"Like a tongue scraper for the ears. Awesome."
“anarchistwood is not the typical band your mom would like. In fact, she is more familiar to drop D riffs than the bacchanalian universe of anarchistwood. It’s not only the politics but also their weird sense of music. Anarcho-punk blended with touches of The Fall, Butthole Surfers, The Cramps or even Patti Smith although you will find it relatively difficult to identify the latter, simply because singer Sista Kist is barely recognizable under her Nina Hagen outfit. That makes listening to “Situationist Normal…” a real adventure. Among abstract guitar riffs that range from punk rock to psycho billy 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 potentially dangerous for the music industry.”
“Anarchistwood - Taylor Johns, Coventry, 13 October 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 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.”
"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.
"As they launch into this blistering inundation of chaos while maintaining rhythm and a hook to cosy up to throughout funkcutter's vocals destroy any boundaries of vocal correctness while weaving a thread that ties this band together so well."
"The album is atmospheric, dark and occasionally (and satisfyingly) sleazy. Part album - part performance piece - it's a collection of abstracts threaded together with passion and attitude and it's more than worthy of a proper listen rather than being stuck on in the background while you're jogging or fucking or whatever you might be doing at the time. "
“Great set on Sat at the Brighton Punk Picnic. Gotta be the stand out band for me that night. love your Avant Garde attitude. Cheers for the chat outside really nice to take the time and speak. All the best and keep this great music going.”
“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. 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”
“Imagine if The Slits had existed in our time and founded The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and teamed up with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls. Then you'd have something similar to anarchistwood. Or, if I just annoyed you with mentioning bands you've never heard of, imagine a band filled with inspiration and creativity. 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. Her voice makes me think of Siouxsie Sioux's coming alive in a goth-free musical landscape.”
“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”
“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).”
“Singer girl – she maybe called Sistah Kist – certainly had an energetic limit-pushing personality, born to shout at the front of a punk band, and when she wants to, she really can sing. The band thrash on here, bite and turn there and hey twisted mister you’re a total wreck and agents of thee great cosmic joker and proud of it. She’s good, they’re good, they’ve got this raged art-punk thing going down, they’re messy, they walk a musical tightrope and you’re never sure if they’ll make to the end, they’ve got a bit of Crass, some Patti Smith a touch of Butthole Surfers and some kind of hint of situationist chaos and a gloriously good punk rock mess...”