Broken English Club Drops Debut Album


Oliver Ho (this week's guest editor of Ransom Note for those who aren't paying attention) is about to release Suburban Hunting, his debut album as Broken English Club. Obviously we're a bit partisan on this one – it's safe to assume that once we've invited someone to write for the site we're fans – but that taken, you still need this record in your life. Suburban Hunting follows a short string of releases under the Broken English Club alias for the Cititrak and Jealous God labels, tracks which have explored common ground between industrial noise, 80s grindcore, and the brutalist end of techno. In Oliver's own words:

“It’s not about some idea of the future, it’s about a grubbier seedier world. Theres no superior technology here, there’s a romance to damp concrete buildings and abandoned reservoirs. Somewhere in the nursing homes that smell of bleach and piss, under the jaundice yellow glow of street lights, there’s a dark soul. I like music with a sense of dread, there’s drama or suspense in that feeling somewhere."

"I am fueled by the energy and noise of 1980’s grindcore. The track “Scum” is a tribute to the Napalm Death song of the same name. Those kind of brutalist noise bands are a very English thing to me, the oblivion of that is romantic."

"I am fascinated and disgusted by things, and I like that friction. The best things in life seem perverted and disgusting at first and then become beautiful and transcendent."

"I have these ideas filling my head and it gives me a sense purpose, I owe it to these obsessions of mine to see them through, to give them a place to exist. That’s Broken English Club."

Suburban Hunting is being shipped as 2×12" in late November, with a digital release to follow. Get your pre-orders in here