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Boomkat Product Review:
Sub Rosa distil the snotty energy of Brussels' nascent and short lived punk scene with 'Everything Is Shit - Punk In Brussels 1977-1979'. Like almost everywhere else at the time, Brussels fell hard for the punk germ exported from London, Manchester and New York in the mid-late '70s, yielding its very own, tight knit (read: incestuous) scene of angsty, primitivist rockers inspired by The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, The Clash and Crass. In true DIY fashion they were more about playing than recording, hence not a lot of stuff from that era was documented. But thanks to the efforts of Stéphane Barbery, Klaus Milan, Daniel Wang, and Michel Zylbersztajn, Sub Rosa have sourced these 18 cuts from dusty demo tapes and micro-edition cassettes to give an unparalleled peek into the scene which would eventually spawn legendary (and influential in their own right) acts such as Digital Dance, Snowy Red, The Names, and Pseudocode. If you're a stickler for fidelity then you can basically fxxk off from this LP, but if you like phet-powered 2 minute jams you'll be buzzing with the likes of Chainsaw's 'glam razor 'Z'Heroes Guts', Mad Virgins' breakneck pelt, 'F… & Suck', or The Actors' surprisingly suave 'Nothing In My Head'.