“It takes a certain sense of vision to write a truly great old-school beat-you-up hardcore song, and the members of the Sydney band SPEED have that vision.” – Stereogum
“One of Australia’s most volatile and exciting hardcore exports.” – Rock Sound
“A great summation of their gleefully nasty, infectiously rambunctious sound — a slightly sped-up take on Madball-style NYHC with the metallic punch of bands like Terror and Trapped Under Ice.” – Revolver
“SPEED marries the street-ready rumble and pugilistic baiting of NYHC to righteously indignant missives that still somehow manage to celebrate our collective humanity.” – No Echo
Today, Australian hardcore band Speed have shared their new EP, Gang Called Speed, out now on Flatspot Records and Last Ride Records. Recorded with Elliott Gallart at Chameleon Studios, the six songs on the EP are centered around recognizing who you are in this world, taking ownership of that identity and not letting anyone tell you otherwise. Drawing influence from acts like Biohazard and Merauder just as much as bands like Trapped Under Ice, the band puts forth pit-ready music highlighted by blitzing guitars and pummeling drums. The vocals hit nasty in the best way, showcasing the bite of the Sydney hardcore scene the band is leading the pack of.
Opener and lead single “Not That Nice” captures the band’s no hold barred approach, featuring a blunt vocal delivery and intricate guitar work. The EP dives deep into social commentary as “Another Toy” challenges misogynistic views in male culture, while “Move” addresses accepting the diversity in human experiences. “Big Bite” crushes through an old-school hardcore sound before gang vocals lead into the instrumental “Every Man For Themself” that is a buzz with chunky bass tones. The record ends with “Know Your Foe,” blending heavy and groove-laden elements that perfectly encompass the sound that is Speed.
Gang Called Speed is available on vinyl now through Flatspot Records (US) and Last Ride Records (AUS). The band will also make their first North American performance at Sound and Fury Festival in Los Angeles, CA on July 30th and 31st.
Gang Called Speed Tracklist:
1. Not That Nice
2. Another Toy
4. Big Bite
5. Every Man For Themself
6. Know Your FoeUpcoming Shows:
July 30 & 31 @ Sound and Fury Festival – Los Angeles, CA