INSTIGATORS: The Blood Is on Your Hands: LP

May 06, 2015

The Instigators appear to have had the unfortunate luck of being a punk band during the ‘80s in England when their peers inadvertently cast quite the shadow over them. Periodically, they’re on the same musical map as Subhumans, Flux of Pink Indians, Conflict, and other politically minded/aware punk bands. This record collects their The Blood Is on Your Hands 7”, as well as some compilation tracks and demo recordings, which appear to have the sharpest teeth in the lot. Sadly, the Instigators were never cut out to enjoy the same success and accolades as the above mentioned bands due to only moderately impressive songwriting. A fun listen, but nothing to trade your Crass records over. 

 –Juan Espinosa (Ruin Nation, / Skuld Releases,