FEA and ALL TORN UP!
Subhumans are one of the most influential bands from the UK Anarcho-Punk scene of the ’80s, filed right alongside Crass and Conflict, and just as relevant today as they were during the darkest days of Thatcher’s Britain. Take your choice in how to label them – Punk, UK82, Crusty, etc, – there lies the attraction and consequent reason for their popularity, the band epitomizes non-conformity and connects with people in many different scenes.
Forming in 1980, recording and releasing a series of live and demo cassette tapes on their own Bluurg label, they continued to release music throughout the ’80s – building a powerhouse of a back catalog that completely stands the test of time. Their debut LP The Day the Country Died (1983), with its Orwellian influence, is considered by many to be a classic and has sold in excess of 100,000 copies.
The second album, From the Cradle to the Grave, came swiftly the following year (1984), and although the same frenetic pace is in evidence, this marks a significant musical development for the band. In 1985 Subhumans broke up, citing the usual musical differences, although had managed to release a third, maybe ironically entitled, LP Worlds Apart. A final EP was released posthumously in 1986, 29:29 Split Vision, a further demonstration of how far the band had come musically from their initial leanings.
Dick Lucas subsequently joined Culture Shock and then formed political ska-punk band Citizen Fish in 1990, both bands releasing many albums, and still playing today. Subhumans had a couple of reunion shows in the nineties, before a more permanent return for the 21st century, including 2 major tours of the US, the first resulting in the Live in a Dive LP.
The Subhumans then released a further studio album in 2007, Internal Riot, again on Bluurg Records. The band is still passionate and angry, illustrated by Dick saying, “Being in a band is the source of most of my passion and drive! The live experience of sharing it with people keeps it ongoing, the release of anger, frustration and initially negative/destructive states of mind is a release from the downward spiral of keeping it all bottled up and it feels positive/constructive as a result.”
The band have recently written ten new songs, which Pirates Press Records are thrilled to be releasing, and are embarking on a year of touring in both Europe and North America! The social and political commentary of bands like Subhumans forged a path, along with their contemporaries, for punk to change lives and opinions around the world. Sadly the things they sang about forty years ago are largely just as important now, sometimes more so in an age of Trump and Brexit. We can’t wait to hear more of what they have to say about the current political climate, the immense imbalance of wealth and power, and the causes they hold near and dear to their hearts.
Fea is the continued ferocity of Girl In A Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva, joined by lead vocalist Letty Martinez and guitarist Aaron Magana. Their melodic brand of riot grrrl chicana punk immediately caught the ear of many iconic collaborators, such as Joan Jett who signed them to Blackheart Records.
Producers on their debut LP (self-titled) include Lori Barbero (Babes In Toyland), Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), and Alice Bag (Bags), all of whom perfectly compliment the band’s fierce exploration of societal, cultural and gender-related issues. Mixing humor with abandon and English with Spanish, Fea empowers listeners and inspires dissidence. Those whose aim to oppress are in FEA’s crosshairs, and resistance has never sounded so infectious!
Staring at this ugly/fucked up world everyday can either tear you apart, leaving you broken and unable to cope, or it can drive you crazy with rage, inspiring you to rip this place to pieces until we have a world in which we would actually want to live. All Torn Up is a collective of community organizers and rage filled musicians firing out aggressive tunes to break this shit down. We’re dedicated to bringing punk music and community back to being a source of rebellion against all the injustices that have shaped our angry little lives.
All Torn Up was forged with two desires: to make music that not only challenges ourselves and others to consciously think more about the wretched world we have been given AND to invigorate people to make fight harder everyday to make this the something worth struggling for. Our tunes are torches to set fire to their oppressive institutions and to shine light upon our fellow rebels. Those are the fury filled faces are the reason this fight is worth starting, and they are the reason we know we can win.
Music holds us together, while the dusty ideas of the past hold us down. The trick is using that which holds us together to destroy the shit that holds us down. We are here to help empower those who have been held down to hold their heads up as high as their fists, stick together, and start raging for a world in which we’d ALL actually want to live.