Extremely saddened to hear about the passing of our good friend Paco. Paco was is and always will be one of ours People always say these things when someone goes and dies on us, but Paco really was one of the good guys, always there ready to stand next to you, always there to help, wanting to make things happen, set things up, get things going, a positive force and a powerhouse of drummer, a stalwart of the (south) London anarcho punk scene and bands such as Conflict, Experiment, Inner Terrestrials and more. Sad to hear the news, we’ll miss you Paco..
My all time favourite memory of the man is an Experiment gig in a South London pub where his band were trying to grab some air after a particularly fast song in a packed airless venue. Band look horrified as he yelled from the drum stool at the back to the “we’re playing this one at ramming speed, keep up you f**kers” before setting off again with the band trying to keep up. Paco lived for his drums, ramming speed was his thing, community was his thing, punk rock was his way of life, someone tried to take some Organ zines and tapes at a gig once, Paco was straight in there with a lecture on how that was not the way and how it was about community and people and.. Francisco ‘Paco’ Carreno, we’ll miss the big man, he was a real friend, he put time in, organised gigs, helped bands, squat gigs, if you were part of the London punk scene you knew Paco and considered him a friend, he was one of us… .
Marina Organ has loads of stories and fond memories, tales of touring Europe with Paco as singer in Experiment in the 90’s, we probably all have tales, Paco in the Cardiacs pond, jousting through Conflict interviews for Organ, that time at the Deptford Free festival when… and that gig at the Robey when. Sad to see you go big man, thanks for everything, we’ll miss you. No resting in peace, keep it all at ramming speed!
PACO, He showed the fight…… at ramming speed