A Journey Into Madness

by Scrap Brain

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London/Oxford-based SCRAP BRAIN are back with a long player that expands and improves on their dirgey and unconventional brand of hardcore punk. This time around the group embraces a wall of sound approach; this is a record that sounds both huge and claustrophobic at once. A dissonant take on FLIPPER with one of the best lyricists in contemporary music.

"The London band Scrap Brain have an unhinged, noise-damaged take on punk rock. It’s like one band combined the fastest, sludgiest early-’80s hardcore with the most oblique, damaged early-’80s postpunk, except with lyrics about what it’s like to be mentally ill and queer in the late ’10s. Last year, the band released a furious, impressive EP called Unhappy Hardcore. And now they’re following it up with their full-length debut A Journey Into Madness. It’s a wild ride of an album, a vengeful ripshit self-interrogation." - Tom Breihan, Stereogum

"Scrap Brain are a U.K. band who play raucous hardcore—noisy, crammed with delightfully ignorant riffs (this is a compliment), walls of feedback, and pounding percussion. They’re one of those bands that sound as if the centrifugal force generated by their collective fury is the only thing that’s keeping the music from flying apart. This is a surprisingly difficult sound to master, and, in my experience, it only communicates if the group is sincere in their message. A Journey Into Madness is about being queer and mentally ill in a world that is amenable to neither, holding onto dry humor as a way of dealing with daily struggles (the promo for this album includes an extremely perfect Vengaboys cover, should you wonder whether this is a pedantically self-serious group of people)." - Jes Skolnik, Bandcamp Daily

"Scrap Brain’s base mode of operation is a Flipper-inspired lurch, but they rarely just do that. Instead, they augment things with a catchy guitar riff or bass line, unexpected tempo changes (sometimes speeding up to blistering hardcore tempos), and envelop everything in a swirl of chaotic noise that keeps my ear interested even though it’s nothing one might describe as a riff or a melody. It’s not unlike what Violence Creeps did, but noisier, darker, and more frightening. Scrap Brain also have a lot of what I’ll call “expressionistic hardcore” in their sound. I’m thinking of bands like Neon and Mozart who can abandon conventional rhythm and melody, engaging instead in the spontaneous and physical eruption of energy I associate with the most out-there free jazz. Scrap Brain sound like a punk band trying to do a musical version of an abstract expressionist painting, and I love it. Even more impressive is that Scrap Brain can reel it back in and build a more structured context around those moments of pure expression. Journey Into Madness is a wild ride and occasionally a tough listen, but if you like the bands I’ve mentioned, you might be one of the few who can get down with this." - Sorry State Records

"A Journey Into Madness opens with swirling, repetitive sounds: muffled music, droning noises, a phrase you can’t quite make out. Then those trail off, as if disappearing down a drain. A guitar feeds back, and the abrasive hardcore of U.K.’s Scrap Brain thrashes in. Scrap Brain sound royally pissed off—and with good reason. The brilliant “Die TERF Scum” is the anti-TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) tirade the world needs. “No TERFs at Pride / No TERFs in libraries / No TERFs on Twitter / No TERFs in universities,” vocalist Camille Rearden shouts over a blistering cacophony of instrumentation. Elsewhere on the album, the four-piece rail against the unethical nature of business, the historical abuses of power of healthcare systems, socializing while sober, and other modern-day maladies. Scrap Brain are as brutal as ever on this LP, with an angry intensity that’s impossible to resist." - Kerry Cardoza, Bandcamp Daily

"How is it that bad music makes me feel so good? I find myself wondering that while listening to the debut album from London’s Scrap Brain, who deliver on the promise of their debut 7″ EP from last year. The high points of A Journey Into Madness seem to answer the question of “what would happen if Honey Bane fronted Flipper?” – plodding, simplistic, unreasonably noisy and unsophisticated, I can’t help but wonder why anyone would want their punk performed any other way. I was reading an interview with the band, and the guitarist mentioned that no one ever notices when he messes up, and I have no reason to doubt him after hearing the faster songs on here, which maintain an uneasy equilibrium on the verge of collapse, as though everything is held together by duct tape and safety pins. For as simplistic as it is, Scrap Brain’s sound is atypical, with progressions and changes that haven’t been written by other punk bands a hundred times over. And while the musical presentation is not a graduate-level display of prowess, the lyrics are keenly critical and take aim at the many disparities, crises and miseries Scrap Brain encounter on a routine basis. It’s a journey into madness in both senses of the word: furious anger and spiraling insanity." - Yellow Green Red

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released April 16, 2019

Recorded and mixed by Jonah Falco.
Mastered by Daniel Husayn.

Front cover artwork by Bethan Louise Chainey. Sleeve design by Ben Perkins with remarks by Joe Briggs. Lyric insert by Camille Rearden. Photography by Simon Parris.

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Track Name: Introduction/Deadweight
I can't sleep at night but I could sleep all day
Burnout's beat my body down, white noise blurs to grey
Track Name: Half A Pill
Anxious at the punk show
Tired at the warehouse party

Can't talk to my friends
Got nothing to say
I'm boring! Boring!
Everyone feels far away

Can't talk to my friends
Got nothing to say
I'm vapid! Vapid!
Everything feels far away

Choking on my tongue, burdened by sobriety

Took a half a pill, hoping it would save me
Made me more tired
Anticlimax of the century
Track Name: Die TERF Scum
No TERFs at pride
No TERFs in libraries
No TERFs on twitter
No TERFs in universities

No platform for your bigotry
Log off radfem
Die TERF scum

No TERFs at gigs
No TERFs in galleries
No TERFs on podcasts
No TERFs in magazines

DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT
Track Name: Crybaby
If you say something enough times
It becomes true
If you hear something enough times
You believe it

We're a happy family
Toxic false normality
You have no control of me
I'm still a stupid crybaby

If you hear something enough times
It becomes true
If you say something enough times
You believe it
Track Name: Floundering
The veil over your capitalism is opaque
Your offerings of friendship are fake
Independent doesn't mean radical
You're still in it for capital

Floundering
No time to drown
Can't afford to breathe

Casual work
Disposable worker
Cash in hand
Rights slip through fingers
Labour not respected
Effort not appreciated
No business is ethical
No wage is fair
Track Name: Migraine
Blurry faces
Words fail me
Hands numb
Out of body

Faces fail
Words numb me
Hands of body
Out blurry

Attack
Attack
Attack
ATTACK

Numb body
Words blur me
Hands fail
Out of faces

Numb words
Faces blur me
Fail body
Out of hands
Track Name: Smog
Laying out on the concrete
Collecting gravel in my mouth
Coughing ash on the pavement
Moving further south

Heavy smog surrounds me
Holds my fave to the ground
Swelling miasma
Has got me tightly bound

With a head full of static
And a body spiralling out
Pushing down on the concrete
Venom fills my mouth

Heavy smog surrounds me
Got me tightly bound
Swelling miasma
Shoves my body through the ground
Track Name: Lean In
Why should I believe in a service funded by a government that wants me dead and has killed countless people like me?

Lean in to the madness
Embrace dissidence
Resist false recovery
Trust no psychiatrist

This anger is not pathology
My fear is not misplaced
Sick and well are not a binary
Insanity doesn't debase
Track Name: Limbs In The Night
With one finger hovering over self-destruct
And toes curling into earth
The illusion of choice
Between compression and release

Pressure builds
Delirium swells
Total immersion
Chaos fills my lungs

What's the point in living if you can't enjoy life
Done with maintaining this false sense of pride
Going out to commune with limbs in the night
I am tired of pretending
I accept the doom impending

Pressure

Release
Track Name: A Journey Into Madness
It's not a twee melancholia
It's a boot on the neck
Less sadness, more anger pointed inwards
Each day trapped with the prick I most despise
A sucking void, a spiral of knives
Ideation: a comfortable companion
Suicide as selflessness
As unburdening the world and freeing my friends
From the absolute worst cunt
It's not that no one likes you
It's that they shouldn't
You have tricked them
There will come a time when I can no longer resist
And I won't want to

This is our journey into madness
This is our mundane every day
This is us in free fall
This is us persisting

It's the loss of sleep from running through every social faux pas from the last eight years
Restrained by the coat hanger stuck in my back
Unable to focus on anything for more than twenty minutes
From goals to books to television
Impulsive spending
Deleted messages
Muted phone
Avoidance
Anxious about anxiety

I tore my insides out and now I can't sleep
Obsessive compulsive self-destruction
I want to bleed into every crease of the sheet
He licked my teeth dry and left a stain
A pulsating masochism is all I've ever known
I never fucking wanted your pity

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