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Sunday 25 April 2021

Chubby and the Gang: Stars Of New Wave Of British Hardcore Set To Play Brighton's Green Door Store

Fast rising London punk five-piece Chubby and the Gang have been leading a pack of bands coming out of a new wave of British Hardcore. 
Credit: Mike Palmer

Speed Kills was one of the critical surprises of the year thanks to its unrelentingly fun concoction of hardcore, pub rock, doo wop, and blues. 

The album was produced by Jonah Falco of Fucked Up, and boasts songs of deep substance and political conscience with a precise sense of time and place. 

New song Lightning Don't Strike Twice is a three-minute ride through the band's entire moodboard – opening with lap slide noodling before steering into anthemic pub rock with snarling lyrics. 

The video was directed by Jasper Cable-Alexander, and takes inspiration from '90s internet cafés. 


Speaking of the track, frontman Charlie 'Chubby' Manning said: 

"I wrote this song about social inequality. Not mine but the people I saw around me. 

"I feel like the whole premise of poverty is presented like this game in which if you play your cards right you can escape. 

"In reality it's more like playing a game of dice when they're loaded against your favour. Constantly being struck by lightning and being told that it will never happen again. 

"I remember witnessing someone's telephone voice where they had to change their voice when conducting business or applying for jobs so they don't come across as if they are from a lower class.

"I wrote the last verse about that because it disgusted me that in a system supposedly created on meritocracy a human being has to change their identity to try and shake unemployment. 

"I've had very few jobs that required me to go for an interview. No one really cares who you are when you drive a minicab or lay out cables so I'm lucky in that sense. But many people aren't."

'Lightning Don't Strike Twice' will appear on the band's second LP due out later this year. Chubby and the Gang play The Green Door Store, Brighton, on 4th December 2021.

by: Mike Cobley




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