The Nearest Door



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Release Date: 21st June 2024

“D&V brought out one of the most original and exciting releases I’ve
heard on Crass Records in ages” – Expletive Undeleted Zine

D&V were a duo formed in Sheffield by Andy Leach on drums and Jef
Antcliffe on vocals. The group released their first EP, ‘The Nearest
Door’, on Crass Records. With Penny Rimbaud as producer, their
musical simplicity was combined with uncompromising avant-gardism
to achieve new heights. The group would go on to release a second
album in 1984 entitled ‘Inspiration Gave Them Motivation To Move
On Out Of Their Isolation’ with a more refined sound and additional
vocals by Crass’s Eve Libertine and Joy de Vivre.

Penny Rimbaud tells us, “D&V are so named because they turned up
to play at the now legendary squat gig of 1982 at the Zig Zag Club in
North London. At that time, they didn’t have a moniker, so they were
chalked up on the day’s order of play as D&V (drums and vocals)
because that’s what they were and that’s how they remained. Simple
and to the point, they were precursors to rap which later both
rhythmically and vocally came to mirror their fierce rhetoric. A
northern band with streetwise sentiments, they spoke loud and clear
of disenfranchisement (call it slavery) and the vicious class system
which created it. From street to stormy skies, D&V were on the up,
and hard rains began to fall.”

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’.


  1. Jekyll and Hyde
  2. Wake Up
  3. High Above
  4. Today’s Conclusion
  5. Step Inside
  6. Dignity
  7. S21PN