Subhumans, Bristol 02.08.12

I spent a very pleasant few hours in the company of around 100 other folk and three cracking bands a few weeks ago. As well as the ageless Subhumans, support came from local loudmouthed ska-punkers Spanner and the superbly shouty Grand Collapse (my first chance to see ’em in action – very impressed by their tight, face-melting anarcho-hardcore sound). Here are a few pics (none of Spanner, but you’ll find around a gazillion on their own site). Click to make ’em bigger.

Grand Collapse

Cal

Bruce

Dick and Phil

Trotsky

Subhumans

Culture Shock – Go Wild / All The Time CD

Artist: Culture Shock
Title: Go Wild + All The Time!
Source: CD LP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:54:49
Size (mb): 94.5
Label: Bluurg Records
Year: Original vinyl – 1986 / 1989, CD comp – 1995

Go Wild:
1. Punks on Postcards
2. Go Wild (My Son)
3. Messed Up
4. Six Foot Rooms
5. Ten Per Cent Off
6. Circles
7. Mother’s on the Phone
8. All (Messed up) Together

All The Time:
9. Countdowns
10. Twenty Questions
11. Upside Down
12. Time It Takes
13. Four Minutes
14. Northern Ireland
15. Northern Ireland (Dub)
16. Onwards

These two releases straddled either side of ‘Onwards & Upwards’ and round out the Culture Shock collection (minus a couple of demos). They were originally released on vinyl, but I’ve used the CD version for this upload – Treeman asked if I had the rest and this was the quickest way to do it (i.e. I’m a lazy bastard who couldn’t be arsed ripping the vinyl right now). You’ll have to make do without the life-affirming crackles and pops and settle for squeaky clean this time. And I’ve not had time to do the artwork photos either – it’s cold and dark ouside and natural light works much better than flash. You’ll just have to wait. Oh, the hardships I make you endure.

OP’s opinion – Go Wild): Four
OP’s opinion – All The Time: 5 – Five

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Artist: Culture Shock
Title: Onwards And Upwards
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 00:45:38
Size (mb): 83.6
Label: Bluurg Records
Year: 1988
Notes: Some minor background noise in places

1. Pressure
2. Colour T.V.
3. Fast Foward
4. You Are Not Alone
5. Joyless
6. If You Don’t Like It
7. Civilization Street
8. United
9. Catching Flies
10. When the Fighting’s Over
11. Open Mind Surgery
12. Don’t Worry About It
13. I.S.D.

Centred around Dick Lucas (Subhumans), CS ran for around 3 years in the late 80’s and played in a tight, energetic dub-ska-punk stylee. They were always big free festival favourites and I had the pleasure of this experience, jumping around like a loon on acid, on more than one occasion.

The change in sound from the Subhumans gave Dick a chance to use his voice and words in new ways. The lyrics are more introspective and the vocals, while just as impassioned, have a gentler edge to them. The music bounces around nicely and matches the lyrical mood well. It’s driving and catchy but manages to add melancholic moodiness to the darker elements of the lyrics too. Each song is solid and coherent with just the right amount of variation to ensure that you don’t have time to get bored, and every one is more like a story than a verse-chorus-verse affair. You can read a pretty good track-by-track review written by someone else here.

And, as promised, I’ve also created and uploaded the CD cover and label art (which is why there are no pictures in this post).

OP’s opinion: 5 – Five

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Free Noise #13

Football Bootleg
Artist: Subhumans
Title: Football Bootleg
Source: CD LP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 01:12:48
Size (mb): 123.6
Label: None
Year: 2001
Notes: Split into 2 folders for upload but can be burned as .wav files on one CD if needed. Best listened / burnt to CD without gaps.

Folder 1:
1. Intro
2. All Gone Dead
3. So Much Money
4. Can’t Hear The Words
5. Work Experience
6. Don’t Wanna Die
7. Society
8. Evolution
9. Apathy
10. Rats
11. Joe Public
12. It’s Gonna Get Worse
13. Where’s The Freedom
14. New Age

Folder 2:
15. Business Men
16. Point Of View (previously unreleased track!)
17. Human Error
18. Animal
19. Labels
20. Reality Is Waiting For A Bus
21. Mickey Mouse
22. Drugs Of Youth
23. Rain
24. Peroxide
25. Parasites
26. Reason For Existence
27. Religious Wars

I really hope there’s no need to introduce this band. If you haven’t heard (of) them, you’ll have to stay behind after class for extra ‘Punk Rock 101’ lessons.

This set was captured through the desk at Fiddlers Club, Bristol, on 13.06.01. The gig was a benefit for an alternative World Cup tournament that I was involved with, and the CD was released soon afterwards to raise a few more quid (which it successfully did). Only a few hundred were made and the bootleg was fully approved by the band as a few of them were taking part in the ball-kicking exercise too.

There’s no two ways about it, this a mighty fine recording of a classic live set. It includes an early version of ‘Point Of View’, only just properly released on their latest studio album.
Football Bootleg labelThe band don’t mind folk filesharing (they took down the mp3 section from their site due to bandwidth usage and advised people to do just that), so help yourselves in a guilt-free fashion to this gem. If you like it, buy something from the band / label or go see ’em live and give yourself a great workout at a fraction of the cost of monthly gym membership.

This one’s especially for Andrew J – hope you enjoy it mate.

OP’s opinion: Five

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(Sub)human Evolution

Internal Riot cover

SubhumansInternal Riot
Bluurg Records

More than twenty years on from their last studio release, the boys from Wessex have at last managed to drag their arses from the primordial punk slime to give us what we’ve all been waiting for. This record is, without doubt, their finest release to date. It’s like they’ve dissected everything that’s gone before, removed anything surplus to requirements and spliced the remaining material together again, capturing the very essence of the band in audio DNA.

As ever, Dick’s words form the solid backbone of the beast unleashed. Straining with tension and urgency, they concentrate the mind very much on the matter at hand. But not with any sort of preachy dogma. He’s much cleverererer than that, is Mr. Lucas. Instead they weave together some specifics of the moment (for example, the war in Iraq in ‘This Year’s War’) with a broader analysis of the deeper issues and concepts underpinning them (‘this year’s war against terror, like the war on crime, is war against anyone, anytime’). And everything is underpinned with an almost personalised invitation (the kind you can’t refuse) that drags you, the listener, right into the middle of the whole experience. It’s a record that insists on and gets your active attention from start to end.

Sleeve detail

Musically, it’s as flawless as the band have ever been. There’s variation aplenty but it’s as distinctive as hell. The bass and guitar trade witty and clever banter as they build their intricate wall of sound, while Trotsky’s complex beats provide the framework. Meanwhile, Dick’s voice cuts through at just the right volume to glue the whole lot together nicely. The power contained within this simple piece of plastic would give a thermo-nuclear device a run for its money (not that I’m suggesting you test this out in your living room).

I could rant on and on and on about this, but instead I’ll just say ‘Buy it. Buy it now, right this moment, before any other thought even has a chance to cross your mind’.

And in case you’re wondering about the different cover images at the top, the one on the left shows the original artist’s draft and the one on the right is the final version. To be honest, I think the draft is the better of the two except for the ‘Subhumans’ logo being too big (it’s just about perfect on the final one). I suppose I could always colour mine in to match the original, but I’m not that sad or wreckless with my records (not these days, anyway).

Download sample track – ‘Process’

OP’s opinion: Five