5 songs of British self-produced sloppiness from the glorious year of 1979 = great punk rock in my book, and Hornsey At War was truly sloppy in all aspects of the word. With shitty production and songs very much on the edge of falling apart all through the record H.A.W. could hold a candle to Sarah Coffmann and Desperate Bicycles without any doubts what so ever.
Hear the musicians try hard to play the same song at the same time while the singer mainly mumbles as the vocal microphone is way too loud compared to the other instruments. The guitars comes and goes and the tempo in the intro is never constant for more than a few seconds as it seems like the drummer can’t hear the other members. And what about the guitar solos? And the truly deadbeat back up vocals in Anti-ego? Totally amazing in every single way and for once a saying is true; If you don’t love Hornsey at War when you’re young you have no heart, and if you don’t love them when you’re old you have no brain.
I can’t really find to much info about them online, but I’m quite sure they were from London and I just realized that Johan Kugelberg included them on his D.I.Y. top 100 list but still moderately priced far as I know, maybe because it was pressed in over 500 copies but what do I know?
Hornsey At War.mp3
U C 2 Much 4 Me.mp3
Dirt in my eyes.mp3