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Chubby and the Gang - Speed Kills

Partisan Records

  • £23.40 ( )
CATALOGUE NO.: PTKF2193-1
FORMAT - LP Coloured vinyl
RELEASE DATE 20th Nov 2020
Genres - Punk, Hardcore

Track Listing
A1. Chubby & The Gang Rule OK?
A2. Pariah Radio
A3. All Along The Uxbridge Road
A4. Speed Kills
A5. Can't Tell Me Nothing
A6. Trouble (You Were Always On My Mind)
B1. The Rise And Fall Of The Gang
B2. Hold Your Breath
B3. Moscow
B4. Bruce Grove Bullies
B5. Blue Ain't My Colour
B6. Grenfell Forever
B7. Union Dues

At the start of 2020 several US publications began running glowing reviews of ‘Speed Kills’, the breakneck debut album from Chubby & the Gang, a West London punk troupe comprised of members of various bands associated with The New Wave of British Hardcore, among them Violent Reaction, Abolition, Big Cheese and more. At the time, the band - helmed by local electrician Charlie Manning - had developed a cult following in the UK, largely rooted in the cross-pollinating nature of the punk scene, select shows including dates with Sheer Mag and an impending, last minute US run with Royal Hounds.

‘Speed Kills’, produced by Jonah Falco of Fucked Up, would go on to be called “the best punk-pop LP in recent memory” by Paste Magazine, a debut that “comes alive with liberating energy” in an 8.0 review from Pitchfork and full of “massive barroom gang choruses, power chords at breakneck tempos, rock spelled R-A-W-K and visceral gratification” as Stereogum put it. Impressive going for a band at the time with no publicist, no big budget label backing and no industry clout per se, beyond increasingly fervent underground support.

Following the quietly blossoming success of ‘Speed Kills’ earlier this year, Chubby & the Gang now find a new home on Partisan Records (IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Laura Marling, Fela Kuti) who reissue the album in remastered form with the unreleased cut ‘Union Dues’ included to boot and with new music on the horizon.

The LP arrives on yellow vinyl and includes a sticker sheet featuring cartoon characters from the album artwork. It has been remastered for vinyl at West London’s Metropolis Studios.

Press - Reviews & features in Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste Magazine, MOJO, The i Paper.

Radio - 6 Music Steve Lamacq, Beats 1 Matt Wilkinson.

Further Marketing - Billboard at Shepherd’s Bush Market Tube station. (The band painted the album artwork on the billboard to create a video asset for socials for the announcement.)
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