Dick Lucas of Subhumans performing at North East Calling at Northumbria University in Newcastle in 2017. Pic: Gary Welford.

Subhumans have announced the release date for a new album, which will be their first in 12 years.

Along with Crass and Conflict, they were one of the most influential bands of the UK anarcho-punk scene of the ‘80s.

The new album, Crisis Point, will come out on 13 September on Pirates Press Records on 12in vinyl, CD, and cassette.

Subhumans’ new album Crisis Point is their first in 12 years.

It is the long-awaited follow-up to Internal Riot, which came out in 2007.

Frontman Dick Lucas said: “Sorry about the decade wait for something new – we don’t get to practice much!

“Anyways, it’s a stormer, with 10 new songs about terror/pollution/mind control…and similar reflections on a world in crisis.”

Sadly in some ways, Subhumans are just as relevant today, in the days of Trump and Brexit, as they were during the darkest days of Thatcher’s Britain.

Take your choice in how to label them – punk, UK82, anarcho, crusty, – there lies the attraction and consequent reason for their popularity.

Dick Lucas of Subhumans at North East Calling at Northumbria University in 2017.
Pic: Gary Welford.

Formed in 1980, the band epitomised non-conformity and connected with people in many different scenes.

Their 1983 debut LP The Day the Country Died, with its Orwellian influence, is considered a classic, and has sold more than 100,000 copies.

They released two more albums before splitting in 1985, and Lucas subsequently joined Culture Shock and then formed political ska-punk band Citizen Fish.

Subhumans at North East Calling at Northumbria University in Newcastle in 2017.
Pic: Gary Welford.

After playing a couple of reunion shows in the ‘90s, Subhumans returned permanently in 2004, releasing the Live In A Dive LP, followed by their most recent studio album in 2007.

Passion and anger drive them on, and Lucas says: “The live experience of sharing it with people keeps it ongoing.

“The release of anger, frustration and initially negative/destructive states of mind is a release from the downward spiral of keeping it all bottled up and it feels positive/constructive as a result.”

Gary Welford
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