Bad Breeding and Uniform
Mon 22nd Jul 2019 @ 7:30 pm£9
Uniform // BAD BREEDING (co-headline) + No Nothings
Following the release of critically acclaimed LP Wake in Fright, which had two songs featured in the new season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, it was time for Uniform vocalist Michael Berdan and instrumentalist Ben Greenberg to return to the studio. The duo decided to up the ante and add a third member to help perfect their vicious post-industrial dystopian cyber-punk. After some deliberation, Greenberg called upon drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Zs) to help round out the sound they were looking for. Using a mix of triggered samples and real drums along with layered synths and good old electric guitar, the trio arrived at what would become The Long Walk after only a few short days in the studio.
Just 30 miles outside of London lies Stevenage – the first New Town devised as a radical solution to London’s post-war housing crisis. Stevenage is full of outsiders because of its location. It’s also home to England’s finest modern day anarcho punk band, Bad Breeding. After two albums, the band now record for One Little Indian – the label founded by Flux of Pink Indians / Epileptics bass player Derek Birkett. Like all bands should do, they self-released their self-titled debut album in 2016. It was dense, dark and angry. Over the 16 tracks the album hit hard with a relentless rhythm section, squealling guitar work and a vocalist that spits bile. Musically Bad Breeding mix the sound of ‘Strive to Survive’ era Flux of Pink Indians, Exit Stance and Icons of filth with the intensity of Killing Joke. Second album Divide followed less than a year later. It was released on La Vida Es Un Mus in the UK and Iron Lung in the United States. The intensity was upped, lyrically it was razor sharp and it summed up the these chaotic and claustrophobic times – both emotionally and politically. The band’s latest release was the Abandonment four-track EP on One Little Indian. A riotous, impassioned statement about the frustration of the UK’s marginalised majority. The early 80s were the glory years for anarcho punk, but Bad Breeding are as good as anything from that time. Seriously.