ANTHRAX

Formed: Gravesend, Kent, England, UK

Another raging anarcho band helped by Crass and Conflict patronage, Anthrax debuted with 'All The Wars' on Bullshit Detector Two (1982), the Capitalism Is Cannibalism EP appearing later the same year. Ironically, a second single was issued on Small Wonder, the label for which Crass first recorded.

Musically, both EPs are dead ringers for early Conflict, with a singer who sounds (and writes lyrics) just like Colin Jerwood. Not lacking in thrills by any means, but utterly derivative. Because of superior production, Capitalism Is Cannibalism is the better release, although the band apparently preferred the Small Wonder disc.

Singer Oskar was the guy behind the 'Enigma' anarcho fanzine. Gareth Davies (bass) and Pete Stratton (drums) also played in X-Cretas, while Davies later joined Antisect.

Anthrax - Anarchjopunk

ORIGINAL LINEUP

Oskar - Vocals
Dee - Guitar
Garth - Bass
Pete - Drums

DISCOGRAPHY

They've Got It All Wrong Anthrax - Capitalism Is Cannibalism Anthrax - One Last Drop Anthrax - All For The Cause Anthrax / Burnt Cross - The Beg Society / Anathema
They've Got It All Wrong (7", 1983) Capitalism Is Cannibalism
(7", 1983)
One Last Drop
(7"/CDS, 2007)
All For The Cause
(LP/CD, 2012)
The Beg Society
(7", split with Burnt Cross, 2014)

Extraneous Releases

One Last Drop        
One Last Drop
(LP/CD, 2007)
       

Demos / Tapes

Anthrax - Demo Tape Anthrax - Live At The Moonlight Club Anthrax - Live At Red Lion Gravesend Anthrax - Capitalism Gives Opportunities In Life, Anarchy Gives Life Anthrax - Live Roxborough 11-7-83
Demo Tape
(Tape, 1981)
Live At The Moonlight Club (Tape, 1982) Live At Red Lion Gravesend
(Tape, 1982)
Capitalism Gives Opportunities In Life, Anarchy Gives Life
(Tape, 1982)
Live Roxborough 11-7-83 (Tape, 1983)

Various Artists

Bullshit Detector Two UK 2xLP 1982 (Crass): All The Wars

Noises From The Unknown UK Tape 1983 (Obituary Tapes): Got It All Wrong / P.P.B. / Capitalism Is Cannibalism

Anthems Of The Black Icon UK Tape 1983? (Social Disorder): All The Wars / They've Got It All Wrong

"Yes You Guessed It" UK Tape 1983 (Holocaust Tapes): Vivisection / Introduction To War

Break The Silence UK Tape 1983? (label unknown): They've Got It All Wrong / Violence Is Violence / What Will Tomorrow Bring

Who? What? Why? When? Where? UK LP 1984 (Mortarhate): It'll Be Alright On The Night

We Don't Want Your Fucking War! UK LP 1985 (Mortarhate): Violence Is Violence 82

A-Sides (Part Two. 1982-1984) UK CD 1992 (Crass): Capitalism Is Cannibalism / Violence Is Violence

Small Wonder: The Punk Singles Collection UK CD 1994 (Anagram): They've Got It All Wrong

Small Wonder: The Punk Singles Collection Volume Two UK CD 1996 (Anagram): What Will Tomorrow

Anti-War: Anarcho Punk Compilation Vol. 1 UK CD 2005 (Overground): Introduction To War

Links

Official site
Interview in No Class
Loads to download here

 

 

 

Back To Top