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Thieving Bastards - Complete Musical Disasters EP

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$5.00

(SPHC-40)
(UK)

There is a certain style of hardcore that was present in throughout the 80's and has generally been forgotten to time. USA had Cyanamid and Chemotherapy and Psycho Sin, France had Rapt, Netherlands had Larm, Italy had Wretched (not exactly in this style but close), Brazil had Olho Seco and SP Caos and Ulster, and the UK had a plethora of bands like this: Eat Shit, Sons of Bad Breath, Genocide Association, Suburban Filth, and of course, the infamous Skumdribblurz.

What style of hardcore do I mean? I mean punk bands without skill and without song, just banging on stuff as fast as they can and shouting indiscriminately over top, making a charismatic and energetic cacophony that challenges our notion of what "rock music" ought to be like. The same sort of musical characteristics we give to noisecore, but executed in a purely punk style; this was before "grind" had even been created, after all.

Fast forward and Lotus Fucker is playing in Manchester England with Active Minds and Thieving Bastards. I'd never heard of TB but Bene (TB drums) was our roadie in the UK and I am keen to see him play. They are absolute shite. I'm in awe. My jaw is on the floor. I can't believe bands still play this style in 2012. My mind is blown. I immediately offer to do a record for them. And they politely decline because they're not really a band that makes records.

Fast forward to 2014, and Carys (TB bass) is staying with me in Baltimore on her American roadtrip. She hands me a CD-R marked "rehearsal", and relays the good news: they've finally decided, if I'm prepared to piss away my money, they are happy to let me release a 7".

Oh, I'm prepared.

From the brain behind Skumdribblurz and Timmy Trampeater comes the most legit shit-fi hardcore record of the modern age. Years in the making and I couldn't be more proud.

Art and layout by the esteemed Tom (General Speech Records/zine).