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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #336: Bad Breeding

By on Monday, 2nd February 2015 at 12:00 pm

Stevenage is hardly a sleepy town, but it can’t be classed as a buzzing hub of musical creativity either. In fact, when you arrive there, the lasting impression is that there are an awful lot of underpasses and it feels like you may end up being involved in a scene out of Harry Brown, where Ben Drew “kicks your fackin’ ‘ead in”.

So it’s no surprise that Bad Breeding have burst free of this bite-size chunk of not-so-quaint suburban London and started making one hell of a racket. Their music hits you with an assault on all senses: seriously, you can smell the sweat, these guys are lively. Since Gallows faded into irrelevance, when Frank Carter decided to neuter himself and start singing about love and throwing knives in his dressing room, Britain hasn’t had a band flying the flag for old school punk values. We’ve seen pretenders from America like Trash Talk who have brought their own brand of chaos to our venues and festivals, but Bad Breeding are one of our own and deserve some recognition.

They’re the kind of band you’d want at your house party… Well, if it wasn’t your house. Their music is refined chaos and their first singles ‘Burn This Flag’ and ‘Age of Nothing’ are testament to the aural attack their music offers, blending the best elements of modern hardcore with enough reverb to make your bowels shudder and void themselves. The foursome sound like what they are, a group of angry young men bursting out, in remarkably the same way Gallows did almost a decade ago with Carter leading the ferocious charge.

SXSW fell in love with Gallows once and there’s no excuse as to why Bad Breeding can’t descend on Austin and do the exact same thing. It’s music to rip your shirt off, mosh around and punch someone in the face to, pure unadulterated testosterone in the form of 3-minute bursts of fire. This is Britain’s angriest band, bursting at the seams with rage and foaming at the mouth ready to nut you at SXSW. You in?


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