Subhumans were, between 1980-85, one of the most prolific and original of the evolving UK punk scene.
Musical influences were a mix of Sex Pistols, Damned and similar punk originators, and prepunk bands like King Crimson and Frank Zappa, which led to a style of punk more intricate in its structure than their contemporaries, without losing the base energy and dynamics of punk. Dick’s lyrics, at once socially aware and heavily critical of social norms, placed them in the anarcho-punk area of the ever-expanding UK punk scene of the early 80’s, alongside Crass, Antisect, Conflict and Flux of Pink Indians, who released the band’s first 3 EP’s (Demolition War, Reason For Existence and Religious Wars) and their first LP (in 1983) The Day The Country Died, which became an instant classic that went onto sell 100,000 copies (largely at the cover price of ‘pay no more than £3.25’which was as cheap as possible in order to make the music more accessible).
They are back with a show at Warehouse23 in Wakefield on April 18th.
Special guests are Infa – Riot and Billyclub.