July 20015
The latest issue of Fear & Loathing
hits the streets and I read almost all of
this on my regular train ride to Wigan,
which is rapidly becoming my second
home. Some interesting points were
covered in the editorial regarding
And Loathings
new web presence.
Which I highly recommend you check
out in case, like me you missed
previous issues as this zine sells out
fast. I have to admit the
Internet stuff"
(editor Andy's words not
mine) really does improve this zine's
aesthetic. I think eventually he will end
up devoting more time to his on-line
presence, once he's sussed a few
more HTML tricks. And you can see
how webspace is gigantic in
comparison to a regular fanzine format
and wins hands down when colour is
entered into the equation. Never mind
the expense of his print jobs. But he's
right when proclaiming
"the physical
format of a zine, an artifact you can
hold in your hands"
is so much more
fulfilling and a lot more easy on the
eye. So onto the zine itself. This issue
features a whole spectrum of musical
talent. You couldn't get a more varied
mix of genres in one punk zine even if
you snorted huge bag of crack cocaine
while on a bender round Kilburn with
Shane McGowan. However Dieter
Mayo from
Yello was a hard cross to
bear, his tuneful ambiance is just too
nice for my tastes, gimme
every time. New York's
The Dictators
always have some stories to tell and
Handsome Dick Manitoba has more
than most, he was pinned down at the
Garage in London on last years rare
UK Tour. Next up are the
an ugly as sin, foul mouthed
urban rap act which combines punk
attack and energy with poxy box beats.
They sing embittered rants about
unemployment, modern working life,
celebrities and pop culture, but dress
like Chavs and are strangely
endearing to a growing fan base. They
remind me of
John Cooper Clarke
but are way more angry, just a pity the
backing tracks don't live up to the
lyrical delivery. I was looking forward to
Neon Hearts interview and its not
a let down either. Being a homegrown
talent (for us Wulfrunian's) and having
caught them live last summer, they
were great and got me jumping around
during 'Venus Eccentric'. However I
missed the sax and that fucking
guitarist has always been a big headed
cunt! Despite that, it was nice to read a
concise history lesson on the first and
best punk band to come outta
Wolverhampton. Next up its
from Belfast who have
reformed also to positive reviews. Lead
singer Buck gives us an honest run
through the bands career and even
had a good word to say about
infamous promoter and WXYZ label
boss John Curd. To cap this issues
klepto mix of interviews we get the
Cockney Rejects interviewed at the
100 club prior to a recent appearance.
Never expected to see these grace
Fear And Loathings pages so was a
nice surprise. Stinky and Micky give a
very open view on the bands inception,
run ins and of course West Ham, right
up until their current video and solo
projects. They say diversity is strength
Fear And Loathing brings us all
this amongst a mammoth amount of
gig and record reviews, highly
Copies cost £2.50 plus postage (send
an email for full cost) or otherwise you
can buy them at either Rough Trade
(the proper shop in Notting
Hill) or All Ages in Camden. You can
also check out the rather nifty new
website for more info plus a load of
past interviews, reviews and news.
October 2015
First issue I've read of this long
standing bastion of hardcore punk
from the Southampton area. I must say
I was expecting a lot more from
Suspect Device, maybe something
on a par with
Artcore at least in depth
of coverage. So was a bit let down with
its sparse A4 size, as it looks like one
of those zines with not enough info to
fill this particular issue. I'd suggest a
more compact A5 downsize or don't
put an issue out unless you can really
fill it comfortably.
Suspect Device
looks like its a zine that's been around
for only a few issues, never mind 30
odd years! I could even forgive the not
very imaginative cut 'n' paste layout,
but after so many years of practice
(this is issue #57 after all) your
expectations do somewhat increase.
Maybe the tender love and care you
have to give fanzine production is
more of a chore these days with life's
other more intense distractions?
Having said that you have to take your
hat off for longevity in this day and
age, by the two editorial suspects
involved. I quite like the arty cover and
the honest editorials. The columnists
were quite interesting and diverse,
although a couple of the views were as
exactly as I expected ...PC overkill.
There was quite a good Parisian gig
diary by Pete Zonked who seems to be
the main contributor. The interviews
were best though with
Torso (great
name) from the Bay Area who are an
ultra fast, feminist screamathon fest
with great energy who sing about
misogyny, mental heath you know the
usual stuff, but disappointingly don't
have an awful lot to say in the
interview. Brummies the dreadfully
Healer Of Bastards features
an old mate Paul who used to drum for

Apparently he's now chief
programmer in this new angry outfit. By
complete contrast we get 'pop punks'
(in the traditional sense of the word)
the Number Ones from Dublin who
sound like a rough round
the edges
Rudi. Finally Permanent Ruin from
San Francisco featuring
coordinator Mariam on lead vocals who
offer us more screamy intense
, plus the lengthiest interview
this issue
and easily the most
. She admits to being a
former dominatrix on one of her more
lengthy rants. The reviews are
a little
generous but spot on regarding
Cult Maniax. Only a couple of
zines are featured, but two are better
than none
I spose. Suspect Device
finishes with a neat shot of
stage backdrop on the back page. I
don't feel quite as miffed I'd miss this
one after all these years
as it didn't
quite blow up in my face
, but what was
included was neat to catch up on. I'd
also suggest checking out this zines
web presence which I highly
recommend as it features lots of back
issues restored online, plus their
record label,
the live band photos
gallery is really good and you even get
a pod cast featuring most of the bands
that appear in the fanzine. So lots
going on
there. I've just read issue #59
is a split issue with Brighton's
£2.25 postpaid
Suspect Device