NOT SO MUCH OF A GAP BETWEEN ISSUES THIS TIME, EH? BY THE TIME YOU ARE
READING THIS, WE WILL HAVE PUT OUT THE FIRST ‘NOISE ANNOYS’ COMPILATION 7”
AND THE FIRST ‘BLASTS FROM THE PAST ’ CD. WITH THOSE TWO RELEASES DONE, IT
WAS ONLY FITTING THAT A BAND FROM EACH RELEASE SHOULD BE INTERVIEWED HERE.
SO, ENTER CONFRONT STAGE AND MORTAL TERROR INTO THE PAGES OF THIS, THE
WHEN I STARTED THIS ZINE, LITT LE DID I SUSPECT THAT IT WOULD SNOWBALL AND
ULTIMATELY END UP BEING PART OF A RECORD LABEL AND DISTRO. IT WASN’T UNTIL
THE SCOTLAND SPECIAL CAME OUT THAT I SAW POTENTIAL OF RELEASING RECORDINGS
THAT HADN’T SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY FOR DECADES. SO, ‘BLASTS FRO M THE PAST’
WILL CONTINUE AND THERE ARE ALREADY 3 MORE PLANNED AT LEAST.
THIS ISSUE, ALTHOUGH NOT GIVEN A SUB -TITLE AS I WOULD HAVE DONE IN THE
PAST, IS PRETTY MUCH AN ANARCHO -PUNK SPECIAL. WITH THE PLANNED FUTURE
ISSUES, IT’S MORE THAN LIKELY PART 1 OF 2 ANARCHO ISSUES. THE NEXT ISSUE
WILL TAKE A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK AND WILL BE THE LONG -AWAITED ALTERNATIVE
ROCK ISSUE , WITH ANARCHO PART 2 FOLLOWING THAT . MORE ON THAT IF YOU KEEP
CHECKING THE FACEBOOK PAGE OR WEBSITE IN EARLY 2020.
IT’S NOT THAT OFTEN THAT BANDS FEATURED GET ANOTHER INTERVIEW IN THESE
PAGES, BUT PART OF THE PROPOSED WEBSITE ‘UPGRADE’ MIGHT WELL BE TO HAVE
CATCH -UP ARTICLES AS WELL AS THE ALREADY -PRESENT SERIES OF OSTPUNK
EPISODES – GO CHECK THEM OUT.
REVIEWS OF SUBMISSIONS IS GOING WELL AND ALTHOUGH THE PLAN TO HAVE EXTRA
REVIEWERS DIDN’T EXACTLY WORK OUT ACCORDING TO PLAN, IT HASN’T GOT IN THE
WAY OF RELEASED TEXT IN THE SLIGHTEST. WE GET REGULAR REQUESTS FOR REVIEWS
NOW AND AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO WRITE A LINE OR TEN ABOUT A NEW RELEASE, SO AM
ASKING HERE AND NOW THAT IF YOU ARE IN A BAND OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS THAT
HAS A RELEASE COMING OUT OR INDEED ALREADY OUT AND WOULD LIKE AN OBJECTIVE
TAKE ON WHAT IT’S LIKE, FEEL FREE TO HOP ONTO THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND INBOX
ME. I’LL BE ONLY TOO HAPPY TO GIVE IT A SPIN OR A PLAY – PHYSICAL MEDIA IS
GREAT TO HAVE BUT AM AWARE THAT IN THIS MODERN DAY ELECTRONIC PUBLICITY
KITS ARE THE WAY TO GO TOO.
LOVE, PEACE & ANARCHY ...
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Tell us a bit about the band …
@ A: The band Confront Stage was
formed in January 2013, in Ukraine.
Prior to the creation of the Confront
Stage, I had the first punk project
called The Ahineya. It existed from
2005 to 2013. In 2012, there was the
last concert of The Ahineya band took
place i n one of the punk festivals in
the Khmelnitsky region in Ukraine.
After that, I noticed that my song and
music began to sound meaner and
tougher. At that moment I got the
idea to create a new project with a
new sound and a new approach. The
first line -up f eatured former members
of the band The Ahineya. Some songs
from the first punk project were
included in the setlist of the band
Confront Stage. In the summer of
2013 two of our songs " Stop alcohol!"
and "The Revolution song" are
included on a Brazilian p unk
compilation, titled "Chaoz Day 3",
which was released on a double CD.
The compilation was released on Casa
Punk Records from the well -known
Brazilian band - Luta Armada.
In January 2014, we started working in
the Studio on a new EP album.
Initially, i t was planned to make a full -
length album, but due to the
impending events at the time, it
turned out to make a short album.
And in early June, has already
released the EP "Slave work". Then
came the terrible fucking political
events. The war began in the Donbass.
Barricades in the streets, soldiers with
weapons, burning houses and alarms
befell my city and my country. And in
June 2014, I moved to Russia to avoid
war and even more so not to
participate in this fucking political
In February 2016, I mov ed to live in
the Northern capital of Russia, in the
city of St. Petersburg. With this
moment and continues history of
Confront Stage, but already as in as a
Russian hardcore -punk band. I put
together a new line -up and we started
playing new songs. After l engthy
rehearsals, in December 2017, the
band Confront Stage performed for
the first time at the punk festival
"Angry Punks Night" with the
participation of other well -known
Russian punk bands. In may 2018 we
played on the same stage with great
hardcore ba nds, and in March of the
same year we participated in the anti -
war festival in support of the action
against war and propaganda of
In July 2018, we sat down to work in
the Studio "Azbuka Zvuka" on the
recording of a new full -length album
"Not H uman", which was
subsequently released on August 7,
2019. Songs from this album began to
gain popularity, actively broadcast on
foreign punk radio stations in Poland,
Australia, USA, Russia, Germany, as
well as included in the punk
compilation of different countries,
one of our song was included in the
compilation "Noise Annoys #1" from
the British label Chaos Control.
At the moment we will be preparing
for a big concert with the presentation
of the new album, as well as start
working on a new program wit h a new
Where does the name "Confront
Stage" come from?
@ A: The name for my band come
somehow itself. I was just looking for
words that would clearly reflect the
essence of the mood of the song,
worldview, life position, but of course,
that thi s name was somehow original
and make this title in English.
I think the title turned out great and
What is the punk scene like in
@ A: In St. Petersburg, as in the capital
of Russia punk rock is very developed.
There are many excellent bands in the
genre of hardcore punk and hardcore.
Once I was also a member of a St.
Petersburg punk -hardcore band
"Burning Flag", as a lead guitarist and
performed on the same stage with the
Brazilian band ARD.
In fact, many punk concerts are held
here, including concerts of foreign
famous bands such as The Exploited,
Total Chaos, Mob 47, GBH, The
Casualties, SSEX and other.
As for the punk movement in St.
Petersburg, it has different layers.
There are those who adhere to some
clear anti -fascist positions, and there
are those who do not consider
themselves to any ideas. Lately, I've
been watching the movement break
up into small groups. On concerts
local bands in the last time, comes a
small number of people.
I think that because of the abundance
of information in the musical space,
people begin to get lost and they lose
interest in something new. I know that
in the Western punk scene everything
is very different and people are very
supportive of local bands. Russian
punk bands are also perceived there
with pleasure. Punk concerts are very
often held in St. Petersburg. Foreign
bands are always welcome here. Yeah,
I don't know if there's much I can add
to that discussion.
What do you see are the main
issues in Russia at th e present time?
@ A: The main problems in Russia are
a low standard of living and low
wages, tax increases and terrible
corruption, police lawlessness and
banditry of the authorities,
propaganda of militarism, imposing
the Orthodox Church, which serves
Among the ordinary population of the
people and it is the largest part of the
territory of our country, live below the
poverty line. The working class works
just for a penny, and it is difficult for
young guys to even find a job. People
do not hav e enough wages to pay
utility bills, pay debts to banks and
even buy normal food. I'm talking
about ordinary, working class citizens.
Fucking TV screens regularly carry
nonsense about the fact that the
country is developing and improving,
but everything is very different. For
the powerful it is possible and
enrichment and development, for the
common class of people - it is poverty.
There is also propaganda that our
enemy is the West and the United
States, which is worse than ours. In
particular, there is cr iticism in the
direction of the neighbo uring country -
Ukraine. But only the zombified part
of the population can and believes
this shit, but the other part of the
population really knows who is
actually the enemy of the people.
In fact, there is no democra cy in the
country and there was none at all. The
same totalitarianism, only in a
different form, and the principles are
the same. Idiotic laws on prohibition
of this or that action, an order and
human rights come out daily. I think
that the country is goi ng to complete
degradation and destruction. And this
is the fault of the current government,
as well as people who believe them.
Police lawlessness and propaganda of
militarism also plays an important role
in the country.
There are a lot of people who Wak e
up and do mass protests, single
pickets and stuff. The fucking police
arrest innocent people who disagree
with the Putin regime in a brazen and
brutal way. In fact, there are a lot of
political prisoners in the country, but
only some people only know abo ut,
because it is necessary to involve the
public as much as possible. Everyone
should know their names. We can talk
about this a lot, but the main
problems remain: corruption,
banditry, high prices, small salaries
and lawlessness. Within the country it
is very clearly felt.
Your new album has been
released recently - how has that been
received? Is it going well?
@ A: Yes, on August 7 we released a
new album called "Not Human",
which was recorded at the Studio
Songs from this album have
successfully spread on foreign radio
broadcasts and compilations. Also, the
album "Not Human" can be purchased
digitally on well -known Internet
resources such as: Itunes, Spotify,
YouTube Music, Google Play,
Bandcamp and others.
The album "Not Human" turn ed out
to be quite conceptual and combines
the theme of the problem not only as
an individual, but also as a social
society. Each song is a story about the
negative actions of a person in our
world, about the loss of human
appearance in front of himself an d the
The songs touch upon the basic
problems of humanity and the
essence of modern man. The songs
have themes about the environment,
militarism, brutality towards animals,
the attitude of politicians to the
people, about the relation of man to
money and power.
I think, that listeners on the sly
probing our album, our songs and
every in it finds for themselves
The main songs from the album "Not
Human", I noticed, were the song
"Brainwash for war" and "Not
For the song "Brainwash for war" I
made the official video from the cut
video. I think it turned out great, and I
was able to convey the meaning of
anti -war song.
At this stage we are developing
cooperation with distro and labels
that would be interested in publishing
our album in their city and in their
country. We want to spread our music
to the audience from all over the
world as much as possible, to convey
the feelings of Russian hardcore punk
as much as possible. I believe that any
creativity should be heard and
Now two labels from Poland and Chile
have agreed to release our album in
their country. We are still waiting for a
response from other labels. We are
always glad to friendship and
cooperation, and also go on
The main task is the listener and
friendship of Peoples. By the way,
after the release of our full -length
album, we released a joint album with
the Chilean metal -punk band Bactery,
which includes songs from the new
albums of the two bands.
Now we are preparing a joint ant i-war
song with them, which will be played
in different languages: Spanish,
Russian and English. I think it will be
very interesting and very
experimental. There will be more
news about this on our official pages
on the Internet.
How extensive have you t oured
@ A: So far, the band Confront Stage
has not toured Russia, and just played
in the city of St. Petersburg. But,
everything is still ahead and we have
plans, of course, to make a tour not
only in Russia, but also in other
countries. All we need is some time,
patience, documents and of course
some fucking money. There is a time
Have you had a chance to play
outside of Russia?
@ A: No, we haven't played outside
Russia yet, but it's still ahead of us.
To do this, we need to make a visa
and a number of other documents. I
think that all this will come true. We
wish it very much.
And we will welcome offers from
other countries to perform on their
stage. Each organizer can contact us
on the official mail or write in a
personal message on Facebook.
You use YouTube as a way to
promote your music - how has that
worked for you?
@ A: I do not know. I just upload to
YouTube our videos of concerts,
rehearsals, songs, radio broadcasts.
How does it work for us? I can't say
for sure. Everyone can subscribe to
our channel and get acquainted with
Any promotion of our creativity we do
on their own and do not give for it any
payment. Everything is done on their
own and DIY. It's simple. We are
always glad to our listeners and
subscribers of our channel.
Excluding Facebook, do you use
any other form of social media at all?
@ A: Yes, of course, we use other
social media for the creativity of our
band. Our pages are available in social
"Odnoklassniki", "Instagram" and
What can we expect from
Confront Stage in the future?
@ A: To be honest, I cannot say
some thing about the future in
advance, because everything in this
life is chaotic and it is very difficult to
predict something in advance.
Of course, we plan to do a lot: record
the next album, concerts, create a
merch and much more. Everything will
be seen in the future.
Is there anyone out there that
you'd like to take the time out to
@ A: Yes, we want to thank Chaos
Control label, including Trevor Brown
and Paul Garbutt for the opportunity
to participate on vinyl in the coolest
compilation "Noise Ann oys #1". We
want to thank everyone who supports
us, thank all our listeners. We want to
thank Lisa Gomez from the American
radio station "Whatever68", the
American radio station "Punk Rock
Demonstration", the Australian radio
station "Radio Filler 91.1 FM ", thank
Adam and the Polish radio station
"Radio Underground", thank you to all
our new and old friends and
colleagues, thank you to our Chilean
guys from the band Bactery and all the
labels who agreed to support us. We
want to send a Huge Hello to all the
people of the planet Earth, all the
anarchists, anti -fascists, punks and our
https:// confrontstage .bandcamp.com
Tell us a bit about the band …
@ S: Me & Duncan decided to start
making some noise in about 1987. We
asked Phil to play drums & got Phil
Atkinson to play bass. Pug joined us as
extra vocalist, & that's how it started.
Very little information about the
band is available online, making the
band somewhat of an enigma to
those outside the 1980s/90s scene -
why do you think that is?
@ A: Prob just laz y sod s, concentrating
on the here and now .
Tell us about the line -up changes :
how did things change for you and
why they changed?
@ A: It was a lin e-up change I came in
for a short time but it was productive
it all stayed the same for that final line
@ S: Phil was shortly replaced on bass
by Ritchie & Pug left. Musically we
slowed down & became heavier. After
we brought out our first split LP with
Generic . Duncan called it a day & was
replaced by Adda.
Did you tour extensively around
the UK or was it primarily in the
North East? and reasons?
@ A: I'd get to play a few here and
ther e most memorable was the
crescents in Hulme gigs in squats.
@ S: Apart from a short Scottish tour (
Glasgow, Aberdeen & Dundee) & gigs
in Haverford West, Huddersfield &
Hulme we never really left the North
East. The main reason was no vehicle
& lack of cash probably.
What memories do you have of
playing the R iverside Club in
@ A: Only played there once in Spirit
of Adventure, was great place never
@S : It was great fun & sometimes
mental! We used to get a good
Has ther e ever been any interest
in having your split albums re -
released in vinyl format at all?
@ A: Not that I know of but this wee
project is great.
@S : Not as far as I know.
What bands did the members
eventually go on to join/form?
@ A: Myself I had a bit of a gap from
bands started again in 2005 with
Blagg, solo project Electro Punx, col lab
the Slops and the bands Battery
Humans and now current Sanction
@ S: For me : Critical Mess , Maggot
Colony, Incendiary Device, Sawn Off,
Afterbirth, T -34 & the Happy S pastics.
Would you ever consider a
reunion, as it seems to be the way at
present for old bands to get back out
there (Anti -System, Civilised Society?
@ A: It has kind of been passed around
would certainly be interesting.
@S : Nah! It wouldn't be practical.
Do you think if a reunion to gig is
out of the question, then maybe a
reformation for studio -only work
might be possible?
@ A: I think we're all mostly quite busy
with other projects and spread out
here and there.
@S : I can't see it happening.
How would you like to be
remembered as a band?
@ A: Part of a great era in music: mad,
mental, something different even in
those times, we certainly left our
@S : Leg -ends in our own lunchtime :)
Anyone to thank and any last
@ A: I'm always grat eful to anyone
that takes time out to anything I'm
part of creating, folks that go to gigs
or buy a bit of merch or just give a
kind word . C heers to you , Paul and
It's great That Mortal Terror are being
refreshed to folks ’ minds . W as a great
time the 80's . I've never be en quite
sure how the band ended - it just
fizzed out . K eep on rocking as long as
the world is free !
What prompted you to reform in
@ V: For a few years before I had to
tried to coerce Mark (Keane) original
bassist on No Laughing Matter album
to re -form. He held back because of
his connection wit my brother Mick
(original vocals on No Laughing
Matter). They had joined Anti -System
before me. I had my own local band
Morbid Humour, Strangely fronted by
Nogsy (Anti -System orig inal singer).
We had all been at the same school.
Nogsy & Mick in the yea above, Deano
(founder) the drummer asked me to
join when he sacked Dom. We
recorded No Laughing Matter and at
that time we were activists and took
to direct action.
After the album w as released around
the same time Mark (bass) and Mick
(vox) were charged with damages
costing a Bradford abat toir 10s of
thou sands of pounds. Thus, leaving us
redundant for a period. I carried on
writing, Mick & Keany had a fucking
hard time being veggies in prison circa
1982 -3. I have every respect for the
two of them not giving names etc and
taking the whole weight between
them. I think this was why Mark was
reluctant to reform and with his very
close emotions to my brother (rightly -
so) I asked again in 2 014 and he said
he would, although not driven by
hardcore anymore. I salute his work
on "What Price Is Freedom".
How has the "At What Price Is
Freedom?" 12" done?
@ V: Hmmm, not too sure on the
figures but all I know is that they have
sold out! I don't know if there has
been another re -press? I think it was
taken well, especially after Anti -
System not releasing something for
over 30 year s, new members and an
overall not knowing if it ’s true enough
to form. Getting this together for me
was drawn out and over -complicated.
I'm still very proud of it though and
was great to record with Mark after all
Are there any plans for a new
studio album maybe?
@ V: Yeah, personally I would have
had a couple of new studio albums
done. I've been seriously pr oductive
writing riffs & songs. The trouble is
getting people who really want to do
this! Hopefully next year may 'bear
fruit'. Hopefull y this year with Andy,
Yaga and Ady, we can get on with
rec ording soon. The last year has been
great with these guys!
You recorded your recent live
album at Rocking Horse Studios in
Durham - how did that come about
and what made you choose the
@ V: The Durham City live album was
Andy's idea. We had rehearsed there
on our way to Scotland when Yaga
and Ady joined. Andy knows the guys
there and set it up. We were just
gonna listen to it , but because the
band had to reform again, with Dean
and Keany lea ving, we thought "why
not release it?" as the studio album
looked a long way off! It's raw and
truthful, non -perfect, shouty & my
amp was on the way out! Recording
nearly didn't happen due to me having
a blowout 14 miles from Durham.
Couldn't get any worse luck that day.
Oh, apart from a puncture on th e way
home! Just another day in this cursed
What about re -recording any
more old tracks or is the live album
drawing a line under them?
@ V: I'm open to re -recording more
old tunes, but shit, I'd rathe r get some
new stuff out first. It took way too
long to three new songs together with
the other members. That's why we
used "Don't Worry" and "Wot No
Meat?" on the At What Price Is
Freedom? 12". Everything takes ages
when people have commitments like
work and partners. It's not like when
we were all hungry and angry,
although I still am, haha.
You've stated in previous
interviews that the UK scene is not
that good when it comes to the
treatment of bands compared to
Europe etc. How do you feel about
that n ow?
@ V: I personally love all gigs. I think
it's great when you get food after
travelling for hours. It helps all round.
I've been fed at English festivals and
gigs and abroad. I've done gigs abroad
and ended up hungry. All I know is
you're likely to do b etter as an old
codger band if there's an ever -glowing
kettle, booze for those who do and a
few vegan snacks never hurt no -one
(or thing) .
The band has had a considerable
line -up change in the past year or so.
Can you tell us more about that?
@ V: On the line -up change, all I know
is Dean left, Mark had had some
personal hardships that I understand. I
didn't want to cancel the gigs that the
lovely Scottish crew had been so good
to set up for us. Andy suggested Yaga
and Ady - the rest as they say... not as
purists may like but the band
Over the years, there has been a
shift in public attitude towards
vegetarianism/veganism - how do
you think that can be improved
upon? Do you see it as another
gimmick by the companies to extract
more money out of us or does it
make a real difference and add
choices that were otherwise
unavailable back in the day?
@ V: Any step towards animal
liberation is progressive? Hopfeully in
my opinion, even the most steadfast
meat heads should be aware of the
shocking reality of fucking up the air
we breathe, even the steadfast
deniers are in a new era where
ignorance can't continue. What gets
me is how the fuck humanity is
tediously slow at change. Dumbed by
reality TV, brands and all sorts of
pointless consumerism, m ost people
reading this may give a shit, but the
population as a whole blindly continue
to want more pointless destructive
things and just keep living their lives
What are your opinions about
organised festivals such as Rebellion
and the 'Cal ling' series? Do you feel
that they reflect what is going on in
the scene or just another money -
@ V: The best fest I've played before
this year was Common Ground. I
enjoyed it and we saw some great
bands. This year, we played Obscene
Extrem e, Ultra Chaos Punks Picnic in
Poland. Great times, people and
experience. I personally love DIY
festivals. I loved the 'Olden Day
festivals'. I stopped going when the
travellers suffered Maggie's bully -boys
back in the day. I stopped going as
fences and t ickets and inflated prices,
so was good to be playing DIY fests
again. After such a long time, I've
played Rebellion twice with Anti -
System reformed. It's a double -edged
answer. I think anywhere a punk band
can play, that's not racist, may give
bands a ch ance is a good thing -
anything to keep the scene strong is
my opinion as long as it's not
overtaken by bands with agendas.
How do you feel about Brexit and
the impact it will have on touring
@ V: Brexshit? Ady and Yaga are
moving to Poland. The plan is to be
able to go spend time over there,
getting new material together. They
will be coming back to Scarborough as
Ady's mum & family are here. We're
quite lucky as work well together and
want similar things. Recording/touring
wise, we're working on using rough
recordings to write new material,
although Ady and myself are Luddites
in this field.
Brexit , I feel , is a step backwards from
my point of view. I'm no specialist on
histo ry or economics. I don't know our
European Friends are more accepted
and trade with other nations etc. as
got to be easier with no borders.
Unfortunately , politics and borders
are a blight on humanity - it all stinks!
Most recently, the Atherstone
Hunt have stated that they will no
longer operate this year and into
2020. How do you feel about that?
Do you think it's true or perhaps
some sort of decoy sent out to hunt
@ V: I'm hoping more people are
say ing No to their villages, pets and
such being abused by self -righteous
hunt types, outdated toff attitudes are
wearing thin with more people
realising the barbaric pointless
needless hunt and wouldn't believe it.
In support of the Hunt Monitors,
you recently (well sort of recently)
auctioned off a vinyl Test Press - how
much did that make?
@ V: I really have no idea how much
the copy raised for the hunt sabs
benefit, but I do know every bit of
support is ne eded. The monitors
continually need support and money
to keep people in the field, doing their
best for our wildlife and countryside.
The monitors are the 'salt of the earth'
to me. Brave, beautiful and make all
the difference - only total love and
Are there any other benefit gigs
you feel you'd want to support in the
@ V: Personally, I think I can say that
the chance of Anti -System being
involved in the active direct action,
sabbing, monitoring will in whatever
form be supported by us and help
given. I personally have arthritis and
just doing gigs is hard work, so can't
run etc so the band is a way for me to
not get frustrated. I can, where
possible, help with transport as I own
the ban d van. Spreading th e message
is the main way. through our songs
and early actions. We hope we have
helped in our own little way.
What are your thoughts on
@ V: Veganism is the priority way to
help stop climate disaster. Yes , more
people are taking it as a way of life.
Those that don't need to hurry the
fuck up! I'm sure even the most selfish
know this but only regards their
number 1 priority "Themselves".
Is there any advice you'd want to
impart on those bands who are
currently active in the support of
animal ri ghts?
@ V: Yes, my advice for carrying on the
message to new ears is to carry on
what they're doing because believe
me, a hole appears in your soul if
forced to stop, as in my scenario, it's
always relevant and slowly we work
until every experimentation cen tre
are confined to history books.
Is there anyone out there that
you'd like to take the time out to
@ V: Yes, I would like to thank
everybody who cares about the band
and have taken part and helped it
carry on. All past members, Gary
Kavanagh - initial spiritual and mental
help when I was homeless. All folks
home & abroad who have given us a
chance to play in some of the bes t
squats, fed us and helped all round. To
the folk who take time to talk and
share stories, info etc. All out in the
fields, monitors, sabs. Prot est and
general non -conformists and special
thank you to Rory. A general hats -off
to punks and rebels!
https:// anti -systemofficial .bandcamp.com
When did you form, what were
the circumstances surrounding the
formation and how many of you
(approx) are there?
@ ACG : In February 2018, anarchist
communist militants met in Leicester
and founded a new organisation, the
Anarchist Communist Group (ACG).
Most, but not all of us, had been
members of the Anarchist Federation
(AF). The decision to leave was
difficult as many of us had been in the
Federation for a considerable time.
Some of us ha d started to become
disillusioned about the direction the
Federation was taking, which we felt
was too orientated towards the
existing anarchist scene. But the
aftermath of the incident at the 2017
Anarchist Bookfair and the
subsequent attack on the Bookfa ir
organisers by people within the AF
meant that we were unable to stay in
such a hostile environment. In
February 2018 there were around a
dozen militants and now we are a
little under 50.
What actions have you supported
as a group?
@ ACG : We have been a ctive in the
struggle against the imposition of
Universal Benefit; the struggle against
gentrification in East London; against
fracking in the South East; in solidarity
with Iranian workers persecuted for
organising; opposing Tommy Robinson
on the streets and numerous other
struggles. We have also supported the
climate strike, local housing issues,
and helped organise the Bradford
anarchist Bookfair. We keep busy.
How do you see the current state
of UK influencing the far right to
organise and what can w e do to stop
@ ACG : The right has been made
confident by the weakness of the
working class and the drift to the right
of the Tory Party and its external
faction – UKIP and the Brexit Party.
This has given confidence to street
movements such as the so -called
Football Lads Alliance and groups like
Britain First. Obviously, we need to
defend ourselves against these groups
and to physically mobilise against
them. But we are also critical of any
anti -fascism that is not explicitly anti -
capitalist and, indeed, fighting for a
libertarian communist perspective.
Fascism is something which emerges
when capitalism is in trouble and
whether it comes to power is more to
do with whether the established
capitalist parties can control the
situation or think a ‘fascist’ solution is
required. So, we need to be against
both sides of the coin – ‘democracy’
and fascism and for something – social
revolution. It means building a
revolutionary alternative, and we are
part of that.
How can someone joinin g the ACG
- what's the procedure?
@ ACG : Most people either email us or
come along to a public meeting in the
first instance. We make it clear that
we are a specific political group with
membership. People are obviously
expected to agree with the Aims and
Principles We require prospective
members to be committed to
involving themselves in the activity of
the Group, locally and beyond. If
someone applies to join, we meet
them and discuss membership and
what it involves and if there’s a
mutual agreement they j oin as a
We are not interested in recruiting for
the sake of growth. We accept that
we are likely to remain a relatively
small organisation whilst the wider
working class is not fighting for its
own interests on a wider scale than
now . We aren’t interested in
recruiting people based on a vague
sympathy for anarchism or
communism or whatever. We want
people to know what they are joining
and why! To do anything else if
building on a less than firm
Have there been any major
successes that you've had you'd care
@ ACG : We think establishing a group
that has been able to regularly issue a
bulletin, Jackdaw, a theoretical
journal, Virus, and a pamphlet series
within less than two years has been a
success. We are producing a series of
ongoing Podcasts. We have
established groups in London,
Leicester, Exeter, West Yorkshire,
Surrey, Central Scotland and
elsewhere. We have been involved in
campaigns that have seen some small
victories and we are becoming more
deeply engaged with others. It’s early
What words of advice do you have
for those out there in the front line?
@ ACG : We think people should be
open with their politics, wherever
they can be. We are anarchist
communists, social revolutionaries.
But it isn’ t through words alone that
we will make progress, but rather
through our consistent activity and
through our openness and honesty
with people. We should be listening to
people. What is actually happening in
our neighbourhoods, in our
workplaces, in the pla ces where we
meet people who aren’t presently
politically committed? We need to be
Anger Vurnin able to listen to people
who might have all kinds of political
opinions, some of which we might
seriously disagree with. And we must
challenge these opinions wit hout just
attacking people for holding them! If
we don’t think people can change,
that people who hold racist, sexist,
transphobic ideas can ever change
then we should admit that
revolutionary social change is
impossible. We don’t think it is
impossible, b ecause we think that
people can and do change.
What words of advice do you
have for those out there in the front
@ ACG : Take a read of our
publications, consider where you
disagree and where you agree and if
you have questions, feel free to ask! If
you feel our politics and our approach
reflect yours, consider joining.
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