Filth is Eternal (formally Fucked and Bound) - 'Suffrage' Vinyl LP
£16.99

  • Filth is Eternal (formally Fucked and Bound) - 'Suffrage' Vinyl LP

Filth is Eternal (formally Fucked and Bound) - 'Suffrage' Vinyl LP
£16.99

Despite the name, Seattle’s Fucked and Bound feels fundamentally untethered. They’ve achieved an air of unhinged freedom mainly by thrashing their way through unassuming, beloved punk venues, writhing across unwashed floors and DIY spaces, hosting their own sort of hardcore communal exorcisms-- participation mandatory.

In simpler, pre-pandemic times, vocalist Lisa Mungo (He Whose Ox Is Gored) is a full frontal, feral assault to those who bear witness to the band. The majority of her time is spent throwing herself into the fray, forcing interaction, wildly occupying a headspace that exposes her natural effervescence and intimacy just as much as the reckless abandon, anger and nihilism that can be found in their lyrics. In a way that not many others can, Mungo fearlessly elicits nearly fanatical enthusiasm, even from those who have never previously heard the band. She can be seen stepping on stage with a dozen red roses to hand out, and five minutes later, tearing off her clothes and screaming viciously into the faces of unsuspecting attendees in the pit. This juxtaposition of tenderness and aggression, romance and filth, is a perfect metaphor for the band’s music as a whole.

All the while, drummer Matt Chandler, bassist Rah Davis (Cattle Decapitation), and guitarist Brian McClelland (He Whose Ox Is Gored) allow Mungo the space to fully transform, howling and  rabid, as they tear through their own grimy D-beats and breakneck grindcore riffs in a nuanced way that strays impossibly far from the simplistic, macho meat-headedness that hardcore punk music has often been known for in the past. In fact, their ethos appears firmly rooted in feminism and radical righteousness- unapologetically so. This is particularly evident in the name of the band’s first LP, “Suffrage”, released in 2018 by Atomic Action! Records, and now being reissued by Quiet Panic with new album artwork by McClelland and an additional Sonic Youth cover, “Kool Thing”.

This is a band whose existence is essential for these times, encapsulating the frenetic energy, confrontational anger and increasing anxiety that so many are feeling. This makes fellow Seattle-based artist Chris Cunningham of Dark Details the ideal pairing for Fucked and Bound, who created the music video for “Terror”, with a jolting, updated director’s cut to be released by Quiet Panic. This performance footage captures the heavy intensity of their live shows, a melancholy and yet much needed injection of the band’s vivacity. It reminds us that even as we are void of stages and shared spaces for the time being, Fucked and Bound is an outlet for those who seek solace in the filth and the fire, whose cynicism has grown out of disappointed idealism, who carry a bloody, sharpened ax to grind with the powers that be.


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