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With their three-decades old debut album newly reissued, Neil Macdonald speaks with members of the anarcho-punk group about a love of feedback, reissue culture and their one-off reunion gig. Things come and go, old things reappear and become new again, and nothing that ever existed truly dies. There isn't a week that passes without a slew of reissues and reformation tour dates, and while the quantity of these resurrected artifacts naturally leads to an overall dearth of necessity for re-polished, re-presented music, we're now privy to most of the music that has ever been recorded. For every thousand 'previously unheard' selections of out-takes discovered in dead producers' basements or Rolling Stones mono versions previously thought unnecessary, there returns a record as vital as Flux of Pink Indians' Strive To Survive Causing Least Suffering Possible. Originally released in on the band's own Spiderleg label, Strive is by no means a snapshot of a time. Its anti-capitalist, vegan, anarchist ideologies still resound today possibly even more than they have in years , and the music is as uncompromisingly fierce as it was 30 years ago; the re-release is more like sharpening a knife than remastering a record. While Flux's subsequent moves into dub and electronic music were significantly more palatable than those of their peers, Strive remains as vicious, as informed and as fucking inspirational as a punk rock record should.
The band formed in Hertfordshire , England in from the remaining members of The Epileptics who during the first half of changed their name to Epi-X , owing to letters of complaint from The British Epilepsy Association by Colsk Latter vocals and Derek Birkett bass guitar with guitarists Andy Smith, Neil Puncher, and drummer Sid Ation who was also a member of Rubella Ballet. The group signed with the Crass Records label in Ation left the group to work full-time with his other band Rubella Ballet , and was soon replaced by Bambi, formerly of Discharge , while Smith was replaced by Simon Middlehurst.