Genre-wise ADS was a mix of punk rock and post-punk not infrequently with a dystopian / doomsday-like expression. Inspiration from Sex Pistols and other early punk bands, early Siouxsie And The Banshees and The Birthday Party can be found in the music, but ADS had their own recognizable style and sound.
|Funder, aprox. 1983|
Despite that frontman Funder is more yelling than singing the expression is neither desperation-filled or outright angry, but instead powerful and efficient, which matches the instrument's also powerful and expressive style.
The band debuted on the 14th of September 1980, when they played together with Martin Hall's Ballet Mécanique at a venue in Copenhagen.
ADS supported U.K. Subs at Saltlageret, 27th of November 1981, Dead Kennedys at Saltlageret 19th of December 1982 and Nick Cave at Ungdomshuset (the Youth House) 23rd of May 1984. In addition ADS played at the LP-documented Nosferatu Festival on the 7th of March 1982 at Saltlageret - a festival which was initiated by guitarist Lars Top-Galia.
|ADS at Rockmaskinen 1981 - Funder and Stig (in PiL T-shirt)|
ADS played together with other bands on the Danish punk scene such as UCR, Before, Ballet Mécanique, City-X, Disneyland After Dark, Electric Deads, NRG, Razorblades, Enola Gay and The Zero Point among others
Band-membersADS was formed in 1980 by Stig Pedersen (bass, later in D-A-D), Michael "Funder" Thorlasius (vocals), Karsten Hjarsø (guitar, also in the post-punk band UCR), Søren "Slys" Johnsen (guitar, also in UCR) and Peter Top-Jensen (drums).
In 1981/82 Søren "Slys" Søndergaard Johnsen and Karsten Hjarsø who both mainly played in the punk / goth band UCR were replaced by Lars Top-Jensen (later Top-Galia, guitar, later in Sort Sol). In 1982 Stig Pedersen, who went off to form the cowpunk band "Disneyland After Dark" was replaced by Martin Krogh (bass, also in "Martin And The Martians" and Martin Hall's "Front and Fantasy").
In aprox. 1983 Mads Nordheim (also in the Post-punk band "Before") joined the band on keyboards, and later Martin Krogh was replaced by Tolle Tolstoy (Lars Bo "Tolle" Tolstoy Jacobsen, bass, also in "Before").
Visual style and time
The bandmembers in ADS were 100% punks who were gripped by the punk dynamics and language, and wanted to be a part of the story. Guitarist Lars Top-Galia played at age 16 in 1980 with Franz De Zaster from the early Danish punk band "Brats" at the "Concerto de Nobrainos insanos" punk-festival and at age 18 in 1982 arranged the LP-documented punk/post-punk festival "Nosferatu Festival".
Although the band members had grown up with Sex Pistols, Ramones and all the old favorites ADS' style in pace with the times were more gothic and post-punk'ish with inspiration from Siouxsie And The Banshees and The Birthday Party and alike.
- Waiting for the war (Single, 1982) (split 7" with the punkband "City-X")
- Nosferatu Festival (Compilation LP, 1982) (live-recording of bands that played at the Nosferatu Festival at Saltlageret in 1982)
|Stig, Lars and Funder, aprox. 1981/82|
|ADS 1982 - Martin, Funder, Lars and Peter|
|Peter, Funder, Martin and Lars, 1982 (Photo from ADS/City-X single)|
|ADS at Fælledparken - May 1st, 1982|
|Lars and Martin, aprox. 1983/84|
|Martin, aprox. 1983|
|Peter and Lars, aprox. 1982|