RUBELLA BALLET: Anarchy in the UV: CD

Dec 23, 2008

Wow, long has it been since I’ve heard this band. What you get here is part one of a two-part retrospective of this long-running U.K. peace punk/goth band, founded in 1979 by one cat from Flux Of Pink Indians, two of Vi Subversa’s kids, and a woman named Zillah, whose preference for day-glo is responsible for that color scheme’s existence in some factions of the gloom’n’doom set. The tunes here come from the Ballet Bag tape, the Ballet Dance EP, the At Last It’s Playtime LP and the Money Talks 12”, plus two unreleased tracks. Though a good chunk of this is nearly thirty years old, their Siouxsie-meets-Crass sound is still as catchy as ever, and too much of the subject matter covered is still painfully relevant. Though my prior exposure to ’em was a bit limited, I’ve always had a soft spot for this band, so it’s nice to revisit, to get a better feel for their output, and I can’t wait for the second part of this retrospective to come out. Seeing as they’re apparently still alive and kicking, hopefully some new material is also being worked on. 

 –jimmy (Overground)