Avskum: Uppror Underifrån 12” (Prank)
Earlier this week I was listening to this Avskum LP (which is something I do often), then I saw on Prank Records’ Instagram that the band is coming to the US for a “final” tour. Sadly, the tour isn’t hitting the east coast of the US so I won’t get to see it, but if you are able, you should go. Even if you can’t, I encourage you to pick up any record you see with Avskum’s name on it. Despite the fact that the band started all the way back in 1982, I don’t think they’ve released a bad record (or, if they have, I haven’t heard it). Their 1984 EP Crucified by the System is a classic of Swedish d-beat, and their sound continued to develop (without changing too much) throughout the 90s and 2000s. On Uppror Underifrån Avskum incorporated heavier, more complex chords into their punishing attack and made a modern d-beat masterpiece. Prank mentioned that they’ll be repressing Uppror Underifrån for the tour, so if you don’t have it already, you should pick up the repress once it’s out.