Austerity – New Band of the Day / Week/ Month / Year…

 I saw Brighton band Austerity at  A Public Dis-service Announcement night at the Shooting Star in Southampton last night.

They were very, very good.

They have a similar twitchy aggression and sarcastic ire to Idles.

They sound quite a lot like early Gang of 4.

Here are their videos.

The lack-of-originally just doesn’t matter when they are loud and live. They seem to mean it.  They rock.  They seem to care.

Austerity are three-piece whirlwind of short-sharp sweet brutality you can dance to, which dismantles capitalism one song at a time.

(They will like that one)

This is a short, sharp, austere write up I know – to match / mirror the approach of the band.

(I really rate them highly, but I’m tired, ill and skint and have got to go back to work tomorrow so I’m not in the mood if I’m honest.  Fuck Austerity.  The thing, not the band).




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All words Ged Babey.

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Actually, they sound EXACTLY like early Gang Of Four.
    Not necessarily a panning if said by an old guy who was used to loving GOF when they were a novelty.


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