Wednesday 18 December 2019

Earth's Epitaph - Child's Play -1985- (Cassette, Bedroom Recordings), Wales

Earth's Epitaph were an anarcho new wave and post-punk group from the surroundings of the city of Cwmbran in the South of Wales created by Chris, Ray and Jayne. The band was formed inspired by bands like Crass and Siouxsie And The Banshees to which the members had been listening for years before starting their own band. Earth's Epitaph recorded two 'official' demo's of which Child's Play is their second one. They also contributed some songs to a couple of compilations during the mid-eighties.

The music of Earth's Epitaph has a more conventional new-wave sound, but is definitely rooted in the same political UK anarcho punk spirit of bands like Crass, The Apostles or Omega Tribe. Songs are criticizing the English government, injustices of society and politics driven by themes of environmentalism, animal rights, anti-apartheid and anti-fascism. The songs are somewhat reminiscent of the Young Marble Giants or of Dutch new wave band Qua Dance I posted a long time ago.

Child's Play was issued with a DIY fanzine on their music, political standpoints, vegetarian and vegan cooking recipes and interviews with other Welsh wave and post-punk bands from in and around the scene like The Enid, The Housemartins and Balaam And The Angel. Ofcourse I included scans of the fanzine to the file below.

Earth's Epitaph is another band that cared to involve their malcontentedness with social inequality, capitalism and environment in their music, based on the basic punk principle that starting a band doesn't take much. I might upload their first demo cassette in the future.

Get it HERE


  1. Thank you for posting this. Takes me back a few years. I am Ray from Earth's Epitaph. I've shared it with Chris. I would love it if you could post the first tape 'Released' as well at some point. Cheers Ray

    1. Great to hear from you Ray! Thanks so much for the music, it still puts forward the same relevance as when you made it I'd say. I'm happy though that sharing this can serve a certain purpose and that it found you and Chris. Will definitely post the other tape too somewhere in the next year. If you want to get in touch with me about its background or if want to share your experiences in the Welsh punk scene from back in the days feel free to contact me(also if you have more tapes from those times). My knowledge about the DIY scene of Wales that took place during the 80's is quite limited.

      Cheers, Bence

  2. Hey

    Any chance of re-uploading this? The link doesn't appear to work.