OI POLLOI / GRAND COLLAPSE: Split EP: 7”

Both bands have an uncompromising method of delivery. Oi Polloi is probably the better known of the two, due to them having been around for over thirty years. They open with “GCHQFU,” a mid-tempo attack on the Government Communications Headquarters which monitors all and sundry within the U.K. before blasting into the more frantic “Contra El Sistema.” Grand Collapse belies its youthfulness as a band by shredding through two tracks of staggeringly good metal-tinged hardcore underpinned by the excellent drumming of Glenn Tew. This single accompanies the bumper thirtieth anniversary edition of the fanzine Artcore, produced by the current Violent Arrest frontman Welly, and should be considered as a no brainer purchase.

 –Rich Cocksedge (Artcore, artcorefanzine.co.uk, [email protected])