Political, satirical and absolutely vital Manchester post-punkers Cabbage emerged to blow the cobwebs off the music scene in their home city.
With debut album Nihilistic Glamour Shots set for release this week the band are now turning their attention to shaking up the rest of Britain.
Cabbage have built a formidable live reputation since forming in 2014 in Mossley, on the east outskirts of Manchester.
They headline The Tunnels on Wednesday as part of an extensive British tour.
Vocalist-guitarist Joe Martin said Manchester had produced a distinctive sound, but that spirit of innovation had waned.
He added: “Someone needs to blow the cobwebs off.
“It’s very much a safe city musically at the moment as nobody seems to be doing anything innovative.
“I find that bizarre because we live in such crazy, austere, political times.
“Manchester is dying from resting on its laurels and is trapped in the past. It has become a parody of itself.
“You only have to walk down the street and see the Liam Gallagher-alikes with their sideburns flapping in the wind to see that.
“We’re not claiming to be bastions of originality, but it doesn’t take much effort to step away from the past.
“All the greatest bands in Manchester like Joy Division and The Smiths were really pioneers.
“They sounded other-worldly and not remotely influenced by other bands from Manchester.”
Emerging in 2015 Cabbage are a band that deliberately go against the grain – from their music and lyrics and even their anti-name.
The banality of their moniker is completely at odds with their wildly ambitious music that embraces experimentalism, industrial, swamp blues, funk, psychedelia and post rock.
Martin said: “Cabbage – it’s the result of meaningless band names as there’s too much emphasis on the band name rather than music.
“We put a lot of time into the music and the lyrics and the band name was secondary to us.
“People spend a lot of time over thinking a band name and trying to sound overly cool, when in reality, it doesn’t really wash because the things they write about aren’t really genuine.
“It’s a complete joy when people say you’re a good band but the name’s terrible as that’s what we wanted, but I do think it has taken on its own entity.”
“Whether it be good or bad, it provokes a reaction within everyone.”
Cabbage emerged two years ago with debut EP Le Chou. Their new album defies categories and ranges from the surf punk Preach To the Converted, the cinematic Disinfect Us to the punk of Molotov Alcopop.
Nihilistic Glamour Shots was produced by James Skelly of The Coral at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.
Martin said: “The new album is a melting pot of different ideas.
“There is country and western influence, noise-rock influences – a real broad mix.
“There was still lot of room for experimentation within the studio which is not something we’ve done before.
“It came together and took new leases of life whereas the first batch of songs were written, finished and played live before they were recorded.
“This time they were conceived and born within the studio and then played live after that which is what we’re starting to do now.”
Cabbage’s music is a soundtrack to austerity-hit Britain in the shadow of Brexit as they react to the political landscape with an honesty, and humour, akin to Sleaford Mods.
However Cabbage lean more towards the abstract political comment of Throbbing Gristle than the full-on attack of Anarcho punk greats Crass.
“We didn’t set out to be a politically-orientated band,” explained Martin.
“We’re just mainly writing about what we see.
“It’s a crying shame that in a time like this, where bands have a platform and a huge audience and the potential to share a politically minded message, they don’t, and they just waste it.
“Not every band should be political; there’s loads of room for pop bands, but when you get to the point when no-one is saying anything it’s crazy.
“A lot of our music is a reaction to that and we’re mainly commenting on what we see around us.”
Support is from lo-fi psych-poppers She Drew The Gun.