Arguably the highlight of their ’80s output, the third SUBHUMANS album was recorded at Woodlands Studio, Castleford, during spring 1985 and released early the following year, a few months after the band had split. Opening with the slightly incongruous instrumental “33322,” what it lacks in rampant speed, it more than compensates for with some truly sublime compositions, assured arrangements, and dizzying time changes. With a front cover illustration inked by vocalist Dick, Worlds Apart saw the band find a veritable sweet spot in their song-writing, spawning many of their best-loved tracks such as “Apathy,” “Businessmen,” and “Can’t Hear The Words,” but every single track on the album remains an understated masterpiece.
As a staple of the punk scene, ALL of the SUBHUMANS records are still in high demand, and this long-overdue repress of this album couldn’t be coming at a better time. SUBHUMANS are one of the most influential bands from the UK, anarcho-punk scene of the ’80s, filed right alongside CRASS and CONFLICT, and just as relevant today as they were during the darkest days of Thatcher’s Britain. Take your choice in how to label them—punk, UK82, crusty, etc.—therein lies the attraction and consequent reason for their popularity, the band epitomizes non-conformity and connects with people in many different scenes. This album is an essential piece of history in the world of punk that SUBHUMANS helped create.
(Pirate Press Records)