Anarcho Punks Bad Breeding Rail Against “The Unwanted Legacy Of Obedience” On New EP
Throughout Stevenage anarcho punks Bad Breeding’s music, the grievances of the marginalised majority are articulated with an impassioned frustration. The way the young and the voiceless are excluded, the insidious process by which privatisation and social cleansing has fractured communities, the manipulation of pride and patriotism, the corrupt conditioning of an exploited population. Many of the bleak schisms and failures of the current moment are confronted and torn into in a ferocious response to contemporary malaise.
On their new EP, Abandonment, they present four songs for the relegated, recorded on the eve of a European tour. Without paying much mind to post-production refinement, it is a document of all they could muster in one room in Berlin.
Their first retaliation, the title track, is a sincere depiction of enforced compliance, a blast of irate discord that addresses the strain between opposing generations. The pressure of old hands on young minds. The unwanted legacy of obedience.
“My dad’s the son of a German immigrant who moved to the UK during the post-war years,” says Bad Breeding frontman Chris. “Last summer, we went through some old letters he wrote to his parents when he was younger and it got me thinking about the endurance of infantilisation between generations. The lyrics in Abandonment are me drawing some similarities between those letters and the prevailing system that dominates now: how I find myself on the end of an unwanted legacy of obligation, of indebtedness, to a culture that has continually prioritised the comfort of the present over the prospect of any sort of just, or even foreseeable, future.”
Bad Breeding have just signed to the legendary One Little Indian Records for the release of Abandonment; their affinity to label founder Derek Birkett’s ‘80s punk band Flux of Pink Indians made OLI a natural home for the rising political punk band, and it’s a nice perk that they now share a label with Crass’ Penny Rimbaud.
Pre-order copies of the EP here. Bad Breeding will be hosting a headline show in support of the EP at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on International Workers’ Day (1st May 2018) to help raise funds for People for People — Stevenage, a locally-run group that provides relief for marginalised sections of the town’s community.
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