WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID
"Not a trace of formulaic Chuck Berry rock 'n' roll ("punk"), the only concession to tradition being a Destroy All Monsters cover that paid homage to the more experimental undercurrent of the 1970s punk underground" - Maciej Zurowski in Melodie& Rhythmus Jan/Feb 2015
You missed a cracking gig at Asylum tonight. Prank Rockers, anarchistwood were phenomenal. Featuring a new drummer, the band has a more muscular sound propelled by the vocal and physical balletics of lead vocalist funkcutter. Don't ask me what they played but it worked for me, harking back to the time when intelligent punk was subversive and exclusive. Anarchistwood may not be to everyone's taste but to those who get it them they are something very special. Crispin Coulson - Chelmsford Wild Youth - November 2014
Psycho-delic-anarchist-techno-velvet-stomp - artist Calum F Kerr November 2013
on listening to Situationist Normal... "Among abstract gutar riffs that range from punk rock to psychobilly there is a voice sometimes yelling, sometimes mourning, and sometimes speaking words of political wisdom. If you finally make it to get through the whole playlist you will then realize why bands like anarchistwood are potentionally dangerous for the music industry." TRIBE4MIAN June 2013
"interesting" Gaye Advert - 12 Bar February 2013
"stop taking drugs" - some punk at the 12 Bar February 2013
ANARCHISTWOOD - THINK NINA HAGEN AND THE SLITS WITH A BIT OF RUBELLA BALLET AND SOME WICKED RHYTHMS. 12 Bar Promo January 2013
The best of several pretty good bands at a feminist riot grrl night (although I also liked Skinny Girl Diet, not least their amazing screaming). But Anarchistwood: quite a rocky take on punk 'n' roll. Very energetic vocals from a sort of mutant clown-woman who was one part comedy MC, one part political ranter. Best use of politics at a gig for some time in my book.Anarchistwood - Taylor Johns, Coventry, 13 October - part of Niluccio's 20 Best Gigs of 2012
Anarchistwood's arrest warrant
Holding up posters that say "ICC Arrest Warrant" alongside pictures of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is not typical rock band behaviour. Then again, Anarchistwood are not your typical rock band.
Stop clowning around! Watch Anarchistwood, listen to Corelli ... Niluccio aka Neil Durkin - video link on his site
Anarchistwood assaulted us with crimson toned gypsy post punk. The highlight of the set being where the band went political and spoke out against the situation in Syria, brandishing pictures of the countries leader with the words “Arrest warrant” underneath. - Lyric Lounge Review of wood supporting hot favourites Wrapped in Plastic in Birmingham July 2012
"anarchistwood, yay! Lovely wee punky gigstuff in the tiny basement that is London's most famous music venue (apparently), the Hope and Anchor. Sometimes I am disappointed by the lack of politics in music, but this band restore my faith, what with the shout-out to the brothers and sisters in Syria, the guitarist proclaiming Assad's cuntiness and the bass player's sticker in support of Bradley Manning and Democracy Now! t-shirt, along with the general awareness of the band's material. So, yay for anarchistwood again, long make they rock!"....Punk's not dead, it just needs a bloody good kick up the arse. And you guys have got yer boots on. - Steve Coola ColaKid at Punk Club 06.04.12
"that tune sounds like what's wrong with the clutch on my car"- Marina 'Pussy Dead Leg' Young, whilst learning a new wood track in November 2011
'The Sisters of the Daughters of the Mothers of Invention' - Rolf Harris look-a-like at Tigers gig June 2011
"you look like, in the nicest kind of way, you don't give a fuck" - observer in Brighton April 2011
"i don't remember it that well. i just remember a lot of nudity and a hospitalisation and finding what I heard of your band very interesting. but i couldn't remember what you were called .... so now i'm listening to your stuff. very wierd and cool. it sort of makes me think what would it be like if amanda palmer took acid and joined a grunge band...
... and the answer is anarchistwood"
Dan Daydream - after seeing the 'wood in Birmingham with Wrapped in Plastic 16.04.11
They create a post-punk sound of their own with a creative song structure, the singer beginning one song with a short rap, and in another falling into something close to opera singing. Imagine if The Slits had existed in our time and founded The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster and teamed up with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls. Then you'd have something similar to Anarchistwood.
Ellen Melin on Anarchistwood★★★★, www.londonfestivalfringe.com January 2011
Sleaze Rock? White comical dance rock punk? - various associates of Savage Rehab August 2010
you look fucking great - you sound fucking awful!- Kunt and the Gang fan July 2010
Last night was awesome, thanks so much, we grinned like bastards for the whole set. nice touch the drummer humping my leg like a dog at the end. if only every band were so friendly Spoon - The Monkeyball Experiment May 2010
When it comes to raising the roof, Anarchistwood like to turn up the heat a notch and burn the whole goddamned house to the ground. Previous comparisons to The Butthole Surfers and The Jesus Lizard just don’t do this mighty troupe justice. Personally I’m thinking the New York Dolls vs. GG Allin (sans faecal projectiles). Had the stage not being at floor level then we might have faced a mosh pit of disaster zone proportions (yes, really).
Peter Makinde - Hackney Hive 17.04.10
Can punk music be established.... ? Jan Maat NO:ID February 2010
Like the Cramps with Patti Smith - Brady from Legendary DNA Cowboys / London SS IOTG 31.01.09
Swampy Melvins - Sean Organ January 2009
Butthole Surfers with Patti Smith and Crass - Organ Magazine 10.09.08
So good I was afraid to listen to the end - an ex-member February 2008