SUBHUMANS - INTERNAL RIOT CD (BLUURG FISH 50)
Back with their first studio LP in 9 years, I for one never thought I'd hear another one again - so bless their cotton socks for making such a great release. I was a little nervous about this before I played it, but from the first note of their already famous ska/dub punk and Dick's familiar voice I knew I was going to welcome home the boys with open arms. 13 songs here and not one let down, I've listened to it over a dozen times and it still has play me again written all over it. They still have the urgency of 'The Day The Country Died' and the laid back scope of 'World Apart'. As always, their songs are upbeat, catchy, make you want to dance and have had me humming them for days on end - just like they've never been away. They sound as fresh as they did all those years ago, if some things taste better with a little age - Subhumans definitely do. And with the return of the band, I always lookforward to the mighty wordsmith that is Dick Lucas, easily one of the best lyricists to ever grace the punk scene. Tongue twisting arrangements that ride parallel to the thumping beats and skanking tunes, pure gold. He makes the most mundane subjects sound poetic, but with plenty of food for thought. He thought society was pretty fucked up when the Subumans were first going, things have definitely got worse in those years and he rightly thinks it's totally looney. "Internal Riot", "Point Of View", "This Is Not An Advert" and many more will have move you to dance, sing, shake you angry fists (probably with a smile on your face) and that readybreak glow knowing that the Subhumans are back and return with an absolutely brilliant new release. It's available on CD and vinyl, buy it and support musicians.