In Nomine Patri



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Release Date: 21st June 2024

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 Alternative.

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

Alternative were a Scottish anarcho-punk band of the early 1980s that
often drew comparison to Crass for their black attires, logos and 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’s] 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’s 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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