United we stand…We’re in this together…Make a change… those are just but a few classic straplines of the hardcore ethos I grew up with. When I first met Gareth I was more than happy to discover that he was as much into punk rock and HC as I was myself. It appears there’s very few anglers who really dig it, although I did find some Fugazi in Luc De Baets’s collection once but that’s another story. Actually it seemed we had both grown out of the scene a bit (class of ‘80/81 for those in the know) but we still reminisced a lot about those early days and we still both attend a show or two now and then. Hardcore and punk rock have never been mainstream whatsoever, and undoubtedly never will be, or hope to be, and those subterranean ideals reflect to this day in both our later lives. For an outsider at a hectic live show, it may seem as if we’re trying to kill each other, but there’s an exceptional sense of brotherhood, friendship, and above all, revolutionary ideas behind it all.
Being a very critical subculture, hardcore and punk rock also work as a very inspirational point of creativity for so many kids; they start a band, begin drawing, writing, photographing, making ‘zines. Punk Rock was built on a DIY ethos and the latter was really my kind of thing and so in ‘99 me and a mate produced one killer issue of our very own ‘Bonded by Blood’ fanzine. ‘Very own’ is actually very correct too, as we never got to make more than the two copies for ourselves. The spirit was there though, and stayed with me until this day. If you’re unhappy with what is out there, make something yourself to challenge it. It is a simple ethos, but one that is at the very core of what we do.
It was three years ago now when my girlfriend Eve gave me a dummy of what was to become Monkey Climber magazine as a birthday present. We seriously began re-thinking of doing a carp angling ‘zine ourselves. Of course, we had already talked about the idea in the past, but without a publisher it was always going to be hard. Still our discontent grew, the old hardcore values kept my toes curling and seeing how wrong things had gone and how all was being portrayed, we felt like it was time for a change. F**k it, DIY style, and presenting a new angle(r). Or as we put it: ‘old school meets new school’.
We’re two years down the line now and glad to see a change gradually starting to take place all over Europe, despite being a Belgian/Dutch mag it seems a change was exactly what the scene needed. And today, we can only cheer for Subsurface to see the day of light, and to reach an even broader public of lost carp angling souls. Subsurface will undoubtedly be as subversive as we are, and with an ever growing number of anglers with us, we can truly hope for change. Or to say it in HC terms: together we can start a revolution! We’re siked!
Subsurface will be available in Belgium and to whoever who wants in Holland, Germany,… through Monkey Climber magazine. Damage: 30 euros for the mag + 6,40 euros shipping if you live in Belgium, 6,95 euros for all our Dutch friends, Europe 9 euros.
To order, simply pay into our account IBAN = BE27738023294873, BIC/SWIFT = KREDBEBB to Monkey Climber, Maria Theresiastraat 42, 8400 Oostende, Belgium.
MC#3 ran a full interview with Gareth Fareham last Winter. For this occassion, we decided to put it online in English as a FREE read: