Stumbled across a newly posted video today from the legendary Columbia punk band Antischism, which reminded me of how insane their live shows were. Not for the fainthearted, most of the band’s songs make the more contemporary ‘screamo’ bands sound like wimps.
Antischism were an important band in some circles, especially the noise-punk scene. More notably, they also spawned bands such as Guyana Punchline, In/Humanity, and Thank God.
Their Wikipedia entry is as follows:
Antischism was an American crust punk band from Columbia, South Carolina. They are widely popular within the crust and anarcho-punk subcultures. For most of their existence, the band consisted of:
* Scott Cooper (drums, vocals, lyrics)
* Lyz (vocals)
* Kevin Byrd (guitar)
* Matt (bass)
An additional male vocalist named Brent sang on the Still Life LP. Antischism broke up and then reformed in Austin, TX, as Initial State. After Initial State, Kevin went on to play in .Fuckingcom (with Lyz) and Guyana Punch Line, he currently performs in Thank God. Scott moved to Savannah, GA, and played in Damad, IN/Humanity, and Karst, and now plays in Chronicle A/D.
The band’s entire discography was reissued on Selfless Records in 1995 and then reissued on Prank Records later in the decade.
For more, check out these two videos from a show in Ontario, Canada.