Format: CD
Released: May 2011
Label: Replika
Catalogue: REP 01

Artist: Before
Lyrics: Fritz “Fatal” Bonfils
Music: Before
Producer: Martin Hall
Design: Kenneth Schultz
Photo: Territorium


1. Intro 0:59
2. Metal Dreams 3:21
3. Alle Fangerne 3:27
4. Special Surprise 2:29
5. Surrender 3:53
6. Beautiful Crisis 2:31
7. Unexpected Emotions 3:13
8. Wasteful Hours 6:30
9. Whip on My Shoulder 3:59
10. Wasteful Hours (Demo) 3:19
11. Alle Fangerne (Demo) 2:37
12. Surrender (Demo) 3:46
13. Beautiful Crisis (Demo) 2:18



Before Rockmaskinen 1980


Fritz “Fatal” Bonfils: vocals
Lars Bo “Tolle” Tolstoy Jacobsen: bass
Martin Hall: guitar
Michael Rasmussen: drums

Track 1–9 recorded live at Saltlageret on May 17, 1981. Track 10-13 recorded at DubLab, spring 1981.


On Tuesday the 17th of May 2011 the Danish post-punk act Before’s legendary support concert for New Order was released as cd and download. The recording was made exactly 30 years earlier – on May 17, 1981 – when the British band gave their first Danish concert at Saltlageret. At this occasion Martin Hall played his last performance with Before after which he devoted himself to the work with his own band Ballet Mécanique.

Before was formed in September 1980 by singer and figurehead Fritz ”Fatal” Bonfils and a 17 years old Martin Hall on guitar. Together with drummer Michael Rasmussen (later The Sandmen) and bassist Flemming Andersen (Art in Disorder) the group played its first concert in Rockmaskinen on Christiania in November the same year after which Lars Bo “Tolle” Tolstoy Jacobsen undertook the task of playing bass. More than a year after Hall’s exit from the group Before released the debut album A Wish of Life (summer 1982).

Before’s support act for New Order represents a landmark in Danish post-punk history. One ting is the band’s interesting line-up at the time, but obviously far more relevant is the outstanding musical performance on the night itself. This is the sound of a far more brutal band than the one you hear on the later debut album – at the New Order support gig you’ll witness a sonic savagery never really captured on any of the group’s following studio recordings. Before was, without the shadow of a doubt, one of the best live acts on the Danish post-punk scene, something this live recording from May 1981 makes abundantly clear.

All live-tracks are recorded directly via the sound mixer at the event which means that the recordings are as good as the possibilities of the period allowed (still, the sound is quite rough). As a little additional fact New Order’s Peter Hook assisted the band with the live mix on the evening.

Apart from the concert itself 30 Minutes also contains four likewise never before released studio demos recorded a month before the event.