INSTIGATORS: Nobody Listens Anymore: LP

May 06, 2015

The English band Instigators came to my attention in a huge way when the crucial Cleanse the Bacteria compilation came out in 1985. It was like a new world of smack-you-upside-the-head brand of super catchy politico punk. Once I was finally able to get the LP a year or two later, I played it to death (no really, my copy is beat to hell from over play). This thirtieth-anniversary Ruin Nation re-release contains the original LP as well as the Blood Is on Your Hands EP. Closely connected to the Subhumans (both bands records were on Bluurg) with a somewhat similar sound, albeit less quirky and more straight-ahead powerful U.K. punk. Lyrically, these guys had an extremely heavy anti-vivisection angle, which dates the lyrics somewhat, but make it an excellent representation of what was going on in the anarcho punk scene thirty years ago. I hadn’t played this record in probably fifteen years and I’m stoked how well it holds the test of time. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (Ruin Nation,