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Reunited Swedish hardcore pioneers Crude S.S. make a rare stateside tour


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History has been so indifferent to Swedish hardcore pioneers Crude S.S. (short for “Society System”) that when the trio’s own members get a little foggy on the details, it’s hard to find any evidence to clear things up. The official Facebook page for this fiercely subversive band—who made a kiss-off song about our money-grubbing society called “Destroy Capitalism”—says the group formed in 1980, but earlier this month they began selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Swedish HC since 1979.” (Meanwhile, Discogs says 1982.) Before dissolving in the mid-80s, Crude S.S. released the crusty, feral 1985 EP Who’ll Survive and, perhaps most crucially, contributed two songs to Cleanse the Bacteria, a 1985 compilation assembled by scene legend Pushead that also features the likes of Corrosion of Conformity, 7 Seconds, and Poison Idea. Crude S.S. has a wild, vicious, grimy sound (similar to influential Swiss metal band Hellhammer), and because their material has barely been officially released, it’s been bootlegged nonstop around the world for decades—band members occasionally post on Facebook about recently discovered unofficial releases. Fortunately, there are ways to acquire this music legitimately, notably 2012’s Killing for Nothing (Distortion), which brought Crude S.S.’s sometimes thrashy antifascist screeds all the way to Spotify. Tonight’s performance is part of a rare stateside tour, and though I hate that it still needs saying, I’m hoping they play “Nazi Go Home.”   v

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