Stevenage based, Bad Breeding, call for solidarity with their fourth album ‘Human Capital’, a pointed and brutal display of aggression steeped in political awareness. Across twelve merciless anarchopunk inspired tracks they attack Conservative meritocracy and the exploitative forces of late capitalism with a cacophony of blistering guitars and thunderous drums played with an intensity that refuses to abate.
‘Human Capital’ is released alongside a manifesto of sorts. Within the almost 2000 word essay, long time collaborator Jake Farrell explains that “we are marooned on our islands of self obsession by cultural forces that emphasize our differences, keeping us apart and suspicious of one another. It feels as though in recent years, especially during the immediate onslaught of austerity following the 2008 financial crisis, that the idea of community itself was under attack”.
From the opener’s menacing feedback and raging distortion, across the album’s dynamic and wild time changes, through to the final ringing close of the almost optimistic ‘Rebuilding’, Bad Breeding demonstrate admirable control amongst impassioned expression. Vocals strain and guitars build in epic tension while rhythmic battles take place behind them and, despite it all, each track remains a concise tool applied totheir targets with deadly precision. Make no mistake, Bad Breeding aren’t shouting at clouds here. ‘Human Capital’ is a savvy, conscious body of work with salient messaging. There’s no aimless finger pointing, punching down or virtue signaling, the band comes armed with answers. It’s an intelligent record that defies individualism and promotes community, organization and compassion. “Our lives are not to be managed like we are each a plucky start up, not to be measured in the emotional profit and loss that we can extract from our relationships and those around us. We don’t need to invest time and energy on capital projects of the self on some doomed, linear journey to self actualization.” Enjoy Human Capital!