Anthrax (British band)

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Origin Gravesend, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Genres Anarcho-punk
Years active 1980–1984, 2010-present
Labels Crass, Small Wonder

Anthrax are an anarcho-punk band formed in Gravesend, Kent, England in 1980.[1] They recorded their first demo in 1981 and went on to release two 7" EPs on Crass Records[2] and Small Wonder Records.[3][4] They appeared on compilations released by Crass Records, Mortarhate Records and Fightback Records. They toured outside the UK twice in the Netherlands with Dutch band The Ex.

In 2007, the band issued a compilation album, One Last Drop, which included demos, both EPs, the Mortarhate compilation track and two live tracks.

The band reformed in 2010, releasing new (and debut) album All for the Cause in 2012.[5] Two split singles followed in 2015.[6]

Line up[edit]

  • Oskar – vocals
  • Gareth – bass
  • Pete – drums
  • Dee – guitar
  • Laurence Windle – bass
  • Shaun – rhythm guitar[7]



  • 81 Demo (Tape 1981)
  • Capitalism Gives Opportunities in Life, Anarchy Gives Life (Tape 1982)


  • Capitalism is Cannibalism (EP, Crass Records, 1982)
  • They've Got It All Wrong (EP, Small Wonder Records, 1983)
  • One Last Drop / Welcome (CD single, Happy Release 2, 2009)
  • Split EP (DL, 2015) [w/Pedigree Skum, Dog Shite, SLUG]
  • Split EP (7"/DL, 2015) [w/Hagar the Womb]


  • All for the Cause (LP/CD/DL, 2012)

Compilation tracks[edit]

  • "All the Wars" on Bullshit Detector Volume 2 (LP Compilation, Crass Records, 1982)
  • "It'll Be Alright on the Night" on Who? What? Why? Where? When? (LP Compilation, Mortarhate Records, 1983)
  • "Violence Is Violence 82" on We Don't Want Your Fucking War! (LP Compilation, Fightback Records, 1984)


  • "Capitalism is Cannibalism" EP, on A Sides. Part Two. 1982-1985 (LP Compilation, Crass Records 1985)
  • "It'll Be Alright on the Night", on We Won't Take No More (CD Compilation, Go Kart Records, 2001)
  • "It'll Be Alright on the Night", on Who? What? Why? Where? When? (CD Compilation,Mortarhate Records, 2003)
  • "Violence Is Violence 82", on We Don't Want Your Fucking War! (CD Compilation, Mortarhate Records, 2006)
  • One Last Drop (Compilation CD, Happy Release Records, 2007)


  1. ^ Ian Glasper The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984 2007 Page 128 "And many of those gigs were at the Red Lion, a much-loved Gravesend venue, where bands such as Conflict, Flux, Dirt and Anthrax would play for 50p - great days!" ; Page 134 "Not to be confused with the fun-loving New York metal act of the same name, Gravesend's ANTHRAX were a convincing anarcho-punk band, that dwelt musically somewhere between Crass's unforgiving rants and Conflict's violent bluster" ; Page 135 "We could always fill a coach for gigs further afield, which was good, 'cos we'd turn up mob-handed and have fifty Anthrax fans there straight away, even if most of them were in other bands that we knew! We'd play every week."
  2. ^ George Berger The Story of Crass 2006 "Anthrax Capitalism Is Cannibalism E.P. (1982)"
  3. ^ Maximum Rocknroll - 2002 -Issue 230 "However, the band's original record label, Small Wonder, were having trouble finding a pressing plant to make the record due to the alleged blasphemous lyrical content.... Red Alert cassettes released a compilation featuring live performances by Conflict, Anthrax, and the Sinyx, as well as Annie."
  4. ^ Maximum Rocknroll - 2002 -Issue 236 "We'd played in Gravesend (Kent) quite a lot by then and had got to know the members of Anthrax who were from around there (I'd like to say we inspired them to form a band, but I doubt that's true). Pete, their drummer, volunteered his services "
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ "anthrax (uk)".
  7. ^ Glasper p183 "He fell off his stool backwards another time, at Portsmouth Polytechnic," adds Shaun, who played with the blues/rock outfit X-It in the wake of Anthrax. ... (Small Wonder, 1983)

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