At the very beginning of this ridiculous year, the London band Chubby And The Gang came out with one of the best punk rock debuts in recent memory. The members of Chubby And The Gang come from the UK’s huge and vital hardcore scene, and frontman Charlie Manning used to be in the hardcore bands Violent Reaction and Arms Race. But on Speed Kills, Chubby And The Gang played around in the vast history of thundering, stomping working-class UK guitar music: Glam, pub rock, power-pop, street-punk, oi. Fucked Up’s Jonah Falco produced the album, and it got a whole lot more attention than your average DIY punk album. And today, we learn that Chubby And The Gang have fucked around and signed a record deal.
Today, Chubby And The Gang announce that they’ve joined the roster at Partisan Records, the American indie that’s put out records from Brits like IDLES, Fontaines DC, and Laura Marling. Today, Partisan are putting out a digital reissue of Speed Kills, with a new physical edition of the album coming next month. And to celebrate the deal, Chubby And The Gang have shared “Union Dues,” a revved-up rocker from the Speed Kills sessions. (Apparently, Chubby And The Gang released the track a few months ago on the benefit compilation K-Town Hardcore Fest 2020 – COVID19 Staythefuckhome Edition. We missed that one.) The song is as fast and catchy and spirited as you might hope.
There’s also a new music video for the Speed Kills highlight “All Along The Uxbridge Road.” Director Lluis Fuzzhound has built a cartoon around it, turning it into a fun and absurdist Looney Tunes homage. Below, listen to “Union Dues” and check out the “All Along The Uxbridge Road” video.
The Speed Kills digital reissue is out now on Partisan, and the physical edition is coming 11/20. Looks like the album isn’t on Bandcamp anymore.