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. Earth's Epitaph recorded two
'official' demo's of which "Release" is their first one. They also
contributed some songs to a couple of compilations during the
mid-eighties. You can find their second release in a previous blogpost.
The music of Earth's Epitaph seems to have a rather conventional new-wave sound at first, but
is definitely rooted in the same political UK anarcho punk spirit of
bands like Crass, The Apostles or Omega Tribe.
The songs are dealing with environmentalism, animal rights, anti-fascism and anti-militarism. The music sounds a bit like
the Young Marble Giants if they would have incorporated the political spirit of an anarcho-punk band like Poison Girls
Since the music of Earth's Epitaph was released as a demo cassette it has quite some strong white noise on the surface of the recording. Nevertheless the combination of inventive minimalist rhythm box driven song-writing, simple casio keyboard melodies and socially engaged lyrics created a little pearl of Welsh post-punk music from the 80's that has its lo-fi charm. Innocent anarcho-wave music with a serious combatant message. The sweet sound of resistance.
A nice band, I wish they recorded more material.
Get it HERE