Pollution spills from industry, then forcibly spews it’s sewage into our atmosphere. Religious war and depression weighs heavily on us, this is our neoteric genre. In the meantime, as you trudge through this cold December, all you hear everywhere is the jingle-jangle of christmas songs. Pass the ‘Hooligan Jihad’ EP please, I need a hit of reality.
On this EP, Last Under The Sun deliver five songs of terror and the harsh realities of life. In that same apocalyptically bleak way that bands like the Subhumans and Crass have done in the past. But they are singing about our current day in a direct way “how many people die, for a worthless cause… I dont wanna die in some desert war”. It is all about our politically violent world, but at times it’s done with some humor like on the song ‘Hooligan Jihad’. How can you forget the lyrics “You can’t play crust in fucking flip-flops…”.
Frantic and pissed off, members also make up Birmingham’s infamous Police Bastard, who had a split with War//Plague on Profane Existence last year. Which is no surprise as you could draw parallels in the style they play. Very much a no excuses crust styled hardcore with it’s roots firmly in DIY hardcore punk. There certainly is great production and tight musicianship on this too, without losing a raw punk sound. There are great elements to this like on the song ‘Beautane’, which made my dog twist her head in strange ways in trying to decipher what the sounds were. It has gloom-ridden sounds and samples, Big Black/Ministry instrumental like playing making it more dense and machine-like at times. You could never say Last Under The Sun are following any particular music genre with tracks like this. It is a serious gem of a track with added post-apocalyptic ambient sound effects. But that ambience is well and truly broken when ‘Hooligan Jihad’ breaks into high gear. Well worth checking out.
[on Ironman Records]
ILandsProblem from from Örebro, Sweden do not play d-beat or crust punk. I have been warned they play Kängpunk. But to me they remind me of their fellow countrymen Wolfbrigade or that misanthropic generation era of Disfear.
After recording two demos their singer left this year to play with Subwaste. But the band battled on, getting guitarist Rumppan to take over on vocal duties. And now their album is to be released on Yellow Dog Records in Berlin, the test pressing went this week. And should be available on red vinyl and 100 on black. They follow a great roster of bands on that label from Pisschrist, Guided Cradle, Cyness, Madame Germen and so many others. This is a new track from the upcoming release.
‘Grave New World’ is an infamous Discharge album, released in 1986 that saw them go hair metal. High pitched vocals and cock rock riffs with a hint of the old Discharge riffs lurking underneath. Oh how we all roared, laughed or sat in disbelief at just how different this album was. But I have a confession to make, I unbeknownst to my punk friends started listening to it on my own. And started to actually like it, but would have flat out denied that at the time. Well here we are all these years later since that album and we have had D-beat and hundreds of Discharge ‘Why’ era style bands. But what if we were all wrong? What if we had denied what could have been a whole new wave!
Enter Thisclose who have finally turned it all on it’s head. Formed by some Scottish punks who have done time in various noisy punk bands throughout the years. But now wear their collective hearts on their sleeves and show just how things should have went after ‘Grave New World’. High pitched vocals, Discharge riffs and song titles like “Two Monstrous Distro Piles” and “But After The Rigs”, I’m hooked. Stand out tracks are ‘Sexcel’ for it’s heavy crunchy guitar sound with non stop manic singing and of course ‘Tear Up The Hedge’ which is GISM, which of course is a good thing. Available on cassette limited to a hundred for £3.50 including p+p in the UK. Forget D-beat this is the Grave New beat.