Pic: Becky DiGiglio
Welcome to Curating Resistance, a new series designed to promote bands, artists, labels and more from the world of heavy music, with a particular focus on those who use their platform to promote progressive causes or speak out against injustice and bigotry in the metal scene and beyond.
It’s a new year and what better way to kick-start Curating Resistance 2022 than with a band sat poised to release an earth-shattering new album this very week, one that’s sure to wake us up for the tough twelve months to come. Deaf Club emerged in October 2019 with their debut EP Contemporary Sickness, an EP that’s well worth your time, but it is impending LP Productive Disruption that’ll have you ready to run through walls. Chock full of cacophonic breakdowns, unsettling atonal frequencies and breakneck paces, it’s an ungodly mix of infuriated hardcore, frenzied grind and turbocharged thrash.
The seething anger contained in their music feels all the more impactful for having specific targets, too, as the band continue the genre’s storied history of overtly political themes. It was coincidentally recorded a year ago on the day of the so-called ‘Insurrection’, and is released a year later as a direct opposition to everything the perpetrators of the assault on The Capitol stand for. As the press release boldly states, it “serves as a productive disruption to the bootlicking, copsucking, flag-fucking frenzy we’ve found ourselves surrounded by.”
Like the match on the album’s cover, band members Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B), Brian Amalfitano (ACxDC), Scott Osment (Weak Flesh), Jason Klein (Run With The Hunted), and Tommy Meehan (The Manx, Chum Out!) have concocted something that’s sure to light a fire going into the new year. Don’t sleep on it.
Productive Disruption is out 6th January on Three One G Records. Order here.
Words: George Parr