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Bad Breeding Announce New Album “Contempt” out June 14th via One Little Independent Records & Share New Single “Discipline” + Announce UK Tour

April 3, 2024
Cole F. Quirke

Bad Breeding
Announce New Album “Contempt” out June 14th via One Little Independent Records

& Share New Single Discipline

Bad Breeding, the Stevenage-based hardcore unit, are set to release their fifth album ‘Contempt’ on June 14th with One Little Independent Records and Iron Lung Records in the US.
It follows 2022s ‘Human Capital’ which mercilessly attacked Conservative meritocracy and the exploitative forces of late capitalism. ‘Contempt’ ups the ante yet again and explores the continued effects that austerity has had on the working public and specifically capital’s destruction of the planet and its inhabitants. It’s released with multiple essays in an accompanying zine, one that follows environmental and humanitarian journalist Aidan Frere-Smith and another that tells the story of a homelessness crisis in a city full of unused housing. Utilizing a mix of propulsive rhythm and furious, explosive guitars to maximum effect, Bad Breeding have weaponised their anger in the fight for survival; “Because these days are ours to take / Seize them with union, love and rage”.
Christopher Dodd explains “Capital and its bourgeois foot soldiers hold nothing but contempt for working people and it’s in that contempt we can find solidarity with one another. Whatever story gets sold and packaged, contempt guides every move of the capitalist class. We see it every day – unspeakable destruction from war and government-sponsored genocide, exploitation of workers and the very gutting of the planet we live on. Only when we realise and utilise the utter contempt held for us can we reach a level of class consciousness that will provide an adequate challenge to capital”.
New single ‘Discipline’ is raw and untethered, and it looks at how capital’s obsession with supposed productivity has poisoned what’s left of the planet and wrought untold physical and mental strain on most of humanity. They continue; “The lyrics map out this obsession and its impact, while the latter half of the song leads a call for resistance by ditching our dedication and co-operation with the structures of capital and the way it robs us of our time, labour and spoils of work. It’s a song that asks us to re-evaluate how we perceive our relationships with the earth and each other in order to free ourselves from the very mental and physical prisons we’ve built under the weight of capital and its hyper abstractions”.

Bad Breeding catapults their listeners into the midst of their fierce and high-octane exploration. “Discipline” captures this brutally raw influence from start to finish, a world where the abrasive rapture holds this piercing intensity and commanding presence.

Bad Breeding focuses on this alteration that shifts through this colossal soundscape, fusing various tempo changes and barbarian percussive beats to wind up the friction of this monumental release. The rhythms slash through the dynamic formation and each musician captures their skillful powerful and experimental entities, fearlessly adding more textures and hooks to their boisterous sound whilst the vocal notes counter this aggressive appeal whilst fluctuating to deeper melodies.

This outfit has continued to delve into this immense evolution and contagious pull since they burst onto our scenes in 2016, their vision is unmatched, this band have a bold outlook and the weight of their vivid arrangements will blow you away.

Emblematic of Bad Breeding’s distinct style, these tracks are researched, thorough and thought-provoking. Each brutish assault contains within in it a weighty and crucial message. The album is direct, and its politics can feel profoundly impactful and dense. It demands attention and draws the listener into the real-world consequences of the hyper-capitalist system the band so effectively criticise.
‘Contempt’ was recorded and produced at Chapel Studios by Ben Greenberg, an engineer from Brooklyn, one half of Industrial outfit Uniform and ex-member of The Men. He’s worked on a number of bands (The Chisel, Metz, cumgirl8, Drab Majesty) and scores, including multiple for A24 as well as on Johann Johansson’s Mandy soundtrack.
The album’s artwork comes courtesy of seminal photomontage artist and prominent anti-war campaigner Peter Kennard, who has provided the cover art for ‘Contempt’ alongside a selection of images in the album’s zine and inserts. Described by the late John Pilger as ranking among the most important of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, Kennard’s art holds a mirror to the wars waged against humanity, creating challenging works that have informed the visual culture of conflict and crisis in modern history.
The associated further reading within ‘Contempt’ adds more fuel to the fire. ‘Towards an Uncivil Solidarity’ by Alasdair Dunn of Scottish metal avant-gardists Ashenspire attacks capital’s centrality in the UK’s homelessness crisis. It details and sources that at the time of writing, there are 248,000 long-term empty properties in England alone, and 3069 people sleeping rough. He says that “I believe, if everyone felt, truly FELT the horror of continuous rough sleeping, of the desperation and the hunger, we’d have a revolution within the week”. The second, ‘Mud, Metal and Moonlight’, tracks the movements of a radical group dismantling traps and sabotaging the badger cull, which has been proven time and again to do more harm than good to the environment. They are hard but necessary reads that give context to the emotion that pours from ‘Contempt’ and demand action.
Bad Breeding comprise of Christopher Dodd (vocals), Idris Mirza (guitar), Charlie Rose (bass), and Jimmy Guvercin (drums). They draw influence from the original British pioneers of the anarcho-punk scene; Crass, Rudimentary Peni, and Flux of Pink Indians. They formed in 2013 and their first release, ‘Burn This Flag’, came the following year via HateHateHate Records. 2014 saw them move away from labels and self-release their second single, ‘Chains’, selling it via online auction sites. Their eponymous debut album was self-released in April 2016. In 2017, Bad Breeding linked up with Hackney-based punk label La Vida Es Un Mus and US-based Iron Lung for ‘Divide’.
Continuing with their relentless touring schedule, the group rolled into 2018 with the announcement that they had signed to One Little Independent, set up by members of various first-wave anarcho-punk bands. Bad Breeding delivered their EP, ‘Abandonment’. This was followed by ‘Exiled’ in 2019 and ‘Human Capital’ in 2022, which all saw praise from audiences and critics alike.
Last year Bad Breeding toured their album extensively including a ten-date run in Japan. Members of the band also launched their own Stevenage hardcore imprint, Standard Process, with the release of Rifle’s EP ‘Under Two Flags’.

Track listing:

Temple of Victory






Gilded Cage / Sanctuary

Vacant Paradise



Live dates

May 9th – Charleroi, BE – Le Vecteur
May 10th – Eindhoven, NL – Stroomhuis
May 11th – Hamburg, DE – Hafengeburtstag
May 12th – Copenhagen, DK – Ungdomshuset
May 13th – Oslo, NO – Vaterland
May 14th – Gothenburg, SE – DDRK
May 15th – Stockholm, SE – Hus 7
May 17th – Helsinki, FI – Sonic Rites Festival
May 18th – Tallinn, EE – Close-Up Båten
May 19th – Kaunas, LT – Lemmy Bar
May 20th – Vilnius, LT – XI20
May 21st – Warsaw, PO – ADA Puławska
May 22nd – Berlin, DE – Obergeschoss Hell
May 23rd – Numberg, DE – Desi
May 24th – The Hague, NL – Sniester Festival
May 25th – Hasselt, BE – Farrm
June 14th – Santa Maria de Lamas, PT – Basquieral Festival
June 19th – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
June 20th – Nottingham, UK – The Angel
June 21st – London, UK – Moth Club
June 22nd – Plymouth, UK – The Nightmare Continues
June 23rd – Bristol, UK – Exchange


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