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The Subhumans

With the Enemies. Wednesday, April 23, at the Agora.


The Subhumans
  • The Subhumans
During the golden age of punk in the early '80s, the Subhumans (U.K.) covered more artistic ground than most of their contemporaries, gradually moving beyond Sex Pistols-influenced sounds to progressive hardcore, climaxing with the 1984 rock opera Cradle to the Grave -- the British punk equivalent of Quadrophenia. So they probably deserve to cash in on their past as much as any of the graying punkers revisiting the U.S. club circuit that they helped establish 20 years ago. Besides, playing vintage hardcore has gotta beat the hell out of kicking out the ska with Citizen Fish -- as the Subhumans' second singer, Dick Lukas, did with nonoriginal members Phil and Trotsky in the '90s, carrying the Subhumans' reggae dabbling to new extremes. Both groups espoused strong political views, and with anti-Prime Minister sentiment at its highest since the band's glory days, the timing of the Subhumans' return couldn't be better. Besides, everybody else is doing it, so what the 'ell?

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