Anti Cimex

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Anti Cimex
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Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres D-beat
Crossover Thrash
Hardcore punk
Years active 1981–1993
Labels Distortion records, Really Fast records
Website Fansite
Past members Tomas Jonsson
Charlie Claeson
Cliff Lundberg
Joakim "Joker" Pettersson

Anti Cimex were a Swedish hardcore punk band, based in Skövde, Göteborg, Linköping, and Malmö, at different times, that formed in 1981.[1] They were one of the first bands to define Scandinavian hardcore punk. Their second 7", Raped Ass, is considered to be a subgenre-defining D-beat record. Scene historian Peter Jandreus describes the group as the most famous Swedish punk band of the 1977–87 era.[1]

Their name is taken from the Swedish pest control company with the same name,[1] the name of this company, in turn, comes from the Latin name of a particular type of bedbug; Cimex.[2]

The band[edit]

Formed in 1981, the original line-up was: Jonsson - Bass, Nillen - Vocals, Charlie - Drums, Jocke - Guitar. After rehearsing for a while, they released their first 7" EP Anarkist Attack.[1] In 1982 they kicked out Nillen. Jonsson took over the vocals part, and Conrad took over the bass playing. The next 7" EP, called Raped Ass, was released in 1983.[1] This work is considered one of the most severe, while the most traditional publishers in the history of hardcore scenes.[2] In 1984 they released another 7" EP, Victims Of A Bomb Raid.[1] In 1986 they released a mini-Lp (12") called Criminal Trap. (This 12" is also included as a bonus on the Absolut Country of Sweden CD). At this time Jocke had got tired of the band and they asked Cliff if he wanted to join the band but he said no, and the rest of the band members got tired of the problems and it resulted in the band splitting up.

In 1990 they decided to start the band again after Cliff had agreed to join, and they say that its thanks to him that they regrouped. They released the comeback album Absolut Country Of Sweden the same year, . In 1993 they released a raw live album Made In Sweden. The show was also shot on video but never released. They later released a new live 7" single Fucked In Finland and later on they released the album Scandinavian Jawbreaker. After the release of this album the band split up and the members started in other bands such as Driller Killer (Cliff),[1] and Wolfpack (Jonsson).[1]

In 2005 Dead City records released the A Tribute To Anti-Cimex LP, featuring a line-up of D-beat and Crust bands from all over the world that were influenced by Anti-Cimex. Notable bands include Disclose (Japan), Wolfbrigade (Sweden), Ratos de Porão (Brazil), Doom (UK), and many more.

Band members[edit]

  • Tomas "Freke" Jonsson - Bass (81), vocals (82-93) (Other bands: Wolfpack, Moment Maniacs, Shitlickers)
  • Cliff Lundberg - guitar (90-93) (Other bands: Driller Killer, Perukers, Moderat Likvidation, Black Uniforms)
  • Lefty - bass (91-93) (deceased)(Other bands: Driller Killer, Perukers, Black Uniforms)
  • Charlie Claeson - drums (81-93), bass (85) (Other bands: Troublemakers, Driller Killer, Not enough hate, Psychotic Youth, The great German re-research
  • Patrik Granath - drums (85)(Other bands: Giftgasattack)
  • Bonni "Bonta" Pontén - Guitar & Vocals (81)(Other bands: Asta Kask)
  • Sixten Andersson - bass (84-85)
  • Jean-Louis Huhta - percussion (84-87)(Other bands: Brommage dub, Cortex, Disko 3000, Lucky people center, Ocsid, The Skull Defekts, The stone funkers,
  • Joakim "Joker" Pettersson - guitar (81-86)
  • Christian "Cutting" - bass (82?)(deceased)
  • Nils "Nillen" Andersson - vocals (81-82) (Other bands: DNA)
  • Conrad - Bass (83)(85-91)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Absolut Country of Sweden (1990, reissued 2000 with bonus tracks)
  • Scandinavian Jawbreaker (1993)

EP's[edit]

  • Anarkist Attack (1982, recorded December 1981)
  • Raped Ass (1983)
  • Victims of a Bomb Raid (1984)
  • Fucked In Finland (1993)
  • Demos 81-85 (2007)

12"[edit]

  • Criminal Trap (1986)

Live[edit]

  • Made In Sweden (Live, 1993)
  • Fucked in Finland (Live, 1993)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Really Fast; Vol. 1 | LP (Really Fast, 1983)
  • Vägra För Helvete | LP (Rosa Honung, 1983)
  • Birkagarden | LP (Rosa Honung, 1985)
  • I Thrash Therefore I Am | (BCT, 1985 [tape])
  • Afflicted Cries in the Darkness of War | LP (New Face, 1986)
  • What Are You Doing About That Hole in Your Head | LP (Rot, 1986)
  • Eat My Brain, Go Insane | LP (Revoltation, 1995)
  • Varning För Punk 3 | CD (Distortion, 1997)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Peter Jandreus, The Encyclopedia of Swedish Punk 1977–1987, Stockholm: Premium Publishing, 2008, p. 20-21.
  2. ^ a b Daniel Ekeroth. Swedish Death Metal Kagra. Poznań. 2008. p.29. (in polisch)

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