with Sheer Terror, White Collar Crime, Mischief Brew & presented by Rocks Off
Sun July 27th, 2014
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 7:30PM
Event Ticket: $15
This is a general admission, standing event.
Subhumans were, between 1980-85, one of the most prolific and original of the evolving UK punk scene; they were based in Warminster, Wiltshire, [SW England], and the lineup was Dick on vocals, Bruce played guitar, Phil on bass, and Trotsky on the drums. Dick had previously sung for The Mental, who released one EP and embodied the ‘cant-play-will-play’ early punk ‘anyone-can-do-it’ attitude. Bruce had been in the Stupid Humans, also based in Warminster; these two met at an Angelic Upstarts gig in 1980, and when their bands split they got together to form Subhumans.
Musical influences were a mix of Sex Pistols, Damned, and similar punk originators, and prepunk bands like King Crimson and Frank Zappa, which led to a style of punk more intricate in its structure than their contemporaries, without losing the base energy and dynamics of punk. Dick’s lyrics, at once socially aware and heavily critical of social norms, placed them in the anarcho-punk area of the ever-expanding UK punk scene of the early 80s, alongside Crass, Antisect, Conflict, and Flux of Pink Indians, who released the band’s first 3 EPs [Demolition War, Reason For Existence, and Religious Wars] and their first LP [in ’83] The Day The Country Died, which became an instant classic that went on to sell 100,000 copies, [largely at the cover price of ‘pay no more than #3.25’, which was as cheap as possible in order to make the music more accessible].
In ‘83 they formed their own label, Bluurg Records, and over the next two years released From the Cradle to the Grave LP [which included a 16 minute track of the same name that had the music press calling for a redefinition of ‘punk’!] Evolution EP, Time Flies 12″ EP, Rats EP, Worlds Apart LP, and 29:29 Split Vision LP, which was released after splitting up in ’85. By then they’d played 262 gigs including several European tours and 2 in the USA, [which was in the 80’s a rare achievement for a non-commercially minded band].
Dick went on to join seminal ska-punk-reggae band Culture Shock [86-89, 3 LPs on Bluurg Records], and met up with Phil and Trotsky again in Citizen Fish [89-???], who have so far recorded 7 LPs of their politipunk-ska songs and clocked up over 1000 gigs across the planet…then in ‘98 these 3 ex-Subhumans roped Bruce back in to reform Subhumans, to ‘see what it felt like’, and, it feeling rather excellent, have kept going with occasional touring and a limited release CD of old unused songs, Unfinished Business.
Sheer Terror are one of NYC’s most notorious hardcore punk bands, as well as one of the nations most unlikely cult heroes. Lauded in the world of underground music for their brutal honesty, as well as condemned by the same community for exactly the same reason, SHEER TERROR has delivered some of the most lyrically-poetic, musically punishing, and thematically heartbroken recordings ever known to hardcore. SHEER TERROR has created a career of inciting thugs to beat the hell out of each other to the back drop of love songs (that they most likely weep along to in private) made the way SHEER TERROR frontman Paul Bearer has seen fit.
Sheer Terror stood apart from the pack and offered up an unforgiving brutal hardcore sound that influenced bands such as HATEBREED, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, PANTERA and more. With live performances bordering on prison riots, Sheer Terror created a legacy in both music and uncompromising lyrical vision that very few bands could ever hope to match.
White Collar Crime
Carnivalesque Punk Rock
Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We’ve managed to exist for over ten years in one form or another by kissing nobody’s ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules!