The big personalities of vintage UK anarcho-punk aren’t nearly as prolific now as they were in the late 70s and early 80s, when self-run labels and a close-knit, burgeoning scene made it seem sensible for them to press every live show, riot prophecy, or animal-liberation manifesto onto vinyl, but they’ve proved to have surprisingly long shelf lives. Dick Lucas continues to sing for the Subhumans and Citizen Fish; Steve Ignorant was in town a couple years ago to perform the songs of Crass, the pioneering band he cofounded; and for 32 years Conflict
has been fronted by Colin Jerwood, now the sole remaining original member. Tonight’s show, one of only five the band is playing in the U.S., is partly a release party for upcoming remasters of 1986’s The Ungovernable Force
and 2003’s There’s No Power Without Control
, partly a 14th anniversary celebration for underground local label Shaman Records
(which also books the annual Chicago Apocalyptic Crust Fest), and partly an attempt to raise awareness about “breed specific legislation,” aka BSL, defined as a “law that bans or restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance.” Basically, you need to go listen to “Countdown to Confrontation,” the ominous, thrashy intro to 1988’s classic The Final Conflict
—if that doesn’t get you geared, then I guess the band has aged better than you have. —Kevin Warwick Resistant Culture, Appalachian Terror Unit, Krang, and Asphyxiate open.