Since their formation in late 2013, Bad Breeding have been trying to keep their heads above a rising Tory tide of cuts and injustices, and, thankfully, haven’t stayed quiet in doing so.
New track Corrupting Fist is no exception: set to uncomfortable imagery of torn flesh, police violence and desolate British countryside, the song’s roar of stormy political unrest is funnelled outwards, momentarily eclipsing a system that only serves to marginalise and ignore those who don’t measure up.
Frontman Chris Dodd unravels some of the rage: “The idea sprung from attempting to find ways of approaching certain formalities that were cropping up at the fag end of last year; us trying to shift the weight of increasingly bleak prospects served up by proposed changes in government policy, inhumane responses to what’s developing in Europe and further east, as well as the deepening impact of social and political injustices prevalent back home.
There’s a sense of despondent acceptance in the early stages of the song and that was an attempt to hint at the impact of blame culture and that idea of immovable resignation that comes from feeling disenfranchised. The latter stages are more about finding your feet and offering some sort of resistance to the rank shite we’re forced to trudge through. Lyrically, it’s a bit of a coiled investigation of my mindset and outlook at the moment – something that flutters between being damagingly negative and naively hopeful.”