Friday, 13 June 2014

Crisis - Kollectiv


Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Punk, Gothic Rock
For Fans Of: Death in June, Crass, Aus-Rotten, KGB, Sol Invictus, Above the Ruins

Keeping with the trend of an oldie-but-goody like Ildjarn that I posted recently I figured I'd keep that going and post another one. I recently bought the newly issued double LP compilation of all their works from 1977 to 1979 called "Kollectiv" and was sad to see there wasn't some sort of download link inside the sleeve (not that I'm saying that all vinyl has to I was just expecting one for this one for some reason) so I decided to make my own. Best described when they were still active in the late '70s of England, Crisis was "music to march to" and performed at various anti-racism/anti-fascism oriented shows across the country and established themselves as an extremely outspoken left-leaning punk group in the style of Crass and many other punk bands of the day.  After they broke up following their final show in 1980 two of the band members (Tony Wakeford and Douglas Pearce) went on to form Death in June, Sol Invictus, and Above the Ruins. Reaching into the realm of what some call "military pop" Crisis managed to create some catchy tunes in their relatively short time as a band. If you've got a hard-on for classic punk and are into any of the bands listed above then grab Kollectiv by Crisis below.

1. Holocaust
2. P.C.1984
3. No Town Hall
4. White Youth
5. UK '79
6. Brückwood Hospital
7. Alienation
8. Red Brigades
9. Militant
10. Kill Kill Kill
11. Laughing
12. Afraid
13. On TV
14. Back in the U.S.S.R.
15. Frustration
16. Kanada Kommando