TEST DEPT - DISTURBANCE
In an ideal world, 'Disturbance', the first album released by the industrial pioneers, Test Dept, since 1997, would not exist. It wouldn't need to. Britain would not stand divided by xenophobia. Working class communities would not be under siege. Capitalism would not have created a climate change crisis pushing the planet towards a dangerous brink. And the Thatcherite ideals that Graham Cunnington and Paul Jamrozy spent Test Dept's early years raging against would not be so terrifyingly back in political vogue. Back in 1981, Cunnington, Jamrozy and and a revolving door of talented artists from disparate disciplines and backgrounds formed Test Dept, forging an incendiary new sound from a squat in New Cross that made them underground heroes, landing the group under surveillance by the British government. In 2019, on 'Disturbance', that sound is as incendiary as ever.