“A Review in the upcoming issue of Plastic Bomb Fanzine issue 94, which will be out on 1st of march 2016, translated into english.”
BRISTLES „Last days of Capitalism“ LP
The swedish heroes of my youth are back again with a new monstrous D-Beat LP! Back in 1983 this band release the “Don´t give up” 7”, which feature some excellent hardcore punk music as well as some upright and fierce lyrics. But only after a few years they broke up in the 80´s, whereasthe band reformed in 2008.
And short after their new start they continued writing new songs and the BRISTLES are already releasing with “Last days of Capitalism” their 3rd new album since they got reformed.
The BRISTLES are playing such an outstanding thick fat D-Beat Edge, that I almost can´t handle it! The re-cording sounds so damn darn blazing and rough, so that almost the lute vibrates out of my stereo-sound boxes!! And the BRISTLES are officially allowed to play this type of sound, as during the early 80´s it´s been THEM who created the sound, along with bands like ANTI-CIMEX, AVSKUM, HEADCLEANERS and SHITLICKERS. These bands belong all the very same bandpool-mishpoke! But the BRISTLES just don´t bethink themselves on their old days, but on this new record it´s easy to recognize that they are trying to create a new crunchy modern version of the D-Beat.
And the BRISTLES are also a band, who is able to lyrically repack some old topics in a fresh intelligent way and who are ready to come up with some clear statements. Whereas the topics here are for example the mass-consumerism in the western world, the global war on woman, as well as the intrigues of the multinational cooperations, who are led by some suit-wearing wankers, who believe that profit maximization is more worth than a human life.
The BRISTLES don´t newly reinvent the D-Beat-wheel, but I´m much more than happy about the way how crispy and fresh they are playing the already aging sound. This one´s a real hardcore punk smasher!
Klubb Punterad Rövsvett + Crude SS + Wolfhour + The Bristles
Skjul Fyra Sex
Fiskhamnsgatan 41, 41458 Göteborg
Terrorizer issue # 266 / Dec 2015
THE BRISTLES. Last days of Capitalism CD (Heptown)
The Bristles were one of the seminal Swedish hardcore bands, initially influenced by UK bands like GBH and The Exploited, but quickly developing a much heavier sound, more in line with harder US bands like Poison Idea and Septic Death. Their original incarnation lasted from 1982-85 and, typical of many punk bands of that time, their line-up was volatile and eventually split due both to their nihilistic approach and arguments over musical direction. A one-off reunion took place in 1996, but it wasn’t until 2008 that the band was reinstated as an ongoing project. During that time, they’ve released two albums of new material and several EPs and singles.
Now, their latest has arrived and it really is one of the finest European hardcore records I’ve ever heard. Short, abrasive anthems (there’s an Oi influence in there as well) with lyrics that attack the vicious capitalism that seems to be engulfing the West to the detriment of it’s own people, and all put together with a clear, powerful production that really forces their point across. Lyrics are provided in English to explain their intent, and this CD version also includes bonus tracks from several recent vinyl-only EPs, making this a very complete package.
The thing that makes The Bristles so effective is the fact that, alongside their brutal delivery, they’re not shy of a good melody or two, happy to let you enjoy the music at the same time that it’s pummelling you. Very few bands ever manage to get that balance right. This is just a great punk rock album and I can only recommend it to any fan of the raw power ethic.