The new sound of Omega Tribe recorded in September 1984 at Hammersmith Klub Foot, was quickly released on Rob Challice’s 96 Tapes imprint.
Omega Tribe, like The Mob, released a fine debut LP in 1983, The Mob split up by the end of that year, not to return to a stage or a recording studio again.
The Omega Tribe however had added extra musicians and instruments to their line up by the end of 1983. The sound of the band with an increased line up expanded into Billy Bragg meets Rip Rig And Panic territory (in my opinion). Although this direction was applauded in some areas, the view of the previous Crass / anarcho punk fan base was predictably less enthusiastic to the new sound.
Text below from Wikki willy peed in ya.
Omega Tribe is an English anarcho-punk band, formed in Barnet in 1981. Their first EP, Angry Songs, was produced by Penny Rimbaud and Pete Fender for Crass Records in 1982.
Their subsequent LP, No Love Lost, (released by Corpus Christi Records, 1983) won the hearts of many hardened anarchos and secured their place in anarcho-punk history. A far more melodic style, encouraged by producer and new guitarist Pete Fender, created a highly influential template that many other bands were to build on.
They released a cassette only live release on 96 tapes in 1984.
Pete Fender departed early in 1984, after a memorable year for Omega Tribe. Line-up changes were fairly frequent after this period and a 12″ EP, “(It’s a) Hard Life”/”Young John”, was finally released in 1985 that showed a complete change of direction. By 1986, after the departure of vocalist and founder-member Hugh, the band was known simply as The Tribe. The band continued to maintain a presence on the UK live circuit for a further year or so but recording opportunity evaded them. The band split in 1988.
Omega Tribe reformed briefly to play guest spot at Vi Subversa’s 60th Birthday Bash at London’s Astoria 2 in June 1995. A short incognito tour under the name of Charlie showed promise, but the band’s members had other interests and the project was short-lived.
A compilation CD, Make Tea Not War, was released in 2000 on Rugger Bugger Records and a cut-down vinyl LP version was also pressed. Both albums quickly sold out.