Friday, 8 July 2011

Searchlight: Slimelight Club Hosts Fascist Bands

Article by Alexander Gray, from Searchlight Magazine, July 2011, #433.

Freya Aswynn
A gig held at a nightclub called Slimelight in Islington, North London, on 25 June hosted bands and artists with deep roots in fascist circles, including Sol Invictus, Freya Aswynn, Sixth Comm and WHile Angels Watch.

The gigs headliner was the band Sol Invictus, whose founding member, Tony Wakeford, was a paid-up member of the fascist National Front. Although in 2007 he claimed that joining the NF had been the worst decision of his life and he had no sympathies for the ideas of this extreme right party for 20 years, he neither mentioned his later involvement in the development of the new right IONA group led by Richard Lawson, a former high-ranking NF member and Wakeford's best man.

A member of the Socialist Workers Party at the end of the 1970s and a co-founder of the left-wing band Crisis, Wakeford moved to the 'other side' in the early 1980s. Together with Douglas Pearce and Patrick Leagas (now leader of Sixth Comm), he founded the fascist band Death in June. It was named after the Night of the Long Knives, the June-July 1934 purge of the 'left-wing Nazis' such as Gregor Strasser and Ernst Rohn, head of the Sturmabteilung, venerated by Wakeford, Pearce and Leagas.

Ousted from Death in June, Wakeford founded the NF-associated band Above the Ruins. The band released only one album, in addition to contributing one track to the compilation No Surrender! Vol 1 released by the notorious German Nazi label Rock-O-Rama records in 1985. Wakeford continued distributing the album through his Tursa label until 2007, in spite of his alleged regret for his NF membership.

Sol Invictus has been hugely influenced by Italian fascist 'philosopher' Julius Evola, whose works exerted great influence on the terrorists behind the Bologna bombing in August 1980. Ironically, Wakeford's brother Steven moved away from far-right politics and is now a Fire Brigades Union officer and anti-fascist activist.

Also ont he bill was Dutch-born Freya Aswynn. A former key activist in John Yeowell's pagan Odinic Rite group. Aswynn has been known for her hateful racist rhetoric and involvement in several fascist Neofolk / post-industrial acts, including Sixth Comm and Sol Invictus. These days she tours alternative culture fairs carrying out pagan rituals such as casting the runes.

Aswynn was a close associate of Ralph Harrison, one of the founders of the rightwing nationalist magazine Right Now!, which during most of its existence was edited by the Irish fascist Derek Turner. After Right Now! ceased publication in 2006 many of those associated with it moved into the New Right club, run by the lifelong fascist activist Troy Southgate, and the Nazi and fascist arts scene. Turner himself now edits the Quarterly Review, a venerable old title revived in 2007 by the former Conservative MP Sir Richard Body.

Another associate of Southgate is Dev, the lead musician of While Angels Watch. Dev is also a close collaborator of Leagas and Ian Read, a former member of Sol Invictus, leader of the band Fire + Ice, and editor of the pagan Rûna magazine.

Islington Labour MP Emily Thornberry said: "It's a shame and a disgrace that these peddlers of poison are playing in Islington. We have a proud history of tolerance in this borough". However, the concerns voiced by Thornberry, as well as by anti-fascist musicians and the organisation Love Music Hate Racism, fell on deaf ears among Slimelight's management.

While Slimelight owner May Uan Mak confesses that he "is not comfortable with the bands", he controversially adds that "art can be fascist too. The fascist language can be just as powerful as any other language in the world." Widely advertised on the largest Nazi internet forum Stormfront, the Slimelight gig was destined to become a meeting point for those who are skilful not only in fascist language, but also in fascist activities.

In October Slimelight is putting on another gig featuring bands associated with misogyny, Nazism, paedophilia and sadism.

9 comments:

  1. Wow, Tony Wakeford has a brother?! I don't think he knows. Well, maybe some good can come of this whole sorry affair, if the estranged siblings can be reunited. You never know, if Steven is an antifa, union official then, maybe, he can get Tony to see the error of his nasty, nazi ways?

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  2. What I don't get is why they mention this 'brother' at all.

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  3. Фрейя Аусвинн - замечательный образец свободомыслия и нестандартности личного пути, феминистка и очень интересный автор.
    Безусловно, люди, мыслящие такими штампами, как в этой статье, должны её просто не понимать. А непонимание рождает страх.
    Не бойтесь: умные люди редко бывают агрессивны.
    И напротив: зашеренное мышление штампами рождает агрессию. Вот такую, как у вас.
    Очень просто налепить штамп на любого человека.
    Проблема в том, что мы пришли к тому, что наиболее отвратительный изм нашего времени - это лейблизм.
    И этот сайт как раз наглядно этот изм демонстрирует, отбирая у людей базовое право - право на человеческое достоинство и заменяя его произвольно налепленный лейблом "фашист", "нацист", "правый".
    Ничего, кроме жалости люди, нашедшие смысл своей жизни в ненависти вызывать не могут.
    Попробуйте снять с глаз наклейки - может увидите небо вместо плакатов, ребята.

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  4. From Freya Aswynn's review of David Beth's Voudon Gnosis:

    "I think that the term Voudon is used here as ‘Spirits Work’ and does not exclusively apply to the African Magickal Tradition but can equally implemented within a Germanic/Norse magickal paradigm. How could it be otherwise any True initiation manual has to be ‘universalist’.

    Yes, my dear Asatru friends I am universalist, guilty as charged! Like it or lump it!

    Any authentic occult system will correspond with others. This book is full of ‘triggers’ opening channels of knowledge, which reside in the collective Mind. If we consider the scientific fact that the Black Race is the oldest form of Homo Sapiens the first to appear from Africa and dispersing all over the planet, it stands to reason that their gods and mysteries are also the oldest on the planet, from which may all others could be derived."

    http://www.aswynn.co.uk/component/content/article/62-occult/49-voudon-gnosis.html

    Hardly the words of a racist.

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  5. I don't know whether you are deliberately trying to mislead people or whether you are just naive, but there is nothing in that statement that would stop Aswyn from being a racist. Savitri Devi managed to combine hardcore Nazism with a belief in the reality of the Hindu pantheon.

    Here's a few choice facts about Aswynn:

    "Freya Aswynn ... is also closely linked with former British Movement activist Alan Winder, an associate of Tony Malski, the man who plotted to bomb the Notting Hill Carnival in 1981. More recently the unlovely Freya has orchestrated a campaign of pickets, letters and trouble over a decision to give a black singer a role in a Wagner opera."

    According to this blogger, a fellow 'pagan', she has also argued on her blog that "Islamophobia is just common sense!"

    But I guess the real question is; why on earth would you expect someone who believes in half-baked (pseudo-) mysticism, superstition, goblins, trolls, magic amulets and similar bullshit, superstitious mumbo-jumbo to be even remotely logical or consistent?

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    1. What religion qualifies as logical and consistent in your eyes?

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    2. DEVIL WORSHIP!!!

      It's THE ONLY WAY!!!

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    3. DEVIL WORSHIP IS THE ONLY WAY!!!

      TEAR DOWN THE TEMPLES OF THE ONE GOD (AND HIS SON), AND MASTURBATE OVER THE RUINS!!!

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  6. Please don't start being hateful and intolerant of heathen religion. It makes you no better than a neo Nazi!

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Please at least use a pseudonym so it's possible to follow your argument if you make multiple posts