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INFANT MORTALITY — ‘Infamous’ Album Review


infant-mortalityFueled by alcohol, aggression and a stiff middle finger to society’s rules, Infant Mortality is a band that makes you sit up and take notice. Infamous came through with a whopping 27 tracks!  Two Cheeseburgers (Hold The Fist) opens with a very engaging riff and then goes quickly into Chaos U.K. land with the title screamed over and over.

The track Infant Mortality had me reaching for the Disorder and Chaos U.K. albums of the early 1980s. The band were formed in Dover, Delaware, in 1989 and from the very beginning, the band took the street-punk lifestyle literally; often homeless, they were banned by many venues for their obnoxious attitude and chaotic live shows.

The songs are fast, aggressive and mainly sub-two minutes in length. Despite being around almost thirty years, this is Infant Mortality’s debut album (that made me smile) and it’s a cracker if you like your punk rock fast and furious. It is that 1989 launch date though that gives you some insight into their influences and sound. They state that they have no desire for radio play or commercial success and that they just want to play great punk music for today’s punk and hardcore fans.

Laura is a slower and longer track with a distinct Dead Kennedys vibe as well as Minor Threat, The Germs and Government Issue – Infant Mortality are the real deal (The song crops up later as a single version and an extended dance mix version J). The songs deal with street violence, alienation and simply trying to get by. Society is a mosh pit tour de force with a chaotic guitar solo. The onslaught continues with fast and aggressive punk rock with In For Life and Brickface. Both of these appear later recorded in 1994 and the early versions are demo quality but bring another view of the band.

The band have a humorous side with Need Funds Now opening with a child voice uttering “Beer, Beer, Beer” before a great riff launches a stop-start punk rock attack. Slip Away reminded me very much of punk rock legends MDC. I Hate Poor People plays around with rhythm and pace changes whilst Respectable Man is a more straightforward 1,2,3,4 punk rock attack. The album ends with Pork Boy –about five seconds long but then we are treated to the two versions of Laura mentioned earlier as well as six tracks from 1994 with Superfly being a highlight.

Infant Mortality are the real punk rock deal – if you’re a fan of Disorder, Chaos UK, Minor Threat and even Black Flag, this is a must have album. I’m going for a lie down!

Get the album direct from Violated Records here:  http://www.violatedrecords.com/products/572827-infant-mortality-infamous