Conflict is an English anarcho-punk band originally based around Eltham in South London. Formed in 1981, the band’s original line up consisted of: Colin Jerwood (vocals), Francisco ‘Paco’ Carreno (drums), Big John (bass guitar), Steve (guitars), Pauline (vocals), Paul aka ‘Nihilistic Nobody’ (visuals). Their first release was the EP “The House That Man Built” on Crass Records. By the time they released their first album, It’s Time to See Who’s Who, on Corpus Christi Records, Pauline and Paul had left the band. Conflict later set up its own Mortarhate Records label, which put out releases by other artists including Hagar the Womb, Icons of Filth, Lost Cherrees, The Apostles, Exitstance, Stalag 17, Admit You’re Shit and Potential Threat.
In 1983, Steve Ignorant, who was at the time a member of the band Crass, guested on the band’s pro-animal rights single “To A Nation of Animal Lovers.” After the dissolution of Crass, Ignorant later became second vocalist for Conflict on a semi-permanent basis. This followed a 1986 gig in Brixton, London, when he had joined the band on stage for a few numbers.
The band has always been outspoken regarding issues such as anarchism, animal rights, the anti-war movement and in their support for the organization Class War, and a number of their gigs during the 1980s were followed by riots and disturbances.
The Mortarhate logo has often been mistakenly interpreted as a reference to the initials CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament); however, the band’s drummer, Paco, states that it is a nihilist symbol. It incorporates two ‘A’s for anarchy and autonomy, and an ‘N’ for nihilism. The logo originally appeared in 1980 as a graffiti stencil, designed by Toxic Graffity (sic) fanzine editor Mike Diboll and a former member of The Heretics whom he had previously interviewed in the fanzine. It later appeared in Thanatos, a small circulation pamphlet also produced by Diboll.
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