Subhumans (British band)

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Subhumans performing in Chicago in 2011
Subhumans performing in Chicago in 2011
Background information
OriginWiltshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresAnarcho-punk, hardcore punk
Years active1980–1985, 1991, 1998
LabelsSpiderleg, Bluurg
Associated actsCitizen Fish, Culture Shock
MembersDick Lucas
Bruce Treasure
Phil Bryant
Past membersSteve Lucas
Grant Jackson
Andy Gale

Subhumans are an English punk rock band formed in the Warminster and Melksham area of Wiltshire in 1980.[1][2] Singer Dick Lucas had formerly been in another local band, The Mental, and other members had been in The Stupid Humans. The band's musical style is typically classified as hardcore punk or anarcho-punk.[3]


The band was formed in 1980, guitarist Bruce and drummer Andy were accompanied by original bassist Grant, previously from the band Audio Torture. The band were initially known as Superhumans due to insistence from Bruce's mother, but changed their name to Subhumans when Dick joined the band later the same year. [4] By the end of 1980, drummer Andy had left and was replaced by Trotsky.

The band released a demo in 1981. It was heard by members of the band Flux of Pink Indians, after being sent to them by Graham Burnett of the New Crimes fanzine, and the band were so impressed that they offered Subhumans a record release on their newly founded label Spiderleg Records. [5] The group's debut EP, Demolition War, subsequently appeared on Spiderleg in December 1981.

Subhumans released two more EPs in 1982, Reasons for Existence and Religious Wars, as well as founding their own record label, Bluurg Records. Although initially focused on releasing cassette recordings, the label produced its first vinyl release with the "Wessex '82" EP, which featured one track each by the Subhumans ("No Thanks"), The Pagans, Organised Chaos and The A-Heads.

The band's first LP, The Day The Country Died was released in 1983 on Spiderleg Records. Generally considered a classic of the anarcho-punk era, it was followed shortly after by the Evolution EP, which was also the band's first record (bar the "Wessex '82" split) to be released on their own label. The band released Time Flies... But Aeroplanes Crash later that same year, a 12" EP consisting of both studio and live tracks - the live tracks taken from an aborted live album. Towards the end of the year, original bassist Grant left the band (shortly before the recording sessions for their second album), and was replaced by Phil of the Pagans. (Bruce Treasure, Andy Gale, Grant Jackson, Trotsky and Phil Bryant all attended Kingdown Comprehensive school in Warminster UK).

The following year, the band released their second album, From the Cradle to the Grave. The release demonstrated a notable musical development for the band, particularly with the title track - a progressive piece that took up the album's entire second side, and ran for almost 17 minutes. It was followed by one last EP, Rats, in January 1985, and the EP-LP release - a compilation album comprising the band's first four EP's.

Subhumans broke up at the end of 1985, after recording their third album Worlds Apart, with musical differences being cited as the main reason for the split. A final 12" record (1986's 29:29 Split Vision) was also recorded and released posthumously, and demonstrated just how far the band's musical leanings had altered from their initial hardcore punk stylings. Lucas subsequently joined Culture Shock in 1986 and then formed the political ska punk band Citizen Fish in 1990. A second Subhumans compilation album was released the same year (Time Flies + Rats), which comprised the two later EP's absent from the EP-LP release.

Subhumans had a brief reunion for a couple of shows in about 1991, and a more comprehensive return in 1998, which included UK and U.S. concerts. This resulted in a semi-permanent return of the band as a touring entity, including at least two major tours of North America in the twenty-first century - the Live in a Dive recording released on Fat Wreck Chords being a product of the second tour recorded at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA. The band also recorded and released a new EP, Unfinished Business, in 1998, which consists of previous unreleased songs from the band's original incarnation.

Since then, Subhumans have recorded a new album, Internal Riot,[6] and self-released it on Bluurg Records in September 2007. They toured in Europe throughout 2007, and a month-long U.S. tour began on 24 August that year. They have maintained a live presence ever since.

For nearly a decade, Subhumans continued to make multiple live performances across the UK and the U.S., but in September 13th, 2019, Subhumans released a new album titled Crisis Point ,[7] which was the band's first album in 12 years. The album covered several modern-day issues while surprisingly moving back into the anarcho-punk genre, with its' messages and general punk tune in the song.


Studio albums

Extended plays

Compilation albums

  • EP-LP (1985)
  • Time Flies + Rats (1990)

Live albums

  • Live in a Dive (2004)


  • Wessex '82 (1982) (split with the Pagans, Organized Chaos and the A Heads)
  • Birmingham Foundry (Video, live at Birmingham Foundry, Barn End 1998)

Band members[edit]

Current members

Former members

  • Grant Jackson- bass (1981-1983)
  • Andy Gale - drums (1980)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Subhumans". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Bands: Subhumans". Fat Wreck Chords. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  3. ^ "Subhumans - Internal Riot Review -". Sputnikmusic.
  4. ^ Glasper, Ian (2007). The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984. Cherry Red Books. p. 184. ISBN 1901447707.
  5. ^ Glasper, Ian (2007). The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984. Cherry Red Books. p. 185. ISBN 1901447707.
  6. ^ "Internal Riot - Subhumans". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Crisis Point - Subhumans". PiratesPress.

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