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]