Crude, coarse, and a whole lot of vulgar – meet Cabbage, Manchester’s answer to Fat White Family. It’s been a whirlwind year for the fearless five-piece, who, fresh from touring with Blossoms, have been making a stir on the neo-punk scene since 2015’s Le Chou. Their latest offering, Uber Capitalist Death Trade, released via Skeleton Key Records, is twenty minutes of thrashing, unapologetic rock at its finest; Cabbage, long adamant to create music with a ‘purpose’, have garnered an unavoidable political voice with this EP.
Opening track ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’, the EP’s namesake, is brash and obnoxious , putting Nazi and conflict-based lyrics to a musical backdrop of a Slaves and Sex Pistols combination that fiercely works; it’s a political thunderstorm featuring killer guitars and vocalist Lee Broadbent’s screams of “I don’t wanna be alive”. ‘Fickle’ is a dirty number with dirty riffs, led by a strong thumping bass line that marches through the entirety of the track. ‘Tell Me Lies About Manchester’ is Uber Capitalist Death Trade’s finest moment, namedropping Mancunian icons Steven Hanley and John the Postman alongside pleads of “fill my ears with a Hacienda classic!”. The country-inspired ‘Free Steven Avery (You’re Wrong)’ brings Uber Capitalist Death Trade to a bizarre end , lambasting America’s political system by supporting Netflix’s Making a Murderer main star and calling out for Donald Trump’s death.
Uber Capitalist Death Trade is rife with politics and black humour – it’s weird, it’s wonderful, and all a little bit strange. In the midst of an indie scene where dream-pop dominates, Cabbage are a shake to the system – exactly what they want to be seen as. If you haven’t heard of Cabbage up until now, then I assure you – that’s all about to change.
Uber Capitalist Death Trade is available now via Skeleton Key Records
Catch Cabbage at these upcoming dates:
13 – Sound & Vision Festival, Norwich
14 – The Cookie, Leicester
15 – The Bullingdon, Oxford
20 – New Adelphi Club, Hull
21 – Social Bar, Doncaster
22 – The Ferret, Preston
27 – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth
28 – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
29 – Kasbah, Coventry
3 – The Venue, Derby
4 – The Magnet, Liverpool
5 – The Blind Tiger, Bolton
10 – Purple Turtle, Reading
11 – Green Door Store, Brighton
12 – The Underground, Plymouth
17 – Stereo, Glasgow
18 – Ku Bar, Stockton
19 – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent