Stevenange’s own Bad Breeding have delivered their second album in less than a year, it’s titled Divide and is further testament to the bands ferocious anarcho spirit.
Just like their self-titled debut album, Divide finds the band attempting to shine a light on injustice, processing the current state of the nation through the uncertainty of these Brexity times.
In their own word the band explain that, “Divide was put together a couple of months after the EU referendum and particular parts of the record sought to make sense of the confusion and misdirection that was so prevalent last summer. In some ways it’s an attempt to resist the impulse to collapse under the weight of perpetual distortion packaged by certain sections of the British media, but at times we simply found ourselves instinctively lashing out in bewilderment at what was unravelling around us: the division and derision of certain sections of society, the enablement of xenophobia and the continued manipulation of working-class identity by politicians and press organisations alike.”
Bad Breeding’s Stevenage home-base is a commuter-belt town north of London that’s been a muse for their socio political musings. With that in mind, they’ve shared some special photographs of Stevenage with us (shout out to photographer Katie Rose) and written some words to give the photos and their connection to Divide some proper context.
Taken over the course of a year, this selection of images sees local photographer Katie Rose explore the lasting impact of post-war architecture in Stevenage during the year of its 70th anniversary as a New Town. The photographs aim to examine some of the surviving developments that formed part of the town’s inception as a place of progressive social planning following the Second World War. Half of the run looks at some of these formative structures, while parts of the selection examine the struggle of maintaining an architectural identity in the face of dwindling financial resources.
Some of the themes being explored by Katie almost run parallel to what much of what we’re discussing too. With these photos there’s that obvious examination of the pragmatism and practicalities of life in a New Town, as well as the struggles and hardship people face. What I most enjoy about them, though, is that sense of defiance in it all. Stevenage often has a bad reputation for a number of reasons, but despite its demonisation the town still nods on through. In some ways these photos are as much a celebration of the town as they are an observation of its problems.
Bad Breeding play these places on these dates:
Friday 14th April – Sebright Arms, London w/State Funeral and Drahla
Saturday 15th April – Sebright Arms, London w/Runt and Hotel Lux