Chaos UK: Shit Man Fucker 7"

540 Records


Over the past 35+ years, Bristol’s Chaos UK have helped to pioneer so many different styles that it’s difficult to keep track. Getting a handle on the embarrassment of riches that is their discography is difficult enough; mapping the influence they’ve had on worldwide punk and hardcore would be a herculean task, though one would be remiss not to mention how central their sound is to the development of Kyushu-style noise-punk and Burning Spirits hardcore in Japan. Now they’re back with a brand new 4-song EP, and it’s as loud, political, and uncompromising as anything they’ve done before. You can hear strains of their old stuff throughout these tracks: the catchy choruses of their earliest Riot City-era singles; the noise and the manic pogo beats of their Short, Sharp, Shock period; the metallic crunch of their 90s material. While it’s tempting to call this new EP a distillation of everything that’s come before, in reality it’s simply a band who has remained consistently innovative and exciting for nearly four decades doing what they do best.

Our take: Well, I actually wrote 540's "official" description of this record, so that kind of says a lot of what I had to say about this record. Long story short: don't expect this to sound exactly like Burning Britain or Short Sharp Shock or you'll be disappointed, but Chaos UK definitely aren't a band who has lost the plot. You can tell immediately when an older and/or reunion band is play-acting or half-assing their new material, and there's none of that here. Chaos UK are a band who gets it, and they're still making music that's relevant to the time period in which its being made. In a word, this rips. Highly recommended.
Tags: 10s gb325 hardcore punk recommended uk