SUBHUMANS / THE RESTARTS: Split: 7”

I’ve been a Subhumans fan since I was a kid. They’re a terrific gateway band with a rad aesthetic and solid politics. They’re clearly lifers. But they’ve never been what I would call a catchy band, you know? But this song, on their side of the split? It’s pulled from their newest LP, Crisis Point, and is hands down the catchiest number of theirs I’ve ever heard. It’s fantastic: a short, frenetic little blast rife with gang backups and a solid punch. Great work. Restarts follow in the same vein, if a little gruffer. Their song’s twice as long and, uh, twice as metallic, but there’s some nice instrumental interplay and the tempo never lets up. Wasn’t expecting all that much, but this is a really cool record. –Keith Rosson (Pirates Press)