SOCIAL UNREST: Off the Shelf: LP

Jan 05, 2022

I’ll be honest, Social Unrest is one of those bands that passed me by when it was in its prime and I was a young kid. However, I bought this as it seemed to be garnering a lot of interest on social media and I had some spare cash. The A side contains a bunch of tracks recorded in 1997 for an album which was never released, whilst the flipside contains live tracks from a show in 1982. It took me a few spins but I finally got into the studio tracks. I had expected something with a bit more of an out-and-out hardcore approach but the songs had a bit of variety to them with changes of pace and direction being prominent. Having subsequently listened to the band’s back catalog, the studio tracks have more in common with 1988’s Now and Forever, with a bit more expansive suite of songs. The live side is a belter, with a really good quality recording—especially the guitars which pack a hell of a lot of clout—featuring songs culled from the early days of the band’s existence. On the evidence of these eight live tracks, I know this is a band I’d love to have seen in its heyday. I’d say that any old fan will enjoy this record and if you’re a newbie like me, it’s also definitely worth checking out. –Rich Cocksedge (Armistice, [email protected])