First up is the brilliantly primitive 1982 demo from CHRONIC OUTBURSTS, four songs of haphazard UK punk with comedically gruff vocals and a torturously deliberate tempo that struggles to maintain its composure. "Religion Is A Con" is clearly the star on this tape, the chorus lurches into gear and for a moment you think they are about to unleash...until they don't. Dark dreary distorted punk, the way we like it.
And because I like you, here's a double shot of this rough shit: CHRONIC OUTBURSTS live and raw, playing three songs from the demo and eight others that never got a proper release (though I might be corrected on this point, it is a sad fact that I am sometimes wrong and/or ill informed). "Organized Chaos" and "Sgt. Barker" are my favorites from this set, though that might be simply because they are faster numbers, and if there is one complaint I have about CHRONIC OUTBURSTS it would be that their mid-tempo pace gets a touch drab after a while. This band probably didn't change anyone's life, and these tracks nearly 30 years later are probably not going to blow your mind, but it's solid UK punk, and a great document of one of hundreds of bands that sprouted up during punk's second wave. Many of those bands faded away into complete anonymity, but this one didn't.