Omega Tribe

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Omega Tribe
Origin Barnet, London, U.K.
Genres Anarcho-punk Post-punk
Years active 1981–1988
Labels Crass Records
Corpus Christi Records

Omega Tribe was an English punk band, formed in Barnet in 1981. With the roles of Hugh Vivian on guitar and vocals, Daryl Hardcastle on bass, Pete Fender on guitar and Pete Shepherd on drums, their first EP, Angry Songs, was produced by Penny Rimbaud and Pete Fender for Crass Records in 1982.

Their subsequent LP, No Love Lost, (released by Corpus Christi Records, 1983) won the hearts of many hardened anarchos and secured their place in anarcho-punk history. A far more melodic style, encouraged by producer and new guitarist Pete Fender, created a highly influential template that many other bands were to build on.

They released a cassette only live release on BBP tapes in 1984. www.bbprecords.co.uk

In 1984 Sonny Flint joined on drums, and they took on a sax and flute player Jane Keay. Peter Shepherd the original drummer switched to playing percussion.

Pete Fender departed early in 1984, after a memorable year for Omega Tribe. Line-up changes were fairly frequent after this period and a 12" EP, "(It's a) Hard Life"/"Young John", was finally released in 1985 that showed a complete change of direction. By 1986, after the departure of vocalist and founder-member Hugh, the band was known simply as The Tribe. The band continued to maintain a presence on the UK live circuit for a further year or so but recording opportunity evaded them. Sonny Flint departed in 1987. The band split in 1988.

Omega Tribe reformed briefly to play guest spot at Vi Subversa's 60th Birthday Bash at London's Astoria 2 in June 1995. A short incognito tour under the name of Charlie showed promise, but the band's members had other interests and the project was short-lived.

A compilation CD, Make Tea Not War, was released in 2000 on Rugger Bugger Records and a cut-down vinyl LP version was also pressed. Both albums quickly sold out.

In August 2016 Daryl, Hugh and Sonny reunited and in Sept 2016 and have performed a limited number of dates between Dec 2016 and March 2017 including Vi Day at the 2017 AWOD Festival. At the end of March 2017 Sonny Flint left the band. Original members Hugh and Daryl having recruited new band members, are currently in pre-production for their forthcoming EP and are performing live throughout 2017.

Discography[edit]

  • Angry Songs EP (Crass Records 1982)
  • No Love Lost LP (Corpus Christi Records 1983)
  • Omega-Tribe Live CASSETTE ((BBP RECORDS)) 1983 )
  • It's a Hard Life 12"EP (Corpus Christi Records 1985)
  • Make Tea Not War CD/LP (Rugger Bugger Records 2000)
  • Bullshit Detector compilation, Vol. 2 (Crass Records 1982)

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