Eighties punks anti-pasti are set to release their first new material in 35 years with an album – Rise Up, out via Westworld Recordings on Friday 5th August. Set to coincide with the bands now bi-annual appearance at the Rebellion Festival, drummer Kevin Nixon commented “Drummer and spokesman Kevin Nixon commented, `we are thrilled to be invited into the Westworld stable home to such pedigree as Chelsea, the Ruts and Chron Gen. Our new album has the spirit and intensity of the eighties balanced with a more experienced attitude…..without doubt our best to date, and there`s more to come”.
Despite various line up changes – the band now consisting of drummer Nixon, alongside Ollie Hoon – Guitars & Vocals, Ben Hanson – Bass & Vocals and Gez Addictive on Vocals, some things haven’t changed, namely their incendiary punk/rock’n’roll delivery and their social conscience with the record covering topics including mental illness, addiction, war, and global injustice.
Veterans of the second wave of punk, including the now legendary Apocalypse now tour of 1981, they were the first band from their generation to tour the US, and originally released a couple of albums and a handful of singles, including No Government, voted #3 in a punk rock top 100 by readers of the punk rock bible Sounds magazine.
anti-pasti were part of the legendary (according to the thousands of young punks that were there to witness it) Apocalypse Now tour which circumnavigated the UK in 1981. They went on to tour Europe and became the first band of the `second wave` of punk rock to visit the USA, completing a six week round of dates.