Mangel! Desperat.

In my 30 some years of being ‘into hardcore’ and all its many strands, I have witnessed many sub, sub-sub, and quite probably sub-sub-sub genres being created. And it would seem that the Swedes are doing a pretty good job of keeping this tradition alive, what with their unique and fabulous take on Stoke on Trent D-Beat, Kång, and also Mangel! I’ve got to be the first to admit that I’ve no idea what the fuck the last two are all about, but I like them all the same. And so, here is Desperat. They fucking rip!

Now I’m as likely as the next man to start going on about ‘back in 1984 when I bought blah blah blah…‘ – but I remember well the raw, visceral thrill of listening for the first time to Terveet Kadett, Rattus, and the legendary Huvudtvått whom I sought out on the pages of Maximum Rock ‘n ‘ Roll, and later via the gossip on the Huddersfield/West Yorkshire hardcore scene via various contacts and punk/skate buddies at the time. Yep, in those days the whole Scandinavian scene was a massive influence on hardcore in the UK [ironic, considering that they had themselves been influenced by bands like Discharge].

The slightly muddy, always dark sound and the brutal ‘we insist’ attitude of the Scandi bands was always refreshing when you got too full of bullshit. Go forward a few years and you got the crust scene, with bands like Doom and ENT happily admitting significant Swedish influences. Desperat themselves are a band who have served time in various other notable hardcore outfits, including Mob 47.

So, sit back in your shabby 80s armchair, crack open a Becks, haul your ageing leather jacket onto your knees and stroke it fondly whilst you imagine a small, hot, sweaty club with incessant strobe lighting, beer on the floor and a sea of studded leather jackets and bristles rubbing against your face and immerse yourself in the following bloody fabulous punk rock of the most D-Beat proportions. This is so good. Enjoy these, and play it loud – and remember – Once hardcore always fucking raw hardcore!

**Note: When I was editing this post, I accidentally pressed play on both EPs at the same time – it was incredible!
**Note: Ahem….DeHud also lets me know that he featured Desperat before in his earlier article here.….


Comment on this Article

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s