "as if the (hyped) 1977 music industry event known as 'punk' hadn't taken place", imagining instead an "alternative history where the anarchic proto punk from Cleveland and Detroit seamlessly led into No Wave, Post Punk and Industrial and is still happily evolving". The Flesh Happening get a brief but positive mention as "flamboyant queercore".

"Failed" refers to the political bit when you held up a portrait of Assad demanding that the International Court of Justice (a branch of the United Nations, which is a club of exploiters and murderers) arrest him. Since the ISIS development, Assad is in fact regarded as a 'lesser evil' by 'our' side, so the UN would not dream of having him arrested. As I argue in the piece, we should primarily oppose 'our own' tyrants, who are quite happy to back tyrants abroad when it suits them - not call upon ostensibly neutral bodies such as the UN to go round the world to 'restore order'. "

We would like to point out that the song 'despot' that the Assad pictures are used in was written way back in late 2011 when we were hugely incensed by the murderous behaviour of the Syrian government and the supporting Shabiha at the time... this period also gave rise to the creating of the piece "wake up marie" about the death of journalist Marie Colvin 20th February 2012.

here's the free dj mix candiflip made for the party - if you didn't pick a CD up on the night just download this from the Internet Archive.... it also contains some very luscious photos from Chris Sepulchre

AND new track wake up marie / disbeliever dedicated to the memory of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik who died 22nd February 2012 in Homs Syria doing their job as journalists covering war.

our hearts go out to the countless and nameless citizens of the world embroiled in this conflict



Crispin Coulson Asylum

photo opposite from Crispin Coulson Chelmsford Asylum November 2014



APRIL 2015

jowe head and the demimonde
4th April 2015 Sacred and Profane - Jowe Head and the Demi Monde / Sexton Ming with anarchistwood Hundred Years Gallery, Pearson St. London E2
30th April 2015 Walpurgisnacht - watch this space -

MAY 2015

beltane subterfuge
2nd MAY 2015 Beautiful Beltane - anarchistwood, SPeW, Black Crack, Schaddogeddon, The Amazing Mouse, DJ Silly Boy Blue, MC Sadogasm, punkvert eyecandi. £7 B4 9pm / more later/ £4 NUS / £3 unwaged. The Others, Stoke Newington, London, N16 5SA
andi sexgang
9th MAY 2015 Andi Sex Gang - A HAPPENING! anarchistwood, The Creeping Terrors, debut screening of Rockumentary BASTARD ART and DJs Cavey Nik and Frankie D. tickets from Flag Promotions £10 Electrowerkz, London, EC1V 1NQ
alice's wicked tea party
MAY 29/30 2015 Alice's Wicked Tea Party - Alternative Festival huge line up of great bands for a compact and bijou alternative and family welcoming festival, from the people who bring you Wicked Spins Radio and Klub Wicked - tickets available in advance £40 - £50 on the gate for entire weekend

July 2015

11th July 2015 Brighton EqualFest 10th & 11th July - anarchistwood play on the Saturday night - many more bands TBC. The Cowley Club, Brighton
31st July 2015 Lughnassadh Subterfuge - anarchistwood, DeathSex BloodBath, Monkish, Death Owls, DJ Acid B. MC Sadogasm £6 b4 9pm / more later/ £4 NUS / £3 unwaged. The Others, Stoke Newington, London, N16 5SA

September 2015

25th September 2015 anarchistwood - The Carlisle, Hastings , West Sussex

October 2015

30th October 2015 Samhain Subterfuge - anarchistwood, We are a Communist, Miss Roberts & Rude Mechanicals, NiMBUL, KG Lumphead £6 B4 9pm / more later/ £4 NUS / £3 unwaged. The Others, Stoke Newington, London, N16 5SA

maciej wasilewski

Freudian Sluts & funkcutter brewing up magic at anarchistwood gig in Birds Nest photo by CHRIS SEPULCHRE at THE OTHERS NOVEMBER 2014


Candiflip Blackwood - guitar, bass, vox & noise
funkcutter - vox, grinding, pegs
S.K.E.T. Now! - VJ Tech and Surgical Support
David Kahl - blood & geetar
Doctor M - drumps
Pussy Dead Leg - bass & cucumbers
Handsum Pete - tambourine, vox and monkey pouch
Campo - bass & vox
Freudian Sluts - dancin romancin & pony prancin

Chris Sepulchre
anarchistwood photo by Chris Sepulchre at The Others November 22nd 2014

by David McKnight

photo by David McKnight - more pictures on his website - at The Tin 2014

Doctor M
Doctor M on Drumps - photo by Chris Sepulchre at The 12 Bar August 2014
anarchistwood are still working on their third studio album. Working title seems to be THE NASTY ALBUM (after a deep discussion with Zali Krishna in between-the-festival-dates Noise gig in East London) Since Erreth died in the post apocalyptic chaos of 2012 they are using the intermediate services of Mada Nomdak for mixing which at this point seems that a flowering of wood in bloom may grace universal ears one day...

that clever LIGHTHEART PICTURES guy David Blair has made a video... this time with the help of sorceror's apprentice Joel Rosenberg...


"Not a trace of formulaic Chuck Berry rock 'n' roll ("punk"), the only concession to tradition being a Destroy All Monsters cover that paid homage to the more experimental undercurrent of the 1970s punk underground" - Maciej Zurowski in Melodie& Rhythmus Jan/Feb 2015
You missed a cracking gig at Asylum tonight. Prank Rockers, anarchistwood were phenomenal. Featuring a new drummer, the band has a more muscular sound propelled by the vocal and physical balletics of lead vocalist funkcutter. Don't ask me what they played but it worked for me, harking back to the time when intelligent punk was subversive and exclusive. Anarchistwood may not be to everyone's taste but to those who get it them they are something very special. Crispin Coulson - Chelmsford Wild Youth - November 2014

Psycho-delic-anarchist-techno-velvet-stomp - artist Calum F Kerr November 2013
on listening to Situationist Normal... "Among abstract gutar riffs that range from punk rock to psychobilly there is a voice sometimes yelling, sometimes mourning, and sometimes speaking words of political wisdom. If you finally make it to get through the whole playlist you will then realize why bands like anarchistwood are potentionally dangerous for the music industry." TRIBE4MIAN June 2013
"interesting" Gaye Advert - 12 Bar February 2013
"stop taking drugs" - some punk at the 12 Bar February 2013
The best of several pretty good bands at a feminist riot grrl night (although I also liked Skinny Girl Diet, not least their amazing screaming). But Anarchistwood: quite a rocky take on punk 'n' roll. Very energetic vocals from a sort of mutant clown-woman who was one part comedy MC, one part political ranter. Best use of politics at a gig for some time in my book.Anarchistwood - Taylor Johns, Coventry, 13 October - part of Niluccio's 20 Best Gigs of 2012
Anarchistwood's arrest warrant Holding up posters that say "ICC Arrest Warrant" alongside pictures of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is not typical rock band behaviour. Then again, Anarchistwood are not your typical rock band. Stop clowning around! Watch Anarchistwood, listen to Corelli ... Niluccio aka Neil Durkin - video link on his site
Anarchistwood assaulted us with crimson toned gypsy post punk. The highlight of the set being where the band went political and spoke out against the situation in Syria, brandishing pictures of the countries leader with the words “Arrest warrant” underneath. - Lyric Lounge Review of wood supporting hot favourites Wrapped in Plastic in Birmingham July 2012

"anarchistwood, yay! Lovely wee punky gigstuff in the tiny basement that is London's most famous music venue (apparently), the Hope and Anchor. Sometimes I am disappointed by the lack of politics in music, but this band restore my faith, what with the shout-out to the brothers and sisters in Syria, the guitarist proclaiming Assad's cuntiness and the bass player's sticker in support of Bradley Manning and Democracy Now! t-shirt, along with the general awareness of the band's material. So, yay for anarchistwood again, long make they rock!"....Punk's not dead, it just needs a bloody good kick up the arse. And you guys have got yer boots on. - Steve Coola ColaKid at Punk Club 06.04.12

"that tune sounds like what's wrong with the clutch on my car"- Marina 'Pussy Dead Leg' Young, whilst learning a new wood track in November 2011
'The Sisters of the Daughters of the Mothers of Invention' - Rolf Harris look-a-like at Tigers gig June 2011

"you look like, in the nicest kind of way, you don't give a fuck" - observer in Brighton April 2011

"i don't remember it that well. i just remember a lot of nudity and a hospitalisation and finding what I heard of your band very interesting. but i couldn't remember what you were called .... so now i'm listening to your stuff. very wierd and cool. it sort of makes me think what would it be like if amanda palmer took acid and joined a grunge band... ... and the answer is anarchistwood"
Dan Daydream - after seeing the 'wood in Birmingham with Wrapped in Plastic 16.04.11

They create a post-punk sound of their own with a creative song structure, the singer beginning one song with a short rap, and in another falling into something close to opera singing. Imagine if The Slits had existed in our time and founded The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster and teamed up with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls. Then you'd have something similar to Anarchistwood.
Ellen Melin on Anarchistwood★★★★, January 2011

Sleaze Rock? White comical dance rock punk? - various associates of Savage Rehab August 2010

you look fucking great - you sound fucking awful!- Kunt and the Gang fan July 2010

Last night was awesome, thanks so much, we grinned like bastards for the whole set. nice touch the drummer humping my leg like a dog at the end. if only every band were so friendly Spoon - The Monkeyball Experiment May 2010

When it comes to raising the roof, Anarchistwood like to turn up the heat a notch and burn the whole goddamned house to the ground. Previous comparisons to The Butthole Surfers and The Jesus Lizard just don’t do this mighty troupe justice. Personally I’m thinking the New York Dolls vs. GG Allin (sans faecal projectiles). Had the stage not being at floor level then we might have faced a mosh pit of disaster zone proportions (yes, really).
Peter Makinde - Hackney Hive 17.04.10

Can punk music be established.... ? Jan Maat NO:ID February 2010

Like the Cramps with Patti Smith - Brady from Legendary DNA Cowboys / London SS IOTG 31.01.09

Swampy Melvins - Sean Organ January 2009

Butthole Surfers with Patti Smith and Crass - Organ Magazine 10.09.08

So good I was afraid to listen to the end - an ex-member February 2008

anarchistwood album release

Situationist Normal - a collection of lies, hearsay and truths of an inconvenient nature


15th September 2011

anarchistwood have pressed their second album. A long and treacherous process with many deep bogs being fallen in and mountains scaled, this troupe of noise addicted freaks have finally completed the majority of their recordings under the careful hand of Stuart Crossland at ArtSpace Studios Brixton.
Guest artists include Larry Love of Alabama 3, Dusty Limits, Johnny Fistfuck Deluxe, Plinth's Emmet O' Riabhaigh and Tomas Antona vocalist of Alice Donut. Mixed by Erreth Sondabeng, mastered by Kramer and cut by Max Quirk at Only Vinyl in Cricklewood. To order your vinyl copy, go to our shop.

calum f kerr anarchistwood

photo by Mitchell Denney at The Tin, Coventry August 2014

photo by Daisy Blecker - at The Tin, Coventry August 2014 - there's a whole lot more amazing stuff to be found on the site

Vinyl Releases

ex gratia vinyl

situationist normal
Situationist Normal: a collection of lies. hearsay and truths of an inconvenient nature
Specialisation is for Insects
number 36
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Blessed Are the Cracked for They Let in the Light