Alternative - In Nomine Patri

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Alternative - In Nomine Patri 

Punk pioneers Crass continue their vinyl reissue series,
re-pressing their limited releases by adjacent artists through
Crass Records, in association with One Little Independent. The
series, including over twenty bands and solo artists recorded at
the legendary Southern Studios and produced by Penny Rimbaud,
continues with two more historic pieces from the Crass Records
catalogue; ‘The Nearest Door’ by D&V and ‘In Nomine Patri’ by

“[‘In Nomine Patri’ was] quietly seminal” Ian Glasper, The Day The
Country Died

Alternative were a Scottish anarcho-punk band of the early 80s that often drew
comparison to Crass for their black attires, logos, firm political beliefs, as well as
having their own open house, “The Pad”, where like-minded radicals would join
and discuss ideas surrounding pacifism and anti-nuclear armament. The ‘In
Nomine Patri’ EP is dark, furious, and articulate.

Penny continues; “Largely through their fierce commitment to ‘changing the
world’, Alternative were often referred to as the Scottish Crass. Knowing that
talking the talk could only be a half of it, Alternative resolutely walked the walk.
Based in Dunfermline, they set up The Pad, an autonomy centre where, over tea
and buns, revolutionary visions of peace and love could fester and grow. Theirs
was a studied and often poetic form of anarchy which concentrated on people not
power. Their interest was not in themselves, but in others. They knew all too well
that the only way forward was to do it yourself, and that’s precisely what they
did, a’plenty. After all these years, give ‘em your ears.”

Penny finally notes that “Our (Crass’) interest was never in personalities, profits or
power, and neither did we have time for reformist liberals. Our position was
solidly revolutionary; we took no prisoners. Ours wasn’t a show, it was a battle,
not a living, but a lifestyle, a lifestyle with a difference – rather than looking only
to ourselves, we sought to share our gains. I feel that this willingness added
great strength to the form of anarchism that we practiced both on stage and out
on the street.”

In giving a platform to an impressive array of other bands, Crass Records
broadened the front of what popularly became known as anarcho-punk. Not, it
must be said, a moniker that Crass themselves much favoured. In this respect,
Crass’ classic line, “There is no authority but yourself”, makes its point. Crass
sought to empower others, and the output of Crass Records does much to
confirm this, while ‘2 By 2 And Back Again’ seems to nail it – “get out of your own
way, we’re all in this together”.

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