'Let The Tribe Increase'
14 track CD only: 49 minutes: Label: Overground Records
Cat. No. OVER 122VP CD
Release Date: 6th April 2009
In many ways The Mob were the archetypal anarcho punk band. Formed in
Yeovil, Somerset in 1979 the band soon spent their time permanently on the
road in a convoy of trucks before squatting in Brougham Road, Hackney - a
street of houses that accommodated many punk and counter-culture types.
Until their demise in 1983 they remained an integral part and a huge
influence on the anarcho, traveller and free festival scenes.
Their first release was the 1980 Crying Again single on their own All The
Madmen label, followed later that year by the Ching cassette. 1981 saw
another single the hugely popular and haunting Witch Hunt soon followed by
their now legendary Crass single No Doves Fly Here, both taking anarcho punk
into new musically unchartered waters.
1983 saw the release of their now legendary album Let The Tribe Increase, an
album that saw them moving away from the constraints of the punk sound as
they continued to push the musical boundaries. This trend continued in their
epic single The Mirror Breaks.
The Mob's invlovement with the counterculture saw them playing gigs with
archetypal hippies Here & Now and Androids of Mu as well as being actively
involved in the Persons Unknown and Centro Iberico anarchist centres and the
Black Sheep Housing Co-operative.
Eventually The Mob dissolved with Joseph Porter joining Zounds before
founding Blyth Power.
Let The Tribe Increase includes the full album, both tracks from the Mirror
Breaks 7" and a previously unheard demo version of Stay, all professionally
remastered. Packaged in a 12-page booklet it contains a band history and the
events that surrounded the recording of the album by Kill Your Pet Puppy
fanzine editor Alistair Livingston.
Another Day, Another Death/ Cry Of A Morning/ Dance On (You Fool)/ Prison/
Slayed/ Our Life Our World/ Gates Of Hell/ I Wish/ Never Understood/ Roger/
Witch Hunt/ Stay (demo)/ The Mirror Breaks/ Stay