SUBHUMANS “From the cradle to the grave” LP
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SUBHUMANS “From the cradle to the grave” 23,00 EUR / 105zł
(Pirates Press) With their eclectic influences and dazzling musicianship, SUBHUMANS were never prepared to settle for anarcho-punk by numbers, but no one was really prepared for the progressive brilliance of their second album From The Cradle To The Grave. While the A-side contains nine short, sharp bursts of energetic punk that gleefully embraces all points of the spiky spectrum, from the breakneck thrash of “Reality Is Waiting For A Bus” to the ominous dirge of “Wake Up Screaming”, it’s the ambitious title track that really captures the imagination: its sprawling, 16-minute-plus running time tells the sad tale of the human life cycle across a multitude of dynamic acts. In case anyone still had any doubts, it was the band defiantly presenting itself as a creative entity that existed outside the stifling constraints of supposed musical sub-genres. The album was recorded by the visionary John Loder at Southern Studios in late 1983 and, it was released in April 1984 to great acclaim – and only kept from number one on the independent charts by NEW ORDER!
A staple of the punk scene, ALL SUBHUMANS records are still in high demand, and this long overdue reissue of that album couldn’t come at a better time. SUBHUMANS are one of the most influential bands of the ’80s British anarcho-punk scene, right up there with CRASS and CONFLICT, and as relevant today as they were in the darkest days of Thatcher’s Britain. You can pick and choose what you want to call them – punk, UK82, crusty etc. – and therein lies the appeal and the reason for their popularity: the band embodies non-conformity and connects with people in many different scenes. This album is an indispensable piece of history in the world of punk that SUBHUMANS helped to create.